Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum: Rails to Ales

june 2017

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03jun3:30 pm5:30 pmFeaturedMt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum: Rails to AlesCraft Beer Tasting, Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!

Event Details

Steam train at Mt. Rainier Railroad
Rails to Ales Event at Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum

Craft beer lovers, mark your calendars!

The annual Rails to Ales event is Saturday, June 3 and Sunday June 4, 2017. Various craft breweries using Pacific Northwest hops and fermenting their craft across Washington state will be featured. Enjoy an experiential journey on the Eastern Railway of the Milwaukee Road to enjoy beer, rails, and the forests and foothills of Mt. Rainier all in one afternoon! This chugga-chugga choo-choo event is exclusively for ticketholders 21 years of age or older, so be sure to remember your ID. Tickets include a round trip steam train ride, catered refreshments, live entertainment, 3 drink tickets and a souvenir mug.

On board guests will have beer tastings during the train ride through the forest and foothills south of Mount Rainier. The train will carry guests across the Upper Nisqually River to the logging museum site in Mineral, Washington. Passengers will get off the train and head past the exhibits towards our picnic and event area.  Wingman Brewers will have more beer on tap. We’ll spend an hour and a half here for the meal and entertainment, giving you time to browse the museum exhibits. The engineer will sound the whistle four times signaling it’s time to board for the return trip back to the depot. Make sure you fill your mug for the train ride back.

Advance reservations for this catered event are required. Call 888-STEAM-11 or place reservations online at

Area Lodging Near the Rails to Ales Events: within walking distance guests will find the Hobo Inn, a roadside motel made out of converted cabooses. A short drive away is an array of cabin rentals, historic lodges, and country inns. Click here for the extensive list of accommodations.

Area Dining Near the Rails to Ales Events: come early and stay late. Within walking distance of the train station guests will find a diner in a train car, a pizzeria with outdoor seating, a local bar and grill, and a burger shack with outstanding milkshakes! Just a short drive from the depot in nearby Ashford you’ll find an array of casual dining options. Click here for the list.

Rails to Ales Departure Dates: June 3-4, July 2, September 30, and October 1, 2017.

Sample various Washington craft beers and converse with brewers on board and at a our historic logging camp destination! Select breweries from around Washington will provide beers to sample. Beers sampled may include porters, stouts, IPAs, Hefeweizens, sour ales, and witbiers.

Board your coach from the platform at the historic Elbe Depot, and as you enjoy the ride through the Nisqually Valley and cross rivers and streams in the foothills of Mt. Rainier, you will be introduced to the breweries and enjoy a light sampling of the various beverages you can expect to learn more about at the event site.

Once at the Railroad and Logging Museum, full sampling stations from breweries will be set up. Visit each of the breweries to learn how it is made. Between tastings, cleanse your palate with hors d’oeuvres selected just for this special event. Several award-winning breweries will be represented on each trip and brewers will be anxious to tell you the story of their hops, the brewing process, and their business.

Your fare includes tastings throughout the excursion, one glass of beer of your choice served in your souvenir Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum commemorative cup, live musical entertainment, a scrumptious meal at the museum and dessert served during the train ride home. Be sure to bring your camera to capture all the fun, the beauty, and your own smiling selfies!


10:30-10:45AM: Boarding time at Elbe Depot

11:00AM: Train leaves Elbe Depot

11:30AM: Train arrives in Mineral’s Railroad and Logging Museum


1:30PM: Train leaves Mineral’s Railroad and Logging Museum

2:00PM: Train arrives Elbe Depot


2:30-2:45PM: Boarding time at Elbe Depot

3:00PM: Train leaves Elbe Depot

3:30PM: Train arrives in Mineral’s Railroad and Logging Museum


5:30PM: Train leaves Mineral’s Railroad and Logging Museum

6:00PM: Train arrives Elbe Depot

(all times are subject to change and are dependent on current circumstances)


Important information:

~This train event is an Adult-only event. Everyone MUST be at least 21 years of age with valid ID. IDs will be checked before boarding.

~You cannot bring your own alcoholic beverages on board.

~The event area is in an outdoor area of a historic logging camp. Please dress according to weather conditions both current and anticipated. You can expect cool or rainy weather any time in Washington! Sturdy walking shoes are recommended.

~Restrooms are available at event site.

~Remember to drink responsibly and have a great time!

steam train ride
Rails to Ales Event at Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum


(Saturday) 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm PST


Mount Rainier Railroad Depot

54124 Mountain Hwy E. Elbe , WA 98355


Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum888-STEAM-11 54124 Mountain Highway East, Elbe, WA 98330