Rails to Ales: Oktoberfest Express

october 2017

This is a repeating event

06oct10:30 am2:00 pmRails to Ales: Oktoberfest ExpressCraft Beer Tasting, Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!

Event Details

Rails to Ales: The Oktoberfest Express departs on October 6 & 7!

 

Craft beer lovers, mark your calendars! Rails to Ales features various craft breweries using Pacific Northwest hops and fermenting their delicious beverages across Washington state. Join us for an experiential journey on the Eastern Railway of the Milwaukee Road as we enjoy beer, rails, and the forests and foothills of Mt. Rainier all in one afternoon!

Sample various Washington craft beers and converse with brewers on board and at a 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. Advance reservations for this catered event are required. Call  360-492-6000  or place reservations online at www.mtrainierrailroad.com.

 

Hard Cider Steam Train
Photo Courtesy Bob Harbison

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. 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.

Standard Class train coaches are Tacoma Rail cars representative of the 1950’s era Amtrak passengers cars offering reserved seating in a climate controlled environment with comfortable front-facing upholstered seats in paired rows.Ride in style in First Class aboard 1940s Olympian Hiawatha coaches from the Milwaukee Road. These table-and-chair coaches allow for parties of 4 to sit facing each other with reserved seating in a climate-controlled environment. First Class tickets include the additional amenities of a dedicated car attendant, complimentary snacks and beverages,  and tabletop activities for the young at heart!

Your fare includes tastings throughout the train ride, 6 tasting tickets to use at the museum, a souvenir Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum commemorative tumbler, 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!

SCHEDULE – FIRST EXCURSION:

  • 10:30-10: 45 AM: Boarding time at Elbe Depot
  • 11:00 AM: Train leaves Elbe Depot
  • 11:30 AM: Train arrives in Mineral’s Railroad and Logging Museum
  • TWO HOURS OF FUN AT MINERAL’S RAILROAD AND LOGGING MUSEUM!
  • 1:30 PM: Train leaves Mineral’s Railroad and Logging Museum
  • 2:00 PM: Train arrives Elbe Depot

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

SCHEDULE – SECOND EXCURSION:

  • 2:30-2: 45 PM: Boarding time at Elbe Depot
  • 3:00 PM: Train leaves Elbe Depot
  • 3:30 PM: Train arrives in Mineral’s Railroad and Logging Museum
  • TWO HOURS OF FUN AT MINERAL’S RAILROAD AND LOGGING MUSEUM!
  • 5:30 PM: Train leaves Mineral’s Railroad and Logging Museum
  • 6:00 PM: Train arrives Elbe Depot

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

FARES:

  • FIRST CLASS $71.00
  • STANDARD CLASS $56.00

Book Now! Reserve online or call 360-492-6000 to speak with one of our friendly reservation agents!

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 anytime in Washington! Sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
  • Restrooms are available at event site.
  • Remember to drink responsibly and have a great time!

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.

Sample various Washington craft beers and converse with brewers on board and at 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.

 

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

Time

(Friday) 10:30 am - 2:00 pm PST

Location

Mount Rainier Railroad Depot

54124 Mountain Hwy E. Elbe , WA 98355

Organizer

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