• Oktoberfest Sedona

Sedona Area Beer-Tasting Tour

The Art of Beer: Verde Canyon Railroad’s Ales on Rails

Today beer is so much more than the “suds” of your granddad’s day. The drinking of ale has been elevated to an art form, on par with wine for its regional origin, hints and notes; a bonding experiences for the legion of aficionados who hold their beer to a higher standard. Verde Canyon Railroad’s Ales on Rails is a great big shout out to Arizona craft beers, as well as to the Canyon’s beautiful autumn sipping weather to compliment these local flavors.

2019 Schedule         

Every train day, September 17 through October 31, shadowing Germany’s Oktoberfest season, Ales on Rails is a party at the Verde Canyon Railroad depot, 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., prior to the train’s 1:00 p.m. departure. The party continues on board where beers may be purchased during the Fall Colors Tour.

Featuring Locally-crafted Arizona Beers

Four different Verde Canyon Railroad bottled ales crafted by Oak Creek Brewing Company, Sedona

Featuring Locally-crafted Arizona Beers

Four different Verde Canyon Railroad bottled ales crafted by Oak Creek Brewing Company, Sedona

Canned craft beers from the following Arizona breweries:

  • Lumberyard, Flagstaff
  • Grand Canyon Brewing Co., Williams
  • San Tan Brewing, Chandler
  • That Brewery, Cottonwood/Pine
  • Four Peaks, Tempe
  • College Street Brewhouse, Lake Havasu City
  • Prescott Brewing Co., Prescott
  • Huss Brewing Co., Tempe

Event Details

The fun begins on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 and runs through Thursday, October 31, 2019. Beers may be sampled on the shaded patio from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., prior to the train’s 1 p.m. departure.

Pricing

$110.05    First-class train ride, logo beer glass, five beer tastings on the patio, lunch on the patio

$99.95      First-class train ride, logo beer glass, five beer tastings on the patio

What’s for Lunch?

The festive Oktoberfest-inspired luncheon, where Bavaria meets the Southwest, is the perfect accompaniment to the craft brews chilled and waiting for your approval on the patio.  A wild variety of craft beers, ranging from the hoppiest IPAs to the chocolatiest stouts, and everything in between, will be available by the taste AND by the glass. Pretzels, strudel and potato salad are great trimmings to bratwursts and wieners.

During the Ride

The celebration continues to flow aboard the train with an assortment of customized brews available for purchase during the excursion.  Ales on Rails tickets may be pre-purchased to include the beer tastings, luncheon and a souvenir pint glass so all you have to do is show up and drink up.

Passengers can leisurely raise a Verde Canyon Railroad insignia glass full of ice-cold beer high into the air as a salute to autumn and the wild beauty it brings to the Canyon. Even more enjoyable is stepping outside from a comfortable interior coach to an adjoining open-air viewing car. This is the best vantage point to take in the fresh air and vibrant foliage during this four-hour excursion near the remote Sycamore Wilderness, accessible only by rail.

If not participating with the Ales on Rails event, standard train fares apply.

 

 

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