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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.


2020 Schedule         

Every train day, September 15 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

Private-label Verde Canyon Railroad ales crafted by local brewers are available for purchase anytime.

Various canned craft beers from the following Arizona breweries have been featured during Ales on Rails:

  • 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

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.   Ales on Rails tickets may be pre-purchased to include the beer tasting, luncheon and a souvenir pint glass, making it easy for passengers to simply show up and drink up.


$122.00 – First-class train ride, logo beer glass, four 4 oz. beer tastings and lunch on the patio

$110.00 – First-class train ride, logo beer glass and four 4 oz. beer tastings on the patio

The celebration continues to flow aboard the train with an assortment of customized brews available for purchase during the train ride. 

What's For Lunch
 “Bowls are really hot right now,” said general manager Bradley Crabdree, “and we’ve developed a menu that will charm every palate. Along with our traditional sausage-in-a-bakery-bun sandwiches, we will be featuring build-your-own bowls. The bowls begin with roasted mashed red potatoes and are then layered with a choice of sausage and additional accoutrements including roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, green bell peppers, grain mustard sauerkraut or regular sauerkraut. We’re excited to add this addition to our patio presence during this popular event.”


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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