• Oktoberfest Sedona

2022 Ales on Rails        

The first sign of autumn isn’t always the changing of the leaves; sometimes it’s the changing of the kegs. The air turns crisp, and pint glasses are raised in celebration that Oktoberfest has arrived. Ales on Rails beer festival is Verde Canyon Railroad’s way of toasting this German tradition, providing a rollicking farewell to summer beginning Tuesday, September 13, and running through Monday, October 31. 

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 complement these local flavors.

Sample a WIDE range of local Arizona breweries offering richly crafted beers ranging from the lightest pilsners to the hoppiest IPAs to the deepest stouts that this Copper State has to offer.

2021 offered a selection of these great AZ Beers.  Check back to see what’s new in 2022!

Verde Canyon Railroad’s Private Label – Bottled at Uncle Bears Brewery – Gilbert, AZ

1512 Mexican Lager                                              South-of-the-border style; clean, easy drinking beer made for fun.
Tapco IPA                                                                                 A citrus, piney IPA with a balanced malt body that makes it smooth and easy to drink.
Copper Town Mandarin Wheat  Fantastic mandarin orange aroma and flavor that finishes clean, crisp and dry.

Grand Canyon Brewing Company – Williams, AZ

Prickly Pear Wheat                                                         An Arizona Fruit Beer. Clear, refreshing American Wheat Ale enhanced with the subtle sweetness of an all-natural prickly pear flavor. Native to our beloved home state, the prickly pear imparts a delicate sweetness on this award-winning beer.

Smelter Town Brewery – Clarkdale, AZ Rotating Brews

Modern Miner Milkshake IPA                                Full-bodied IPA with silky, creamy texture … like a milkshake. Dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado.  Well-balanced between bitterness and sweetness.
ROTATING BEERS, SUCH AS…                            Main Street Blonde                                              Golden Blonde Ale. Malt-forward with a touch of hop character.  Not overbearing or bitter on the pallet.                                                        AND                                                                                  Steel Stack Wheat                                        Reminiscent of the haze put off by an operating copper smelter. Semi-sweet and fruity with notes of banana and clove.

Oak Creek Brewery – Sedona, AZ

Amber                                                                             Deep copper-colored, medium-bodied American Amber Ale. A nice mellowness and hint of caramel malt balanced by medium hop bitterness. An all-malt beer that is naturally carbonated.

THAT Brewery – Cottonwood, AZ

Backwoods Blonde                                                   Easy drinking, light-bodied Blonde Ale. Inviting and approachable with a subtle biscuit finish.

State 48 Brewery – Surprise, AZ

Cherry Sour                                                                     Tart and refreshing kettle sour, brewed with 224 pounds of cherry juice.

HUSS Brewing Company – Tempe, AZ

Coconut Joe IPA                                                            The bite of roasted coffee with a hint of coconut sweetness on the finish. Our most popular dark beer, but approachable for those who like light beer.
Copper State IPA                                                        This flagship IPA is a celebration of Arizona! Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe hops provide a juicy yet dry tropical fruit flavor with great bitterness for a truly balanced and enjoyable finish.

SanTan Brewing Company – Chandler, AZ

Oktoberfest                                                                            A traditional German-style Lager brewed for early Autumn. Known for its toasty caramel, malt profile with clean and crisp lager flavor.   

College Street Brewhouse – Lake Havasu City, AZ

Devil Stout                                                                  Rich and dark American-style Stout bursting with the flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and toffee.

Wild Tonic – Cottonwood, AZ

Blackberry Mint Jun Kombucha Blackberry tartness countered by well- balanced spearmint notes that offer a refreshing cooling effect. Gluten free

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, lunch and a souvenir pint glass, making it easy for visitors and passengers alike to simply show up and drink up.


  • Train ride
  • Appetizers and Champagne Toast
  • Logo beer glass and four (4) 3 oz. beer tastings
  • Pre-selected lunch on the patio, prior to train ride


  • Train ride
  • Appetizers and Champagne Toast
  • Logo beer glass and four (4) 3 oz. beer tastings
**All tasting tickets must be redeemed on the patio at the beer bar.    ***Substitutions may occur without notice.

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


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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