Beer Train Takes You Into the Mountains on a Day-Long Adventure

Photo Credit: Michael Gabler

Before you get too excited, there’s a waiting list.

But for those who really want a chance to ride the Durango Brew Train through the glorious Colorado mountains – with local craft brewers on board – it’s worth the wait.

Photo Credit: Michael Gabler

This authentic 1920s steam locomotive, operated by the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, departs Durango to wind through the Animas Valley. Dramatic views are guaranteed as the train runs hundreds of feet above the Animas River on the way to the spectacular Cascade Canyon.

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But that’s not really the highlight of the trip: the trip also has a full schedule of local brewers, like the Animas Brewing Company, pouring generous samples of everything from pale ales to the darkest stouts.

While they drink, passengers are entertained with a history of each brewery, and brewers also share the stories behind their particular beers. Home-brewers may even pick up some tips from the experts.

Once inside the forest, everyone disembarks for a delicious lunch, live music from local bands, and more excellent beer straight out of Durango. Some of the regulars include BREW, Steamworks Brewing and Ska Brewing, with more coming on-board every year.

The brew train only makes one or two trips each September, so put this one on your train list. If you don’t have a train list, make one. This is an expedition you don’t want to miss. Also…beer.