This beer train takes you through the mountains on a day-long beer adventure
Everyone loves beer, don't they?
Personally speaking, I'd walk five hundred miles for beer, and I would then subsequently walk five hundred more, especially if it was a really delicious cold beer. But as it turns out, my belligerent paraphrasing of a famous Proclaimers' song is entirely unnecessary, as there's a 'beer train' that can take you on a scenic route through the Colorado mountains, and it's fully stocked with delicious craft beers, too.
Possibly, you tend to think of trains as means to end right now, rather than the occasion itself, but the Durango Brew Train is here to convince you otherwise. The idyllic ride only takes place up to a couple of times a year (and only once in 2018), but the journey through the Colorado mountains is set for something of an expansion, after a recent announcement of nine additional treks throughout the summer. Basically, there's never been a better time to board the beer train.
Starting in Durango on a journey that takes passengers on a ride through stunning ridges and along the Animas river, those on board are kept well refreshed by Colorado brewers, who walk through the cars, and, according to marketing director Chris Robbins, "The breweries are very liberal with their pours, too".
Robbins describes the journey thus;
"We start here in Durango like our normal train ride would.
"On your way [to Cascade Canyon in the San Juan National Forest] you see gorgeous views. The highline is one of the peak moments because it's jaw-dropping. You could just look out the train, and there's this huge 500-foot cliff down to the river you're looking over."
And what of the refreshments?
"When you get to Cascade, the train stops and lets everyone off in a forest-y grove," Robbins describes, "It's the middle of the forest. You're not near anything except our tracks. Prior to that train arriving, we've already hauled up the caterers, the food, and the musicians."
A mid-trip stop off for lunch, live music and - you guessed it - beer? Sounds good to me.
Summer trips are set to take place on June 15, 22, and 29; July 6, 13, 20, and 27; and August 3 and 10, while the Fall trips will run on August 31 and September 28.
You can find out more, and book tickets, here.