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Live Music, Mountain Venue, Historic Rails on Tap for Sudsy Summer Fun


Annual brewfest a favorite with micro-brew lovers and train fans

“Hops” on board the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad this summer for a truly different micro-brew festival experience.

The 2nd Annual Rails & Ales Brewfest, taking place Saturday, June 27, features live music, varied food booths, more than 80 different beers and a truly unique mountain venue that is only accessible by the train.

“The popularity of our annual brewfest has really exceeded expectations,” said John Thomas, VP of sales and marketing for the train. “We see guests from all over the region coming to have a great time in what is a stunning and totally different outdoor setting for a beer festival.”

Visitors can board the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad at the train’s location in the quaint mountain town of La Veta, just 16 miles from Interstate 25 and only minutes from Walsenburg. The train is easily accessible from Colorado Springs (2 hours) and Denver (3.5 hours). The depot is less than one hour from Pueblo, Trinidad or various points in northern New Mexico. Passengers can also board the train at the depot in Alamosa, near the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Guests will be able to sample the wares of 20 regional brewers from Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Four different styles of beer will be available for tasting.

The event also includes live music performed by New Mexico’s The Sage Monkeys and diverse food vendors selling tasty local favorites, including Gousar Sausages, Mongolian style ribs and Memphis chicken.

For only $59, guests get a roundtrip coach ticket, event pass and a commemorative sampler glass. Reservations for the event must be made by calling 877-726-RAIL.

For more information about the train and a complete schedule of events planned during the summer, visit

About Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad ( is Colorado’s newest train offering steam engine rides through breathtaking mountain valleys and over legendary La Veta pass on hundreds of miles of historic rail. Daily and weekend excursions offer riders a trip back in time on restored passenger cars that stop at historic towns, Great Sand Dunes National Park and connect with the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad. The train’s La Veta route was established in 1878.



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