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More tickets added for Rails & Ales festival

Published: April 12, 2014, 12:32 am, by Stephanie Earls

rails and ales pint glass

UPDATE 5/6/14: Organizers have opened up 70 additional “Adventure Class” seats for the June Rails and Ales mountaintop brew and music festival. The $39 ticket represents revelers’ least expensive option. 


Billed as Colorado’s most unique beer festival, the Rails & Ales experience begins around 10 a.m. in Alamosa with a 2.5 hour brew-fueled (not really) train trip to an isolated alpine meadow high in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

There, revelers are greeted by an oasis of suds; two dozen breweries, including Odd 13,  Great Divide and Oskar Blues, have already signed on to pour at the June 21 fest and organizers expect that number will grow.

A number that won’t grow: tickets. This year, they were limited to 1,000 and as of this writing only 50 remained, according to marketing manager Ryan Weeks.

Prices range from $59 to $169 and – until they sell out – can be purchased at www.coloradotrain.com.

The festival, sponsored by the San Luis Valley Brewing Co. and the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, is the highlight of the second weekend of  the Mountain Rails Live  summer concert series, now in its sixth year. Click on the link for more about that series and to purchase tickets.

Former Gazette beer columnist Scott Rappold wrote about the festival last year and also snapped the lovely beer portrait, above. Read his story here.