There’s a new beer train coming to Napa Valley, and it’ll make you think the wine lovers of Napa have gone off the rails. Brought to you by the same people behind the Napa Valley Wine Train and the Napa Tequila Train, northern California conductors are hoping people will jump on their latest endeavor: the Hop Train.
Every Monday starting on June 18, Napa Palisades Beer Company is kicking the wine off the train and replacing it with beer. The people running the tour are well trained on all things Napa beer, promising to put “beer before Bordeaux and cans before corks.” Each rail tour is a little more than two hours and features local craft beer from Palisades, a variety of bar bites, and late afternoon vineyard views from an open air train car.
Palisades has a brewery and taproom in the city that offers 30 local beers, wine and cocktails, but the Hop Train will feature a more restricted menu. Some of the beers include 1849 Gold Rush Red (has notes of caramel, smoke and honey), Loco IPA (a citrusy and tropical IPA loaded with hops) and Little Loco Session IPA (like the Loco, but lower alcohol). Tickets start at $75 for out of towners and include beer and food. Locals can get tickets for $50.
If you went to Napa for the wine, it’s time to get side tracked. Palisades is here to show you the upsides of the region’s second most famous beverage.