Despite all the talk about chugging, most people don't flock to trains just to down beers. Until now that is, with the Great Alaskan Beer Train.
Touring around 80mi of scenic Alaskan coastline, the all-inclusive, seven-car Beer Train allows you to see the only state wilder than Colorado under the influence of the only thing that could make it even wilder: a lot of beer, which's paired with plates of gourmet eats over the course of 4.5hrs.
Departure: Peep downtown Anchorage (whose 19.5hrs of light per day makes it the true city that never sleeps) as the train pulls out of the depot and you taste the first of homegrown Glacier BrewHouse's suds: Bavarian Hefeweizen and Raspberry Wheat brews paired with red-hot wings marinated in their IPA, and flatbreads from caramelized onion to Cambozola.
Turnagain Arm: Savor a "session-like" IPA and a "smooth, creamy" blonde ale paired with an alder-smoked pork tenderloin (plus roasted mushroom ragout and rosemary spatzle) as you gaze at spectacular mountain views on one side, and, on the other, Dahl sheep scrambling on rocks, and belugas breaching along a stretch of the Pacific that once forced Captain Cook to turn around, but at this point you're cooked yourself, so who cares about history?
Further On Up: You'll likely marvel at surfers battling a bore tide that produces waves up to 10ft high, and catch one of the remaining glimpses of the fast-receding Portage Glacier, all while enjoying Maker's Mark Black Rye Bock paired with bread pudding and candied pecans, which, this being a train, you should be sure to chew chew.
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