Weekend Plan

Climb Aboard the Beer Train

Lagunitas Brewing Company invites you to chug on a choo-choo with a view of Mount Rainier.

By Allison Williams August 9, 2011

The beer is Californian, but the view from the beer train is 100 percent Washington.

What happens when you put a booze cruise on dry land? It looks something like the Lagunitas Beer Train on Saturday, August 20.

The California brewing company is sponsoring an overnight event at Mineral Lake, located on Highway 7 near Mount Rainier National Park. For $74.20, you get wilderness views from the Mount Rainier Scenic Railway in Elbe, a mug and beer to fill it all day long, a souvenir T-shirt, and a post-ride dinner and party at Mineral Lake.

What’s more, the party goes on all night—camping is included in the ticket price. Lagunitas will even shuttle everyone from the tent area to the train and back again, so you can throw back as much beer as you see fit. Music performances will liven up the dinner party.

Besides contributing to your ongoing liver assault, the day also benefits Mount Rainier Regional Visitor’s Center; tickets are available only at the brewery at 707-769-4495. Lagunitas is based in Petaluma, California, and is known for its somewhat, er, fun-loving style. They brew a "Hop Stoopid Ale" and claim that their copper beer has a moniker so dirty they have to call it "Censored Ale." In the full day of throwing back pints, you can call them all "More, please."

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