Alaska Brewery and Railroad Experience

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Why We Love This

  • Rail Tour
  • Small-group tour
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide

Big Swig Tours

Go behind the scenes and learn the art of craft beer-making at four popular breweries during this full-day tour from Anchorage. Enjoy a 3-hour train ride to Talkeetna in the shadow of Denali before visiting four of Alaska’s best breweries and dining on a delicious packed lunch. This tour is the perfect opportunity to see small-town Alaska, meet locals and get a peek at the thriving beer-making industry.

What You'll Do

The fun begins in Anchorage as your board an Alaskan Railroad train for the 3-hour journey to Talkeetna. A delicious breakfast is available for purchase, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the view. This is the perfect opportunity to look for wildlife out the window as you ride through the countryside.

At Talkeetna Station, in the shadow of famous Denali, meet up with your expert local guide and begin the beer pilgrimage. First, enjoy a private tour of Denali Brewing Company, the second-largest brewery in the state. After sampling some of the goods it’s time to head 75 miles south to the Mat-Su Valley while enjoying a delicious packed lunch provided by the Talkeetna Roadhouse. Depending on the day of the tour, next up is a stop at either Arkose Brewery in Palmer or Bearpaw River Brewing Company in Wasilla. Both options are located between the majestic peaks of the Chugach and Talkeenta Mountains and are thriving small communities.

In Eagle River, a small community near Anchorage, sits one of Alaska’s newest breweries, Odd Man Rush Brewing. Themed after the local love of hockey, this stop offers a chance to meet the owners, taste the product and learn about the place’s history. The last stop on this tour is at Resolution Brewing Company, popular for it’s small batch high quality ales. Return to Anchorage at the end of the day.

Cancellations & Refunds

All bookings are final. 100% cancellation fee is applied.

Departure Time

8:45 am
*Please arrive 5 minutes prior to departure*

Duration

11 hours

Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Time Comments

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Departure Point

Downtown Anchorage outside the Visitor Center

Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum age is 21 years
Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
Not wheelchair accessible
Closed toe shoes are required
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties

Departure Point: Downtown Anchorage outside the Visitor Center

"Brian doses a great job..."

April 23, 2017 - 

Brian doses a great job as a guide on the way back from telkeetna, hitting some unique and interesting brewerys....Brian seems to have his finger on the pulse of the beer industry in Alaska...he has the answers to all the questions...train ride is worth the price of admission ......reindeer meatloaf for lunchprovidedis a must try...it was delicious ...brewery owners were gracious and generous with there offerings....a MUST DO tour while spending time in anchorage!!.....I cant wait to do the tour next year when I come back to visit.....I would highly recommend this tour to every beer lover


"WE HAD A GREAT TIME...."

November 28, 2016 - 

WE HAD A GREAT TIME. THE TRAIN WAS A LOT OF FUN WITH GOOD FOOD AND GOOD BLOODY MARY'S! THE TOUR OF THE BREWERIES WERE GREAT, OUR GUIDE WAS THE BEST AND WOULD REFER HIM TOO ALL!


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