Saturday night, the California State Railroad Museum hosted Ales on the Rails, a sunset train ride and beer tasting. The ales were supplied by Track 7, a ridiculously talented local brewer. A fundraiser for the museum, the ride took place on the old Sacramento Southern Railroad, a three mile section running south from Old Sacramento which is lovingly maintained by museum volunteer staff. The ride took us through some beautiful riverside views and some fun angles of Sacramento you wouldn’t normally see everyday.
The ride started from the train station in Old Sacramento at 7:30. Within about thirty odd syllables, it was apparent the PA system was not going to work for the engineer. That gave each train car the opportunity to be addressed by Jeff from Track 7 as each beer was being served and get a great rundown. We sampled their Alkali Wit, Bee Line Blonde, Daylight Amber, and their new unnamed IPA which had just been released the day before. Crisp Catering provided a small plate of some very tasty appetizers, the highlight being the Turkey Meatball Lollipops.
The charming volunteer staff kept the train running smoothly. The downtown, riverside, and sunset views were scenic and interesting. There was an option of closed or open air train cars, and the open cars had an excellent breeze off the river. Riding back in the dark, the staff had additional samples for us and an Ales on the Rails half pint glass for us to take home. Great event, I hope Track 7 and the museum are planning another one soon.
Track 7 Brewing Co is located at 3747 W Pacific Ave Sacramento, CA 95820. Tastings are Thursday through Sunday evening.
The California State Railroad Museum is at 2nd & I in Old Sacramento, open daily from 10 to 5.