Oh, Durango. One of my favorite Colorado towns to hit up for a quick weekend getaway. The town is packed with history, really rad outdoor activities, and beer. Lots of craft beer. I made the 6ish hour drive to Durango a few weeks ago, and I must say, I really nailed it on packing in some pretty awesome events into my limited timeline. Usually-- I spend way too much time supporting my favorite breweries in town, and not enough time hitting up all of the other activities that I have planned for the trip. But this time, this time I killed two birds with one stone. I've been dying to take a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad-- which is exactly what I did. Lucky for me, it wasn't your average train ride into Silverton and back. I managed to be in Durango on the weekend of the last Durango Brew Train of the season. The brew train was everything I hoped it would be. I boarded the train around 9 a.m. on a Saturday. By 10 a.m. I had already finished off one of Ska Brewing's True Blonde Ales and was listening to the next brewery on board introduce their farmhouse ale. All in all, I "sampled" beer from all five of Durango's breweries which were all introduced and poured by each of the brewery's owners, brewmasters, or sales reps. The highlight of the trip was hopping off the train about two hours out of town to enjoy stunning views of Durango, some live bluegrass music, and a catered lunch. Good beer, good views, good music and good company. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Stay tuned here: http://www.durangotrain.com/events#.VC73HildW4I for more info on other themed train rides and upcoming dates for the brew train.