Rails and Ales, an uncommon event on the streets of Wenatchee


The city of Wenatchee, WA has long been known for producing apples and other fruits, but these days it produces beer, too.  There are now three breweries in the heart of the city: Badger Mountain Brewing, Columbia Valley Brewing, and Wenatchee Valley Brewing.

On Friday, February 16th an event on the streets of Wenatchee combines beer with skiing and snowboarding. Rails and Ales will see Orondo Avenue in downtown Wenatchee turned into a winter wonderland where some of Washington’s best skiers and snowboarders  will compete in a ski and snowboard rail jam contest. The event takes place right outside of Badger Mountain Brewing’s tasting room, where they will set up a beer garden.  Check out the video below. Looks like a cool event.

Rails & Ales – 2014 from North 40 Productions on Vimeo.

For the event, the folks from nearby Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort will truck in loads and loads of snow to cover the street. They’ll set up lights for the evening show.  There will also be a vendor village with food, hot chocolate, heaters, fires and sponsor tents. More than 3,000 spectators have showed up annually.

Event organizers invite you to check out Wenatchee’s new craft brewery district located along the city’s Columbia River waterfront.

About Wenatchee’s Brewing District (Brewers Row)

Columbia Valley Brewery is Wenatchee’s oldest commercial brewery, opening in 2012 adjacent to Riverfront Park and the Columbia River.

Badger Mountain Brewery opened in 2013 as Wenatchee’s largest craft beer brewery.  They currently have 24 taps that pour their beers, guest beers, and ciders. Located in an old fruit warehouse building.

Wenatchee Valley Brewing opened its doors in 2017 after converting an old house next to Riverfront Park.

All the breweries are within walking distance of each other, via the Apple Capital Loop Trail along the banks of the Columbia River. Indeed, as you walk the trail keep your eyes out for an osprey, which is featured in the Brewers Row logo. From craft beer to old industrial areas to recreation and wildlife, Wenatchee Brewers Row highlights the community’s best.



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