There’s a tear in our beer … 2013 RTA Brewfest is CANCELLED

After a considerable deliberation, the Cascade Rail Foundation has decided that we will not be putting on the Rails to Ales Brewfest in 2013. After two years in a row of just breaking even and the need for cash to complete the purchase of the 5057 locomotive, we’ve decided it’s not within our financial means to take on the Brewfest this year. We want to say “Thank You” to everyone for your support during the 5 years of the event! We especially want to thank all of the volunteers who have worked so hard over the years to put this great event together. Keep your eyes on this website and Facebook page…. We may be back bigger and better in 2014 if there’s enough support!! (Contact us if you would like to see it come back.) Cheers!!


Cascade Rail Foundation

and the Rails to Ales Brewfest Committee

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2 Years Running – Best Brewer Award goes to … ICICLE BREWING COMPANY!


Last year, their Bootjack IPA took top honors at the 2011 Rails to Ales Brewfest. This year, Icicle Brewing has come through victorious again with their Khaos Kolsch gleaning the most People’s Choice votes. They describe Khaos Kolsch as, “A crisp yet smooth straw-colored ale, with a medium-light body.  A delicately balanced beer showcasing subtle fruit flavors and aromas paired with a subdued maltiness.  Styled after the ale of West-Central Germany, where the town of Cologne (Köln) is the home of Kölsch beer.  In a country known for its lagers, this golden ale is a complex, yet subtle treat.  Served in a traditional German crafted tall, narrow 200ml glass called a “Stange” or “pole”. ABV: 5.0%      IBU: 21      OG: 11.7°P      FG: 2.3°P”

The Icicle Brewing Company story:

“In 2001, we (Oliver, Pamela Brulotte and our children Gabrielle, Joshua & Elise) were fortunate enough to move to Leavenworth, Washington.  At that time we built and opened München Haus Bavarian Grill & Beer Garden, Operating a beer garden has opened our eyes to the amazing craft brews available around the world and especially the Northwest, and we take pleasure in having the opportunity to share these with our customers and enjoy them ourselves. With our love of beer and Oliver’s family history of hop farming that spans four generations, it was a natural fit to want to produce fresh, delicious, local craft brews.  There is nothing more Bavarian than having a brewery in your own town, so after a family trip to Germany, we realized what a great addition a brewery would be to the beautiful “Bavarian Getaway” that we call home.  We look forward to providing you with a craft beer experience that will excite your senses, quench your thirst, expand your horizons, and keep you coming back for more!”

2nd place brewer: Horse Heaven Hills Smokin’ Anvil Scottish Ale

Best Beverage, Non-Beer: Crispin Hard Cider

Crispin Hard Ciders – Crispin Original Crisp

Great job, and thank you to all of our Brewfest attendees for voting on your favorite brews!

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T-Shirts on sale online

mainImgIf you would like to get a souvenir Brewfest t-shirt this year, you’ll find them in our online shop (there won’t be any at the event itself.) Many styles and colors to choose from. Visit the shop now!

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One of the most notable beer events!

Cool news Brewfest fans!! The Washington Beer Blog ranks the Rails To Ales Brewfest as one of “the most notable Northwest beer events of the summer”!

washington beer blog

This blog entry was also reposted on the Seattle PI online’s blog at

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Icicle Brewing Company voted 2011 BEST BREWER AWARD!

By a wide margin, newcomer to our Brewfest Icicle Brewing Company out of neighboring Leavenworth, WA walked away with the most 2011 Rails to Ales Brewfest People’s Choice votes for their … drumroll please … “Bootjack IPA”!

They describe the brew as, “Intense hop flavors and aroma are smoothly balanced in this medium bodied amber ale. With citrusy floral hop notes and a sweet-malty undertone, this American IPA is an amber beer dominated by rich Yakima grown hops. You will smell the hops, taste the hops, and feel the hops. Served in an American crafted traditional 16oz. pint glass. ABV: 6.5% • IBU: 60 OG: 15.7°P • FG: 3.8°P.”

Learn more about Icicle Brewing Company at their website,

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Sampling of Last Year’s Food Menus

Visit our Food Page for full menu listings for the 5 Food Vendors who served up the eats at last year’s Brewfest. Remember, your scrip (“beer tickets” – you get 7 with your admission) can be used at any of the food booths or the souvenir booth, at an exchange rate of $1.00 per scrip!

Last year’s food vendors were: Glondo’s Sausages, 2 R Bar & Bistro, BBQ Schact, Rustic Root Catering and Suncadia.

See full menus here.

Check back for this year’s updates!

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Free Poster Download!

Click to download your free copy of the official 2011 Rails to Ales Brewfest poster

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