New Hope Valley Railway is hosting a series of “Brew ‘n’ Choo” events April 25, May 30 and Aug. 29.
The railway is a popular family outing from the Triangle because it offers riders an historic railroad experience in an open-air passenger car pulled by a locomotive. It is located in Bonsal, N.C., 30 minutes southwest of Raleigh.
On April 25, the railway will host a fundraising event from 2-10 p.m. that will feature craft beer, local wine, live music and train excursions.
Participating beer, wine and food companies include Brüeprint Brewing Co., Cloer Family Vineyards of Apex and Manna Mobile Kitchen and Catering. Local bluegrass musicians Drybread Road and Alice Zincone & the Stationeers will perform throughout the event.
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The May 30 event will feature beer from Carolina Brewery of Pittsboro and live music from India Cai, Keith Allen and Three Jack Jenny.
Ticekts for the April and May events cost $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $10 for children, who must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Beer and food will be sold separately and are not included in the train excursion fee.
The Aug. 29 event will include two slices pizza from Z Pizza, beer from Fortnight Brewing Co. of Cary and wine from The Winery at Iron Gate Farm of Mebane. Last Band Standing of Raleigh will perform. Tickets will cost $20 for adults, $19 for seniors and $16 for children and includes two pizza slices and a non-alcoholic drink.
Proceeds from these events fundraisers will help the all-volunteer, nonprofit will help build a new climate-controlled restroom facility for the rail yard and help restore an historic steam engine acquired in 2013.
Visitors can purchase tickets online at TriangleTrain.com. Any unsold tickets will be available at the rail yard ticket booth at 1 p.m. on the day of the event. Call ahead at 1 p.m. to check on availability: 919-362-5412.