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The 2nd 2018 Alaska Mini-DO - HooDoo Choo Choo, Fairbanks, AK Sept 28-29, 2018

The 2nd 2018 Alaska Mini-DO - HooDoo Choo Choo, Fairbanks, AK Sept 28-29, 2018

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  1. ANC RED-EYE
  2. GrjApp
  3. nomadic.relief
  4. krazykanuck
  5. MSPeconomist
  6. Seat 2A (lunch Saturday, tentative dinner Sunday)
  7. beckoa (so far no train)

Schedule:

Friday
  • Early arrivals – do your own thing - see post #2 for suggestions.
  • Happy Hour: LaVelle's Taproom, mobile pizza from Hungry Robot for a snack.
    • GrjApp
    • ANC RED-EYE
  • Dinner - 7.30 PM - Jazz Bistro
    • GrjApp
    • ANC RED-EYE
Saturday
  • 11:30 - depart for early lunch in Fox (brief stop to view the Alaska pipeline en route)
  • Noon - lunch Silver Gulch Brewery Reservation for 6 confirmed; please RSVP to @ANC RED-EYE if you need to be added or removed from the presumed attendee list posted here.
  • 2:00 return to hotel
  • 2:30 shuttle/uber/cab to train (we want to be there an hour prior to departure so we can get tables together)
  • 4:00 train
  • 8:00 return (MSPeconomist believes the return is 8:30 rather than 8:00)
  • evening - tbd

Sunday

Per MSPeconomist As of September 20th, tickets were still available. The train has a capacity of 240 people, probably in three cars, and all tables seat four.

The train people told me to plan to arrive about an hour early for the train, but they don't deny boarding if you get there at 3:01 pm. A photo ID is needed to get your ticket. I plan to also bring a hard copy of my email ticket confirmation.
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Old Aug 18, 18, 7:36 pm
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The 2nd 2018 Alaska Mini-DO - HooDoo Choo Choo, Fairbanks, AK Sept 28-29, 2018

We liked the Homer Mini DO so much, we couldn’t wait any longer for another one!

Come ride the Alaska Railroad HooDoo Choo Choo Beer Train on Sept 29, 2018: https://www.alaskarailroad.com/ride-...odoo-choo-choo

Cost and all that:
  • Location: Fairbanks, AK
  • Date: Saturday 9/29 – 4 pm to 8.30 pm.
  • Cost: $200 – you have to call to book, info in the link.
  • Refundable: recommend confirming terms when you book – it was verbally mentioned to me 90% refund up to 24 hours prior to the event, however the receipt is not entirely clear on that so YMMV.
  • As of early 8/17, ~200 of the 240 tickets were still available (however it sells out every year so if you are seriously considering it, decide soon).

Practicalities:
  • This is a DIY DO – the only thing that will be arranged is a dinner reservation Friday evening.
  • You will need transportation - possibly Lyft/Uber/cab if you are not venturing far or frequent, otherwise rental car.
  • There are any number of lodging options for points hounds.
  • AS and Ravn fly to FAI and DL seems to still have flights as well.
So, if drinking HooDoo brew (can vouch for it personally) while enjoying dinner on a train ambling through rural Alaska sounds appealing – join us!

Other Mini DO activities will consist of dinner Friday evening Sept 28, tentatively at Silver Gulch Brewery in Fairbanks (America's northernmost brewery). And you never know, you may be treated to the Northern Lights if the conditions are right!
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Old Aug 18, 18, 7:37 pm
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Some suggestions for things to do in your own time:
Places to eat/drink - let me know of others to add to the list!

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Old Aug 19, 18, 1:51 pm
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Great title and thanks for stepping up to host ^

Although this will be the 3rd of the year (guess 2nd mini )

PIT DO 2018: Post AS SEA-PIT Inaugural celebration Sept 6-9, 2018 [Alaska DO Series]

I'll see what I can do. Some great Thai food up there!
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Old Aug 19, 18, 3:13 pm
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Hmmm, it now occurs to me I could actually drive to SEA after work on the Friday and fly from there, which makes this more viable. Will take a second look at this after all!
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though not the same tour, I did one of the beer train a few years ago out of Anchorage The Great Alaskan Beer Run. Oktoberfest Alaska Style.
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sounds like a great time, but I'll be in Ithaca NY for alumni soccer weekend
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Originally Posted by nomadic.relief View Post
Hmmm, it now occurs to me I could actually drive to SEA after work on the Friday ...
I didn't realize you could drive through the Great Northern Wall!
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Old Aug 20, 18, 1:52 am
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Originally Posted by beckoa View Post
Great title and thanks for stepping up to host ^

Although this will be the 3rd of the year (guess 2nd mini )

PIT DO 2018: Post AS SEA-PIT Inaugural celebration Sept 6-9, 2018 [Alaska DO Series]

I'll see what I can do. Some great Thai food up there!
All I can say is...are you high right now? The PIT DO is an Alaska DO...how?!?
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Originally Posted by ANC RED-EYE View Post
All I can say is...are you high right now? The PIT DO is an Alaska DO...how?!?
As it's organized by those based in Alaska in conjunction with an Alaska flight

Fares seem reasonable to FAI from ANC. Either $69 OW or 5K miles. I just am uncertain about trying to pull it off as I typically don't have weekends off, and I'm taking a substantial # off already next month.

Lodging looks reasonable however.
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Old Aug 20, 18, 10:36 am
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Originally Posted by GrjApp View Post
We liked the Homer Mini DO so much, we couldn’t wait any longer for another one!

Come ride the Alaska Railroad HooDoo Choo Choo Beer Train on Sept 29, 2018: https://www.alaskarailroad.com/ride-...odoo-choo-choo

Cost and all that:
  • Location: Fairbanks, AK
  • Date: Saturday 9/29 – 4 pm to 8.30 pm.
  • Cost: $200 – you have to call to book, info in the link.
  • Refundable: recommend confirming terms when you book – it was verbally mentioned to me 90% refund up to 24 hours prior to the event, however the receipt is not entirely clear on that so YMMV.
  • As of early 8/17, ~200 of the 240 tickets were still available (however it sells out every year so if you are seriously considering it, decide soon).

Practicalities:
  • This is a DIY DO – the only thing that will be arranged is a dinner reservation Friday evening.
  • You will need transportation - possibly Lyft/Uber/cab if you are not venturing far or frequent, otherwise rental car.
  • There are any number of lodging options for points hounds.
  • AS and Ravn fly to FAI and DL seems to still have flights as well.
So, if drinking HooDoo brew (can vouch for it personally) while enjoying dinner on a train ambling through rural Alaska sounds appealing – join us!

Other Mini DO activities will consist of dinner Friday evening Sept 28, tentatively at Silver Gulch Brewery in Fairbanks (America's northernmost brewery). And you never know, you may be treated to the Northern Lights if the conditions are right!
Can't attend but I'll be the train dispatcher on duty this day so I'll be there in spirit, booze trains out of Fairbanks are always a blast.
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Old Aug 20, 18, 12:12 pm
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Very cool!
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As it's organized by those based in Alaska in conjunction with an Alaska flight
Neither of the above is true for the HooDoo Choo Choo DO!

Besides, last I checked, PIT is in PA, not AK. An AK DO is by definition - - - located in the great state of Alaska! But you’re welcome to call the PIT DO an AS DO if you wish
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Having to have been paid to spend way too much time in FAI for work and my ambivalence towards beer I will need to pass on this one. Have fun and enjoy the beer 🍺
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Awww BobW, we can't twist your arm? You can ask them for a discount if you bring your own wine
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Neither of the above is true for the HooDoo Choo Choo DO!

Besides, last I checked, PIT is in PA, not AK. An AK DO is by definition - - - located in the great state of Alaska! But you’re welcome to call the PIT DO an AS DO if you wish
Alaska is slowly conquering the lower 49

And @ANC RED-EYE is a co-organizer I think and we do accept transplants.

There's a flight at 9:54 PM (AS308) I'm tempted to book as a return flight to ANC. I'd work Sunday- just question the sanity of trying to make it from the train depot to airport in 30 minutes...
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