It’s been dubbed Freaky Friday and it takes place on Friday the 13th. But there’s nothing particularly weird about three independent metro brewery restaurants uniting for a movable feast of food and beer.
From 6 to 11 p.m. on Aug. 13, Five Seasons Westside, Max Lager’s downtown, and Twain’s in Decatur each will offer a special cask ale for $3 per glass, and there will be lots of chef’s specials to nibble on.
Adding to the conviviality and safety of the event, a bus is scheduled to shuttle passengers back and forth on a continuous loop between the brewpubs.
Five Seasons brewer Crawford Moran came up with the idea for the crawl, hoping to shine a little light on the Atlanta brewpub scene while having some fun.
“The challenges brewpubs face are because of the way the state laws are written,” Moran said. “We’re essentially restaurants and we have all the challenges restaurants have in this economic environment. It’s tough out there. But we’re all creative and this is a good example of that.”
Max Lager’s brewer John Roberts said business there has been better than ever. But he wanted to be part of Freaky Friday because he thought it would be a blast.
“I’m excited about it,” Roberts said. “I like the idea of the bus moving around in circles, with people hopping on and off. Brewpubs haven’t gotten a lot of love in Atlanta lately. Maybe this will help change that.”
Twain’s brewer Jordan Fleetwood is the only one of the three who will admit to being superstitious. “But not about Friday the 13th,” he said. “I’ve worked on many a Friday the 13th, so I think it’s going to be alright.”
Fleetwood will be tapping one of the barrel-aged beers he has stored at Twain’s. And lucky drinkers can hope for a double IPA or a heather wheat beer, in addition to his regular roster of brews.
Roberts promises his Hopsplosion IPA on cask — a beer he plans to enter for judging at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. And his Max Red, Black, Kolsch and Wit will be on draft.
Moran isn’t sure what cask ale he’ll serve on Freaky Friday. He’s been tapping a cask every Thursday at 5:55 p.m., so there’s always something new to choose from. His current draft offerings include a watermelon wheat, a Bohemian pilsner and a double IPA.
As for the logistics of the crawl, he recommends starting and ending wherever you like but using a designated driver, public transportation or a cab to get home.
“People will have a lot of flexibility as to when they want to get on or off the bus at each place,” Moran said. “On a typical pub crawl, you have to travel as a group and at times there are service issues when the pack arrives. This should be a bit more laid-back.”
Freaky Friday Atlanta Brewpub Crawl, 6-11 p.m., Aug. 13. Bus tickets, $5 advance, $9 day of the crawl, available at Five Seasons Westside (1000 Marietta St., Atlanta, 404-875-3232, 5seasonsbrewing.com), Max Lager’s (320 Peachtree St., Atlanta, 404-525-4400, maxlagers.com) and Twain’s (211 E. Trinity Place, Decatur, 404-373-0063, twains.net).