Omnivore - HOW-TO: The Atlanta Craft Beer Crawl

A fun adventure full of bars, beer, and MARTA


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  • Yes, you have to start around noon.

This week's cover story highlights the craft beer pilgrimage of Creative Loafing's beer writer, Austin L. Ray. Utilizing nothing but his walking shoes and MARTA buses, Ray visited seven craft beer bars all in one day. Thankfully, the article contains a detailed account of the trip and an illustrated timeline with transportation tips so you can follow along and, perhaps, take the crawl on your own one day.

The feature also includes an Atlanta fall beer festival preview:

Historic Fourth Ward Park Sat., Oct. 5, 12-6 p.m. HOToberfest Now in its sixth year, HOToberfest is a beer geek's beer festival. This year there will be rare, one-off cask selections from both national and local breweries. Details

Downtown Decatur Square Sat., Oct. 19, 12-5 p.m. Decatur Craft Beer Festival One of the Atlanta area's most popular beer festivals, the Decatur Craft Beer Festival sold all of its tickets within a couple of hours of going on sale. However, festival organizers say there are always people selling tickets on-site the day of the event. Details

SweetWater Brewery Sat., Nov. 9, 6 p.m. Brew Your Cask Off Each year, SweetWater Brewing invites 90 special guests to "channel their inner brewer and create a one of a kind cask." The resulting beers are judged and made available to the ticket buyers for unlimited tastings. Details

Yaarab Shrine Center Sat., Nov. 16, 12-6 p.m. The Ponce de Leon Beer Festival The brand-new festival is setting up shop at the Shriner's Temple and will focus on mostly local breweries. VIP tickets include access to festival-only selections from SweetWater, Red Brick, O'Dempsey's, Wrecking Bar, Red Hare, and Burnt Hickory. Details

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Here's a timeline of Austin L. Ray's 50 minute route:


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  • Austin L. Ray's 50 Minute Route

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