The Flying Saucer

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When I started traveling to Memphis Tennessee for a conference my friend Bryan who lives there and enjoys quality beer also introduced me to the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. I had never and still have never been to a place as good for a large selection of high quality brews in one place.
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Each location has over 250 beers to choose from and about 100 of them are on tap. They are equipped with lounge seating, couches, big chairs, coffee tables, some restaurant style table and chairs seating, and bar seating. I have been to two locations one had darts and other had pool tables. It’s a great atmosphere for drinking beer. They have pub style and German foods that are very good also.

The best thing beside the huge beer selection and they bring in new selections every week is the UFO club. You get a card and a shirt by joining. They track what beers you have had and you can rate them. When you have had 200 different types of beers you get you name on a saucer on the wall. The paper with you name on the saucer change every time you hit the next 200 beers. The color indicates the multiplier of 200 beers. They do limit your beer count to 3 a day for the UFO club so it will take me awhile to get too two hundred beers. For some reason the first year there I didn’t join the UFO club so I only have two years of one week trips each year worth of beer on my count. My count is 29 beers to date until I can get back to Memphis is July.

They have pint night every Monday night, Trivia bowl every Tuesday, brewery night every Wednesday featuring a different brewery with take home glass every week.

Here is what I have tasted at the flying saucer according to my list:
July 10th 2011:
Belhaven Scottish Ale – on Draft- ABV 5.2%- I gave it 5 out of 5

Delirium Nocturnum – bottle- belgian strong ale- ABV 8.5%- I gave it 4 out of 5

July 11th 2011:
Monty Pythons Holy Grail Ale – bottle- English style pale- ABV 4.7%- I gave it 3 out of 5- it’s cool for the name but the beer itself is lacking the full pale ale flavor

D. Carnegie Porter – bottle- Baltic style porter- ABV 5.5%- 5 out of 5

Belhaven Scottish Stout – bottle- stout – ABV 7%- 5 out of 5- this is a good stout from a great brewery

July 12th 2011:
Wells Banana Bread – bottle- English ale- ABV 5.2%- 2 out of 5- wow it tastes like banana bread but missing the nuts. I did not like this beer and I think it is because it is brewed with mineral water and I don’t like mineral water.

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Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan – draft- brown ale- ABV 4.39%- 5 out of 5- this is a very tasty brown ale you can taste the pecans and they add a nutty sweetness and a almost Carmel after note

Flying Dog Doggie style pale ale – draft- pale ale- ABV 5.5%- 3 out of 5

July 13th 2011:
Murphy’s Irish Stout – draft- stout- ABV 4%- 5 out of 5- this is one of my favorite stouts it is much creamier then other stouts. Murphy’s makes a much better carbomb also the creamy stout plays better with the bialys

Innis & Gunn Rum Cask – bottle- Scotch Ale- ABV 7.4%- 5 out of 5- YES I found my favorite beer that day! This ale is aged in oak casks that were used to age Rum. This ale tastes similar to scotch due to the oak and the rum flavors from aging.

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Blue Velvet – mix- Guinness, hard apple cider, topped with port wine- 2 out of 5- the sound of it on paper sounds good but I really was not a fan and would not have it again

July 14th 2011:
Abita Root Beer – draft- non-alcoholic- 5 out of 5- this is a very good root beer and having it in tap I think makes it better it was strong and high quality

July 13th 2012:
Red Brick Wee Heavy – bottle- Scottish Ale- ABV 6.5%- 3 out of 5- a half way decent wee heavy. It’s not close to the Belhaven wee heavy too say the least.

O’Fallon Smoked Porter – bottle- porter- ABV 6%- 3 out of 5

Innis & Gunn Rum Cask – draft- Scotch Ale- ABV 7.4%- 5 out of 5-

July 14th 2012:
half and half – mix- Guinness and harp layered- 5 out of 5- Basically it’s a Black and Tan with harp. I thought this was better keeping it all Irish but the harp is too thin and the flavor was too light.

Guinness black lager – bottle- black lager- ABV 4.5%- 1 out of 5- I was not impressed at all the flavor was too light for a black ale and just failed at the creation of this beer I will not buy it again

BlackStone St. Charles Porter – draft – porter- ABV 5.8%- 4 out of 5

July 15th 2012:
Xingu Brazilian Black – bottle- Schwarzbier- ABV 4.7%- 4 out of 5- Brazil South America’s modern version of a Historical Amazon drink. This is the fourth best selling beer in South America. Black color with a craggy brown head.

Tilburg’s Dutch Brown Ale – bottle – ABV 5%- 5 out of 5

Belhaven Wee Heavy – bottle- Scottish Ale- ABV 6.5% – 5 out of 5 – this is a high quality tasty Wee Heavy!

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July 16th 2012:
Saucer Favorite Black and Tan – Mix- Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Guinness layered- this is a Grrrreat Black and Tan the strong flavors from the Sierra Nevada plays so good with the Guinness I’d say even better then Bass and for sure better the Harp

Magic Hat #9 – draft- fruit Pale Ale- ABV 5.1%- 4 out of 5- this is a great brew with flavors of apricot and has a crisp finish. It I a great refreshing fruit ale. We even got a keg of this beer at our 2011 picnic

Lazy Magnolia Southern Hops’pitality – draft- IPA – ABV 6%- 4 out of 5- an extremely hoppy brew with strong taste

July 17th 2012:
RJ Rockers Buckwheat after dark – bottle- Dunkelweizen -ABV 5.6%- 3 out of 5- a dark ale with scents of banana, hazelnut and chocolate. The chocolate is strong in the flavor with a banana back end.

Abita Turbodog – draft- brown ale- ABV 5.6%- 3 out of 5

July 18th 2012:
Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard – bottle- strong ale- ABV 7.6% -5 out of 5- arrogant bastard I one of my Favorite beers it has a strong flavor with a huge bite in each sip and to have a oak aged version it’s amazing

New Belgium 1554 – draft- Belgian dark ale- ABV 5.6%- 4 out of 5- I really like this ale it is a ale they stopped making a long time ago and dates back to the year 1554. It’s a must try

Maredsous 8 – Brune – draft- Dubbel- ABV 8% -5 out of 5- a very high quality Belgian ale. This night we even got the glass but I left it with my friend Byan who lives in Memphis to mail me but he hasn’t and he’s been sending me pictures I him drinking out of my glass since just teasing me

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21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon and Bitter American

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21st Amendment is a local brewery in San Francisco, CA. They have been gaining more and more attention in beer blogs and the craft beer scene. Their big thing is Craft beer in a can which threw me for a loop but I kept an open mind and just wanted to judge them on the brew its self. I got a 6 pack of each Beer from my beer drinking partner. The 6 pack box and each can has very cool with very pop culture almost street art drawings on each one.

21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon
Fruit beer- ABV 4.9%
I cracked the can it smelled like a caned beer. I poured it its light like a American lager with a small white head. I smells like a normal American lager from a can. The taste is watermelon for sure but very light, not much hops kinda like a light lager. The color is light golden but you cannot see through it. It has a nice consistent white lacing. It’s a good fruit beer but too light for my taste.

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21st Amendment Bitter American
American Pale Ale- ABV 4.4%
I expected a much darker beer when I cracked the can and I was right. A darker golden color. I smelled it and said YES. It is a very strong hoppy smell kind of like a IPA. Thick white head with thick consistent white lacing. The taste is very hoppy and the bitter is on the back end only. I said to my wife when the beers in you mouth it’s not bitter it’s just very hoppy, the hops are strong with this one like a Jedi. I really really like this one. I find it to be a complex hoppy strong Pale Ale. My drinking partner thinks its too bitter but I don’t. Its not like bitter fosters which is too bitter to drink for me.

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Schneider Tap Take over Oktoberfest End October 19th

October 19th Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, CA Schneider Tap Take over Oktoberfest End. On Tap: Aventinus Eisbock, Edel-weisse, Hopfen, and Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin refermented in the keg 6 months. They had handmade ceramic mugs that night. These were German imported .05 liter pours except the C Nelson was 8 oz.

Aventinus Eisbock
ABV 12% this was my first Eisbock. it was heavy dark and very good

Edel-weisse
ABV 6.2% an extremely good wheat ale it has hints of citrus and strong wheat flavor. A very good pure true hefeweissen.

Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin
ABV 7.3% I remember this being a great brew but not much more then that unfortunately

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Allagash Pint Night January 3rd

Allagash Pint Night Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, CA January 3rd

Allagash bourbon barrel aged black
ABV 9.3% I had this the other day at liquid bread but today it has a better taste I must have got the end of a keg the other day. Color is black but you can see dark red tent through the ale. The smell isn’t as strong as other bourbon barrel aged ale but still that distinct scent. It is a thick ale with smooth oak flavor and a creamy malty taste. I am much happier with this ale tonight and the price is much cheaper then what I paid at liquid bread for the same pour

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Brother Thelonious – North Coast Brewing Co.
Belgian Strong Dark Ale ABV 9.4% color is a deep dark brown with not much head with no lacing. Strong sweet flavor with a spicy back end. Heavy tastes of burnt sugar and even burnt raw sugar with a almost fruity taste.

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Rose Bowl game with New Belgium’s Lips of faith series

I am sitting in my living room watching my college sports team Stanford play Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on January 1st 2013

New Belgium Biere De Garde – ABV 9%
Ale brewed with orange peel. The scent is if a strong ale and oranges. You can taste the orange peel in every aspect of this ale the initial taste, with it in your mouth and the carry through to the after taste. The color is very light see through but very orange. Half way through my glass I’m feeling the beer more then normal and that when I looked up the ABV and to my surprise it’s a 9% for being such a light color and consistency it’s surprisingly strong.

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New Belgium Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout – ABV 9% very dark black in color with a brown solid lacing. You cant see through the beer at all. Strong dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts in the flavor.

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Good game Stanford won and I had 2 high quality strong ales worthy of their names