beer is awesome
Subscribe Twitter

Memphis-area Flying Saucer locations to celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day on Friday

January 23, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Flying SaucerTomorrow (Friday) is National Beer Can Appreciation Day, and the Flying Saucer locations in Memphis and Cordova are popping open some special beer cans to celebrate.

From 11 a.m. to close (2 a.m.), the Saucer will be selling a variety of canned craft brews, including the following:

• Finch’s Golden Wing Blonde Ale

• Finch’s Secret Stache Stout

• Caldera Pilot Rock Porter

• Southern Star Bombshell Blonde Ale

• Oskar Blues Old Chub

• Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

• Oskar Blues Ten FIDY

• Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA

• Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils

A few other surprise brews will be available, as well.

Flying Saucer Cordova is located at 1400 N. Germantown Pkwy. The Downtown Memphis location is at 130 Peabody Place.

Beer has been sold in cans since 1935, with the introduction of Krueger’s Cream Ale and Krueger’s Finest Beer in convenient steel cans.

Guest review: Rare beers at the Flying Saucer’s 16th anniversary party

May 29, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, FuzzyBrew Review, Memphis

Memphis homebrewer and craft beer aficionado Charlie Patrick attended Saturday’s 16th anniversary party at the Flying Saucer. He tried 14 beers in all and filed this dispatch from the Downtown craft beer bar.

The Flying Saucer Memphis celebrated its 16th Anniversary in style this past Saturday. The concept was a tapping of sixteen special brews over sixteen hours. We went to check out the festivities. Here’s a rundown of the beers and our brief reviews. A special shout out, by the way, to our server, Sam, who helped us along the way.

Blackstone Tripel

Blackstone Tripel

Blackstone Tripel – This special brew from our friends down the road in Nashville is darker than most tripels; it’s almost light caramel in color. It’s fruity smelling with bubble gum and just a slight banana flavor. There’s not a lot of spice, making it seem more like a golden strong ale than a tripel.

Yazoo/New Belgium “Rufus” – Many may already be familiar with this special sour ale collaboration between one of our own Tennessee breweries and a well-known neighbor in Colorado, New Belgium. A funk and fruit nose is present. The taste is sour on the front and back end with “horse blanket” funk in the middle with an added touch of sweetness on the end as well.

Sweetwater IPA – Sweetwater is a well-regarded brewery out of Georgia expanding its market. This regular strength IPA has a good combination of citrus and spice in both aroma and taste with a somewhat sweetish finish.

Goose Island Matilda

Goose Island Matilda

Goose Island Matilda – This entry from the famed Chicago brewery fancies itself a Belgian pale ale. It has an orange, kind of rusty hue and a tiny bit of funky aroma. It’s hop forward with some earthy and barnyard notes that fade into malt and a citrusy, dry finish.

Schneider Aventinus Eisbock – Unfortunately, the bar had an issue with their equipment and getting this beast of an Eisbock (12% ABV) tapped. Alas, it will go unreviewed here.

Green Flash Grand Cru – Boy, there was a lot going on here with this Belgian dark strong ale from the malt to the Belgian yeast to the hops. Almost cinnamon-like qualities seemed to come from the combo.

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien – A great smelling sour that has elements of cherry, oranges, and funk. It starts off with just a bit of sweetness before you get a pop of sour. It lingers just a bit and gives you a slight pucker before subsiding. It’s amazingly 11% alcohol by volume (and here’s no way to tell).

Ommegang Game Of Thrones Blonde – The name of this beer pretty much tells you everything you need to know. We’re not sure how much the series really “inspired” this beer from Cooperstown, New York, but it was very smooth with nice lemon and pepper notes to go with the classic blonde character.

Green Flash 7th Anniversary Red Rye IPA – Another beer where the name says a lot. What makes it interesting is the Belgian yeast used and its interplay with the rye malt.

Sierra Nevada Blindfold IPA

Sierra Nevada Blindfold IPA

Sierra Nevada Blindfold IPA – A new entry from this brewery’s “Beer Camp” series. Coffee and American hops intermingled on the nose. The taste, similar to the aroma, was clean, yet robust with a touch of spice.

Green Flash Park West Porter – Yet another superior beer from this San Diego brewery. It smells mainly of coffee, but there are also some fruity esters. The taste is somewhat grainy with coffee then some sweet, sugary bits before it finishes with some hop bite.

New Belgium Lips of Faith: Beire De Garde – Another collaboration beer, this time finding New Belgium teaming with Brewery Viviant (Michigan) – Perhaps an “Imperial” Biere De Garde. The aroma was a little funky with some orange peel. Surprisingly, it’s a very sweet beer with substantial alcohol presence that dries with candy, citrus notes on the end.

Rogue XS Dead Guy Ale

Rogue XS Dead Guy Ale

Rogue XS Dead Guy – Our pals at Rogue used to call this one “Double Dead Guy,” and if you’re familiar with the regular Dead Guy maibock, that’s exciting. There was not much aroma, but the flavor had bold, sweetish malt character followed by a substantial hop bite that finished clean. It almost comes off like a barleywine but cleaner and easier to drink.

New Belgium Lips of Faith: Heavenly Feijoa Tripel – Another New Belgium collaboration with Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel (Montreal). Another darker tripel, likely influenced by using hibiscus. A relatively standard tripel smell with some spice. There was a tart taste from the feijoa fruit and the hibiscus with an herbal quality. However, the flavor seemed a bit out of balance.

Green Flash Black IPA – A very citrus forward smelling black IPA with a strong hop flavor profile that, to be honest, kind of overpowered the malt character, although there was a bit of a roasty, coffee finish.

Out of the beers tried (there were actually fourteen in total), there were some real standouts, all bringing something a bit different to the table. Green Flash really stood out with its Park West Porter and Grand Cru, while Sierra Nevada’s Blindfold IPA showed they still really know what they are doing their when it comes to hops. Also, the Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien is not to be missed, if you are a sour fan. In years past, The Saucer has held on to leftovers from their birthday celebrations for further consumption, so if you stop by, be sure to ask them if you can try any of these beers that spark your curiosity.

Memphis’ Flying Saucer to celebrate 16th anniversary on Saturday

May 24, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Flying Saucer - 16th Birthday flyer

The Flying Saucer in Downtown Memphis is celebrating its 16th anniversary this Saturday with a party featuring rotating taps and 16 rare beers over 16 hours.

Among the beers that will be served are Yazoo Barrel Aged Porter, Sweetwater IPA, Green Flash Red Rye IPA, Abita Wheat IPA, Sierra Blindfold IPA, Goose Island Matilda, Blackstone Tripel, Yazoo/New Belgium’s “Rufus” and more.

Rare beers sampled at “Golden Ticket” event at Flying Saucer for Memphis Beer Week

April 27, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Golden Ticket - Beers

Last night, I hit the jackpot with an invite to the Golden Ticket Beer Sampling Event at the Flying Saucer in Downtown Memphis.

The Memphis Beer Week event was a 25-seat tasting of 15 of the rarest beers that could be found.

Pliny the Elder from Russian River? Check. 2006 Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery? Check. All the beers served were brews that you can’t buy in Memphis, and some were beers that are long out of production and have been aging nicely. It was a beer geek’s dream.

Golden Ticket - table

The Golden Ticket tasting was organized by Kirk Caliendo, district manager for the Flying Saucer, and Austin Sawyer, import, craft and specialty brand manager for Budweiser of Memphis, which has been putting on the Beer Week events. They did a great job of finding an array of beers to satisfy even the most discerning craft beer drinker.

Brass Knuckle Imperial IPA

That giant bottle above is .79 gallons of Brass Knuckle Imperial IPA from Marin Brew Company. It’s a super hoppy beer that, at 9.6% ABV, packs quite a punch.

Here are three of my favorites from last night:

Old RasputinBarrel-Aged Old Rasputin – North Coast Brewing Company

I’ve had Old Rasputin before, the popular Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing. But I got to try the small batch version of the beer that was aged for nine months in 12-year-old bourbon barrels. It had nice notes of bourbon on the nose and it tasted like strong roasted malts and chocolate. This beer was so popular at the table that people kept picking up the empty bottles, trying to get just a few more drops!

Dank Tank Some StrangeDank Tank Some Strange – SweetWater Brewing Company

I’ve never had a beer from SweetWater Brewing Company that I didn’t like, and Some Strange did not disappoint. The 10% ABV Black India Pale Ale from Sweetwater’s Dank Tank series is hopped with Amarillo, Pacific Jade and Zythos, and then dry-hopped with Falconer’s Flight, Falconer’s 7 C’s and Topaz. The beer was just released and is the first Dank Tank beer to flow out of SweetWater’s new brewhouse.

ConsecrationConsecration – Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny is one of my all-time favorites, but it was a real treat to try Russian River’s Consecration. Aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants, it’s a tart sour ale that leaves your mouth watering and your taste buds reeling.

Here’s the full list of beers that were sampled:

1. Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing Company
2. Matilda, Goose Island Beer Co.
3. 2010 Brooklyner Weisse, Brooklyn Brewery
4. Dank Tank Some Strange, SweetWater Brewing Company
5. 2009 Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chein, BFM Brasserie Des Franches-Montagne
6. Game of Thrones Iron Throne, Brewery Ommengang
7. Brass Knuckle Imperial IPA, Marin Brewing Company
8. Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock, Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
9. Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XV, North Coast Brewing Company
10. Local Species, Blue Mountain Brewery
11. Imperial Eclipse Stout, FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
12. Allagash Curieux, Allagash Brewing Company
13. 2006 Black Chocolate Stout, Brooklyn Brewery
14. Consecration, Russian River Brewing Company
15. Walker’s Reserve, Firestone Walker Brewing Co.