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Drink This Weekend Edition: Flying Saucer is beerknurd bliss

March 15th 02:03pm, 2013

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium has landed in St. Louis. If you’re headed downtown this Saturday for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, you’ll be within radius of this recently opened watering hole, located at 900 Spruce St. Here are five reasons why beer-lovers are fast becoming regulars at this beer outpost:

1. Beer selection – The Flying Saucer mission is to provide the community “with the largest selection of quality hand-crafted beers from Missouri and around the world,” according to its drink menu, a four-pager dubbed The Fly Paper – St. Louis. There are 80 brews on tap and, at any given time, between 120 and 140 in bottles, representing more than 24 styles. (Pictured below, from left to right: Schlafly Kölsch, Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout, Spaten Franziskaner Hefeweizen and Chimay Cinq Cents.)

2. Beer flights – Take a trip while staying seated at the bar by opting for one of seven flights. Hop around the U.S., go to Germany or circle the globe for as little as $10. Each flight comes with five 5-ounce pours.

3. Specials – Every day is a beer celebration at Flying Saucer. On Sundays, all Missouri beers on draft are priced at $3 a pint; on Mondays, that same price applies to the majority of draft beers; and collectors of cool glassware should mark their calendars for Wednesdays, when the glasses from a featured brewery can be kept for a slight upcharge. Soon to commence on Thursdays will be the tapping of a rare keg.

4. Beer food – If you really love beer, you want it in your food, too. Flying Saucer dishes out beer in its Guinness stout au jus that accompanies its Saucer Dipster (pictured). The Dipster features roast beef and Swiss cheese with horseradish mayo on a hoagie bun that comes with a choice of fries, hot German potato salad (pictured) or a side salad. We also spotted Newcastle English Brown Ale in the spicy beer cheese soup, an IPA in the chili and a sweet lambic sauce pooled atop the Mud Island Torte.

5. The plates in the space – A true Flying Saucer beerknurd – a member of the beer bar’s drink sect known as the UFO Club – is less impressed by the flat screen TVs or the darts than by the brass plates hanging on Flying Saucer’s wall. Why? Because if a person is dedicated enough to drink 200 different beers, he or she deserves to be immortalized. Want your name in that Ring of Honor? Better get drinking.

— photos by Michelle Volansky

By Ligaya Figueras

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