Celebrate Flying Saucer’s 20th anniversary Friday

Photo by An Chih Cheng/ American-Statesman. Fun-loving Austinites may find Flying Saucer a great neighborhood pub. A penny wall holds about 85 beer taps. The pub also has a great wine menu.

Photo by An Chih Cheng/ American-Statesman. Like all locations of the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Austin’s is a cozy neighborhood pub with lots of tasty beers.

When the first Flying Saucer location opened in the Fort Worth area in 1995, the beer scene was very different — especially Austin’s. Real Ale and Live Oak Brewing, for one, hadn’t started up yet. But Flying Saucer’s original bar and all the subsequent locations focused on craft beer all the same, feeding a growing thirst for the big craft brewing pioneers like Sierra Nevada.

Now, the Austin Flying Saucer (which opened about 7 years ago) has many more options to choose from for its large tap wall, which certified cicerone and manager Kevin Bartley helps to cultivate, and he’s certainly made sure there will be plenty of tasty beers ready to tap Friday.

That’s when each location of the chain is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the first Flying Saucer. At 5 p.m., the Austin bar will start rolling out the anniversary beer menu, including rare releases and specialty brews from Avery, Green Flash, Dogfish Head, Stone Brewing and more. There will also be $2 Sierra Nevada Pale Ales, Bartley said, noting that “(the pale ale) is a great example of what we do. It’s a great entry-level beer.”

But his favorite on tomorrow’s tap list is Green Flash Silva Stout, an imperial stout with roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes. He just might be toasting the milestone birthday with it at 7 p.m. when all locations of the Flying Saucer chain will start livestreaming a toast from the original Fort Worth bar. Join in at Flying Saucer Austin at 815 W. 47th St. For more information about this fun event — which all 16 Flying Saucer locations will be participating in — visit the pub’s website.


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