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Friday, February 24, 2012

Flying Saucer - Houston

While away on business in Houston I decided to hit up on of my favorite Monster-Taplist-Beer-Bars the Flying Saucer in downtown Houston.

Main entrance
When I first got into beer places like The Yard House and Goat Hill Tavern were major destinations for me. Being Monster-Taplist-Beer-Bars (which I'm trademarking by the way) they allowed me to try a good variety of beer quickly and often carried a beer I haven't seen before.  The problem I ran into overtime was finding a beer out of the hundreds they carried that I actually wanted to drink.  The another issue I started to encounter was odd flavors that I've come to associate with improper maintenance of draft lines and stale beer.  Suddenly these shining lights beer became a little less bright in my eyes.  I'm sure by now you're probably screaming "Beer Snob" and to a degree you might have a point.

Fortunately in my travels I have found Monster-Taplist-Beer-Bars that have redeemed the concept one of which is the Flying Saucer in Houston (the Winking Lizard being another one). Similar in concept to other Monster-Taplist-Beer-Bars, the Flying Saucer is a chain of beer focused restaurants across the south.  They carrying a large number of draft beers in addition to a very large and reasonably priced bottle list, though there's not really distinction between the two as they appear on one large beer menu.  The nice thing about the beer menu is that it is divided up by style which includes a nice little blurb about it.  While the description are not entirely accurate it does an excellent job describing the style and setting the stage for what to expect. They also offer a variety of specially put together flights offering to take you an a tour of a style or region.

The chalkboard menu showcasing special beers
On my visits I've always been able to find a beer I've wanted to try but have never encountered with in this trip included a (512) IPA (which was excellent) and a Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale (brewed for Monk's Café in Philadelphia but available elsewhere). The treat of the evening was a glass of 2008 Stone Double Bastard featured on their chalkboard menu.  I think it was that which showcases the difference between a Monster-Taplist-Beer-Bar focused on the beer and a Monster-Taplist-Beer-Bar focused on the number of taps.

The food was nothing to write home about (or in this blog) but that was only a side effect of my trip to the Saucer.

Cheers

-SNB

Pictures

The flight menu
Some of the beer menu
Customer plates
Monk's Café
2008 Double Bastard
They even had a shirt perfect for me and some of my friends

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