Friday, March 6, 2009

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

On Sunday, Chris, Clay, and I went to "The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium". It was a place that the trophy Fiancee told me about, and I was intrigued. It is a restaurant devoted to Beer and Sausage. If this doesn't intrigue you, you probably should just wait until Monday's post.

The local Flying Saucer is located in The Triangle so its centrally located and just a couple hops north from the drag. As you approach the restaurant, the first thing you notice is the extensive outside patio. I can hardly wait to head here in the summer.

Now to the reason you want to know about this place.

First of all, there are TWO menus. The first is food menu which has a large selection of sausage based dishes, many of which are unusual (sausage con queso and sausage nachos). The second is a densely packed, blue paper menu which has beer. The really exciting part of this second menu is something described on the back. For those familiar with wine bars, you may be familiar with the "flight of wine", that is a sampling of 5 different wines which are served in small glasses so that you don't get more than a single glass worth of wine, but get a variety. Flying Saucer has "Flights of Beer" - a selection of 5 different 4 oz samples of beer. I didn't get one while I was there, but I think when I head back (I'm having my bachelor party here) I will likely enjoy the "Texas Flight".

The Austin location has a selection of local brews. As Sunday was "2.75 Texas Pints", I figured I'd get a "512 Pecan". Chris order a St. Arnold's Spring Bock.

A slight digression. There is more to life than Shiner Bock, and if you go there, and you order "Pabst Blue Ribbon" not only will they tell you that they don't have it, but the people you are eating with will ridicule you for the rest of the day (You know who you are, Clay).


The food, as previously mentioned, is primarily Sausage - View the menu here. Other than reading the menu, all you need to know is, "The food is good".

The ambiance is fun and casual. The female waitstaff is friendly and knowledgable (to be sure, if you like the staff at Bone Daddy's, Hooters, Tilted Kilt, and Twin Peaks, you will like this place).

Yes, this is a chain. However, it earns my seal of approval.


Chris said...

Yeah Clay, we know who you are, Clay. PBR, Clay? Shiner Bock, Clay? Seriously Clay? Step out of East Texas long enough to see the rest of the beer world, Clay.

We love you Clay, but damn, PBR?

Clay said...

It was a legitimate question!!