Bird Cafe hosts Breckenride Dinner with Todd Usry 4-21

Posted by
CaptKeith
on April 15, 2014

Bird Cafe opened December 18th in the original Flying Saucer building, at the corner of 4th and Commerce in Fort Worth’s Sundance Plaza. Next Monday 4-21 we will host a Breckenridge Beer Dinner with guest speaker Todd Usry. Todd has been a friend of ours for nearly 20 years and we are proud to host this event to showcase some of his fine beers. Chef David McMillan will prepare five courses to pair nicely with each beer. David is becoming a pro at these beer dinners.

Our “Pairdine” will be hosted in the upstairs Rookery, formerly known as Half Acre Hall. This will provide a perfect space to enjoy friends and food as well as learn about Breckenridge beers as we enjoy dinner. I hope to see some of you there. Space is somewhat limited, so please book now if you can make it.

Beerknurds get the $10 discount as always – just mention this blog.

 


Houston Beer Week – Feel Good Fundraiser

Posted by
CaptKeith
on November 13, 2013

I love this! “A hearty Cheers! to 6-year-old Madison Rainey and all the other people involved in making Houston Beer Week about more than just our favorite beverage. Please take a moment to read this story and mark you calendar to help with this fundraiser.”

DETAILS

  • What: Sick in the Head tap night
  • Where: Flying Saucer Sugar Land, 15929 City Walk
  • When: 7 p.m. Thursday
  • Downtown event: Another Sick in the Head fund-raiser will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the downtown Houston Flying Saucer, 705 Main
  • Who benefits: $5 of each $6 pint of Sick in the Head will be donated to the family of cancer patient Jake Phillips, a fourth-grade student at Scanlan Oaks Elementary School


Garrett Oliver at Lark on the Park

Posted by
CaptKeith
on August 8, 2013

Garrett Oliver, brewmaster for Brooklyn Brewery will be visiting our new restaurant Lark on the Park. (Across from Klyde Warren Park in Dallas.)

Garrett is the leading authority on beer and food in the world today. He is the author of The Brewmaster’s Table as well as The Oxford Companion to Beer. The Brewmaster’s Table has helped all of us understand beer a little more clearly. It has also allowed us to understand how well beer and food can work together as a complete meal. The Oxford Companion to Beer reads more like an encyclopedia of everything you could ever want to know about beer and brewing.That was an incredible undertaking and a very well written book. I use it as a reference guide – especially when I am writing a new beer quiz…….

I’ve learned a great deal from him and am honored that he will be hosting a tutored tasting with 6 special beers and wonderful chef pairings. Please join us for an evening of great beers, very special food pairings and a unique chance to listen to Garrett explain how beer and food work together.

 

Call for reservations soon as space is limited. Beerknurds and Delirium Guild Members will receive a $10 discount. I hope to see you there.

Cheers,
Capt Keith

 


Posted by
admin
on August 1, 2013

#IPAday is once again upon us.  It’s that special time of year when we celebrate the fastest growing style in American Craft and rub our love for this style in our non craft friends faces by blasting it all over social media.  According to Craftbeer.com last year, roughly 12 thousand tweets from more than eight thousand people were sent out over a 24-hour period, yielding over 10 million impressions for the #IPAday hashtag on Twitter.

Once again we are teaming up with our friends at Untappd.com and have a special Flying Saucer badge for those of your that use their beer tracking mobile app.  If you haven’t checked it out, it is a fun way to share and your beers in a mobile interface.  This year is bound to be bigger and better, so be a part of it.  Come on down to your favorite watering hole and order up a few IPAs, all of our locations have some exciting promotions going on, so don’t miss out!


Last chance to win a trip to Europe!

Posted by
admin
on July 24, 2013

Today is not only our last glass night for our Pints for Prostates promotion, but also the last day to buy any raffle tickets at all! Come on down to your local Saucer and get your hands on another raffle ticket for a chance to go to Europe on someone else’s dime while supporting a great cause. Tomorrow will be too late!


Pints for Prostates Half way mark is behind us

Posted by
admin
on July 17, 2013

Today is our third glass night of our 4 week promotion to support a great charity and have a chance to win a trip for two to Europe!  If you havent had a chance to get your hands on a raffle ticket, you better hurry.  While raffle tickets are available any day between  now and next Wednesday, glass nights are the easiest way to get your hands on raffle tickets since all you have to do is come and drink beer.

Special thanks to Duvel, Blanche de Bruxelles, Gouden Carolous and Chimay for their support in our event, we couldn’t do it without them.  Last year Pints for Prostates honored us with a special award since we were able to write them a check for almost $25,000 last year, which we couldn’t have done without YOU our loyal BeerKnurds.  Come grab a tasty Belgian Brew to celebrate Belgian Independence day coming up on Saturday, donate some money to a great charity, and of course, a chance to win a dream vacation package to Europe!

 


Pints for Prostates 2013

Posted by
admin
on July 2, 2013

Tomorrow, July 3rd,  we kick off our Pints for Prostates promotion for 2013!  Last year we were able to raise almost $24,000 and this year we plan to beat that record for this great cause!  With special donations from Belukus Importing, Wetten Importing, DuvelUSA, and Mannekin Brussels Imports we are teaming up once again with beertrips.com and Pints for Prostates to raffle off one hell of a trip!   All you have to do is come in anytime between July 3rd and July 24th and get your hands on a raffle ticket.  The easiest was to acquire a ticket is come in on a Wednesday and buy our featured brewery night glass that comes with a raffle ticket.  Careful, only 144 glasses will be available so get there before 7pm.  You can also make a donation and receive raffle tickets during those Wednesdays or any other day before the 24th.

Last year our trip was entirely focused on Belgium, this year will include Amsterdam, Cologne and Dusseldorf as well as Brussels.   See below for a guest blog entry from one of last years winners Dave Haake:

It pays to drink good beer with good people.

 
I was fortunate enough to win a trip last September to Belgium for 2 for 7 days by drinking beer.  Virtually everyone I have told that to has asked for an explanation, so here it is.  On the 4th of July I went to my favorite Kansas City bar, the Flying Saucer, for a beer.  The bartender, Jim, explained that they were teaming with Pints for Prostate Cancer and Beer Trips, beertrips.com, to give away a trip to Belgium for 2 for 7 days and all you had to do was drink a Belgium pint of beer to enter.  Sounded like a good cause and I like Belgium beers, so of course I participated and bought a couple of extra tickets for good measure, again a good cause so why not.
 
Fast forward to August and I get a phone call saying I won and I am having a tough time believing that it’s true.  Well it was true and after several of my guy buddies tried to convince my wife that they should go instead of her, my wife and I had tickets in hand for Belgium.  There were 16 of us on the trip, with 7 of us being Flying Saucer regulars (the other 9 didn’t have a Saucer close, like Australia).
 
After an evening of introductions, over beer and a classic Belgium diner we were off and running.  Beer Trips really has this down to a science.  We had a great time touring the different brewery’s including Chimay, Cantillon, Duvel-Moortgat, Bockor and Rodenbach along with several tasting rooms, other brewery’s and beer diners.  Belgium was beautiful with a very interesting history and we had walking tours of each of the cities we went to, complete with stops for refreshments along the way.  We got to tour Gent, Brussels and Brugge complete with a guide and beer.  All of the hotels we stayed in were very convenient to the city, so we had extra free time to see the sites.  We had a great time with everyone on the trip and have met several people that we continue to stay in touch with.
 
After 7 days in Belgium I had tried 95 different beers and was not the winner of trying the most.  A young lady from San Francisco was at 125 different beers for the week, so needless to say, there are lots of options.  There is a bar which we visited several times that is in the Guinness book of World Records for serving over 2004 different beers.  So it will take a few more trips to try them all.
 
My wife really wasn’t sure she wanted to take the trip if as she put it “All we are going to do is drink beer all day”.  After we got back she had so much fun, she has started forwarding me possible trips for another beer trip in the future.  It really was as advertised and yes I really did win a trip to drink beer, by drinking beer.  So drinking at the Flying Saucer does pay!
 
I might just head there right now, as I am getting a little thirsty after writing this.
 
David Haake, KC MOU #0568″
 

 


Beer FEAST at Lake Ray Hubbard Tomorrow!

Posted by
admin
on June 14, 2013

Our first Beer FEAST of the 2013 season is finally upon us!  This is one of my favorite festivals because it is right on Lake Ray Hubbard.  The sun will be hot, but we have plenty of shade and a cool breeze rolling off the lake.  Each year our festivals get better and better, and this will be no exception.  VIP tickets sold out long ago, but we still have General Admission Tickets online for $30. (Beerknurds: Don’t forget about your additional discount) Day of tickets bump up to $40, so get your tickets now! www.beerfeast2013.com

Lake views!

Plenty of shade

 

And a cool breeze

 

Check out our BEER LIST!!!  Secret tappings will be unveiled at the festival.


American Craft Beer Week May 13

Posted by
CaptKeith
on May 10, 2013

I remember my craft beer game changer was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. That beer is such a fine example of the classic American Pale Ale and from a true American Brewing Pioneer. I drank that beer with good friend Aaron Ledyard and it changed my life.

Since that day in 1991, I have served a lot of good beer to lot of good people (from Dallas’ first brewpub – Yegua Creek Brewing Company, Flying Saucers, Meddlesome Moth, Rodeo Goat w Sam  & Lark on the Park.) I owe a lot of my initial interest in craft beer to this man, Michael Jackson.

(Lauren Schlabs, Michael Jackson & Capt. Keith circa 1996)

I was asked a few weeks ago when I thought this bubble would burst. As I told my friend, this “trend” will not end. Craft Beer is here to stay. We know what it tastes like. We are never going backwards. We are eating better foods, drinking better wines and enjoying better beers with friends and family. Beer is forever…

This coming week is a time to celebrate the small and independent craft breweries that we have all grown to appreciate. The American Craft Beer Culture has changed forever and Beerknurds have all been a big part of that movement. We will continue to see small local breweries emerge all around the US.

Go to your local beer joint (Flying Saucer I hope) or market and drink some good American Craft Beer next week. Support the little guys that are working around the clock to produce the beers we truly enjoy.

Let’s raise one high to all of those American Craft Brewers responsible for bringing us great beer!

Captain Keith

 


The quest for plate #1 in St Louis

Posted by
admin
on April 25, 2013

Last night we scanned in brews 148,149 and 150 for Michael Springer, Nathan Menshew, Whitney Brown, Richard Haegele and Joe Hoffman that have all been in to our newest location every day since we opened.  This puts us over 75% of the way towards hanging our first plates in the Ring of Honor in St Louis.    Because of the stiff 5 way tie for plate #1, we have some special tricks up our sleeve to help us decide the final order of our first plates.  The warm reception we received in St Louis has been amazing.  Over 1,000 new Beerknurds signed up in our first month of business, thirsty for more knowledge and understanding of the world of craft beer.

The Royals vs Cardinals plate representatives are still in the battle as well.  For those baseball fans out there, go to www.saucershowdown.com for more information on the battle of I-70.   


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