Stone Mixtape Ale Vol. 10 -Blend from AnotherPlanet – releases in all Saucers – FRIDAY 2/20 (plus our other joints)

Posted by
CaptKeith
on February 18, 2015

As part of the Flying Saucer’s 20th anniversary, we plan to release some special beers throughout this year. First up, is this special beauty from our friends at Stone Brewing Company!

Back in September of last year, a small group from our family of restaurants was invited out to the beautiful Stone World Bistro in Escondido to sit down with the brain trust of Stone Brewing Co. to blend a new beer from a collection of their beers. This was a wonderful opportunity extended to us (and to others in the past) who have been loyal business partners with Stone throughout the years. This was an honor & such a great experience that we will not forget. (especially the surfing incident……or the night at Hamilton’s)

Our group has been pouring Stone brews for over 7 years now in Texas. Mixtape Vol. 10 is the result of that blending session that took place over a few hours with 16 beers to choose from ranging from dry hopped or botanically infused IPAs to barrel aged beer. Founder Greg Koch, Brew Master Mitch Steele and Special Projects Manager Steve Gonzalez were all at the table but they really just let us go our own way. We stumbled around tasting some beers. We tossed around some ideas of directions we thought we might want to pursue.  Then, we dove in with the beakers and started creating blends.  Steve was a great help for us as he took extensive notes as we tried this and that.  And about an hour in, we thought we came up with an interesting blend with the Coffee Milk Stout being a strong role in the blend. (but no, we wanted to try another direction just to see what we could come up with)

There was this other beer on the table, Varna Necropolis, just staring at us.  That beer was incredible.  It would have been a shame with that beer on the table not to blend it in somehow, someway. Two threads of the first blend still felt appealing.  They were flavorful, patient and had nuance that could provide enjoyable subtleties to a beer with strong character.  That is where the Varna stepped in with it Golden Ale beauty and a Saison yeast aged in Bourbon barrels for 12 months. Big, bold, badass and Stone. Through some trial and error, we felt like we came up with a sexy, elegant beast that will be enjoyable to taste now and for a few years to come. The Vol. 10 blend is almost equal parts of Varna Necropolis, Cali-Belgique aged in red wine barrels and Cali-Belgique with Montmorency Sour Cherries that finished at 51 ibu and 8.6% abv.

As you should always try to do with beer, we had to roll with the punches.  A week later as Steve went to blend the three beers into the bright tank, he realized that there wasn’t enough aged Cherry Cali-B to make the blend work on the scale we hoped for.  He decided to blend fresh Cali-B and fresh pressed sour cherries into the bright tank. Of course this changed the flavor profile some, the original blend is still lurking and, with age, our gargoyle will be birthed from the gargoyle that you will hold in your glass this Friday, February the 20th.  We couldn’t be happier with his decision as it added a completely new dynamic to the beer with fresh sour cherry instead of aged and the fresh bitterness from the fresh Cali-B.  This was a thrilling experience to take part of and we are super proud to share this beer that the crew from Stone Brewing Co.  helped us create…for you…..the Beerknurd!

To another 20 years!!

Cheers!!

Tasting notes from Stone for Mix Tape Vol. 10…

Lots of sweet and sour intense cherry flavors. Lots of red wine and bitter woody notes from the barrel aging, plus a hint of bourbon from the Varna Necropolis. Spicy phenolic flavors from the 3 Belgian yeast brews combined into this beer. Intensely complex beer with lots going on and a lingering finish of cherry, wine, oak, and bourbon. Suitable for extended aging. Suggested serving temperature around 45-50F

Hope to see you there!

 

 


Fort Worth Flying Saucer – Cellar Release – SUNDAY 12-21-14

Posted by
CaptKeith
on December 18, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Charlotte Flying Saucer Thursday 12/18

Posted by
CaptKeith
on December 17, 2014

This is happening! Bells for everyone. Thanks ERIK


Beerknurd Calendar Release – This Wednesday 10/29 (7:00PM)

Posted by
CaptKeith
on October 27, 2014

Each year since 2008, we’ve been producing a calendar designed for our Beerknurds. Some of  you have trekked across the globe snapping photos while wearing your Flying Saucer t-shirts.

We saw Connor Phalon make the cover last year with a shot of himself on Uhuru Peak in Tanzania. (Perhaps a little out of breath, but still smiling.) Shane Marshall, from Charlotte was playing the drums on stage at an outdoor concert. (cool shot indeed) Matt Walker visited the Tikal Mayan ruins in Guatemala & Christina Doerr got engaged on the bar top in Austin! We should begin taking submissions for next year’s calendar in early 2015.

The calendar competition was stiff this year, but I think we picked some great shots. Mark your calendars and come out to your local Flying Saucer and see who made this year’s cut. Calendars are FREE to Beerknurds, so bring your UFO card, grab your calendar & have a beer. Added BONUS: We will also feature a special Brewery Night with Stone Brewing Company so you can collect a super cool Halloween Glass. (except Little Rock – b/c they don’t have Stone yet)


Stephen Beaumont Saucer Tour – October

Posted by
CaptKeith
on September 12, 2014

Stephen Beaumont will be on tour this fall at the following Flying Saucer locations & our new Bird Cafe. Stephen has co-authored the World Atlas of Beer & The Pocket Beer Guide which is just released in 2nd edition. He has authored many other books on the subject of beer, brewing and food. In fact, he has been doing so since the 90’s long before many people were even thinking about such things.

Sunday October 5th at 4 PM – Nashville, TN – a special tutored beer dinner w/ 5 courses in the beautiful beer garden & book signing following. $45

Monday October 6th at 6 PM – Austin, TX – A Brewer’s Summit – 5 area brewers will be attending and presenting their crown jewels alongside individual food pairings. Real Ale, Jester King, Austin Beerworks, Thirsty Planet & Karbauch will be part of this fun event. Stephen will have a chance to taste their chosen beer along with the attendees and make comments about the beer, as well as the style in general. $45 with a book signing following. Bring your own or buy one at the event.

Tuesday October 7 – 6 PM – Lake Ray Hubbard – A Brewer’s Summit – with local and other US Breweries. The list includes; Rahr & Sons, Real Ale, Sierra Nevada and Founders Brewing Co. Each of the four beer presented will be paired with a special dish from Chef Sylva. Come enjoy a view of the lake and a unique experience with a world renowned beer expert. $30

Wednesday October 8 – Addison, TX – A Fun Tutored 5 Course Beer Dinner. This will be held in the Pub of Love which is small so space in limited – book now – $40 The Pocket Beer Guide: The Essential Handbook to the Very Best Beers in the World, 2015 Edition will be available

Thursday October 9 – Bird Cafe – 6:30 (in the original Saucer building – Fort Worth) – A Special 5 Course Beer, Spirits and Wine Dinner. An expert in all three, Stephen will be the perfect host & with Chef McMillan’s pairings this should be a fun night.  The event will be held upstairs in the private party room with a book signing afterward. $75 The Pocket Beer Guide: The Essential Handbook to the Very Best Beers in the World, 2015 Edition will be available

Friday – October 10 – Fort Worth Saucer – 7 PM – A Brewer’s Summit – 5 area brewers: Craig Mycoskie- Rahr & Sons Brewing, Jamie Fulton- Community Brewing, Wim Bens- Lakewood Brewing, Grant Wood- Revolver Brewing & Cody Martin- Martin House Brewing will be attending and presenting their crown jewels alongside a special food pairing from Chef Bob. Stephen will have a chance to taste their chosen beer with attendees and make comments about the beer as well as the style in general. $45 The Pocket Beer Guide: The Essential Handbook to the Very Best Beers in the World, 2015 Edition will be available

Saturday – October 11th 1 PM – 7 PM- Flying Saucer Fort Worth 9th Annual BeerFeast. Stephen will attend the and be available for book signing and beer discussion. The weather should be perfect and VIP tickets are almost gone. Click the link and buy your tickets today.

Fort Worth Fall BeerFeast

 


Beerfeast 2014 kicks off next month

Posted by
CaptKeith
on August 20, 2014

This is our 20th year of pouring craft beer. It is a privilege to be in this industry, especially now. I really can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing, besides maybe fishing for a living. There are so many good people, solid breweries with dedicated brewmasters & world-class beers in the market place today. Quite frankly, it is getting tough to manage our portfolio. We’ve literally been flooded with new breweries coming on-line and established breweries expanding into new territory. So, this year we will present a fantastic line up for your tasting pleasure.

Marc w John in Fort Worth, TX

Good times in Austin, TX

Every year, we throw a small beer festival in the backyard of five of our beer joints. Each event is generally limited to 1500 tickets. Its a fun way to show some love to our beer community and is always a good time.

This year we will host anywhere from 80 – 150 great brews from our brewing friends in each community and around the world. Beer lists will be released in the coming weeks. We will be raiding the cellars, calling upon brewers to showcase a rare unicorn & pour fine session beers made the way you like.

Get your ticket today and bring a friend. Click on the image above.

Capt


Winner for the 2014 Germany Trip

Posted by
CaptKeith
on July 10, 2014

This year, hundreds of Beerknurds along with other Flying Saucer patrons have been feverishly entering our yearly raffle to win an incredible beer trip to Germany. This 5 week long campaign has helped us raise over $20,000 for the Pints for Prostates organization lead by Rick Lyke –  a writer for all about beer magazine.

On behalf of Flying Saucer team an the Pints for Prostates campaign, we would like to congratulate Rick Maddox (Sugar Land Beerknurd) for winning the Germany Beer Tour grand prize. This is a trip for two to the heart of German beer country.

The trip is organized by BeerTrips.com and they will visit Bavaria and Franconia between Oct. 9-19, 2014. This will be the fourth year that Pints for Prostates has partnered with BeerTrips.com to organize this fundraiser. The best way to get a true feel of what they will experience is to watch this video from their previous European adventures. You can see the planned itinerary on the BeerTrips.com website.

Congratulations Rick! We hope you have an incredible journey. Take some pictures for next year’s calendar….

Captain Keith

 


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

 


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