Suffice it to say the Flying Saucer is wonderful as a limited run chain. They have a great selection of taps and bottle, as extensive as The Gingerman or Yardhouse if not more! And definitely a nice selection of local and national craft beer, as well as imports. They have a great menu of different kinds of pub grub--some of the usual chicken wings and cheese fries, some of the more German and European style pub grub as well: soft pretzels with dipping sauces, and a snack board platter that they call the Hungry Farmer that includes a selection of 3 to 5 smoked meats and/or cheeses, with crackers apple slices, mustard and kalamata olive relish. There's also a great selection of pizzas, sandwiches and burgers, along with salads.
I also took time to join their UFO club and during these 2 visits--I've knocked down 4 or 2% of the 200 to get once around the circle and earn my brass plate in the Ring of Honor. I had the (512) Pecan Porter, The Southern Star Buried Hatchet Strong Stout, The Live Oak Schwarz-bier, and the Real Ale Full Moon Rye Pale Ale.
|Bratzel toasted and covered with Swiss Cheese, Chives & Bratwurst|
2 Soft Pretzels served with Queso and Cream Cheese Chive Sauce
I am a fan of soft pretzels, especially when they are buttered, served with kosher salt and dipping sauce. However, with melted Swiss cheese and beer brat slices its like a German Pizza! Jawohl meine schön Fräulein!!! Es schmecht ausgezeichnet!!! (For you non Deutcherphones: Yes my beautiful young lady! It tastes excellent!!!) I highly recommend both the plain soft pretzels and the Bratzel to enjoy with your beer. The pretzels were all crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and their saltiness mixed well with the smoothness of the cheese, the sourness of the onions and the savoury fennelly bite of the beer brats. The plain soft pretzels were also quite tasty. And they went well with the strong stout beers I drank during that visit (512 Pecan Porter and the Southern Star Buried Hatchet Strong Stout).
|The Hungry Farmer Snack Platter|
|(l to r) (512) Pecan Porter, Southern Star Buried Hatchet Strong Stout,|
Live Oak Schwarz-bier, Real Ale Full Moon Rye Pale Ale
|Saucer Flights leaving Daily|
(512) Pecan Porter: Has a burnt, thick consistency, has a mildly acidic hoppy front note, a bitter middle and a smooth yet sour finish. Reminds me of a smoky, thicker version of Anchor Porter.
Southern Star Buried Hatchet Strong Stout: Another beer with burnt hop top notes, but had a middle that reminded me a little of unsweetened Cacao and a strong, bitter finish. It reminded me of a dark Oatmeal Stout I drank in the bar at the Sylvia Hotel in Vancouver, BC years ago.
|Friendly Faces on the Flying Saucer Patio|
In Sugar Land, TX
Live Oak Schwarz-bier: The Beer Goddess (what they call the Female Wait Staff, who dress kind of like Ballista from Splatalot) described it as a Black Ale. It was VERY SMOOTH, had hints of Cocoa and Guiness and roasted oats, with a mildly bitter finish.
Real Ale Full Moon Rye Pale Ale: This was the lightest of the beers I tried on these two visits (I'm partial to dark, stout, strong, bitter beer). It had a top note of citrussy esters, a bit of a woody bite (reminded me a little of Sam Adam's Boston Lager) and had a clean yet hoppy bitter finish.
FYI: Since I have joined the UFO club, I am now committed to getting my brass plate in the Ring of Honor at the Sugar Land Location. I'm going to be adding another tab to the blog soon that will track the beer I've had and will give my impressions of their flavour, my grades of them, along with which ones are my favourites.
I will also add that the Beer Goddesses were knowledgeable about the beer, were readily available yet not intrusive nor excessive in their callbacks, and managers/buss boys were circulating to back them up. And FYI: Straight A's for the 4 Beers!
The Foodie Professor's Report Card for Flying Saucer Draught Emporium:
Soft Pretzels: A
Hungry Farmer: A
Atmosphere (Faux Old Word Pub): A-
Overall Grade: A
There are 2 Flying Saucer Draught Emporiums in the Houston area. I went to the one at:
15929 City Walk
Sugar Land TX 77479
Thu & Fri: 11am-2am
Phone: (281) 242-7468
Zao an, Y'all!!!