UFO’s are real. Heck, if you live in Texas, North or South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, or Arkansas you may very well have been inside one. The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium isn’t just one beer bar, it’s a fleet (thirteen to be exact) scattered haphazardly across the middle of the country. Even though it’s a chain — which might seem to fly in the face of the singular bars on this list — the Flying Saucer is still a bastion of beery goodness. Their goal is to provide quality craft beer to people who appreciate them. These guys are so serious about beer that they refuse to franchise their concept even though it could net them a huge fortune. To them franchising is the “crack cocaine of responsible expansion.” As such, only one or two locations are opened in any given year. How’s that for an alien way of thinking?
When I visited the Nashville location a few months ago I was supremely impressed. Sixty plus beer taps lined the wall, and at least that many others were available by bottle. According to the bartender some of the other locations have an even bigger selection! The four-page menu was neat, organized and came with facts about the different beer styles. They teach as much as they provide. From authentic, incredibly hard to find Trappist Belgian ales (served in their appropriate glassware) to local brews like Yazoo, the beer selection is second to none. As a side bonus (to guys), all of the waitresses are dressed like Catholic schoolgirls… and they know their beer. In fact, two of them were taking in-house administered exams during my visit.
Beer Knurds (FSDE’s tweaked nickname for “beer geeks”) from around the Milky Way have absolutely no excuse not to make it down to one of these UFOs. They’re real. They’re here. And they’re closer than you think.
Submitted by: Eli - The Mad Beer Man