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Friday, March 8, 2013

First Look: Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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Another movement Flying Saucer initiated? The beer "Ring of Honor." OK, so it's less a movement than it is a Flying Saucer trademark, but people across the country are aware of the challenge. Join the "UFO Club" and become a "Beerknurd" to keep track of the beers you've tried at Flying Saucer. Once you get to 200, you get your name on a plate saucer that will be hung on the wall to announce your awesomeness.

There's already a local competition between a Kansas City native and a St. Louis native to see who can become the first to join the Ring of Honor.

  • Kaitlin Steinberg

For those with less of a competitive streak, Flying Saucer offers enough beer to satisfy any taste. Can't decide? Get a flight of beer that highlights certain beer-producing regions or the "Around the World" flight, which includes samples from Germany, Belgium, Ireland, the U.S. and St. Louis.

The 80 taps are installed in a wall decorated with pennies, which add warmth to the industrial space. There's wood everywhere in the bar area, from the bar itself to the paneling around the ceiling, but the exposed light fixtures and ductwork keep the joint from feeling too much like any old pub.

  • Kaitlin Steinberg

Though each Flying Saucer opens in a pre-existing (generally older) structure, a common feature of every franchise are the decorative plates that cover nearly every inch of wall space. According to Wynne, the owner used to collect plates for his own enjoyment, but as the franchise grew, he was able to recruit some intrepid antiquers to aid in his hunt.

"We try to make sure they're all as unique as possible," Wynne says. "We very rarely see a duplication. We also try to surround the dartboards with religious-themed plates. You know, to incentivize people not to miss."

(It's true. Situated around the dart boards are a number of Madonna and childs and some images of saints.)

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