Going to a Flying Saucer Draught Emporium has been on my Beer Nerd Bucket List for some time. Found myself in downtown Memphis and had to check it out. Plenty o’ taps, however, the local/ regional representation was less than expected. Bartenders were OK at serving you but could of been more helpful when navigating the three beer menus. Came to the realization that my beer nerd heaven is just another restaurant/bar chain selling a plethora of beer.
Both the atmosphere and selection were a bit inferior to the Little Rock location I was just at a couple days ago. Near Beale Street so very convenient for most travellers. Decent selection though nothing mindblowing and quite a few out of stock. Pleasant service. Recommended place in Memphis.
The draught selection is insane, lots of locals and of course beers from all over US and som european. I love the nerdiness with the plate reward when you try 200 different beers, top place for beer in Memphis. For one thing, you get your beer in real glasses. Only plastic mugs on Beale Street wich is just terrible...
I visited late on a Friday night and didn’t find it particularly busy. If you’ve ever been to a Flying Saucer, you know the drill. Big, functional space filled with bros and commemorative plates. The tap list was pretty boring and didn’t feature much stuff from Tennessee. I eventually settled on a local IPA that wasn’t bad. The service was fine. Overall, I had an unexceptional experience at an entirely mediocre bar.
Strebs (221) St. Louis, Missouri | November 25, 2013| Updated January 21, 2014
I was impressed with the beer selection at this saucer, because it appeared to be much, much better than the saucer in my hometown of STL, and immediately pounced on an Anchor Christmas Ale. When the server brought a golden beer, I approached the bartender and told her that I had ordered an Anchor, she immediately said that the Anchor keg had blown, and to talk to the server. The server immediately apologized that she thought I had said Abita Chistmas.The three other guys with me looked at her in disbelief. It seemed painfully obvious that the server and bartender had agreed to substitute the Abita for the Anchor without telling me. I had heard rumors that Flying Saucers did this as a common practice, but I had been skeptical. I hope that mine was an isolated incident, and I dislike basing a review on one interaction, but if I ever go to another saucer, I will watch the bartender very closely when they draw the beer, and would suggest you do the same....caveat emptor.
This Flying Saucer had a large variety of beers for Memphis, but I’ve been to five Flying Saucers and this was the worst one of the five. The waitress, Sierra, hardly acted like she gave a rat’s @$$. Turned out she was filling in for some other gal that was late for her shift. Fine, but don’t take it out on me.
Didn’t see a whole lot of Tennessee beers there but then again Tennessee is not exactly beer Mecca anyway. The prices were on par with any other FS that I’ve been in.