Flying Saucer Draught Emporium to Land Downtown

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The St. Louis Business Journal breaks the news in its latest print edition (subscription required to read online): Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, a Dallas-based chain with fifteen locations across seven states, will open at the Cupples 9 building, currently under renovation at 1120 Spruce Street downtown.

Flying Saucer is known first and foremost for its extensive beer list of craft, classic European and, yes, a few macro brews.

The food menu generally features bar food: wings, pizza, burgers, sandwiches. It varies from location to location. For this post, I've linked to the beer and food menus of the Kansas City location.

According to the Count on Downtown website, the St. Louis location of Flying Saucer will open this fall.

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D'A
D'A

What the Flying Saucer has that our current beer bars don't have is a CHEAP beer.  The Saucer offers a daily Fire Sale of whatever beer they need to get rid of ususally for $2.Another perk: Becoming a UFO Member which allows you free cover and tracks your beer consumption.  Once you have consumed 200+ beers, you get a plate on the wall and a bar tab for one night.This will be a great bar where I can consume all the best St. Louis has to offer without pub crawling.

FM Smith
FM Smith

A few years ago this would have made my day. Shows how quickly thing have improved in Saint Louis for us beer people. Now we have ITAP in Soulard, the Bridge downtown proper, 33,  and a whole lot of choices (UCBC, 4 Hands, Six Row, Square One, Civil Life etc.) to get a great local craft beer at the brewer or on tap at a bar or restaurant. Heck, you can get a Deschuttes on tap at Pat's Bar & Grill.

I guess they can focus on the Cardinal crowd but then, why open in the fall?

rmward
rmward

You nailed it. 

My experiences at multiple Saucer locations in Texas have me thinking that, while the Saucer is a great thing to have if you're living in a craft beer desert, the Bridge and iTap will be far superior if you're looking for a large tap selection, and of course, lots of other great locales (33, etc.) have a a smaller number of well-curated taps. 

guest
guest

Itap and The bridge are great places with great beer selections.  Itap doesn't serve food.  The Bridge's menu seems to be a little higher class.  Would be great to have an awsome beer selection and bar type food in the same locale.

rmward
rmward

iTap may not have food, but Epic does, and there seems to be no problem ordering food at Epic and having it brought over to you at iTap. 

However, you make a good point—Flying Saucer does fill a niche between the two locations. 

Craig Mayhem
Craig Mayhem

Why isn't this opening in the old Del Taco building? Seems a no-brainer.

IanFroeb
IanFroeb

It's been several years since I visited the location in Fort Worth, but if I remember correctly, the concept is much too large to fit into the Del Taco space unless it were drastically expanded.

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