It was my Dear Husband who’s taught me that beer is much more than frat parties and ballgames. Beer has flavor! And variety! And depth and complexity! Who knew??? One of our favorite beer-eries is Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, a franchised chain of beer pubs in Tennessee, Texas and the Carolinas, where the extensive menu is a fascinating textbook in beer-ology. We’d been to the one in downtown Memphis several times, so when we were in Nashville recently we checked out the Flying Saucer in downtown’s The Gulch, where the renovated Union Station has sparked an urban renewal of restaurants and condos. The night we were there, temperatures were sub-freezing and we had trouble decoding the parking layout — we are simple country folk and are used to being able to park right in front of wherever we want to go — so we were quite happy to get inside and enjoy. The place was lively and just-right crowded — enough for a party atmosphere but not so much that you can’t move your elbows — and we were not the oldest people there, which is always good. We tried out a couple new brews while my husband drew on his vast knowledge of 1980s pop culture for the ongoing trivia game and I tried to figure out which of the commemorative plates decorating the walls were actually Antiques Roadshow-worthy hidden treasures. If you ever find yourself close to a Flying Saucer, go inside. You’ll be glad you did.

5 thoughts on “Beer

  1. Hey, the owner also has a restaurant called The Flying Fish (fried catfish, etc.) here in Dallas. It’s a cute place where people can give their old Big Mouth Billy Basses (or whatever they were called)up for adoption to hang on the wall . . . Great fried and grilled catfish and other fishies!!

  2. According to my husband; beer is not just for breakfast anymore! I figured he felt that way because he is Irish. If they are in Texas they should be here in Houston. I’ll check it out. JR will love it. All of it.

  3. You had me at BEER! I’m a big fan but now I have been spoiled with the German Beer and I will have to return someday to the watered down Utah beer!! So sad! Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Yes, the parking situation was a little confusing, but we got there and back. I look forward to going again … with you, of course.

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