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Pint Night with the Brew Guys

Posted in Beer Reviews, Events, Misc. with tags , on December 8, 2009 by Adam Aldrete

Hey Beer lovers,

As the semester comes to a close, the brew guys decided to meet up for Pint Night at the Flying Saucer to reflect on all of the beer knowledge we’ve gained over these past couple of months. BE sure to check out our video reviews and the “what I’ve learned” segment at the bottom of the page. We’d also like to send out a big Get Well Soon to brew guy James, who had to miss our night out due to food poisoning.

Here's to our loyal readers, especially Seth!! Cheers!

Tim like the rest of us, took a nice long look at the incredible variety offered at Flying Saucer.

Bill in deep thought, probably solving the world's problems

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Beck’s & Buckler: Non-alcoholic beer showdown

Posted in Beer Reviews, Grudge Match with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2009 by Adam Aldrete

Hey beer lovers,

Today I am coming to you from the Flying Saucer, home of countless beers and the always popular $2.75 fire sale. Tomorrow I will be taking the LSAT, as such, I am abstaining for alcohol and have decided to explore the oft-forgotten part of the menu…the non-alcoholic side.

The Saucer is sensitive to the wants of those seeking alcohol-free beer

Believe it or not, such beers exist! Truthfully, they do contain a small amount of alcohol, usually under 0.5% by volume. Neverthless, the amount of alcohol is so small, it would take ALOT to even sniff the buzzed state of mind. In order to make these creations, brewers will generally go through the process of vacuum evaporation.

Interestingly enough, both of these beers were quite tasty…but only one can win today’s showdown.

First, I tried Beck’s non-alcoholic. According to their wesbite, the brewers “stop the fermentaion before the alcohol can form, but not before it achieves the distictive taste and aroma of a Beck’s.”

With hardly any alcohol, this beer packs a strong smell but not much of a taste.

Beck’s poured a golden yellow with no head and a pretty strong aroma. It doesn’t pack a huge punch as far as taste goes but does maintain a very soft, semi-sweet aftertaste.

My rating: 2.75 out of 5 mugs

(See our rating scale here)

After Beck’s, I tried Heinekin’s Buckler beer. Although beeradvocate didn’t think very highly, I found this beer to be pretty good.

Honey Smacks beer? Its not quite that sweet.

It was similar in color to Beck’s but seems to have less carbonation. After pouring it, no head appeared and the aroma was nonexistant. The taste was interesting, my first thought was “this beer tastes like Honey smacks without the sugar.” It left no aftertaste and was very easy to drink.

My rating: 3.25 out of 5 mugs (TODAYS WINNER!!!)

Thank you for reading today’s post. I hope ya’ll enjoy the big game tomorrow night! Hook’em and cheers!

Flying Saucer Fall Beer Festival

Posted in Beer Reviews, Events with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by Adam Aldrete

On Saturday I attended my first ever beer festival. It was hosted by Flying Saucer in the Triangle. One of the grassy plots of land was filled with tents that served more than 30 beers, brats on a bun, pretzels, and snow cones. This was certainly a beer lover’s paradise. For $15 I purchased a tasting card that entitled me to try 10 different beers from the 4oz glass that came with the purchase. Folks  who didn’t want to bother with the tiny glass were able to purchase pints from one of the tents.

 Fall Beer Fest

A golden ticket for adults

Although I was unable use my ten samples due to the Texas/Mizzou game, I did get through eight samplings, most of which were very enjoyable. One of my favorite brews of the night was Modus Hoperandi, which is made by Ska Brewing Company. It took a bit of courage for me to try this particular brew as I am not a fan of IPAs. It was a light orange color that lived up to its namesake by providing a high level of hopiness. It also had a very smooth finish.

List of Beers

Don't be fooled by the holes, one of the servers gave me a free sampling.

Another one of my favorite brews from the festival was Oatmeal Stout, which is made by Anderson Valley Brewing Company. This award-winning beer was very dark brown in color and very easy to drink. Although I may be a bit biased to dark beers, this was by far my favorite my dark beer since my buddy had me try Xingu, a very good black beer from Brazil that I highly recommend.

The final beer I’ll mention in this post is Dogfish Head Pumpkin. Although I have enjoyed most of the autumn brews I tried, this beer wasn’t quite up to par. The spices were a bit overpowering and it certainly didn’t go well with the large pretzel and mustard I purchased, although the pretzel was fantastic and gets two thumbs up from me.

My experience at the festival was fantastic. The people were very nice, and I even made a couple of friends in line. The servers were always very attentive and I even received a free sample from one of guys pouring the booze.

For those of you who haven’t been to the Flying Saucer, I highly recommend that you go and try one of their hundreds of beers. The food is always good and the beers are changed out seasonally so you’ll be hard pressed to drink the same brew twice, unless of course you want to.