Rare Beers at the Flying Saucer’s 16th Anniversary Party

Memphis homebrewer and craft beer aficionado Charlie Patrick attended Saturday’s 16th anniversary party at the Flying Saucer. He tried 14 beers in all and filed this dispatch from the Downtown craft beer bar.

PGA NOTE: Yazoo’s collaboration Rufus is also a brew brought to you by Nashville’s King of the Sour: Brandon Jones, who posts at embracethefunk.com, and whose posts often appear here at Professor Goodales.

The Flying Saucer Memphis celebrated its 16th Anniversary in style this past Saturday. The concept was a tapping of sixteen special brews over sixteen hours. We went to check out the festivities. Here’s a rundown of the beers and our brief reviews. A special shout out, by the way, to our server, Sam, who helped us along the way.

Blackstone Tripel

Blackstone Tripel

Blackstone Tripel

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Beer Profile: Striaght to Ale’s Liberation Barleywine


Profiles by Ken Carman for professorgoodales.net

Beer-Profile1-258x300This is simply impressive: and very much what they claim. Maybe just a tad dark for the style, but otherwise… wow! Pinpoint bubble head that holds, with some pillow. A deep brown, I’d say “light raisin-like.” Clarity good.

22oz. A collaboration with Blue Pants Brewing, Madison, Alabama and Yellowhammer Brewing, Madison, Alabama.

Neither ratebeer or beeradvocate have enough reviews to solidify at this time, but looks like BA might come in high, RB low.

Southernliving.com says…

Straight to Ale founders and brewmasters Dan Perry and Rick Tarvin went from making beer at home to doing it for a living in 2009 after winning a few home-brewing competitions. “We’ve always loved figuring out a recipe, then changing and perfecting it,” Dan says. “So after we won some awards, we got a little obsessed.”



…to see what al.com says about Yellowhammer.


…for Blue Pants.

Did your pants turn blue?

We now return you to your regular beer profile here at Professor Goodales…

Great full mouthfeel with nice sweet malt taste… yet actual body is medium. It’s the abv combined with carmelization. Carmelized malt up front in the nose with a hint of sweet. This barleywine has more of a malt focus, as an English Barleywine should be. Brown, with deep garnet highlights. Good clarity. Alcoholic punch lingers in mouthfeel.

Taste: toasty malt sweet with beautiful Brown malt that also has been carmelized. This is so good I could live off of it. There’s a great malt complexity here that offers so much for anyone who tries it: must have one hell of a grain bill. And for those who are hops adverse: not really all that hoppy: again, as expected since American barleywines are more hop focused.

I gave it 4. If I could: 4.7. Buy one. Or two. Or three.


Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “prefecto.”