Sometime in the next couple of weeks, I’ll reach a major beer-nerd milestone — my second 200 at the Flying Saucer.
Quick background for those who may need it: the Flying Saucer’s UFO Club is like a frequent flyer program, except that instead of getting credit for miles flown, you get credit for beers sampled. Once you’ve had 200 different beers, you get inducted into the Ring of Honor, which means you get your name on a plate (saucer) on the wall.
I reached my first 200 early in 2009, and it looks like I’ll be reaching my second 200 early in 2010 — I’m at 192 as of Tuesday night (Dec. 29).
So here’s where I need help — what should I drink for my 200th (or, in a sense, 400th)? Hold on, hold on. Before you start suggesting anything, know that I already decided what I’m going to order: a Build Your Flight.
A flight at the Saucer is a tray with samples of five different beers. Some flights are educational (Hops 101, Malts 101), others are geographically themed (Europe Flight, Texas Flight). The Build Your Flight is the best — you pick any 5 draft or cask beers.
When I finished my first round, I built this flight for my 200th: Avery IPA (cask), St. Bernardus Abt 12, Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA, North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. It was stellar.
For my 400th, I want to do it again, except I don’t want to repeat any of the above beers. So I’ve narrowed the current selection of draft and cask beers down to 15. Here they are:
-Bear Republic Racer Five IPA
-Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA
-La Trappe Isid’Or
-North Coast Red Seal (cask)
-Saint Arnold Elissa IPA
-Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout
-Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale
-Stone Arrogant Bastard
-Victory Golden Monkey
-Wells Bombardier Bitter
That’s a pretty good list, right? Now I just need to narrow it down to five. I’d like to get a decent mix of styles, and preferably some geographical variety as well. So let me know if you have any suggestions. I’ll make sure to report back once I decide (and drink it).