For this week’s Thirsty Thursday, AY About You sits down with Amity Thomas, the public relations representative with Flying Saucer.
Thomas explains how Flying Saucer got started. “In the mid 1990s, we realized there was a craft beer craze going on. We wanted to bring the best beers from all over the world to our customers. We opened our first location in Fort Worth, Texas in the summer of 1995,” she says. “We were so busy at the original Flying Saucer that we began searching for other markets where craft beer was just catching on. Little Rock is a great city and we found this perfect historic building in the middle of the downtown River Market area. We opened in May of 1998 to a thirsty crowd of Beerknurds [members of Flying Saucer], who have supported us for 20 years and counting.”
Flying Saucer is home to the best craft beer selection in all of Little Rock, Thomas says, in addition to an extensive liquor selection and some handpicked wines.
Customers flock to Flying Saucer to try higher end beer, which is what the folks at Flying Saucer consider themselves to be experts in. The staff at Flying Saucer also says that they have the best pizza and wings in the city.
Of course, when you’re open for 20 years, you’re able to educate many bartenders on the nuances of beer. “Craft beer is the staff favorite as far as beverages go,” Thomas says. “Specifically, IPAs and Stouts are the staff’s favorite styles.”
As the weather begins to change, Thomas says that Flying Saucer has a few seasonal beer offerings on the horizon. “Shifting from the cooler weather into sunnier and warmer temperature makes us and our Beerknurds crave some easier drinking lagers and more sessionable beer styles,” Thomas says. “Our menu is ever changing to the season and which new beer offerings are available from our brewery partners.”
Additionally, Thomas says that there will soon be new selections added to the menu that are not seasonally rotated. Several local and national brewery seasonal beers are rolling in and Flying Saucer will be offering dinner and lunch specials soon for the changing weather.
The heart of Little Rock holds a soft spot for Flying Saucer – the establishment offers a vast array of special handcrafted beers from all over Arkansas, the United States and from abroad.
“Our goal is to handpick only the best beers available in the market and train our staff about the nuances of each one. In turn, we hope to educate our guests so that they will make smart choices in the marketplace,” Thomas says. “This creates a perpetual cycle of supporting the best craft brewers to ensure their long-term success.”