Update: (April 29, 10 a.m.) Flying Saucer's Matt Gardner has finalized the lineup for the draft emporium's anniversary party on Sunday. The tap times follow:
Noon: Bell's Batch 9000
1 p.m.: Mikkeller Single Hop Centennial IPA
2 p.m.: Kulmbacher Eisbock
3 p.m.: Founder's KBS
4 p.m.: Left Hand Oak Aged Widdershins
5 p.m.: Schlafly Trocken Hopfen Stopfen Marzen
6 p.m.: Bells Porter Firkin (may change time)
7 p.m.: Dieu du Ciel Route des Epices Rye Pepper Ale
8 p.m.: Mikkeller Black Hole
9 p.m.: Left Hand Chainsaw
10 p.m.: Avery Beast
Flying Saucer will also introduce a bunch of specialty bottles on Sunday, including Avery Black Tot, Cantillon Grand Cru, Cantillon Kriek, Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, Dieu du Ciel Aphridite, Dieu du Ciel Equinoxe du Printempsm, Dieu de Ciel Rosee d'Hibiscus, Fantome Saison, Fantome Noel and Mikkeller 1000 IBU.
Great beer requires patience, and throwing an anniversary party with great beer requires persistence. That's why Flying Saucer General Manager Matt Gardner began planning the pub's second anniversary party back in February.
"I want this to be fun and for us to be able to do something special for our loyal customer base," says Gardner.
He contacted breweries, suppliers and representatives to find out what might be ready in May. By March, he'd culled that list to 20 beers, which was enough to ensure that a dozen could be available for the anniversary. Gardner will finalize the list today, deciding which keg will be tapped when. He plans to tap one beer every hour, on the hour, between 12 and 9 p.m.
"This is a collection of beers that people might have one or two chances to try all year," he says.
The final list is a serious lineup, with brews that novices and beer geeks can enjoy. Among the 11 or 12 casks to be tapped are Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Bell's Batch 9000, Dieu du Ciel Route des Epices (rye pepper ale) and Mikkeller Black Hole.
"These are some big, gnarly, over-the-top beers," says Gardner.
When dealing with beers that pack a big punch -- some are as high as 15 or 16 percent alcohol by volume -- the key is to space them out throughout the day.
"We'll have big beers early and late, but I don't want to kill someone's palate early in the day," says Gardner.
Flying Saucer will also hold a raffle to benefit Harvester's. You get a raffle ticket just for showing up. You can also bring canned goods or purchase additional tickets.
The anniversary party is free and Gardner hopes that the draft emporium can continue to be a place where people come to drink and learn about what they're drinking.
"We want to turn the common beer drinker into a beer nerd, that's what we want to do," says Gardner.
He says he'll send over a list of the final lineup later in the week; I'll update this post accordingly.
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