Tears in our beer

Longtime craft beer bar taps out of Central Austin

Longtime craft beer bar taps out of Central Austin

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Austin's Flying Saucer has one of the largest beer selections in the city. Flying Saucer Austin/ Facebook

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, one of the anchors of Central Austin’s Triangle development, is tabbing out. A popular trivia destination, the restaurant and craft beer hub announced today that it will shutter January 1 after the 10-year lease expires.

The Fort Worth-based chain blamed increasingly expensive costs exacerbated by Texas beer laws for the shutter.

"The landscape of the restaurant industry is changing rapidly across the nation, and unfortunately the Texas beer industry was introduced to topsy-turvy legislation which has harmed our Austin Saucer significantly, as well as hundreds of retailers across the state," said Flying Saucer co-owner Shannon Wynne in a release.

"The numbers at our current location just didn’t add up anymore, so we have begun seeking an atmosphere that is more conducive to making a profit," she continued. "As one of its early tenants, we will miss our neighbors at the Triangle."

Flying Saucer is not leaving town without some deference to its biggest fans, the members of its U.F.O. Club. "Beerknurds," as the company calls them, are invited to have one last pint on Saturday, January 6, from 2-5 pm. Those who have earned a plate for trying 200 beers can pick up their award at that time. Patrons who are still trying to reach that threshold can have their progress transferred to a different location of their choice.

The owners said they would work to place employees at other locations. Although the release did hint that the company would like to stay in the Austin market, no details were shared about when or where Flying Saucer is set to land next.