AUSTIN - We've got some bad news, "Beerknurds."
After a decade of selling craft beer, Austin's Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is set to close its doors Jan. 1.
Ever since the pub opened in 2007, the Flying Saucer has been contributing to Austin's craft beer scene.
The first Flying Saucer location opened in Fort Worth, Texas in 1995 by co-owner Shannon Wynne. The family-owned establishment has over 16 locations across the country.
“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,” Wynn said in a statement. “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. As one of its early tenants, we will miss our neighbors at the Triangle. "
Until the owners find a new location for the Flying Saucer, their Austin employees will have the opportunity to move to one of the other 15 locations.
“We have had 10 great years in Austin and have met a lot of wonderful beer lovers along the way,” said Keith Schlabs, a partner at the Flying Saucer. “During that time, we’ve focused on bringing the best beer to Austin, and we’ve shared our knowledge with countless employees and customers, all of whom are very special to us. I hope our faithful Austin Beerknurds will come see us over the next few weeks to help us drain the taps, say goodbye and go out with a bang.”
Members of the U.F.O. Club can pick up their plates and enjoy one last brew on Jan. 6 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guests who have not reached the 200 beer threshold will be allowed to transfer their earnings to another location.
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