When it comes to carbonated, hoppy brews, San Antonio always delivers. Crisp pale ales, rich IPAs, and exciting sour beers await your eager tastebuds. When planning your next Sunday Funday outing, head over to these five fantastic breweries in San Antonio.
Blue Star Brewing
As the oldest brewery in San Antonio, Blue Star Brewing has a loyal following. Their experimental brews attract beer enthusiasts from all over Central Texas. Using 100% organic ingredients, Blue Star creates refreshing lagers, smooth wheat beers, and unique sour beers. In addition to these tastebud-tickling brews, Blue Star Brewing hosts Jazz Night every Tuesday. Kick up your heels to the brassy sounds of San Antonio’s best big bands. Head over to 1414 S. Alamo and give Blue Star Brewing a taste!
They do things a little differently at Ranger Creek. Not only do they produce the scrumptious Oatmeal Pale Ale and Mesquite Smoke Porter, but Ranger Creek also sells the Belgian White Whiskey. This “brewstillery” marries the best of beer and whiskey. By aging beer in bourbon barrels and distilling their brews into whiskeys, Ranger Creek brings their own flavor to San Antonio’s brewery scene. Take a tour through their facility and see how owners TJ, Dennis and Mark make this magic. Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling is located at 4834 Whirlwind Drive.
Named after the Mexican free-tailed bats that dwell in Bracken Cave, Freetail Brewing dug their roots in San Antonio in 2008. Much like the official flying mammal of Texas, Freetail Brewing is small but mighty. Beginning as a 15-barrel brewhouse, they have now expanded into a state-of-the-art production facility located at 2000 S. Presa St. Their original brewhouse still exists, however, and that’s the brewers craft their latest creative concoctions. You must try one of the Freetail staples such as the Bat Outta Helles or the Rye Witt, and it’d be silly to skip out on one of their seasonal flavors. Visit their tasting room at 2000 S Presa or their brewpub at 4035 N Loop 1604 W.
Clear your calendar for next Saturday, because that is the ideal time to sip some beer, unwind from the week, and tour Branchline Brewing. Founded in 2012, Branchline was the first brewery in San Antonio to can craft beer. Owner Jason Ard named his brewery after his grandfather’s ranch. This inspiration continued with the Shady Oak Blonde and Woodcutter Rye. One sip will take you to a beautiful, Southern oasis. You can find Branchline Brewing at 3633 Metro Parkway.
Alamo Beer Company
In the mid-1800s, Texans chugged Alamo Beer like it was water. But once Prohibition swept through, Alamo Beer became a thing of the past. Flash forward to 1997, and Eugene Simor has put Alamo Beer back on the market. Today, Alamo Beer Company sits at 202 Lamar St, and the 18,000 square-foot facility will make your beer-loving heart skip a beat. The shaded picnic tables, live music, and tasty beverages will put the cherry on top of a perfect weekend.
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