The San Antonio craft beer scene is constantly evolving; there’s a wide array of places churning out all kinds of delicious beer, from huge breweries and distilleries to tiny brewpubs and local restaurants. But, if you’re looking to explore the absolute best breweries in or near the San Antonio area, these nine breweries should be at the top of your list.
Billed as the “legendary Texas beer,” the widely beloved Alamo Beer Company started production in 2014, quickly becoming one of San Antonio’s best places to grab a local brewski. You can expect a super fun indoor and outdoor space with live music, picnic tables, food trucks, and yes, plenty of great beer. Just be sure to sip on “the brew that started it all,” the crisp, mighty tasty Original Golden Ale.
Comfy, old-school vibes meet high-quality, bougie-tasting beers at Weathered Souls Brewing Co. This buzzworthy brewery proudly sources all their supplies from South Texas, and in a refreshing touch, they eschew advertising for good ol’ word-of-mouth. The regular beer list changes often, and on Thursdays, they release a unique, small-batch beer. They also have a delectable menu when you need to soak up all that booze; Abby’s Red Wine Truffle Cheeseburger, with semi-soft black truffle goat cheese and red wine reduction on a bed of caramelized onions, is a total game-changer.
The tasting room at Roadmap is one of the best spots in town—oh, and the beer is delicious, too. IPA fans especially will love the selection here; the Mama Dukes IPA is Roadmap’s take on the classic West Coast style, and the Minivan Dad Double IPA is packed full of Simcoe and Mosaic hops, giving it a tantalizing citrus aroma. If you want something lighter (and weirder), sample the truly unique Boom Gose the Dynamite, a salted wheat beer with the perfect balance of salt and sour.
The first “brewstillery” in Texas, Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling creates both beer and whiskey. Though it may be better known for its whiskey distillery operation, many of Ranger Creek’s boozy offerings take significant skill to brew; for instance, Small Batch #13 is a Belgian ale that’s been aged for 24 months with Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Brettanomyces, and a house strain of wild yeast. True beer nerds, you’ve found your new home-away-from-home.
Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewing, a 15-barrel brew house designed by Portland Kettle Works, is situated in the original brew house of the Pearl Brewery. For years, this acclaimed brewpub—the 10th largest in the country—has proved again and again that, when it comes to pairing chef-prepared meals with craft beer, nobody does it better than Southerleigh. Choose from over 20 beers and a rotating menu of seasonal, refined Southern fare.
Watch your beer get made as you sit, relax, and sip. Blue Star Brewing Company has been around for over two decades, and the brewery’s location inside the Blue Star Arts Complex invites you to linger. Plus, Blue Star is the perfect place to stop by for lunch post-bike ride; the brewery is at the head of the Mission Reach, the bike-and pedestrian-friendly trail along the river.
Named after the Mexican free-tailed bat (that’s Texas’s official flying animal, in case you didn’t know), Freetail Brewing has grown tremendously from its early stages as a 15-barrel brewhouse. Now a genuine state-of-the-art brewing facility, Freetail has an eclectic array of new and innovative core and seasonal brews. The big, malty American Amber is their flagship beer, while recent seasonal faves included the Oktoberfiesta and Yo Soy Un Berliner, a yummy Berliner Weisse.
Husband-and-wife duo Brent and Vera Deckard opened Künstler in 2017, in Southtown’s Lone Star Brewery redevelopment. Since then, it’s become a favorite hangout amongst the craft beer crowd. They specialize in German-style brews, and their beer list changes often. The food menu is fantastic as well, and features artisanal bar snacks such as banh mi hot dogs, bacon cheddar brats, and shrimp rolls.
This popular Southtown brewery brings the goods. Located in the arts district on Flores Street, Dorćol brews a yummy selection of beers, made without the use of industrially-distilled alcohol or flavoring agents. Don’t leave without trying their Kinsman Rakia, an all-natural (and very flavorful) brandy that’s made from apricots imported from Belgrade.