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4.21/5 rDev +2.4%
This is the other place that I buy beer on a regular bases. They are a little bit pricy, but now expensive. Their employees in the beer section are knowledgeable and very helpful. Suzanne is a BA member and occasionally updates us on what she receives. Their selection is not as expansive as Gabriel's, but they still have a lot of quality. They recently have been receiving a steady supply of Jester King, unlike most other places in San Antonio. I have been able to find many special release beers here and not at other locations due to the fact that Suzanne updates on the arrival of them. I would not have known about the arrival of the Abyss if she didn't send me a BM. If it was closer to where I lived it would probably be my primary beer shopping location. Luckily for me my girlfriend likes buying food from there and it is some what on the way home for after work, so I still go fairly regularly. If you don't see a beer on the shelf, then it is probably in the back, because she tends to keep special or rare beers in the back for regulars. For people staying downtown, this will probably be your best bet for finding some good bottles.
07-22-2011 17:36:29 | More by jamescain
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Central Market had a selection comparable to other Central Markets I've been to. They had a long wall of open coolers with a special section specifically for Texas products, which was cool.
Picked up some Independence Austin Amber while I was there, which I was happy to find. They also had a good amount of Saint Arnold's Christmas Ale (as of 7/16).
Good selection worth checking out. Central Market isn't a beer store, but they had a pretty good selection, easily more than the Quarry Market Whole Foods Store.
07-22-2011 13:49:57 | More by RedBeardBrewing
3.8/5 rDev -7.5%
Stopped in on a business trip after reading about this from the BA brethren. Central Market is a large grocery store with a pretty sold selection for a grocery store. The grocery stores in my part of Florida have a woeful selection of beer. Central Market has a nice selection. Head into the store all the way to the rear and you will see the cooler. You can make your own six pack. I saw a pretty good selection of Belgians and German beer. Also had Shiner, Full Sail, St. Arnold, DFH, Oskar Blues etc. Not too bad. I picked up a Boulevard Smokestack Series Chocolate Ale. Overall keeping in mind this is a grocery store it’s a good worthwhile stop. The food selection is over the top. If you want something to eat go grab it here. Amazing selection of prepared foods, salad bar, sandwiches etc. I grabbed a ridiculously good sandwich. Well worth a stop in my opinion.
05-25-2011 01:20:14 | More by GallowsThief
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
This place is a lifesaver! I have searched all over San Antonio for the best beer store and and this is by far the one. They take the time to post here on Beer Advocate when they get something new in which is really helpful. The pricing is reasonable and the selection is the most vast for this area! Tons of American Craft brews, a nice selection of imports, and some local Texas beers that are hard to find in other states. This store is owned by HEB, but is a major step up from your average HEB not only in the beer selection, but also in quality food to pair with your beer.
06-30-2010 07:19:49 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
3.35/5 rDev -18.5%
Stopped by here earlier today while vacationing in San Antonio. This place is basically a grocery store with a decent selection of local, American craft and imports. Almost everything is in coolers with the exception of a few clearance six packs. Nice selectionnof Belgians, a few Germans and a great selection of local beers that aren't available to mr in Philly including, St. Arnld's, Real Ale, Shiner, Southern Star, New Belgium, Full Sail and Modus Hoperandi. They also had sme beers frm some other states like New Mexico. The biggest surprise was that they had stuff from Ska and Boulevard including several selections from the Smokestack Series. It's a bit out if the way if you are staying downtown but I would recommend this place to anyone looking for bottles.
05-29-2010 04:47:06 | More by corby112
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
Stopped in here during a recent visit to the area.
Quality is very good. All the beer is in the back of the store, far away from any sunlight, and the majority of it is kept on conditioned shelves.
Service was good. I didn't have any people comoe up to me while I was there but when I asked about singles the beer guy was located quickly and he answered my question.
Selection was good . Real Ale, St. Arnold, and Independence were all represented along with a good deal of the more ubiquitous American micro-breweries and those across the pond.
Value is good. Everything was reasonably priced, including singles (which in case you were curious you can break from any six-pack).
Overall this place is what I expected. A solid selection for a grocery store and worth a stop if you're in the area.
05-03-2010 04:09:28 | More by glid02
4.7/5 rDev +14.4%
The best place ive EVER come across in my search for beer retailers in SA. Definatly the best selection of craft beers your going to find in San Antonio.
Fairly long wall of Single bottles(large and small) with the best selection ive seen and an even longer wall of 6 packs that is really nice. Pretty much all my big favorite brands Avery, Great Divide, Chimay, St. Bernardus. I found a lot of beers that i had been dying to get!
Its a little out of my way going there but with the selection im going to be going there very often. As for prices FEW are overpriced but im not complaining, The rest of it is very reasonable and almost HALF the price on a couple of beers i was buying at other places.
Thats just the beer section, They have a huge wine section and the rest of the store I hear has a lot of really good stuff and good selections.
I didn't talk to any employees or ask any questions but i put a 4 for service because our cashier was nice.
Im going to be content getting my beer here for a while. 5/5
11-01-2009 13:18:34 | More by MOB210SA
3.7/5 rDev -10%
This is probably the best place to get beer in san antonio. Great selection of singles and lots of belgiums. Six pack selection is pretty good too. Staff never really goes by the beer section, they tend to stay in the wine section. Everything is kept in coolers and they usually had a Texas beer on sale
Overall compared to other cities its not the best place, but in san antonio which has like the most limited beer stores out of the major texas cities, this is as good as it gets.
Now im just typing to fill out 500 character requirement
04-10-2009 08:27:49 | More by angelmonster
3.55/5 rDev -13.6%
Perspective is an interesting thing, you know. This may very well be the best beer store in San Antonio, and yet, it doesn't really hold a candle to the really great beer stores I grew accustomed to in the greater Washington, DC area. But you take what you can get, and this is what I got right now.
First of all, I love Central Market. Yes, it's overpriced (food and drink). And yes, it's a hassle getting in and out in a reasonable amount of time (unless you're just running in for beer, that is). But I love it. Something about the place makes me happy. Who knows why.
The beer selection is good, not great. Maybe it's great for Texas, but that is kind of depressing. We need to start a revolution down here to import more beers - both American craft and foreign. But what they do have is okay. Solid, if unspectacular, American craft selection (standouts for me include Great Divide, Oskar Blues, DFH, Stone, and a few others). Good Texas beer selection (Texans are very proud about our own products). And a marginal, at best, selection of foreign imports. Seriously, stocking the shelves with German pilsners and British ales does not a foreign selection make. Oh, and there's plenty of Mexican beer too. Great.
The service there has always been okay. But once, my wife went in and asked the beer steward if they had the Oak-aged Yeti from Great Divide in, and he said he'd never heard of it. That right there is the kind of store this place is. They may know the beer they're selling, but they don't necessarily KNOW beer. You know what I mean?
Sometimes, the prices are a bit spendy, and sometimes they're about right. I rated this as "reasonable" only because I don't think the prices at Central Market are "unreasonable." They fluctuate with the craft beer market nationwide. No qualms with that.
Again, let me just say, I like this place. I get most of my beer here, in fact. But it pales in comparison to what it could be if only TX beer distributors brought in more beers. Until then, it will always be an average beer store in my eyes.
Also, it would be much cooler if they sold all their beers in singles. Most of the great beer stores do this. It makes great sense from a consumer's perspective, if you ask me.
03-06-2009 00:47:24 | More by Atlas1
3.5/5 rDev -14.8%
Of the two places I stopped at to look for beer in San Antonio, this was the better of the two. Selection was decent, but they didn't have a huge array of singles available, and they didn't allow you to break existing 6 packs. This was a bit disappointing to me as I was hoping to snag a variety of locals to bring back with me, but instead I was only able to grab a few. Overall though the selection was decent, with a good selection of micros and imports. A nice selection of Belgians was available as well. Definitely worth a stop if you're in SA.
03-12-2008 14:06:16 | More by YonderWanderer
Central Market in San Antonio, TX
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.