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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
4.55/5 rDev +10.7%
H-E-B Central Market in San Antonio, known fondly by the locals in an affluent area of town as the Gucci B, has the largest bottled selection in South Texas. (Whole Foods in San Antonio, however, is catching up despite its smaller display.)
Central Market has a huge swath of dedicated coolers for craft beers and imports. Although it recently underwent a reorganization of the beer shelves, the layout is still pretty user friendly and the staff is knowledgable. The long-time beer buyer left in November, but others who work in beer and wine have more than a passing grasp on quality beer.
The store has every Belgian ale available in Texas, a host of German imports and an excellent representation of micros.
The amazing cheese section also is conveniently located nearby to do a little pairing.
12-29-2004 00:01:52 | More by TPoling
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
Visiting a relative who opened his home to us when we honeymooned in San Antonio in 1968. Broadway Central Market is located in the center of Alamo Heights, one of San Antonio's most unique historical areas. Not far from the Brooks Army Medical Center, I found the stores wide variety of craft beer well cared for with little sugestion of any neglect. Singles, 6 packs, and cases but I was not allowed to mix 6 packs. Food to die for! Owned by H.E. Butt Co. (H.E.B.)
One of 7 locations in the state of Texas.
04-08-2005 19:14:39 | More by karst
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
Those who know the beer scene in San Antonio always said to me "Have you been to Central Market?" Well, now I have, and I highly recommend that you go there as well.
The selection is the best I have seen in the area. I picked up four different tripels, and twice as many Unibroues (including Terrible and Edition 2004). There is a veritable plethora of exotic beers to be had here. Furthermore, this is a place where only a minority of the shelf space is dedicated to anything other than craft beer. Almost all of the beers are refigerated, which is a nice touch.
I asked an employee who was arranging bottles, "Are you the beer guy?" "Yes." "Do you have Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA?" "We're out, but I'll have to see about getting some more." Or words to that effect. I like it when employees try to please the customers.
12-28-2004 03:53:22 | More by mgdeth
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
Central Market is a grocery store. I drink beer and that is pretty much it. I like this place because it is not a liquor store. Liquor stores have a totally different vibe than grocery stores and beer shops. When I am here, I can pick up nice specialty food items (produce, cheeses, breads, etc.), hot and cold foods, flowers, and even vitamins. I always wonder how long specialty food items have been sitting around at liquor stores. I feel like CM moves its products so you know they are always selling fresh foods. I also do not like buying food at a liquor store because of that boxy liquor smell. I think I made my point.
Let’s face it, you can go to three top notch beer/liquor stores and each one of them will have something unique that is not sold at the other two stores. That has to do with distribution, I guess. With that said, the selection is fantastic. If you park at the north entrance, it is easy to get in and out of the store (beer is in the back). The staff is knowledgeable. Their stuff is not overpriced, and they sometimes have amazing sales. It is centrally located so I do not have to go way out to 1604.
If you are stopping in town and staying downtown, then I recommend this place.
05-18-2012 20:54:11 | More by XicanoBeerRun
4.4/5 rDev +7.1%
This place is a mixed batch of people who know what's going on at least somewhat and people that have no idea.
The beer here is fresh as hell. I looked at that dates on some stuff and it all looked fresh. This place obviously moves a lot of beer. The selection is huge and There was only 1 beer that I found at Hills & dales but not here. I'm sure they will have it or had it at so me point though.
They have an ok selection of sixers, but I thought I would get a discount if I "mixed my own sixer." NOT THE CASE :(. Oh well.
Compared to lubbock six packs are cheap. SA stuff was under bucks and I got some rogue stuff for 8.99. It's 12.99 in lubbock.
I will be sure to make a trip here on my next visit through San Antonio.
11-23-2007 02:23:48 | More by jasonjlewis
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
This is my favorite Central Market location so far, mainly because this one isn't set-up like a maze. Instead of having to zig-zag through the store there are actually normal aisles. Still, this is a special grocery store with lots of produce, ethnic foods, organic stuff, and other hard-to-find specialty items. Selection is valued at Central Market which is obvious when looking at their beer selection. They have almost all beers available in this part of Texas. Plenty of imports and a better selection of American macros than the other Centrals I've been to. Plus there were more beer singles than I am accustomed to from Central Market. I didn't bother the employees, but I'm sure with this beer selection there is someone who knows something. This is to only good beer store that I know of in San Antonio, it's probably the only one you'll need.
12-21-2004 15:21:35 | More by Gagnonsux
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
Central Market in San Antonio, TX
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.