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3.35/5 rDev -18.5%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by here earlier today while vacationing in San Antonio. This place is basically a grocery store with a decent selection of local, American craft and imports. Almost everything is in coolers with the exception of a few clearance six packs. Nice selectionnof Belgians, a few Germans and a great selection of local beers that aren't available to mr in Philly including, St. Arnld's, Real Ale, Shiner, Southern Star, New Belgium, Full Sail and Modus Hoperandi. They also had sme beers frm some other states like New Mexico. The biggest surprise was that they had stuff from Ska and Boulevard including several selections from the Smokestack Series. It's a bit out if the way if you are staying downtown but I would recommend this place to anyone looking for bottles.
05-29-2010 04:47:06 | More by corby112
3.5/5 rDev -14.8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
3.55/5 rDev -13.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
3.7/5 rDev -10%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
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.
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04-10-2009 08:27:49 | More by angelmonster
3.7/5 rDev -10%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$$
Easily the best beer selection in San Antonio. They have a huge selection of beer, from almost anywhere. This is where you go, if you cant find the beer your looking for anywhere else. The only problem is, they are very pricey. For variety, they cant be beat, but unless you have a high paying job, or have a few extra buck laying around, this isnt where you'll be shopping. They have the build-your-own 6 pak, but that too can be expensive, as upposed to the set price that whole foods offers. Basically, this is a last resort in your beer quest.
12-04-2006 08:59:39 | More by beeragent
3.8/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on a business trip after reading about this from the BA brethren. Central Market is a large grocery store with a pretty sold selection for a grocery store. The grocery stores in my part of Florida have a woeful selection of beer. Central Market has a nice selection. Head into the store all the way to the rear and you will see the cooler. You can make your own six pack. I saw a pretty good selection of Belgians and German beer. Also had Shiner, Full Sail, St. Arnold, DFH, Oskar Blues etc. Not too bad. I picked up a Boulevard Smokestack Series Chocolate Ale. Overall keeping in mind this is a grocery store it’s a good worthwhile stop. The food selection is over the top. If you want something to eat go grab it here. Amazing selection of prepared foods, salad bar, sandwiches etc. I grabbed a ridiculously good sandwich. Well worth a stop in my opinion.
05-25-2011 01:20:14 | More by GallowsThief
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
Central Market is a great gourmet food store with a good (for Texas) craft beer section. They have a smattering of styles and brewers from around the world. Emphasis seems to be on US craft brewers over others. The total beer section consists of maybe 30 feet of shelf space and some stacked cases in front of the shelf. They have a decent amount of beer from Texas brewers, like Real Ale and St. Arnolds.
The prices are average or lower than average for San Antonio. They do occasional sales that can be significant. For instance, in October (I think it was) they did a Beer Month with 20% off sales over $25. They also did meet-the-brewer events and cooking classes on cooking with beer. The employees seem fairly knowledgeable on beer and were enthusiastic during the beer month events.
This is one of the better beer stores in the city. Check it out.
12-27-2013 04:51:23 | More by Radome
4/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
Central Market in San Antonio, TX
91 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.