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Central Market

Not Rated.
Central MarketCentral Market
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
[ Store ]

4821 Broadway St
San Antonio, Texas, 78209-5703
United States
phone: (210) 368-8600

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @centralmarket

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Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, May 29, 2010
Photo of Guzano
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Guzano, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of YonderWanderer
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.

YonderWanderer, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
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.

Atlas1, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
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

angelmonster, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of beeragent
3.7/5  rDev -10%

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.

beeragent, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of GallowsThief
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.

GallowsThief, May 25, 2011
Photo of Radome
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

Radome, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of RedBeardBrewing
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.

RedBeardBrewing, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.7%

kjkinsey, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of lostgrrl666
4/5  rDev -2.7%

lostgrrl666, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of harpus
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Of all of the places that i have in Texas, this has the best selection. I have seen other places in Texas with this selection, bu the qulity of the beer I found out later was bad. All of the beers that I have had from Central Market have been in good shape. Central Market has a large selection of beers that they sell as singles. The price for the singles are reasonalble compared to other stores that I have visted. They have too many beers for me to try on my visit to San Antoinio, they carry local beers from Texas, larger Micro, and beers from all over the world, well worth the visit if in the San Antonio area.

harpus, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
4.15/5  rDev +1%

It's a grocery store, a fancy grocery store with a cafe and restaurant, but still a busy grocery store type of atmosphere. Which is fine. Just fine. Just not the easiest place to pop into for a sixer or couple bombers. This is a weekly at most (or monthly) type of beer shopping trip, unless you happen to live around the corner.

Haven't ever seen anyone working in the beer section, although there is usually someone in the wine isles helping someone. Not a big factor for me anyway. Obviously, due to the selection at this place, someone is paying attention and doing their job.

Selection is why this place deserves to be on the top of the list of SA beer stores in my opinion. They get good beer, rare beer, exciting new beers, etc... AND they actually put them on the shelf for people to buy! Was excited to see Saison Brett, Le Terroir, Aphrodite, and Jesterking/Mikkeller collabo all on the shelf at the same time, in San Antonio, Texas!

BeerZack, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of glid02
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.

glid02, May 03, 2010
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

The Central Market is a breeze to find on Broadway, but I always forget which side of the road it is on and have to either cut through traffic or turn around. Parking can generally be found, but the store is busy enough that you might not park anywhere close to the door and may end up driving around the lot a bit.

The beer is past all the veggies and more or less in a cold case in front of the meat section. Also on this trip we saw a few pallets (yep pallets) of Celebration around the store and a few others so don't only go to the cold case.

The selection is large, but could be more interesting. A real micro emphasis, but a larger single bottle selection would be a definite plus. Also in the store are some surprizes lurking in the cold case, so have a keen eye. I picked up some TX brews I had not seen elsewhere.

The service around the store has always been good. Despite an employee working the beer aisle I was never asked if I needed anything on this trip which was a bit of a letdown since elsewhere in the store they are eager to please and on other visits a few years back I was asked for assistance.

I'll be back, no doubt.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of jamescain
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.

jamescain, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of strangebrew1981
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

strangebrew1981, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

gtermi, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Gagnonsux
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.

Gagnonsux, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
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.

StoneBrewFanatic, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of jasonjlewis
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.

jasonjlewis, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
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.

XicanoBeerRun, May 18, 2012
Photo of karst
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.

karst, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of Buttstallion
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Buttstallion, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of mgdeth
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.

mgdeth, Dec 28, 2004
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Central Market in San Antonio, TX
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.