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4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Central Market is a breeze to find on Broadway, but I always forget which side of the road it is on and have to either cut through traffic or turn around. Parking can generally be found, but the store is busy enough that you might not park anywhere close to the door and may end up driving around the lot a bit.
The beer is past all the veggies and more or less in a cold case in front of the meat section. Also on this trip we saw a few pallets (yep pallets) of Celebration around the store and a few others so don't only go to the cold case.
The selection is large, but could be more interesting. A real micro emphasis, but a larger single bottle selection would be a definite plus. Also in the store are some surprizes lurking in the cold case, so have a keen eye. I picked up some TX brews I had not seen elsewhere.
The service around the store has always been good. Despite an employee working the beer aisle I was never asked if I needed anything on this trip which was a bit of a letdown since elsewhere in the store they are eager to please and on other visits a few years back I was asked for assistance.
I'll be back, no doubt.
11-24-2005 18:42:08 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.35/5 rDev -18.5%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here during a recent visit to the area.
Quality is very good. All the beer is in the back of the store, far away from any sunlight, and the majority of it is kept on conditioned shelves.
Service was good. I didn't have any people comoe up to me while I was there but when I asked about singles the beer guy was located quickly and he answered my question.
Selection was good . Real Ale, St. Arnold, and Independence were all represented along with a good deal of the more ubiquitous American micro-breweries and those across the pond.
Value is good. Everything was reasonably priced, including singles (which in case you were curious you can break from any six-pack).
Overall this place is what I expected. A solid selection for a grocery store and worth a stop if you're in the area.
05-03-2010 04:09:28 | More by glid02
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
This is my favorite Central Market location so far, mainly because this one isn't set-up like a maze. Instead of having to zig-zag through the store there are actually normal aisles. Still, this is a special grocery store with lots of produce, ethnic foods, organic stuff, and other hard-to-find specialty items. Selection is valued at Central Market which is obvious when looking at their beer selection. They have almost all beers available in this part of Texas. Plenty of imports and a better selection of American macros than the other Centrals I've been to. Plus there were more beer singles than I am accustomed to from Central Market. I didn't bother the employees, but I'm sure with this beer selection there is someone who knows something. This is to only good beer store that I know of in San Antonio, it's probably the only one you'll need.
12-21-2004 15:21:35 | More by Gagnonsux
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
09-06-2007 05:44:55 | More by harpus
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
Central Market is a great gourmet food store with a good (for Texas) craft beer section. They have a smattering of styles and brewers from around the world. Emphasis seems to be on US craft brewers over others. The total beer section consists of maybe 30 feet of shelf space and some stacked cases in front of the shelf. They have a decent amount of beer from Texas brewers, like Real Ale and St. Arnolds.
The prices are average or lower than average for San Antonio. They do occasional sales that can be significant. For instance, in October (I think it was) they did a Beer Month with 20% off sales over $25. They also did meet-the-brewer events and cooking classes on cooking with beer. The employees seem fairly knowledgeable on beer and were enthusiastic during the beer month events.
This is one of the better beer stores in the city. Check it out.
12-27-2013 04:51:23 | More by Radome
4.15/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
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!
09-01-2011 00:20:02 | More by BeerZack
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
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
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
Central Market in San Antonio, TX
91 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.