Freetail Brewing Company
Active Beers: 128
Beer Ratings: 2,080
Beer Avg: 3.88
Taps: 18 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 57 | Show All Ratings:
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Freetail Brewing is a brew pub cloaked in a pizza joint pretending to be a sports bar. I like it. Will definitely visit again. Unfortunately it is about a 15 mile drive from downtown, so for frequent travelers like me who would love to hit a place like this, it will definitely take some effort and probably a rental car.
A - Open, bright enough, clean, no stale beer smell, loud when crowded, lots of TVs. An outdoor area, but too cold, though a few people were still braving the unusually cold San Antonio weather. - 4
Q – Correct glass ware, but the Old Bat Rastard was served too cold (of course it was below 40 outside!). Life could be worse. - 4.5
S - Excellent waiter, friendly, knowledgable about beer and food. – 4.5
S – Nine house beers on tap plus some guest beers and cider. - 4
Food – Go for the pizza. I had a Palamero (white pizza) to which i added spicy sausage. Yum! Good food to go with good beer. 4.5
Value – Three beers and a medium pizza (just for myself) cost me about $35 with tip. $$
01-30-2014 14:07:03 | More by Sludgeman
4/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A few updates, with the original review still in place.
I've been going here for several years now, since they opened almost (drinking their five year anniversary beer now). Their beers have remained very tasty, with great variety too. I would say their witbiers stand out more than anything, as they always seem to have two different varieties on tap, and they are always delicious.
Atmosphere wise it's gotten busier, but it's still mostly like a sports bar. The staff tends to be pretty good. Some really know their beer well. The head brewer is very friendly to homebrewers, offering tips and freely sharing knowledge and information.
On the music: Hats off to any establishment that plays the *entire album* of Mars Volta, 'Deloused in the Comatorium.' I am forever sold on Freetail since that day (plus they have good beer!).
The Freetail brewery wasn't hard to find, and there was plenty of parking. I went inside to find a rather sparse, but pleasant sports-bar type atmosphere, with lots of TVs and reasonably leveled music playing (not too loud). The music was a bit humorous as I kept hearing 80's type stuff playing (human league 'don't you want me baby' etc). Still, the atmosphere was decent enough, no complaints.
They had a pretty good beer selection, with about 12 on taps from the Freetail brewery, and various other local microbrews too. They had a cask offering but it had just run out when I got there (doh!). Prices were reasonable for the type of establishment, I spent about $30 plus tip (that included lunch, several beers, and a hat). I tipped well as the bartender was very busy but still kept my glass full and got my food order fast.
Beer wise I thought the selections were quite tasty. Obviously they put some time and effort into creating good beer and not just pumping out whatever will sell. I talked to one of the brewers for a bit, and he was both chatty and up to speed on the heartbeat of craft beer and micro breweries in San Antonio. I was drinking a Cinco Pilz, a collaboration beer, and he pointed out that what I was drinking was their version, but also gave me a sampler glass of another version of the same beer brewed by a brewery across the street. Very classy, and the beer was downright delicious too.
The food menu was typical of the type of establishment, but they had plenty of selections, including pizzas (which looked great). I had the Freetail salad, which was very darn tasty.
Overall it's a nice establishment and I'd recommend anyone who has the time and inclination to give the place a try.
12-24-2013 02:31:54 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.96/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $
Stopped by for a couple beers during a trip to San Antonio. That night was a killer deal of half price pints.
Atmosphere is modern. Smallish bar along the back wall which is where I sat. plenty of tables for dinning, and an outdoor patio with additional tables. Pizza oven is visible in the back space. A giant projector screen above the bar indicates the current beer offerings.
They had about a dozen beers on tap, plus a few "guest beers" from other breweries. Beers were a mix of standards and some funky one-offs, like the Green Curry Wit beer I had. Beer was tasty. Food looked good but I didn't eat anything.
Definitely worth checking out.
09-24-2013 19:33:11 | More by jmdrpi
4.64/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
This place was great! We really enjoyed the choice of beer and that you can taste test what you might be interested in before purchasing a large glass. The sour they have available is really good if you like sours; it has an interesting smoke flavor from the smoked barley it is brewed with, but I think my favorite was the Witicus light colored but still a little heavy with ingredients. The service at the bar great and can't wait to go back again
07-28-2013 05:13:17 | More by Mamlassig87
3.75/5 rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
This place pumps out a variety of good beers. Check their website before you go because sometimes their selection leaves a bit to be desired, but when they have a saison or la muerta stout or one of their barrel aged selections, you should beat a path to their door. Tuesday nights are $2.50 pints. What a deal. Sunday has $10 growlers. Be patient. I went a few times and did not find a beer that I really liked that much, but later found several beers that range from good to exceptional (here's looking at you Verano Sin Fin saison).
07-18-2013 05:17:40 | More by 3sheets2wind
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4.48/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went down for Le Muerta day 2012 for a break from the cold. Wonderful release atmosphere, real relaxed fun event before hand. Even met the brewer as our host thought it was cool we came all that way to hang out. For as hectic as the release was the waitress handled herself well. Had nachos and several different pizzas and all were excellent.
Tap list was super and featured other Texas beers as well if I remember right. Very reasonable costs and may even go on the cheap side.
Would definitely go here again if I'm ever in San Antonio or Austin.
07-07-2013 20:53:20 | More by sliverX
4.11/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
First, the beer - The selection of beers is constantly changing, but based on my experience they usually have a very diverse selection to choose from, at times having several tasty IPAs on tap. I don't believe I've had a bad beer from Freetail, they are usually very satisfying.
The Food - Typical bar fare, the pizzas are decent.
Atmosphere - Laid back. Plenty of Tvs make this place ideal for watching football on Sundays. The patio area is nice as well.
05-25-2013 19:46:35 | More by TheBeerDog
4.7/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I have made many stops at Freetail and have never been disappointed. First, the atmosphere is excellent, a bunch of laid back beer and food lovers enjoying themselves. Barrels surround patrons, peaking curiosity of their contents. Soccer matches can be fun/packed, so plan accordingly. I'm not the biggest soccer fan by any means but the atmosphere here is awesome during soccer matches.
Service has always been good, I always receive the correct order and usually in a timely fashion. Some servers are obviously better than others but that is to be expected, no big.
The food is tremendous, I have only had pizzas and the goat cheese & artichoke dip and they are spot on. Pizza carbonara, brisket pizza, meathead, batastrophe, mac n' cheese pizza, and the Montgomery are all fantastic.
Now to the important stuff: beer. I have been fortunate enough to stop by for their specialties (La Muerta, Ananke (& raspberry), Peche'cus, etc.) and they are as good as advertised. The not-so-coveted beers have all been delicious as well. The beer board (along with their app and website) give you an instantaneous look at what they have on tap. The website is usually accurate on what they have to-go in bottles as well. They have ~5 guest beers, filled with some occasional rarities. Freetail has various bottle releases and special events/tappings throughout the year with many of their delicious brews available at the same time. Flights are also available when you just can't make up your mind.
05-24-2013 00:34:10 | More by wreckem8010
4.75/5 rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
I visited Freetail about 4 times last year and have been so jealous DFW doesn't have a similar place. As packed as the pub might get there is always a spot in the huge parking lot they have. All of their beers are well crafted and I'm very impressed with the sour program they have. Ive had the pizza and its almost as good as the baked mac and cheese. The new iPhone app they released is very helpful to keep up with upcoming events and beer releases and well constructed and easy to use. They are pet friendly but watch out for the lines on the patio,we got scolded for having our dog cross the line.
01-06-2013 18:03:30 | More by jforeman
1.7/5 rDev -59.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
the food was good, but it took 40 minutes for my pizza to be ready and the server was not too attentive. She kept forgetting what beers we ordered and bringing us the wrong ones. It looked like she did not really care. most of the beers I tried was straight out nasty. all of their darker beers tasted like pickles and the raspberry stuff (yes, I refuse to call it a beer) was just horrible. The only IPA they had was better than anything else, but it too lacked that solid hoppy aroma that I would expect from an IPA.
09-16-2012 17:23:40 | More by Paveltul
Freetail Brewing Company in San Antonio, TX
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