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Freetail Brewing Company

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Freetail Brewing CompanyFreetail Brewing Company
Based on:
106 Beers
2,166 Hads
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 65
Visits: 123
Avg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4035 N Loop 1604 W. Suite 105.
San Antonio, Texas, 78257
United States
phone: (210) 395-4974

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2008

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Reviews: 65 | Visits: 123
Reviews by Riccymon:
Photo of Riccymon
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I made my first trip to Freetail today for their first anniversary party/La Muerta release. Entered right at opening for lunch with the wife. Inside is a darkish, wide-open interior with high ceilings and lots of tables; plenty of room and not too loud, though it's nothing fancy inside. Behind the bar, brewing equipment is visible as is a very large chalkboard that plainly listed the 20+ beers on tap. I appreciate the visibility of the tap list, which bumps the Atmosphere score a bit.

I tried a flight of five beers, having never had anything on tap before. I think the flight ran about $6.50, but it was nice to try multiple offerings from a vast taplist and still be able to drive when I left. Pint prices looked to range from $4-6.00. I tried two saisons, the anniversary Belgian, a double rye wit, and a stout, from which a saison brewed with pumpkin and the anniversary black wit stood out.

Our waitress was fairly attentive, refilling water when needed, letting us know about a tour, and so on. When our food order took a little extra time because the panini press hadn't been turned on, she took care of us with a free order of chips and queso/salsa. I was impressed by this-- what a great move on Freetail's part!

Our food was a real highlight of the visit. My wife's turkey panini and my ham and mozzarella panini were outstanding, with loads of flavor from artichoke and peppers, and pesto mayo, respectively. Prices on the food were maybe slightly higher than I'd expect, but only by a dollar or so.

I only wish Freetail was closer to Austin, and I'll definitely stop for a meal and a couple pints whenever I'm back in San Antonio.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of IsYoursGold
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Pug
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Ryno3031
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Vibe - Nice place to go. Usually always packed and has a really good following. Lots of tv's
Quality - I'm a little less impressed with the majority of their beers than many people seem to be. Some of their limited release stuff is very good, but the majority of the what they have on their 16 taps at any given time I find just to be average.
Service - Service seems to be hit and miss. Sometimes I have great service, other times it seems the bartenders couldn't care less if I'm there or not. That's why I rated a 3.5 for service. I will say the past two times I've been, the service has been really good.
Selection - 16 beers on taps and several guest taps.
Pizza is excellent and what keeps me coming back. Highly recommend getting it.

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Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of NWFLyer
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great beers, especially the various 'Wit' beers. Food at the north (pub) location is very good. Food truck at the production facility (south) is excellent (Mr. Fish'. Taco Truck).

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Photo of brett606
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of NJB145
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Williaar
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of KTCamm
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Great option on the outskirts of San Antonio. Active vibe, lots of TVs to catch sporting events, and plenty of room to get comfortable. Wide ranging variety on top, with make your own 4 beer samplers. Pretty extensive menu as well with one highlight being the hot pretzels. Definitely worth a trip.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I didn't try the food though I've heard it's great. Just came in and got two flights of beers.

They seem to like wit beers and had at least four on tap when I was there. A spirulina wit stood out on the menu but it's not too remarkable to drink. The Witicus is the beer geek's best bet of the wit beers.

On the other spectrum they had a black IPA, a Belgian and Imperial Stout and an American Wild Ale that all appealed to me on the menu. They represented a good mix of styles and offered different flavor profiles that I like when visiting a brewery (I like variety).

I must say they're Endymion is an exceptional brew and reminded me a bit of The Dissident or La Folie, both exceptional beers that I love. Unfortunately it wasn't available for growler fills.

The service was friendly and helpful, although you can tell they get a lot of inexperienced beer drinkers in there, so you'll get warnings like "It's sour," which are kinda funny.

Lastly, the outdoor area here is nice, but the indoor area does feel a bit like a dark, trashy college bar. Maybe it's meant to suggest a cave (for the freetail bats) but either way, it's not exactly appealing.

Also, the location along the highway in a stripmall kind of setting isn't much to write home about either.

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Photo of srletend
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Jarosa85
3.8/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Devil_Doc
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Before driving to Austin and leaving San Antonio, I took the wife to Freetail Brewing.

Driving there is no joke- miles and miles of northbound freeway to a point where you are still within city limits but it feels like a subdivision in the middle of nowhere. The space is large and standard, nothing terribly unique but comfortable and functional.

I spotted 19 taps all around, including 15 Freetail and 4 guest taps from Texas. Of the house beers, I tried, in a 5-oz flight of 4 brews, the Old Bat Rastard (winter warmer), Hopothosis (DIPA), Thanatos (7.2% stout) and FT2 Witicus (sort of an imperial wheat). All of them were OK but a little underwhelming aka average. I wouldn’t rush to fill a growler here… although I did like the La Muerta imperial stout I had on tap at Friendly Spot.

I had read about the Freetail pizza and was curious (and hungry!). But both the wife and I were left a little cold… the size is good and the crust is thin, but it lacked flavor all around, from dough to toppings. Not even hot sauce and cheese could save it from blandness. The cheesy bread appetizer was simple and yummy, though.

Service was pretty friendly and prices are not terrible ($18 for a massive pizza). It was a good stop for us and I’m glad I tried Freetail, but I don’t think I will revisit.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.84/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of jandadeboer
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Magery
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Attended for La Muerta release. Did a sampler and beers were good, but not as great as I had hoped. Not as congested as expected either, venue as attached to a mall with plenty of outdoor seating. Service was good and prices reasonable. Will probably go back on a slower day.

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Photo of Nightwish1094
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of SWChi
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Freetail Brewing Company in San Antonio, TX
92 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.