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Freetail Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Freetail Brewing CompanyFreetail Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.88/5
Based on:
121 Beers
2,118 Hads
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 67
Visits: 131
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 | map
www.freetailbrewing.com

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2008

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Reviews: 67 | Visits: 131
Reviews by TheBeerDog:
Photo of TheBeerDog
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of simplejj81
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

While I'm not impressed with the basic interior or the sound of the room (lots of hard surfaces) at Freetail, it's OK. I'd rather sit outside though. I appreciate that they get a college crowd, and that they support that, and that's what the interior and decor seem to be designed for. I'm not against it, I just want you to know what to expect. The big parking lot is a bonus.

They do have some pretty decent pizza though, and let's face it, we're going for the beer. At least the beers you can't get somewhere else pretty readily. I've found the bar staff to be quite good, well above average, and that makes a difference to me. But again, back to the beer, that's what seals the deal for me: 15 on tap with 4 guests to boot... not bad, and more than half of those are rotating or one-off specialties. Worth a trip.

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Photo of bigchiquilin
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Junichi
3.76/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Baxter_ii
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of PretzelCity
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of mph005
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of UniversalIPA_69
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Great environment, nice atmosphere with the people, and decent view of the hillside it resides on. Heard it was more beautiful before they built the houses surrounding the hills but nonetheless very nice scenery to enjoy a cold craft brew. Staff very knowledgeable of their beer selection so very helpful in deciding what beers to have. Overall great experience.

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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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Freetail Brewing Company in San Antonio, TX
92 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.