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Freetail Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Freetail Brewing CompanyFreetail Brewing Company
Based on:
119 Beers
2,040 Hads
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 66
Visits: 125
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: 66 | Visits: 125
Reviews by tjkinate:
Photo of tjkinate
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I was really excited to stop in and drink some beer from the "highest rated brewpub in Texas." I really hope that statement isn't true, because in my opinion Freetail has room for improvement.

The good: The location provides its customers with ample parking. I really hate it when a place rocks, but it takes 30 minutes to find a place to park when I'm thirsty for a brew. Here I don't think that ever will be an issue since the parking seemed to be able to fit more vehicles than the brewpub and its neighbor could fit people inside! The actual building itself is in great shape, inside and out, as well as provides a great selection of indoor and outdoor seating with a surprising scenic view. I also enjoyed their food, and the prices were nothing to be frightened of.

The bad: Maybe I've been spoiled with brewpubs from southern California, but 10 beers on tap was laughable. They had a few guest breweries like, Real Ale and Saint Arnold, but if you don't make that many beers at any one time, you need more breweries beer to be present. I can understand it's not that large of a location, but for example Pizza Port in San Diego easily has 15 of their own beers on tap and the remaining 30 are made up from other breweries around the country. I like a variety in my beer selection and even though it is summer a lot of people like dark beers, stouts/porters, and you offered zero of those styles.

At the end of my experience I left with a satisfied full stomach from good nachos and some pretty good beers, but I couldn't help feeling that Freetail was still a long way from being the caliber of place its California counterparts are known to be.

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More User Reviews:
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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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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Freetail Brewing Company in San Antonio, TX
92 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.