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Freetail Brewing Company

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Freetail Brewing CompanyFreetail Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.84/5
Based on:
93 Beers
1,809 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 109
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.21
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 by tjkinate:
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3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Devil_Doc
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
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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3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
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4/5  rDev -5%

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
94 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.