Blue Star Brewing Company
Active Beers: 25
Beer Ratings: 143
Beer Avg: 3.42
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 44 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by albern:
4/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I was in SA recently on a convention and visited the only brew pub in town. It is located in a very beautiful area of SA, the King William District, which is lovely to walk through. It is a nice 20 minute walk from downtown, but worth it. The atmosphere is very good. There are really nice big vats in the main pub room and a very nice deck in which to drink. The view I had was of the stream running nearby. The other side of the deck is not as picturesque, as you'll just see the parking lot. The owner is friendly and more than willing to talk shop with you, if you are so inclined. What struck me most about this nice little brew pub is that it figures so prominently in SA. Sort of like a small hill that looks like a big mountain because of the flat surroundings. I'm referring to the absolutely lousy beer offerings in SA. The plethora of bars, pubs, restaurants, bistros, etc. on the River Walk have an absolutely paltry selection of anything unique, rare, or overly interesting for beer. Even the liquor/beer stores are really disappointing. Given the lousy beer environment of SA, the Blue Star is just a mountain in a landscape of beer flatness. As for the food, the menu is pretty typical. I only ordered the chips and salsa, so I can't judge first hand. If you're in SA, and you are tired of the beer minimalia on the Riverwalk, do yourself a favor and come here.
02-24-2008 01:26:52 | More by albern
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3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited the brewery today as part of the American Homebrew Association's "Learn How to Homebrew Day". The brewery allowed the local Bexar Brewers Homebrew Club to brew some demonstration batches outside.
The interior is open and purposefully rustic-looking; Texas Old West chic. It was dominated by the brewing equipment right behind the bar. There were also tables outside and easy access to the Riverwalk pathway. There is even an electric bicycle rack right outside if you want to ride the Riverwalk.
The staff was friendly and welcoming. I did not have any food, but tried several beers. They seemed to have 5 or 6 of their own beers on tap. The Doppelbock was pleasant and malty, but a bit sweeter than I prefer. The absolute standout was a beer called "Close Encounter", described as "2 year aged sour beer blend with hints of tamarind and prunes". I am a fan of sours, especially Flemish reds and browns, and this beer was similar but also like no other I've ever had. It was malty and did remind me of tamarind. The sourness was restrained but there was a slow-developing hot pepper-like burn at the back of the throat balanced by malt and sweetness. Go try it now if you can!
11-03-2013 02:45:42 | More by Radome
Blue Star Brewing Company in San Antonio, TX
87 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.