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Blue Star Brewing Company

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Blue Star Brewing CompanyBlue Star Brewing Company
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34 Beers
210 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1414 S. Alamo #105
San Antonio, Texas, 78210
United States
phone: (210) 212-5506

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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by glid02:
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Made the trek over here during a recent stay in San Antonio. The place is kind of tucked back in the Blue Star complex, just know that google maps doesn't lie.

Atmosphere is nice. It's got a solid amount of patio seating in front and to the side. Inside there are quite a few tables to the right and a large bar right down the center. The brewing equipment is both behind the bar and farther back in the right-hand corner. A few TV's dot the place as well.

Quality is good. My beers came in either a pint glass or goblet so I'd like to see a bit more variety but the glassware wasn't inappropriate and the beer was served at a good temperature with proper head.

Service was really good. I never had to wait long for a beer and ended up chatting with a few of the bartenders about local beer selections. They also pointed me toward Pedicab which unbeknownst to me was right around the corner.

Selection is OK. They had a pale lager, amber lager, stout, barleywine, and pale along with a dry-hopped stout on cask.

Food is solid. I had chicken-fried chicken with white gravy and various vegetables and was pleasantly surprised.

Value is good. The beer is reasonably priced as is the food.

Overall I was a fan of this place and could see myself coming back - I just wish they had a more extensive selection or some local guest taps.

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Photo of Dicers
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Vinegarroon
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Went for lunch and beers with friends.
The sour beers are definately their Flagship beer, very good for the style.
The other ales were good but not excellent.
Service was great, staff was friendly and knowledgeble.
Food was quite good but a little pricey for the small portions.
I would recomend anyone to give the place a try.

Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of Magery
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Leschber
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of johnnyringo013
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great place to meet and get primed before going to watch THE WORLD CHAMPIONS OF THE NBA.. THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS.! The atmosphere is casual and the crowd is laid back. This place is in the heart of the art district and historic downtown SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.

Photo of Domvan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

A very beer-centric brewpub. Nine beers on tap, including two exceptional sours, as well as a cask version of their pale ale. The venue has a good size bar but too few stools .. so plenty of room to spread out or stand.
Food was modestly better than average, with the brisket being the best thing we tried.
Service was better than average, and much more knowledgeable than average.
Brewing operations in full view, along with some hanging bicycles. Adequate free parking.

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of longmire
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Guzano
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of bkeller04
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jandadeboer
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of vmdominguez
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of truesolution
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of strangebrew1981
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Radome
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!

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Mamlassig87
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Well to get started as soon as I walked in the door a strange odor hit. Kinda
like the smell of a dairy, not sure if it was the kitchen or the brew tanks. I have been to a few breweries and have never smelled an odor like that.

We sat at the bar and were waited on promptly (very good bartender). I sampled the sour, not what I was looking for at all in a sour; it could have been poured better and it tasted like it had been watered down. I settled for the Texican not a bad beer, but wasn't cold enough and the smell of the place ruined the taste of my beer. We left glasses half full so sad

Photo of TheBeerDog
2.69/5  rDev -29.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25 | food: 2.25

I've been to Blue Star probably a half dozen times over the past two and a half years. It's the type of the place that you really want to like because it's in a cool neighborhood and has a nice feel to it, but sadly, it's pretty disappointing.

Beer - Small selection, usually only 4-6 beers on tap. Never really impressed with any beer I've had here. At their best, their beers are mediocre.

Food - A few years ago, the menu was pretty basic, and the food was ok. But I went recently and it seemed they were trying for something for upscale, and it just didn't make much sense. It's been a few months since I've been there, so I've no idea what they're doing now.

Atmosphere - Best part. Also, they offer a free shuttle to and from Spurs games, so I give them a few points for that.

Photo of elNopalero
2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

The oldest microbrewery in San Antonio, if I’m not mistaken. It’s never ranked very highly on my list but I felt like they were due for another visit. The service is horribly slow and borderline inept—harsh words, I know, but: my party of six had a long wait on a slow night before a server even came by, we had to repeatedly ask for water (and then glasses after that), and reorder menu items that we asked for but didn’t come out. The pizza slice I had was dripping grease—and it was supposedly a margarita slice! And to top it all off I ended up with a long splinter lodged into my toe from the patio. I don’t really frequent breweries for the food but the beer isn’t all that exciting, either.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A bit outside of town but a very easy and leisurly walk down S Alamo St. Sets in an industrial park type area along the river. Nice, open ceiling inside with the brewery behind glass in one area and then fermenters right behind the bar. I had heard this was an extract brewery but it is obviously all grain from the looks of the equipment. They had about 6 or 7 beers on tap and a dry hopped ipa on cask.

Service at the bar was quick and attentive. The place was empty. I had a pils that was good and the cask ipa which was decent as well. I tried a sample of the smoked dark and it had lousy batch of homebrew written all over it for this kid.

I had a cup of the pork green chili that was just great. As good as it was I did not want to rate it too highly since that was all I had.

All in all a decent stop if you are only downtown. Beat the Irish pub I was in on the Riverwalk all to hell. Just another 1/2 mile or so from The Friendly Spot if you are going in that direction.

Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5

Stopped by this place on a recent trip to San Antonio. This place was close to my hotel so I figured I would check it out. This was a very small brewpub that was kind of difficult to find. There is a small sitting area and smaller bar with about ten stools. The size gave it a quaint feel and the visible brewing equipment added to the atmosphere.

The quality and selection of the beer weren't all that great but they did have a nice barleywine on during my visit. Even though they only had less then ten taps a wide range of styles were covered. Something for everyone.

I didn't eat but the service was the highlight of my visit. The bartender and one of the servers who came over were extremely knowledgeable about beer. I talked to them for a long time and they even recommended other beer spots for me to check out in the area.

This is a cool little spot and I would recommend it to ayone who's in the area.

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Blue Star Brewing Company in San Antonio, TX
87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.