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Reviews by climax:
3.8/5 rDev -13%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Located northside San Antonio in new construction off Loop 1604. The store was very clean, large, and open. Staff were all very friendly and willing to help.
The selection of beer was pretty good, better on the 6 pack side of things. The singles selection was decent, most being 12oz offerings. One cooler had domestics, on the other side, imports. Most of the domestics were the major offerings from Colorado and California (Avery, New Belgium, Stone, North Coast, etc.), with some Texas micros squeezed in. All the bombers and "big" beers were located on the other side of the store un-chilled.
Picked up a Harpoon Leviathan which was over a month past it's drink by date. Questionable. Otherwise, a nice stop during my week in San Antonio, never really heard of a better place to check for beer. Prices were quite reasonable.
09-18-2010 04:19:14 | More by climax
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4.61/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in the Ganriel's while on a business road trip. Wanted to get some of the beers that don't have distro in So Cal. Was approached by one of the employees and we proceeded to talk beers for the next hour while he walked me through their stock, telling me about the ones I hadn't seen before. This store (there are several) had an pretty extensive selection of beers plus a section where you could make up your own six packs.
After talking to the employee I took him up on a couple of suggestions for a new brewery's offering (5 Stones) and made up a couple mixed sixers while I was at it.
Recommend this place highly and I'll be back when the next business trip comes up.
02-14-2014 01:07:44 | More by MoorBeerPlz
District of Columbia
4.34/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited on a Wednesday evening. Store was dead. I wish this store was closer to downtown and easier to find (its in a shopping center, off the main road)
A - Open, bright , clean, rather industrial. Like a Total Wine, but with liquor. Not a den of craft beer, but certainly an easy quick place to shop. - 4
Q – No concerns. You can get many of the beers as singles already chilled. - 4
Sel – Fantastic selection for both domestic and foreign. Prairie Artisan – bought one of each of the four different bottles on the shelf. – 4.75
Ser – The staff wanders the isle and asked twice if I needed help. The second time I took him up on it and he had an immediate answer and took me right to the spot on the shelf. – 4.5
Food – No food, except a few take out snacks.
Value – $$
01-30-2014 14:07:26 | More by Sludgeman
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
4.1/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here before heading home from Texas on recommendation and the fact our hotel was only a few "blocks" away.
All in one store beer, wine, liquor which is an oddity to us in NY. Far left side of the store was the beer aisle which was basically your average grocery store aisle blown double wide.
Found more stuff than I could possibly fit in my checked luggage so would say its a successful trip. Maui cans, ska bombers, Jester King everything, Santa Fe cans and chicken killer bw. Don't remember any imports of note but wasn't looking much into them. Location close to Freetail makes this a perfect place for visitors to hit.
07-07-2013 21:07:00 | More by sliverX
4.41/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I have been to over 6 Gabriel's locations in San Antonio with some barely 10 minutes away from another location and I could easily say this is the best of their locations. Don't believe just because this location has a great rating that other locations will have just as great a selection because other locations may have close to nothing for beers.
Vibe: There weren't too many beer enthusiasts here when I came. Most people were getting what they already knew, but some were bold and stepped out of their boundaries which was quite nice to see. This is a very big locations selling all types of alcohol, so there is quite a hustle and bustle going on.
Quality: The only real problem that I saw from this location was that in their singles that put them in an extremely cold cooler and this may freeze the canned beers, which I found one frozen slushy can.
Other than this one mistake they have some drinks in coolers and other ones outside on shelves. The ones on the shelves were beers made for aging, so I feel like this is how they convince themselves that they can be shelved like this, without the proper storing procedures then these truly can't be aged though.
Most were properly stored, so don't let me turn you off with my downsides.
Service: People were always willing to help if you had any questions. When people help outside of their area of expertise then its quite funny. If you ask someone who doesn't know what you're talking about they will first try to find it themselves and after they admit defeat then they ask someone who actually knows. At least someone knows and that's the important thing. Only ask those who hover in the beer department and not at the front.
Selection: The stand outs that I was surprised to see were the Trappistes Rochefort set, Three Philosophers, and the main 3 from the Jester King Craft Brewery. I know this might sound like nothing to other, but these really can't be found in San Antonio. They had a nice selection of foreign beers, lambics, and Gueuzes which is always a nice surprise when I visit a new selection. This place had something for everything and I bought over 25 singles from my run, looked them up on my phone, and they were all solidly reviewed beers.
Overall: If you are looking for a place where you could stock up at then this is your best location in San Antonio. The best after this store is Central Market and then Whole Foods, but even these two don't come close to this Gabriel's. I stayed here for over a hour looking at everything and trying to pick.
12-25-2011 04:48:01 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
4.72/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I live in Dallas and I live near three good to great beer spots. Centennial in Addison has liquor and High ABV beers. Think 18% and up. Kegs and barrels on 15th in Plano. Small quantities but great Belgium selection and room temp selections.Mr. G's on 15th. Bigger selection both chilled and shelved and great staff.
That said, Gabriel's has all that in one building. Great quantities. I mean they still have boxes i saw just lose bottles of in DFW. And they have Liquors that some of the brewers make. they don't like breaking up packs but, i can live with that.
San Antonio is not know for having "one of the best" of anything but in this case, I don't know of any place better.
11-23-2011 21:34:26 | More by 18tony
4.8/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
In my opinion, and I've done a lot of beer shopping in San Antonio, this is the best place for market beer in SA. Jason, who used to manage the beer section at Central Market, along with Robert and Andrew, have brought in some incredible beers from across the country and around the world. Their distribution channels should make the rest of SA envious. Unless you're talking to those three though, the rest of the staff could probably not help you. And, since it's that way, sometimes you have to wait a little to get their attention. It's true - most of the warehouse-style liquor store is dedicated to spirits and wines. There's a beer singles mix section for both U.S. and international; those are generally $1.50 to $3.00 each...then there's your required pisswater coolers, then about eight or nine cases of cold craft. There's also a Belgian Beer shelf section, about twenty feet wide, and a Super Secret (that's not so super secret anymore, ask Jason to see the private stock). Across from the cold cases is a wide unrefrigerated section for seasonals. Overall, Beer Nirvana in San Antonio.
11-19-2011 22:51:59 | More by BrewsCrewSA
Gabriel's Superstore in San Antonio, TX
95 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.