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Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Place Score: 92
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar ]

4834 Whirlwind Dr.
San Antonio, Texas, 78217
United States
phone: (210) 775-2099

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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 5
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4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of cfrobrew
3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Not overtly impressive but the staff was cool and they did a good job explaining how to taste whiskey.

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3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Did a Saturday tour which was ok but congested. Beers were enjoyable but not exemplary. Had a decent selection, didn't try any of their spirits. Service was good considering the circumstances. Vibe seemed a little bit hectic. Worth a visit but probably will not be back with other options nearby.

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4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Ranger Creek is a combo brewery/distillery in the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas.
The tour began with everyone receiving an embossed Nonic and either 3 tickets for beer or two beer tickets and one whiskey ticket. Everyone got their first 12 oz sample from the current selection on tap and the tour began. The first half hour or so was devoted to the background of Ranger Creek, the brewing process in general and specifically at Ranger Creek, and a Q&A session. That was followed by a beer refill and a tour of the brewery. The next session was a discussion of the distilling process, the difference between moonshine and whiskey, and a visit to the still. This was followed by a sample of the bourbon (NOT a 12 oz sample!) and open sampling of their other whiskey products (I prefer the rye). Overall, a good value at $10/ticket - a nonic, 3 12 oz beers, and a very entertaining pair of guides in the owner/head brewer and his father. This tour fills up fast so get tickets on line a couple of weeks before your planned visit.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Andyyyyyy
5/5  rDev +20.8%

This place is really cool. Once a month they bring in food trucks and open up the brewery for anyone to come eat, drink, and chill. Brewmasters are there to quiz about the beer. They also bring in guest brewers to open your eyes up to other craft brews in the area. If you have a chance and are in San Antonio on the first saturday of a month. Go check these guys out!

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Radome
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Ranger Creek is a small brewery in an industrial park Northeast of downtown San Antonio. Actually, they call themselves the only "Brewstillery" in Texas, because they also distill whiskey on the same site using some of the same equipment. They don't have a full time tasting room, but they do preplanned open house events on a regular basis where they conduct tours and information sessions about their beer and whiskey, and provide beer and whiskey samples. The current deal they offer is $10 for the tour, a logo pint glass for you to keep, and 3 pints of beer, or two pints plus a whiskey sample. This is an incredible price, especially since their beers are very good and the whiskeys are excellent.

The brewery interior is simple and utilitarian, and so is the tasting room, which is why I rated the atmosphere as low as I did. However, the staff more than makes up for it with their open, friendly treatment of the guests, and their obvious passion for producing quality beverages.

They usually have three or four of their beers on tap, and all of the ones I've tried have been well-made and tasty. I especially liked their Oatmeal Pale Ale and the Tripel, which is a dead ringer for Tripel Karmeliet. They also bottle limited release batches and sometimes you can buy them in the tasting room at a price below local retail. The whiskeys are also available for sale at a lower-than-retail price.

At some of the larger open house events they have food available from local sources, but they do not have their own kitchen.

This is a small, family-run operation that has a slowly growing, but very inventive line of beers and whiskeys. Their open houses and tastings are laid back, fun events that are well worth checking out. They're a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon in San Antonio. Check their website for upcoming events.

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Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling in San Antonio, TX
92 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.