Big Hops Growler Station - Broadway
Taps: 23 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
3.91/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was aware of this place for a while before I had a chance to check it out. It was a week night and there were only about 10 customers inside when I was there, along with several other customers who came and went after filling growlers to go. It is a very basic interior; kind of college dive meets industrial park simplicity. There are only a few tables and chairs, giving the impression that it really is primarily a place to fill your growler to drink elsewhere. The restroom was clean and neat. The bartender was knowledgeable about beer and helpful with making choices. They had 20+ taps with a good selection of craft beers, including some unusual regional, barrel aged and sour varieties. There was also a small refrigerator with some bottles of unusual beers, mostly from Texas. Prices were reasonable and varied by beer. Overall, this is a good place to go for a growler or a quick drink in the North part of town.
05-31-2014 04:14:47 | More by Radome
4.44/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
The place to go in San Antonio for beer, particularly if you like darker beers (at least for their current selections). All the selections are true craft brews with many local to TX. Patrons were friendly as was the server. Readily provided tastes to help with your decision making. Server also readily answered questions on the different choices. Will definitely return. Only downside is the total lack of food, not even chips or pretzels. That is the only thing I would change. The place is not fancy and is not a sports bar. You go here to sample and drink good craft beer. Check it out.
12-29-2013 00:20:27 | More by JC77
3.53/5 rDev -17.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Swung into Big Hops the other day to fill a growler of my own and to buy one for a buddy who was unfamiliar with the growler scene (shameful, I know). This place had been open for several months before I finally got around to stopping in. I should have gone sooner, but you know how things go.
First off, Big Hops is in a very small strip mall off north Broadway, just inside Loop 410. Very little parking, although I didn't have a problem finding a spot. The place itself has very little atmosphere. It's very sterile, with the bar and taps directly ahead of you as you walk in, and some tables and window bars off to the side. Not much seating, so if it was crowded you might be out of luck. Then again, if it was crowded, it might add to the ambiance. Who knows. Still, the layout was basic and unimpressive. More functional than aesthetic. And smaller than I envisioned. But the tap selection was nice. Lots of nice Texas craft beer on tap, with a smattering of quality crafts from other states as well. The guys working there seemed fairly content to engage their regulars in conversation than to focus on the new guy, which was fine with me. When I did need some help they were courteous and helpful. I don't know if they served food, and I didn't ask, so I can't comment on that.
I'm glad this place exists, and I hope they make it. I'm not sure what the market is for a growler station in San Antonio, but I wish this place well and will definitely revisit Big Hops in the future.
09-30-2013 01:07:09 | More by Atlas1
Big Hops Growler Station - Broadway in San Antonio, TX
93 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.