Padre Island Brewing Company

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Padre Island Brewing CompanyPadre Island Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.62/5
Based on:
6 Beers
43 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3400 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, Texas, 78597
United States
phone: (956) 761-9585

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Photo of ColSanders
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Great to see a place like this in S. Padre.

Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Can't speak on the food, but did a sampler that was very mediocre at best, very bland. I understand though there isn't probably much of a beer scene here. Service was good, and it was inexpensive. I might go back for the food, but not for the beer.

Photo of Kikat2680
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Ludy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kwill
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

We come here every year on our annual Padre trip. It isn't a great brewpub, but it is the only option on the island and it is good enough to at least do lunch.

The atmosphere is pretty average. Everything is clean, but it is pretty plain with just a couple TVs above the bar which are hard to see unless you are sitting at the bar. I haven't sat on the open deck patio yet, but I suspect that would make for a really nice atmosphere in the evening.

They only have 5 beers on tap, and I believe one of them is a seasonal.
- The IPA is decent, but a bit one-dimensional with not much malt balance.
- The hefewiezen is probably their second best beer, but it is too sweet and fruity to be a great hef.
- The blonde is what you would expect of a light beer.
- The stout is pretty good. It isn't a great stout, but it is probably their best year-round offering.

The food is nothing great, but it makes for a fairly good meal with reasonable prices. Standard pub fare with decent seafood.

Photo of LacquerHead
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went to this place not to long ago with the family.
Very cozy, clean, and had a wooden ambiance. They have an upstairs area that I did not check out. The heat & humidity were also kept at bay.

The beer selection was not very extensive and had rather basic styles. I think 6 in all; I sampled a Stout, A pale ale, and some raspberry wheat concoction - I didn't drink enough of the raspberry beer to form a solid opinion. It seemed pleasant and fit for the hot beach air.

The beer was good and refreshing. They were not knock outs or medal winners, but for the hot climate they were perfect and hit the spot! Even the stout went well with the summer heat. The beer was also more than reasonably priced, especially the growlers. My only grievance was that their porter was not available - but I won't hold that against them.

The service was above average. The bartender was nice and seemed willing to accommodate patrons. The waitress was all smiles and attentive. The place was full and all the staff seemed very busy, but we got our food promptly and with a smile.

We had their beer battered fired pickles which were great. I had a Philly style sandwich, which was average. Their pizza, however, was very good. I tried their pepperoni and pineapple, and their feta & pesto sauce pizza. Both were very good. Their crust was different from Chicago style crust; it was thin but held its firmness - it reminded me of dinner rolls.

If you're in South Padre check this place out. Good pizza and fitting beer for the beach.

Photo of kansasjohn
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

My wife and I go to South Padre just about every year, as she has relatives residing in Brownsville. We tried the Padre Island Brewing Company on December 31, 2009. I tried the five available beers in a sampler for $3.95. The best beer was the Speckled Trout Stout, which was phenomenal (grade A). The seasonal Winter Ale was the next best, while the Padre Island Pale Ale, the South Padre Island Blonde Ale and the Tidal Wave Wheat were all good. I have been to other brewpubs where I would not consider their renditions of popular styles to be accurate, but everything at the Padre Island Brewing Company was strictly as advertised.

Most impressive, however, was the food. After stopping in only to get a beer(s), we realized that we would not get better food at the other establishments where we customarily eat. The food simply looked and smelled too good. After a week of eating tortillas, skirt steak and pinto beans, we had excellent shrimp and ribs. I think it would be foolish to get appetizers because the entrees were abundantly large. To be critical, the vegetables were too heavily spiced.

I hope that dated reviews that are not as stellar may be due to more recent improvements. Like Douglas MacArthur, I will return.

Photo of KopyKat
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My wife & I have spent a week in November on South Padre for the past 7 years and just got back from our latest trip last week. Padre Island Brewing is my favorite restaurant. The food quality is as good it gets and at half the price of most restaurants on the Island. Although they have full dinners which are excellent, the menu also contains simple and well prepared seafood sandwiches, burgers (the best on the island) and pizza.

To top it off, Markkus the Brewmaster brews some outstanding beer. A style to go with any meal you are enjoying. My favorite is the Speckled Trout Stout of the year round beers. All 5 styles he keeps on tap are exceptional. The winter ale I had this last trip was a seasonal beer and was a real winter warmer winner!

At times sitting at the bar you can watch Markkus work in the brewery or see him down the bar drinking one of his brews. He is very approachable and always ready to discuss beer and brewing and hearing what your favorite is and why.

Photo of AChamberlain
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Best place in the valley for beer. At least the best place I have seen. My wife's parents live in Brownsville, which has a surprisingly good HEB, and the beer scene is nil. This place is one of my favorite summertime spots. Dinner on the deck with some decent brews. The main dining area and bar is wide open. Assorted brewery junk scattered about. A pretty good, cheap sampler, 5 beers for four bucks. The food is decent. The value is great. Again on the island this is by far your best bet. I would recommend the stout, blonde, or the hefeweizen.

Photo of naterock
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit South Padre Island last June, I had done some research in the Island before visiting. I didn't hear any mention of any brewery on the island. While driving down to the tip of the island, I noticed a modest building that looked like an office. I caught a glimpse of "Brewing company" and I was sold. I didn't have any high expectations about this brewery/resteraunt when I walked in. Burlap Barley/hop sacks. hung from the ceilings. Large Paraphernalia and themed posters hung from the walls. A Great family style environment. I saw a large copper brewkettle in the back behind the bar, all of the beer is brewed in this one kettle. I decided to make an evening of sampling beer and food. The Food was amazing, they feature a "catch your own fish" dinner where they prepare fish you have caught. I had a Beer battered fish Po-Boy sandwich that was absolutely delicious. I enjoyed all of the beer they had to offer. and I took a long walk back to the hotel. All around a great experience from South Padre Brewing Company. I WILL return for another go around.

Photo of Chaz
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

My Father and older brother relocated to South Padre some time ago, and after five years of nose-to-grindstone retail I finally made time to visit them last New Year’s.

As my brother’s fitness center is nearby he visits this place frequently, and despite his ‘fitness-nut’ nature this is about the only bar he’s ever considered his ‘local’! Brewmaster Markkus Haggenmiller originally hails from Saint Paul, MN, and this connection to our hometown had me eager to check it out for myself.

Upon seeing it for the first time I can tell you it’s probably the most unique place to grab an adult beverage anywhere in the area, being a brewpub / pizza place surrounded by great little hole in the wall barbecues, seafood places, and more authentic Mexican cuisine than you can shake a stick at. After living there a while the boys were craving the readily-available Italian-American red sauce joints back home, which is probably why we went there for pizza on my visit.

It’s a nice place, and I was happy enough to find a slice of the familiar (breweriana decking the walls, beer geeks taking notes) in a town where Tecate in a can is considered adventuresome and Fat Tire is all over the cold boxes yet nobody seems to notice. And the limes . . . limes are everywhere!

The bar area reminded me of Barley John’s, with four or five stools affording a good view of the brewing equipment. Plenty of room for dining in this open and airy setting, including a lofted break-out area which was just being seated as we were leaving. Service was quick and attentive, and we started with the beer sampler and a simple enough appetizer: chips and salsa with guacamole. By the time our two large pizzas arrived (which along with a couple beers and the chips easily fed the three of us) I was glad I’d paired the meal with their Stout - it really complemented the barbecued pizza! The pizzas themselves were above par for a place with such a varied menu: Padre Island Brewing Co. seemed (and smelled!) to me like less of a pizza joint and more of a steak, seafood, and chops house – something to remember.

The beers were solid, on par for the style and the setting. I felt the Tidal Wave Wheat to be more Pale Wheat Ale than Hefeweizen, and was surprised it wasn’t more popular. Although it isn’t listed here, they also had a pale lager on offer called “Longboard Lager”. It was an American Pale Lager with a Dortmunder Export style heft and body. Dry, fairly crisp, and very drinkable.

I bought a few tee-shirts as souvenirs (and no, they weren’t the 20 for $10 variety that sell at the souvenir shops lining the strip ; D) on the way out the door. I’m sure I’ll visit them again – a nice place!

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Padre Island Brewing Company is located on Padre Boulevard on South Padre Island and could not be any easier to find.

The atmosphere is odd, kind of a family restaurant atmosphere. Smoking is allowed at the bar, not in the restaurant, but there is no division between the two so we asked to be reseated a few rows back to avoid the freightrain and the cackling of the drunk old lady at the end of the bar. The place was a little too well lit, made you feel as if you were sitting on a landing strip.

The quality did not shine through with beers that were ok, but not outstanding. The best thing out of the gate was the water was excellent. Many of the South Texas restaurants have water that tastes of cardboard, but not here. The selection was slim with 5 taps all of which were pretty boring and three were light beers. Most patrons were not purchasing beers.

The menu is varied with a bit of everything. We did not try the pizza, but the menu lists it as a favorite. The food we did get was good, but certainly not outstanding. Our service was attentive and our table continually serviced by whomever was in the area. The beers and food came quickly and the beers were available in 10 oz, 16 oz and 24 ounce glasses.

I might go back, but with only good food and barely passable brew, I would probably skip it even though it is the only brewpub in town.

Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

From the looks of the interior, it appears to be a hybrid Denny's styled family restaurant and beach shack, decorated with various brew-related paraphenelia. Partly generic, maybe even pitiful, but also oddly endearing. Bar area was small (though there is a second bar upstairs that opens when its busy..I never made it up there). Brewing equipment is on display behind the bar. Most of the space it devoted to the eating area, for a good reason.
The brews they put out are of standard stock. 5 on tap during my visit. No suprises, style-wise. The Pale Ale and Stout were good, Wheat and Maibock decent, and the Blonde Ale meant for a different type of customer. The beers are all relatively light-bodied, which suits the location and the weather. A qualm is that they tended to be served way too cold.
Friendly, helpful and courteous staff.

But, honestly, forget the beer.

The food was absolutely magnificent. Per dollar, this *is* the best eats of any place I've been. Stuffed chicken breast, bbq ribs, pizza, and their various seafood offerings all were astounding and jaw-dropping. The crown jewel here was the "catch-your-own" fish dinner. You bring in fish you've caught and they prepare them anyway you wish (at a very reasonable price). We took in speckled trout, sand trout and whiting. They served them up on a platter, prepared three different ways. Blackened with mushrooms, beer battered and the house speciality (broiled topped with a lemon-tomato cream sauce). OMFG...just stunning.
I can't state how impressed I was with the food here. My ever-cynical girlfriend even agreed that it was some of the best food she had ever had. The fact that she agreed with me should speak volumes.

The beer was just the icing here. The food here is worth a trip from anywhere. By the way, there is a nice beach close by too.

If your on S Padre, this is the only stop you'll need. I wish I was back there now...

Padre Island Brewing Company in South Padre Island, TX
91 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.