Central Market

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Central MarketCentral Market
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

4821 Broadway St
San Antonio, Texas, 78209-5703
United States

(210) 368-8600 | map
centralmarket.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
35
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.02%
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Photo of MOB210SA
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%

The best place ive EVER come across in my search for beer retailers in SA. Definatly the best selection of craft beers your going to find in San Antonio.

Fairly long wall of Single bottles(large and small) with the best selection ive seen and an even longer wall of 6 packs that is really nice. Pretty much all my big favorite brands Avery, Great Divide, Chimay, St. Bernardus. I found a lot of beers that i had been dying to get!

Its a little out of my way going there but with the selection im going to be going there very often. As for prices FEW are overpriced but im not complaining, The rest of it is very reasonable and almost HALF the price on a couple of beers i was buying at other places.

Thats just the beer section, They have a huge wine section and the rest of the store I hear has a lot of really good stuff and good selections.

I didn't talk to any employees or ask any questions but i put a 4 for service because our cashier was nice.

Im going to be content getting my beer here for a while. 5/5

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Photo of blastoderm55
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of TPoling
4.55/5  rDev +11%

H-E-B Central Market in San Antonio, known fondly by the locals in an affluent area of town as the Gucci B, has the largest bottled selection in South Texas. (Whole Foods in San Antonio, however, is catching up despite its smaller display.)

Central Market has a huge swath of dedicated coolers for craft beers and imports. Although it recently underwent a reorganization of the beer shelves, the layout is still pretty user friendly and the staff is knowledgable. The long-time beer buyer left in November, but others who work in beer and wine have more than a passing grasp on quality beer.

The store has every Belgian ale available in Texas, a host of German imports and an excellent representation of micros.

The amazing cheese section also is conveniently located nearby to do a little pairing.

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Photo of jandadeboer
4.55/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of karst
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Visiting a relative who opened his home to us when we honeymooned in San Antonio in 1968. Broadway Central Market is located in the center of Alamo Heights, one of San Antonio's most unique historical areas. Not far from the Brooks Army Medical Center, I found the stores wide variety of craft beer well cared for with little sugestion of any neglect. Singles, 6 packs, and cases but I was not allowed to mix 6 packs. Food to die for! Owned by H.E. Butt Co. (H.E.B.)
One of 7 locations in the state of Texas.

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Photo of Buttstallion
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mgdeth
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Those who know the beer scene in San Antonio always said to me "Have you been to Central Market?" Well, now I have, and I highly recommend that you go there as well.

The selection is the best I have seen in the area. I picked up four different tripels, and twice as many Unibroues (including Terrible and Edition 2004). There is a veritable plethora of exotic beers to be had here. Furthermore, this is a place where only a minority of the shelf space is dedicated to anything other than craft beer. Almost all of the beers are refigerated, which is a nice touch.

I asked an employee who was arranging bottles, "Are you the beer guy?" "Yes." "Do you have Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA?" "We're out, but I'll have to see about getting some more." Or words to that effect. I like it when employees try to please the customers.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.43/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Central Market is a grocery store. I drink beer and that is pretty much it. I like this place because it is not a liquor store. Liquor stores have a totally different vibe than grocery stores and beer shops. When I am here, I can pick up nice specialty food items (produce, cheeses, breads, etc.), hot and cold foods, flowers, and even vitamins. I always wonder how long specialty food items have been sitting around at liquor stores. I feel like CM moves its products so you know they are always selling fresh foods. I also do not like buying food at a liquor store because of that boxy liquor smell. I think I made my point.

Let’s face it, you can go to three top notch beer/liquor stores and each one of them will have something unique that is not sold at the other two stores. That has to do with distribution, I guess. With that said, the selection is fantastic. If you park at the north entrance, it is easy to get in and out of the store (beer is in the back). The staff is knowledgeable. Their stuff is not overpriced, and they sometimes have amazing sales. It is centrally located so I do not have to go way out to 1604.

If you are stopping in town and staying downtown, then I recommend this place.

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Photo of pwaltz
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

This place is a mixed batch of people who know what's going on at least somewhat and people that have no idea.

The beer here is fresh as hell. I looked at that dates on some stuff and it all looked fresh. This place obviously moves a lot of beer. The selection is huge and There was only 1 beer that I found at Hills & dales but not here. I'm sure they will have it or had it at so me point though.

They have an ok selection of sixers, but I thought I would get a discount if I "mixed my own sixer." NOT THE CASE :(. Oh well.

Compared to lubbock six packs are cheap. SA stuff was under bucks and I got some rogue stuff for 8.99. It's 12.99 in lubbock.

I will be sure to make a trip here on my next visit through San Antonio.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

This is my favorite Central Market location so far, mainly because this one isn't set-up like a maze. Instead of having to zig-zag through the store there are actually normal aisles. Still, this is a special grocery store with lots of produce, ethnic foods, organic stuff, and other hard-to-find specialty items. Selection is valued at Central Market which is obvious when looking at their beer selection. They have almost all beers available in this part of Texas. Plenty of imports and a better selection of American macros than the other Centrals I've been to. Plus there were more beer singles than I am accustomed to from Central Market. I didn't bother the employees, but I'm sure with this beer selection there is someone who knows something. This is to only good beer store that I know of in San Antonio, it's probably the only one you'll need.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

This place is a lifesaver! I have searched all over San Antonio for the best beer store and and this is by far the one. They take the time to post here on Beer Advocate when they get something new in which is really helpful. The pricing is reasonable and the selection is the most vast for this area! Tons of American Craft brews, a nice selection of imports, and some local Texas beers that are hard to find in other states. This store is owned by HEB, but is a major step up from your average HEB not only in the beer selection, but also in quality food to pair with your beer.

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Photo of Devil_Doc
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of strangebrew1981
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jamescain
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is the other place that I buy beer on a regular bases. They are a little bit pricy, but now expensive. Their employees in the beer section are knowledgeable and very helpful. Suzanne is a BA member and occasionally updates us on what she receives. Their selection is not as expansive as Gabriel's, but they still have a lot of quality. They recently have been receiving a steady supply of Jester King, unlike most other places in San Antonio. I have been able to find many special release beers here and not at other locations due to the fact that Suzanne updates on the arrival of them. I would not have known about the arrival of the Abyss if she didn't send me a BM. If it was closer to where I lived it would probably be my primary beer shopping location. Luckily for me my girlfriend likes buying food from there and it is some what on the way home for after work, so I still go fairly regularly. If you don't see a beer on the shelf, then it is probably in the back, because she tends to keep special or rare beers in the back for regulars. For people staying downtown, this will probably be your best bet for finding some good bottles.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Stopped in here during a recent visit to the area.

Quality is very good. All the beer is in the back of the store, far away from any sunlight, and the majority of it is kept on conditioned shelves.

Service was good. I didn't have any people comoe up to me while I was there but when I asked about singles the beer guy was located quickly and he answered my question.

Selection was good . Real Ale, St. Arnold, and Independence were all represented along with a good deal of the more ubiquitous American micro-breweries and those across the pond.

Value is good. Everything was reasonably priced, including singles (which in case you were curious you can break from any six-pack).

Overall this place is what I expected. A solid selection for a grocery store and worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

The Central Market is a breeze to find on Broadway, but I always forget which side of the road it is on and have to either cut through traffic or turn around. Parking can generally be found, but the store is busy enough that you might not park anywhere close to the door and may end up driving around the lot a bit.

The beer is past all the veggies and more or less in a cold case in front of the meat section. Also on this trip we saw a few pallets (yep pallets) of Celebration around the store and a few others so don't only go to the cold case.

The selection is large, but could be more interesting. A real micro emphasis, but a larger single bottle selection would be a definite plus. Also in the store are some surprizes lurking in the cold case, so have a keen eye. I picked up some TX brews I had not seen elsewhere.

The service around the store has always been good. Despite an employee working the beer aisle I was never asked if I needed anything on this trip which was a bit of a letdown since elsewhere in the store they are eager to please and on other visits a few years back I was asked for assistance.

I'll be back, no doubt.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

It's a grocery store, a fancy grocery store with a cafe and restaurant, but still a busy grocery store type of atmosphere. Which is fine. Just fine. Just not the easiest place to pop into for a sixer or couple bombers. This is a weekly at most (or monthly) type of beer shopping trip, unless you happen to live around the corner.

Haven't ever seen anyone working in the beer section, although there is usually someone in the wine isles helping someone. Not a big factor for me anyway. Obviously, due to the selection at this place, someone is paying attention and doing their job.

Selection is why this place deserves to be on the top of the list of SA beer stores in my opinion. They get good beer, rare beer, exciting new beers, etc... AND they actually put them on the shelf for people to buy! Was excited to see Saison Brett, Le Terroir, Aphrodite, and Jesterking/Mikkeller collabo all on the shelf at the same time, in San Antonio, Texas!

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Photo of harpus
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Of all of the places that i have in Texas, this has the best selection. I have seen other places in Texas with this selection, bu the qulity of the beer I found out later was bad. All of the beers that I have had from Central Market have been in good shape. Central Market has a large selection of beers that they sell as singles. The price for the singles are reasonalble compared to other stores that I have visted. They have too many beers for me to try on my visit to San Antoinio, they carry local beers from Texas, larger Micro, and beers from all over the world, well worth the visit if in the San Antonio area.

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Photo of RedBeardBrewing
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Central Market had a selection comparable to other Central Markets I've been to. They had a long wall of open coolers with a special section specifically for Texas products, which was cool.
Picked up some Independence Austin Amber while I was there, which I was happy to find. They also had a good amount of Saint Arnold's Christmas Ale (as of 7/16).

Good selection worth checking out. Central Market isn't a beer store, but they had a pretty good selection, easily more than the Quarry Market Whole Foods Store.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of lostgrrl666
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Scooter694
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

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Central Market in San Antonio, TX
4.1 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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