Freetail Brewing Company

Freetail Brewing CompanyFreetail Brewing Company
Freetail Brewing CompanyFreetail Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4035 N Loop 1604 W. Suite 105.
San Antonio, Texas, 78257
United States

(210) 395-4974 | map
freetailbrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.93
Beers:
139
Reviews:
591
Ratings:
2,522
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.18
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
154
pDev:
9.33%
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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Cool place on the north side of town. Huge dining room with L-shaped bar at back that seats about 15, plenty of tables inside and good sized outdoor patio. 28 beers on tap, the two I had were good. Friendly service; half-pints. I did not try the food.

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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut, Mar 14, 2019
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

these guys actually have two locations in greater san antonio now, both are breweries, and i was fortunate enough to be able to check them both out. the one addressed here is a neat spot, kind of sportsbar-esque on the inside, dim with televisions all over, unremarkable, but with a killer patio that has plenty of seating and great service. we enjoyed several pints and a a few snacks here. the southern location is really cool, a more mellow, warehouse sort of vibe to the brewery, with a few arcade games, picnic tables, and a very open feel. both have their charms, and both had great selections of beers, including a lot of hoppy stuff, all the classics, some barrel aged beers, and a surprisingly good amount of the ghost pixel beers at each location, which is their side project or experimental arm. they also have coolers with a lot of additional beers to go, including some neat bombers of stuff not on tap. i pretty much liked all the beers we had at both spots, they are making some great stuff, definitely something for everyone whichever location you end up at. i think i like the vibe of the southern one better, but the beers at both are worth checking out! i couldnt imagine a trip to san antonio without hitting these guys up!

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Photo of arizcards
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Had lunch with Da Boss today at the brewpub in North San Antonio.

Vibe was OK, strip center location on top of a hill. Plenty of outdoor seating where we hung out on a beautiful April day with temps in the mid to upper 70's. Indoor seating was ample. Overall you might get 150 folks in the indoor/outdoor seating.

Quality of the beer was solid as the "imperial" red and stout (both weighing in in the low 7.0 abv range) were tasty and worthy of another shot.

Service from Jose was solid, nice enough guy who could easily cover the entire indoor/outdoor areas on a less than busy 2:00 Wednesday last lunch crowd.

Selection was solid with about 15 or so house brews. Not sure if they had guest handles.

Food was solid as i had a brisket Philly Cheesesteak. Da Boss liked her chicken sandwich.

Overall i am glad we stopped. San Antonio does not have much to offer brewpub wise considering it is the 7th largest city in the US so make it a point to stop here if you are visiting.

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arizcards from Arizona, Apr 12, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great food! Brews are all great, and they always have an awesome selection. Waitresses are super hot and friendly. Atmosphere is nice, but the porch is the best place to be, whether it's hot or cold out.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

On top of a hill with some restaurants just off the loop, there is a hint of a picturesque view on the back end. Freetail's interior has a wide open floor, a shockingly insane number of HDTVs, and even a projector screen. The sound is cranked to 11 on just about every sporting event you can think of. You'd think this was a sports bar first and foremost, except it's a brewpub, and, you can hear the games better than you would a sports bar--is it a plus or a minus? I'll let you decide.

The tap list has a good, large selection of their own brews, plus a few other guest taps, which are mostly other locals. A good number of sours are featured, which is what I went for and I was not disappointed. There were also some risky IPA experiments, and some standard darker beers.

They have a decent food selection, including some features for the cool wood fired oven, such as pizza and other yummies flying out in quick succession. If you're not familiar with the area, and the loop around San Antonio, it's a little confusing to get to, even for a good GPS. Otherwise, good location, interesting brews, if not a little overboard on the sports TV offerings.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Feb 12, 2016
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

While I'm not impressed with the basic interior or the sound of the room (lots of hard surfaces) at Freetail, it's OK. I'd rather sit outside though. I appreciate that they get a college crowd, and that they support that, and that's what the interior and decor seem to be designed for. I'm not against it, I just want you to know what to expect. The big parking lot is a bonus.

They do have some pretty decent pizza though, and let's face it, we're going for the beer. At least the beers you can't get somewhere else pretty readily. I've found the bar staff to be quite good, well above average, and that makes a difference to me. But again, back to the beer, that's what seals the deal for me: 15 on tap with 4 guests to boot... not bad, and more than half of those are rotating or one-off specialties. Worth a trip.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Feb 05, 2016
Photo of UniversalIPA_69
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Great environment, nice atmosphere with the people, and decent view of the hillside it resides on. Heard it was more beautiful before they built the houses surrounding the hills but nonetheless very nice scenery to enjoy a cold craft brew. Staff very knowledgeable of their beer selection so very helpful in deciding what beers to have. Overall great experience.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Vibe - Nice place to go. Usually always packed and has a really good following. Lots of tv's
Quality - I'm a little less impressed with the majority of their beers than many people seem to be. Some of their limited release stuff is very good, but the majority of the what they have on their 16 taps at any given time I find just to be average.
Service - Service seems to be hit and miss. Sometimes I have great service, other times it seems the bartenders couldn't care less if I'm there or not. That's why I rated a 3.5 for service. I will say the past two times I've been, the service has been really good.
Selection - 16 beers on taps and several guest taps.
Pizza is excellent and what keeps me coming back. Highly recommend getting it.

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Photo of NWFLyer
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great beers, especially the various 'Wit' beers. Food at the north (pub) location is very good. Food truck at the production facility (south) is excellent (Mr. Fish'. Taco Truck).

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NWFLyer from Arizona, Jun 07, 2015
Photo of KTCamm
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Great option on the outskirts of San Antonio. Active vibe, lots of TVs to catch sporting events, and plenty of room to get comfortable. Wide ranging variety on top, with make your own 4 beer samplers. Pretty extensive menu as well with one highlight being the hot pretzels. Definitely worth a trip.

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KTCamm from New Jersey, Apr 11, 2015
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I didn't try the food though I've heard it's great. Just came in and got two flights of beers.

They seem to like wit beers and had at least four on tap when I was there. A spirulina wit stood out on the menu but it's not too remarkable to drink. The Witicus is the beer geek's best bet of the wit beers.

On the other spectrum they had a black IPA, a Belgian and Imperial Stout and an American Wild Ale that all appealed to me on the menu. They represented a good mix of styles and offered different flavor profiles that I like when visiting a brewery (I like variety).

I must say they're Endymion is an exceptional brew and reminded me a bit of The Dissident or La Folie, both exceptional beers that I love. Unfortunately it wasn't available for growler fills.

The service was friendly and helpful, although you can tell they get a lot of inexperienced beer drinkers in there, so you'll get warnings like "It's sour," which are kinda funny.

Lastly, the outdoor area here is nice, but the indoor area does feel a bit like a dark, trashy college bar. Maybe it's meant to suggest a cave (for the freetail bats) but either way, it's not exactly appealing.

Also, the location along the highway in a stripmall kind of setting isn't much to write home about either.

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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico, Apr 09, 2015
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Before driving to Austin and leaving San Antonio, I took the wife to Freetail Brewing.

Driving there is no joke- miles and miles of northbound freeway to a point where you are still within city limits but it feels like a subdivision in the middle of nowhere. The space is large and standard, nothing terribly unique but comfortable and functional.

I spotted 19 taps all around, including 15 Freetail and 4 guest taps from Texas. Of the house beers, I tried, in a 5-oz flight of 4 brews, the Old Bat Rastard (winter warmer), Hopothosis (DIPA), Thanatos (7.2% stout) and FT2 Witicus (sort of an imperial wheat). All of them were OK but a little underwhelming aka average. I wouldn’t rush to fill a growler here… although I did like the La Muerta imperial stout I had on tap at Friendly Spot.

I had read about the Freetail pizza and was curious (and hungry!). But both the wife and I were left a little cold… the size is good and the crust is thin, but it lacked flavor all around, from dough to toppings. Not even hot sauce and cheese could save it from blandness. The cheesy bread appetizer was simple and yummy, though.

Service was pretty friendly and prices are not terrible ($18 for a massive pizza). It was a good stop for us and I’m glad I tried Freetail, but I don’t think I will revisit.

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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania, Jan 22, 2015
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Attended for La Muerta release. Did a sampler and beers were good, but not as great as I had hoped. Not as congested as expected either, venue as attached to a mall with plenty of outdoor seating. Service was good and prices reasonable. Will probably go back on a slower day.

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Photo of duff247
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Awesome brewpub. Great beer - although selection at times lately has been hit or miss (may be due to a second location opening and bottling more). The food is awesome, pizza and appetizers are awesome. Definitely worth a trip if you are in the area or just want a great pizza and beer.

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duff247 from Texas, May 15, 2014
Photo of jpf433
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I was in town looking for a brewery/brewpub to check out and found this place. Good atmosphere and good beer. I was looking for a hoppy IPA so I tried their Velocihopter which was good. I didnt have a chance to try anything else, but will stop by again next time I am visiting the area.

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jpf433 from Massachusetts, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Sludgeman
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Freetail Brewing is a brew pub cloaked in a pizza joint pretending to be a sports bar. I like it. Will definitely visit again. Unfortunately it is about a 15 mile drive from downtown, so for frequent travelers like me who would love to hit a place like this, it will definitely take some effort and probably a rental car.

A - Open, bright enough, clean, no stale beer smell, loud when crowded, lots of TVs. An outdoor area, but too cold, though a few people were still braving the unusually cold San Antonio weather. - 4

Q – Correct glass ware, but the Old Bat Rastard was served too cold (of course it was below 40 outside!). Life could be worse. - 4.5

S - Excellent waiter, friendly, knowledgable about beer and food. – 4.5

S – Nine house beers on tap plus some guest beers and cider. - 4

Food – Go for the pizza. I had a Palamero (white pizza) to which i added spicy sausage. Yum! Good food to go with good beer. 4.5

Value – Three beers and a medium pizza (just for myself) cost me about $35 with tip. $$

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Sludgeman from District of Columbia, Jan 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A few updates, with the original review still in place.

I've been going here for several years now, since they opened almost (drinking their five year anniversary beer now). Their beers have remained very tasty, with great variety too. I would say their witbiers stand out more than anything, as they always seem to have two different varieties on tap, and they are always delicious.

Atmosphere wise it's gotten busier, but it's still mostly like a sports bar. The staff tends to be pretty good. Some really know their beer well. The head brewer is very friendly to homebrewers, offering tips and freely sharing knowledge and information.

On the music: Hats off to any establishment that plays the *entire album* of Mars Volta, 'Deloused in the Comatorium.' I am forever sold on Freetail since that day (plus they have good beer!).

**original review**

The Freetail brewery wasn't hard to find, and there was plenty of parking. I went inside to find a rather sparse, but pleasant sports-bar type atmosphere, with lots of TVs and reasonably leveled music playing (not too loud). The music was a bit humorous as I kept hearing 80's type stuff playing (human league 'don't you want me baby' etc). Still, the atmosphere was decent enough, no complaints.

They had a pretty good beer selection, with about 12 on taps from the Freetail brewery, and various other local microbrews too. They had a cask offering but it had just run out when I got there (doh!). Prices were reasonable for the type of establishment, I spent about $30 plus tip (that included lunch, several beers, and a hat). I tipped well as the bartender was very busy but still kept my glass full and got my food order fast.

Beer wise I thought the selections were quite tasty. Obviously they put some time and effort into creating good beer and not just pumping out whatever will sell. I talked to one of the brewers for a bit, and he was both chatty and up to speed on the heartbeat of craft beer and micro breweries in San Antonio. I was drinking a Cinco Pilz, a collaboration beer, and he pointed out that what I was drinking was their version, but also gave me a sampler glass of another version of the same beer brewed by a brewery across the street. Very classy, and the beer was downright delicious too.

The food menu was typical of the type of establishment, but they had plenty of selections, including pizzas (which looked great). I had the Freetail salad, which was very darn tasty.

Overall it's a nice establishment and I'd recommend it to anyone

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Stopped by for a couple beers during a trip to San Antonio. That night was a killer deal of half price pints.

Atmosphere is modern. Smallish bar along the back wall which is where I sat. plenty of tables for dinning, and an outdoor patio with additional tables. Pizza oven is visible in the back space. A giant projector screen above the bar indicates the current beer offerings.

They had about a dozen beers on tap, plus a few "guest beers" from other breweries. Beers were a mix of standards and some funky one-offs, like the Green Curry Wit beer I had. Beer was tasty. Food looked good but I didn't eat anything.

Definitely worth checking out.

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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Mamlassig87
4.64/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

This place was great! We really enjoyed the choice of beer and that you can taste test what you might be interested in before purchasing a large glass. The sour they have available is really good if you like sours; it has an interesting smoke flavor from the smoked barley it is brewed with, but I think my favorite was the Witicus light colored but still a little heavy with ingredients. The service at the bar great and can't wait to go back again

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

This place pumps out a variety of good beers. Check their website before you go because sometimes their selection leaves a bit to be desired, but when they have a saison or la muerta stout or one of their barrel aged selections, you should beat a path to their door. Tuesday nights are $2.50 pints. What a deal. Sunday has $10 growlers. Be patient. I went a few times and did not find a beer that I really liked that much, but later found several beers that range from good to exceptional (here's looking at you Verano Sin Fin saison).

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Photo of sliverX
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went down for Le Muerta day 2012 for a break from the cold. Wonderful release atmosphere, real relaxed fun event before hand. Even met the brewer as our host thought it was cool we came all that way to hang out. For as hectic as the release was the waitress handled herself well. Had nachos and several different pizzas and all were excellent.
Tap list was super and featured other Texas beers as well if I remember right. Very reasonable costs and may even go on the cheap side.
Would definitely go here again if I'm ever in San Antonio or Austin.

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sliverX from S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls., Jul 07, 2013
Photo of TheBeerDog
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

First, the beer - The selection of beers is constantly changing, but based on my experience they usually have a very diverse selection to choose from, at times having several tasty IPAs on tap. I don't believe I've had a bad beer from Freetail, they are usually very satisfying.

The Food - Typical bar fare, the pizzas are decent.

Atmosphere - Laid back. Plenty of Tvs make this place ideal for watching football on Sundays. The patio area is nice as well.

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Photo of wreckem8010
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have made many stops at Freetail and have never been disappointed. First, the atmosphere is excellent, a bunch of laid back beer and food lovers enjoying themselves. Barrels surround patrons, peaking curiosity of their contents. Soccer matches can be fun/packed, so plan accordingly. I'm not the biggest soccer fan by any means but the atmosphere here is awesome during soccer matches.

Service has always been good, I always receive the correct order and usually in a timely fashion. Some servers are obviously better than others but that is to be expected, no big.

The food is tremendous, I have only had pizzas and the goat cheese & artichoke dip and they are spot on. Pizza carbonara, brisket pizza, meathead, batastrophe, mac n' cheese pizza, and the Montgomery are all fantastic.

Now to the important stuff: beer. I have been fortunate enough to stop by for their specialties (La Muerta, Ananke (& raspberry), Peche'cus, etc.) and they are as good as advertised. The not-so-coveted beers have all been delicious as well. The beer board (along with their app and website) give you an instantaneous look at what they have on tap. The website is usually accurate on what they have to-go in bottles as well. They have ~5 guest beers, filled with some occasional rarities. Freetail has various bottle releases and special events/tappings throughout the year with many of their delicious brews available at the same time. Flights are also available when you just can't make up your mind.

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Photo of jforeman
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I visited Freetail about 4 times last year and have been so jealous DFW doesn't have a similar place. As packed as the pub might get there is always a spot in the huge parking lot they have. All of their beers are well crafted and I'm very impressed with the sour program they have. Ive had the pizza and its almost as good as the baked mac and cheese. The new iPhone app they released is very helpful to keep up with upcoming events and beer releases and well constructed and easy to use. They are pet friendly but watch out for the lines on the patio,we got scolded for having our dog cross the line.

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Photo of hoponit
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Made the trip from downtown by bus when visiting San Antonio. Not exactly convenient to reach without a car but possible. And well worth it.

The atmosphere is industrial minimalism, a good thing, in my opinion, for a working brewery. A bit of a sports bar vibe with multiple tv's and a large projection screen on one wall.

Sampled the Rye Wit, Primavera Prematura, Saison d'Schoppe, Tadarida IPA, and the Batlick Porter. All were quite tasty, especially the Primavera, Saison, and the IPA.
Freetail also features some guest taps. Normally I would say that was a bad sign (you may not like our beer so we also offer...) but there was no cause for concern.

For lunch I had the Mucho Mushroom pizza. Unexpectedly excellent - who expects good pizza in TX? Also very reasonably priced.

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hoponit from New York, Apr 14, 2012
Freetail Brewing Company in San Antonio, TX
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