Freetail Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.82/5
Freetail Brewing CompanyFreetail Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(210) 395-4974 | map
freetailbrewing.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2008

BEER STATS
Beers:
117
Reviews:
519
Ratings:
2,200
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
138
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.01%
 
 
Taps:
18
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 138
Reviews by glid02:
Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Took a long bus ride up here during a recent trip to San Antonio.

Atmosphere is good. It's kind of strip-mall-ish from the outside but once inside it opens up nicely. There's outside seating at a large window opening up to the bar and plenty of inside seating in a fairly large space. The bar is at the back in an L-shape with the brewing equipment visible behind. La Muerta and Dirty Rat Bastard paraphernalia hang all over the place. A few TV's dot the space above the bar.

Quality is good. Now that I think about it all my beers came in large pint glasses but they were all at the proper temperature with proper amounts of head.

Service was very good. I never had to wait long to get refills and the gentleman behind the bar did his best (and a pretty nice job) of answering my random questions.

Selection was very good for a brewpub. A myriad of styles was available along with random treatments of the styles (cherries added to a stout, spirulina added to a wit, peppers added to a BSDA). I was told they normally had a guest tap but the tap was broken when I was in.

Food was good. I had the basic margherita pizza and it was better than expected. I can't speak to any other items but if they're as good as the pizza you'll enjoy it.

Value is good. I went on their pint night so the beer was exceptionally cheap but even the normal prices were reasonable.

Overall I was expecting big things before arriving, lowered my expectations at the door, and then saw them raised as I stepped inside. It's not in the most enchanting location but it more than makes up for it with what's inside. Well worth a stop if you're in the area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Karibourgeois
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of ZinFanDave
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of mschipper
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 Ryannotbryan
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of mcantu
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of MLDucky
4.45/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
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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Photo of simplejj81
4.16/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of bigchiquilin
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Junichi
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Baxter_ii
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of PretzelCity
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of mph005
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of UniversalIPA_69
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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 IsYoursGold
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Pug
4.74/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Ryno3031
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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 billab914
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of NWFLyer
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of brett606
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of NJB145
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Williaar
3.5/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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Freetail Brewing Company in San Antonio, TX
3.82 out of 5 based on 2,200 ratings.
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