Blue Star Brewing Company

Blue Star Brewing CompanyBlue Star Brewing Company
Blue Star Brewing CompanyBlue Star Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1414 S. Alamo #105
San Antonio, Texas, 78210
United States

(210) 212-5506 | map
bluestarbrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.47
Beers:
36
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
299
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.83
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
76
pDev:
12.53%
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Trendy brewpub on the riverwalk. Long bar seats about 20, with many tables inside and outside patio. A dozen beers on tap, the two I had were ok. Spotty service, and food was plain.

Mar 14, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

i loved this place, mellow and sort of timeless, they are one of the oldest operations in town, but their beer remains relevant, we had a great time in here on a rainy afternoon, although i couldnt help but wish it was a nice day out, they have an awesome patio and a little area over by the river too that would be idea for sunshine sipping. inside its very much the classic brewpub, smaller than it looks from the outside, with the tanks and everything right in the middle of the place, seems like when the patio is open it would close to double their capacity. we had a great bartender who walked us through the lineup and gave us some of the history. i liked the raspberry sour a lot, seriously tasted like mature lambic, but i also really dug the english ipa on cask, not enough of that around anymore, and it absolutely hit the spot for me. the classic doppelbock was also solid. mellow atmosphere in here, an easy place to pass the time, and the food looked good even though we didnt eat. not sure why the low ratings, our experience here was fantastic! i would recommend checking them out on a nice day to enjoy the outdoor seating!

Mar 01, 2019
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MLDucky from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Menu was an eclectic mix of pub and gastropub. $10 for salsa plus chips and queso is a bit much though. Good service, nice, developed part of town with great outdoor seating and average beer. Worth a try though.

Apr 11, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Understated stop in a local artist community. Very nice menu, with a clever list of options (I liked the pig pie). Lots on tap to taste, but unfortunately there is nary a sampler to offer up. The beer I had was tasty, but would have liked the chance to test more.Worth a trip if you are in the area for sure.

Jun 07, 2015
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Vinegarroon from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Went for lunch and beers with friends.
The sour beers are definately their Flagship beer, very good for the style.
The other ales were good but not excellent.
Service was great, staff was friendly and knowledgeble.
Food was quite good but a little pricey for the small portions.
I would recomend anyone to give the place a try.

Feb 10, 2015
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johnnyringo013 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great place to meet and get primed before going to watch THE WORLD CHAMPIONS OF THE NBA.. THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS.! The atmosphere is casual and the crowd is laid back. This place is in the heart of the art district and historic downtown SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.

Aug 07, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

A very beer-centric brewpub. Nine beers on tap, including two exceptional sours, as well as a cask version of their pale ale. The venue has a good size bar but too few stools .. so plenty of room to spread out or stand.
Food was modestly better than average, with the brisket being the best thing we tried.
Service was better than average, and much more knowledgeable than average.
Brewing operations in full view, along with some hanging bicycles. Adequate free parking.

Jun 21, 2014
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Radome from Florida

3.83/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited the brewery today as part of the American Homebrew Association's "Learn How to Homebrew Day". The brewery allowed the local Bexar Brewers Homebrew Club to brew some demonstration batches outside.

The interior is open and purposefully rustic-looking; Texas Old West chic. It was dominated by the brewing equipment right behind the bar. There were also tables outside and easy access to the Riverwalk pathway. There is even an electric bicycle rack right outside if you want to ride the Riverwalk.

The staff was friendly and welcoming. I did not have any food, but tried several beers. They seemed to have 5 or 6 of their own beers on tap. The Doppelbock was pleasant and malty, but a bit sweeter than I prefer. The absolute standout was a beer called "Close Encounter", described as "2 year aged sour beer blend with hints of tamarind and prunes". I am a fan of sours, especially Flemish reds and browns, and this beer was similar but also like no other I've ever had. It was malty and did remind me of tamarind. The sourness was restrained but there was a slow-developing hot pepper-like burn at the back of the throat balanced by malt and sweetness. Go try it now if you can!

Nov 03, 2013
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Mamlassig87 from Texas

2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Well to get started as soon as I walked in the door a strange odor hit. Kinda
like the smell of a dairy, not sure if it was the kitchen or the brew tanks. I have been to a few breweries and have never smelled an odor like that.

We sat at the bar and were waited on promptly (very good bartender). I sampled the sour, not what I was looking for at all in a sour; it could have been poured better and it tasted like it had been watered down. I settled for the Texican not a bad beer, but wasn't cold enough and the smell of the place ruined the taste of my beer. We left glasses half full so sad

Jul 28, 2013
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TheBeerDog from Texas

2.69/5  rDev -29.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25 | food: 2.25

I've been to Blue Star probably a half dozen times over the past two and a half years. It's the type of the place that you really want to like because it's in a cool neighborhood and has a nice feel to it, but sadly, it's pretty disappointing.

Beer - Small selection, usually only 4-6 beers on tap. Never really impressed with any beer I've had here. At their best, their beers are mediocre.

Food - A few years ago, the menu was pretty basic, and the food was ok. But I went recently and it seemed they were trying for something for upscale, and it just didn't make much sense. It's been a few months since I've been there, so I've no idea what they're doing now.

Atmosphere - Best part. Also, they offer a free shuttle to and from Spurs games, so I give them a few points for that.

May 25, 2013
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elNopalero from California

2.3/5  rDev -39.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

The oldest microbrewery in San Antonio, if I’m not mistaken. It’s never ranked very highly on my list but I felt like they were due for another visit. The service is horribly slow and borderline inept—harsh words, I know, but: my party of six had a long wait on a slow night before a server even came by, we had to repeatedly ask for water (and then glasses after that), and reorder menu items that we asked for but didn’t come out. The pizza slice I had was dripping grease—and it was supposedly a margarita slice! And to top it all off I ended up with a long splinter lodged into my toe from the patio. I don’t really frequent breweries for the food but the beer isn’t all that exciting, either.

Sep 20, 2011
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lackenhauser from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A bit outside of town but a very easy and leisurly walk down S Alamo St. Sets in an industrial park type area along the river. Nice, open ceiling inside with the brewery behind glass in one area and then fermenters right behind the bar. I had heard this was an extract brewery but it is obviously all grain from the looks of the equipment. They had about 6 or 7 beers on tap and a dry hopped ipa on cask.

Service at the bar was quick and attentive. The place was empty. I had a pils that was good and the cask ipa which was decent as well. I tried a sample of the smoked dark and it had lousy batch of homebrew written all over it for this kid.

I had a cup of the pork green chili that was just great. As good as it was I did not want to rate it too highly since that was all I had.

All in all a decent stop if you are only downtown. Beat the Irish pub I was in on the Riverwalk all to hell. Just another 1/2 mile or so from The Friendly Spot if you are going in that direction.

Sep 16, 2011
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5

Stopped by this place on a recent trip to San Antonio. This place was close to my hotel so I figured I would check it out. This was a very small brewpub that was kind of difficult to find. There is a small sitting area and smaller bar with about ten stools. The size gave it a quaint feel and the visible brewing equipment added to the atmosphere.

The quality and selection of the beer weren't all that great but they did have a nice barleywine on during my visit. Even though they only had less then ten taps a wide range of styles were covered. Something for everyone.

I didn't eat but the service was the highlight of my visit. The bartender and one of the servers who came over were extremely knowledgeable about beer. I talked to them for a long time and they even recommended other beer spots for me to check out in the area.

This is a cool little spot and I would recommend it to ayone who's in the area.

Dec 17, 2010
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tpd975 from Florida

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped in during my stay in San Antonio. Close to the Riverwalk. Took the trolley in front of the Alamo. The brewery is tucked in back of the Blue Star complex. Not a real big place with serving tanks behind the bar. They had five or six beers on draft. I had a sour that was a bit watered down and well.... less than sour. Had the black IPA which was pretty tasty.

We did eat and the food was about average for bar food. Overall about as good as it gets near the Riverwalk area. I left wanting more though. Lucky I rented a car and hit Freetail which is the gem of the San Antonio scene.

Nov 19, 2010
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beerdrinker123 from Delaware

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

They have tanks and other brewing equipment in plain sight right when you walk in, although I didn't spend any time inside; I sat outside shortly after arriving.

I only had time to down 2 pints, I had a stout, which didn't really meet my expectations, but was good nonetheless. I was really impressed with the black IPA that I had after that, I believe this is a new(er) brew. There was not an expansive selection of beer to choose from, but they did offer growlers. (Was not crazy about either of the 2 beers I tried so I didn't bother getting one)

I ordered a plate of nachos (with black beans) which were pretty good, nothing special, but much better than other bar food I have had in the past.

If I lived in San Antonio I would probably come here frequently, definitely a place I will return to in my next visit to SA.

Oct 24, 2010
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mbonugli from Maine

4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The last time I tried to check out this place, it was closed on Sundays. Now it's open on Sundays! YEAH! Unfortunately, this time my boyfriend couldn't make the business trip with me. I got him a tshirt instead. I hope he likes it ;-).

The atmosphere was nice. Even though there was outdoor seating, it was too hot to sit outside on an August day in Texas where it was about 105 degrees. Inside it was not too cold and not too warm...just right to enjoy a nice beer...

The beer I tried was the Belgian Style WheatHead. It was "delicious". It wasn't as strong or spicey (coriander-wise) as a typical belgian wheat beer. Apparently they had a nice strong barley wine that seemed to be very popular, especially with the attendees of the next door Shakespeare play during intermission.
They also had a stout, and amber ale, a pale ale, and, I believe a cask conditioned pale ale. And, of course a light blonde called a Texican.

The menu was not too extensive, but just right for a brewpub. The fries were handcut and big, as were the burgers...Everything in Texas is big. Pints were, unfortunately, the same size.

Apparently Texas law prohibits its breweries from bottling their beer, but growlers were available and were being filled.

Aug 24, 2010
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LacquerHead from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A cozy tucked away brewery in the Blue Star Art Complex in the King William neighborhood of San Antone. Visiting my sister in S.A. and thought I should tryout a local brewpub.
Went to this place in the late evening. 8/21/2010

It has a wooden open truss ceiling with exposed duct work. They put their brewing equipment on display which was cool. Pipes and hoses run along the ceiling giving the place a slightly industrial look - the wooden beams and walls keep the industrial aspect in check giving the whole place a cozy inviting vibe.

The hostess was all smiles as we walked in. Our waitress was very friendly. I told her I was there for the beer and she quickly listed all the beers on tap without missing a beat. She knew the brewery's styles and what they were comparable to. We sat at a table so I didn't get to talk to bartenders.

The selection of beer styles was fairly basic. They have some beers written on a chalk board that aren't on the menu. I counted 7 available beers. They were all reasonably priced.

The food was good. They don't serve gut-busting portions, which I appreciated. They served just enough. The food was good. We had the fried pickles which were good and I had the fish and chips.

They had an open patio that wrapped around the outside. It looked pretty cool at night. It over looks tall trees and old houses.

A friendly atmosphere. I wasn't too impressed with the beers but it was worth the visit and I wouldn't mind going back. I wish this place well.

Aug 23, 2010
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glid02 from Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Made the trek over here during a recent stay in San Antonio. The place is kind of tucked back in the Blue Star complex, just know that google maps doesn't lie.

Atmosphere is nice. It's got a solid amount of patio seating in front and to the side. Inside there are quite a few tables to the right and a large bar right down the center. The brewing equipment is both behind the bar and farther back in the right-hand corner. A few TV's dot the place as well.

Quality is good. My beers came in either a pint glass or goblet so I'd like to see a bit more variety but the glassware wasn't inappropriate and the beer was served at a good temperature with proper head.

Service was really good. I never had to wait long for a beer and ended up chatting with a few of the bartenders about local beer selections. They also pointed me toward Pedicab which unbeknownst to me was right around the corner.

Selection is OK. They had a pale lager, amber lager, stout, barleywine, and pale along with a dry-hopped stout on cask.

Food is solid. I had chicken-fried chicken with white gravy and various vegetables and was pleasantly surprised.

Value is good. The beer is reasonably priced as is the food.

Overall I was a fan of this place and could see myself coming back - I just wish they had a more extensive selection or some local guest taps.

Apr 29, 2010
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champ103 from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

As you walk in there is a bar that goes along the left. The brewing equipment can be seen towards the back. There is a large wood deck that wraps around the bar. It is located in a neat little neighborhood. A great place to relax with a few pints. I really like the feel of the place.

The service was good and enthusiastic. The server was pleased to speak at length about some of their beers. Our food came out before we knew it, and no problems getting more beer samples. The food was above average, but nothing special. Anyway, on to the beer...

They had at least 8 beers on tap and a cask. That is a pretty good selection. I had the stout (on cask), the pale ale, IPA, King William Barleywine, and the kicker...a barrel aged sour:) There were several other beers that I did not try. Everything was solid, and some were very good.

Overall, an excellent place to grab some beers and a meal. I was very pleased to see a large selection to chose from, and not just a by the numbers brewpub. Check it out if you are in San Antonio.

Mar 21, 2010
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evilbunnee from Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

We drove past this place three times before actually finding it, and even at one point accidently went into one of the warehouse areas nearby, interrupting some people working on something. However, once we found it, we were pleasantly surprised. Very friendly waitstaff, who, even though they were stretched thin, managed to always get us when we needed something. The building itself is really pretty inside, and literally sitting in the middle of a brewery adds something to the whole experience. The food was above average, and even though it was chilly outside when we visited, the crowd was packed inside, and even sitting out on the deck area. Everyone was really friendly, and the place just basically felt like a really hip little place to hang out. And it is obviously family friendly as well, since we had gotten there earlier in the evening, and there were several families sitting down for dinner.

Feb 05, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The BC was part of a larger complex dedicated to the arts. The brew pub was at the far end of the sky blue building with "The Bike Shop" above it on the second floor. Entering, the inverted "L"-shaped bar was straight ahead on the left side. A cooler filled with Party Pigs and pre-filled growlers was to the right. Standard restaurant tables and chairs filled the space to the right of the bar. All of the way aft was the brewhouse behind glass with a few FVs visible off to the left. Behind the bar were a total of 5 SVs, separated by a chalkboard above the wine rack. Here, the overhead was really eye-catching with a blonde wood roof, exposed ducting, I-beams, ceiling fans, and best of all, bicycles! It was like being at New Belgium. Did I mention the blue-tinted sky light? No? Well, I have now. An extensive patio deck, to the extreme right and outside, consisted of wrought tables and chairs.

Beers: Stout; Pale Ale; Golden; Wheathead; Fool's Golden; King William MMVIII barley wine.

Seasonals: Peachhead; Blueberry Wit.

Cask: Fool's Gold #2.

Dec 22, 2009
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northaustin from Texas

3/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

me and a friend stopped by to pass the time one night when we were in san antonio. took us a while to find as it is not visible directly from the road.

atmosphere: was a bit crowded but no biggy, felt a lot of hustle and bustle when inside but the back patio was very nice.

quality: could have been much better. the stout tasted like an iced coffee, the barleywine was more of a hardlywine, and the pale ale was just so so. maybe it was because i went at the wrong time or maybe because i had too high of hopes but the beers were just average.

service: pretty good considering how busy it was at the time.

selection: only six beers to choose from!!!! seriously wtf. all i had ever heard was how this place is usually rotating in a cask and a few specials but neither of these was available when we went. definately planning another trip down to try some special beers.

food: was bland and basic. tasted alright but was definately not impressing.me and my friend had a burger.

everything was fairly inexpensive which made it bearable and definately worth a check out. i would love to check this place out again so i can have a better feel for reviewing it.

also as we were in the parking lot two stray cats came up and chilled on my friends car while he was filling it up with engine coolant. it was awesome to say the least.

Aug 27, 2009
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goatgoat from Arizona

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Blue Star Brewery is part of the larger Blue Star Arts Complex. It also shares space with a bike shop. This lends itself to a cool, laid back vibe which tends to hipster.

They always have a handful of regular selections on tap, many of which share a slightly bready quality to me, at least the IPA, Pale Ale and Raspberry Wheat did. In addition to their session brews they seem to always have a barleywine on tap as well as another rotating brew.

Service has been par-the-course, though it can be better depending if the server is feeling frisky.

The food hasn't been very impressive. The chicken friend steak was greasy and tough and the hamburger was more bun than burger. They have a nice selection, it just lacks in execution. As such, they seem pricey.

I generally stop when I'm in the area. but I don't go out of my way to make it there.

May 24, 2009
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1fastz28 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went to this place while on a trip to san antonio, at the recommendation of some locals, and reading the beerfly posts. We went there right around noon so it was dead when we first got there, the bar has a nice deck area overlooking the parking lot and a river or creek or something. It was a beautiful day and sitting outside was great, even had wifi allowing me to rate my beers right away. Beer was good, and inside you can see the kettles that make the back part of the bar, its a brewpub where you really are surrounded by all the brewing equipment. Food was good and cheap, i really liked the place, our waiter gave us recommendations about their beer, and some other local places and did not forget about us when a group of about a dozen business guys showed up. If you are in the area, i'd highly recommend it, it was a nice little place, and if i go to san antonio again, i'll definitely go here again.

Mar 29, 2009
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Nutleybeer from New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is the only brewpub I hit on a recent trip thru San Antonio. It is not far from the touristy sites, maybe just a few minutes drive. Can be a little tricky to find, so be alert.

Went on a Wed afternoon. It's not a very large place. It is connected to their bike shop, which is at an upper level.

The bartender was pleasant. We ordered a sampler. They had a golden, pale ale, amber, barleywine and I believe 1 more. All drinkable. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but certainly tasty. I had a pint of the golden, which was crisp and smooth.

The food was decent enough. I had a turkey sandwich.

I bought a logo pint glass as well.

For out of towners, this place was much easier to find than Free Tail. If you want to go their, get better directions than MapQuest.

Feb 28, 2009
Blue Star Brewing Company in San Antonio, TX
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