What to get in San Antonio?

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by jakeox, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. jakeox

    jakeox Dec 15, 2012 Illinois

    Hi Southwest BAs, and greetings from Chicago. My wife is going to be in San Antonio next week for work, and I'm hoping for a little guidance on some beers she might be able to pick up easily while she's there. She's willing to make maybe one stop at a store, and maybe a trip to a local brewpub if the food is worthwhile. Any recommendations on what she should look for? I'm hoping for interesting stuff, not necessarily rare, that I can't get here.

    If it were me going I'd be happy to bring down some Chicago treats for trade but she's not exactly excited by the prospect of doing a trade for me in-person. That said, I'm open to setting up trades by mail down the line, and I'm happy to hook up anyone who helps if I can.

    Much appreciated.
  2. mhenson42

    mhenson42 Nov 20, 2011 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Freetail - brewpub with good food and a bottle shop with brewery only brews. About 2 miles away is Gabriel's Liquor Superstore which has the best beer selection in town. If she's closer to downtown, Central Market would be the best bet - not downtown, but alot closer than Freetail/Gabriels.
  3. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Jan 20, 2010 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Yup. Freetail at loop 1604 and Military. Gabriel's at 1604 and Blanco, and there's a whole foods around the corner. This should cover anything you'd want from San Antonio.
  4. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Apr 13, 2010 Texas

    Not sure on bottle shops, but the food and beverage at Freetail is definitely worthwhile.
  5. jakeox

    jakeox Dec 15, 2012 Illinois

    Thanks -- glad to hear these two are close together. That will help.

    What should she look out for at Gabriel's besides the Jester King stuff that I know a little about? Or should she walk in and ask the beer guy to set her up with whatever is local and awesome?
  6. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Jan 20, 2010 Texas
    Beer Trader

    She can ask. Scott, Robert and Augie are all stand up guys and they can help her out. It'll help to if you do some research on your end and let her have some sort of idea on what you're looking for.
  7. mhenson42

    mhenson42 Nov 20, 2011 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Have her ask for Scott (BA - pwsoldier) - he'll hook her up with the good local stuff. And as mentioned above - Auggie and Robert can also give good recommendations.
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  8. jakeox

    jakeox Dec 15, 2012 Illinois

    This is good stuff -- thanks, everyone. If you need anything that's distro-ed in Chicago, let me know.
  9. squirrely2005

    squirrely2005 Aug 26, 2011 Texas

    FaceTime with her while she's there. :p
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  10. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Jan 20, 2010 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Oh, shit. You did it now....
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  11. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas


    *remembers he's not in SA*


    Definitely Gabriel's though. They always have a surprisingly good selection of Jester King's sours (stuff that disappears here in ATX in 2 days stays there for a few weeks) and pretty much everything else you'd want from our state's distro.

    I constantly wish they'd build a Gabriel's in South Austin and put a dent in Spec's business.

    Looking at Freetail's current bottle list... get her to get ya some bottles of Old Bat Rastard (Old Ale) over there. That's one of their best, IMHO.
  12. jakeox

    jakeox Dec 15, 2012 Illinois

    Thanks for the recommendations -- good stuff to pass along.

    If you want BCBS and are willing to deal with a new trader, drop me a note.

    Like I said, totally new trader here, but I'm willing to jump in! I don't have tons of rare stuff, but there's so much good stuff available here.
  13. nate8767

    nate8767 Nov 1, 2011 Alabama
    Beer Trader

    They have, it's called Gabriel's San Marcos
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  14. mmireles

    mmireles May 18, 2005 Texas

    But be something new, I graduated from Texas State in 2004 and there was no such place.....
  15. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Um. San Marcos is 30 miles south of the Austin city limits.

    That's hardly South Austin. It's not even in the same county.

    That's like calling Waco "North Austin".

    It's pretty new... it's right across from the San Marcos outlets.
  16. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aug 13, 2010 Texas

  17. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Jan 20, 2010 Texas
    Beer Trader

  18. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Jan 20, 2010 Texas
    Beer Trader

    San Marcos is too far away for anyone nomatter where you are :) You Austinites have plenty of bottle shops. Leave that one for me.
  19. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Dude. Take it. Since my girlfriend's graduation from Texas State, San Marcos has been either a place I pass at 75mph on my way to SA or where I pick up discounted shirts on my way back from SA. :D

    Used to like going to the Tap Room out there though.
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  20. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aug 13, 2010 Texas


    Also, West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago often carries Jester King.
  21. tigrstylz

    tigrstylz Jan 10, 2012 Texas

    Yep, keep on moving... Nothing here to see..
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  22. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aug 13, 2010 Texas

    I know a majestic albino that lives in San Marcos, so yes nothing to see there.
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  23. videofrog

    videofrog Nov 13, 2010 Texas

    Luckily my wife teaches high school in San Marcos and is willing to stop by on her way home to South Austin.:p
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