5 of the Best Breweries in San Antonio

September 14th, 2022 by

While San Antonio, Texas, is home to the famous Alamo battle site, it’s also well known for many other reasons. One of these is its delicious, savory beer. If you’ve been looking for a brewery with a laid-back vibe or a place with a few new flavors to add to your list of faves, you’ve come to the right place. The team at Red McCombs Toyota presents our list of the five top breweries in San Antonio so you don’t have to do the work yourself.

Dos Sirenos Brewing

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Are you looking for the perfect place to stop for an ice-cold beer after work? If so, check out Dos Sirenos Brewing. With indoor and outdoor seating, tons of tasty food options, and great beer, you’re sure to have a wonderful time. If you sit outside, you can even chill with your pet by your side. It puts on live music on select nights, so be sure to check out its calendar so you don’t miss out. Bring your friends, and ask your server about the games on offer so you can enjoy a brew and some fun entertainment at the same time.

Some unique beer options that are sure to please include the To Dill or Not To Dill, a not-quite-traditional gose made with pickling spices and pickle juice. For those who like something a little more fruity, consider the Hercules — a golden ale with fruity esters. There are various options on the food menu, so everyone is sure to find something that satisfies.

Mad Pecker Brewing

Those looking to break out of the norm and tempt their taste buds with something refreshing can stop by Mad Pecker Brewing. The atmosphere is fantastic, and the servers, food, and beer are some of the best in town. If you like a hearty oatmeal stout, you can’t leave without ordering A Stout Called Quest. Those who prefer something lighter might find The Ripper, an American amber ale, more palatable. When you’re truly ready to break out of the mold, down a glass of Bitter Soul ESB to discover what you’ve been missing.

While you’re enjoying your beer, order an appetizer to tide you over. The beer cheese fondue goes well with whatever’s in your glass, but you can’t go wrong with the fried pickles, chips and salsa, or a trusty basket of fries. If you’re really hungry, it also offers pizzas, burgers, and wings on the menu. Its signature bacon mac and cheese is a must-try entree if you want to fill up.

Kuenstler Brewing

You’ll have a lot of beer options when you head to Kuenstler Brewing. Its extensive beer menu includes selections on tap such as Boobberry, a stout with a milky, sweet flavor; Rosemary’s Honey Oats, a pale ale with shades of orange, piney notes, and a hint of honey; and, of course, Oktoberfest. You can also choose from a range of drafts and cans of beer, such as Duck Lips, which has notes of pine and pineapple; Jasmine, a Japanese rice lager; and Not Yours, a Bavarian lager that’s lighter in color than most.

If you or anyone in your party isn’t into beer, it also has ciders for you to enjoy. These come from Texas Keeper in Austin, Texas, and they’re definitely worth trying. Most are made in small batches, making them unique and well crafted. Consider a glass of Cider Noir if you like a nutty, citrus flavor. Or, if you like a glass of wine, Grafter Blanc may be perfect for you as it resembles a cabernet blanc.

Vista Brewing

Although Vista Brewing’s main facility is in Austin, you can try out its offerings at its tasting room and beer garden in San Antonio. Housed in an old uniform warehouse with other artisans and entrepreneurs, a stop at Vista Brewing is an experience you don’t want to miss. It brews every beer with limestone-filtered water, so you’ll enjoy a mineral-rich, natural taste in every sip. The beer menu rotates often, but you may find options such as Home of the Brave, a session IPA; Barton Creek Gold, a blonde ale; and Zwickeled Pink, a dry-hopped pilsner.

Other drink choices are available for those who prefer something other than beer. It offers local wines, ciders, and nonalcoholic beverages alongside its own beers. Several food trucks are on-site to complete the beer garden experience. It provides an abundance of local food options that will pair perfectly with your beverage.

Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

Visit Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling for a unique tasting room experience. This brewstillery creates its own beer and whiskey right here in San Antonio. With a constantly changing menu and lots of tasty cocktails to choose from, there’s always something new to try at Ranger Creek. It also has a selection of meat and cheese plates and light snacks on the menu. On-site food trucks are often present if you get really hungry. Check out some of its fun events, such as jazz and cocktails or pizza night. You can take a tour of the facility every Saturday as well.

Some of our faves on the menu are the German-inspired San Antonio Lager; the Love Struck Hefe, which is named after a Stevie Ray Vaughan song; and the Strawberry Milk Stout, which is basically a chocolate-covered strawberry in the form of a beer. As for the whiskey, you can choose from bourbon, single malt, or rye. It creates each type of whiskey in small batches, and you can try them straight or mixed into a flavorful cocktail.

That’s our list of the best breweries in San Antonio. Have you been to any of these locations? Do you have another exceptional brewery in the city we should try? Perhaps we left your favorite beer from one of these places off our list. We love trying local brews at local breweries, so if you think we’ve missed something, contact us so we can give your favorite place a try and add it to our list.

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