September 27, 2017 Slideshows » Food & Drink, Arts

20 San Antonio-Area Breweries Every Beer Lover Should Tour 

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Whether you're a craft connoisseur or amateur drinker, every Texan has a relationship of some sort with beer. Get to know your local ales a little better by touring these San Antonio (and Hill Country) breweries.
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Guadalupe Brewing Company
1580 Wald Rd., New Braunfels, (512) 878-9214, guadalupebrew.com
Plan a day trip up to New Braunfels and hit up this tasting room, open Friday through Sunday. Treat yourself to a nitro tap with flavors like smooth peanut butter, coconut or coffee maple. Or go seasonal with a traditional pumpkin honey ale.
Photo via Instagram, j.garciaz
Alamo Beer Company
415 Burnet St., (210) 872-5589, alamobeer.com
With such a strong history at this brewery (like the Prohibition and everything), Alamo Beer Company will almost feel like drinking here is a rite of passage as a San Antonian. Get a taste of Europe with the German Pale Ale or Pilsner brews.
Photo via Instagram, alamobeerco
Shiner's Spoetzl Brewery
603 E Brewery St., Shiner, (361) 594-3383, shiner.com
So it’s a bit of a drive, but Shiner is more than worth it with two rounds included with the tour. Grab something fruity like the Strawberry Blonde ale, seasonal like Holiday Cheer or go with the classic Bock brew. Just do yourself a favor and grab lunch at Friday’s Fried Chicken afterward.
Photo via Instagram, freshhfrank
Cibolo Creek
448 S Main St., Boerne, (830) 816-5275, cibolocreekbrewing.com
Order up the market board with a mixture of cheeses, meats and seasonal vegetables, or the bier buns. Wash it down with a glass of Boerne Blonde. For an even better treat, stop by for brunch on Sunday.
Photo via Instagram, scottyreese
Freetail Brewing Company
2000 S. Presa St., (210) 625-6000, freetailbrewing.com
Come see where all the magic happens with tours at 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. You can even swing by for a quick yoga sesh and enjoy a brew afterward on Thursdays.
Photo via Instagram, palaciostx
Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling
4834 Whirlwind Dr., (210) 339-2282, drinkrangercreek.com
On top of having some of the best beer in the area, Ranger Creek also offers a number of cool events. Head on over for boozy yoga, trivia night, game watch parties, live music, an artisan market or just for a tour. Play it safe with a San Antonio Lager, or go for something less traditional like Love Struck Hefe and Red Headed Stranger.
Photo via Instagram, inspiredraceevents
Real Ale Brewing Company
31 San Saba Ct., Blanco, (830) 833-2534, realalebrewing.com
Tube your way down the Blanco River, then make your way over to Real Ale for some cold ones! Tours are offered on Fridays and Saturday, so your weekend won’t be complete without a pint of Lost Gold or Devil’s Backbone. Or both.
Photo via Instagram, rachaelwalters_
Busted Sandal Brewing Company
7114 Oaklawn Dr., (210) 872-1486, bustedsandalbrewing.com
Try a classic brew like the 210 Ale or venture out to La Chancla series for a taste of Hop Dong IPA. Take your time savoring a brew in house, then take some beer to go. Even better, dogs are welcome.
Photo via Instagram, lynnsokolowski
BS Brewing
1408 Old Lehmann Rd., Seguin, (830) 660-8124, bsbrewingtx.com
Sample the Jack the Ripper-inspired 1888 Whitechapel ale or the student-friendly College Chronic red ale. Potluck and live music make this the spot to be every Saturday with the party starting at 6 p.m.
Photo via Instagram, kenziekins
Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
136 E. Grayson St. #120, (210) 455-5701, southerleigh.com
Enjoy a chocolate stout infused with blackberries, a sake style brew or a kettle sour with a hint of cucumber. While all the names are interesting to say the least, our favorite it the THOT - “That Heirloom Over There.” You’re not fooling us, Southerleigh.
Photo via Instagram, katherineleighcompton
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Pedernales Brewing Company
97 Post Tr., Fredericksburg, (830) 998-7486, pedernalesbrewing.com
Head up to Fredericksburg one of these Saturdays to hit up this brewery tour. Take your pick from Robert Earl Keen brews or that of the Lobo series. Lobo’s Texas Lager or the classic Bitter Battle beer are fan favorites.
Photo via Instagram, staciegab
Cactus Land Brewing Company
368 County Rd 325, Adkins, (210) 414-2776, cactuslandbrewing.com
This taproom is open the first and third weekends of the month to bring you fresh brews and fun eats, provided from local food trucks. It stays true to its name, using the prickly pear native to the land.
Photo via Instagram, cactuslandbrewing
New Braunfels Brewing Company
180 W. Mill St. #100, New Braunfels, (830) 626-2739, nbbrewing.com
Credited as being the first brewing spot in Texas as far back as 1850, this brewery offers the chance to taste fresh brews during a tour or a “hoppy” hour. The brews are divided into four series, including flavors like Mexican Cannon and Cosmic Dancer.
Photo via Instagram, jordanpapz
Kinematic Brewing Company
635 TX-46 #207, Boerne, (830) 336-2043, kinematicbrewingco.com
Kinematic brings you fun flavors like Chocolate Rye Stout, Melonography Watermelon Wheat and Espresso Milk Stout. Bring a growler to fill up, just don’t down it in one sitting. Or do, if you can handle it like a champ.
Photo via Instagram, annie_fs93
Dodging Duck Brewhaus
402 River Rd., Boerne, (830) 248-3825, dodgingduck.com
If you’re into witty puns as much as you’re into beer, we’ve got the perfect brewery for you. Order up a pint of Ducktoberfest, Quackinator Doppelbock or Old Speckled Duck E.S.B. to really get you quacking.
Photo via Instagram, thedodgingduck
5 Stones Artisan Brewery
850 Schneider, Cibolo, (210) 380-8215, 5stonesbrew.com
Why have a mimosa when you can have a manmosa? This wheat ale features pulverized oranges for a light, but manly brew.
Photo via Instagram, ahnreechahvessda3rd
Blue Star Brewing Co.
1414 S Alamo St., (210) 212-5506, bluestarbrewing.com
Spending some time on the river? Biking around Southtown? Just be sure pay Blue Star Brewing a visit for 100% organic beer. Have a pint of the Texican Lager, Raspberry Geyser or Close Encounter brew.
Photo via Instagram, txphog15
Fredericksburg Brewing Company
245 E. Main St., Fredericksburg, (830) 997-1646, yourbrewery.com
Plan a romantic weekend getaway with your lover to Fredericksburg. You can both enjoy a glass of Enchanted Rock Red Ale or the Blackberry Porter, then stay in the bed and breakfast above the brewery. We’re swooning at just the idea of it.
Photo via Instagram, fbgbrewingco
Brazos Valley Brewing Co.
201 W. 1st St., Brenham, (979) 987-1133, brazosvalleybrewery.com
Brazos Valley is family- and pet-friendly, making for the perfect day trip out east. Request a tour of the brewery and enjoy a pint of the Killin’ Time Blonde, 7 Spanish Angels Coffee Ale or Silt Brown. Remember to take a growler or six-pack home with you to make your trip worthwhile.
Photo via Instagram, wonju91
Seguin Brewing Co.
111 W. Gonzales St., Seguin, (210) 771-3913, seguinbrewing.com
This brewery may change the on-tap menu every few weeks, but you’re always bound to find a brew you’ll fall in love with. Bock-n-Rohl, Lake Breeze Blonde and Honey Pecan #5 Cream Ale are guaranteed to have you making routine trips out to Seguin.
Photo via Instagram, seguinbrewingco
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Guadalupe Brewing Company
1580 Wald Rd., New Braunfels, (512) 878-9214, guadalupebrew.com
Plan a day trip up to New Braunfels and hit up this tasting room, open Friday through Sunday. Treat yourself to a nitro tap with flavors like smooth peanut butter, coconut or coffee maple. Or go seasonal with a traditional pumpkin honey ale.
Photo via Instagram, j.garciaz

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