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20 San Antonio breweries you should support with your beer money 

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Given the current state of, well, everything, it's safe to say we could all use a sudsy pick-me-up from time to time. Luckily, San Antonio's beer game has been upped considerably over the past few years, thanks to the emergence of local breweries operated by folks that give a damn about making good beer.

Whether you're a craft brew connoisseur or amateur quaffer, we'd suggest getting to know our local breweries — we guarantee you'll find something you like.
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Weathered Souls Brewing Co.
606 Embassy Oaks Ste. 500, (210) 274-6824,
Weathered Souls Brewing has definitely been keeping busy during the pandemic, seemingly releasing something new every week. Swing by for a 4-pack to-go, or stay a while on the patio and enjoy a hearty meal from South BBQ, located inside.
Photo via Instagram / weatheredsoulsbrewing
Roadmap Brewing Co.
723 N. Alamo St., (210) 254-9962,
Owners Hannah and Dustin Baker opened up Roadmap Brewing in September of 2018 and have been brewing non-stop ever since. Currently offering 13 brews on tap — from a double IPA to a maple bacon imperial stout — Roadmap has a little something for everyone.
Photo via Instagram / roadmapbrewing
Busted Sandal Brewing Company
7114 Oaklawn Dr., (210) 872-1486,
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 / bustedsandalbrewing
Alamo Beer Company
415 Burnet St., (210) 872-5589,
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
Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling
4834 Whirlwind Dr., (210) 339-2282,
On top of having some of the best beer in the area, Ranger Creek also offers an impressive array of bourbons, if you're in the mood for something a little stronger. 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 / rangercreek
Cactus Land Brewing Company
368 County Rd 325, Adkins, (210) 414-2776,
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
Dos Sirenos Brewing
231 E. Cevallos St., (210) 442-8138,
Producing brews in Southtown since 2019, Dos Sirenos boasts a large patio and outdoor space that’s social-distancing friendly for enjoying one of their brews, which include IPAs, stouts, lagers and ales. The sprawling patio is kid- and dog-friendly, as are the fresh-baked pretzels.
Photo via Instagram / dossirenosbrewing
Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
136 E. Grayson St. #120, (210) 455-5701,
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 / ruinationpress
Back Unturned Brewing Co.
516 Brooklyn Ave., (210) 257-0022,
Housed in the former Brooklynite space near downtown, Back Unturned serves up a variety of classic beer styles as well as tasty artisan pizzas and other pub fare from chef Jared Cattoni.
Photo via Instagram / backunturned
Dorćol Distilling Co.’s High Wheel Beerworks
1902 S. Flores St, (210) 229-0607,
Dorćol produces award-winning spirits and seven thoughtfully-crafted brews, each available on tap at the Southtown brewery. Stop in for one of their usual suspects, or indulge in a small batch series, which highlight head brewer Randy’s latest creative endeavors.
Photo via Instagram / dorcolspirits
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Guadalupe Brewing Company
1580 Wald Rd., New Braunfels, (512) 878-9214,
Plan a day trip up to New Braunfels and hit up this tasting room, open Thursday 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 / guadalupe_brewing_company
Longtab Brewing
4700 Timco W. Ste. 105, (210) 947-4766,
Newly opened in 2020, Longtab brews American pride into every sudsy glass. Founder David Holland and head brewer Mike Brown are retired Green Berets who use American grown grains, hops and yeast — as well as Texas water — in each brew.
Photo via Instagram / longtabbrewing
Black Laboratory Brewing
1602 E. Houston St., (210) 370-3442,
Owned and operated by two scientists with degrees in chemistry, microbiology and biochemistry, Black Laboratory has released some unique brews in their first year (Frankenstein-green sour blonde ale, anyone?). Make an afternoon of a visit to the taproom, sandwiched comfortably between Truth Pizzeria and The Farmer’s Butcher on SA’s east side.
Photo via Instagram / blacklaboratorybrewing
Brew Monkey Beer Co.
11935 Starcrest Dr., (210) 474-0234,
This Northeast-side spot offers ample space for the new brewery’s 15-barrel system and 20-tap line in the tasting room. Try the honey blonde ale called Summer Lightning Ale, a Hometown Lager or an India Pale ale dubbed Meet in the Middle.
Photo via Instagram / brewmonkeybeerco
5 Stones Artisan Brewery
850 Schneider, Cibolo, (210) 380-8215,
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,
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 / bluestarbrewco
Real Ale Brewing Company
31 San Saba Ct., Blanco, (830) 833-2534,
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 / realalebrewing
Künstler Brewing
302 E Lachapelle , (210) 688-4519,
Kid- and pet-friendly, this South SA brewery features handcrafted beers such as stouts, ales, IPAs, ciders, and more on tap in the spacious brewpub’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Stop in daily for a flight of beers and a bite off their new lunch menu, featuring Texas twists on German favorites such as pork schnitzel, bratwurst and potato pancakes.
Photo via Instagram / alsa1229
Freetail Brewing Company
Multiple locations
While both Freetail locations offer an impressive lineup of draft beer — including special collaborations with other local breweries — only the Northside brewpub offers eats. The pizzas and shady outdoor patio are perfect accompaniments to a frosty, local brew.
Photo via Instagram / freetailbrewing
Islla Street Brewing
11911 Crosswinds Way, (210) 771-6532,
Known best for their innovative brews with unexpected ingredients — and their tendency to break the internet come pre-order day — the boys over at Islla Street Brewing are always cooking up something interesting. If small batch craft beer is your jam, stop by their North SA taproom for a 4 pack of one of their innovative sours or IPAs.
Photo via Instagram / isllastreetbrewing
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Weathered Souls Brewing Co.
606 Embassy Oaks Ste. 500, (210) 274-6824,
Weathered Souls Brewing has definitely been keeping busy during the pandemic, seemingly releasing something new every week. Swing by for a 4-pack to-go, or stay a while on the patio and enjoy a hearty meal from South BBQ, located inside.
Photo via Instagram / weatheredsoulsbrewing

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