San Antonio's best breweries and taprooms for drinking outdoors

The Alamo City's craft beer scene has been booming for a few years, but we realized we hadn’t put together a list of local spots where suds lovers can mix, mingle and drink in the sunshine. For shame!

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s a good start for beer-loving folks looking to plan their next summer outing. Click through for 27 of SA’s essential beer spots with beer gardens or patio seating.
Scroll down to view images

Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

At a time when local-based reporting is critical, support from our readers is essential to our future. Join the San Antonio Current Press Club for as little as $5 a month

Vista Brewing Company
1333 Buena Vista St, 512-766-1842, vistabrewingtx.com
Vista Brewing, based in the Central Texas town of Driftwood, extended its reach to San Antonio earlier this spring with the opening of a new tasting room and beer garden at Warehouse 5. 
Photo via Instagram / vistabrewingsatx
Vista Brewing Company
1333 Buena Vista St, 512-766-1842, vistabrewingtx.com
Vista Brewing, based in the Central Texas town of Driftwood, extended its reach to San Antonio earlier this spring with the opening of a new tasting room and beer garden at Warehouse 5.
Photo via Instagram / vistabrewingsatx
Flix Brewhouse
845 TX-1604 Loop S, 726-800-7500, flixbrewhouse.com
Dinner-and-a-movie concept Flix Brewhouse may remind folks of other similar spots, but this one sports a novel twist: it brews its own beer. Its opening selection includes seven of its proprietary brews, including a golden ale, two IPAs and a chocolate stout.  
Photo via Instagram / flixbrewhouse
Flix Brewhouse
845 TX-1604 Loop S, 726-800-7500, flixbrewhouse.com
Dinner-and-a-movie concept Flix Brewhouse may remind folks of other similar spots, but this one sports a novel twist: it brews its own beer. Its opening selection includes seven of its proprietary brews, including a golden ale, two IPAs and a chocolate stout.
Photo via Instagram / flixbrewhouse
Big Hops Growler Station
11224 Huebner Rd #204, 210-877-9663, bighops.com
When a beer-centric chain’s motto is “promoting craft beer culture since 2013,” it makes sense to expect a huge selection of craft brews — and growlers to transport them home in. Any one of this mini-empire’s locations will have beer out the wazoo, no matter your style preference. 
Photo via Instagram / bighopsbitters
Big Hops Growler Station
11224 Huebner Rd #204, 210-877-9663, bighops.com
When a beer-centric chain’s motto is “promoting craft beer culture since 2013,” it makes sense to expect a huge selection of craft brews — and growlers to transport them home in. Any one of this mini-empire’s locations will have beer out the wazoo, no matter your style preference.
Photo via Instagram / bighopsbitters
Little Rhein Prost Haus
231 S Alamo St, 210-890-2225, littlerheinprosthaus.com
This new spot on the River Walk offers more than 20 draft beers — many imported directly from Munich or craft-brewed locally to purist German recipes. Liter bier steins abound, as well as beer sampler flights and the largest selection of schnapps in Texas. 
Photo via Instagram / littlerheinprosthaus
Little Rhein Prost Haus
231 S Alamo St, 210-890-2225, littlerheinprosthaus.com
This new spot on the River Walk offers more than 20 draft beers — many imported directly from Munich or craft-brewed locally to purist German recipes. Liter bier steins abound, as well as beer sampler flights and the largest selection of schnapps in Texas.
Photo via Instagram / littlerheinprosthaus
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
11255 Huebner Rd #212 @ I-10, (210) 696-5080, beerknurd.com
Okay, so it’s a chain, but we’re all about promoting local craft beer, and that’s what this chain does. Serving up brews from local spots Ranger Creek, Freetail and Weathered Souls, there are plenty of SA brews to choose from. 
Photo via Instagram / flyingsaucersa
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
11255 Huebner Rd #212 @ I-10, (210) 696-5080, beerknurd.com
Okay, so it’s a chain, but we’re all about promoting local craft beer, and that’s what this chain does. Serving up brews from local spots Ranger Creek, Freetail and Weathered Souls, there are plenty of SA brews to choose from.
Photo via Instagram / flyingsaucersa
Stout House Stone Oak
Multiple Locations, (​210) 239-5799 stouthousesa.com
It’s got the word “Stout” in the name, so of course it’s a good spot for beer lovers to snag a brew or two. Each location offers 20 different craft beers on tap as well as a full bar. Stop in for happy hour or to enjoy darts, pool and beer pong.
Photo via Instagram / stouthouse.stoneoak
Stout House Stone Oak
Multiple Locations, (​210) 239-5799 stouthousesa.com
It’s got the word “Stout” in the name, so of course it’s a good spot for beer lovers to snag a brew or two. Each location offers 20 different craft beers on tap as well as a full bar. Stop in for happy hour or to enjoy darts, pool and beer pong.
Photo via Instagram / stouthouse.stoneoak
Alamo Beer Company
415 Burnet St., (210) 872-5589, alamobeer.com
With such a strong history at this brewery (like, 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
Alamo Beer Company
415 Burnet St., (210) 872-5589, alamobeer.com
With such a strong history at this brewery (like, 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
Freetail Brewing Company
Multiple locations freetailbrewing.com
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 courtesy of Freetail Brewing Co.
Freetail Brewing Company
Multiple locations freetailbrewing.com
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 courtesy of Freetail Brewing Co.
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 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
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 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
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 / bustedsandalbrewing
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 / bustedsandalbrewing