Two-fisted miche puts Triple J’s on our drink map

Triple J’s Pub

3400 S Flores

(210) 532-3335

Vibe A labor of love that speaks to the neighborhood setting.

Best Use Giant, spicy micheladas are puro pinche Southside.

Prices Domestic beer $2,
Imports $2.75


Triple J’s Pub is tucked down on South Flores on a corner with a car repair shop. It’s a small place, fronting the street with no parking lot. But when the pub opens at 5 p.m., customers drop their rides everywhere after a hard day’s work, including the driveways of nearby businesses that have conspired to make this the neighborhood watering hole — a true local.

The pub was opened two years ago this August after both Julian Ramirez and Yvette Tejeda were laid off from their jobs the same day. Now the proprietors of Triple J’s, the couple were not alone in the wave of job losses, but they read the same-day pink slips as something more than coincidence — a message to take their dreams of opening a pub into action. After months of back-breaking work — the plumbing, electrical system, and everything else in the low-lying building was a mess — the couple had their new place like they like it, and named the establishment after their children: Julian, Juliette, and Julius.

Now a Southside favorite with dart and pool teams holding tournaments every Saturday, the door opener for many a first timer is their rep for building the best michelada around — puro pinche Southside.

Designed by Ramirez and perfected by Tejeda, each drink is handcrafted, not poured from a mix. It’s a two-fisted drink, served in a chilled 20-ounce goblet rimmed with chili powder and topped with skewered green olives, joined by a bottled beer of your choice. The pub carries over 20 domestic and import beers, but Ramirez suggests Shiner Bock for their michelada, and most regular customers agree. The first swig of red juice is tart and spicy, almost overwhelmingly so, but not too piquant. You will find that the beer bottle is almost full when delivered, which has prompted some visitors to ask, “Where’s the shrimp?” As the beer is mixed in the glass, the michelada changes in character, ending with a fresh splash that cleans the palate. Triple J’s miche is truly one to remember, an almost startling liquid journey that, says Ramirez, “detoxes the soul and body.” •

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