Busted Sandal Brewing Company, San Antonio, TX

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I stopped in at Busted Sandal Brewing Company in San Antonio, Texas.  The thing is, they weren’t open to the public tonight.  But, that didn’t stop the owner, Mike, from responding to my e-mail and meeting me at the brewery and giving me an entire tour and explanation of their story along with several tastings.  Wow!  What an experience.  Mike is an awesome guy, and if you’re in the San Antonio area you really do need to try these beers.  So here’s some idea of what they have on tap.  The 210 Ale is a deliious and very drinkable blonde ale.  This would go great in the hot weather.  It is smooth and very easy to drink.  The Slippery Rock IPA has got to be one of the most drinkable IPA’s I’ve ever enjoyed.  It has the flavor of an IPA but is not heavy at all and is very easy to drink.  Currently they are experimenting with a Grapefruit 210 Ale which is their flagship blonde ale with grapefruit added.  Personally, I love the grapefruit flavor.  I could drink this all day.  The El Robusto Porter is awesome.  It is rich, chocolatey, and delicious.  This would be a great dessert beer.  So, there you have it.  Get yourself over to Busted Sandal and try one!

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Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery, San Antonio, Texas

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I stopped in at Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery in San Antonio, Texas to taste their beers.  I tried a flight and each was very good.  The Dark Sky Dark Lager was rich and malty, the Straight Outta Hopton Imperial IPA was strong and smooth, the 2 Coast IPL – India Pale Lager was hoppy and citrusy just the way I like it, and I think my favorite was the Heyyyy Joe Coffee IPA.  I’ve never had a coffee IPA before and this was a treat.  Notes of both coffee flavor and hops.  Typically coffee is brewed in stouts and porters.  This really switched it up for me and was delicious.  Hope to stop back for one more before leaving San Antonio.  I’d encourage anyone to stop in for this beer alone.  The other beers were delicious as well.  I did not have a chance to try their food but the menu looked awesome as well.

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Twin Peaks Restaurant and Brewery, San Antonio, TX

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I stopped in at Twin Peaks Restaurant and Brewery in San Antonio, Texas for a quick bite and a beer.  On the server’s recommendation I tried the Dirty Blonde American White Ale.  Twin Peaks boasts of the temperature they serve their beer.  Very cold.  I have often heard serving beer very cold disguises the taste.  Well, although I’ve never said anything bad about a beer to date on my blog, let me just say this beer was not my favorite.  I did not finish it.  It was very cold and refreshing to some extent, though.  The quesadilla I ordered was good.

The Granary ‘Cue & Brew, San Antonio, TX

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I stopped in at The Granary ‘Cue & Brew in San Antonio, Texas for dinner.  I ordered pulled pork for dinner which was out of this world!  I enjoyed their IPA which was a nice mixture of malt and hops, not too over the edge.  And, I enjoyed their Black IPA which was like a stout and an IPA combined.  Rich, malty, sweet, and hoppy all in one beer.  I ate at the bar and enjoyed the chalk drawings on the wall:

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The Granary is located in the old Pearl Brewery section of San Antonio.  Pearl is a food and culture center in San Antonio and is located on the northern part of the Riverwalk for those ambitious enough to trek roughly two and a half miles from the downtown Riverwalk area.

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Freetail Brewing Company, San Antonio, TX

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Check out my more recent review from February 2016 at Microbrewing America

I stopped at Freetail Brewing Company in San Antonio, Texas for dinner.  I enjoyed some nachos and salsa and the beef brisket salad.  Both were very good.  The beef was a bit fatty but that’s the nature of the beast.  I tried a flight of beers.  I started with the Primavera Prematura which is a saison with what I consider somewhat of a fruity bite to it.  This is not my favorite style but this was a good saison.  I moved next to the Multigrain Brown Ale.  Sounds healthy.  It was dark and rich but tasted burnt to me.  Here’s where I completely diverged into new territory.  The Spirulina Wit is brewed with blue-green algae.  If you look at the picture above you can see the green beer on the right.  I’m still living so apparently this isn’t dangerous.  It tasted pretty fruity to me.  It’s so unique I just had to try it but wouldn’t drink it again.  Finally the Round Earth IPA was a good way to end the tasting.  It was very good and I enjoyed finishing my meal with it.

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Blue Star Brewing Company, San Antonio, TX

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I stopped in at the Blue Star Brewing Company in San Antonio, Texas again.  This time I had fish tacos for dinner – which were excellent!  I also enjoyed the Cinco Peso Pale Ale which was crisp and hoppy but not quite an IPA.  And I enjoyed the Flying Pig Extra Pale Ale which was very tasty.  Flying Pig is very drinkable.  This is one of those beers you could drink all evening – not that I did, mind you.  In fact, I walked from downtown San Antonio along the Riverwalk to Blue Star Brewing Company and then back downtown, so I figure I walked off most of my dinner.  Any way, back to the beers.  I highly recommend the Flying Pig Extra Pale Ale.  Stop in and try it.  Try the Cinco Peso Pale Ale too!

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I stopped at the Blue Star Brewing Company in San Antonio, Texas for lunch.  I enjoyed the Chicken Avocado Salad.  And, you guessed it, I sampled some beers.  The Scottish Ale was a very smooth and easy to drink selection.  The Texican Lager was flavorful.  The Pale Ale was a solid go-to ale; smooth and not too hoppy.  The King William Ale is a barley wine and not for the faint of heart.  This is a strong beer.  And I ended with the Spire Stout which was a good choice as this was rich, creamy and smooth.

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