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Blue Star Brewing Company
Active Beers: 24
Beer Ratings: 134
Beer Avg: 3.42
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1414 S. Alamo #105
phone: (210) 212-5506
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited the brewery today as part of the American Homebrew Association's "Learn How to Homebrew Day". The brewery allowed the local Bexar Brewers Homebrew Club to brew some demonstration batches outside.
The interior is open and purposefully rustic-looking; Texas Old West chic. It was dominated by the brewing equipment right behind the bar. There were also tables outside and easy access to the Riverwalk pathway. There is even an electric bicycle rack right outside if you want to ride the Riverwalk.
The staff was friendly and welcoming. I did not have any food, but tried several beers. They seemed to have 5 or 6 of their own beers on tap. The Doppelbock was pleasant and malty, but a bit sweeter than I prefer. The absolute standout was a beer called "Close Encounter", described as "2 year aged sour beer blend with hints of tamarind and prunes". I am a fan of sours, especially Flemish reds and browns, and this beer was similar but also like no other I've ever had. It was malty and did remind me of tamarind. The sourness was restrained but there was a slow-developing hot pepper-like burn at the back of the throat balanced by malt and sweetness. Go try it now if you can!
11-03-2013 02:45:42 |
More by Radome
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | $$$
Well to get started as soon as I walked in the door a strange odor hit. Kinda
like the smell of a dairy, not sure if it was the kitchen or the brew tanks. I have been to a few breweries and have never smelled an odor like that.
We sat at the bar and were waited on promptly (very good bartender). I sampled the sour, not what I was looking for at all in a sour; it could have been poured better and it tasted like it had been watered down. I settled for the Texican not a bad beer, but wasn't cold enough and the smell of the place ruined the taste of my beer. We left glasses half full so sad
07-28-2013 05:25:49 |
More by Mamlassig87
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25 | food: 2.25 | $$
I've been to Blue Star probably a half dozen times over the past two and a half years. It's the type of the place that you really want to like because it's in a cool neighborhood and has a nice feel to it, but sadly, it's pretty disappointing.
Beer - Small selection, usually only 4-6 beers on tap. Never really impressed with any beer I've had here. At their best, their beers are mediocre.
Food - A few years ago, the menu was pretty basic, and the food was ok. But I went recently and it seemed they were trying for something for upscale, and it just didn't make much sense. It's been a few months since I've been there, so I've no idea what they're doing now.
Atmosphere - Best part. Also, they offer a free shuttle to and from Spurs games, so I give them a few points for that.
05-25-2013 19:57:51 |
More by TheBeerDog
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5 | $$
The oldest microbrewery in San Antonio, if I’m not mistaken. It’s never ranked very highly on my list but I felt like they were due for another visit. The service is horribly slow and borderline inept—harsh words, I know, but: my party of six had a long wait on a slow night before a server even came by, we had to repeatedly ask for water (and then glasses after that), and reorder menu items that we asked for but didn’t come out. The pizza slice I had was dripping grease—and it was supposedly a margarita slice! And to top it all off I ended up with a long splinter lodged into my toe from the patio. I don’t really frequent breweries for the food but the beer isn’t all that exciting, either.
09-20-2011 19:53:47 |
More by elNopalero
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
A bit outside of town but a very easy and leisurly walk down S Alamo St. Sets in an industrial park type area along the river. Nice, open ceiling inside with the brewery behind glass in one area and then fermenters right behind the bar. I had heard this was an extract brewery but it is obviously all grain from the looks of the equipment. They had about 6 or 7 beers on tap and a dry hopped ipa on cask.
Service at the bar was quick and attentive. The place was empty. I had a pils that was good and the cask ipa which was decent as well. I tried a sample of the smoked dark and it had lousy batch of homebrew written all over it for this kid.
I had a cup of the pork green chili that was just great. As good as it was I did not want to rate it too highly since that was all I had.
All in all a decent stop if you are only downtown. Beat the Irish pub I was in on the Riverwalk all to hell. Just another 1/2 mile or so from The Friendly Spot if you are going in that direction.
09-16-2011 01:55:53 |
More by lackenhauser
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | $
Stopped by this place on a recent trip to San Antonio. This place was close to my hotel so I figured I would check it out. This was a very small brewpub that was kind of difficult to find. There is a small sitting area and smaller bar with about ten stools. The size gave it a quaint feel and the visible brewing equipment added to the atmosphere.
The quality and selection of the beer weren't all that great but they did have a nice barleywine on during my visit. Even though they only had less then ten taps a wide range of styles were covered. Something for everyone.
I didn't eat but the service was the highlight of my visit. The bartender and one of the servers who came over were extremely knowledgeable about beer. I talked to them for a long time and they even recommended other beer spots for me to check out in the area.
This is a cool little spot and I would recommend it to ayone who's in the area.
12-17-2010 08:54:33 |
More by corby112
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in during my stay in San Antonio. Close to the Riverwalk. Took the trolley in front of the Alamo. The brewery is tucked in back of the Blue Star complex. Not a real big place with serving tanks behind the bar. They had five or six beers on draft. I had a sour that was a bit watered down and well.... less than sour. Had the black IPA which was pretty tasty.
We did eat and the food was about average for bar food. Overall about as good as it gets near the Riverwalk area. I left wanting more though. Lucky I rented a car and hit Freetail which is the gem of the San Antonio scene.
11-19-2010 19:27:02 |
More by tpd975
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
They have tanks and other brewing equipment in plain sight right when you walk in, although I didn't spend any time inside; I sat outside shortly after arriving.
I only had time to down 2 pints, I had a stout, which didn't really meet my expectations, but was good nonetheless. I was really impressed with the black IPA that I had after that, I believe this is a new(er) brew. There was not an expansive selection of beer to choose from, but they did offer growlers. (Was not crazy about either of the 2 beers I tried so I didn't bother getting one)
I ordered a plate of nachos (with black beans) which were pretty good, nothing special, but much better than other bar food I have had in the past.
If I lived in San Antonio I would probably come here frequently, definitely a place I will return to in my next visit to SA.
10-24-2010 01:16:31 |
More by bens0n
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The last time I tried to check out this place, it was closed on Sundays. Now it's open on Sundays! YEAH! Unfortunately, this time my boyfriend couldn't make the business trip with me. I got him a tshirt instead. I hope he likes it ;-).
The atmosphere was nice. Even though there was outdoor seating, it was too hot to sit outside on an August day in Texas where it was about 105 degrees. Inside it was not too cold and not too warm...just right to enjoy a nice beer...
The beer I tried was the Belgian Style WheatHead. It was "delicious". It wasn't as strong or spicey (coriander-wise) as a typical belgian wheat beer. Apparently they had a nice strong barley wine that seemed to be very popular, especially with the attendees of the next door Shakespeare play during intermission.
They also had a stout, and amber ale, a pale ale, and, I believe a cask conditioned pale ale. And, of course a light blonde called a Texican.
The menu was not too extensive, but just right for a brewpub. The fries were handcut and big, as were the burgers...Everything in Texas is big. Pints were, unfortunately, the same size.
Apparently Texas law prohibits its breweries from bottling their beer, but growlers were available and were being filled.
08-24-2010 01:12:11 |
More by mbonugli
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
A cozy tucked away brewery in the Blue Star Art Complex in the King William neighborhood of San Antone. Visiting my sister in S.A. and thought I should tryout a local brewpub.
Went to this place in the late evening. 8/21/2010
It has a wooden open truss ceiling with exposed duct work. They put their brewing equipment on display which was cool. Pipes and hoses run along the ceiling giving the place a slightly industrial look - the wooden beams and walls keep the industrial aspect in check giving the whole place a cozy inviting vibe.
The hostess was all smiles as we walked in. Our waitress was very friendly. I told her I was there for the beer and she quickly listed all the beers on tap without missing a beat. She knew the brewery's styles and what they were comparable to. We sat at a table so I didn't get to talk to bartenders.
The selection of beer styles was fairly basic. They have some beers written on a chalk board that aren't on the menu. I counted 7 available beers. They were all reasonably priced.
The food was good. They don't serve gut-busting portions, which I appreciated. They served just enough. The food was good. We had the fried pickles which were good and I had the fish and chips.
They had an open patio that wrapped around the outside. It looked pretty cool at night. It over looks tall trees and old houses.
A friendly atmosphere. I wasn't too impressed with the beers but it was worth the visit and I wouldn't mind going back. I wish this place well.
08-23-2010 21:41:20 |
More by LacquerHead
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