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[ Store, Homebrew Store ]
1309 N Loop 1604 W
phone: (210) 492-8585
(Place added by: pwsoldier on 11-01-2009)
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| Reviews: 16
Reviews by BrewsCrewSA:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
In my opinion, and I've done a lot of beer shopping in San Antonio, this is the best place for market beer in SA. Jason, who used to manage the beer section at Central Market, along with Robert and Andrew, have brought in some incredible beers from across the country and around the world. Their distribution channels should make the rest of SA envious. Unless you're talking to those three though, the rest of the staff could probably not help you. And, since it's that way, sometimes you have to wait a little to get their attention. It's true - most of the warehouse-style liquor store is dedicated to spirits and wines. There's a beer singles mix section for both U.S. and international; those are generally $1.50 to $3.00 each...then there's your required pisswater coolers, then about eight or nine cases of cold craft. There's also a Belgian Beer shelf section, about twenty feet wide, and a Super Secret (that's not so super secret anymore, ask Jason to see the private stock). Across from the cold cases is a wide unrefrigerated section for seasonals. Overall, Beer Nirvana in San Antonio.
11-19-2011 22:51:59 |
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here before heading home from Texas on recommendation and the fact our hotel was only a few "blocks" away.
All in one store beer, wine, liquor which is an oddity to us in NY. Far left side of the store was the beer aisle which was basically your average grocery store aisle blown double wide.
Found more stuff than I could possibly fit in my checked luggage so would say its a successful trip. Maui cans, ska bombers, Jester King everything, Santa Fe cans and chicken killer bw. Don't remember any imports of note but wasn't looking much into them. Location close to Freetail makes this a perfect place for visitors to hit.
07-07-2013 21:07:00 |
More by sliverX
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I have been to over 6 Gabriel's locations in San Antonio with some barely 10 minutes away from another location and I could easily say this is the best of their locations. Don't believe just because this location has a great rating that other locations will have just as great a selection because other locations may have close to nothing for beers.
Vibe: There weren't too many beer enthusiasts here when I came. Most people were getting what they already knew, but some were bold and stepped out of their boundaries which was quite nice to see. This is a very big locations selling all types of alcohol, so there is quite a hustle and bustle going on.
Quality: The only real problem that I saw from this location was that in their singles that put them in an extremely cold cooler and this may freeze the canned beers, which I found one frozen slushy can.
Other than this one mistake they have some drinks in coolers and other ones outside on shelves. The ones on the shelves were beers made for aging, so I feel like this is how they convince themselves that they can be shelved like this, without the proper storing procedures then these truly can't be aged though.
Most were properly stored, so don't let me turn you off with my downsides.
Service: People were always willing to help if you had any questions. When people help outside of their area of expertise then its quite funny. If you ask someone who doesn't know what you're talking about they will first try to find it themselves and after they admit defeat then they ask someone who actually knows. At least someone knows and that's the important thing. Only ask those who hover in the beer department and not at the front.
Selection: The stand outs that I was surprised to see were the Trappistes Rochefort set, Three Philosophers, and the main 3 from the Jester King Craft Brewery. I know this might sound like nothing to other, but these really can't be found in San Antonio. They had a nice selection of foreign beers, lambics, and Gueuzes which is always a nice surprise when I visit a new selection. This place had something for everything and I bought over 25 singles from my run, looked them up on my phone, and they were all solidly reviewed beers.
Overall: If you are looking for a place where you could stock up at then this is your best location in San Antonio. The best after this store is Central Market and then Whole Foods, but even these two don't come close to this Gabriel's. I stayed here for over a hour looking at everything and trying to pick.
12-25-2011 04:48:01 |
More by TheAlamoWrocker
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I live in Dallas and I live near three good to great beer spots. Centennial in Addison has liquor and High ABV beers. Think 18% and up. Kegs and barrels on 15th in Plano. Small quantities but great Belgium selection and room temp selections.Mr. G's on 15th. Bigger selection both chilled and shelved and great staff.
That said, Gabriel's has all that in one building. Great quantities. I mean they still have boxes i saw just lose bottles of in DFW. And they have Liquors that some of the brewers make. they don't like breaking up packs but, i can live with that.
San Antonio is not know for having "one of the best" of anything but in this case, I don't know of any place better.
11-23-2011 21:34:26 |
More by 18tony
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is a Texas-sized liquor store. The majority of the store is split between liquor and wine. Beer is delegated to one aisle, however the offerings are diverse and far from mainstream. They dedicated a cooler off to the side solely to local Texas beer selections (yes, there are more than Shiner). They have a lot of popular cult beers (Stone IPA, Arrogant Bastard Ale, Rogue Dead Guy, DFH, etc.). When I went a few weeks ago in early October they had already sold out of their shipment of DFH Punkin Ale and weren't getting any more. They have a few shelves in the back dedicated solely to Trappist brews (all three Chimays in different sizes, for example). They have one guy in the store in charge of their entire beer inventory. This place was well worth the time, and is just under a mile down 1604 from Freetail Brewing Co. You will have a hard time making a decision from the huge selection.
10-25-2011 22:03:58 |
More by kbenson2
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I don't want to compare this store wit other stores in the state. That's not fair to them, but it's hard not to. San Antonio, never gets all of the beers that the other major cities in the state receive. Gabriel's has the best selection in the city though. They are a little out of the way, but if you make the trip it is worth it. Most of their beers are kept in coolers, although most of their new arrivals are not. They have selves in the back that hold some of their older beers; however, it is hard to convince myself to buy them due to their less then optimal storage conditions. They have a nice single's selection up front, but generally will not break up a six pack. The people that work in the beer section are fairly knowledgeable, but anyone else in the store is not. Their prices recently have began to become more expensive, but for some items they are not bad. They have recently added a glassware collection in the back of the store also. This is easily the best selection in the city and the place that I usually recommend. It doesn't hurt that it's only two exits down from Freetail either.
07-22-2011 17:23:49 |
More by jamescain
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was in San Antonio recently for some business, followed by a short vacation. Based on the reviews on BA, I knew I had to see this place to find some stuff I can't get at home.
Gabriel's was a great spot. It was very clean and well laid out and the staff was extremely helpful, friendly and readily passed on info about upcoming selections.
I was very happy to find Ranger Creek (Mesquite Smoked Porter, La Bestia) and Jester King (Wytchmaker) on the shelves and I make sure to pickup a few of each.
Great selection, best of what I saw while in town. This will be my "go-to" place when around San Antonio when in town get find the good stuff.
07-22-2011 13:29:52 |
More by RedBeardBrewing
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited during SAT beer sortie, 4.22.11.
Located off the loop at the far north end of San Antonio in the ever-present strip mall about a mile or so down the road from Freetail, Gabriel's #60 is the place to go in town for the traveling BA intent of stuffing some Texas goodies into their suitcase for the trip home. The previous reviews indicate the depth of their selection. They had the full litany of Texas micro-brews on tap, everything that was bottled or canned in the state was available except for a few out of stock items.
The staff was super friendly, when I told them I was a traveling BA they took me to the secret stash where I grabbed a six pack of St. Arnold's 11. Stuffed suitcase with full range of Live Oak cans, pretty reasonably priced, discount for cash or debit as opposed to credit card.
Given the knowledgeable, friendly staff, good selection and decent prices, not sure why you wouldn't shop here, other than the relatively hard trip up from downtown or Riverwalk area. While it's ostensibly a liquor and wine store, the dedication to craft beer here makes this a must stop for the traveling BA. Highly recommended.
06-17-2011 18:24:06 |
More by jdense
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Easy to get to, plenty of parking. Went inside and it's quite a large place, with tons of liquor and wine everywhere. On the left you can see the signs for beer, which is where I headed. First I came upon a nice little cooler filled with singles, perhaps 100 different selections from various different breweries. There's a similar cooler on the back side of this one, with more conventional selections but nonetheless with plenty to choose from. Picked out a few singles to review and moved on to the main selection. At the time I was there these were "buy six or more for an extra discount,"* but I didn't discover this till I got to the counter. Luckily I had chosen seven beers from that cooler!
I was quite impressed that most of their beer, even the quality bombers and 750s, was kept in coolers. More impressive than that was that there was mostly fine quality beers taking up shelf space, an impressive contrast from the typical liquor store MO of packing all the cooler space with BMC and leaving all the good stuff out on the warm shelves. Way to go Gabriel's.
Selection wise again I was quite impressed. Here's a list of some** of the highlights I saw:
Great Divide (including oak aged coffee and espresso yeti)
Stone (including Cali-Belique, Ruination, Oak-aged AB)
Brooklyn (including local 1, my fav!)
There were plenty of other imported and domestic fine quality beers to choose from, as well as lots of glassware. The employees were helpful and I was not left without polite offers of assistance for more than about five minutes. Prices were very reasonable on most everything.
Great place, I highly recommend it.
*Strangely, Gabriel's has a 5% "discount" for cash, which turns out to mean both cash and debit card. Credit costs more. The discount for cash/debit on the cooler mentioned above was (at the time) 10% if you bought at least six of these selections. They pretty much have them all in sixers as well, and I didn't price-per-bottle compare, but when you're looking to try a single without buying a six-pack I guess the prices were fine. Prices ranged from $1.49-$3.00+ in this particular cooler, with many under two bucks.
**not even close to an all-inclusive list
06-07-2011 21:09:12 |
More by AlCaponeJunior
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by here on a recent trip to San Antonio before a trip to Freetail. This is basically a very large liquor store with an impressive selection of craft beers. Lots of Belgians as well as some Brewdog, German beers and local TX beers. Burried Hatchet Stout, St. Arnolds along with some of the Boulevard Reserve series, etc. The prices were very reasonable but the service was nothing out of the ordinary. No one knew much about beer and they kind of just stayed away fro the section. Probably the best place in the area for bottles.
12-17-2010 08:29:16 |
More by corby112
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