“In Heaven there is no beer, that’s why we drink it here. (Right here!)” – English lyrics to a German drinking song, circa 1956.
San Antonio is flush with good craft beer. Ales and lagers of every stripe including stouts, sours, helles, goses, weizens, pilsners, and India pale ales all lovingly crafted and proudly served at local brewpubs and tasting rooms around the city.
Brooks, San Antonio’s up-and-coming community just 10 minutes south of downtown, is offering round-trip transportation to four of the city’s breweries for $50 per person Saturday, June 24. The guided trip included craft beers at each stop, tasty snacks, and exclusive swag.
The Beer Flyte Field Trip chartered bus leaves from Brooks at 1 p.m. and stops at Blue Star Brewing Company, Weathered Souls Brewing Co., Freetail Brewing Co.’s South Presa tasting room, and Alamo Beer Company. Local beer expert and author Travis Poling will guide the group through each unique tasting experience.
Beer Flyte is the latest in a growing list of public events presented by Brooks.
“We want people to know Brooks is an open community,” said Brooks Public Relations Director Connie Gonzalez. “We’re a mixed-use community and we want people to come out and experience life here at Brooks.”
The Beer Flyte Field Trip – named after an outdoor event venue at Brooks named Flyte – comes just one month after the seventh annual San Antonio Beer Week. Each stop on the Beer Flyte Field Trip played a major part in the event and in putting San Antonio’s craft brewing scene on the map.
Blue Star Brewing Company is the oldest of San Antonio’s craft breweries, opening in 1996 in the Blue Star Art Complex before Southtown was Southtown, located just eight minutes from Brooks. Blue Star Brewing is popular with cyclists due to its location at the north end of the Mission Reach. Inside, patrons are surrounded by brewing tanks producing delicious draughts like the dry, crisp and mild Texican Lager, the hop-charged Green Tractor IPA, or the Spire Stout, a smooth dry stout made in the traditional Irish fashion. Pair any of these with Blue Star’s savory pub fare such as jalapeño brisket poppers or hot pretzel rolls served with beer cheese dip.
Freetail Brewing Co. opened its brewpub on the city’s far Northside in 2008 and a tasting room at its production facility on the Southside in 2014. Freetail Brewing Co. also has locations in Austin and Houston, but 80% of its market remains in San Antonio. While brewing, canning, and distribution activities swirl in a hot warehouse, patrons can watch on the air-conditioned side of double-glass doors while sipping tasty fermented Freetail beverages. Beer Flyte Field Trip samples will likely include its most popular German-style lager, Bat Outta Helles, found on tap and in stores around the region. The Tropical Punch Bexarliner is a tart ale with hibiscus, mango, passion fruit, and pink guava. The Rye Wit is a Belgian-style wheat beer that includes malted rye, coriander, and orange peels while the Bourbon Barrel Aged Local Coffee Stout is a collaboration brew with Merit Roasting Co., which is across from Freetail on South Presa Street.
Alamo Beer Company has been selling its signature Alamo Golden Ale since 2003, produced by Real Ale Brewing Co. in Blanco. Alamo opened its own brewery in December 2014 and its beer hall and garden on March 6, 2015, the 179th anniversary of the battle of the Alamo. The brewery, which is one-half mile from Alamo Plaza as the cannonball flies, and brand are an homage to the shrine and Alamo Beer brewed in the 19th century by the Alamo Brewing Association. Its signature brews are its crisp American blonde Alamo Golden Ale, its classic German-style Alamo Pilsner, the hoppy and medium-bodied Alamo German Style Pale Ale, and its traditional Vienna-style Alamo Amber Lager.
Weathered Souls Brewing Co. opened its doors in November and is one of the newest local breweries. It is located near the San Antonio International Airport just 15 minutes from Brooks. The tap room on West Avenue just south of Bitters Road has a rotating lineup that changes weekly. The team enjoys producing a palate-expanding variety of beers, including juicy Northeast-style IPAs, and boasts “hecho a mano” or “made by hand” on its logo. Its offerings include Round About Midnight, a porter with a small toffee character and dark chocolate characteristics. The blonde ale Malt-erial Girl boasts a tropical aroma from mosaic hops. Dále Shine is a traditional Mexican lager brewed specifically for San Antonio. And it wouldn’t be a brewery without a pale ale. Seth’s Pale Ale is touted as an easy drinker with subtle citrus and pine notes.
You can find beer on tap from both Freetail Brewing Co. and Alamo Beer Company at the recently opened Embassy Suites at Brooks Hotel & Spa.
Have we whet your appetite to take the Beer Flyte Field Trip? Departure is Saturday, June 24 at 1 p.m. and tickets are $50 per person. That includes transportation from Brooks to the breweries and back, guided tastings, bites, and swag. Click here for more information or call (210) 678-3367. Seats are limited, so get your tickets here.