What’s brewing in San Antonio: Vista Brewing and Growler Exchange launch new locations
Editor's Note: With a new craft beer spot popping up in San Antonio seemingly every month, it's a lot of work to track all things beer in Alamo City. Here's our roundup of everything that's brewing in San Antonio.
A second Growler Exchange
The Growler Exchange, a popular craft beer bar that sells a variety of beers to-go, opened a second shop in a small retail center at 914 E. Elmira St. on the edge of downtown, in early November.
Although it's bigger than the original pub on Broadway close to Alamo Heights, the new Growler Exchange is similar in other ways, including indoor and outdoor seating, several television sets, more than 30 taps, and fresh-baked pizzas.
Vista Brewing San Antonio’s new home
Vista Brewing Co.'s relocated San Antonio taproom and cafe is up and running at 125 Lamar St., just a few yards from Artisan Distillery and Craft Bar, and Burleson Yard Beer Garden.
Grand opening activities were held the week before Thanksgiving for Vista Brewing San Antonio, which vacated its original West Side spot for larger digs on the East Side.
The new storefront features a sizable bar with a range of Vista’s beers, as well as Texas wines and non-alcoholic beverages.
The bar is separate from a dining room where visitors can enjoy food and drinks at their own table. The food menu includes shareable dishes, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees such as stuffed meatloaf, and brunch served 10 am to 2 pm daily.
Vista Brewing San Antonio also offers outdoor seating and live music, and is available for private events.
Expanding Second Pitch
Second Pitch Beer Co. (11935 Starcrest Dr.) held a “grand re-reopening” November 18 to celebrate its expansion.
The owners renovated and added 1,000 square feet of adjacent space, turning the area into a second taproom, which includes TV sets, seating, and special events such as trivia games.
Medals for 28 Songs
Boerne’s newest brewpub, 28 Songs Brewhouse and Kitchen, received two medals while participating in the 13th Denver International Beer Competition.
According to the owners, 28 Songs submitted three brews mainly with hopes of getting some feedback from the juried panel.
But in the end, 28 Songs was awarded a silver medal in the International Pale Lager category for its De La Calle Mexican Lager. The brewpub’s Oktoberfest received a bronze medal in the Märzen competition.
Three other Texas breweries — San Antonio’s Alamo Beer Co., New Label Brewing in Katy, and Hound Song Brewing in Columbus — won a total of 19 medals at the Denver event.