Freetail Brewing Co. was established in 2008 under the premise that not only should a brewery produce great beer but also epitomize the city in which it's brewed. The crowd goes wild for the special events held at Freetail, such as beer tastings, live music, trivia, and yoga at the brewpub. At their second location on the outskirts of downtown San Antonio, beer lovers can experience one of their brewery tours, check out comedy nights or enjoy a food truck.
The name comes from the estimated 30 million Mexican free-tailed bats which live in a cave just south of the city. These bats, deemed the Official Flying Mammal of Texas, protect the area's agriculture system. Just like these winged locals, Freetail is proud of their San Antonio roots and are passionate about supporting their community.
They started in a used 15-barrel brewhouse, experimenting with bold, unique flavors. Determined to make them available to as many locals as possible, Freetail brewers went as far as working on the first-ever legislation that allowed breweries to sell directly to consumers in the state of Texas.
Outside of spearheading laws, Freetail Brewing succeeded in concocting some tasty brews. Their core beers include the Original Amber Ale, Bat Outta Helles German Style Lager, Rye Wit Belgian-Style Wheat, San Antonio Pale Ale, and their SloFlo Session and Soul Doubt IPA's. They also offer a few seasonal beers, such as their Yo Soy Un Berliner Berlin Weisse, OktoberFiesta, and Texicali Pale Ale.
Freetail also jumped on the brewing in distillery barrel bandwagon and produced a line of reserve brews. In 2019, they produced several Imperial Stout options, one aged in Balcones Texas single malt whiskey barrels and another in Tattersall aged straight rye barrels.
Cover image: "Rye Wit Beer at Freetail Brewing" by Nan Palmero is licensed under CC BY 2.0.