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The Bar at Bottling Department has got you covered for Father's Day

Rick Martinez

Come discover what Pearl has to offer for dad's special day
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Fathers day is a time to show your dad how much you care. Whether by spending the day with him or just sending him a card and some flowers (yes, I said flowers), make sure he knows that he is appreciated this Father's Day.

And don't forget about all those fathers who are single parents - they deserve some love too! And what better way to spend a day with pop than over a cold beer and some great nosh.

The Bar at Bottling Department located at The Pearl has something for everyone on Father's Day.

Personally speaking, as a dad, a foodie, and a beer lover, I can attest to the fact that this is a place to be for sure.

It begins with tradition

Many families have set things they do on specific holidays. Fathers Day included. That's why The Bar at the Bottling Department is such a special place.

The Bottling Department and bar is built on the site of the original Pearl brewery's bottling department, which is literally where the first beer was bottled back in the 1800s.

Up until 1999, beer was bottled right in this very same spot. All the way up till the entire brewery closed down in 2001.

Today, Bottling Department upholds the Pearl tradition by serving as a location for the next generation of quality beer, excellent food, and of course, for creating memories.

The vibe

First of all, it's essential to know that the Bottling Department is an upscale food hall. The Bar is situated inside the Bottling Department, and that's where they serve fine wine, select beers, and a few types of other drinks.
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There is also an outdoor, walk-up style bar just in case the lines get too long inside and for convenience. Either way, the service is always top-notch, the staff is knowledgeable, and the beer?

Well, the beer is always ice cold, and that's a fact.

The indoor section is air-conditioned, so you can cool off while you order. Chances are, you're going to want to mosey on over to one of the food vendors once you go inside and get a sniff of all the incredible food offerings here. But that's for another post.

Today is about dad and beer.

And speaking of that.

Here's whats on tap

Whether you like a light and crisp beer, hoppy and fruity, or malty and balanced, they've got a brew for you.

One of my go-to beers for a hot Texas day is an old favorite, Lone Star Light. Don't ask me why; it's just been a part of Texas summers for as long as I can recall.
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Another crisp option is San Antonio's very own Ranger Creek. At 5.2% ABV and a great taste, this is an option that dad will undoubtedly want to consider.

For a hoppier option, I'd grab pop an Independence, Stash IPA. This Austin beer comes in at a robust 7.5% ABV and, truth be told, is one of the better brews coming out of Austin, Texas.

And even then, sometimes dad is looking for a maltier style and if that's the case, then grab a Panther Island, Sweet Fang. This milk stout out of Ft. Worth, Texas, may be just what hits the spot.

For dad's special day, be sure to treat dad to one of The Bar's two new brews from Vista Brewing: Grato or Flanders Fields. These beers were brewed using fresh ingredients hand-harvested straight from their farm in Vista, CA, so they're always thinking about quality first.
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If beer isn't your thing, then no sweat, The Bar has you covered. There's pretty much anything for any and all palates with a wide selection like Mimosas, Bloody Mary's, and Prickly Pear Margarita's. I know my wife loves coming for a glass of chardonnay, especially on these warm Texas afternoons.

"At the Bar at the Bottling Dept. we ordered a couple of Pearl Beers to go with our lunch and spoke with a bartender who was real personable and gave us information regarding the Pearl Brewery." Trip Advisor Reviewer

The final sip

Whether you come out to simply grab a beer and some chat time with dad, or are popping in for a pre-dinner drink, The Bar is always a fab place to hang in.

And just in case beer isn't your thing, there's also a fantastic selection of wines or drinks.

See you at The Bar!

Location: Bottling Department Food Hall, 312 Pearl Parkway, Building 6

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San Antonio, TX

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