The Blue Star Brewing Company opened in 1996 and is located at the beginning of the Mission Reach, a major bike-friendly and pedestrian friendly thoroughfare to the city’s cultural and historical features that runs along the San Antonio River. This eclectic craft brewery and restaurant is a central watering hole and activity hub for locals and hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The craft beer made on premise, and elevated pub food, are served six days a week using fresh and locally raised and grown ingredients.
Owner, Joey Villarreal and his wife, Magdalena have fostered a strong bond with their community, elevating their classic pub dishes through their alliance with local farmers. The food is made with quality ingredients prepared simply. Blue Star Brewing Company’s Friendly neighborhood atmosphere is rivaled only by the quality food and beer it serves. Weekly live bands and entertainment, Spurs shuttle, late-night shows, group bike rides, and countless other community events have made this unique restaurant and brewery a destination location for locals and tourists, alike.
Blue Star Brewing Company was founded by entrepreneur and restauranteur Joey Villarreal and his wife, Magdalena. Joey majored in biology at the University of Texas San Antonio where he first encountered home brewing. After college, he opened “Joey’s” on North St. Mary’s in 1988. It was during a trip to Cleveland, Ohio in 1992, that the brewpub concept peaked Joey’s interest. He visited the Great Lakes Brewing Company, at the time a 7-barrel brew house, and was drawn to the operation’s “realness” and human ingenuity. He spent the next 4 years developing his own operation, what in 1996 came to fruition as the Blue Star Brewing Company. The mission: To serve house-made craft-brewed beer using wholesome ingredients.
In 2004, he opened the Blue Star Bike Shop located next door to the brewery to provide convenient fun transportation for exploring the historic San Antonio Mission Trail. The bike shop and the bar add even more appeal to the hopping Blue Star Brewing Company