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San Antonio Beer, American Palate

Brewing history and beer culture permeate San Antonio. The Menger Hotel and its bar notoriously frequented by Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders began as the city's first brewery in 1855. The establishment of San Antonio Brewing Association and Lone Star Brewery at the close of the nineteenth century began the city's golden age of brewing. Decades later, the Volstead Act decimated the city's brewing community. Only one brewery survived Prohibition. Those that bounced back were run out of business by imports coming in on the new railroad. The 1990s saw a craft comeback with the opening of the oldest existing brewpub, Blue Star Brewing Company. Today, San Antonio boasts a bevy of new breweries and celebrates its brewing heritage. Grab a pint and join authors Jeremy Banas and Travis E. Poling for a taste of Alamo City's hoppy history.

Jeremy Banas, Travis E. Poling

Jeremy Banas is a freelance beer writer based in San Antonio, Texas. His writing appears in San Antonio Craft Beer Examiner for, San Antonio Magazine, the Brewers Association's and his own website He is a founding member of San Antonio Beer Week and is San Antonio City Chair for Texas craft beer advocacy group, Open the Taps. Jeremy is a Certified Beer Server in the Cicerone Certification Program and is working toward his Cicerone certification.

Travis E. Poling is a journalist and beer writer. His writing has appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio Business Journal, San Antonio Magazine, Texas Hill Country Magazine, Midstream Business, Hillviews and Local Community News, where he was founding editor. Poling is co-author of the 2009 "Beer Across Texas: A Guide to the Brewmasters of the Lone Star State" and a co-founder of San Antonio Beer Week. He lives in New Braunfels, Texas, with his wife Margaret.

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