It is only fitting that Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery is housed in Pearl beer’s old brewhouse. This restaurant is home to the microbrewery that brought brewing back to downtown San Antonio. Now, simply called Pearl, the brewery is home to many restaurants, shops, offices, and the Hotel Emma. My favorite destination is Southerleigh.
I have visited Southerly many times with friends, family, and on date night with my husband. This visit was for dinner with my parents, daughter, and family from out of town. We wanted to show them what the Pearl had become through its renovations and introduce them to some of the fine San Antonio food and brews. My mom and aunt took advantage of one of Southerleigh’s guest drafts, Austin Eastcider’s Pineapple Cider, but my dad and I made a point to try their newest ventures in microbrewing.
My dad chose the Left on Red, a red ale as you can guess by its name, and enjoyed it while we had our pretzel appetizers. He said it was nice and smooth and not too malty like some reds can be. At microbreweries, like Southerleigh, I’m a sucker and can never decide. There are always new brews to try, so I’m grateful there was a flight option. While I was disappointed they did not have my favorite from my last visit, Stop Russian Me, I found 4 new beers I had not had before and was ready to try them out.
I started with Insert “Witty” Name Here, a Witbier that caught me with its name and did not disappoint with flavor. I’m a fan of these Belgian style ales on hot days, and we have plenty of those in Texas. If you’re going to take a stroll around Pearl, get one of these to go and it’ll keep you refreshed in the heat. My next beer of choice for their generous flight was Death by Bobblehead, a Belgian double with sweet and tart cherry notes. I enjoy tart flavors, and that let me enjoy this beer. If you’re not a fan of tart fruit, I would recommend sampling this beer before ordering a glass. The third choice for me was the SABA (San Antonio Brewing Association) Copper Alt, a malty German-style beer. This was ultimately my favorite of the 4 beers, but I have a preference for darker, maltier beers. My final choice was the Texas Uncommon, which is a California Common or Steam Beer. The lager hops used gave the beer a heavier feel than a traditional lager and had a light, refreshing aftertaste.
The flight went well with my pork chop, and crab mac n’ cheese and the kiddo dug the fact that she got to “make” her own cinnamon pretzel. Everyone was quite pleased with the selection and their choices for drinks and dinner. We will definitely be back, especially for those beers to go when we take a stroll through the Pearl and let the kiddo play at the splash pad in the summer heat.
While one of the disappointing sides of a microbrewery is the beer you enjoyed last time may not be available next time, the joy in them is that you’ll always find something new to be your favorite!