San Antonio Beer Run aims to help save local breweries from closing

Event to promote local craft beers

Local brewers are celebrating the start of the San Antonio Beer Run, which aims to increase sales and create community.

SAN ANTONIO – Many businesses have taken a big hit due to COVID-19 so, why not cheer up with a cold one?

Local brewers are celebrating the start of the San Antonio Beer Run, which aims to increase sales and create community.

Ahead of COVID-19, breweries across San Antonio had been ramping up equipment for bigger production in time for the nation’s largest gathering in their industry. The Craft Brewers Conference was estimated to bring in about 15,000 people to San Antonio in April of 2020.

“We were looking forward to the education programs that were aligned with this conference, (to meet) brewers that were going to be coming in, the advertising, the marketing and just the spotlight of San Antonio breweries that shine a light on the craft that we all created,” Erica Teague, owner of Cactus Land Brewing said. “It didn’t happen, and it’s a deep wound.”

Cactus Land Brewing along with DeuxSouth organized an event aimed to increase business across local craft breweries. (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

The conference was cancelled due to the pandemic, leaving brewers like Teague with extra equipment and ingredients for beer. She knew she had to get to work to keep beer and cash flowing.

“That’s where the SA Beer Run came about,” Teague said.

Teague worked closely with Tanner Freeman, art director and owner of the design firm DeuxSouth.

“It’s about getting our patrons out, discovering breweries, hoping (to save) our craft scene in the works, but ultimately letting it be fun,” she said.

The beer run doesn’t actually involve any physical activity other than getting in your car and putting it in drive.

SA Beer Run aims to help save local breweries from closing (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

“If you grew up in like a smaller town in Texas, it might have been a dry county and maybe had to cross, like, a city or county line to go get beer,” Freeman said.

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As many of our loyal customers and craft beer enthusiasts know, craft breweries around the country are hanging on by a thread. In order to shine a little light on our community, we have created an initiative to get additional support during this struggling time for small businesses in our industry. @deuxsouth along with San Antonio area breweries and @txcraftbrewers are excited to bring you “The San Antonio Beer Run” San Antonio Beer Run is a collaborative effort to get everyone out and about and involved in supporting local. We are pleased to announce that many other local breweries will be joining us in this effort and we encourage everyone to participate by striving to collect as many varieties of packaged SA Beer Run beers as possible. Beginning the week of September 27 until October 31st, participating breweries will be releasing a beer of their choice while supplies last, using the designated label designed and donated by the fine folks of @deuxsouth We have chose one of our all time favorites and a customer favorite as well. “Prodigal Sun” IPA 7.6% ABV. Dry hopped with Citra, Vic Secret and El Dorado How many can you collect? Be sure to tag your haul on social media and get your friends and family involved as well to help out your favorite local craft breweries. Participating breweries so far include @cactuslandbrewing @dorcolspirits @kuenstlerbrew @roadmapbrewing @freetailbrewing @tusculumbrewingcompany and more to join soon! All inquires for participating breweries and craft beer taprooms should contact @deuxsouth for artwork coordination. #savetexasbreweries #texascraftbrewersguild #SAbeerrun @saliveksat @eldereats @ksattexaseats @ksatnews

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Participating breweries include Cactus Land, Dorcol, Künstler, Freetail, Tusculum and Roadmap. Each can or bottle has a unique design created by Freeman.

Freeman said his art is a way to give back to the industry that in the past has provided him many job opportunities.

Freeman and Teague hope the SA Beer Run will get the community excited to grab a beer to go and explore new breweries.

“I think when you support craft breweries, you support so much more than just the person who is, you know, buying the hops and the grain and the brewing equipment,” Freeman said. “You’re supporting their front of house staff. You’re supporting their breweries. You’re supporting, you know, local graphic designers.”

The event runs until Oct. 31.

For more information on SA Beer Run, visit Cactus Land Brewing’s Instagram page here.

About the Authors:

Alicia Barrera is a KSAT 12 News reporter and anchor. She is also a co-host of the streaming show KSAT News Now. Alicia is a first-generation Mexican-American, fluent in both Spanish and English with a bachelor's degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. She enjoys reading books, traveling solo across Mexico and spending time with family.