Longtab Brewing – A Gathering Place for Veterans

Longtab Brewing San Antonio, Texas

Whether you like specialty beer or great coffee there is a place for you to link up with old friends or make new friends. The Grand Opening of Longtab Brewing Company took place in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday, January 17, 2020.

Owned and managed by veterans it provides a welcome atmosphere to those who have served – and those still serving in the military. The brew pub has a Special Forces theme that gives a nod to the present and past Green Berets who have served our country. The atmosphere certainly has a ‘team room’ flavor to it.

The Longtab Brewing Company is open seven days a week. The operation has a combination beer taproom, coffee shop, and micro-production brewery. The coffee shop is open in the morning, and the taproom during the afternoons and weekends. Private events can be held on the premises for home-brew classes, yoga classes, and charity.

High-Quality Coffee. One focus for the Longtab Brewing Company is to offer veteran-roasted coffees that are available throughout the United States. For instance, one of the coffee brands available at Longtab Brewing is De Espresso Liber. This specialty coffee is provided by an independent, gourmet coffee micro-roaster focused on fresh roasted coffee.

Longtab Beers. All of the company’s beer is brewed with 100% American grown ingredients. Even the international inspired beers use American grown hops and grains. Each Longtab beer is titled after some aspect of Special Forces folklore. SF vets will recognize some of the names:

  • Pineland Oppression Pale Ale
  • JFK American Lager
  • Long Haired Dictionary
  • Quiet Professional
  • . . . and more

Menu. There is a variety of pub food available. A look at the menu will reveal a delicious assortment of snacks and sandwiches. Bavarian pretzel, chips and salsa, and various panini sandwiches will satisfy your appetite.

“What’s the name all about?” The members of Special Forces who are “SF qualified” are entitled to wear the Green Beret and the U.S. Army Special Forces tab. Worn on the left shoulder of successful graduates of the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) is a cloth tab that says “Special Forces”. Other tabs worn by Soldiers (if qualified) include Airborne, Ranger, Sapper, etc. Some soldiers have more than one tab. All SF Soldiers wear the Airborne and Special Forces tabs; while many of these Green Berets also wear the Ranger tab. These three tabs are sometimes referred to as the ‘tower of power’.

The Longtab Team. The Founder and CEO of Longtab is David Holland. He is a Special Forces veteran who served as an SF medic and later retired as an SF Warrant Officer (180A). The Head Brewer is Mike Brown – a retired Colonel who served in 7th SFGA. Mike has been brewing beer for the last 15 years.

Location. The brewpub is located in San Antonio, Texas in an area called Lean Valley. It is located off of Bandera Road just inside of loop 410 interstate. The location is near Lackland Air Force Base, Camp Bullis, and other military sites in San Antonio.

Longtab Brewing Company, LLC
4700 Timco West Suite 105
San Antonio, Texas 78238


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John Friberg is the Editor and Publisher of SOF News. He is a retired Command Chief Warrant Officer (CW5 180A) with 40 years service in the U.S. Army Special Forces with active duty and reserve components.