Societe Brewing Co.

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Societe Brewing Co.Societe Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
36 Beers
2,703 Ratings
Place Score: 98
Ratings: 193
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, California, 92111-1713
United States
phone: (858) 495-4509

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @societebrewing

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Ratings: 193 | Reviews: 27
Photo of jetpilot12
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Damn, the pupil was soo tasty. Highly recommend to try.

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Love the Pupil; I make this trip often just to fill up my growlers that last no longer than that same weekend.

No food served here although the rotating food trucks are often great. You can get various sample size pours up to the full size (are they even 12oz?). The Pupil and Butcher are a must and you may as well try the Apprentice and Roustabout. Definitely worth the trip, buy the pricey growlers once and be sure to come back for fills.

Photo of FutureMan91
3.26/5  rDev -26.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Seems like an average start up brewery. This place has so much buzz but no beer to support it. The tasting room is huge and very cool inside. I tried a few ipas and they were no match for alpine or ballast point. As far as sour beer goes they had none, which is disappointing that they can't manage to have any sour beers consistently. I asked and they said the sours were still aging. This place is lucky they're very well funded, but no bottling line or sour beers kinda makes you scratch your head. Luckily they're not the only brewery in town. Cheers!

Photo of CCNixon
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Excellent San Diego brewery focusing on IPAs and Belgians with a smattering of stouts. Their beer is mainly available through select beer bars and their tasting room/production facility off Clairemont Mesa Boulevard 10 minutes drive north of downtown San Diego. Tasting room offers full pours, growlers, and taster size portions. No food at offered at the tasting room, but they do host a regular rotation of food trucks. Highly recommended and hard to get outside of San Diego.

Photo of sillyhed8
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

I like that they only allow 2 tastings per fight. Allows you to really taste their beer, slowly. Nice big airy brewery, and staff was pretty knowledgeable.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%

One of many new wave breweries to open in San Diego, a beer from Societe hadn't even hit my lips until my visit to the brewery itself. It was from the agenda of a few overseas beer geeks from abroad which brought me here, so it shows that Societe is already attracting attention from outside the US.

After a quick and fun tour (reservations required), the beer tasting started. 11 different beers were tap, separated into three different columns on its overhanging wooden beer menu. One column listed Belgian styled ales, the middle posting hoppy ales, and the right with dark offerings. I tasted three different beers (The Apprentice, The Pugilist, The Publican), all of good quality. Paired with a good buzz in the tasting room and the thought that a sour beer program is in the works, Societe has the ability to nudge its head at the high level set by Stone, AleSmith, Ballast Point, et all in the region.

Photo of RogueOz
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

I like this place a lot, even though they don't bottle yet. Parking can be a little tight, especially on weekends. The inside area is spacious and open. Dogs are allowed. Limited outdoor seating. Bathrooms are multiple men/women and usually clean. Bar service area is standard, using ipads for electronic transactions. Growler fills are reasonable priced, not overcharging for SSteel growler options. I personally use the unmarked SSteel growlers, which I can use at sevral other places also. Check the website for taplist and food truck options. The occasional special release, also noted on website. in a business neighborhood with other food/fuel options if needed and close to major highway exit. Hope this helps. Cheers.

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Fantastic beer, and great food trucks parked outside!

Photo of mhksuccess
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

One of the best spots to go get tasters in the area
tasters are $1 for 4oz for most and the stuff is top quality
it has great atmosphere like turn of the century new york style
allows you to bring in dogs and staff is knowledgeable and friendly
A+++++

Photo of mabermud
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visit this brewery at least once a year, sometimes two, every time I come home to visit.

The atmosphere here is unrefined. You have a good mix of people from many different walks of life. Since it is in Kearny Mesa/Clairemont, in a business district, and not near any neighborhoods, you have many people dropping in after work wearing dress clothes and industrial outfits. The mix of the crowd is unmatched, the drinking area is spacious, clean, and of course industrial looking.

The quality of their offerings and the selection of their beer they normally have available is also unmatched.

They either have a food truck outside, or they have a food tent. I did not have any food during this last visit, but they normally have unique and flavorful food available.

World class beer, an outstanding selection, and an excellent atmosphere makes this one of the best breweries in San Diego.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.79/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

In SD for a stopover on the way to Hawaii. May as well stop at a brewery.

Big space for a new brewery. Room to grow here, and they already have in 2 years. Bar at the right as you walk in, brewing facility straight ahead, seating to the left. Probably seats upwards of 70 plus a nice outside patio. Place is a bit tricky to find as it's not right off the main road...tucked away a bit.

Beers were nice with 5 IPAs (a tad much, but hey, it's San Diego!) a saison, mild, barrel aged, Belgian strong, and a couple of others. Solid beers.

Nice service on a busy day. And they're expanding keg accounts up to SF

Photo of jlisuk
3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

I visited on Sunday, June 8th 2014.

Large, pleasantly decorated tasting room. 11 beers available along with growlers, t-shirts, and all the usual merch.

The beers: Societe does not offer flights and limits each customer to two tastings at a time. There were four of us, so we were able to sample 8 beers at once, but this policy would make it difficult to do side by side tastings if you went on your own or with one other person.

All of their beers were good, but none of them blew me away. In fact, everyone in our group had a different favorite- no single standout.

My trunk is full of empty growlers and I wanted to get a growler fill, but they only fill their own growlers, or blank swingtops (stainless, brown glass, or ceramic). I would have bought one of theirs, but they charge the outrageous price of $25 for an empty growler! This price is the same for stainless or glass. I went to many breweries while visiting San Diego, and this is twice what any other brewery was charging for a new growler. Admittedly, stainless steel growlers are always expensive, but charging the same price for glass swing-tops is ridiculous.

Photo of orangesol
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in here after visiting Alesmith, had a few of their beers in SF about a week ago so I was really looking forward to trying a few more of them at the source. Upon entering it is quickly apparent that this place is WAY bigger than it looked like from the outside. Tons of tables to the left over near the large barrel room with a large L shaped bar to the right. Atmosphere was pretty good even for the middle of the afternoon. Plenty of people milling about the large seating area creating a laid back vibe. Service was solid all around. I was served by two different bartenders and both were good. Guy just wanted to get my beers and thats about it while the woman was more pleasant and talked to me for a little while. Quality was quite high. From the nice wood bar tops to the stainless metal growlers, everything just feels high end. Selection was quite good, they had 9 beers on and 2 others kicked. I was a little sad the pale ale was off because I had heard such amazing things but the other 9 more than made up for that. Prices were no problem, growlers are a little on the high side but they use metal ones so no problem there just be prepared for it. I got a 1L for $15, can’t wait to use it. Overall a really awesome brewery with a really nice space to showcase their beers. I will definitely return the next time I am in the area.

Photo of highdesertdrinker
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

One of the best breweries to visit in San Diego with easy access off the freeway(s), ample parking, lots of room and seating, a safe area in an industrial park, and the beer is very good. There was a food truck also located at the end of the outdoor seating but I did not sample his fare. The Pupil IPA is stellar, and I took a stainless steel growler of that back to Arizona.

Photo of sisterthelonious
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Located in Clairmont Mesa, SD, surrounded by strip malls, business parks and car dealerships. That's my only knock as far as atmosphere goes. Parking is plentiful.

Once you're inside, it feels cleaner and brighter than many small tasting rooms. Big space opens up into the brewery beyond a half wall. You can see all of the brewing action. Smells great when hop additions are taking place.

Barrel aging room can be viewed through a window. Decorations are tap-handle art and some rustic touches. Nice. Stools and high chairs throughout.

Food is by food truck, you can check to see if any are scheduled. Or bring your own- plenty of really incredible Asian food nearby on Convoy Street.

Service has always been great. As with all small breweries, not every beer is always available. But Societe does a great job of having 2-4 hoppy beers and 2-4 Belgians on at all times. Butcher RIS seems to be on almost all the time, too (but never for growler fills!).

Value is very good- pints/glasses are $5-8. Tasters are around $2 each, but come in large glasses, which makes flights difficult to organize. It would be nice to see a flight paddle for tastings, would make it easier to remember which beer is which!

All in all, this is one of my 2 or 3 favorite tasting rooms in San Diego. Very impressive.

Photo of Erbayd
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A relatively new addition to the San Diego brewing scene, Societe is a must-see brewery. Looking at their selection you get the impression that they specialize in hoppy west coast style IPAs and belgian style ales as well. We got to try all of the belgian style ones, and I personally think they do an outstanding job with the IPAs. Any fan of hops will be really happy here! My personal favorites were The Apprentice and The Madam.

As far as the vibe of this place goes, it's livin' the dream of the 1890s. The rustic looking chairs, bar, & tables are a nice touch and the decorations like the old piano against the wall create a pleasant atmosphere for tasting. I was surprised by how huge the tasting room is, and I really hope this brewery becomes more popular despite its odd location. For those of you who want food, it seems that they get food trucks pretty much every day (plus there are tons of awesome restaurants nearby on Convoy). When I heard that guys from Russian River & The Bruery were starting a brewery in San Diego I couldn't have been more excited, and it was great to stop by this place on a brewery crawl with my parents before grabbing some Chinese food at Spice House.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I recently stopped in at Societe on our annual beer bus tour. The brewing equipment is behind the bar area and there is plenty of seating around the space. They have an interesting 1800s theme going on. This brewery is fairly new so everything was clean and well kept. They had around 10 of their beers on tap with a wide variety of styes represented in general categories (hoppy, European-influenced, and dark). All of the beers I tried were served at a good temperature and in proper glassware. Service from all of the staff was pretty good but there was a bit of a disconnect at times when the staff was busy cleaning and away from the taps. The prices were inexpensive, especially for the tasters which were $1 each. I would definitely make a point to come back here again if I was in the area.

Photo of KristineT
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I visited Societe on a trip to SD for my husbands Birthday. It was in the afternoon on a Thursday. It was not very busy, but the atmosphere was great. Open, clean and a lovely view of the brewery. We had great service and the selection was also great.
The food was provide by a food truck. They had grilled sausages. Excellent compliment to the beers. I would recommend this place and their beer.

Photo of jdhowe
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Located in a small business park, Societe is pretty easy to find and accessible. The facility is pretty inconspicuous from outside, marked only by a small sign, a couple tables, and an outdoor chalk board; the youth of this brewery is evident. Inside, a spacious seating area has more than enough people to accommodate the Thursday afternoon/evening crowd. There's a large open feel to the brewery -- the brewing vessels are located close to the seating in the same large warehouse room. When you enter, the brewing area is ahead of you, you're in the seating area, and the bar is directly to your right -- a very efficient setup. Visible from the seating area is their barrel program -- I'm quite excited to see what comes out of it.

Selection is a little limited -- they only have 8 taps, so it's very possible to try everything they're offering in one sitting. I can't hold this limitation against them too much, though, because they are newer and surely will grow from this. Service at the bar is friendly and efficient, but not overly conversational. A limit of two tasters per person per visit to the bar is posted, but on my return trip to get the last four beers I'd not tried, I had no trouble getting all of them at once since I had another person in the seating area at our table. When I went to purchase shirts/glassware and close out my tab, the bartender was happy to help me out, and, when they didn't have the shirt I wanted in my size, he was happy to pull the display shirt from the wall because it was in the appropriate size, and then replace it with a size they had more of in stock for that design.

Food is not available from Societe, but they have food trucks that visit -- this seems fairly common among breweries in the area. The food is acceptable but nothing I'd rave about.

Overall, I was very happy with my visit to Societe and would visit regularly if I lived in the area.

Photo of JamLand
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

The brewery is in an industrial park with plenty of parking, which is always nice and not guaranteed in San Diego. It had an open seating plan, we were there early on a Thursday and there was plenty of seating available. They only have their beers on tap, with about eight to choose from. Most of their stuff is good to great, so this isn't an issue. Besides, I feel like you go to a brewery tasting room to try that brewery's beers. I liked that they let you do $1 tasters. However, they limit you to two per person, which I find mildly annoying. In addition to the tasters, you can buy a full beer of each of their offerings. Service was friendly, but not overly so.

Photo of bradybeer
3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Located in an industrial park with good parking. Walking in the bar is to the right, the brewery very visible, and some long tables near off to the side. When were there they had 8 beers on tap, three Belgian and 4 IPAs/Pale Ales, and an Imperial Stout.

First, they only are able to provide you with two samples at a time. They do have pours of 12 oz. We really enjoyed the Belgian style beers, especially the Belgian Strong. The IPAs and Pale Ales were good, but this is to be expected in SD.

Service was good, but we got a weird vibe a sign informs patrons to "order and move along".

I could see us sitting here for a few brews and to play some board games at a long table.

Photo of claspada
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Huge gorgeous oaked open tasting room and bar. Plenty of space to hang out with friends and or pick up a quick growler to go.

Oh yeah the beers are freaking amazing. They are rocking it with the rare hop combinations right now. I went at an off time of the day so it wasn't crowded and I could really enjoy my pints while chatting with locals and the bartender.

Service was great, plenty of parking. Not a crazy amount of selections, 10 beers I think, but each was awesome so you don't need a lot.

I would honestly never get another IPA ever if I lived near this place, and I've had pretty much every good one out there.

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Growlers are a little high but the $1 tasters are more than reasonable to try out their awesome IPA selection. The food quality depends on the food truck but worth a visit solely for the beers if anywhere close to San Diego. Come with friends since there is not much to do/see here by yourself.

Photo of ACY73
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Not far from my new place and I love it. Few times i've been they haven't had any of the food trucks there yet but I follow them on twitter and there is always different style food trucks rolling through. Beer is phenomenal and reasonably priced. If you want one of the stainless steel growlers the total for it and a fill can run around $45 but after that it's standard cost for a growler fill. It's my favorite growler to get filled not just because of the great beer they put out but only place around here I've seen purge the growler with CO2 before the fill along with a quality sealing cap. I try to find every exscuse I can to swing by for a pint and can't wait to see what else they start putting out in the future.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.34/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

Somewhere near Alesmith, but before you really get into the major North County SD hotspots, sits Societe, a little bit hidden in a complex, but with relatively decent parking.

Walk on in, the cleanliness and newness of the place is apparent. Wide open floorplan, long wooden tables, chairs, long bar, around 8 taps I'd guess. Brewing area to the back, easily visible to the naked eye. Tons of stainless steel. High ceilings.

Quality is top notch. IPAs, DIPAs, Tripel, ImpStout = all phenomenal. The Pupil might just be the greatest single IPA ever made. Sure, the recipe isn't innovative, people have been imitating Russian River's hop bill for years from all over the country.

Service was amazing. Every time we asked for another beer, while one guy was filling it, another would come by and ask if we had been helped yet. Score. Funny thing is, it was a busy Saturday afternoon when we stopped in, and yet, the help there was so attentive. Major, major props for that.

The minute they start filling non super expensive growlers, I'm going to be bringing lots of stuff home from Societe.

Seriously, my vote is already locked up for the best new brewery of 2013.

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Societe Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
98 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.