Societe Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 1,438
Beer Avg: 4.04
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
4.36/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Stopped in here after visiting Alesmith, had a few of their beers in SF about a week ago so I was really looking forward to trying a few more of them at the source. Upon entering it is quickly apparent that this place is WAY bigger than it looked like from the outside. Tons of tables to the left over near the large barrel room with a large L shaped bar to the right. Atmosphere was pretty good even for the middle of the afternoon. Plenty of people milling about the large seating area creating a laid back vibe. Service was solid all around. I was served by two different bartenders and both were good. Guy just wanted to get my beers and thats about it while the woman was more pleasant and talked to me for a little while. Quality was quite high. From the nice wood bar tops to the stainless metal growlers, everything just feels high end. Selection was quite good, they had 9 beers on and 2 others kicked. I was a little sad the pale ale was off because I had heard such amazing things but the other 9 more than made up for that. Prices were no problem, growlers are a little on the high side but they use metal ones so no problem there just be prepared for it. I got a 1L for $15, can’t wait to use it. Overall a really awesome brewery with a really nice space to showcase their beers. I will definitely return the next time I am in the area.
02-19-2014 02:54:45 | More by orangesol
4.36/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
02-05-2014 20:00:14 | More by highdesertdrinker
4.42/5 rDev +3%
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.
11-02-2013 22:41:18 | More by sisterthelonious
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
09-19-2013 21:49:21 | More by Erbayd
3.86/5 rDev -10%
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.
07-30-2013 02:30:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.26/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
07-14-2013 22:29:32 | More by KristineT
4.15/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
06-25-2013 22:09:30 | More by jdhowe
4.09/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
06-24-2013 00:29:34 | More by JamLand
3.68/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
06-19-2013 15:47:52 | More by bradybeer
4.48/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
06-19-2013 02:20:49 | More by claspada
Societe Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
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