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Societe Brewing Co.

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Societe Brewing Co.Societe Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

134 Ratings
Ratings: 134
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.9%
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 2,012
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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(Place added by: HopHead84 on 05-10-2012)
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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.

DoubleJ, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Sammy, Jan 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

aoampm, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of greenspointexas
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

greenspointexas, May 03, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

orangesol, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.34/5  rDev -2%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.79/5  rDev -14.4%

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

Mebuzzard, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of claspada
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

claspada, Jun 19, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

bradybeer, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Boone757, Mar 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

dwagner003, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Gatordaddy, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Rollzroyce21, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Gobzilla, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev -0.5%

wethorseblanket, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21%

jenray, Dec 29, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -4.5%

Stopped in Societe just this past Saturday, during the Miramar Airshow.

A: The motif of the tasting room is that of the Old East (not to be confused with Far East) so sort of a cross between Gangs of New york, & 19th century music, farming, and a rural mountain lodge. Long (oak I believe) L shaped bar, with very solid, heavy stools. Also a few standalone tasting tables, barrels, tools, Chalk boards, etc. Impressive for new brewery, with plenty of space.

Q: Each beer was solid in my opinion. For me, they basically were good, really good, to great. Not a bad beer in the whole flight. IPA's, fresh, crisp, juicy, to dank, and almost musty, awesome. The Butcher, roasty, roasty, roasty, but not sweet. Fantastic.

Clean as could be otherwise, both in the tasting room, the bar, and the bathrooms.

S: Quick, professional. Possibly short/curt, but think this is by design (sign on the bar said something of the effect of get your beer and mosey along) lol, but never waited, and no one was rude, on the contrary, they were very on it & attentive.

S: Three IPA's, The Dandy, The apprentice, and the The Pupil, followed by 2 Belgians, & a Stout. (The Harlot, The Debutante, & The Butcher respectively.)

Food; N/A

Value: Aside from the growlers, tasters & glasses were of good price & value. I don't live locally, so didn't opt for a growler. If I did though, even for the price, I would get one. Great growler quality, and filling with nitro flush, pretty rare, from my experience to see that.

Someone I met recently said it best, you can tell, walking into a brewery, between a homebrewer gone pro, and a startup with guys that already come from successful commercial breweries ( even ones that started by homebrewers gone pro) Societe speaks to this exactly. As both owners, from my understanding worked at The Bruery, and the head brewer previously worked at Russian river as well. This shows primarily in the quality of the beer, but also the passion, pride, and executition of the busines details. From the names, motif, growler choice, etc. Well done, I will be back, regularly.

Retsinis, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

EyePeeAyBryan, Sep 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

MonkeyKnfeFight, Oct 10, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +2.7%

Camjmorton, Jul 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
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Societe Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
98 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.