Societe Brewing Co.

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Societe Brewing Co.Societe Brewing Co.
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3.97/5
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3,395 Ratings
Societe Brewing Co.Societe Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, California, 92111-1713
United States

(858) 598-5409 | map
societebrewing.com

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Added by HopHead84 on 05-10-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
46
Reviews:
302
Ratings:
3,395
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.38/5
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
240
pDev:
8.45%
 
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Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -34.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3

Photo of franz7061
3.08/5  rDev -29.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1 | selection: 2.75

World class beer but the worst service of any brewery in SD. They love the word "no" so be prepared. There were two of us and we asked for 3 tasters and we were told "only two at at a time". So one per person? Then they tell us they'll fill "any" flip top growler. We head to the car and when we return they say "oh the neck's too narrow, We'll waste too much beer". It's pretty clear they don't need our business...

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Photo of FutureMan91
3.26/5  rDev -25.6%
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!

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Photo of caveman
3.41/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

I just love arrogant bartenders at breweries. The current explosion of craft beer has fueled this arrogance. I just moved to the West from the East, been stopping by local breweries when I get the chance. Stopped by to Société, because I happened to be in the neighborhood. I have had several beers at beer bars and the bartenders raved about the beer. The few I tried were great! So I was excited to visit. Walked in at sat at L-shaped bar. Waited for service....never happened. I waited and observed. I'm guessing after 15minutes, that it was counter service. My problem was the bartender saw me. The bartender walked by me twice, never said a word to me. So I left. I don't get upset anymore. FYI bartenders it is your job to inform new guests of your policy. Not the guests job to figure it out.

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Photo of Mike_Amps
3.44/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Kiniey01
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of DotBier
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of lloydboss
3.52/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75

Good time overall at Société, but got some unexpected attitude from the bartender for no apparent reason. He could use a few lessons in customer service. Enjoyed the beers very much.

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Photo of bradybeer
3.68/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of Evan
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of define333
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of pinkysup
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.79/5  rDev -13.5%
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

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Photo of Drift
3.81/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of barflybastard
3.9/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of tleaver33
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jlisuk
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of BeanBump
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

One of the pros to Societe's tasting room is that they make a point to feature different varieties of beers. One of the downsides is that, like many SD breweries, the menu is hop heavy but hoppy is popular and it sells, I get it. recently theyve added sour/feral beers to the menu which is a welcomed change because the overall palate leaned a but on the heavy side here.

Sizable tasting room and outdoor area, with friendly staff. Bottles and merch for sale but the 12oz sour bottles are a bit pricey for my tastes.

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Photo of Redgoatman
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kingpin1010
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of grilledsquid
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -8.7%

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Societe Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 3,395 ratings
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