Societe Tasting Room

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by Beerandraiderfan, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Nov 29, 2006 California
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    What did you find to be horrible about their RIS?
  2. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    no pvw23 barrels bro
  3. mrkrispy

    mrkrispy Apr 5, 2006 California

    He couldn't taste teh walez by his 3rd brewery stop. Definite fail by Societe.
  4. jtmartino

    jtmartino Dec 11, 2010 California
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    I do it all the time. Because great beer used to be a hell of a lot cheaper, and we're not talking about overhead or inflation driving up the brewer's costs. Luckily most of the brewers that made great beer 5-10 years ago still do so, and it's still reasonably priced. It's just the new operations that have supported the price hike. And that's coming from someone who spends thousands on beer every year.

    Back on topic, I've never been to the tasting room. I usually get my fill at bars. Do they really charge $15 for a tasting flight, and how many beers does that come with (4 oz. pours?)

    I really haven't paid attention - anyone in the Bay Area getting their beers for Beer Week?
  5. rrryanc

    rrryanc May 19, 2006 California
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    The Bistro has some tomorrow for the IIPA festival.
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  6. SageO

    SageO Jul 13, 2010 California
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  7. riko

    riko Jan 18, 2008 California
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    Now on tap: The Roustabout, a new IIPA.
  8. aztec87

    aztec87 Aug 30, 2012 California

    hope it is as good as everyman was.
  9. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts

    Societe is making some of the best IPA's and DIPA's coming out of the SD area right now. These guys know what is up.
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  10. Carbon14

    Carbon14 Sep 6, 2009 Maryland

    But are you a fan of Societe?
  11. stawn

    stawn Sep 16, 2008 California
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    Maybe stick to the badass Riverside breweries then.
  12. JGates

    JGates May 18, 2011 California

    What does my hometown have to do with anything? Did I say Riverside made the best beer?
  13. carnevoodoo

    carnevoodoo Oct 10, 2007 California
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    I'm curious as to which other four breweries you thought were better than Societe in a trip around there.
  14. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    You can claim Hangar 24 if we can claim Alpine - come on, DO IT! :)
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  15. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Jan 12, 2009 California
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    Roustabout/The Carnie.... legit! Awesome brew by Travis and Doug! Get it if you can :)
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  16. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Nov 29, 2006 California
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    The Carnie?
  17. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    Societe has lessened my Alpine visits. Home to Alpine = 12 miles. Work to Societe = 1 mile.
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  18. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Aug 9, 2011 California

    Winner winner chicken dinner at the Bistro IIPA Fest today.
  19. LSUPT

    LSUPT Feb 3, 2011 California

    definitely want to get over there tomorrow to try The Roustabout. Love everything they make pretty much. Also, think that they used to charge 15 for the belgian flight but you got to keep the glass, but they are a lot cheaper now.
  20. DrtyBvrJuce

    DrtyBvrJuce Jan 17, 2013 California

    Nope. My point is you're not going to beat CA law when it comes to the growler issue. Beer geeks spend an incredible amount on beer. All those growlers rattling around a 1 time purchase won't kill you or your bank account. Relax people.
  21. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    More goes into this than just gouging. Stainless is a helluva lot more expensive and starting up a new brewery is also expensive as hell. Most of the other breweries have cheaper equipment or maybe better lease terms. There's a lot more that goes into the price point that "Bwa ha ha, we made an IPA, let's charge $25 for a growler fill".

    Go check out their tasting room, it's pretty sweet.
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  22. Beerandraiderfan

    Beerandraiderfan Apr 14, 2009 Nevada

    Your experience was the polar opposite of mine. It takes a lot for me too throw in a new San Diego stop when I'm in town, but their stuff they had (Pupil/Apprentice) at an old favorite haunt (Churchill's) in November made me question whether SD had another world class brewery on their hands.

    So I threw this thread up, wrote down the address, and fit in a quick visit to the tasting room between picking up bottles at Alesmith and hitting up the Brewbies event at Pizza Port in Carlsbad (Alpine started the day).

    I was amazed. Cheap tasters, world class quality beers and amazing service. Now matter what the abv of a beer is there, you can't taste it! Dangerous! Despite the place being full on a Saturday, the service was excellent: Every time someone was filling our glasses, another server would ask if I'd already been helped. Sure, I would have loved to roll out of there with a reasonably priced growler, but it just isn't a smart move with my $$ living 600 miles away. If you're a local, its a no brainer.

    Anyways, my friends here are going to be sick of hearing how great Societe's beers are the next few weeks. If you had a negative experience, I'd say it was the exception to the rule.
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  23. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Jan 12, 2009 California
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    Yeah.... Doug said that's what he calls it. Roustabout is actually another name for a carnival worker/carnie.
  24. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Nov 29, 2006 California
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    Ah. I thought it referred to the word's more common usage of a person who works in an oil field. Good to know. Thanks.
  25. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    I'm more familiar with the oil field reference as well. Either way, it's unskilled labor. Here's a hammer or a shovel, go dig/bang on whatever...
  26. tyrsis

    tyrsis Mar 13, 2009 California
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    Going back to that growler conversation (and also the "I Hate Growler Laws" thread was locked") check out what Jacob from Modern Times just said during the ABC presentation:

    "Wow, head of CA ABC just assured that brewers can refill other brewer's growlers w/ a label that covers all other markings & convey nec info"

    "Also said a blank growler could theoretically be filled w/ no label but a cap that conveyed mandatory info. Opens up a lot of options"
  27. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Aug 9, 2011 California

    What is the neccessary/mandatory info? I've never seen any info on a growler.
  28. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    Usually it's the surgeon general's warning, as well as brewery name and address.

    The only problem is growlers will get messed up with lots of stickers/scrubbings etc.. But...hell, my 2 SS growlers will get a lot more use. Screw glass.
  29. Xul

    Xul May 18, 2008 California

    Awesome, hopefully other brewers took note of that and we can begin to see some change on that front.
  30. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    This will once and for all prove out any brewers who say " we don't sell them for profit, we're just following the law ".
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  31. tyrsis

    tyrsis Mar 13, 2009 California
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    As far as I know, each growler needs to have the brewery name, location, and name of the beer affixed to the growler. Or something like that.
  32. LegalBrew87

    LegalBrew87 Mar 6, 2012 California

    Brewery name and address
  33. mrkrispy

    mrkrispy Apr 5, 2006 California

    Business 102: When you produce alcohol, don't risk your alcohol license based on 2 tweets.
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  34. tyrsis

    tyrsis Mar 13, 2009 California
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    Except it's not really based on tweets... This was from the head of the California ABC.
    The California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) will be holding an ABC(Alcoholic Beverage Control) workshop in San Diego on Tuesday, February 12.
  35. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    Tweets = caselaw. Dontchaknow?
  36. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    Someone get the guy to send out a memo.
  37. Bungletronics

    Bungletronics Jan 5, 2009 California

    So is it $25 filled or just for the vessel?
  38. Xul

    Xul May 18, 2008 California

    $25 for the vessel.
  39. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    "It's our most modestly priced vessel."
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  40. jamex

    jamex Feb 13, 2010 California

    I thought the Roustabout (or whatever) was no Poor Man's. Little boozy and not as balanced.
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