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Societe Tasting Room

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

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  1. nanobrew

    nanobrew Dec 31, 2008 California

    we should have put it to the test the other night
  2. Sebowski

    Sebowski Jan 11, 2010 California
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    Thinking of bringing my growler of Bad Boy and Growler of Roustabout to Pizza Port tonight and having them pour them blind.
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  3. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    Poor Mans filling right now? nom
  4. stupac2

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California
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    I was specifically bugging them to do that, I can't help but wonder if my pestering helped cause this announcement. I definitely want to see something written before I buy a Brauler and bring it and some blank sticky labels to RR...
  5. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    Does the Poor Man's need to be obtained in Carlsbad, or are they guesting it at any of the other Pizza Port's (for example, OB)?
  6. tyrsis

    tyrsis Mar 13, 2009 California
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  7. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    If this goes through I am buying 10 SS growlers and throwing the rest in the trash.
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  8. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Jan 12, 2009 California
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    A week or two ago Westcoaster asked if people wanted to submit questions to the ABC director. ... I submitted the question about the growler laws and wanting 100% clarification.... I guess it made its way to him....but I'm sure it was not just me, lots want to know.

    As for the breweries, I'm sure not all of them want to "hear the truth." The next thing they will say is we don't have stickers, or they just flatout refuse and say "that's our policy" or "we don't have concrete evidence its ok" or the catch all "we cant risk our license"....

    Like you and others have said, a memo or ABC announcement is the only way this will ever work...hope we get one. Then we can really see who is trying to help with the problem and who is just trying to sell us endless glass.
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  9. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

  10. Sebowski

    Sebowski Jan 11, 2010 California
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    It is on at OB right now, but not for growler fills. Probably need to go to the source (Carlsbad) for that.
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  11. godrinkbeer671

    godrinkbeer671 Jan 21, 2013 California
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    Just had that a few days ago. Pretty nice double by them, but Pupil and Butcher are still my top from them. Curious about their sours they have been aging though?
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  12. LegalBrew87

    LegalBrew87 Mar 6, 2012 California

    The lunch special with a Poor Man's is about the best damn lunch one could ask for.
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  13. jwjon1

    jwjon1 Jan 14, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Stainless steel growlers and 150 grit sandpaper (higher grit even better... just requires more elbow grease) go well together. With a power sander, you can clean up a growler in two minutes, and give it a really cool matte finish look that most breweries are proud to fill.. Makes the SS Societe growler worth the investment if you are cool turning it into a generic growler. I haven't been back to Societe since my own SS has been de-branded. so who knows if it will work there?
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  14. jamex

    jamex Feb 13, 2010 California

    Funny, many posts ago I meant that Roustabout wasn't as good as Societe's Everyman's, not PP's Poor Man's. My mistake. ;)
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  15. OTB

    OTB Sep 2, 2011 California

    Made my first trip into Societe today while in SD, great space. Bought a cool glass growler and had them fill it with Pupil, great stuff.

  16. ManaKarma

    ManaKarma Dec 24, 2012 California

    Pupil is becoming my go-to fill... haven't made it in since Roustabout though. Me thinks this weekend
  17. OTB

    OTB Sep 2, 2011 California

    I can taste why !

  18. dcgunman

    dcgunman Jul 1, 2009 California
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    I'll be making a trip south to the San Diego area but staying at Pala Resort. We'll be at Pala a couple of nights. I'm finally going to visit Societe Brewing Co. Been wanting to go for the last several months. What else in the area is a MUST go to brewery/pub, etc? I have not been to the new Ballast Point since they opened a couple of years ago. And I know there are a lot of new brewery's in the San Diego area. I've been to Stone, Lost Abbey/Port, Green Flash, Iron Fist & Mother Earth. I'll be hitting up my usual spot Alpine on Tuesday. But I like to make another stop after visiting Alpine.
    I know O'Briens Pub is near Societe so I'll be stopping in there. But is there another new brewery or pub that is a MUST visit that I should check out? Thanks.
  19. Xul

    Xul May 18, 2008 California

    You've got a few options:
    1) Alesmith would be an easy stop between Ballast Point Scripps Ranch and Societe, and they've got quite a few good things on in the tap room right now, aside from their year-round lineup. Vietnamese Coffee Speedway (comes and goes, but was on as of Friday afternoon) is fucking delicious, Decadence 2012, a few different small beers from the second runnings of their Grand Cru, Decadence, and...something else that's escaping me. If at all possible, I'd recommend Alesmith on a weekday rather than a weekend, far more relaxed.
    2) Pizza Port Ocean Beach isn't really in the same area as BP and Societe (about a 15 - 20 minute drive, depending on traffic), but they're churning out some delicious beers and also generally have some really good guest taps.
    3) None of these is a must visit, but Helms is right around the corner from Societe and Hess and Rough Draft are both in the general vicinity of Alesmith. If you want an easy stop, albeit with unremarkable beer, any of those would serve.

    If you have time, I'd recommend both Alesmith and PP OB, but Alesmith will be the far more convenient of the two.
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  20. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Mar 23, 2008 California

    Last time I was in the area I went to Rip Current in San Marcos. I was impressed and will go back there next time.
  21. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

  22. dcgunman

    dcgunman Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Societe growler question: I know the prices for the SS and glass is $25 each. The glass looks like the usual 2L, but what is the size of the SS? 2L also? It looks smaller than a 2L. And if its smaller than the glass 2L do they charge the same price for the fill in the SS growler?
  23. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    Fills are the same price. The growler is marked 64oz, but probably holds around 67oz. It has less "extra" space than a 64oz screw cap growler.
  24. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Jul 10, 2009 California
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    I believe the SS growler is 64 oz.
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  25. CoolEthan

    CoolEthan Jan 9, 2013 California
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    Anyone tried The Bachelor or The Madame yet?
  26. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    Did not like The Bachelor at all. Maybe I don't like Cascade hops by themselves!

    The Madam reminded of RR D23.
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  27. vurt

    vurt Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    I'll throw in another vote for Rip Current. I preferred their beers to Societe, though I suspect I'm in the minority.
  28. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Jul 7, 2012 California
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    i had the bachelor and thought it was very nice easy drinking
    also had the pupil and apprentice this weekend and batches of those were both awesome
    i think the single hop series will go over well and would be nice to try them side by side to get an idea of each variety of hops i hope they do one with new zealand hops would be good
  29. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    I'm headed there Friday. Maybe Helms first, but Societe by 8pm. I'll be wearing a Rip Current workshirt. If you see me, say hi.
  30. LegalBrew87

    LegalBrew87 Mar 6, 2012 California

    I only had a taster of The Bachelor, but I thought it was really tasty.
  31. corby112

    corby112 Nov 19, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    I haven't been to the taproom yet but I had my first Societe beer, The Apprentice, at Churchill's last night. Lighter bodied than I expected but packed full of complex hop flavor. I could drink that stuff by the gallon. Very impressed so far and I'm looking forward to trying some of their other beers.
  32. dcgunman

    dcgunman Jul 1, 2009 California
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    If all goes as planned I should be there on Monday after a visit to O'Briens.
  33. Sebowski

    Sebowski Jan 11, 2010 California
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    I like that beer, but I rank it third of their 3 regular IPAs.


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  34. CoolEthan

    CoolEthan Jan 9, 2013 California
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    I tried The Bachelor last night & I thought it was pretty meh. I also thought the same thing the first time I tried The Pupil & now it's basically heroin to me. For all I know the next batch might rock my world.
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  35. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    It's a 1st brew from a brewery <1yr old. Every new beer will probably require a bit of tweaking. The best part: each iteration seems to be getting better and better!
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  36. danwho

    danwho Feb 18, 2010 California
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    I had The Bachelor at O'Brien's yesterday. It was good, for a single hop.
  37. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Jul 10, 2009 California
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    I don't see anyone discussing The Butcher here but when I visited Societe for the first time about 2 or 3 weeks ago, I came in expecting to be impressed by the IPAs, and I was, but I was really surprised by how great The Butcher was considering how it's never been mentioned here. If they had allowed growler fills for that bad boy, I would have broken my growler-buying moratorium and bought one of those SS joints just to get a fill of it.
  38. 395er

    395er Apr 29, 2011 California

    Had the Bachelor last Friday, the first day they tapped it. Smelled unreal, and I dug the taste. Still not equal to Pupil or Apprentice, but I'm sure that wasn't the intent.
  39. riko

    riko Jan 18, 2008 California
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    This. It's not a great beer as SD IPAs go, but it's solid as single-hop beers go.
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  40. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    I like the Apprentice over all the others. I must be weird.
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