San Diego Beer Week…

San Diego Beer Week

That’s like “Wisconsin Cheese Week,” “Minnesota Lake Week,” or “Washington D.C. Really Old Monument Week…”.

It’s the best of the best, the creme de la creme.  If you love San Diego beer as much as we do, you can’t help but get happy.  We start to get excited each and every November when San Diego Beer Week rolls into town, and this November 6 – 15 is no exception.  Here’s the down and dirty on our plans for the week.  Come out and see us for some great beer:

Friday | November 6

VIP Brewer Takeover | The best brewers in town come out for this one, the official kick-off event for San Diego Beer Week.  Taste some of the best beers in San Diego, all while collectively celebrating the fact that San Diego is the Capital of Craft.  Support the San Diego Brewers Guild.  Wear your party pants.

Societe vs. Noble Ale Works at Tiger!Tiger! Tavern | We have a hate-hate relationship with our friends from up North at Noble Ale Works.  Join our Brewery Curator — Doug Constantiner — and the Head Brewer from Noble — Evan Price — as they throw down over beers at Tiger!Tiger! Tavern out on the back IPA bar.  It’s all actually just a part of our secret plan to get Noble to send beer for us to drink during Beer Week.

Saturday | November 7

SD Brewers Guild Festival | As far as we’re concerned this is the best beer festival in San Diego.  Every year, this is one you don’t want to miss.  Join us for a day of all-San Diego breweries, all-San Diego brewers, and all-San Diego beers.  All together in one awesome spot on the Broadway Pier.  It’s like Christmas for San Diego beer geeks.

Monday | November 9

Fishing with the Brewers at Fathom Bistro | Catch some breakfast, lunch, beers, and maybe some fish with a few of San Diego’s best brewers.  Sip a beer and cast your rod (they’ll hook you up with a fishing rod and bait and tackle when you buy your ticket) off the Shelter Island pier with us.

Industry Night at Societe | This is our big fat awesome THANK YOU to the people who make this industry such an amazing one here in San Diego.  If you’re employed by a San Diego Brewers Guild Brewery Member or Allied Pub Member, bring your pay-stub to Societe and enjoy $1 beers all night from 6pm – close.  You work hard for San Diego beer, so come enjoy one with us.  Chef Hanis from Carnitas Snack Shack will be here, too, with food available for purchase.

Tuesday | November 10

Societe Brunch at Crushed | Not quite halfway through Beer Week, but we’ll be ready to ‘crush it’ with brunch on Tuesday at Crushed in Pacific Beach.  Tapas and beers and hanging out with us, and re-charge for the rest of Beer Week.

Pink Boots Society at Societe | We’re hosting a Pink Boots Society Meetup for the San Diego Chapter.  If you are a Pink Boots member (or an eligible member), join us at 6pm for an evening of craft beer and camaraderie.  Paige McWey, the Executive Administrator for the San Diego Brewers Guild, and Claudia Faulk from Aztec Brewing Company are the scheduled keynote speakers.

Wednesday | November 11

CUCINA enoteca Beer Dinner | The ladies of Societe Brewing Company invite you to an evening of revelry and gluttony.  In celebration of San Diego Beer Week, enjoy five Societe Beers with CUCINA inspired faire.  We’ll be on hand to talk beer and food with y’all, with interactive food and beer pairing stations.  Come out on Wednesday night at 6:30pm for a great time.

Thursday| November 12

Hamilton’s 7th Fling | One of our absolute favorite annual beer week events, the Hamilton’s and Green Flash Fling.  The “Societe Flingers” will be out throwing disc, drinking beers, and having a killer time.  Come join the fun.

Friday | November 13

Churchill’s Pub & Grille Beer Dinner with Societe Brewing | Church is one of our favorite North County spots for a beer dinner, and with rabbit, boar, gator, and duck on the menu, this is sure to be a wild one.

Battle of the Guilds at Toronado | It’s the traditional Beer Week throwdown.  You’ve got the San Francisco Brewers Guild, the Los Angeles Brewers Guild, and the hometown heroes, the San Diego Brewers Guild, all under one roof and all up on one beer board.  15 beers from each Guild, representing the very best that that region has to offer.  You pick your favorite beer of the night and you vote for the best Guild.  We plan to bring it strong and bring home the Gold Keg to San Diego.  Come party with us at Toro.

Saturday | November 14

Societe Up the Hill at Alpine Beer Company | It’s no secret that we love Alpine Beer Company.  We wind down Beer Week up the hill at the new pub.  Lookout for three special small plates of food to pair up with Societe and Alpine beers.  Better yet, grab yourself a muffin tray with tasters of both.  We’ll be out there at noon and hanging around all day, with Societe glassware to give away to the first few folks who give us a hi-five.  Drink Alpine Ale or Go To Bed!

Benchmark, Fall, and Societe Cornhole Tourny at Rabbit Hole | This past summer we teamed up with the fine folks at Benchmark Brewing Company and the cool kids at Fall Brewing for the 2015 Summer Solstice Ale Trail.  We’re getting the band back together, only this time we’re going toe-to-toe in a good old fashioned cornhole tournament.  Come out and cheer us on as we throw bags against teams from these other two great San Diego breweries.

Sunday | November 15

The Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines | The preeminent food and beer event in San Diego, it’s the Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.  This year we’re paired up with Chef Amy DiBaise from Tidal, as well as the new kids on the block over at Duck Foot Brewing Company.  12 Chefs, 24 breweries, 1 amazing experience.  Don’t miss this.

Monday | November 16

Nap Time | Sleep is a good thing.

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Water, malt, hops, yeast…

Y’all know that these four ingredients are what go into making beer, but if you’ve ever wanted to see how we use these ingredients to brew beer at Societe, here’s your chance.  We’re bringing back the Saturday public tours at Societe, and this is your chance to go behind-the-scenes and check out our operations from grain to glass.

Each Saturday we are offering two public tours, the first at 2:00pm and the second tour at 4:oopm.   The space is limited to twelve people per tour, and it’s first come first serve.  Get here early, sign up for the tour at the bar, and enjoy a beer.  The tour itself is free, and it’s pretty freakin’ fun.  Come drink San Diego beer and check out our spot.

We encourage you to wear closed-toed shoes and keep your head, hands, arms, legs, and feet inside the ride at all times.  Ask a lot of questions and party on.

For any questions, comments, or wisecracks, please contact our Tour Manager Jade at tours {at} societebrewing {dot} com

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Oktoberfest

We all know the story, more or less.  In 1810, the Crown Prince Ludwig of Germany got hitched up to the Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildurghausen and it was party time. Ever since, the official Oktoberfest beer festival has been held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, spanning 16 days during late September and early October.

This year, we’re joining in on the celebration.  Societe Fest.

From September 19 – October 31, we will be offering $4 half-liter steins of four of our beers that fit the bill.  We’re pouring:

  • The Harlot: our Belgian Extra Ale.
  • The Bachelorette: our rotating Single-hop Lager with Wakatu hops.
  • The Heiress: our brand new (and super-freakin’ tasty) Czech-style Pilsner.
  • The Fräulein: our (even more) brand new Dusseldorf-style Altbier.

We don’t have any branded steins for sale (at least not this year) and we aren’t selling the blank steins for purchase.  But we are keeping it simple, serving up delicious beer in a neat glass for a great price.

Prost.

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It’s Summer, and there’s a ton of great beer to drink in San Diego.  We’re teaming up with two of our favorite breweries in town—Benchmark Brewing Company and Fall Brewing Co.—to make that super easy.

The Summer Solstice Ale Trail is back again for 2015.  If you traveled the Ale Trail last year, you already know how it works, but here’s a refresher on what’s going on for this year.  Throughout the entire month of June, stop into any of our three brewery’s tasting rooms and pick up your official 2015 Summer Solstice Ale Trail Passport.

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Keep this card handy, as each time you visit one of our breweries you will collect a stamp on the Passport in recognition of your visit.  By visiting all three breweries, and collecting all three stamps, you will successfully complete the passport (and hopefully taste a lot of great San Diego beer along the way).  Once you have a completed Passport, redeem that card at any of our locations in order to receive a commemorative pair of drinking socks.  That’s right, this year you will take home a swanky pair of drinking footwear to make your friends jealous and to keep your feet looking fresh.

The Passports and the drinking socks will be available at each brewery while supplies last, and you’ve got from June 1 – June 30 to complete the Ale Trail.

Oh yeh, you know that the American Homebrewers Association is coming to San Diego again this year for the National Homebrewers Conference, right?  Well, you do now.  As part of the Conference, we’re making it even easier to complete the Ale Trail.  Thanks to our friends at Brewery Tours of San Diego, we will have a free shuttle bus that runs from the Conference location at the Town & Country Resort to Benchmark Brewing Company, to Societe, then on over to Fall Brewing Co., and then back to the Town & Country Resort.  This shuttle hits the Trail on June 9 from 3:00pm – 8:00pm, and there couldn’t be an easier or safer way to complete the Ale Trail in one afternoon of awesome San Diego beer-infused fun.

We’re dreaming about a tall glass of “Table Beer,” a full pour of “The Harlot,” and a creamy pour of “2 a.m. Bike Ride” right now…it just sounds like Summer.

For those who need to know, you can find us all at:

  • Benchmark Brewing Company – 6190 Fairmount Ave., Ste. G, San Diego, CA 92120 – @BenchmarkBrew
  • Fall Brewing Co. – 4542 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92116 – @FallBrewing
  • Societe Brewing Company – 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111 – @SocieteBrewing

Plan to ride along the Ale Trail this Summer, and join us and our friends at Benchmark Brewing Company and Fall Brewing Co. in celebrating some of the best beer that San Diego has to offer.  Oh, and drinking socks.

Cheers!

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Holy smokes Batman!

It’s been a year already, and Free Comic Book Day returns on May 2, 2015.  Once again, Southern California Comics is joining forces with Societe Brewing Company for a “super” day of comics and beer.  Jamie and the awesome folks around the corner at Southern California Comics celebrate Free Comic Book Day annually, giving away free comic books and hosting a pretty killer party.  They kick things off at 9:00 am and then rock and roll all day until about 5:00 pm in the evening.

So here’s your game-plan for a heroic day…

Step 1: start the day over at Southern California Comics, get your free comic book, and geek out over the fantastical and the extraordinary.

Step 2: stop by Societe Brewing Company, we’re opening early at 11:00 am so you can geek out over our awesome beer.  We will be pouring beer all day, from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, some come early and hang out with us.

Step 3: get $1 off of full pours of beer (for guests who are 21+) or $1 off of a delicious Boylan’s craft soda (for anyone who is thirsty).

Of course, it’s easy to work up an appetite when you are fighting crime or saving the planet.  Lucky for you, we’ve got Grillfellas on the schedule.  They’ll be bringing out some wood-smoked BBQ along with all the fixings.

For more information about Free Comic Book Day at Southern Comics, you can visit www.socalcomics.com or give them a shout at 858-715-8669.  Be sure to stop by our brewery at 8262 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard on what will absolutely be an epic day!

Cheers.

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THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING…I’M DREAMING…OR HALLUCINATING…OR SOMETHING… FREE COMIC BOOK DAY IS BACK AT SOCIETE BREWING…

 

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It’s become an expected part of the San Diego craft beer scene to see party buses and limousines cruising around town. Many responsible folks, conscious of the need to avoid driving when they plan to consume alcohol, opt for these buses as a way to safely visit San Diego’s wonderful breweries. And while we at Societe have done our absolute best to accommodate these groups in the past, the growing popularity of these buses has forced us to adjust our approach.

Beginning Friday, May 1st, 2015, Societe Brewing Company will only accommodate buses/limousines from our approved vendor list. This list will be updated regularly, and can be found on the Tour Bus and Limousine Policy page of our website. To be placed on this list, vendors must be vetted by our staff, and must meet certain expectations. These expectations include, but are not limited to, tours that are education-oriented, and tours with guides who chaperone their patrons. Transportation providers interested in joining our approved vendor list can contact tastingroom {at} societebrewing.com for more information.

Ultimately, many factors influenced our decision to take this step. The single biggest, however, was our commitment to a Tasting Room that is comfortable and accessible for all of our guests, and especially those seeking to learn more about delicious craft beer in the place in which it’s born. We believe that a Tasting Room is a special place where fresh beer and education come together, and we further believe that a Tasting Room is not a bar.

If you would like to organize a group of friends for an educational visit to our Tasting Room, we would love to host you and would ask you to consider supporting our approved vendors. Again, beginning May 1st these are the only buses/limousines that will be accommodated in our Tasting Room.

If, however, you wish to head out for a day of drinking with the goal of getting intoxicated, we would ask that you steer clear of our Tasting Room. There’s not a damned thing wrong with wanting to head out and drink, and we absolutely appreciate you choosing to do so responsibly. Nonetheless, our Tasting Room will not admit your party.

If you find yourself with any questions regarding this policy, please do not hesitate to contact tastingroom {at} societebrewing.com .

Cheers!

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This Holiday season, we are bringing back our Holiday Food Drive, working in partner with the good people at The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

Food Drive

Our in-house Food Drive kicks off on Friday, November 28 when we re-open the Tasting Room for regular hours after the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We will be running the Food Drive through December 24, so you will have plenty of time to come into the brewery and drop off non-perishable food items and help out those in need.

Y’all did such a great job last year in helping to bring in food, that this year, we feel that we can do even better.  To help thank you for your generous donations, we are offering $1 off the price of full pours of our beer for the duration of the Food Drive for anyone (21 years or older, with valid identification) who brings in a food item on the Food Bank’s “Most Needed Food Items” list.  These items have the most impact nutritionally, and they really benefit those in need.  We are talking:

  • Canned Meat & Tuna
  • Canned Soups
  • Canned Fruits & Vegetables
  • Canned Beans
  • Dry Cereal
  • Rice
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Spaghetti
  • Infant Formula
  • Peanut Butter
  • Powdered Milk

Any time that you bring in an item, you are entitled to the $1 off of full pours discount.  Bring in a food item on Tuesday, and get $1 off all of your full pours.  Come back again on Saturday with some more food, you get $1 off all your full pours again on that day too.  And if that were not enough incentive to help out an awesome cause, we wanted to set a few goals for the Drive.  We brew beer by the barrel here at Societe, and the Food Bank gave us a barrel for the drive, so let’s go with goals per barrel:

  • If you collectively donate enough food (~200 pounds) to fill up one barrel, we will offer $1 off the price of a 2L growler fill for the rest of the Food Drive.
  • If you donate enough food (~400 pounds) to fill up two barrels, we will offer $1 off the price of a 1L growler fill as well as $2 off the price of a 2L growler fill for the rest of the Food Drive.
  • If you donate enough food (~600 pounts) to fill up three barrels, we will break out one of our favorite beers, The Highbinder, for pours in the Tasting Room.  That’s right, we will have a limited supply of our 6.2% ABV Barrel-aged and blended Feral beer with Raspberries available by the glass while the single keg that we have on-hand lasts.

So there you have it.  Choose your own adventure, one barrel, two barrels, or three…

Come out and help us help those in need.  Cheers.

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Well folks, you all did it.  Together you donated over 600 pounds of food to our food drive efforts, enough to fill three barrels worth of food.

As promised, today, December 16, 2014, we will be tapping a limited supply of our 6.2% ABV Barrel-aged and blended Feral beer with Raspberries, The Highbinder.

In the Tasting Room, starting at 5:00pm this evening, we will be offering 12oz. pours of The Highbinder for $8 each and 3oz. tasting pours of The Highbinder for $3 each, while supplies last.  This beer is tasting delicious right now, and by tapping the single keg we have on-hand, it is our small way to say thanks to you for your giant efforts this holiday season.  Our Food Drive for the San Diego Food Bank would not have been such a resounding success without the support and the contributions from each one of you.

Thanks so much.  Cheers.

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If you work at  a brewery or allied SDBG pub, come join us for Industry Night at Societe Brewing Company on Sunday, November 16th beginning at 6pm. Proof of employment (pay stub or business card) required to receive $1 Industry Night beers and free food from Mastiff Sausage Company (food available only to the first 100 people).

Not sure if you work for a member?  Check out these links: http://www.sandiegobrewersguild.org/breweries/ and http://www.sandiegobrewersguild.org/allied-pub-members/

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SDBW 2014

San Diego Beer Week begins today and runs through November 16th!

Are you ready for it!?

Here are a few of the big events we are participating in this year:

November 7: Guild Fest: VIP Brewer Takeover
November 8: Guild Fest: SD Brewers Guild Festival
November 12: Societe Brewing Company Beer Dinner at Waypoint Public
November 13: Societe Brewing Company Beer Dinner at Churchills Pub & Grille
November 13: Craft Beer & Bites @ SILO
November 16: The Beer Garden @ The Lodge at Torrey Pines

If you would like to know about any other events we will be participating in, please contact us and ask!

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June 2014 | Societe Brewing Company

Summer is almost here and there is no better time to celebrate with some amazing San Diego Craft Beer.  Our brewery, as well as our friends at Benchmark Brewing Company and the folks at BNS Brewing & Distilling, all celebrate our anniversaries in the month of June.  This year, we celebrate our second year of brewing in San Diego, whereas Benchmark and BNS are both celebrating one year of open doors in what we feel is the best beer city in the world.

We wanted to share a celebration, and share a lot of great San Diego Craft Beer, with the beer enthusiasts of San Diego.  Starting June 1, you can visit any of our three breweries to pick up an official 2014 Summer Solstice Ale Trail Passport.  At each Tasting Room, you can collect a stamp on the Passport that recognizes that you helped take part in the celebration at that brewery.  By collecting a stamp at each brewery location and completing the Passport, you can then redeem the Passport at the final brewery to receive a commemorative 2014 Summer Solstice Ale Trail bar towel (while supplies last – don’t miss out!).

So come out to the Tasting Room, see our brewery, and raise a glass in celebration of Summer.  Get your Ale Trail Passport, and then make it a point to visit Matt and Rachael at Benchmark Brewing and check out the awesome sessionable beers that they are brewing.  Then go head out to see Wes and Dan at BNS Brewing & Distilling, and check out an awesome brewery that is also making some innovative distilled spirits.  Hopefully along this journey you will make some new friends and you will discover some incredible beer, brewed right here in San Diego.

If you have any questions about the 2014 Summer Solstice Ale Trail, give us a call at 858-598-5145.  Or better yet, stop by the Tasting Room, pick up your Passport, and hop on the Ale Trail…

 

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The 2014 Summer Solstice Ale Trail…lots of awesome beer, no cholera…

 

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