In this day and age of ultra-rare beers, it’s become commonplace for consumers to encounter bottles coming in far above the price-tag of everyday ales and lagers. Some of these higher-end creations come in at $20, $30 or even a budget-breaking $40 each. Not to be outdone, we are about to release our most cost-prohibitive offering to-date: The Urchin. Aged in red-wine barrels hailing from California vintners, rested on pristine cranberries from the bogs of New England, then blended to perfection and siphoned into 500-milliliter bottles, this exquisite, extremely limited quaff can be had for a whopping $50 per bottle…or a mere $5 for those who help out needy San Diego families via Societe’s annual holiday food-drive.


Donating 50 pounds of food to the Societe Holiday Food-Drive between November 21 and December 31 will entitle said donor to purchase a bottle of The Urchin at the discounted price of $5. More importantly, it will result in improved quality of life for those who benefit from the donation as well as happiness and fulfillment that go far beyond beer. As we have for the past four years, we are again teaming with The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, which cites the following as its most needed food items:

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

While delivering 50 pounds of the above items will earn the discounted bottle of The Urchin, donations of all sizes and quantities are very much appreciated. Anyone who donates items from the most-needed list at our tasting room will receive $1 off each full beer purchased on the day of delivery. Not too shabby and the least we can do to reward such stand-up people!

The newest in our line of “Feral” (barrel-aged sour) beers, The Urchin is a dry, extremely balanced beer, exhibiting subtle cranberry tartness leveled out by tannins extracted from the wood of the wine barrels in which it matured. The deep crimson ale is light on the palate and finishes with a touch of tinder-box spice. It’s already very special in our minds, but made even more special through its association with this charitable holiday tradition. Thank you very much in advance for helping us improve the lives of our fellow San Diegans!



  • Style: Blended barrel-aged ale with cranberries
  • Descriptors: Tart, tannic, zesty
  • Alcohol-by-volume (ABV): 5.8%
  • Ingredients: Water, malt, wheat, cranberries, hops, cultures (Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus)
  • Format: 500-milliliter bottles
  • Availability: Societe Brewing Tasting Room (8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Kearny Mesa, San Diego), from November 21 – December 31, 2016
  • Price: $50/bottle –OR– $5/bottle with donation of 50 lbs of food to Societe’s Holiday Food-Drive


  • Time-frame: November 21 – December 31, 2016
  • Address: 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Kearny Mesa
  • Partner: Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
  • Incentives: Donating 50 lbs of food entitles donor to purchase a bottle of rare-beer, The Urchin, for discounted price of $5 (normal price: $50/bottle). Any food donation entitles donor to $1 off all full-beer purchases on date of donation.
  • History: This is Societe’s fourth year of partnering with Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. In 2015, Societe’s drive resulted in the collection of 4,972 pounds of food

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