With more than 1,000 breweries, California is home to more breweries than any other U.S. state. That equates to thousands of really great beers, many of which squared off as part of the first-ever California Craft Brewers Cup competition, which was held as part of September’s California Craft Beer Summit. That industry event is organized by the California Craft Brewers Association, a state trade association that works with independent breweries and regional brewers guilds. The latter coordinated to bring the California Craft Brewers Cup to life as a regional interpretation of the country’s largest annual brewing competition, the Great American Beer Festival. Societe was honored to bring home three medals from the inaugural California Craft Brewers Cup; bronzes for The Debutante in the Trappist-style Ale category, The Pugilist in Classic Dry Irish-style Stout and The Publican in American Pale Ale. Of course, those accolades don’t make the beer taste any better than they did before, but it’s always nice to be recognized and pick up some hardware for doing what we love to the best of our abilities.Read More
From Saturday, September 21 to October 6 we’ll be celebrating Germany’s legendary harvest festival, Oktoberfest, with slew of events at our tasting room. The sudsy starting point will be an all-day Oktoberfest Kick-Off Celebration from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 21. That free, family-friendly soiree will see the see us convert our tasting room into an all-out, blue-and-white-outfitted Bavarian beer hall, complete with commemorative steins, 16-20 beers (including this year’s batch of our Oktoberfest Lager, Die Kellnerin), beer-infused German cuisine from San Diego’s Biersal food truck, traditional music, plus plenty of fun activities, including pretzel-eating, stein-holding and best-dressed contests.
From day one, we have handled every aspect of our business, from building our brewery to brewing our beers and serving them to our friends and fans in our tasting room. That DIY spirit extended to our sales and distribution. For seven years, we delivered every single keg and bottle of Societe beer that made it out of our home base, but thanks to all of you, the demand for our ales and lagers has risen to the point where there is simply no way we can continue to self-distribute. It’s time to hand it over, so that’s just what we’re doing. It’s something we didn’t take lightly. Once we determined it was time to go this direction, we met several times with literally every distributor servicing our home region. There are numerous distro operations doing a terrific job here, but over the course of our search, one proved a perfect fit; a distributor that, like us, is focused solely on San Diego County and, to our great pleasure, features a number of industry veterans we know, respect and really, really like. That interest is Scout Distribution, and we are proud to announce our newly-inked partnership with them. They will begin distributing our beers in early-June. What will this mean? For fans of our beer, it will be easier to find and available in far more locations, so that’s pretty fantastic. For us, it’ll make it easier for us to commit our resources to everything else that goes into running a brewery, including the most important thing – making the best quality beer possible!Read More
Societe Brewing was founded in San Diego for a specific reason—in our opinions, it is the center of the universe where craft-brewing is concerned. With hundreds of breweries, and droves of famous, award-winning beers from skilled, talented brewers, San Diego County is a top-tier fermentation destination if there ever was one. We wanted to challenge ourselves to brew to the level that our hometown’s artisans are known for; to earn our place within this magnificent community. So, it is with great elation that we announce our recent success at the 2019 San Diego International Beer Festival’s professional brewing competition. Behind the hard work of our brew crew, we brought home five medals (more than any other San Diego County brewery), nabbing a pair of golds in the process and barely missing out on Champion Brewery of the Year by a razor-thin margin.
This Saturday, April 6, we will tap the first annual edition of The Brewster, an IPA brewed to raise awareness and funds for the Pink Boots Society, a non-profit organization educating and advocating for women in the professional brewing industry. This year’s brew was spearheaded by our tasting room manager, Lia Garcia, who offered up some thoughts on what this beer and this organization mean to her…Read More
Dear Friends & Fans: Societe Brewing Company opened in 2012 as the realization of a shared vision between Doug Constantiner and Travis Smith for a brewery devoted to serving the best beer humanly possible. From the moment our founders met, their friendship and professional relationship have thrived based on a nearly identical love of beer and respect for the manufacture, preservation and enjoyment of that noble beverage. Working together, Doug, Travis and the entire Societe family racked up countless memories. From building out the brewery to opening our doors, to brewing world-class beer, to winning awards and holding immensely fun events at our tasting room, we’ve packed a lifetime of special moments into the past seven-plus years. That’s not to say that we didn’t face our share of challenges along the way.Read More
Love rubbing elbows with big names in the San Diego brewing scene? So do we, so we’re turning every Monday from January 21 through April 8 into Mix & Mingle Mondays, a chance for you (and us) to do just that! Starting at 4 p.m. each Monday, we’ll have friends of ours from other San Diego County breweries over to our tasting room for the express purpose of interacting with other favorite people of ours…all of you. Come out, talk beer (or anything else) with really good folks from really great breweries and watch how fast a humdrum Monday turns into the best.night.EVER! Here is our Mix & Mingle calendar…Read More
Until now, an authentic taste of what Societe is all about has only been fully available at our tasting room, but this year we’ve devised a “world tour” of sorts. Since our beer is 100% distributed in San Diego County, this is our “world” and we’re spending 2019 bringing our fun, festive family to some of the places that have been our strongest supporters so we can reciprocate some of that love and meet some of our faithful fans on their home turf. We’re calling it the 2019 Societe County Crawl and it’ll take us from Chula Vista to Santee to Escondido and Oceanside. Of course, we’ll hit sudsy centralized communities like North Park, Ocean Beach and our own Kearny Mesa. And each time we do, we’ll have a bunch of our crew on-site, enjoying a good time right along with all of you. Keep an eye on our social-media platforms for updates on County Crawl stops. Here is the schedule so far. We hope to see you soon!
- January 11: Keep the Pint Night, Regents Pizzeria, La Jolla/UTC
- January 31: Tap Takeover, Blind Lady Ale House, Normal Heights
- February 8: Beer & Game-Meat Pairing, Fifty-Two East, Santee
- February 20: Double Pint Night, Eureka!, La Jolla/UTC
- March 31: Breakfast & Beer Bonanza, Churchill’s Pub & Grille, San Marcos
The holidays are upon us and we have lots planned for the final stretch of 2017. Our annual Holiday Food Drive is already in full swing, with patrons trading donations to the San Diego Food Bank for pours of extremely rare beers. The initial trio of specialty tappings (Batch 1 of The Butcher Imperial Stout, The Savage Dark Feral Ale, and The Thief Feral Ale with Locally Grown Grenache Blanc Grapes) are going fast. But worry not, we have other rare offerings in line to take their place, including Batch 1 of The Swindler Feral Blonde Ale from 2016 and Batch 1 of The Highbinder Feral Ale with Raspberries from 2017). Additionally, we’ll host Sore Eye Sudsmas on Saturday, December 8. Held each year, it brings in thousands of pounds of donations for our Food Drive, which we reward by tapping the rarest of the rare. This year, it will be The Patriarch, a one-time-only Feral Ale with Boysenberries blend we originally concocted to celebrate Toronado San Francisco‘s 30-year anniversary. Can’t make it out for Sudsmas? No worries. Our Food Drive will run until December 31.