Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
When Societe first opened their doors in May 2012, there were already plenty of great beers being made in San Diego. To the faint-of-heart brewer, it might have seemed as if the field was too crowded to even consider launching another San Diego brewery. But co-founders Doug Constantiner and Travis Smith were convinced that if they made truly great beer, the world would find a place for them. And it did. Big time.
Housed in a large industrial office park, the classy but rustic tasting room offers ample space for the many fans who now regularly flock to the brewery. There’s some room to sip a pint outside as well, but the long, high communal tables inside provide for a much more social experience.
Societe’s lineup is based on a two-pronged approach that includes beers in the “San Diego style” and beers in the “Belgian style.” The San Diego line tends toward richly flavored hoppy beers, while the Belgian side focuses primarily on Belgian-style ales that range from light and floral to dark and rich. All Societe’s beers are outstanding, but hop-heads should not miss an opportunity to taste The Pupil IPA or any of its relatives: The Apprentice, The Dandy, and the award-winning Roustabout.
San Diego is all about great beer—and there’s an awful lot of it! We currently have more than 150 working brewery locations in our county, with an estimated 30-40 more in the planning stages. That’s a lot of breweries to sort through. So where to begin? Well, the answer is right here. If you want to plan any kind of brewery experience, The San Diego Brewery Guide is your most essential tool. Not only does it list the location and key information about every working brew house that’s open to the public, it also allows you to search for breweries that meet your specific criteria. Do you only want breweries in a specific neighborhood? No problem. Only want places that have patios for dogs? You got it. Do you want to keep your search limited to small or medium-sized breweries? Yup, we got that.
With so many breweries to choose from, we hope you’ll keep coming back to consult The San Diego Brewery Guide on a regular basis. Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for you to plan the perfect day or weekend of brewery tours and tastings in San Diego—and to do it time and time again. If you haven’t already, you’ll see that there’s nothing better than enjoying a great brewery-fresh beer right where it’s made.
So get out there and explore! Sip. Savor. Socialize. And get ready to be awed by some of the best brews to be found anywhere on the planet. Enjoy!
- Bruce GlassmanEdit ModuleShow Tags