Friday, May 25, 2012

Beer Lovers: New Clairemont Area Brewery!

Societe Brewery Grand Opening in June
Now Open for Preview
by Lola Stice

The outbreak of San Diego Craft Beer breweries has expanded from Mira Mar/Sorrento Valley into Clairemont with the Grand Opening of Societe Brewery on Clairemont Mesa Blvd to come on June 30th. San Diego has forged a name in the halls of craft brewers over the last 10 years with local favorites like Karl Strauss, Stone, Ballast Point and Green Flash. The newest kid on the block is Societe owned by Travis Smith and Doug Constantiner.

Societe is carving a niche by focusing primarily on wheat based IPA’s and Belgium Pales. San Diego is a big IPA town so no brewery would open a door without a good selection of IPA but Societe is planning to focus less on the heavy darks and offer more in the Belgium Wheats and Sours. 

Their 1800 square foot facility is woody and open with full view of the glossy stainless steel tanks. It features a gnarled tree-trunk bar and with hops growing outside the window, is somewhat reminiscent of the Northwest. Societe is starting big, with the intent of brewing 2000 barrels a year and according to brewer Tyler Tucker, will feature a series of rotating specialty brews. 

On a preview visit, they were offering a limited selection of an IPA (8.2) and a Belgium Wheat (6.5). Both were very easy to enjoy and are available to take home in a stylish stainless steel growler. Once the facility is completed with seating and a regular food truck visit, Societe should be a nice place to drop by after a hard day’s work. Stop by for a visit at 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111. Tasting room doors are open and tentative hours are:
  • Wed: 2-8pm
  • Thurs: 2-8pm
  • Fri: 11-8pm
  • Sat: 11am-8pm
  • Sun: 11am-6pm
UPDATE: From Lorah Smith, Societe's PR person: As of today May 24th, we have the Harlot, Belgian Extra and the Apprentice, Strong IPA on tap, but will have 2 more this weekend from what I was told. Another IPA, The pupil, and another Belgian, The Widow.  Grand Opening will be on June 30th. There will be a couple of sessions to choose from. Tickets will go on sale online soon. We will have a popular food truck at the grand opening, we will announce who it is when tickets go on sale!

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