Societe Brewing Co. Tasting Room Opens
Southern California beer royalty team up for Societe Brewing Co. to honor beer as the world’s great social uniter.
One of the men behind Beer Advocate’s Best Beer in the World recently opened his own 16,000-square-foot brewhouse and tasting room right here in San Diego. Travis Smith, whose resume includes stints at Russian River Brewing Co., home to the cult beer Pliny the Younger, has teamed up with Douglas Constantiner of Orange County’s The Bruery to open Societe Brewing Co., named to honor beer as the world’s greatest social uniter, a beverage that people from all walks of life can appreciate and enjoy together. After bonding over their shared love of sour beers, Smith and Constantiner decided to make that style a centerpiece of their brewing program, aging their sours in wine barrels for up to two years before pouring. Other styles in their repertoire include Belgian-inspired brews, stouts and the local favorite, hoppy IPAs. This season in the tasting room try a sample of The Harlot, which combines Belgian yeast strains with European hops. Fun fact: each of the silhouetted figures in the brewery’s logo and on its tap handles corresponds to a real person from the local food-and-beer community: brewers, pub owners, writers, bartenders and friends. 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Kearny Mesa, 858.598.5409. societebrewing.com