San Diego's Societe Brewing To Open First Satellite Tasting Room

April 26, 2022

While many area breweries are struggling and scaling back, San Diego's 8 year-old Societe Brewing Company has announced plans to open its first satellite tasting room.

Societe Brewing Company was founded in 2012 by University of Arizona alumni Doug Constantiner and brewmaster Travis Smith, who both met while working at Orange County's The Bruery. Societe has been honored numerous times over its seven year tenure, including winning gold medals at both the 2018 World Beer Cup and the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. In 2019, the company announced the departure of founding brewer Travis Smith and appointed Teddy Gowan as lead brewer. Gowan had previously trained under Smith for several years and has well over a decade of professional brewing experience, including working at San Diego's Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, as well as Lake Placid Pub & Brewery. Gowan also is a graduate of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. 

After two years of production grown and expanded distribution of its line of canned craft beers, Societe has secured a combined 2,686 square-foot space near the Old Town Chamber of Commerce to open the company's first tasting room outside its original Kearny Mesa brewhouse. Societe will soon begin renovating the unit to add beer bar with a retail component, aiming to open in early 2023. There is also a possibility that Societe adds its own onsite kitchen to the new tasting room. 

Societe's expansion comes at a time when several area breweries are struggling with financials. San Diego-based Modern Times Beer recently announced that the company's lender has commenced litigation that will inevitably lead to a court-ordered sale of the 9-year-old craft brewery. During a four-year-long case with beer behemoth Molson Coors, it was recently revealed that San Diego's largest brewery Stone Brewing Co. has a $464 million debt to pay to their private equity investors in 2023, which led the craft brewery to entertain the possibility of a sale. 

Societe Brewing's new tasting room is anticipated to open by spring 2023 at 2415 San Diego Avenue, Suite 106, in San Diego's Old Town neighborhood. In the meantime, feel free to visit Societe's original brewery and tasting room at 8262 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in Kearny Mesa. For more information, visit societebrewing.com.