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Based on:
39 Beers
23,350 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 70
Visits: 275
Avg: 4.35
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

155 Mata Way #104
San Marcos, California, 92069-2983
United States
phone: (800) 918-6816

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @lostabbey

Place added by: Todd on 09-01-2006

Owned by Port Brewing Company. Not affiliated with Pizza Port.

Port Brewing beers:
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Reviews: 70 | Visits: 275
Photo of Beer_Line
4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

One of my favorite breweries and tasting rooms there is. Their beers are world class and their staff and tasting room are SD OG. No gimmicks here. My only complaint is the price of their bottles.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Another visit on my tour of San Diego. I have been wanting to go here for oh so many years as I love LA and it did not disappoint. Nice set of taps, bottles to go and everyone was uber friendly!

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Photo of Catracho5
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited the Lost Abbey on a Thursday evening and was able to walk right in. First off, very small, standing room only, and lots of people. The employees were really helpful, polite, courteous, great service. Beers were great, sampled some beers and took some bottles home. I would definitely visit the Lost Abbey again.

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Photo of IndianaAndy25
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I love their beer! I was a little disapointed with the space but that may be because I just came from Stone. If you are going for the beer, you will not be disapointed.

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Photo of The_Wozz
3.87/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome brewery, fantastic beers, and a very nice minimalist setup. The Lost Abbey/Port brewing have a cool thing going here. They offer the goods without giving the tasting room a mainstream feel. I manage a local craft beer oriented restaurant so I carry their beers regularly.


The service here is nearly awful. After 4 visits i have decided that it is only fair that i share my 'average' of experiences. Every beer server i have encountered has been very short, and blatantly rude to me. I have been scoffed at when asking for multiple tasters of their sours, told "too bad" when informing them of infected bottles I've purchased in house, and lied to about their apparel.

As someone who orders tens of thousands of dollars worth of beer from this company each year, i am sorely tempted to drop their account based on the unprofessionalism they have put forth to their biggest asset, their customers. While their beers may be world class, i would much rather drive the further distance to other places such as The Bruery, Green Flash, etc.

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Photo of Brackh
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Had a blast here. Tasters for $1. Nice and knowledgeable staff. Went in the afternoon and they were cranking out kegs on a forklift literally feet from where I was drinking. Very minimal set up. Great selection of both Port and Lost Abbey beers. Lots of choices on bottles to go as well.

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Photo of Docrock
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Decent selection of Lost Abbey and Portbrewing offerings. Probably the most reasonable tasting room I have ever been to. $1.00 per 4 oz taste! Let's you try a full range for just a couple bucks. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend if your anywhere nearby.

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Photo of Pawoto
3.82/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Neat spot, but a bit of a letdown overall. There were great Lost Abbey beers pouring all over San Diego, but mostly the core non-sour stuff pouring during our visit. Glad we stopped but I'd skip it the next time I come out to San Diego.

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Photo of d3brewing
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I love Lost Abbey/Port beers so this review might be a little jaded. The brewery is easy to find tucked in a business park just like almost every other brewery in SD. The tasting room is pretty typical, standing room only @ the bar or a few barrles. What's cool is that they have a bunch of their barrel beers all over the place and an entire room of barrels you can pause as you drink.
My biggest complaint is how often they are out of some beers. Depending on when you go they might only have the regular bottle beer on tap or they can have some awesome rare beers so check the tap list before heading over.
The brewery tour is great, they show you everything, no free samples but you can bring beer with you.

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Photo of dagubna
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Decent place tucked back in a light industrial area. Somewhat crowded on a Sunday afternoon, was still able to find a spot behind the bar and order up some tasters. Perhaps the best part about this place are the $1 tasters served in Port brewing shot glasses. That and the $8 Teku glasses you can buy and take home which serve to make every brew taste better. A bit crowded and more loud than I was hoping for but overall will look forward to coming back soon. Not a fan of all the Farmhouse ales but did enjoy everything else.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The only place to try Lost Abbey and Port Brewing at a decent price ($1 short pours!). The space isn't very nice looking, however. The bathroom experience was a real "what" moment.

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Photo of Siggy125
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Haven't been in a quite a while. Very good beer selection. The guys behind the counter were pleasant and helpful. Pretty fun vibe for a weekday afternoon.

The condition of the tasting room kind of shabby and disorganized. Dirty, dusty, cluttered, forklifts closely running by. You'd think after all the years that LA/Port have been in business that they'd have a nicer joint. Good thing the beer and service were on point.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Came for 2014 anniversary party in May. Great beer selections, most Port also available, aged & fresh bottles. Really nice barrel room in back. I like the brewery feel to this place, food trucks outside. When you've had your fill the bartenders will reccomend another brewery in area, just bring a DD!!

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Photo of RogueOz
4/5  rDev -8%

I've been here several times. The best time, like most places, is during the week when everyone else is working. This is one place that is on everyone's bus tour, so Saturdays especially can be very crowded. Its is in an industrial park, so parking during the week can be a problem because parking spots are allocated for other businesses, not so much a problem during the weekend when other businesses are closed. Nice large bar service area that can get a little crowded once the outer lying barrel tables are accounted for. Always a good selection with the regular fair and a few BA/limited release stuff on hand. They never pick-up the phone so best way to contact is via email, or follow blog-get on contact list. I have seen CHP parked down at the end of the cul-de-sac on several occasions before you turn into the brewery so be careful. They are obviously waiting to catch an easy ticket/DUI. Nice open air feeling, the occasional food truck (mostly weekends). Security on hand to check ID's, and calm down any riff-raff. Always had a good experience here despite the occasional crowd. Tons of bottles and merchandise usually on sale. 10 mins away from several other breweries, notably Stone. Hope this helps. Cheers.

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Photo of SurfsideChris
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Place is just full of any great beer of all styles you can possibly imagine. World class Barreling system and sours really make this brewery pop off.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Pros: World class barrel aging program. Pretty good price on tasters and pints relative to bars in the area.

Cons: For the most part awful bartenders/people that work there. There are a select few that can be okay but the rest are overly arrogant particularly the ones that work the front. Hot and sweaty bar area. Just atrocious in the summer. Little to no air circulation and sticky sticky floors. Food options limited to food trucks. Parking okay but the brewery is right in the vicinity of a police station.

Overall: Get the beer. Get in and get out or have a beer or two and hope you get lucky with a bartender you can tip well and still won't treat you like dirt.

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Photo of errantnight
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

The Lost Abbey is sort of your quintessential brewery location (at least in Southern California). A warehouse with a bar somewhat awkwardly crammed in around the brew space, with barrels up to the rafters. I've been there rarely just to stop by, frequently for special events, and somehow it always works. The selection of draft and bottle offerings frequently cover virtually the entire gamut and there's inevitably a few special selections available. I've always had reasonably prompt and courteous service. If you're a fan of the brewery, it's undoubtedly worth the stop if you're in the area (and if you're in the area, you're probably brewery or bar hopping).

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Photo of mabermud
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The tasting/bar for this brewery is at the distribution/brewing warehouse. It is pretty cool because the are moving barrels around and crafting brew as you are tasting and drinking beer. The quality of the beer/people/environment is great. Since it is co-located with Lost Abbey, there is a very nice selection of beers. The brews are sold at a reasonable price $5 per standard pint.

There is no food service at this location.

This is a very nice place to drink beer with friends.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Really enjoyed hanging out here for a bit. Had that cool vibe of being in the brewery w/ lots of good people and the amount of staff to serve everyone. Wasn't the best selection of P/LA (almost all year-round stuff) beers on tap but I do love the one-offs and they had a few of those. Be nice to visit and have some more special beers to have on tap rather than just stuff I can buy at the store in CA/AZ

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Photo of sillyhed8
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Another one of those great places where you can actually see and smell the production of their finest beers. Makes a great brewery experience. The prices are unbeatable, and the staff incredibly knowledgeable.

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Photo of orangesol
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Stopped in here right after Stone since they are so close together, thought this place would be bigger for some reason. Atmosphere was hopping. It was pretty packed by the time we got there but we were able to snag a barrel to stand at pretty quickly. Love the ability to take your beers into the barrel room, we took advantage of that on the second round of beers. Quality was solid. Lots of original art on the walls for sale to go along with the usual swag and beers. Service was decent but nothing to write home about. I had to wait a bit longer than I like to when the lines were as short as they were and by the time I did get a beer it was 4 people deep behind me. Selection was good but nothing amazing. Only one beer on I couldn't get at home in bottles or draft. I would have loved to see at least one limited bottle on the bottle list but that wasn't meant to be as well. They had a food truck setting up out front when we left but I had just eaten. Prices were reasonable so no problem there. Overall a nice space to showcase a world class brewery. Could use a bit more specialty beers on but I still had a good time checking them out. I would definitely return in the future.

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Photo of JonathanC
4.48/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

This place was a great stop and i cant wait to go back. The beer selection is awesome and the bartenders are friendly. I thought the environment can be a put together a little better but overall this warehouse was fun as well as all the people, serving great beer.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The atmosphere is buzzing inside on a regular basis. The beer quality is sometimes hit or miss depending upon what has been kicked, but they have a pretty standard lineup of their beers. The service is great, bouncer is friendly, servers are knowledgeable and cordial. The selection can be a bit consistent, but still solid. They do have food trucks, but I have not eaten at one yet. The tasters are very reasonable at $1 for most, or $2 for a 4oz pour.

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Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Industrial complex; medium to large size bar and tasting room, tables/barrels next to the bar with the production facility and barrels in the background.

The beers they have available were a bit of a disappointment because it was most of the stuff you can get in stores plus one or two others. With such a crazy reputation and special beers always coming off the line I expected a bit more.

Bartenders were more than helpful with tap beers and beers to go. Bought my buddy some Cuvee de Tomme which he loves so that was cool. A nice atmosphere and I bet it would be more entertaining on a special release or if there was something I really wanted to try that I couldn't buy at the store.

Not a necessary stop IMO but that is only because of all the new stuff out there like Rip Current and the greater variety @ Stone Bistro.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Lost Abbey is located in a industrial park devoid of any visual appeal whatsoever. Compared to Stone a few miles down the road, this place looks like a run down garage. You walk in and can see the full operation. Everything is open to public viewing, and they often push large carts of spent materials out the door past the patrons. It's usually pretty crowded, with most of the bar space occupied by men with mustaches who don't want to give up their precious real estate so you can order a beer. Once you push your way to the front, the people behind the counter tend to ignore you for a while. I've never been served by anyone who I would categorize as "nice" or "friendly". There is like, no seating in this place. Just barrels to set down your beer as you stand around. Those are usually occupied. The beer, however, is pretty delicious, and they stay open every Wednesday night for a food truck happy hour. Prices aren't bad, unless you are buying bottles, which are sort of expensive. If this place wasn't a mile from my house, I'm not sure how often I'd go. The beer is good, but I'm not sure it can make up for the rather annoying environment.

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The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
96 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.