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The Lost Abbey

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4.12/5
Based on:
40 Beers
21,100 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 246
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.37
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[ 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

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Place added by: Todd on 09-01-2006

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

Port Brewing beers:
 http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/p ... ile/13839/ 
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Ratings: 246 | Reviews: 64
Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Siggy125
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Sasquatch_B_Foot
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great place to hang out and sample some amazing beers!

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

It's a really nice place, gets crowded real quick, can take a while to get a drink, staff is friendly and knowledgeable

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
5/5  rDev +14.4%
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!!

Photo of GOGRANDE
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been to soooo many breweries all over the world. This one is absolutely one of the best. World class shit.

Photo of NathanielCush
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Awesome guys here at the Port/ Lost Abbey Brewery. Free chips, $1 tasters, fun environment. (what brewery isn't)

Photo of RogueOz
4/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

Photo of SurfsideChris
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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.

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

Photo of errantnight
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
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).

Photo of mabermud
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
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

Photo of sillyhed8
5/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

Photo of orangesol
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of JonathanC
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of dwagner003
4.15/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | 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.

Photo of tourdot
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Lost Abbey has a very small tasting area in the actual brewery. It is kind of cool because there are no walls dividing the brewery from the tasting area so when you're hanging out tasting beer, you're also getting an opportunity to check out the operation. The brew here includes The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing regulars, current seasonals, and various special releases and the beer is top notch. I visited on a Tuesday around 1pm and received quick service being there were only a few other people visiting at the time. I have a feeling this place gets crowded really quickly on nights and especially weekends since it is so small yet so good. The tap selection is great and they also have bottles available for sale to go which is great for those brews that are out of season. I enjoyed a Red Barn Ale, Older Viscosity, 10 Commandments along with others while I was there and I took home a bottle of Serpent's Stout. Prices are very reasonable as 4 oz samplers are only $1 and most 22oz bottles are $9-$15. I would highly recommend visiting if you can.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

First off, selection should never be lacking when offerings are available from two different brewery lines. The beers were superb and also some special offerings were available. The place lacked the old towne brew pub feel, being more industrial with the tap room surrounded by the brewery. Service was good, and sampling was generous. I would be happy to stop here again if ever return to the area.

Photo of DonDirkA
3.6/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

No seats, no real atmosphere and there wasn't really much available that I couldn't find at any Total Wine. I got a cool variant of Judgement Day called Mayan Apocalypse (much better than the original) and I was able to buy a bottle of Framboise de Amorosa, which was fantastic. but other than that there wasn't really anything special. Kind of a huge let down. I did get a kick out of seeing "Stone Parking Only" on the curb since it used to be the old Stone Brewery.

Photo of John_Deas
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Lost Abbey is a good place to get a fresh draft in the San Marcos area of North County San Diego. On tap is a decent selection of house beers. Average prices of about $5/pint as of December 2012. Beer is served in a plain glass at about 50 degrees (my guess).

Typical micro brewery ambiance. Standing room only, no stools. Oak casks for tables. About 20 well-behaved patrons were there on a pre-Christmas weekday afternoon.

Limited parking is available in the industrial park's lot. It's easy to get there off 78 and to find with GPS.

Photo of ACY73
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I love coming here to have a few beers on occassion. They usually have a pretty full tap list with a comparable bottle selection to go with it. You never know what suprises they may have on tap at times and the customer service is great even when the tasting room is packed. Every time i'm there i see kevin walking around mingling with the guests. I put it down as a bit pricey just because they have some specialty beers on tap or bottle that usually run a little bit more than the beers they keep on hand they produce on a more regular basis. Can't go wrong with tasters being $1-$3 and most pints going for $5-$7. Simply just a tasting room inside the brewery that you are free to roam for the most part and ask questions about. No food served for this fact.

Photo of hopsputin
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I'd never been before and my girlfriend decides to surprise me this morning and drive me down to San Diego. We pull up to Lost Abbey at 11 and there's only a few people there. As we get in, Tomme is just at the bar, having a beer, talking..no big deal lol. It's a nice room, lots of wood and a real good vibe. Picked up tasters of Mo Betta Bretta and Serpents Stout (which is amazing). We take the tour. Nice tour, tour guide is really friendly. The tour is about 30 minutes and was enjoyable even though my glass was empty.
After the tour we get back to the beer: had witches wit, Saison blanc, and a devotion.

We then decide to buy some glassware and close out our tab. When we get the check and pay.
The odd thing is the receipt doesnt have a tip line....tips are cash only :(.
So I decide To buy a shirt and ask them to add more money to the charge because we didn't have cash and felt bad.
Well they cant do it. The really cool part: one of the staff members overheard our conversation that we were here for my birthday. They tell me the shirt is free and not to worry. Awesome!
I will be back (with cash haha).

I thought that was really freaking amazing. Another example of how nice People in the beer industry are, the ones at Lost Abbey in particular.

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The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
97 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.