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The Lost Abbey

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 42
Beer Ratings: 16,330
Beer Avg: 4.08

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
96
world-class

96 Ratings
Ratings: 96
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.57%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @lostabbey

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

Port Brewing beers:
 http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/p ... ile/13839/ 

(Place added by: Todd on 09-01-2006)
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

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.

02-20-2014 17:31:17 | More by orangesol
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JonathanC

California

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.

08-05-2013 04:09:26 | More by JonathanC
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Zbeetleman

California

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.

07-07-2013 04:22:39 | More by Zbeetleman
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claspada

New Jersey

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.

06-20-2013 22:18:09 | More by claspada
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dwagner003

California

3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

06-19-2013 22:58:25 | More by dwagner003
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tourdot

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

05-15-2013 05:43:09 | More by tourdot
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MilwaukeeCrusher

Wisconsin

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

03-15-2013 23:32:54 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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DonDirkA

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

01-15-2013 08:47:08 | More by DonDirkA
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John_Deas


4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

12-27-2012 20:59:12 | More by John_Deas
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ACY73

California

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

10-23-2012 16:33:03 | More by ACY73
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The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
96 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.