The Lost Abbey
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Active Beers: 46
Beer Ratings: 18,158
Beer Avg: 4.04
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 53 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Levitation:
4.94/5 rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
i really don't know what more to add that others haven't said. this place is fantastic. it's in stone's old location in an industrial area. public transportation is non-existent.
the bar area is l-shaped. one side hands the merchandise and to-go bottles, the other side does the taps. lost abbey has a big barrel-aging program, and the barrels are right around you as you drink. the vintage bottles are fantastic, but they are on-premises only.
i generally go mid-week and once again on friday or saturday night. obviously the mid-week excursions are best for getting faster service, but i never have an issue. all the employees there are friendly and welcoming. sometimes if i see tomme he'll wave and buy me a pint.
tap prices are very generous. for people crabbing about bottles being expensive, the glasses are always cheap and large, which is a good mechanism for getting people to drink draft beer, which is how beer should be served. and for what you're getting (world-class barrel-aged beer), it's a damn steal.
there's no food.
05-19-2011 00:27:41 | More by Levitation
More User Reviews:
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).
07-10-2014 20:26:52 | More by errantnight
The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
97 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.