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Based on:
43 Beers
23,175 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 68
Visits: 269
Avg: 4.34
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:
 http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/p ... ile/13839/ 
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Reviews: 68 | Visits: 269
Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

On the way back from the beach to our hotel we stopped by The Lost Abbey. Parking was tough but we found a spot around the corner. Walked in what we thought was the entrance to a bare room, kept walking to a large open area looking very much like the warehouse the building is. A small group of people were sitting at the corner of the bar but otherwise was very quiet. A guy came over and explained they were closed today for an industry brew day. He then asked what we were in for. I told him I was looking for a sticker or shirt and just wanted to check it out. He took us over to the bar, sold me a shirt, explained they don't do stickers. He then gave us two free beers for the trouble! What trouble? Guy went out of his way to hook it up on a day they were closed? Awesome. Beer was great of course. Service was impeccable. I would have loved to have stayed longer or visited again but no such luck. Cool place, if in the area I would stop by again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of sheenisgod
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Spreetaper
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of indianabeerman
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Just an outstanding place to visit. Great beers good company and the service was A plus

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Photo of Catracho5
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -7.1%
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 -10.8%
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 SkiBumbo
3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of makeyourself
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Simply one of the best breweries in San Diego. If you're a fan of their beers, you can't leave San Diego without visiting their main tasting room.

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Photo of Brackh
4.86/5  rDev +12%
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 Suds_With_Buds
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Teen-o
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Docrock
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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%
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 -4.1%
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 crob3888
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I dig this place. a lot of selection

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Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JackStone
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of dagubna
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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 jetpilot12
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Most of their good beers were out. Think I just chose a wrong day to go. Overall though a great place.

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Photo of BeerOps
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
96 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.