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BEER AVG
4.13/5
Based on:
42 Beers
7,505 Reviews
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 68
Visits: 265
rAvg: 4.32
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

Notes:
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: 265
Photo of Dodgerrigo77
5/5  rDev +15.7%
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!! (305 characters)

Photo of RogueOz
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of SurfsideChris
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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. (151 characters)

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
3.5/5  rDev -19%

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. (672 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
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). (664 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
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 (404 characters)

Photo of sillyhed8
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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. (212 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,188 characters)

Photo of JonathanC
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of dwagner003
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of tourdot
4.75/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of John_Deas
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of ACY73
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,267 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visited The Lost Abbey this past weekend since my wife and I were in the area. It’s basically a big warehouse where they do their brewing and have their barrel aging going on that doubles as a taproom for the public. There is a fairly large bar area to stand at as well as big barrels for tables and kegs with grain sacks on them for chairs scattered around. When we went there was a bit of a funky aroma throughout the building so I wonder if they were brewing a sour beer perhaps. Service was good at the bar even though it got pretty crowded while we were there. Quality was obviously top notch as the beer doesn’t travel anywhere to get to the tasting area. Their selection was also great with about 7 Lost Abbey beers on tap and 7 Port beers on tap to sample. They also sold a wide selection of bottles to go. Prices were very inexpensive for pints and tasters. I am really happy I stopped by and was able to try some of these beers straight from the source. (969 characters)

Photo of ProfessorX
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I have been here twice. This is the wherehouse where stone got their start. It is big open and can get cold on a winter night. The 1st time was over 3 years ago then the counter was very small and there was not man places to sit down and enjoy the beer. In the last three years the place have has added a very large counter and added a few places to sit down. The beer here is great! The service is very friendly and the bartender will recommend a beer based on what you like, they are always willing to go that extra mile to help you out. Food trucks will often come here and we had Sushi truck on the Friday night visit. It was crowded on a Friday night but we still were able to found a place to sit. Great place, Great Beer! You are able to get beers from both Port and Lost Abbey. Over all a great place. (809 characters)

Photo of SoCalStout
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Absolutely love this place. This is my local drink-up spot and can be found there on most Fridays. This place houses Lost Abbey and Port beers.

The staff are all amazing. They are friendly and always willing to help you with any needs. The social atmosphere is bar none the best. Everyone is friendly and always willing to accept new comers. My first time was by myself and now I have a many close friends that I talk to regularly.

The Bar is fairly large, and all beers clearly designated on the hanging chalk boards above, with both Lost Abbey & Port Beers. Large selection of bottles for sale as well. The original paintings used for the labels are also along the back wall above the bar as well.

The selection is great. Between the two breweries, you get a great assortment of styles, strengths, and flavors. Mostly year round avail-abilities with rarities available usually around their release date.

Overall this is one of the breweries that is a must visit while your in San Diego. (993 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped with SirRuss and Co. on 10/29/11, as he drove down from LA to meet us out-of-towners.

Low key is the best way to describe Lost Abbey. It's just a big warehouse that's filled with bright tanks, fermentors, a massive barrel room and an L shaped bar. Not a whole lot to it, yet it's really kinda cool.

I'm a big fan of Lost Abbey/Pizza Port beers, so I was stoked to get them from the source. The tape list was a bit dissapointing, as they didn't have some of their more renowned brews on tap, or even for sale by the bottle. What they did have though was quite tasty, especially the wet hop IPA from PP.

Service was fine. I can't say it was the best I've ever had, but the staff was most certainly friendly. They weren't always on top of getting us another round, though it's no biggie.

Nada on the food front, as we got there right after opening, and the food trucks weren't there yet (we hit Stone afterward for a bite to eat).

I was really looking forward to hitting LA, and it didn't dissapoint. Heartily recommended. (1,032 characters)

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was the last stop on a 3 stop brew trip through north county.

Got there at opening, and left after last call. First things first, tasters are the name of the game. $1 for a taste that's I don't know roughly 3 ounces? This is what the vast majority of people were ordering, and it's a really cheap way to drink while there.

Quality got dinged because 10 Commandments was fucking disgusting and clearly off (I homebrew and know what bad beer tastes like). It was kind of a phenolic medicinal disaster. It wasn't written on the board, but for some reason was on tap? I think they knew it was garbage, but decided to leave it on tap and not put it up on the board. So it was a sort of "order at your own risk" mentality. Also they probably spent a lot of money brewing this beer, so they didn't want to lose how ever many hundreds of dollars dumping it.

Atmosphere was probably good by most people's standards. Got pretty crowded. I wasn't a fan of the 40lb DME sacks sitting on top of the kegs for people to sit on. It was uncomfortable as hell. Invest in some chairs for fuck's sake.

It's not all negative though. 3 female servers were all nice to look at. 1 has huge boobs, but was extremely clueless (Wendy?). 1 girl REALLY knew her beer, and was cool enough to give us a taste of a beer she was opening for someone else. Sometimes they open bottles for tasters if the beer isn't on tap. We had Devotion and Inferno out of the bottle because the devotion tap wasn't working (allegedly).

Selection was good. We were bummed that they didn't have any sours on tap, or even bottled. I did see at least 1 aging in a cask though. 6 lost abbey beers, and probably twice as many Port brewing beers. Again, we were hoping for more. Just about every Lost Abbey tap was also readily available in bottle. Nothing too rare. The Port Brewing taps were definitely more impressive.

Food trucks outside provided sustenance. They had "Sweiners" (hotdog-esque) and frites when we were there. 9 dollars for a hotdog with a few fixins seemed a little steep, but whatever.

Overall a good place to visit. The bad 10 Commandments pissed me off though. (2,139 characters)

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The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
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