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The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

173 Ratings
Ratings: 173
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 10.02%
Active Beers: 46
Beer Ratings: 18,950
Beer Avg: 4.05
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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:
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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Photo of DonDirkA
3.6/5  rDev -18%

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.

DonDirkA, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of John_Deas
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

John_Deas, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of ACY73
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

ACY73, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of hopsputin
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

hopsputin, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of ProfessorX
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

ProfessorX, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of SoCalStout
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

SoCalStout, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

hopfacebrew, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

Rhettroactive, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Oct 30, 2011
The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
97 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.