The Lost Abbey
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4.64/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
02-01-2012 15:09:54 | More by hopfacebrew
District of Columbia
4.22/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
11-26-2011 18:18:55 | More by Rhettroactive
3.98/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
10-30-2011 19:47:33 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
Was going to be in the L.A. area for a week at a conference, decided to rent a car and visit the San Diego area. Wound up visiting Lost Abbey early on a Saturday afternoon. Glad I got there early!
Atmosphere: Nice open bar/warehouse area. Two bars angled at 90-degrees to each other. Warehouse doors were open allowing for easy in and out.
Quality: I've always been a fan of Lost Abbey. They push the envelop, take risks and put out some great beers.
Service: I sat at the bar. I had no problems keeping my glass filled with anything I wanted. Started with a Red Barn, followed with a Back in Mak,
Selection: I took pics of the boards with the offerings. 15-20 beers on-tap. Various offerings from both LA ad Port. A few beers were out, but nothing that could not be replaced by a similar offering.
Food: No food available at Lost Abbey, but there was a nice BBQ food truck set up outside. Had a nice beer brisket sandwich.
Value: They had $1 tasters and full glasses ranging from $4-$5 bucks. Growler fills were available for many, not all, ranging from $12-$14 bucks. Bottles were available for purchase from $7 for Avant Garde/Red Barn up to $15 for Older Viscosity. Glassware, shirts, and other bar-related goodies available as well. I think the value was balanced with the offerings.
Overall: I had a great time at Lost Abbey. Had I not been driving, I would have had a better time. :) Great atmosphere and great offerings. If you this review and others don't convince you to visit, nothing will.
09-24-2011 21:55:38 | More by Nesued
4.29/5 rDev -2.5%
Went here with Alucard4 and DarthKostrizer and met up with NoSignsofPain and Ehammond1 for breakfast before Stone 15th Anniversary.
Left my house at 5:30 am and got there at 8:30 to stand in line for about 15 min with about 40 other people til they strarted letting people in. After we got in it took us a few min to decide what I wanted and especially for me cuz I'm not the biggest fan of Port/Lost Abbey beers. When we decided on the Bak n Mak Porter the obnoxious and frantic, come to find out later non-beertender, chick with stupid socks was rude to us. They had the Bak n Mak on the chalkboard which is why we ordered it and she a little rudely and abruptly told us it wasn't tapped yet. Ok? So I needed another minute or two to look at the menu and make another decision and in her franticness made a rude comment to my buddy about me not knowing what I wanted yet. After I decided on my second choice she said it hadn't been tapped yet either!?!? So almost immediately after another beertender took over, she mentioned she wasn't supposed to be pouring beer, and all of our problems were solved when he poured us our Bak n Maks. Everyone else was extremely nice and helpful.
We walked around to the barrel room and discovered another bar where nobody was at yet which was nice cuz we were able to sit down before the place got packed. The stools were cool because they were bags of grain on a keg. It was very cool to check out what was aging in their barrels at the time. Also around the place they had very cool original artwork.
We ended up not eating breakfast there because it just got too crowded and crazy but it was filled with great energy and I'd love to check this place out on a regular day.
08-27-2011 21:14:26 | More by MrVonzipper
4.44/5 rDev +0.9%
Visited Lost Abbey/Port Brewing in July, finally getting around to reviewing the place.
The atmosphere is pretty interesting, it's in an industrial park/warehouse, and you can walk up and there is a bar counter with kegs to sit on to drink their beer. Meanwhile, they are continuing to carry grains and work around you which I thought was pretty cool.
The service was good, they were effiecient in getting you your next beer, any bottles you wanted, shirts from their large shirt selection, or glassware.
The selection was excellent with a large variety of both lost abbey and port brewing beers on tap, and a good collection of their bottles for the road as well.
The prices were pretty reasonable considering most of their bombers range from 8-12$. You can get pints for 4 or 5 bucks, and half-pints is a good way to go too.
Overall, an excellent place with its own unique atmosphere and experience. If your a fan of Lost Abbey brews, then you must surely visit it if given the chance.
08-26-2011 18:55:39 | More by gordonbeersch
4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
Visited Lost Abbey the morning of the 15th anniversary Stone festival
We showed up at 830 and there was already a line outside of about 30 people. They were serving breakfast in a buffet style and I am assuming that is why there were so many people there. I was told if you buy a beer that you ate for free. I did not stick around for breakfast because by the time I finished my first beer the line for food was about 100 people deep and my friends and I did not want to wait in line.
The place itself used to be the old stone factory and it is in a warehouse style location. Inside and maybe just because of how busy the place was it seemed really small there was the barrel room that we snuck off to that was less crowded and actually very nice and quite. The atmosphere was absolutely amazing and it had a party feel to it I guess everyone was warming up for the festival later in the day.
The selection was good however I did order two beers Hop rocks and Bak n Mak and I was told they were not on yet so I actually did not get a chance to try the Hop rocks which kind of upset me but I did get a chance to try the Bak N Mak which I thought was just ok. The lady that actually served us had a bit of an attitude which myself or my friends did not really appreciate but that was really the only negative.
I wish I lived in San Diego so that I could visit places like this more often however I am not that lucky, maybe one day.
08-26-2011 04:27:30 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.3/5 rDev -2.3%
Wow, found an old review from a while back that I never posted. Here goes...
Stopped in here for a couple of brews before heading over to Stone.
Located in a non descript warehouse with tons of barrels, crowded, with some cool nice people hanging around, as well as a few obnoxious drunks from a beer bus tour.
Quality is very good. Lost Abbey gets a bad rap at times, but I can't say I've ever had anything but good beers from them.
Service was good. The server was friendly and prompt, that's all I usually ask for.
Selection made me happy, varied with many choices. Quite a few taps with both Port and Lost Abbey beers. There were at least 15 beers on tap if I remember correctly.
Value is ok, a tad high, but you are getting high quality stuff, and it's about right for San Diego, so no complaints from me.
Great spot to check out, especially if you are making the trip to Stone, since it's so close.
08-25-2011 17:38:36 | More by flexabull
4.41/5 rDev +0.2%
Visited The Lost Abbey/port brewery as the third stop in our 2nd annual San Diego road trip tour.
We had emailed them prior to the trip for a tour, which they have often, and they were very accommodating with our group of 15 from the moment we walked in. We all got tasters before the tour started, and were able to sip on them during the tour. The tour guide had a great sense of humor, and really knew all the ins and outs of the brewery. If you've ever been on a brewery tour, it's all fairly relative though. However, the tidbits that were interesting to me, are how their water is blessed by a Priest, Rabbi, and Minister, making it "Holy water". Also, saw one of two residents cat's "Amarillo" that bring good luck to the brewery, per an old Belgian brewery tradition, so those were different and cool.
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.
Our group tasted Barrel Aged Angel Share, Barrel Aged Santa's Little Helper, Older Viscosity, and a few others. The rarer tasters were 5 oz, and $3, a steal considering the cost of a bottle of some of those. We also purchased a bottle of Framboise De Amorosa to share, and they set us up with 4 of their custom tulip glasses for that, a nice touch.
The original paintings used for the labels are also along the back wall above the bar as well.
The only ding of the experience was the heat. It was at least 15 degrees warmer inside then outside, and in the smaller barrel room, it was another 10 degrees on top of that. ( it was a cool 68-70 outside, so about 95 inside) Just about all of us were sweating on the tour, and once in the smaller barrel room, it was a sauna, and I had to step outside to cool off. Granted it is a very large warehouse, and not fully air conditioned, but the difference made it a bit uncomfortable. I also wonder if this affects the beer in the barrels at all. Admittedly, I don't personally age beers in barrels, so might not matter one bit, and take that last bit with a grain of salt, and since weather is what it is.
Overall, I'm glad I was finally able to visit Port/Lost Abbey, and would do so again if in the area. They can easily accommodate large crowds, and if you enjoy any of their offerings, your bound to find several available when visiting, as they pretty much had everything (with the exception of Veritas, Duck Duck goose, and Deliverance, which I of course did not expect either way) that I've had on draft this day.
08-16-2011 20:26:48 | More by Retsinis
District of Columbia
4.6/5 rDev +4.5%
My wife and I loved visiting this brewery on our honeymoon, what a gem of a brewery to visit for beer purposes alone.
The atmosphere is like many breweries- in an industrial park outside, but pretty cool long bar inside with chairs made up of unused malt! Cool!
The beer selection and quality was sensational- you had all the Port Brewing stuff including American style IPAs, Stouts, Porters, Strong ales, etc. which all were super fresh and tasty and then also a huge selection of the Lost Abbey staples and some seasonal bottles/drafts (Framboise de Amarosa, Angels Share, etc) all of which also were spot on. Great stuff overall, and the samplers were priced very well! $2 for like 4ozs of beer from a world class brewer is excellent in my book.
The guys and gals working were all knowledgable and handled all the service stuff quite well.
Overall a great experience.
07-09-2011 19:37:52 | More by Dreadnaught33
The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
97 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.