The Lost Abbey
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Active Beers: 46
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3.93/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on Sunday with my good friend, Justin (JustinA1 on BA). This was the third stop of our San Diego beer crawl, following Ballast Point and Holiday Wine Cellar.
I like it when bars/tasting rooms are situated in brewery warehouses, and The Lost Abbey does it well. They've got quite a few tables and a long polished bar. Instead of bar stools, they stack grain sacks on top of empty half barrel kegs - a nice touch. Barrels are stacked all around, although the bugged ones are stashed in a special room behind the bar (pictured above).
We were unfortunate enough to arrive at The Lost Abbey right after a tour bus unloaded. The bar area was crammed with tipsy college students and the bartenders appeared to have their hands full. We had to wait awhile to get our drinks, but luckily we had a nice table to go back to.
The selection wasn't as impressive as I had hoped. Nearly everything on the tap list was available year-round in bottles, and the only exceptions had already kicked. So it goes. Still, the several samples we ordered were solid, and there was enough on there to keep me happy for an extended period of time.
I'd be happy to visit The Lost Abbey again in the near future, especially when it's not so crowded. Check it out if you're in the area!
01-13-2011 07:14:24 | More by ThreeWiseMen
4.72/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Finally visited this brewery with my wife and family during our visit to the in-laws over the holidays. Located in the barrel room (for lack of better words) of the brewery, the tasting area/bar is L shaped with merchandise one wall including Lost Abby and Port bottles, and on the other tap and growler list. To be surrounded by batches being aged in barrels while you sample others is amazing. During our visit, there was about 15-20 beers on tap. We had pints of the 10 Commandments, Serpents Stout, and Hop 15. Service was good.
We bought growlers of Serpents Stout ($15?), 10 Commandments ($14?), three pints, 2 LA gasses, 2 port glasses, and a T-shirt for $96-pretty good I think.
When we visit the in-laws twice yearly we will be making this a regular stop along with Stone.
01-02-2011 14:15:42 | More by bradybeer
4/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The warehouse style was open and laid-back. It was nice and bright, and the brewery operations could be viewed from the bar and table seating. The bay doors were open to let the sunshine and breeze in, which also helped to add to the open atmosphere.
The beer was great. This place houses Lost Abbey and Port beers, and there was a hell of a selection of beers on tap, as well as some only available in bottles. Very fun experience to be able to go through all the different styles that Lost Abbey/Port carries. Between the two breweries there is a good spread of selections, both in style and strength.
The service was alright. Everyone was very cordial and helpful, and that was a plus. As far as product knowledge, there was a definite drop-off depending on who you talked to. The bottom line, though, was that the questions got answered eventually.
As stated above, the selection was great. Between the two breweries, you get a great assortment of styles, strengths, and flavors.
The place didn't have any food. That would have put it over the top.
Overall, we had a lot of beer while we were there, picked up a t-shirt and a glass, and brought home 3 bombers (including the Cuvee). It was all worth the price paid, which wasn't all that much. My wife and I both agree that we would absolutely make a return trip.
12-28-2010 05:01:53 | More by GarthDanielson
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Went to Lost Abbey for Release Party for Veritas 008
A-- Good atmosphere. Liked the barrels in visual area and can see what is going on pretty easily. Warm atmosphere and inviting. Good artwork and easy to read boards of what is on tap.
Q-- Liked every beer I tried. Maybe my least favorite was the 008 but that still was good. Hop 15 was quite nice and drank a lot of Santa's Little Helper that night. Getting to try Red Poppy was excellent, though not carbonated.
S-- Have to get a lot of props to the service I got at LA. Were quite helpful in so many respects. Especially coming from Australia. Had an issue with my ticket for the event and they were quick to be helpful and solve the problem.
S-- Port and LA stuff. Good selection of their stuff and the vintage list is a bonus.
F-- What I had I liked. Not the most creative but it worked. Heard bad stuff about the mussels that night but did not have any. BBQ pork sandwiches were bueno.
V-- Bottles were on the pricey end I thought. Especially Older Viscosity. Value is in the vintage list. thought glass wear and tshirts were also a bit expensive as compared to other breweries.
Overall I think the best setup in San Diego, after the Pizza Port's. As breweries go this is top notch and more to offer than say Odell, Avery, Great Divide has for it. If I lived in the SD area would be a total regular there.
12-15-2010 14:56:06 | More by mulder1010
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went to the brewery for the Christmas in July pary.
Atmosphere - Lost abbey is tucked away in an industrial park so it looks like any other business there. Until you walk into the brewery and tasting room. Stacks of barrels everywhere how is that not fun to drink around.
Quality/selection - Lots of taps and a cooler with nothing but Port and Lost Abbey beers so that score pretty self explanatory. Plus the cooler has a good selection of their vintage beers for sale the only downside to that is you have to drink them there sorry friends back home no sharing for you.
Service - Is actually really good and quick despite the crowd that was there. All the servers were nice and friendly despite me making multiple purchases
Overall this is one of the breweries that you should make a point of visiting while your in San Diego.
10-20-2010 20:33:37 | More by armock
4.46/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Coming from a tour of Stone to The Lost Abbery on a Sunday around 2:00 is like entering a different, but good, world.
It's in an industrial park that I believe was the original home to Stone.
I took a seat at the bar which was surrounded by brewing equipment and barrels...heaven. The seat was a keg covered by a large sack of brewing raw materials. Chargers vs. Raiders on the big screen and a surprising number of people there to watch the game and cheer for the Raiders.
I got lucky because the night before was the Sinners and Saints dinner and a couple of super special beers were still on tap - Amazing Grace (Lost & Found aged in wine barrels) and Deliverance ( Bourbon Serpant Stout and Brandy Angel Share). Otherwise, there was nothing out of the ordinary from The Lost Abbey/Port offerings except a very nice Mongo IPA.
There were three bartenders who easily handled the waves of people coming and going. The one female was super friendly smartass and I enjoyed her interactions with patrons.
They did have lots of bottles in addition to taps but don't expect to see anything spectacular that you can't get at better bottles shops in the area (except Red Poppy).
10-18-2010 01:55:30 | More by Yetiman420
4.78/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Stopped by here on a road trip from Portland down to San Diego. I certainly planned on stopping here, but boy am I glad I did.
The atmosphere is actually pretty cool. The bar is in the warehouse which is in an industrial park, but it's not cold feeling. More seating would be kind of nice, but I have no complaints whatsoever about the atmosphere.
The service is great. The workers are very friendly and know a lot about the beer offered. People involved with the brewing process are usually behind the bar or close by, too. I couldn't really ask for more.
The selection is amazing. They often have vintage and limited release bottles and have plenty to drink on tap. If you like Lost Abbey beer, the selection is great.
There is no food. You can order in at several places in the area I believe, though.
It is a bit pricey, but Lost Abbey itself is a bit pricey. The bar is reasonably priced given the beers it is serving.
10-05-2010 18:48:29 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.3/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Ok this is the 3rd time I've attempted to review this place, let's hope it works.
From the outside it's a very unassuming warehouse. from the inside it's a barrel-aged beer lovers mecca!
It's a brewery with a taster bar and amazing bottles. The staff is rather pleasant.
Whether you want super hopped up/Barrel aged stout's from Port Brewing or super rare Wild Ales from The Lost Abbey, it's here. The vintage bottles can get a little expensive but I've never had trouble finding people there to split them with.
The tasters are the best becasue they're only $1 but it's almost a full pour.
I had an epic tasting there with some other BA's that was rather inexpensive figuring that we had Veritas 003, Veritas 004, Isabelle Proximus, Cuvee de Tomme, Duck Duck Gooze and Churchill's Finest Hour. EPIC!
08-15-2010 16:57:46 | More by ZX6Chris
4.28/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I always go to The Lost Abbey when I am in SD. It's a great place to hang out for a few hours and enjoy some great beers. It is located in an industrial warehouse area but easy to find. It is basically a large bar in an L shape sitting in the brewery. They always have many beers to choose from, from both the Port Brewery as well as their own. The service is good, rude in a playful manner but never was disappointed. If you don't want to spend much this might not be the place for you. I do think however the $1 tasters are a good deal.
07-31-2010 12:40:45 | More by jmadrigal2
3.89/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited on the Friday of American Craft Beer Week while visiting San Diego. Obviously a very busy afternoon, so this may not be a typical experience. Aside from Angel's Share, I thought the selection was nothing special for this place - basically all the year-round typical releases, nothing very exciting available. The chalkboard only described what was on draft, so if there was a bottle you were unfamiliar with, you were stuck with trying to ask or guess about the style or characteristics. I would have loved some sour/wild greatness that I love from Lost Abbey, but still, even their regular beers are fantastic, I must admit.
Super-busy so it was hard to catch the bartender's eye or ear very often, and as a visitor to the area, it sort of felt like you had to know the drill like a regular to get served or ask any questions without feeling like you were wasting somebody's time. Probably needed a little extra help, but from a regular I heard this actually wasn't that bad in terms of being busy and crowded.
Overall, I had a mixed feeling of honored to be there, like visiting a holy place, mixed with disappointed that it just felt like a neighborhood bar at happy hour and I didn't know the specials. I sort of wandered around, took a few pictures, didn't know who or where to ask if there was a real tour or anything, but that was OK.
05-23-2010 04:57:23 | More by marct
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