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Based on:
39 Beers
23,348 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 70
Visits: 275
Avg: 4.35
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.

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Photo of sillyhed8
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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Photo of ryannaman
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Was at the brewery for the Veritas 007 release. Was a great crowd and the orginzation of the crowd was done fairly well. The atmosphere of the day was definitely great, the staff was pleasant and the patrons top notch and very cool! Once the wait was over the L/A beer started pouring and everything was bliss... I was impressed with the tasting room... been in some beer bars, brewpubs and other brewery's that couldn't compare... so it is definitely a good place to check out. All in all its definitely a place I enjoyed and will be back again soon for some more good times!!!!

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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!!

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Photo of Levitation
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

i really don't know what more to add that others haven't said. this place is fantastic. it's in stone's old location in an industrial area. public transportation is non-existent.

the bar area is l-shaped. one side hands the merchandise and to-go bottles, the other side does the taps. lost abbey has a big barrel-aging program, and the barrels are right around you as you drink. the vintage bottles are fantastic, but they are on-premises only.

i generally go mid-week and once again on friday or saturday night. obviously the mid-week excursions are best for getting faster service, but i never have an issue. all the employees there are friendly and welcoming. sometimes if i see tomme he'll wave and buy me a pint.

tap prices are very generous. for people crabbing about bottles being expensive, the glasses are always cheap and large, which is a good mechanism for getting people to drink draft beer, which is how beer should be served. and for what you're getting (world-class barrel-aged beer), it's a damn steal.

there's no food.

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Photo of Beer_Line
4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

One of my favorite breweries and tasting rooms there is. Their beers are world class and their staff and tasting room are SD OG. No gimmicks here. My only complaint is the price of their bottles.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went out of my way to stop here on a drive to San Diego. Glad I did.

The atmosphere was really cool. The barrel room was awesome (especially with all of the barrels labeled), the unique bar stools (kegs with a bag of grain on top) were also a near touch. The on-tap list was formidable, including offerings from both Lost Abbey and Port Brewing. $1 tasters was a great deal too. The bottle list was also great and included a few gems.

The service was second to none as well. Friendly, knowledgeable and just great people all round. Was purchasing a couple of bottles on the way out and was deciding how many bottles of Older Viscosity to buy when the woman there (her name escapes me now) just opened one up right there and tasted it with it. It was outstanding!

My only complaint, albeit it a minor one, is that there were none of the really rare beers on tap (the ones that usually cost $3 per taste). But there were so many others to try that I was not going to lose sleep over that...

I tried Mongo IPA, Serpent's Stout, Santa's Little Helper and Older Viscosity. I wish I had more time to stay and drink.

A MUST VISIT if passing through the area.

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Photo of Brackh
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
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 coreyfmcdonald
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of tourdot
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I have been here twice now, so I think its time to write a review. Came down on 5/15/11 for a birthday brewery trip and came down again for Veritas 009.

Atm- I love the atmosphere in this place. The beer is front and center. Its all about the beer. Barrels everywhere and a huge line of taps on two sides and a big cooler full of bottles.

Quality- The Lost Abbey puts out some really great beers. I have only said I wanna take a bath in it about 4 beers and 3 of them are LA or Port(Older, V09, Ad Lib)

Service- My man Jason is hands down one of the best bartenders/service/pourers out there. The rest of the staff was amazing and cordial and outgoing.

Selection- Always great beers on tap and in the cooler. I was amazed at what I got to try.

Food- N/A

Value- From the tasters to the bottle costs. Its so worth it. I cant wait to go back again.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
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 MilwaukeeCrusher
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.

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Photo of SoCalStout
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of leschkie
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Drove up to Port/Lost Abbey after the BA Speedway release. Honestly didn't expect this place to be located in the middle of an industrial park, that was a pleasant surprise upon arrival.

Ambience was quite enjoyable. These guys are serious about their beer. Barrels everywhere I look and even on the ground. Kind of fun to sit on those big ole bags. Very nice tap selections from both Port & Lost Abbey. Had over 15 options to choose from, including Framboise and Angel's Share Bourbon, which I made sure I ordered. Service was excellent and the bartenders were quite outgoing and enjoyable. Got lots of crap for looking too much like Keanu Reeves (which I'm still not sure classifies as a compliment of not).

Only criticism is that many of their bottles were sold out. Could have been that I just simply came at the wrong time of year.

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Photo of Nesued
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of SurfsideChris
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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Photo of armock
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of JonathanC
4.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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).

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The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
96 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.