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Based on:
39 Beers
23,360 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 Eriktheipaman
3.45/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

I've tried plenty of their beers but have never been to the tap room before this.

The room had a giant bar with plenty of seating which was awesome. You could walk around and look at a lot of the barrels which was also pretty neat. They had about 10-15 of LA and Pizza Port beers on tap which was more than I expected.

The only downside was the staff didn't seem very friendly or happy we were there. No real complaints I guess but its easy to tell when someone is enjoying what they do and someone just doesn't care.

Ill probably stick to going to Pizza Port but I'm glad I checked it out.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

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Photo of DonDirkA
3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Third time to the lost abbey and have to say they are doing a great job on setting up a better bar atmosphere which they now offer some vintage bottles such as isabelle proximus and duck duck gooze. Beer is always great and'em excited to find some great rarities to drink whenever I get there. Service is pretty good unless there is a ton of people waiting to get beer. They always have their year around brews on deck, but also offer some of their barrel aged brew as well. They don't have food service but when do they do have it catered like on the carnevale release they do have some great munchers. Pretty much the prices are the same as you'd get from the store if you buy bottles, but the pints and the taster are fairly priced.

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Photo of Pawoto
3.82/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Neat spot, but a bit of a letdown overall. There were great Lost Abbey beers pouring all over San Diego, but mostly the core non-sour stuff pouring during our visit. Glad we stopped but I'd skip it the next time I come out to San Diego.

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Photo of The_Wozz
3.87/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome brewery, fantastic beers, and a very nice minimalist setup. The Lost Abbey/Port brewing have a cool thing going here. They offer the goods without giving the tasting room a mainstream feel. I manage a local craft beer oriented restaurant so I carry their beers regularly.


The service here is nearly awful. After 4 visits i have decided that it is only fair that i share my 'average' of experiences. Every beer server i have encountered has been very short, and blatantly rude to me. I have been scoffed at when asking for multiple tasters of their sours, told "too bad" when informing them of infected bottles I've purchased in house, and lied to about their apparel.

As someone who orders tens of thousands of dollars worth of beer from this company each year, i am sorely tempted to drop their account based on the unprofessionalism they have put forth to their biggest asset, their customers. While their beers may be world class, i would much rather drive the further distance to other places such as The Bruery, Green Flash, etc.

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Photo of marct
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of ProfessorX
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
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!

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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

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Photo of Zbeetleman
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of RogueOz
4/5  rDev -8%

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.

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Photo of IndianaAndy25
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I love their beer! I was a little disapointed with the space but that may be because I just came from Stone. If you are going for the beer, you will not be disapointed.

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Photo of orangesol
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went here after visiting Stone and these 2 compare like night and day! As Stone is a huge, polished, corporate type facility, Lost Abbey is more in terms of what I think a micro brewery is like. You walk straight into the brewery which is stacked with barrels everywhere. The bar is decently large and is the form of an "L". The "chairs" are kegs with bags of concrete on top of them, not exactly comfortable but functional. The shorter blond headed bartender was a little firecracker and was hilarious. We ordered a Framboise de Amorosa and she was nice enough to grab some nice stemmed glasses for use to use. Lots of fun stuff on tap to drink. No food but she did tell us you can bring in outside food for consumption. This was a fun visit and I for sure would stop here again when I am in town again.

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Photo of Siggy125
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Haven't been in a quite a while. Very good beer selection. The guys behind the counter were pleasant and helpful. Pretty fun vibe for a weekday afternoon.

The condition of the tasting room kind of shabby and disorganized. Dirty, dusty, cluttered, forklifts closely running by. You'd think after all the years that LA/Port have been in business that they'd have a nicer joint. Good thing the beer and service were on point.

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Photo of ACY73
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of d3brewing
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I love Lost Abbey/Port beers so this review might be a little jaded. The brewery is easy to find tucked in a business park just like almost every other brewery in SD. The tasting room is pretty typical, standing room only @ the bar or a few barrles. What's cool is that they have a bunch of their barrel beers all over the place and an entire room of barrels you can pause as you drink.
My biggest complaint is how often they are out of some beers. Depending on when you go they might only have the regular bottle beer on tap or they can have some awesome rare beers so check the tap list before heading over.
The brewery tour is great, they show you everything, no free samples but you can bring beer with you.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Came out here for the 1st time for the 5th anniversary party. Remarked how much it reminded me of Stone when it was a little guy operating out of an industrial area.

Then you get inside, and its more reminiscient of the Bruery's current situation. Love the amarosa like picture hanging. Lots of good bottles and taps available, great pricing on the taps (bottles are expensive, but the quality is top notch so long as its carbonated).

Open warehouse, tons of barrels. Long L shaped bar in the front, between the tshirt, bottle and tap station, but then there is also a cooler w/ beer in it too. Good selection of port and la stuff. Two different pouring areas. Good service. Informative without being a dick/bitch. If they don't know the answer, they'll go ask someone who does. Were cool w/ bringing in other bottles for sharing.

They don't normally serve food, but the damn carne asada lunch was damn good at the party, so I'm gonna rate the food dammit!

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Photo of brandon0350
4.22/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went to The Lost Abbey for their anniversary, the event was well organized and the beers I had were awesome

I liked being able to tour the barrel room as well as the rest of the brewery and the bar was large enough to accomidate the crowd of people

I liked being able to purchase Red Poppy and FdA a few months after the release, and the vintage bottles the had were nice, I was a little upset the last Duck Duck Gooze was sold to the guy in front of me but it is what it is...

I would definatly go back for another one of their events

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.22/5  rDev -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.

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