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The Lost Abbey

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21,068 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 238
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
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Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

155 Mata Way #104
San Marcos, California, 92069-2983
United States
phone: (800) 918-6816

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Place added by: Todd on 09-01-2006

Owned by Port Brewing Company. Not affiliated with Pizza Port.

Port Brewing beers:
 http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/p ... ile/13839/ 
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1/5  rDev -77.2%

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1/5  rDev -77.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -60%

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2.68/5  rDev -38.8%

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3/5  rDev -31.5%

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3/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of DonDirkA
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of ms333
3.66/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of Mplsbrew
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of mothman
3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Photo of marct
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.

Photo of ProfessorX
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of markgugs
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
97 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.