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The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

208 Ratings
Ratings: 208
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 12.36%
Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 19,842
Beer Avg: 4.1
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @lostabbey

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

Port Brewing beers:
 http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/p ... ile/13839/ 

(Place added by: Todd on 09-01-2006)
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1/5  rDev -77.1%

frankd97, Nov 04, 2014
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1/5  rDev -77.1%

Declercq, Nov 21, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -60%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2013
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2.68/5  rDev -38.7%

jlira, Sep 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.4%

gordnbiers, Jun 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.4%

Profchaos20, Dec 22, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

Eriktheipaman, May 02, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

putonyourwalkingshoes, Sep 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Tidesox28, Mar 29, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

DonDirkA, Jan 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

DTown, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Keananmichael5, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

dranthony2012, May 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

acurtis, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

kmanjohnson, Oct 05, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -13%

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.

Gobzilla, May 04, 2010
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3.89/5  rDev -11%

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.

marct, May 23, 2010
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3.91/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

ProfessorX, Feb 16, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -10.1%

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!

ThreeWiseMen, Jan 13, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -9.6%

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

EyePeeAyBryan, Jun 25, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

Zbeetleman, Jul 07, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Oct 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

maledesma2, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Dcrane1975, Jun 28, 2014
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The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
97 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.