The Lost Abbey

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BEER AVG
4.12/5
Based on:
39 Beers
20,391 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 224
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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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Photo of Yetiman420
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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).

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of aoampm
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of david18
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BillRoth
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Bung
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
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!

Photo of bradybeer
4.72/5  rDev +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.

Photo of flexabull
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Wow, found an old review from a while back that I never posted. Here goes...

Stopped in here for a couple of brews before heading over to Stone.

Located in a non descript warehouse with tons of barrels, crowded, with some cool nice people hanging around, as well as a few obnoxious drunks from a beer bus tour.

Quality is very good. Lost Abbey gets a bad rap at times, but I can't say I've ever had anything but good beers from them.

Service was good. The server was friendly and prompt, that's all I usually ask for.

Selection made me happy, varied with many choices. Quite a few taps with both Port and Lost Abbey beers. There were at least 15 beers on tap if I remember correctly.

No food.

Value is ok, a tad high, but you are getting high quality stuff, and it's about right for San Diego, so no complaints from me.

Great spot to check out, especially if you are making the trip to Stone, since it's so close.

Photo of italianstallion
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of womencantsail
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Since my original review the place has been revamped (so I figure I should update my review. The score now reflects the current setup.

The bar is a large L-shaped one with the tap list on a chalk board straight ahead with all the prices and available growler fills/bottles on it. They also have printed lists of their "reserve" bottles such as the Veritas beers, Isabelle Proximus, Duck Duck Gooze, Angel's Share, etc. This is probably the coolest thing about the "new" Lost Abbey.

The brewing equipment and barrels for aging their beers are all over the place and provide a cool atmosphere. This is especially true if you're like me and like to nose around and see what beer is aging in what barrels.

The service is still much the same and often receives mixed reviews, but I have never had a problem here, in fact, I've always had awesome experiences here.

They do occasionally have food during special events, but as a rule, they still don't. Be sure to eat before you come, because it's easy to be here and drink a lot before you finally bow out.

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The location is the former home of Stone and just up the road from the current Stone brewery. It's basically just a warehouse space in a warehouse/industrial lot. The bummer is the place is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with fairly limited hours.

The bar usually offers all of the Port and Lost Abbey releases that you can find in stores on tap, and also offers bottles of any of their releases (if they happen to be in stock). The prices are pretty much the same as you can find in stores, but the growler fills are fairly cheap. The downer is that not all beers are available for growler fills.

And, they have two awesome cats (named for hops), that like to run around. Which is always a plus for me.

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of dwagner003
4.15/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | 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.

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -8.5%

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The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
97 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.