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The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

176 Ratings
Ratings: 176
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 10.02%
Active Beers: 47
Beer Ratings: 19,029
Beer Avg: 4.05
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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

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 +1.6%

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).

Yetiman420, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of aoampm
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

aoampm, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -8.9%

greenspointexas, May 03, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

BillRoth, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.04/5  rDev -8%

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.

orangesol, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%

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!

Beerandraiderfan, May 23, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

claspada, Jun 20, 2013
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The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
97 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.