The Lost Abbey
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Active Beers: 46
Beer Ratings: 18,536
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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 53 | Display Reviews Only:
4.46/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Coming from a tour of Stone to The Lost Abbery on a Sunday around 2:00 is like entering a different, but good, world.
It's in an industrial park that I believe was the original home to Stone.
I took a seat at the bar which was surrounded by brewing equipment and barrels...heaven. The seat was a keg covered by a large sack of brewing raw materials. Chargers vs. Raiders on the big screen and a surprising number of people there to watch the game and cheer for the Raiders.
I got lucky because the night before was the Sinners and Saints dinner and a couple of super special beers were still on tap - Amazing Grace (Lost & Found aged in wine barrels) and Deliverance ( Bourbon Serpant Stout and Brandy Angel Share). Otherwise, there was nothing out of the ordinary from The Lost Abbey/Port offerings except a very nice Mongo IPA.
There were three bartenders who easily handled the waves of people coming and going. The one female was super friendly smartass and I enjoyed her interactions with patrons.
They did have lots of bottles in addition to taps but don't expect to see anything spectacular that you can't get at better bottles shops in the area (except Red Poppy).
10-18-2010 01:55:30 | More by Yetiman420
4.64/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
03-15-2013 23:32:54 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited The Lost Abbey this past weekend since my wife and I were in the area. It’s basically a big warehouse where they do their brewing and have their barrel aging going on that doubles as a taproom for the public. There is a fairly large bar area to stand at as well as big barrels for tables and kegs with grain sacks on them for chairs scattered around. When we went there was a bit of a funky aroma throughout the building so I wonder if they were brewing a sour beer perhaps. Service was good at the bar even though it got pretty crowded while we were there. Quality was obviously top notch as the beer doesn’t travel anywhere to get to the tasting area. Their selection was also great with about 7 Lost Abbey beers on tap and 7 Port beers on tap to sample. They also sold a wide selection of bottles to go. Prices were very inexpensive for pints and tasters. I am really happy I stopped by and was able to try some of these beers straight from the source.
03-05-2012 17:04:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.2/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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!
05-23-2011 16:58:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.04/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here right after Stone since they are so close together, thought this place would be bigger for some reason. Atmosphere was hopping. It was pretty packed by the time we got there but we were able to snag a barrel to stand at pretty quickly. Love the ability to take your beers into the barrel room, we took advantage of that on the second round of beers. Quality was solid. Lots of original art on the walls for sale to go along with the usual swag and beers. Service was decent but nothing to write home about. I had to wait a bit longer than I like to when the lines were as short as they were and by the time I did get a beer it was 4 people deep behind me. Selection was good but nothing amazing. Only one beer on I couldn't get at home in bottles or draft. I would have loved to see at least one limited bottle on the bottle list but that wasn't meant to be as well. They had a food truck setting up out front when we left but I had just eaten. Prices were reasonable so no problem there. Overall a nice space to showcase a world class brewery. Could use a bit more specialty beers on but I still had a good time checking them out. I would definitely return in the future.
02-20-2014 17:31:17 | More by orangesol
3.93/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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!
01-13-2011 07:14:24 | More by ThreeWiseMen
4.72/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Finally visited this brewery with my wife and family during our visit to the in-laws over the holidays. Located in the barrel room (for lack of better words) of the brewery, the tasting area/bar is L shaped with merchandise one wall including Lost Abby and Port bottles, and on the other tap and growler list. To be surrounded by batches being aged in barrels while you sample others is amazing. During our visit, there was about 15-20 beers on tap. We had pints of the 10 Commandments, Serpents Stout, and Hop 15. Service was good.
We bought growlers of Serpents Stout ($15?), 10 Commandments ($14?), three pints, 2 LA gasses, 2 port glasses, and a T-shirt for $96-pretty good I think.
When we visit the in-laws twice yearly we will be making this a regular stop along with Stone.
01-02-2011 14:15:42 | More by bradybeer
4.86/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
07-07-2011 00:57:41 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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