The Lost Abbey

Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

155 Mata Way #104
San Marcos, California, 92069-2983
United States

(800) 918-6816 | map
lostabbey.com

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

Port Brewing beers:
http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13839/
BEER STATS
Average:
4.19
Beers:
59
Reviews:
8,522
Ratings:
27,412
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.36
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
323
pDev:
10.09%
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cratez from Canada

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited with my wife on a recent trip to San Diego and Los Angeles.

Tried the following:
Lost Abbey Farmhouse Lager (sample)
Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale (sample)
Lost Abbey Devotion (sample)
The Hop Concept Hop Freshener Series: Citrus & Piney (draft)

Beers ranged from decent to excellent. Service was good as the bartender was happy to engage and provide samples. Casual, inviting atmosphere in the taproom during the day. Bought some Judgement Day and Red Poppy Ale to go and I enjoyed both beers. Our overall experience was great, and we would certainly come back.

Mar 29, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

it was amazing to finally make it to one of the craft breweries that initially turned me on all the way, way back when, with beers like angels share, nobody was doing anything like that at the time, and to get out to the brewery was a real experience. i was somehow expecting a church or something, but its just a warehouse, fully industrial in what appears to be a pretty generic part of town, back in some business park or whatever, and the space is pretty no frills. i mean they have some cool artwork behind the bar that i recall from some labels over the years, but the bar area is small, some high top tables and a view to all the tanks, barrels in the back, and a split menu for lost abbey and port brewing, as well as the hop concept. i was hoping for a few more exclusive beers from each, but i felt stoked to find at least a few. i loved the fuzzy angles peach angels share, and the barrel aged serpents stout, they also had some heady vintage bottles that were pricey but we did it any way. the vibe is mellow and low key, unpretentious and seemingly almost unaware of their place in the pantheon of influential breweries for so many of us. it might not be the coolest place in the world to drink a beer, the taproom is nothing special, but to go to the origin of these beers and drink them fresh was a real experience, a long time coming, cross it off the bucket list...

Jun 24, 2018
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DrinkThemAll from California

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

A very dark warehouse. My eyes aren’t the greatest but when it’s night time turn up the lights so you can see what you’re doing. Decent selection of beers, especially since they own port brewing. Decent amount of room to wander around and not be crammed. Service was average and the beers were ok. Red Poppy was rather tasty.

Sep 30, 2017
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BeanBump from California

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Nestled in the old Stone warehouse, whats not to like about a place that has no frills, a plethora of selections across multiple sub-brands and a handful of ever-rotating barrel-aged goodies?

Great beer, good service. The place can get a wee bit crowded on weekends but they manage. Only real drawback is when they host events. The tasting room can only accommodate about 150? (total guess) so things always spill out into the parking lot; not good or bad, just saying.

Aug 23, 2017
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caveman from Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

This breweries tasting room is very nice. Not much on the eyes, unless you do enjoy drinking while forklifts drive by, I happen to enjoy it. The bartenders are great, selection is fantastic. I recommend a stop to taste and enjoy.

Jul 24, 2017
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PlatonicOtterLuv from Minnesota

4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

What says come in and have some damn fine beer better than an open garage door? A spacious, welcoming taproom situated next to the fermentation tanks in a large, open air industrial space. This is where the beer is made and they don't spruce it up - nice change of pace! After all, if the beer is good who cares about the scenery?

That said, the staff is very helpful and quite laid back. They talk up their brews and gave great recommendations. Hopefully you get the bartenders we had and not the condescending ones noted in other reviews.

Selection is great - they have Lost Abbey & Port on tap, including seasonals, limited and BA offerings. We split a flight of year round and seasonals, and then had a handful of BA tasters from both breweries. Some of the year round stuff is above-average to good, but the seasonal and BA sauce was delicious.

Space is small and there are not a lot of barrels to sit at, and it is indeed in an industrial complex with very limited parking.

No frills place with some very cool stuff on tap - get some.

Oct 02, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Yet another nice to place in northern San Diego. So many places to stop in at. You'll want to rent a party bus or have a DD.

I enjoyed a few tasters here but also was slightly disappointed not to find some wild barrel-aged beer on tap or something of the sort. They did have a few taproom only beers so that was a plus.

The space is big and garage-like, which seemed pretty common with most of the northern San Diego breweries being in industrial park spaces.

Prices were decent and service was friendly.

Apr 11, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Lost Abbey is in Stone’s old brewing facility. I’ve always loved Lost Abbey’s set-up and have been going to their tasting room for years. The tasting room itself is set up aside from the brewing operations. There are plenty of in house offerings both from Port Brewing and Lost Abbey. Lost Abbey specializes in Belgian-ish offerings, while Port brews more American IPAs and other (more) conventional brews. Usually there are a few limited kegs of offerings below the chalkboard. There are bottles to drink in house, as well as to go. The scene can get crowded and there has always been a lack of chairs, as most people end up standing. Other knock is that it can get hot and (for whatever reason) Lost Abbey often relies on fans.

Mar 22, 2016
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Not a huge fan of their beer (other than Cable Car and I haven't had Duck Duck Gose) and they didn't have anything great on tap. Was unimpressed with the few I tried. Vibe was ok, cool place if the beer was better. Food truck outside had some pretty good bbq.

I didn't get a chance to dip into the vintage bottle list, that could have been changed my perception of the place.

Feb 17, 2016
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Frobert_Reynolds from California

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I loved the atmosphere at Lost Abbey. It's nothing unique, it just has a certain feel to it and they have a great selection of beer that are all of great quality.

Jan 07, 2016
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SteamSka

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The San Marcos location is a small place, and I wouldn't have it any other way. The beers are fantastic, cheap, and come with a very relaxed atmosphere. Don't go expecting to see anything but the bar and brewing equipment. Grab a barrel and enjoy one of the more unique brewing experiance in San Diego.

Dec 09, 2015
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Beer_Line from California

4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

One of my favorite breweries and tasting rooms there is. Their beers are world class and their staff and tasting room are SD OG. No gimmicks here. My only complaint is the price of their bottles.

Nov 02, 2015
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MilwaukeeBeerMaker from Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Another visit on my tour of San Diego. I have been wanting to go here for oh so many years as I love LA and it did not disappoint. Nice set of taps, bottles to go and everyone was uber friendly!

Oct 27, 2015
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Brolo75 from California

4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited the Lost Abbey on a Thursday evening and was able to walk right in. First off, very small, standing room only, and lots of people. The employees were really helpful, polite, courteous, great service. Beers were great, sampled some beers and took some bottles home. I would definitely visit the Lost Abbey again.

Aug 21, 2015
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IndianaAndy25 from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I love their beer! I was a little disapointed with the space but that may be because I just came from Stone. If you are going for the beer, you will not be disapointed.

Aug 11, 2015
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The_Wozz from California

3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome brewery, fantastic beers, and a very nice minimalist setup. The Lost Abbey/Port brewing have a cool thing going here. They offer the goods without giving the tasting room a mainstream feel. I manage a local craft beer oriented restaurant so I carry their beers regularly.

Unfortunately

The service here is nearly awful. After 4 visits i have decided that it is only fair that i share my 'average' of experiences. Every beer server i have encountered has been very short, and blatantly rude to me. I have been scoffed at when asking for multiple tasters of their sours, told "too bad" when informing them of infected bottles I've purchased in house, and lied to about their apparel.

As someone who orders tens of thousands of dollars worth of beer from this company each year, i am sorely tempted to drop their account based on the unprofessionalism they have put forth to their biggest asset, their customers. While their beers may be world class, i would much rather drive the further distance to other places such as The Bruery, Green Flash, etc.

Aug 01, 2015
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Brackh from Georgia

4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Had a blast here. Tasters for $1. Nice and knowledgeable staff. Went in the afternoon and they were cranking out kegs on a forklift literally feet from where I was drinking. Very minimal set up. Great selection of both Port and Lost Abbey beers. Lots of choices on bottles to go as well.

Jul 08, 2015
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Docrock from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Decent selection of Lost Abbey and Portbrewing offerings. Probably the most reasonable tasting room I have ever been to. $1.00 per 4 oz taste! Let's you try a full range for just a couple bucks. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend if your anywhere nearby.

Jun 19, 2015
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Pawoto from New Hampshire

3.82/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Neat spot, but a bit of a letdown overall. There were great Lost Abbey beers pouring all over San Diego, but mostly the core non-sour stuff pouring during our visit. Glad we stopped but I'd skip it the next time I come out to San Diego.

Jun 14, 2015
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d3brewing from California

4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I love Lost Abbey/Port beers so this review might be a little jaded. The brewery is easy to find tucked in a business park just like almost every other brewery in SD. The tasting room is pretty typical, standing room only @ the bar or a few barrles. What's cool is that they have a bunch of their barrel beers all over the place and an entire room of barrels you can pause as you drink.
My biggest complaint is how often they are out of some beers. Depending on when you go they might only have the regular bottle beer on tap or they can have some awesome rare beers so check the tap list before heading over.
The brewery tour is great, they show you everything, no free samples but you can bring beer with you.

Jun 12, 2015
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shoegueuze from California

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Decent place tucked back in a light industrial area. Somewhat crowded on a Sunday afternoon, was still able to find a spot behind the bar and order up some tasters. Perhaps the best part about this place are the $1 tasters served in Port brewing shot glasses. That and the $8 Teku glasses you can buy and take home which serve to make every brew taste better. A bit crowded and more loud than I was hoping for but overall will look forward to coming back soon. Not a fan of all the Farmhouse ales but did enjoy everything else.

May 12, 2015
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ArsMoriendiOU818 from California

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The only place to try Lost Abbey and Port Brewing at a decent price ($1 short pours!). The space isn't very nice looking, however. The bathroom experience was a real "what" moment.

Mar 26, 2015
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Siggy125 from California

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Haven't been in a quite a while. Very good beer selection. The guys behind the counter were pleasant and helpful. Pretty fun vibe for a weekday afternoon.

The condition of the tasting room kind of shabby and disorganized. Dirty, dusty, cluttered, forklifts closely running by. You'd think after all the years that LA/Port have been in business that they'd have a nicer joint. Good thing the beer and service were on point.

Mar 24, 2015
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Dodgerrigo77 from California

5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Came for 2014 anniversary party in May. Great beer selections, most Port also available, aged & fresh bottles. Really nice barrel room in back. I like the brewery feel to this place, food trucks outside. When you've had your fill the bartenders will reccomend another brewery in area, just bring a DD!!

Jan 14, 2015
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RogueOz from California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

I've been here several times. The best time, like most places, is during the week when everyone else is working. This is one place that is on everyone's bus tour, so Saturdays especially can be very crowded. Its is in an industrial park, so parking during the week can be a problem because parking spots are allocated for other businesses, not so much a problem during the weekend when other businesses are closed. Nice large bar service area that can get a little crowded once the outer lying barrel tables are accounted for. Always a good selection with the regular fair and a few BA/limited release stuff on hand. They never pick-up the phone so best way to contact is via email, or follow blog-get on contact list. I have seen CHP parked down at the end of the cul-de-sac on several occasions before you turn into the brewery so be careful. They are obviously waiting to catch an easy ticket/DUI. Nice open air feeling, the occasional food truck (mostly weekends). Security on hand to check ID's, and calm down any riff-raff. Always had a good experience here despite the occasional crowd. Tons of bottles and merchandise usually on sale. 10 mins away from several other breweries, notably Stone. Hope this helps. Cheers.

Oct 11, 2014
The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
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