The Lost Abbey

BA SCORE
4.05/5
25,965 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: 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/

Added by Todd on 09-01-2006

BEER STATS
Beers:
57
Reviews:
8,130
Ratings:
25,965
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.37/5
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
314
pDev:
10.07%
 
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Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of BeanBump
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of caveman
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of epyon396
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.15/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of daem3384
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cmrillo
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dleiner
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Mista_Carta
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of datpingao
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of SmokingWood
3.03/5  rDev -30.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Photo of Studfarm69
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of dexterk1
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of sunrats
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Holopirek
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CAcker
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
Brewery rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 25,965 ratings
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