The Lost Abbey

Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(800) 918-6816 | map

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

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Reviews by Beerandraiderfan:
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

May 23, 2011
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This is a seriously cool spot, even during a pandemic. Friendly folk working the counter. Great variety of beers from both sides of the house (American & European). Their Czech Pilsner was stellar. Even though it’s in a warehouse, it has that brewery vibe that you expect from a place of such high esteem. I didn’t try the food truck out front but it looked delicious and it’s nice that food is available to pair with delicious beer.

Jul 04, 2020
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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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NickThaFish from New Mexico

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Mar 06, 2019
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Aakash from California

4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Sep 08, 2018
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Jason_cs from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Jul 24, 2018
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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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Argento from Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Apr 29, 2018
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Dec 31, 2017
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AlexCarls from California

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

Nov 27, 2017
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tazzman from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Oct 25, 2017
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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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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jul 29, 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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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

May 21, 2017
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epyon396 from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Mar 22, 2017
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fthegiants from California

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

Jan 26, 2017
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ThirstyHungryLife from California

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Jan 14, 2017
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CPAles from Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Dec 29, 2016
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daem3384 from California

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Nov 21, 2016
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cmrillo from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Oct 23, 2016
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dleiner from New York

4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Oct 18, 2016
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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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Mista_Carta from California

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Aug 29, 2016
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