The Lost Abbey

BEER AVG
4.08/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

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:
53
Ratings:
25,604
Reviews:
8,015
PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Ratings:
310
Reviews:
76
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
4.15%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 310 |  Reviews: 76
Reviews by Dreadnaught33:
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.6/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My wife and I loved visiting this brewery on our honeymoon, what a gem of a brewery to visit for beer purposes alone.

The atmosphere is like many breweries- in an industrial park outside, but pretty cool long bar inside with chairs made up of unused malt! Cool!

The beer selection and quality was sensational- you had all the Port Brewing stuff including American style IPAs, Stouts, Porters, Strong ales, etc. which all were super fresh and tasty and then also a huge selection of the Lost Abbey staples and some seasonal bottles/drafts (Framboise de Amarosa, Angels Share, etc) all of which also were spot on. Great stuff overall, and the samplers were priced very well! $2 for like 4ozs of beer from a world class brewer is excellent in my book.

The guys and gals working were all knowledgable and handled all the service stuff quite well.

Overall a great experience.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of epyon396
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
4.73/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of daem3384
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cmrillo
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dleiner
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
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 -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of datpingao
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of SmokingWood
3.03/5  rDev -30.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Photo of Studfarm69
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of dexterk1
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of sunrats
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Holopirek
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CAcker
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Photo of AdamSteve
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of TBedeezy
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
4.08 out of 5 based on 25,604 ratings.
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