The Lost Abbey

BEER AVG
4.09/5
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:
51
Reviews:
7,976
Ratings:
25,432
PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
308
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
4.15%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by TheSevenDuffs:
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.86/5  rDev +12%
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.

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More User Reviews:
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

Photo of Nichols33
3.23/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of Camillo
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
4.09 out of 5 based on 25,432 ratings.
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