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: The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing are both brands of Port Brewing Company (not be be confused with Pizza Port). For Port Brewing beers: https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13839/
BEER STATS
Average:
4.09
Beers:
60
Ratings:
27,822
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.36
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
246
pDev:
10.09%
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Ratings by jjayjaye:
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Reviewed by jjayjaye from New York

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
First place that i stopped at on my recent weekend visit to the LA area. Caught the last couple of hours at the Tasting Room. The set up is similar in a lot of ways to Flying Bison Brewing or Weyerbacher in that it's more or less their receiving dock dressed up on the sides to facilitate a small crowd. I like this one better though because they open up the garage doors, which is the better part of the entire front side of the room...and the sun is able to pour in. There are some decent pictures of the place on the Lost Abbey web sight. Looking in from the street, the bookcase looking housing for the glassware is along the left side...you can see the sun coming in from the doors in the picture. That side sports a shallow bar top with kegs topped with bags of hops for seat cushions. Barrel tables in the center of the room. The taps and beer list boards are on the back wall. The tap list is extensive and includes both Port and Abbey products. I was enticed there by the vintage bottles that they pull from the cellar. I was bummed that they were sold out of Duck Duck Gooze, but bought a bottle of Isabelle ($50) and sampled Veritas004 ($40). I also had pints of Mongo and Panzer....quite good. The vibe in the place was interesting...a large group in a stretch limo had made the place one of their stops on a birthday party venture. Things quieted down quite a bit when they emptied out. But in general, you're sampling world class beverages in a slightly upgraded garage/functional receiving area of the brewery. I had no idea that this facility was the original site of Stone Brewing. The legacy grain dumpsters on the ramp still bare the "Stone" stenciling. Plenty of brewania, bottles and growlers available. The staff was lots of fun and very proud of their wares. Met some AMAZING people and shared equally AMAZING brews!! Can't ask for much more than that in my book!!
Apr 03, 2010
More User Ratings:
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Reviewed by NevadaBill

3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25
Small, local, stand up brewery with really very tasty offerings on tap for you. I didn't expect much but the beer is very good here. We visited simply for being local to Stone Brewing and our trip to SoCal. If you are in Escondido, it is worth the small trip over. Their Belgians/Abbey's are tasty! Plus we saw a Saison (Farmhouse) on tap that was fantastic. I understood that they brewed other sours. It is a local, informal place where you can stand up and enjoy some very flavorful offerings. Don't plan on eating here. But don't miss this stop! Support this place.
Jul 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jun 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.37 by Budlum from Maryland

Dec 01, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by isellpropane from Ohio

Jan 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.57 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Sep 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

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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Reviewed by cratez from Canada (ON)

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
 
Rated: 4.41 by NickThaFish from New Mexico

Mar 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Aakash from California

Sep 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by Jason_cs from Florida

Jul 24, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.53 by Argento from Rhode Island

Apr 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Dec 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.44 by AlexCarls from California

Nov 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by tazzman from Florida

Oct 25, 2017
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.11 by jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

Jul 29, 2017
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.36 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

May 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

Mar 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by fthegiants from California

Jan 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.15 by ThirstyHungryLife from California

Jan 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.73 by CPAles from Illinois

Dec 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.43 by daem3384 from California

Nov 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.22 by cmrillo from North Carolina

Oct 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.06 by dleiner from New York

Oct 18, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.18 by Mista_Carta from California

Aug 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.36 by BeerMeCJS from California

Aug 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.97 by datpingao from California

Jul 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.03 by SmokingWood from Connecticut

Jul 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Studfarm69 from California

Jul 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.44 by Ryannotbryan from Texas

Jun 21, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by deniserat from California

Jun 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Jun 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by sunrats from Arizona

May 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.58 by Holopirek from California

May 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.71 by CAcker from California

May 14, 2016
The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
Brewery rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 27822 ratings