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The Lost Abbey

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Type: Brewery, Bar

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

(800) 918-6816 | map

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

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Added by Todd on 09-01-2006

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Reviews by nickd717:
Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Ah, the good old Flat - I mean Lost - Abbey. Man, I'm bummed that the latest batch of Angels Share is carbonated and I can't use that joke anymore. So, I haven't been here during normal hours, but I did come for an event (Barrel Tasting Night '09), so I've earned the right to post a review because I shelled out 85 smackers for the damn thing only to be once again denied a chance to try Yellow Bus. Most elusive beer ever.

The place is basically a big brewery. There are fermentation tanks and a crapload of barrels where they are supposedly -bal aging all types of -bal aged awesomeness that may or may not end up carbonated. Very spacious, even for a big event like the barrel tasting. Not much in the way of ambiance besides that, but hey, it's a brewery and that's exactly the impression you get from it.

As for quality, well, it's Port/Lost Abbey. Their beers on tap are amazing. The bottle prices are a bit high at times, but the beer is very good. Tap prices are pretty reasonable. For this event, Vince cooked up some incredible food, but from what I understand they don't usually serve food here. Service is pretty good. The ladies at the bar usually poured me a drink within a minute or so, and I didn't sense any douchebaggery among the people working there.

Overall, a great brewery to visit. I'll definitely come by during normal hours sometime. The webcam there is a nice touch too. Don't ever go there when you've lied and told someone you're somewhere else!

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More User Reviews:
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

Photo of CoreyC
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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

Photo of gmartinez
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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

I loved the atmosphere at Lost Abbey. It's nothing unique, it just has a certain feel to it and they have a great selection of beer that are all of great quality.

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Photo of Keeling
3.18/5  rDev -26.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3

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