The Lost Abbey


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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Photo of Yetiman420
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Coming from a tour of Stone to The Lost Abbery on a Sunday around 2:00 is like entering a different, but good, world.

It's in an industrial park that I believe was the original home to Stone.

I took a seat at the bar which was surrounded by brewing equipment and barrels...heaven. The seat was a keg covered by a large sack of brewing raw materials. Chargers vs. Raiders on the big screen and a surprising number of people there to watch the game and cheer for the Raiders.

I got lucky because the night before was the Sinners and Saints dinner and a couple of super special beers were still on tap - Amazing Grace (Lost & Found aged in wine barrels) and Deliverance ( Bourbon Serpant Stout and Brandy Angel Share). Otherwise, there was nothing out of the ordinary from The Lost Abbey/Port offerings except a very nice Mongo IPA.

There were three bartenders who easily handled the waves of people coming and going. The one female was super friendly smartass and I enjoyed her interactions with patrons.

They did have lots of bottles in addition to taps but don't expect to see anything spectacular that you can't get at better bottles shops in the area (except Red Poppy).

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

First off, selection should never be lacking when offerings are available from two different brewery lines. The beers were superb and also some special offerings were available. The place lacked the old towne brew pub feel, being more industrial with the tap room surrounded by the brewery. Service was good, and sampling was generous. I would be happy to stop here again if ever return to the area.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Lost Abbey is located in a industrial park devoid of any visual appeal whatsoever. Compared to Stone a few miles down the road, this place looks like a run down garage. You walk in and can see the full operation. Everything is open to public viewing, and they often push large carts of spent materials out the door past the patrons. It's usually pretty crowded, with most of the bar space occupied by men with mustaches who don't want to give up their precious real estate so you can order a beer. Once you push your way to the front, the people behind the counter tend to ignore you for a while. I've never been served by anyone who I would categorize as "nice" or "friendly". There is like, no seating in this place. Just barrels to set down your beer as you stand around. Those are usually occupied. The beer, however, is pretty delicious, and they stay open every Wednesday night for a food truck happy hour. Prices aren't bad, unless you are buying bottles, which are sort of expensive. If this place wasn't a mile from my house, I'm not sure how often I'd go. The beer is good, but I'm not sure it can make up for the rather annoying environment.

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Photo of orangesol
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Stopped in here right after Stone since they are so close together, thought this place would be bigger for some reason. Atmosphere was hopping. It was pretty packed by the time we got there but we were able to snag a barrel to stand at pretty quickly. Love the ability to take your beers into the barrel room, we took advantage of that on the second round of beers. Quality was solid. Lots of original art on the walls for sale to go along with the usual swag and beers. Service was decent but nothing to write home about. I had to wait a bit longer than I like to when the lines were as short as they were and by the time I did get a beer it was 4 people deep behind me. Selection was good but nothing amazing. Only one beer on I couldn't get at home in bottles or draft. I would have loved to see at least one limited bottle on the bottle list but that wasn't meant to be as well. They had a food truck setting up out front when we left but I had just eaten. Prices were reasonable so no problem there. Overall a nice space to showcase a world class brewery. Could use a bit more specialty beers on but I still had a good time checking them out. I would definitely return in the future.

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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visited The Lost Abbey this past weekend since my wife and I were in the area. It’s basically a big warehouse where they do their brewing and have their barrel aging going on that doubles as a taproom for the public. There is a fairly large bar area to stand at as well as big barrels for tables and kegs with grain sacks on them for chairs scattered around. When we went there was a bit of a funky aroma throughout the building so I wonder if they were brewing a sour beer perhaps. Service was good at the bar even though it got pretty crowded while we were there. Quality was obviously top notch as the beer doesn’t travel anywhere to get to the tasting area. Their selection was also great with about 7 Lost Abbey beers on tap and 7 Port beers on tap to sample. They also sold a wide selection of bottles to go. Prices were very inexpensive for pints and tasters. I am really happy I stopped by and was able to try some of these beers straight from the source.

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Photo of flexabull
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Wow, found an old review from a while back that I never posted. Here goes...

Stopped in here for a couple of brews before heading over to Stone.

Located in a non descript warehouse with tons of barrels, crowded, with some cool nice people hanging around, as well as a few obnoxious drunks from a beer bus tour.

Quality is very good. Lost Abbey gets a bad rap at times, but I can't say I've ever had anything but good beers from them.

Service was good. The server was friendly and prompt, that's all I usually ask for.

Selection made me happy, varied with many choices. Quite a few taps with both Port and Lost Abbey beers. There were at least 15 beers on tap if I remember correctly.

No food.

Value is ok, a tad high, but you are getting high quality stuff, and it's about right for San Diego, so no complaints from me.

Great spot to check out, especially if you are making the trip to Stone, since it's so close.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

The warehouse style was open and laid-back. It was nice and bright, and the brewery operations could be viewed from the bar and table seating. The bay doors were open to let the sunshine and breeze in, which also helped to add to the open atmosphere.

The beer was great. This place houses Lost Abbey and Port beers, and there was a hell of a selection of beers on tap, as well as some only available in bottles. Very fun experience to be able to go through all the different styles that Lost Abbey/Port carries. Between the two breweries there is a good spread of selections, both in style and strength.

The service was alright. Everyone was very cordial and helpful, and that was a plus. As far as product knowledge, there was a definite drop-off depending on who you talked to. The bottom line, though, was that the questions got answered eventually.

As stated above, the selection was great. Between the two breweries, you get a great assortment of styles, strengths, and flavors.

The place didn't have any food. That would have put it over the top.

Overall, we had a lot of beer while we were there, picked up a t-shirt and a glass, and brought home 3 bombers (including the Cuvee). It was all worth the price paid, which wasn't all that much. My wife and I both agree that we would absolutely make a return trip.

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Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Industrial complex; medium to large size bar and tasting room, tables/barrels next to the bar with the production facility and barrels in the background.

The beers they have available were a bit of a disappointment because it was most of the stuff you can get in stores plus one or two others. With such a crazy reputation and special beers always coming off the line I expected a bit more.

Bartenders were more than helpful with tap beers and beers to go. Bought my buddy some Cuvee de Tomme which he loves so that was cool. A nice atmosphere and I bet it would be more entertaining on a special release or if there was something I really wanted to try that I couldn't buy at the store.

Not a necessary stop IMO but that is only because of all the new stuff out there like Rip Current and the greater variety @ Stone Bistro.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Third time to the lost abbey and have to say they are doing a great job on setting up a better bar atmosphere which they now offer some vintage bottles such as isabelle proximus and duck duck gooze. Beer is always great and'em excited to find some great rarities to drink whenever I get there. Service is pretty good unless there is a ton of people waiting to get beer. They always have their year around brews on deck, but also offer some of their barrel aged brew as well. They don't have food service but when do they do have it catered like on the carnevale release they do have some great munchers. Pretty much the prices are the same as you'd get from the store if you buy bottles, but the pints and the taster are fairly priced.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Finally visited this brewery with my wife and family during our visit to the in-laws over the holidays. Located in the barrel room (for lack of better words) of the brewery, the tasting area/bar is L shaped with merchandise one wall including Lost Abby and Port bottles, and on the other tap and growler list. To be surrounded by batches being aged in barrels while you sample others is amazing. During our visit, there was about 15-20 beers on tap. We had pints of the 10 Commandments, Serpents Stout, and Hop 15. Service was good.

We bought growlers of Serpents Stout ($15?), 10 Commandments ($14?), three pints, 2 LA gasses, 2 port glasses, and a T-shirt for $96-pretty good I think.

When we visit the in-laws twice yearly we will be making this a regular stop along with Stone.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here on Sunday with my good friend, Justin (JustinA1 on BA). This was the third stop of our San Diego beer crawl, following Ballast Point and Holiday Wine Cellar.

I like it when bars/tasting rooms are situated in brewery warehouses, and The Lost Abbey does it well. They've got quite a few tables and a long polished bar. Instead of bar stools, they stack grain sacks on top of empty half barrel kegs - a nice touch. Barrels are stacked all around, although the bugged ones are stashed in a special room behind the bar (pictured above).

We were unfortunate enough to arrive at The Lost Abbey right after a tour bus unloaded. The bar area was crammed with tipsy college students and the bartenders appeared to have their hands full. We had to wait awhile to get our drinks, but luckily we had a nice table to go back to.

The selection wasn't as impressive as I had hoped. Nearly everything on the tap list was available year-round in bottles, and the only exceptions had already kicked. So it goes. Still, the several samples we ordered were solid, and there was enough on there to keep me happy for an extended period of time.

I'd be happy to visit The Lost Abbey again in the near future, especially when it's not so crowded. Check it out if you're in the area!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Since my original review the place has been revamped (so I figure I should update my review. The score now reflects the current setup.

The bar is a large L-shaped one with the tap list on a chalk board straight ahead with all the prices and available growler fills/bottles on it. They also have printed lists of their "reserve" bottles such as the Veritas beers, Isabelle Proximus, Duck Duck Gooze, Angel's Share, etc. This is probably the coolest thing about the "new" Lost Abbey.

The brewing equipment and barrels for aging their beers are all over the place and provide a cool atmosphere. This is especially true if you're like me and like to nose around and see what beer is aging in what barrels.

The service is still much the same and often receives mixed reviews, but I have never had a problem here, in fact, I've always had awesome experiences here.

They do occasionally have food during special events, but as a rule, they still don't. Be sure to eat before you come, because it's easy to be here and drink a lot before you finally bow out.


The location is the former home of Stone and just up the road from the current Stone brewery. It's basically just a warehouse space in a warehouse/industrial lot. The bummer is the place is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with fairly limited hours.

The bar usually offers all of the Port and Lost Abbey releases that you can find in stores on tap, and also offers bottles of any of their releases (if they happen to be in stock). The prices are pretty much the same as you can find in stores, but the growler fills are fairly cheap. The downer is that not all beers are available for growler fills.

And, they have two awesome cats (named for hops), that like to run around. Which is always a plus for me.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.95/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Really enjoyed hanging out here for a bit. Had that cool vibe of being in the brewery w/ lots of good people and the amount of staff to serve everyone. Wasn't the best selection of P/LA (almost all year-round stuff) beers on tap but I do love the one-offs and they had a few of those. Be nice to visit and have some more special beers to have on tap rather than just stuff I can buy at the store in CA/AZ

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Photo of armock
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went to the brewery for the Christmas in July pary.

Atmosphere - Lost abbey is tucked away in an industrial park so it looks like any other business there. Until you walk into the brewery and tasting room. Stacks of barrels everywhere how is that not fun to drink around.

Quality/selection - Lots of taps and a cooler with nothing but Port and Lost Abbey beers so that score pretty self explanatory. Plus the cooler has a good selection of their vintage beers for sale the only downside to that is you have to drink them there sorry friends back home no sharing for you.

Service - Is actually really good and quick despite the crowd that was there. All the servers were nice and friendly despite me making multiple purchases

Overall this is one of the breweries that you should make a point of visiting while your in San Diego.

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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 Retsinis
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Visited The Lost Abbey/port brewery as the third stop in our 2nd annual San Diego road trip tour.

We had emailed them prior to the trip for a tour, which they have often, and they were very accommodating with our group of 15 from the moment we walked in. We all got tasters before the tour started, and were able to sip on them during the tour. The tour guide had a great sense of humor, and really knew all the ins and outs of the brewery. If you've ever been on a brewery tour, it's all fairly relative though. However, the tidbits that were interesting to me, are how their water is blessed by a Priest, Rabbi, and Minister, making it "Holy water". Also, saw one of two residents cat's "Amarillo" that bring good luck to the brewery, per an old Belgian brewery tradition, so those were different and cool.

The Bar is fairly large, and all beers clearly designated on the hanging chalk boards above, with both Lost Abbey & Port Beers. Large selection of bottles for sale as well.

Our group tasted Barrel Aged Angel Share, Barrel Aged Santa's Little Helper, Older Viscosity, and a few others. The rarer tasters were 5 oz, and $3, a steal considering the cost of a bottle of some of those. We also purchased a bottle of Framboise De Amorosa to share, and they set us up with 4 of their custom tulip glasses for that, a nice touch.

The original paintings used for the labels are also along the back wall above the bar as well.

The only ding of the experience was the heat. It was at least 15 degrees warmer inside then outside, and in the smaller barrel room, it was another 10 degrees on top of that. ( it was a cool 68-70 outside, so about 95 inside) Just about all of us were sweating on the tour, and once in the smaller barrel room, it was a sauna, and I had to step outside to cool off. Granted it is a very large warehouse, and not fully air conditioned, but the difference made it a bit uncomfortable. I also wonder if this affects the beer in the barrels at all. Admittedly, I don't personally age beers in barrels, so might not matter one bit, and take that last bit with a grain of salt, and since weather is what it is.

Overall, I'm glad I was finally able to visit Port/Lost Abbey, and would do so again if in the area. They can easily accommodate large crowds, and if you enjoy any of their offerings, your bound to find several available when visiting, as they pretty much had everything (with the exception of Veritas, Duck Duck goose, and Deliverance, which I of course did not expect either way) that I've had on draft this day.

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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 FosterJM
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I have been here twice now, so I think its time to write a review. Came down on 5/15/11 for a birthday brewery trip and came down again for Veritas 009.

Atm- I love the atmosphere in this place. The beer is front and center. Its all about the beer. Barrels everywhere and a huge line of taps on two sides and a big cooler full of bottles.

Quality- The Lost Abbey puts out some really great beers. I have only said I wanna take a bath in it about 4 beers and 3 of them are LA or Port(Older, V09, Ad Lib)

Service- My man Jason is hands down one of the best bartenders/service/pourers out there. The rest of the staff was amazing and cordial and outgoing.

Selection- Always great beers on tap and in the cooler. I was amazed at what I got to try.

Food- N/A

Value- From the tasters to the bottle costs. Its so worth it. I cant wait to go back again.

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Photo of Docrock
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Decent selection of Lost Abbey and Portbrewing offerings. Probably the most reasonable tasting room I have ever been to. $1.00 per 4 oz taste! Let's you try a full range for just a couple bucks. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend if your anywhere nearby.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited the Lost Abbey on a Thursday evening and was able to walk right in. First off, very small, standing room only, and lots of people. The employees were really helpful, polite, courteous, great service. Beers were great, sampled some beers and took some bottles home. I would definitely visit the Lost Abbey again.

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Photo of pwoods
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I really liked this place. All the brewing equipment right there to see. Tons of barrels with all kinds of special release stuff just hanging out. A nice long bar with kegs topped with grain bags as seats. The quality of taps was obviously great. Nearly all the LA offerings with plenty of Port brews and limited stuff. 5oz. tulips for only a buck. Lots of bottles everywhere. Cellar brews as well, though those get quite expensive... but you won't find them anywhere else. They only had their beers but that's to be expected. Service was pretty good. Most the bartenders were great but a couple seemed like they didn't want to be there. An awesome place to have a few samples while picking up fresh and/or limited bottles. Cases of CdT abound!

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Photo of NickMunford
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

My wife and I stopped here today while driving around North County. It's located in the same space, in an industrial park, where Stone used to be before opening their new brewery building. First thing I noticed when I got out of the car was a DELICIOUS aroma coming from the BBQ smoker they had going.

The entry room (where Stone used to have their merch and check out counter) looks like it's used to store their awards and ribbons, along with a monastic looking statue.

Then you walk into the tasting room. Is surrounded by walls of barrels, presumably aging tasty beverages to perfection. There is a large bar with many bottles and taps available, from both Lost Abbey and Port Brewing.

The tasting room was pretty crowded, but I was still able to get help almost immediately. Great customer service. Everything is priced about how you would expect.

All in all, a great stop and recommended.

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