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The Lost Abbey
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Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 14,605
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
155 Mata Way
phone: (800) 918-6816
A separate brewing project and company formed by Vince and Gina Marsaglia (Pizza Port / Port Brewing), Tomme Arthur (former head brewer of Pizza Port in Solana Beach) and Jim Comstock (Comstock and Associates).
Brewed by and at the Port Brewing Company.
(Place added by: Todd on 09-01-2006)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Was at the brewery for the Veritas 007 release. Was a great crowd and the orginzation of the crowd was done fairly well. The atmosphere of the day was definitely great, the staff was pleasant and the patrons top notch and very cool! Once the wait was over the L/A beer started pouring and everything was bliss... I was impressed with the tasting room... been in some beer bars, brewpubs and other brewery's that couldn't compare... so it is definitely a good place to check out. All in all its definitely a place I enjoyed and will be back again soon for some more good times!!!!
05-17-2010 00:49:05 |
More by ryannaman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
i really don't know what more to add that others haven't said. this place is fantastic. it's in stone's old location in an industrial area. public transportation is non-existent.
the bar area is l-shaped. one side hands the merchandise and to-go bottles, the other side does the taps. lost abbey has a big barrel-aging program, and the barrels are right around you as you drink. the vintage bottles are fantastic, but they are on-premises only.
i generally go mid-week and once again on friday or saturday night. obviously the mid-week excursions are best for getting faster service, but i never have an issue. all the employees there are friendly and welcoming. sometimes if i see tomme he'll wave and buy me a pint.
tap prices are very generous. for people crabbing about bottles being expensive, the glasses are always cheap and large, which is a good mechanism for getting people to drink draft beer, which is how beer should be served. and for what you're getting (world-class barrel-aged beer), it's a damn steal.
there's no food.
05-19-2011 00:27:41 |
More by Levitation
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went out of my way to stop here on a drive to San Diego. Glad I did.
The atmosphere was really cool. The barrel room was awesome (especially with all of the barrels labeled), the unique bar stools (kegs with a bag of grain on top) were also a near touch. The on-tap list was formidable, including offerings from both Lost Abbey and Port Brewing. $1 tasters was a great deal too. The bottle list was also great and included a few gems.
The service was second to none as well. Friendly, knowledgeable and just great people all round. Was purchasing a couple of bottles on the way out and was deciding how many bottles of Older Viscosity to buy when the woman there (her name escapes me now) just opened one up right there and tasted it with it. It was outstanding!
My only complaint, albeit it a minor one, is that there were none of the really rare beers on tap (the ones that usually cost $3 per taste). But there were so many others to try that I was not going to lose sleep over that...
I tried Mongo IPA, Serpent's Stout, Santa's Little Helper and Older Viscosity. I wish I had more time to stay and drink.
A MUST VISIT if passing through the area.
07-07-2011 00:57:41 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Stopped by here on a road trip from Portland down to San Diego. I certainly planned on stopping here, but boy am I glad I did.
The atmosphere is actually pretty cool. The bar is in the warehouse which is in an industrial park, but it's not cold feeling. More seating would be kind of nice, but I have no complaints whatsoever about the atmosphere.
The service is great. The workers are very friendly and know a lot about the beer offered. People involved with the brewing process are usually behind the bar or close by, too. I couldn't really ask for more.
The selection is amazing. They often have vintage and limited release bottles and have plenty to drink on tap. If you like Lost Abbey beer, the selection is great.
There is no food. You can order in at several places in the area I believe, though.
It is a bit pricey, but Lost Abbey itself is a bit pricey. The bar is reasonably priced given the beers it is serving.
10-05-2010 18:48:29 |
More by coreyfmcdonald
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The Lost Abbey has a very small tasting area in the actual brewery. It is kind of cool because there are no walls dividing the brewery from the tasting area so when you're hanging out tasting beer, you're also getting an opportunity to check out the operation. The brew here includes The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing regulars, current seasonals, and various special releases and the beer is top notch. I visited on a Tuesday around 1pm and received quick service being there were only a few other people visiting at the time. I have a feeling this place gets crowded really quickly on nights and especially weekends since it is so small yet so good. The tap selection is great and they also have bottles available for sale to go which is great for those brews that are out of season. I enjoyed a Red Barn Ale, Older Viscosity, 10 Commandments along with others while I was there and I took home a bottle of Serpent's Stout. Prices are very reasonable as 4 oz samplers are only $1 and most 22oz bottles are $9-$15. I would highly recommend visiting if you can.
05-15-2013 05:43:09 |
More by tourdot
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
01-02-2011 14:15:42 |
More by bradybeer
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.
Value- From the tasters to the bottle costs. Its so worth it. I cant wait to go back again.
06-03-2011 14:33:10 |
More by FosterJM
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
On the way back from the beach to our hotel we stopped by The Lost Abbey. Parking was tough but we found a spot around the corner. Walked in what we thought was the entrance to a bare room, kept walking to a large open area looking very much like the warehouse the building is. A small group of people were sitting at the corner of the bar but otherwise was very quiet. A guy came over and explained they were closed today for an industry brew day. He then asked what we were in for. I told him I was looking for a sticker or shirt and just wanted to check it out. He took us over to the bar, sold me a shirt, explained they don't do stickers. He then gave us two free beers for the trouble! What trouble? Guy went out of his way to hook it up on a day they were closed? Awesome. Beer was great of course. Service was impeccable. I would have loved to have stayed longer or visited again but no such luck. Cool place, if in the area I would stop by again in a heartbeat.
02-01-2012 15:09:54 |
More by hopfacebrew
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
03-15-2013 23:32:54 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
District of Columbia
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.
07-09-2011 19:37:52 |
More by Dreadnaught33
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