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The Lost Abbey
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Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 14,645
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
155 Mata Way
phone: (800) 918-6816
A separate brewing project and company formed by Vince and Gina Marsaglia (Pizza Port / Port Brewing), Tomme Arthur (former head brewer of Pizza Port in Solana Beach) and Jim Comstock (Comstock and Associates).
Brewed by and at the Port Brewing Company.
(Place added by: Todd on 09-01-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 50 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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).
10-18-2010 01:55:30 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited Lost Abbey the morning of the 15th anniversary Stone festival
We showed up at 830 and there was already a line outside of about 30 people. They were serving breakfast in a buffet style and I am assuming that is why there were so many people there. I was told if you buy a beer that you ate for free. I did not stick around for breakfast because by the time I finished my first beer the line for food was about 100 people deep and my friends and I did not want to wait in line.
The place itself used to be the old stone factory and it is in a warehouse style location. Inside and maybe just because of how busy the place was it seemed really small there was the barrel room that we snuck off to that was less crowded and actually very nice and quite. The atmosphere was absolutely amazing and it had a party feel to it I guess everyone was warming up for the festival later in the day.
The selection was good however I did order two beers Hop rocks and Bak n Mak and I was told they were not on yet so I actually did not get a chance to try the Hop rocks which kind of upset me but I did get a chance to try the Bak N Mak which I thought was just ok. The lady that actually served us had a bit of an attitude which myself or my friends did not really appreciate but that was really the only negative.
I wish I lived in San Diego so that I could visit places like this more often however I am not that lucky, maybe one day.
08-26-2011 04:27:30 |
More by DarthKostrizer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Visited Lost Abbey/Port Brewing in July, finally getting around to reviewing the place.
The atmosphere is pretty interesting, it's in an industrial park/warehouse, and you can walk up and there is a bar counter with kegs to sit on to drink their beer. Meanwhile, they are continuing to carry grains and work around you which I thought was pretty cool.
The service was good, they were effiecient in getting you your next beer, any bottles you wanted, shirts from their large shirt selection, or glassware.
The selection was excellent with a large variety of both lost abbey and port brewing beers on tap, and a good collection of their bottles for the road as well.
The prices were pretty reasonable considering most of their bombers range from 8-12$. You can get pints for 4 or 5 bucks, and half-pints is a good way to go too.
Overall, an excellent place with its own unique atmosphere and experience. If your a fan of Lost Abbey brews, then you must surely visit it if given the chance.
08-26-2011 18:55:39 |
More by gordonbeersch
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Ah, the good old Flat - I mean Lost - Abbey. Man, I'm bummed that the latest batch of Angels Share is carbonated and I can't use that joke anymore. So, I haven't been here during normal hours, but I did come for an event (Barrel Tasting Night '09), so I've earned the right to post a review because I shelled out 85 smackers for the damn thing only to be once again denied a chance to try Yellow Bus. Most elusive beer ever.
The place is basically a big brewery. There are fermentation tanks and a crapload of barrels where they are supposedly -bal aging all types of -bal aged awesomeness that may or may not end up carbonated. Very spacious, even for a big event like the barrel tasting. Not much in the way of ambiance besides that, but hey, it's a brewery and that's exactly the impression you get from it.
As for quality, well, it's Port/Lost Abbey. Their beers on tap are amazing. The bottle prices are a bit high at times, but the beer is very good. Tap prices are pretty reasonable. For this event, Vince cooked up some incredible food, but from what I understand they don't usually serve food here. Service is pretty good. The ladies at the bar usually poured me a drink within a minute or so, and I didn't sense any douchebaggery among the people working there.
Overall, a great brewery to visit. I'll definitely come by during normal hours sometime. The webcam there is a nice touch too. Don't ever go there when you've lied and told someone you're somewhere else!
02-03-2010 02:20:58 |
More by nickd717
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
08-16-2011 20:26:48 |
More by Retsinis
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I really liked this place. All the brewing equipment right there to see. Tons of barrels with all kinds of special release stuff just hanging out. A nice long bar with kegs topped with grain bags as seats. The quality of taps was obviously great. Nearly all the LA offerings with plenty of Port brews and limited stuff. 5oz. tulips for only a buck. Lots of bottles everywhere. Cellar brews as well, though those get quite expensive... but you won't find them anywhere else. They only had their beers but that's to be expected. Service was pretty good. Most the bartenders were great but a couple seemed like they didn't want to be there. An awesome place to have a few samples while picking up fresh and/or limited bottles. Cases of CdT abound!
04-20-2010 23:55:21 |
More by pwoods
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
10-21-2009 00:24:03 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Ok this is the 3rd time I've attempted to review this place, let's hope it works.
From the outside it's a very unassuming warehouse. from the inside it's a barrel-aged beer lovers mecca!
It's a brewery with a taster bar and amazing bottles. The staff is rather pleasant.
Whether you want super hopped up/Barrel aged stout's from Port Brewing or super rare Wild Ales from The Lost Abbey, it's here. The vintage bottles can get a little expensive but I've never had trouble finding people there to split them with.
The tasters are the best becasue they're only $1 but it's almost a full pour.
I had an epic tasting there with some other BA's that was rather inexpensive figuring that we had Veritas 003, Veritas 004, Isabelle Proximus, Cuvee de Tomme, Duck Duck Gooze and Churchill's Finest Hour. EPIC!
08-15-2010 16:57:46 |
More by ZX6Chris
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
03-06-2011 00:46:14 |
More by djaeon
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.
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.
08-25-2011 17:38:36 |
More by flexabull
The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
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