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Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 14,700
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
155 Mata Way
phone: (800) 918-6816
A separate brewing project and company formed by Vince and Gina Marsaglia (Pizza Port / Port Brewing), Tomme Arthur (former head brewer of Pizza Port in Solana Beach) and Jim Comstock (Comstock and Associates).
Brewed by and at the Port Brewing Company.
(Place added by: Todd on 09-01-2006)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
12-28-2010 05:01:53 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
This was the last stop on a 3 stop brew trip through north county.
Got there at opening, and left after last call. First things first, tasters are the name of the game. $1 for a taste that's I don't know roughly 3 ounces? This is what the vast majority of people were ordering, and it's a really cheap way to drink while there.
Quality got dinged because 10 Commandments was fucking disgusting and clearly off (I homebrew and know what bad beer tastes like). It was kind of a phenolic medicinal disaster. It wasn't written on the board, but for some reason was on tap? I think they knew it was garbage, but decided to leave it on tap and not put it up on the board. So it was a sort of "order at your own risk" mentality. Also they probably spent a lot of money brewing this beer, so they didn't want to lose how ever many hundreds of dollars dumping it.
Atmosphere was probably good by most people's standards. Got pretty crowded. I wasn't a fan of the 40lb DME sacks sitting on top of the kegs for people to sit on. It was uncomfortable as hell. Invest in some chairs for fuck's sake.
It's not all negative though. 3 female servers were all nice to look at. 1 has huge boobs, but was extremely clueless (Wendy?). 1 girl REALLY knew her beer, and was cool enough to give us a taste of a beer she was opening for someone else. Sometimes they open bottles for tasters if the beer isn't on tap. We had Devotion and Inferno out of the bottle because the devotion tap wasn't working (allegedly).
Selection was good. We were bummed that they didn't have any sours on tap, or even bottled. I did see at least 1 aging in a cask though. 6 lost abbey beers, and probably twice as many Port brewing beers. Again, we were hoping for more. Just about every Lost Abbey tap was also readily available in bottle. Nothing too rare. The Port Brewing taps were definitely more impressive.
Food trucks outside provided sustenance. They had "Sweiners" (hotdog-esque) and frites when we were there. 9 dollars for a hotdog with a few fixins seemed a little steep, but whatever.
Overall a good place to visit. The bad 10 Commandments pissed me off though.
10-30-2011 19:47:33 |
More by AWolfAtTheDoor
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The atmosphere is buzzing inside on a regular basis. The beer quality is sometimes hit or miss depending upon what has been kicked, but they have a pretty standard lineup of their beers. The service is great, bouncer is friendly, servers are knowledgeable and cordial. The selection can be a bit consistent, but still solid. They do have food trucks, but I have not eaten at one yet. The tasters are very reasonable at $1 for most, or $2 for a 4oz pour.
07-07-2013 04:22:39 |
More by Zbeetleman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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!
01-13-2011 07:14:24 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have been here twice. This is the wherehouse where stone got their start. It is big open and can get cold on a winter night. The 1st time was over 3 years ago then the counter was very small and there was not man places to sit down and enjoy the beer. In the last three years the place have has added a very large counter and added a few places to sit down. The beer here is great! The service is very friendly and the bartender will recommend a beer based on what you like, they are always willing to go that extra mile to help you out. Food trucks will often come here and we had Sushi truck on the Friday night visit. It was crowded on a Friday night but we still were able to found a place to sit. Great place, Great Beer! You are able to get beers from both Port and Lost Abbey. Over all a great place.
02-16-2012 02:13:48 |
More by ProfessorX
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited on the Friday of American Craft Beer Week while visiting San Diego. Obviously a very busy afternoon, so this may not be a typical experience. Aside from Angel's Share, I thought the selection was nothing special for this place - basically all the year-round typical releases, nothing very exciting available. The chalkboard only described what was on draft, so if there was a bottle you were unfamiliar with, you were stuck with trying to ask or guess about the style or characteristics. I would have loved some sour/wild greatness that I love from Lost Abbey, but still, even their regular beers are fantastic, I must admit.
Super-busy so it was hard to catch the bartender's eye or ear very often, and as a visitor to the area, it sort of felt like you had to know the drill like a regular to get served or ask any questions without feeling like you were wasting somebody's time. Probably needed a little extra help, but from a regular I heard this actually wasn't that bad in terms of being busy and crowded.
Overall, I had a mixed feeling of honored to be there, like visiting a holy place, mixed with disappointed that it just felt like a neighborhood bar at happy hour and I didn't know the specials. I sort of wandered around, took a few pictures, didn't know who or where to ask if there was a real tour or anything, but that was OK.
05-23-2010 04:57:23 |
More by marct
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Third time to the lost abbey and have to say they are doing a great job on setting up a better bar atmosphere which they now offer some vintage bottles such as isabelle proximus and duck duck gooze. Beer is always great and'em excited to find some great rarities to drink whenever I get there. Service is pretty good unless there is a ton of people waiting to get beer. They always have their year around brews on deck, but also offer some of their barrel aged brew as well. They don't have food service but when do they do have it catered like on the carnevale release they do have some great munchers. Pretty much the prices are the same as you'd get from the store if you buy bottles, but the pints and the taster are fairly priced.
05-04-2010 03:50:21 |
More by Gobzilla
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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.
06-19-2013 22:58:25 |
More by dwagner003
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
No seats, no real atmosphere and there wasn't really much available that I couldn't find at any Total Wine. I got a cool variant of Judgement Day called Mayan Apocalypse (much better than the original) and I was able to buy a bottle of Framboise de Amorosa, which was fantastic. but other than that there wasn't really anything special. Kind of a huge let down. I did get a kick out of seeing "Stone Parking Only" on the curb since it used to be the old Stone Brewery.
01-15-2013 08:47:08 |
More by DonDirkA
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I've tried plenty of their beers but have never been to the tap room before this.
The room had a giant bar with plenty of seating which was awesome. You could walk around and look at a lot of the barrels which was also pretty neat. They had about 10-15 of LA and Pizza Port beers on tap which was more than I expected.
The only downside was the staff didn't seem very friendly or happy we were there. No real complaints I guess but its easy to tell when someone is enjoying what they do and someone just doesn't care.
Ill probably stick to going to Pizza Port but I'm glad I checked it out.
05-02-2011 15:50:02 |
More by Eriktheipaman
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