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Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 14,676
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
155 Mata Way
phone: (800) 918-6816
A separate brewing project and company formed by Vince and Gina Marsaglia (Pizza Port / Port Brewing), Tomme Arthur (former head brewer of Pizza Port in Solana Beach) and Jim Comstock (Comstock and Associates).
Brewed by and at the Port Brewing Company.
(Place added by: Todd on 09-01-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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: 4.5 | $$
Wow, found an old review from a while back that I never posted. Here goes...
Stopped in here for a couple of brews before heading over to Stone.
Located in a non descript warehouse with tons of barrels, crowded, with some cool nice people hanging around, as well as a few obnoxious drunks from a beer bus tour.
Quality is very good. Lost Abbey gets a bad rap at times, but I can't say I've ever had anything but good beers from them.
Service was good. The server was friendly and prompt, that's all I usually ask for.
Selection made me happy, varied with many choices. Quite a few taps with both Port and Lost Abbey beers. There were at least 15 beers on tap if I remember correctly.
Value is ok, a tad high, but you are getting high quality stuff, and it's about right for San Diego, so no complaints from me.
Great spot to check out, especially if you are making the trip to Stone, since it's so close.
08-25-2011 17:38:36 |
More by flexabull
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I loved visiting this brewery on our honeymoon, what a gem of a brewery to visit for beer purposes alone.
The atmosphere is like many breweries- in an industrial park outside, but pretty cool long bar inside with chairs made up of unused malt! Cool!
The beer selection and quality was sensational- you had all the Port Brewing stuff including American style IPAs, Stouts, Porters, Strong ales, etc. which all were super fresh and tasty and then also a huge selection of the Lost Abbey staples and some seasonal bottles/drafts (Framboise de Amarosa, Angels Share, etc) all of which also were spot on. Great stuff overall, and the samplers were priced very well! $2 for like 4ozs of beer from a world class brewer is excellent in my book.
The guys and gals working were all knowledgable and handled all the service stuff quite well.
Overall a great experience.
07-09-2011 19:37:52 |
More by Dreadnaught33
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Drove up to Port/Lost Abbey after the BA Speedway release. Honestly didn't expect this place to be located in the middle of an industrial park, that was a pleasant surprise upon arrival.
Ambience was quite enjoyable. These guys are serious about their beer. Barrels everywhere I look and even on the ground. Kind of fun to sit on those big ole bags. Very nice tap selections from both Port & Lost Abbey. Had over 15 options to choose from, including Framboise and Angel's Share Bourbon, which I made sure I ordered. Service was excellent and the bartenders were quite outgoing and enjoyable. Got lots of crap for looking too much like Keanu Reeves (which I'm still not sure classifies as a compliment of not).
Only criticism is that many of their bottles were sold out. Could have been that I just simply came at the wrong time of year.
06-21-2011 21:07:49 |
More by leschkie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I have been here twice now, so I think its time to write a review. Came down on 5/15/11 for a birthday brewery trip and came down again for Veritas 009.
Atm- I love the atmosphere in this place. The beer is front and center. Its all about the beer. Barrels everywhere and a huge line of taps on two sides and a big cooler full of bottles.
Quality- The Lost Abbey puts out some really great beers. I have only said I wanna take a bath in it about 4 beers and 3 of them are LA or Port(Older, V09, Ad Lib)
Service- My man Jason is hands down one of the best bartenders/service/pourers out there. The rest of the staff was amazing and cordial and outgoing.
Selection- Always great beers on tap and in the cooler. I was amazed at what I got to try.
Value- From the tasters to the bottle costs. Its so worth it. I cant wait to go back again.
06-03-2011 14:33:10 |
More by FosterJM
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here after visiting Stone and these 2 compare like night and day! As Stone is a huge, polished, corporate type facility, Lost Abbey is more in terms of what I think a micro brewery is like. You walk straight into the brewery which is stacked with barrels everywhere. The bar is decently large and is the form of an "L". The "chairs" are kegs with bags of concrete on top of them, not exactly comfortable but functional. The shorter blond headed bartender was a little firecracker and was hilarious. We ordered a Framboise de Amorosa and she was nice enough to grab some nice stemmed glasses for use to use. Lots of fun stuff on tap to drink. No food but she did tell us you can bring in outside food for consumption. This was a fun visit and I for sure would stop here again when I am in town again.
05-31-2011 20:47:20 |
More by kbutler1
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!
05-23-2011 16:58:16 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
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
The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA
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