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Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 14,621
Beer Avg: 4.02
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
155 Mata Way
phone: (800) 918-6816
A separate brewing project and company formed by Vince and Gina Marsaglia (Pizza Port / Port Brewing), Tomme Arthur (former head brewer of Pizza Port in Solana Beach) and Jim Comstock (Comstock and Associates).
Brewed by and at the Port Brewing Company.
(Place added by: Todd on 09-01-2006)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
First off, selection should never be lacking when offerings are available from two different brewery lines. The beers were superb and also some special offerings were available. The place lacked the old towne brew pub feel, being more industrial with the tap room surrounded by the brewery. Service was good, and sampling was generous. I would be happy to stop here again if ever return to the area.
03-15-2013 23:32:54 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
03-05-2012 17:04:53 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Came out here for the 1st time for the 5th anniversary party. Remarked how much it reminded me of Stone when it was a little guy operating out of an industrial area.
Then you get inside, and its more reminiscient of the Bruery's current situation. Love the amarosa like picture hanging. Lots of good bottles and taps available, great pricing on the taps (bottles are expensive, but the quality is top notch so long as its carbonated).
Open warehouse, tons of barrels. Long L shaped bar in the front, between the tshirt, bottle and tap station, but then there is also a cooler w/ beer in it too. Good selection of port and la stuff. Two different pouring areas. Good service. Informative without being a dick/bitch. If they don't know the answer, they'll go ask someone who does. Were cool w/ bringing in other bottles for sharing.
They don't normally serve food, but the damn carne asada lunch was damn good at the party, so I'm gonna rate the food dammit!
05-23-2011 16:58:16 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Finally visited this brewery with my wife and family during our visit to the in-laws over the holidays. Located in the barrel room (for lack of better words) of the brewery, the tasting area/bar is L shaped with merchandise one wall including Lost Abby and Port bottles, and on the other tap and growler list. To be surrounded by batches being aged in barrels while you sample others is amazing. During our visit, there was about 15-20 beers on tap. We had pints of the 10 Commandments, Serpents Stout, and Hop 15. Service was good.
We bought growlers of Serpents Stout ($15?), 10 Commandments ($14?), three pints, 2 LA gasses, 2 port glasses, and a T-shirt for $96-pretty good I think.
When we visit the in-laws twice yearly we will be making this a regular stop along with Stone.
01-02-2011 14:15:42 |
More by bradybeer
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wow, found an old review from a while back that I never posted. Here goes...
Stopped in here for a couple of brews before heading over to Stone.
Located in a non descript warehouse with tons of barrels, crowded, with some cool nice people hanging around, as well as a few obnoxious drunks from a beer bus tour.
Quality is very good. Lost Abbey gets a bad rap at times, but I can't say I've ever had anything but good beers from them.
Service was good. The server was friendly and prompt, that's all I usually ask for.
Selection made me happy, varied with many choices. Quite a few taps with both Port and Lost Abbey beers. There were at least 15 beers on tap if I remember correctly.
Value is ok, a tad high, but you are getting high quality stuff, and it's about right for San Diego, so no complaints from me.
Great spot to check out, especially if you are making the trip to Stone, since it's so close.
08-25-2011 17:38:36 |
More by flexabull
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 | 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
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