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Beer Available At Port Brewing/Lost Abbey (arranged by most recent)
Lost Abbey Serpents Stout 100, Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego , The Hop Concept Hop Freshener Series: Dank & Sticky 99, Lost Abbey Veritas 015 96, Lost Abbey Mo Betta Bretta 83, Lost Abbey Veritas 009 97, Port Brewing For the Love of Ginger , Port Brewing Amigo Mexican Lager 27, Lost Abbey Queen Anneís Revenge 49, Port Brewing Board Meeting Brown Ale 99, Lost Abbey Carnevale (2009- ) 98, Port Brewing Older Viscosity 100, Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa 100, Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #12 (Heaven and Hell) 98, Lost Abbey Merry Taj IPA 97, Port Brewing SPA (Summer Pale Ale) 98, Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #10 (Bat out of Hell) 100, Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme 100, Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale 98, Port Brewing Midnight Expression Lager (Moon Lit Sessions) 97
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DeadGirl (76) San Diego, California | March 3, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Since Iíve moved to SD Iíve been at this brewery every weekend that Iím here (which, right now is twice). And Iíll keep coming back. They have many of their offerings on tap and bottle, and a really nice vintage list consisting of beers that you canít get anywhere else other than at the LA. Itís an open air tasting room and quite spacious... yet they have to be as both times weíre there a SD party bus has to crouch in literally seconds after we arrive. Needless to say, the barstaff does an outstanding job catering to a crowded bar. Overall: Bartenders know their stuff, nice ambiance, really good beer. Return: Again and again. #50 on 03032010, DG.
nickd717 (81) San Francisco, California | February 2, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Ah, the good old Flat - I mean Lost - Abbey. Man, Iím bummed that the latest batch of Angels Share is carbonated and I canít use that joke anymore. So, I havenít been here during normal hours, but I did come for an event (Barrel Tasting Night í09), so Iíve 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, itís a brewery and thatís exactly the impression you get from it.
As for quality, well, itís 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 donít 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 didnít sense any douchebaggery among the people working there.
Overall, a great brewery to visit. Iíll definitely come by during normal hours sometime. The webcam there is a nice touch too. Donít ever go there when youíve lied and told someone youíre somewhere else!
mkade8883 (28) Chicago, Illinois | January 16, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
In the middle of nowhere, this is one of the coolest ítasting roomsí around. Itís just a bar in their brewery, but hot damn it smells good and feels like beer. Samples were cheap, and the staff friendly. Hey, as a bonus, one of the chicks pouring was a total cougar and took a liking to my friend.
MrBunn (88) The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania | January 8, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
This place is cool! Sure, itís in a dive like industrial park garage looking thing and you enter through a loading dock door. Sure, you sit on empty kegs with sacks of malt on them and it lacks a few creature comforts. In spite of all of this, the bar is awesome, the selection of tap, bottle and now vintage bottles is amazing (if you got the ducats for the vintage stuff). Service was very good and friendly and it makes me more than a little jealous that there is not a Pennsylvania outpost of Lost Abbey...
crizay (128) Brook Park , Ohio | January 7, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Another highlight of the trip. Great beer selection the Duck-Duck Gooze was worth the trip. $1 samples of everything on tap and they werenít small either. Great selection of sours and vintage stuff. There was a guy cooking hot dogs in there also. And our 3 bartenders were Tomme and 2 other owners that were great. We spent a few hours here and it was just a great time.
SamGamgee (182) down the whirlpool, California | December 9, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited on a friday afternoon and the place was packed. There is something that I just love about the bar setup with the kegs and malt to sit on, the barrels surrounding you, and the beer cross on the wall. The bartender was a dick at first, but ended up being really cool by the time we got out of there. Weird, but fun. The draught prices are great, and they pour both draught beer and bottles for their insanely well-priced sample flights. The beer is amazing and the place is pretty damn cool, so this is a must stop in the San Diego area.
Rusty (12) Mesa, Arizona | November 9, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
At the Lost Abbey you wonít find much else than a couple of brew tanks, and a big stack of barrels full of their barrel aged beers unless they are holding a special event, but when they throw a party they sure know how to do it in style.
Their brewery is in an industrial area, there is a modest tasting bar, and you are surrounded by barrels and brewtanks and their bottling line. For some this is good ambience, and I enjoy it but it may be a turn off for some.
If you do have the chance to attend a special event at the Lost Abbey they like to turn the loading dock into Chef Vinceís portable outdoor kitchen and they serve some amazing food up.
They also offer bottles to go, which vary depending on the seasonal beers or special releases as well as growler fills.
For me itís sort of a "it is what it is" kind of thing. And it works for them. Well worth visiting for a special event, or if youíve never been during their tasting hours.
NEA (10) California | August 8, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Port brewingís Lost Abbey line of beer is some of the best in the world. They do Belgian style beer like no one else (other than the Belgians). They are located in Stoneís old location and we wish they would move on to a larger location so they can make more of their barrel aged beers. Hereís to Angelís Share!
m4rest88 (17) Beverly Hills, California | July 3, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Not a bad place.
Went there with a friend after a trip stone. Had some interesting things on tap, and a pretty good bottle selection. Laid back place. The lady that works behind the counter is very nice, seems to enjoying her job quite a lot, and that is good to see - I wish i remembered her name though.
The brewery is in an industrial location, but that is ok - the beer makes up for the mediocre location!
CaptainCougar (142) Columbia, Maryland | June 14, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
The few times Iíve been here was mostly to pick up beers and leave, although Iíve stayed for a few rounds before. The seating consists of half-barrel kegs with 50lb bags of malt draped over them. Not very comfortable, but the quality of the beer helps you to forget that fact. Last time in they had at least a dozen taps, with most of the regulars and one or two barrel aged specialties. The value for trying the beers on tap there is very good compared to the bottled cost. This is certainly a brewery worth visiting, especially to see the tremendous amount of barrels everywhere.
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