Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Much of the Port/Lost Abbey brewery is festooned with ornaments and images that evoke a Belgian abbey. The religious-flavored vibe (all done in good fun) is apt, because Lost Abbey is, in fact, almost a holy site for people who love serious Belgian-inspired beers.
The tasting room space can be a bit dark with few places to sit, but it is plenty large enough to accommodate the many fans who swarm there daily. A separate barrel room behind the bar area provides a quieter, more unique space in which to stand, talk, and taste.
Legendary brewer Tomme Arthur oversees both the Port line and the Lost Abbey line. The Port beers are, without exception, all great takes on classic American/West Coast brews that deliver big, satisfying flavor in a wide range of styles. Though many fans flock for their hoppy IPAs, Port’s darker beers (such as Old Viscosity and Board Meeting) are also delicious. The Belgian-inspired beers of Lost Abbey also shine, and have become the gold standard for all other San Diego brewers who aspire to that style. Lost Abbey has an extensive barrel-aging program, which produces incredible beers, some of which are unparalleled anywhere in the world.
Address: 2007 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007
San Diego is all about great beer—and there’s an awful lot of it! We currently have more than 150 working brewery locations in our county, with an estimated 30-40 more in the planning stages. That’s a lot of breweries to sort through. So where to begin? Well, the answer is right here. If you want to plan any kind of brewery experience, The San Diego Brewery Guide is your most essential tool. Not only does it list the location and key information about every working brew house that’s open to the public, it also allows you to search for breweries that meet your specific criteria. Do you only want breweries in a specific neighborhood? No problem. Only want places that have patios for dogs? You got it. Do you want to keep your search limited to small or medium-sized breweries? Yup, we got that.
With so many breweries to choose from, we hope you’ll keep coming back to consult The San Diego Brewery Guide on a regular basis. Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for you to plan the perfect day or weekend of brewery tours and tastings in San Diego—and to do it time and time again. If you haven’t already, you’ll see that there’s nothing better than enjoying a great brewery-fresh beer right where it’s made.
So get out there and explore! Sip. Savor. Socialize. And get ready to be awed by some of the best brews to be found anywhere on the planet. Enjoy!
- Bruce GlassmanEdit ModuleShow Tags