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Lost Abbey revelations

ricodanles Jun 25, 2010 04:49 PM

in SD for June and been enjoying excellent SD beers. Very impressed by the Lost Abbey selections on tap. Tried Last Judgment, Lost & Found, Old Viscosity, Gift of the Magi, some others.

Other suggestions? Reactions? Tips about some similarly interesting local finds?

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    steveprez Jun 25, 2010 05:03 PM

    Check out the San Diego Brewer's Guild website. There's an embarassment of riches.


    I'd recommend AleSmith, Stone, Green Flash.

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      JRSD Jun 26, 2010 04:34 PM

      Alpine Beer Company makes fantastic beer and has very limited distribution even within SD County. The brewery is a little off the beaten path (in Alpine), but is not really too far of a drive.

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        ricodanles Jun 26, 2010 04:51 PM

        I like the recs. AleSmith, Stone, Green Flash are all on my list (I live in Austin, TX now but, thanks to entrepreneurial SD brew folks, I can get all three of the above there. Ditto Ballast Point and a handful of others).

        I haven't head Alpine Beer Co beers. Where can I taste them in SD proper?

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        1. re: ricodanles
          JRSD Jun 28, 2010 01:48 PM

          Their website has a section that lists places to buy Alpine beer:


          1. re: ricodanles
            Josh Jun 29, 2010 05:27 PM

            Big 2nd to Alpine. Try their Nelson IPA - truly one of the great beers of the world.

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            LStaff Jun 30, 2010 06:02 AM

            I have mixed feelings about Lost Abbey/Port Brewing- I've had some world class beers from them -(Angels Share the one year is was good) and I've had some disasters that showed some serious brewing faults - and a bunch of boring/mediocre/good beers inbetween. Not to mention all the issues they seem to have with bbl aged beers and that the unfriendly/arrogant attitude of the brewer makes me hate them.

            1. Tripeler Jul 3, 2010 01:59 AM

              Tomme, the brewer at Lost Abbey, is a genius. Don't expect consistency, but do expect the occasional flash of brilliance. Lost Abbey is certainly my favorite brewery in California.

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                Josh Jul 3, 2010 02:54 AM

                Or you could drink Russian River, which is consistently brilliant. ;-)

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                  brentk Jul 3, 2010 08:46 AM

                  I'll have to agree with both of you, here. I have never had a bad beer from Russian River, let alone anything that even approached being mediocre. Can't say the same about Lost Abbey, though I have tasted some great beers from them as well.

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