Getting Lost with The Lost Abbey

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For craft beer aficionados and newbies alike, The Lost Abbey is San Diego’s go-to brewery for sours, barrel aged beers and Belgian styles. Co-housed in the same facilities as Port Brewing Company in San Marcos, The Lost Abbey has been brewing high quality, specialty beers since 2006. This monastic themed brewhouse boasts a library of more than 1000 oak, bourbon, brandy , sherry, and wine barrels that help them to curate one of the most impressive barrel-aging programs in the world.

 

The Lost Abbey has won a plethora of awards over the years, for both individual beers and as a company. One of my favorite beers from these guys is Avant Garde Ale, a Biere de Garde. What is a Biere de Garde, you ask? It’s a traditional, French, farmhouse beer that was historically brewed in the winter months to help control the yeast process of the brew. Avant Garde is golden in color with malty notes of caramel, and freshly baking bread. This 7% beer is a must-try when you visit the brewery or are lucky enough to see it in a restaurant.

 

We are really excited to be able to include this San Diego brewery power-house in our SoNo Beer Garden lineup this year, so make a trip up to San Marcos soon and taste your way through some of the best craft beer in San Diego at The Lost Abbey!

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Feeling the URBN St. Brewing love…

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Urbn St. Brewing Co. opened its doors in El Cajon just last year, but it’s already making an impact on the San Diego craft beer scene. Co-founded by Executive Chef Alex Carballo, Restaurateur Jon Mangini, and Head Brewer Callaway Ryan, this was a natural progression for Mangini, who is responsible for bringing us Basic as well as three Urbn Coal Fired Pizza restaurants.

Having had the opportunity to drink many delicious Urbn St. beers while noshing down on Mashed Potato pizza (yes, that’s mashed potatoes, bacon, fresh mozzarella and parmesan pizza heaven), the two that stand out for me are their IPA (6.5 % ABV) and their Saison (6.8% ABV). The IPA is well balanced with floral and citrus notes and was exceptionally easy to drink for this hophead. The award winning Saison is also a delight! With hints of grass and apricots, this farmhouse ale was dry, yet oh-so refreshing.

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We are super grateful that Urbn St. Brewing is joining us in the Beer Garden at this year’s SoNo Fest. So make the trip to El Cajon, or hop on over to Urbn Pizza in North Park for some of their delicious beer and some of the best pizza around!

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