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  1. Santa’s Got a Brand New Sleigh

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    In celebration of Santa coming to town for The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing’s Christmas in July, We took Santa out on an LAV, thanks to the US Marine Corp and Toys for Tots. So when you see a couple of amphibious vehicles storming the brewery, don’t be worried, it’s just Santa making a grand entrance.

    Santa’s Got A Brand New Sleigh from The Lost Abbey on Vimeo.

    The Details:

    • When: Saturday, July 13, 2013; Two sessions – 11am – 3pm & 4pm – 8pm
    • Where: The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing, San Marcos, San Diego County, CA
    • How Much: Whether you’ve been naughty or nice through the first half of the year, as long as you bring an unwrapped toy (valued at $15 or more) you’re in! Did your dog eat your toy along with your homework from 1995? Not a problem, for just $15 at the door you’re set to join us for food, fun, entertainment and photos with Santa all included! (Beers are all regular price)
  2. Father’s Day Bundle at The Lost Abbey

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    This Father’s Day, save the trouble of shopping for the man that has everything… 

    Bundle

    Stop by The Lost Abbey Tasting Room now through Father’s Day and pick your Dad up our special “Father’s Day Bundle”!

    For only $20, you’ll receive a brand-new (empty) Growler, a $15 gift card (to fill said growler) and two pint glasses.

    What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than sharing a pint with the guy!

  3. Beer and Cheese: The Lost Abbey and Brothers Provisions

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    The Lost Abbey and Brothers Provision team up for an adventure in Beer and Cheese pairings at The Lost Abbey Tasting Room, Friday May 31st. Beginning at 4pm, we’ll pair 5 of Brothers Provisions exquisite cheeses with 5 of our Lost Abbey Beers. Tickets are $20 and are first come- first serve available at the tasting room. Ticket includes 10 tastings ( 5 beers and 5 cheeses or a different ratio if you so desire)

    Hope to see you there!

  4. Track Repeat Weekend at The Lost Abbey

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    With Summer right around the corner, we thought we’d relax this weekend and set some “Tracks” on repeat! Starting Saturday (11:30am) at The Lost Abbey Tasting Room, we’ll be putting tracks 4 through 9 and 11 through 13 into our Vintage case for purchase. The bottles will be available on a first come first serve basis and must be consumed on-site.

    Track 4 – Sympathy for the Devil – black blended beer comprised of two barrels from the one of the base components from 2011’s Veritas 009, and two barrels of Hot Rocks aged in French Oak red wine barrels with their own unique Brettanomyces.

    Track 5 – Shout at the Devil – a blend of two fruit beers — Red Poppy and Framboise de Amorosa bumped with additional fruits and sent to rest in French Oak prior to bottling.

    Track 6 – Highway to Hell – blend of brandy barrel-aged Serpent’s Stout and bourbon barrel-aged Angel’s Share (v. 2009), this one is dark and leathery with plenty of wood notes accented by hints of vanilla.

    Track 7 – Devil Inside – A remixed track, Track 7 is Veritas 006 blended with raspberries, cherries and a touch of mandarin orange zest.

    Track 8 – Number of the Beast – A base of Judgment Day aged in freshly emptied bourbon barrels then spiked with liberal additions of cinnamon stick and dried chili pepper.

    Track 9 – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – A remixed track, Track 9 is Cuvee de Tomme bumped first with currants and then bumped again with extra Brettanomyces.

    Track 11 – Devil Went Down to Georgia – Angel’s Share sent to fresh Heaven Hill whiskey barrels for 9 months, spiked with fresh peaches and Black Tea and a touch of Brettanomyces

    Track 12 – Heaven and Hell – A non-fruited sour made from a blend of Avant Garde, and unreleased sour brown and Gift of the Magi aged in oak barrels.

    Track 13 – Message in a Bottle – A new barleywine brewed specifically for this Track, the base was sent to freshly emptied cognac barrels and aged with sour cherries and orange zest.

     

  5. Tomme heads North for Seattle Beer Week

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    Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey’s Director of Brewery Operations (and overall nice guy) leaves the heat of Southern California and heads Northwest for Seattle Beer Week 2013! If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi! CLICK HERE for a full list of events during Seattle Beer Week.

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    Brewers night with Tomme Arthur
    Thursday, May 16th
    Elliot Bay Pizza
    4 – 7pm

    Sourfest 
    Thursday, May 16th
    Brouwers Pub
    8pm – 10pm

    Bottle Signing with Tomme Arthur
    Friday, May 17th
    Beer Junction
    3- 5pm

    Bottle Signing with Tomme Arthur
    Friday, May 17th
    Chucks 85th
    6 – 9pm

    Lost Abbey Tap Takeover
    Saturday, May 18th
    Super Deli Mart
    All Day (Tomme will stop by for a beer around 11am on his way to the airport… maybe 2 beers)

     

  6. 7th Anniversary Party

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    Celebrate our 7th birthday with beer, food and a few of our closest friends!

    7thAnniversarySmallTo celebrate our 7th year of existence, we’re going back to our roots… Long gone are the anniversary parties that were focused on pony rides and balloon animals. We’re not going to bore you with lame card tricks and annoying roaming magicians looking for tips. (though last year’s magician has yet to re-appear from his disappearing act)

    This year’s 7th Anniversary party is all about GOOD BEER. We’re filling every one of our taps with beers both new and properly aged. We’re also bringing back our “Vintage Case” and filling that to the brim with some tasty “tracks”… umm… we mean beers… Tasty beers.

    We also thought we’d compliment this awesome selection of beer with four of our favorite food trucks! Devilicious, Red Oven Artisanal Pizza, Hoangies and Oscar’s Meat Pies.  Each truck will have a dish paired with a select Lost Abbey or Port beers put together by our “Goddess of Paring”, Gwen.

    So there you have it! Beer, Food, Friends…and we’ll even throw in some face painting… It’s our party and we’ll paint our face if we want to!

    This will be a ticketed event; tickets will go on sale on 4/20 at 10am at www.lostabbey.com. They’re $20 per person and $25 day of… Though we’ve never actually had any tickets available on the day of, just an FYI.

    Hope to see you there!

    The Details

    Location
    Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey, 155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92069.

    Date / Time(s):

    Saturday May 4, 2013-Two sessions

    • Session 1 – 11am to 3pm
    • Session 2 – 4pm to 8pm

    Each guest will receive a commemorative tasting glass, 10 beer tasting tabs and a food ticket (additional taster tickets will be available).

    Tickets

    • $20 per session
    • Each session limited to 400 people

    If any tickets remain, they’ll be available at the door for $25…

    Tickets will go on sale at 10am on 4/20/2013… more info to come! 

  7. Sede Vacante Release Details

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    Inspired by the shroud of mystery that envelopes the Vatican City during the Papal Conclave, The Lost Abbey presents their newest creation, Sede Vacante (SEH-deh vah-CAHN-teh). Created from a cloak and dagger blend of variously aged barrels previously stored in the catacombs of the brewery, Sede Vacante is a marvel of equal parts flavor and mystery. The creation of the beer itself was veiled in secrecy; the formulation written on black papyrus was burned soon after completion.

    Sede Vacante copyAn extremely limited amount of bottles, less than 100 cases, will be available beginning Saturday, March 23rd beginning at 10am at the Lost Abbey tasting room. With its small-batch size, Sede Vacante’s lore will only be intensified by its fleeting availability.

    Sede Vacante is a blend of Barleywine aged in Cognac barrels and Brandy barrel-aged Angel’s Share and at packaging came in at 15% abv. A contemplative beer with substantial depth, Sede Vacante imparts tones of dark fruit and vanilla, with a warming finish from the Cognac. The strongest beer to emerge from The Lost Abbey, portions of the beer spent almost 5 years in a barrel. Sede Vacante can be enjoyed immediately or cellared till the next Papal Conclave, however long that may be.

    Sede Vacante Release Details:
    When: Saturday, March 23rd, 2013. Doors open at 10am
    Where: Port Brewing/ The Lost Abbey – 155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92069
    Total Release: less than 100 cases
    Format: 750ml cork finished bottles
    Price: $35 per bottle
    Limit: One case per person (12 bottles)

     

  8. In celebration of the Papal vacancy, The Lost Abbey announce their newest creation “Sede Vacante”

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    San Marcos, CA, — Inspired by the shroud of mystery that envelopes the Vatican City during the Papal Conclave, The Lost Abbey presents their newest creation, Sede Vacante (SEH-deh vah-CAHN-teh). Created from a cloak and dagger blend of variously aged barrels previously stored in the catacombs of the brewery, Sede Vacante is a marvel of equal parts flavor and mystery. The creation of the beer itself was veiled in secrecy; the formulation written on black papyrus was burned soon after completion. An extremely limited amount of bottles, likely less than 100 cases, will be available beginning March 23rd. With its small-batch size, Sede Vacante’s lore will only be intensified by its fleeting availability.

    “It’s not very often we get to fete the arrival of a new Pontiff” said Tomme Arthur, Director of Brewery Operations at The Lost Abbey. “We felt this was an exceptional event worthy of a new release from our Lost Abbey Barrel13-0205 Artwork Sede Vacante_bigger Program.”

    Sede Vacante is a blend of Barleywine aged in Cognac barrels and Brandy barrel-aged Angel’s Share and at packaging came in at 15% abv. A contemplative beer with substantial depth, Sede Vacante imparts tones of dark fruit and vanilla, with a warming finish from the Cognac. The strongest beer to emerge from The Lost Abbey, portions of the beer spent almost 5 years in a barrel. Sede Vacante can be enjoyed immediately or cellared till the next Papal Conclave, however long that may be.

    It’s been over 500 years since the last time a pope resigned, Pope Gregory XIII in 1415, and in accordance with Vatican Law, Sede Vacante (from Latin meaning “vacant seat”) occurs. Without a leader of the Holy See, Sede Vacante becomes a period of reflection of the prior Pope and joy and excitement for the selection of a new head of state for the Vatican City.

    The artwork for Sede Vacante, as with all Lost Abbey bottles, was done by local artist Sean Dominguez and focuses on the image of an empty gilded chair illuminated from above and the assembly of Cardinals looking to fill the void.

    Sede Vacante took full advantage of The Lost Abbey’s extensive oak-aging barrel program. “Cognac barrels were chosen for their complexity and depth, helping lend flavors of intensely ripe fruit and some essence of black strap molasses” said Gwen Conley, Director of Production and Quality Assurance. “The flavors derived from the Cognac barrels gave the beer its elegance and darkness worthy of the empty Vatican seat”

    With over 850 barrels in the Oak-Aging Barrel program, unique and small-batch permutations have been possible and produced some of The Lost Abbey’s more sought after beer such as Cuvee De Tomme, The Veritas Series, Duck Duck Gooze and many others.

    Sede Vacante will be sold on a limited basis for $35 per 750 ml cork finished bottle at the Port Brewing / Lost Abbey Brewery in San Marcos. Because of the limited amount, bottles will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis, with the on-sale beginning March 23rd at 10am.

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    Direct – 760-500-9392
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  9. Google Hangout with Tomme Arthur and AllAboutBeer.com

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    (Google)Hangout with Allaboutbeer.com and Director of Brewery Operations Tomme Arthur for an exclusive tasting of track beer selections from the Lost Abbey Ultimate Box Set, this Wednesday (2/20) starting at 11am pst.

    We’ll give you the link to the Google Hangout around 10:30am (Wednesday) on Lostabbey.com, Facebook and Twitter… So call in sick (it’s going to be raining anyways), grab your Ultimate Box Set and hangout on Google with Tomme Arthur and Allaboutbeer.com!

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  10. GABF 2012 Beers and Thoughts

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    Will there be Gold at GABF?


    Each year we gather up a set of beers and work hard to slot them into the best category so that they may succeed in the competition.

    Given the range of expression we produce here at Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey, finding the right spot for each beer can be a challenge. The reward for getting it right is when the beer does well in the competition.

    For 2012, we sent 16 total beers (6 from Port Brewing and 10 from The Lost Abbey). Last Friday, we sat down and opened sample bottles of the beers we sent off to the competition. There are always some clear cut favorites and this year was no different.

    Here are the results from our tasting and the categories in which that our beers will compete.

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    • Old Viscosity – Category 13 Other Strong Ale
      We have never sent Old Viscosity to this competition and given how great the beer is, we are left scratching our head as to why. That being said, this is a wide open category and who really knows what the judges will be looking for. Entered in Sub Category B as an American Imperial Porter. Nice Cocoa and sweet caramel notes in the sample had us all nodding this beer tastes as great as ever.
    • Hot Rocks Lager – Category 16 Indigenous Beers
      This used to be called Out of Category Beers. We have won multiple GABF medals for this beer and it continues to showcase our brewing techniques well. The current batch really displays the stein beer portion of the brewing process. The sample we tasted was crisp and clean and perhaps a tad too dry for the judging. Still a nicely built beer.
    • Churchill’s Finest Hour – Category 23 Wood and Barrel Aged Stout
      From the land of crapshoot, this beer showcases all the qualities one would expect in a barrel aged stout. Yet, this category remains one of the craziest and one that we have not historically done well in (never won a medal here). Boozy and chewy — great attributes for this category — are what we found. Not really rolling the dice on this one. But we always remain hopeful for Churchill’s to do well.
    • Mongo – Category 52 American IPA
      This year marks the first time we are not sending Wipeout. While we love the way Wipeout drinks, it just lacks a balance of hops and caramel malts. So it gets ditched in favor of Mongo being our IPA entry. We all had huge hopes for the bottle we tasted but find there’s just too much green onion from the hops expressing themselves. Taking on pass on this one doing well in what historically is the largest category at the competition.
    • Hop 15 – Category 53 Double IPA
      Probably one of the biggest surprises at the tasting was how great this bottle expressed the hops and finish one expects in a double IPA. No stranger to the awards stage in Denver, Hop 15 continues to give us hope that we can compete in this category.
    • Shark Attack – Category 55 Imperial Red Ale
      We rarely enter Shark Attack into competitions but when we do, the beer has provided some nice results. This batch was fermented with our La Cruda yeast which slays on beers like this. We found the bottle sample to have bright hop quality and the malt finish was very balanced and well built. We have history with this recipe in this category so wouldn’t be shocked at all if this beer went forward.

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    • Track #8 – Category 14 Experimental Ales and Lagers
      We have a solid track record of doing well in this category and much of what we do at The Lost Abbey falls into this camp. Track 8 was Bourbon Barrel Aged Judgment Day to which we added Cinnamon and Dried Chiles. The impression of an oatmeal raisin cookie was executed in this beer. I love the way it smells and tastes. Hard to know if there’s enough “experimental” beer here. This category doesn’t “Love” barrel aged versions so it all comes down to the judges finding our beer truly experimental.
    • Red Poppy and Framboise de Amorosa – Category 19 American Style Sour
      Both of these beers have previously earned hardware in the category. Framboise is much bigger and bombastically fruited than Red Poppy. So most of the brewers and crew are banking on the raspberry to carry the load. That being said, the Red Poppy oozes great balance and a rounder acid profile. Both could do well but as Framboise did well last year, we’ll hang our hat on this one.
    • Track #6 – Category 23 Wood and Barrel Aged Stout
      This is the same category as Churchill’s Finest Hour. While we don’t like doubling up beers in tough categories, it happens when the beers deserve it. This reverse Deliverance Blend has great flavor and the blend of Imperial Stout and Barleywine may give this beer an edge over single batch and barrel aged beers. We liked this beer in the tasting but didn’t see it going the distance.
    • Track #7 – Category 24 Wood and Barrel Sour
      This category can be tough and this beer has some serious competition to get past. Many of the beers will showcase wood flavors and aromas. As we were hoping to emulate Sangria in this Track release, we really are lining up with Tannins and Red Wine flavors being the driver here. Might not be enough wood or too heavy on the acid. Either way, the judges will have lots to contemplate here…
    • Carnevale – Category 69 Belgian and French Style Saison
      Coming off the wins with the Gold Medal at World Beer Cup and Best of Show at the San Diego International Beer Festival in June have us feeling a bit smug with this one. Bottle tasted amazing and the Brett quality stayed true. Carnevale has won a Gold before and almost all of us we’re unanimous in pronouncing this a great example for the category.
    • Saint’s Devotion – Category 70 Belgian Style Ale
      It’s been a while since we have entered this category. Saint’s Devotion has all the hallmarks of a great beer in this category. Historically, Brett beers are received well. We love the way this one has developed in the bottle all summer long. Concern for me was a bit soapy nose on the beer and perhaps too much hop in the finish. Still the beer should stand out on the table.
    • Cable Car Kriek and Track # 3 – Category 71 Belgian Style Lambic
      A couple of years ago, a new batch of something we call Duck Duck Gooze stormed its way to the Gold Medal. Many of our brewers see the same texture and aromas in the Track 3 we are sending. I am pleased with the beer (especially the nose) and believe the only thing holding us back would be the viscosity of the beer. Pretty Heavy. Contrasting this heaviness is the Cable Car Kriek. An explosively fruited Kriek Sour, we may have finally found a home for this one. All of our guys will be circling this category as a place we hope to do well.
    • Serpent’s Stout – Category 81 Imperial Stout
      Back at the San Diego International Beer Festival this same batch of beer pulled down a Silver Award. A little bit of aging has not hurt this beer at all. Another one of the very difficult categories we don’t historically do well in. That being said, this is the finest batch of this beer we have ever packaged. Fingers crossed for sure as this is one of the last categories in the competition and the in which category we have entered a beer.

    So that’s it. Another year and another great tasting. We make great beer at Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey. They aren’t all World Class, so we’ll go ahead and state any win would be great for our crew. With 16 beers total in the competition we have a great chance to be part of the continued success of San Diego based breweries at the GABF.

    Best wishes to every brewer and brewery who has sent their beers out for evaluation. We’re in for another great year.