Alas, you probably missed it, but Port Brewing / Lost Abbey held it’s first anniversary party back on May 5th.
If you’re not familiar with it, Lost Abbey is a spin-off from Pizza Port in North County San Diego. And I’m not talking Joanie Loves Chachi spin-off, but Frasier, where the new show is as good (and in many ways better) than the original.
A year ago sister and brother duo Gina and Vince Marsaglia (of Pizza Port fame), former Pizza Port Solana Beach head brewer (and two-time GABF Brewer of the Year) Tomme Arthur, and CPA Jim Comstock all threw in together and bought Stone Brewing Company’s old facility in San Marcos, California and decided to make a go of it as Port Brewing Company with the Lost Abbey label as their flagship brews.
Since that time they’ve managed to produce 15 new beers and fill more than 100 oak, brandy and bourbon barrels with some of the most amazing beers you’ll ever find.
Not too shabby for a brewery that should just be learning to walk.
Anyway, I had the opportunity (should I say “honor”?) to pull some taps and tote beer for patrons during the first anniversary party, and I must say it was a great experience. You know once the word gets out breweries like PA/LA will hit the big time, take off like a rocket and the next party will have thousands instead of hundreds in attendance. But I’ll always be able to say I was there that first year when a couple hundred close friends all turned out to celebrate the first birthday of what is bound to be a tremendously popular brewery.
» Check out their first anniversary party video / photo right here.