Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Smuttynose Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Smuttynose Brewing CompanySmuttynose Brewing Company
Based on:
79 Beers
29,373 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 13
Visits: 78
Avg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

105 Towle Farm Rd
Hampton, New Hampshire, 03842-1806
United States
phone: (603) 436-4026

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @smuttynosebeer

Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Smuttynose Hours
Monday Noon-7pm, last tour begins at 4pm
Tuesday Noon-7pm, last tour begins at 4pm
Wednesday Noon-7pm, last tour begins at 4pm
Thursday Noon-7pm, last tour begins at 5:30pm
Friday Noon-7pm, last tour begins at 5:30pm
Saturday 11am-8pm, last tour begins at 6:30pm
Sunday 11am-4pm, last tour begins at 3pm

Hayseed Hours:
Monday, Wednesday Thursday 11:30am-11pm
Friday and Saturday 11:30am-12:00am
Sunday 11:30am-10pm
Closed Tuesday
Place: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 13 | Visits: 78
Photo of OffHeGoes
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went to the new location this summer and I was really impressed. Took the tour which included very generous tastings. I was impressed and surprised by all of the options on tap, and had both Smuttynose and Smuttlabs beers that I really enjoyed. The piece of land they are now on is really nice, and the new brewery setup is impressive too. Also enjoyed the meal (and beers) at the on site Hayseed restaurant.

 412 characters

Photo of rogacks
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Gift shop had a cool selection of Smutty gear. Also had a lot of beer available, including Smuttlabs. Went next door to Hayseed. They pretty much have every beer on tap. They had a few on cask as well. 5 or 6 guest beers too.

 225 characters

Photo of LeRose
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

We enjoy visiting the new brewery - the staff is always enthusiastic, helpful, and just fun to hang around with. Tours are pretty energetic - we've even gotten close to the bottling line when it was down for the day. The tasting area is cool - being inside the brewery you can hear the fermenters bubbling merrily and can smell the beer in process. We have yet to hit the new restaurant - it is closed on Tuesdays (our last visit) and was not completed on a previous trip. The selection for tasting in the brewery is usually the core beers and that's fine, but we've enjoyed a couple of Smuttlabs offerings as well. But I can't complain on a pretty decent pour of Old Brown Dog. It's a good example of a medium-sized brewery. We were the only people on one tour and I could ask process questions and my wife asked about their green technology. It's a great location, ample space, they've added the disc golf course and have even more plans for the outdoor areas. Will add to the review if we ever get to the restaurant.

 1,019 characters

Photo of bcal9
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The Smuttynose Brewery is a good representation of a medium/large craft brewery, with a free tour that shows you the assembly line and the brewing room, free tasting after the tour (although watch out for special events, I went on the day they had their Octoberfest so the free samples were not offered), a gift shop with your standard merchandise and a variety of their beers (including specialty-made, in-house beers made through their Smuttilabs division), and a restaurant offering a selection of their beers and appetizers/meals (recommend having a flight of four beers for $6 and their cheese sampler). From a beer standpoint I'd recommend the Brown Dog ale and their Frankenlager (limited time IPL), but all the ones I had definitely hit the mark and were tasty. With some of their standard beers such as the Finest Kind IPA they admittedly aim for consistency (as in the beer tasting the same today as it did three years ago and will three years from now) so you may be disappointed if you are expecting more variety/innovation (maybe a pumpkin ale could be switched up every harvest, although there is something to be said for simplicity and the if it ain't broke don't fix it mindset). I also had this sense from the folks there in that they are pretty by the book and aiming for a consistently solid customer experience, you have to engage them for the information you need, whether on the tour, in the restaurant, or in the giftshop. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it makes finding the character of the brewery somewhat more difficult when there seems to be one beneath the surface, in the characteristics of the beers that have made them popular staples in the Northeast, the consideration of the environment in the brewing process, and the unique creations of the Smuttilabs.

 1,798 characters

Photo of 2ellas
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Upon walking into the tasting room, there are many people enjoying samples, each others company and the atmosphere of being surrounded by the giant stainless fermenters and the bubbling of the blow off bucket.
The beer being brewed in here is of the utmost quality. Consistently brewed to high standards and consistently consistent!
Service was great. Greeted immediately upon entering and given the run down.
Selection was delightful. I could have easily broken the bank with all of the smuttlabs specialities and super fresh cans and bottles of their year round favorites. Not to mention the kick ass "smerchandise".
I'll be back for sure!

 644 characters

Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Tucked away in Hampton but easily accessible from the highway, Smuttynose is about a 10-15 minute drive from Portsmouth or a little less than an hour and a half from Boston. I don't know if I'd call it a must-visit, but it is the most aesthetically pleasant brewery campus I've ever visited aside from New Glarus.

Everything looks and smells new. The brewery and store is a long red building. The shop doesn't sell anything you can't find in liquor stores, and the tour was run-of-the-mill.

The restaurant across the way, called Hayseed, is gorgeous and homey. It looks and feels like you're in a house. The food selection is fairly broad, and everything is fresh and delicious. There's about twenty beers on tap including several from Portsmouth and Smuttlabs, and nearly everything was available in growlers.

I don't got much else to say other than it was pretty and pleasant and the beer was very nice.

 918 characters

Photo of Nickcal
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Love whats going on here. Beautiful area with gardens all around the building, well maintained landscape and indoors. No fee for the tour and tasting. All they ask is that you make a donation. You can skip the tour and go right for the tasting if you please. Also if you plan on going to Portsmouth Brewery as I did that same day, they give you a card for a free beer, make sure you ask though. For the tasting they let you pick 4 beers and after that you bring the card they give you next door for a 7oz pour at there restaurant "Hayseed". With the free beer at Portsmouth Brewery all for a $5.00 donation, if your kind enough to do. There is no going wrong here.

 664 characters

Photo of Budlum
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great location with an enthusiastic staff. The tour is informative and offered a very generous tasting program. A wide selection of beers, and most importantly the Smuttlabs releases, are available for purchase. Everyone at the brewery was very enthusiastic about both their beer and providing a positive experience. This is a must-visit. The new brewery, restaurant, and grounds are beautiful. Their plans for the property will only make their farm better and better.

 474 characters

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

New tasting "room" is in the brewhouse, so its pretty cool....usually some nice variation of offerings (smutlabs, vintage stuff, current beers). Staff are always awesome!

 170 characters

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Cool farm vibe. Apparently their adding a ton of fun stuff to do, biking trails, disc golf, etc. They have a farm to table restaurant next door and a retail store. Great tour, very knowledgeable staff, impressive facility, and a ton of free tastes afterwards.

 259 characters

Photo of ErinSully
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

I've been to upwards of 35 breweries--some just for paid tastings, some for tours. I appreciate breweries for what they are and what they are able to achieve with their space. For many reasons Smuttynose is my favorite. (There's a fancy, famous beer-hall in Boston that is fun to visit, but it's a crowded tourist trap much of the time. And there are nano-breweries operating out of garages that do a great job too. But Smuttynose is a winner because they have that just-right middle ground). The tours are informative (if you know nothing about beer maybe go to a Budweiser or Coors-type place first for the high level look at simple ingredients, marketing, etc.) If you really want to know more about beer and brewing you can get that at Smutty. I've done the tour 3 or 4 times (most times with lead host Ben). They don't currently charge money for their tours, but if they started to (like nearly all the breweries do these days) it would still be worth it. Especially since tour guests get a card for a free beer at Portsmouth Brewery. I'm rating 4.75 because I want to leave room for when they really settle into the new digs. I think they can probably have events and really utilize the opening of the restaurant to have a really, really nice 5-star place on their hands.

 1,279 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Stopped by today and took the tour of the new building. Free tour lasted about 20 minutes with 4 4 oz samples afterwards in the shadow of the behemoth fermenters.
Huge production scale these days, 85 barrel brew length with 270 barrel fermenters damn.
Gift shop with lots of clothing and bottles to go.
The restaurant is not open yet they estimate later this year, I look forward to coming back and checking it out when they do open.

 438 characters

Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Just visited the new brewery. It is a great place, nestled on an old farm. A beautiful new building which is very efficiently designed. After a tour they have a bar area set up right next to the fermenters. 6 taps, and a few standing tables. The tour is free, as are the samples. They have the old farmhouse moved, and are rennovating it to be a restarauunt and pub. It should be good!

 392 characters

Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton, NH
93 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.