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Thirsty Moose Taphouse

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Thirsty Moose TaphouseThirsty Moose Taphouse

31 Ratings
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: 116
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

21 Congress St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-4004
United States
phone: (603) 427-8645

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Place added by: Jarob on 07-17-2012

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Reviews by ElGallo:
Photo of ElGallo
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Finally got around to visiting this place last weekend for a quick after-dinner drink with the wife. If you're a beer lover who would prefer a quiet setting to sample some drafts and chat with the bartender, then go here for lunch or in the early afternoon. After 8:00 pm this place is THE hangout for the twentysomethings of Portsmouth, so be prepared for a noisy crowd and a bit of immaturity (oh how I miss those days...). There is a somewhat helpful chalkboard just inside the entrance that lists their taps by style. I liked this, but as others have said, just because it's on the board doesn't mean it's on tap.

We squeezed in near the back bar, and with an NFL playoff game on, it was packed and took close to ten minutes to get a bartender's attention. One positive I will point out: this seems like a great bar for watching a game - tons of HDTVs around and two huge overhead screens in the back. Very impressive. I got an Oskar Blues Ten Fidy ($8 for a 10 oz pour) and the wife got a $12 chocolate martini, which she liked. Service was friendly and quick once we were able to track down the bartender. Only stayed for one drink, didn't get food, and didn't go downstairs (which has another bar and live music).

I'm a bit snobby about my beer purchases these days, but there were at least 10 drafts that I saw that appealed to me. Still, lots of macros, and keg turnover has got to be an issue. Overall this place impressed me more than I thought it would (even with the large, young crowd). Still, for a bar that touts its 116 taps (should have stopped at 100, but I digress), their ability to track/share what's on tap is weak if not pathetic. Their website and Facebook page list nothing other than "we're working on it," and near the back bar is another chalkboard that has headings of "What's New" and "On the way Out," but there are no beers listed. Cheezy. This is the 21st century, and technology and social media are easy marketing and information solutions for bars. Management should have done a little more research of other successful beer bars before delving into an unnessary number of taps.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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Photo of NHbeerguy
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Great beer selection for NH. They just opened another location in Dover, NH also and that one has the same great tap list. It is nice to have a large selection of great beers. It is a Bar so on Friday and Saturday it can get packed for sure but they have never made me wait long to get a beer. Both locations have several places to order from. If you are in Portsmouth or Dover hit one of these up you will be happy for sure.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Visited the Thirsty Moose Taphouse in Portsmouth NH on Friday May 16 2014. The atmosphere was what I expected at a bar on a Friday night. Crowded wall to wall with people but we did get a couple of seats at the bar in the back. This place has three bars to place an order! Really nice with high quality beers to choose from on tap. The service was amazing! The young bartender, Lauren, was extremely busy but very attentive to us and fun to chat with. The beer selection was out of this world; 116 i think, and I was able to get two six glass sampler trays to try. Enjoyed 12 different beers I've never had before and spent almost 4 hours there enjoying the evening. The bavarian pretzels were awesome too. The prices seemed decent to me and I can't wait to get back down to Portsmouth to hang out at the Thirsty Moose Taphouse!

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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Stopped in to break up a solo road trip.

Sports-bar type atmosphere, comfortable & casual. Several big screens showing sports...plus in my book.

Service quick & friendly. Server very knowledgeable of list & current beer scene. Beers poured full & fairly. Prices reasonable.

Had the tots with a side of queso - nice dish, satisfied my need for a quick nosh.

Would definitely stop by here again...would compete with Psmouth Brewery IMO.

Photo of rjp217
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

This is your different type of craft beer spot. They have a massive selection of taps, with some difficult to find beers and your basics, most of which is listed on a chalkboard when you walk in. Whats different about it is that it definitely falls in line with a sports bar theme. There are TVs everywhere so you will catch any sort of pro or college game that is on at the moment. I like going here when I'm in that type of mood to catch a game and drink a great beer. Their food is pretty good in my opinion. Nothing will blow you away as you'll find your typical bar foods, burgers, sandwiches, etc.... I recommend their grilled wings, they're high quality. On a busy night, service can be slow like anywhere else but on a casual afternoon, it's a fine place to relax. I find myself coming back here a lot based on the selection and sports. I could see it not appealing to the non sports people but based on their craft beer selection, you should give it a shot. Cool place in my opinion and one of the best drinking spots in Portsmouth.

Photo of bird18
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

We live in the area so have been here a few times now since they opened this past summer. It took awhile for them to get some of the kinks out as far as service is concerned but have to say the last couple times we have been there we have had no complaints on that score.

as others have said it is a sports pub vibe, lots of TVs. and again as another reviewer noted it is filled with" 20 somethings" on the weekend evenings. Beer list is long, very much like how many different local craft beers they have. They do have a hard time keeping up with what has kicked, especially some of the more unusual beers. We noticed that the prices have gone up and the size of the pour has gone down on many of their beers. I found it strange that a Green Flash IPA and Imperial Green Flash IPA were served in the same size (10 oz) glass at the same price!! some of the sizing and pricing makes no sense.

Food is typical pubfare, you can build your own "sammie" and the burgers are quite good, chicken tenders were terrible, just the frozen breaded crap with the sauce of your choice on the side. Pizza was decent. Stick with standard fare and you will be fine. All in All very happy to have a beer bar in downtown Portsmouth with such a good variety.

Photo of vonnegut21
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stopped here while in town on business on the recommendation of some co-workers. This place definitely builds its reputation on having a huge taplist. I wasn't necessarily expecting a lot since many places with huge taplists have generic selections and stale beer, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Thirsty Moose.

There's a sports bar/BBQ place vibe going on which is fine with me, but it pales to the more vibrant atmosphere that Portsmouth Brewery offers. What impressed me most was that even though the tap list was huge, there were a lot of great local and craft options. East Coast IPAs, West Coast IPAs, local stuff from Throwback, Smuttynose and Redhook. There were at least a dozen beers that I would have willingly ordered, which is very rare for me. The biggest issue is that the beer menu doesn't list prices or pour sizes, so you're shooting in the dark. However, the three or four beers I received were in average to generous pour sizes and were all fairly priced. I'd definitely stop in again next time I'm in town.

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Thirsty Moose Taphouse in Portsmouth, NH
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