Thirsty Moose Taphouse

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Thirsty Moose TaphouseThirsty Moose Taphouse
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thirstymoosetap

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(Place added by: Jarob on 07-17-2012)
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Reviews by SunDevilBeer:
Photo of SunDevilBeer
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Ajburke10
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of dannymo24
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

My wife and I stopped in here on a Sunday evening before we went to The Movie Hall to see a movie. As mentioned previously, this used to be Muddy River, then something (briefly) else, now Thirsty Moose. They haven't done any interior improvements other than adding a back bar. The ambiance/vibe when it was a BBQ place wasn't that inviting, and not much has changed. It's still dark, noisy, and cave-like.
We sat at the front bar, which was fairly quiet (except for the loudmouth next to me), and watched some football. Extensive beer list. I would like to know the prices and the size of the pours, but that's a guessing game. If you go to the back bar, you can find out what's kicked. Out front you're on your own. Anyway, it's a nice enough beer selection. There's a lot of beers on the tap list that wouldn't appeal to the beer geek, but I think there's a good number of choices.
The bartender was attentive enough. I had to ask for the check, however.
This could be a great addition to the Portsmouth beer scene.

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Thirsty Moose Taphouse in Portsmouth, NH
92 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.