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Earth Eagle Brewings

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BEER AVG
3.72/5
Based on:
84 Beers
290 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

165 High St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-3708
United States

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Place added by: Todd on 11-05-2012

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 10
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

They had a couple guest taps and about 6 of their beers on tap. Interesting beers but nothing that knocked my socks off. It reminded me of a cool little Mexican restaurant and their nachos were awesome. Friendly service, nice clientele. Clean bar and restroom.

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

In Portsmouth, with Ed, who has never been to the Hampshire (What? Yeah, no, we didn’t hit Portsmouth Brewing, wanted to, but time time time. I know, I know, shut up). We’re en route to Portland for a few day’s play and got a later start than anticipated; much to see and do yet. Cousin Paulie put me on to this place seen in his travels. Said they make gruits and I’m thinking ‘cool’ and added that they made a meat beer and I’m thinking ‘Um, what?’ Every time I think I’ve seen it all...

Not really knowing where going, we circled once to scout it out. Hey, free seasonal street parking, hooray! Teeny little place down an alley kind of behind some stores, one of which sells homebrew supplies (Their festive red Christmasy growlers serving as a beacon). And down the rabbit hole.

Small ‘L’ plank laminate topped wood bar, with a pieced diagonal slat wood base, and seating for 7 on stools. Barback counter holds shelved goblets a-weighty, a 6 tap tower on the wall above with mix & match handles (doorknob, a bone, a harpoon, and some non-descripts), and dead soldiers lining atop for show and your sadness (Pliny, Supplication, Hill Farmstead Sue, Cantillon Gueuze, Cascade Apricot, Abbaye de St Bon-Chien). Pint shakers and growlers below the bar, flight glasses cornered, and a tulip rack dangling above. Brew room peek a boo window and a vertical black board listing tap selections, styles, and ABV’s to the rear. Logo banner sign over the bar with feathers off both ends from something that probably wasn’t too happy about giving them up.

Walls done in sky blue uppers & sea foam wave middles over brown lowers. Framed mountain scene painting, a deer head, ornate mirrors, a mask, and a Wildcat Mountain trail directory sign I’m sure there’s a reward for. Painted concrete floors & a corrugated stainless steel arched ceiling with a spinny fan, and a sled & snowboard mounted up there. Seasonal garland (it being the season for such) and shirts & hats displayed for the buying to wear. Pan lamps & drop lanterns. Kitchen access through a side door and the brewery curtained off to the rear.A hightop table for 4 on the far wall, a shared hightop on center for 6, and some bar counter space otherwise. People are standing, we are not them.

6 taps, the sampler served on a block with the placements numbered beneath the glassware; Anarchist, 6.9%, a kitchen sink entry blended from a dozen beers, not my bag; Erebos, 7.6%, sour black Gruit, big star anise nose; Lumbersexual, 6%, Gruit Pale Ale with rye; Nocturnal, 7.5%, American Stout, roasty, Tomahawk hops, solid; Crabapple Ambrosia, 5.2%, Wheat Pils Gruit with crabapple, yarrow, sage, & fennel, love, very Heavyweight Two Druidesque; Backhead Cabin, 8.5%, Baltic Porter with Chinook, Falconers Flight, Amarillo Gold, WIN; and bonus round Cytherea, 9.2%, barrel aged Belgian Golden Ale with lacto & brett. Nocturnal, Crabapple Ambrosia, & Backhead Cabin were the best of ‘em.

They do food; small plates, large bites. Was toying with a grilled cheese but am holding out for a lobster roll to the north. Sarahtender knows her game. Been here for 2 years and can talk the gruit game well. I commented on Paul having told me that they had made a porter made with pig’s brain, and she said they had a beer made with moose cheeks coming soon. Good crowd, and much obliged for the intel on the Kittery side of the river (our plan after here). As gruits go, they are very much so on their game. I will be looking in on ‘em again in my travels through.

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4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Friendly, accommodating staff pouring a selection of traditional styles and unique concoctions. I enjoy visiting every time I am within driving distance.

Photo of hopmopped
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Alex and Butch are cranking out amazing beer. Yes they specialize in gruits but also have a few traditional beers like Shepherds Crook that are outstanding.

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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Tiny but really neat beers made with gruit and other interesting. Ingredients

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4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Located on a one way street just off Market Street (one of the main drags) this place is unimposing and you need to be looking for it if you want to visit. Small. Seats maybe 20. I do like the bar that faces out into the parking lot. Then inside you have a rustic sort of atmosphere with high sit on. Lots of wood. This place can get very busy so get there early. Usually at least 6 unique beers on tap and they change from week to week. They have a couple staples but by staple I mean 5-6 times per year. They specialize in gruits. Moderate prices.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Love, love, LOVE! The people who brew here, work here, go here- all awesome, all the time. So happy they're doing well & hope they continue! Check it out, it's the best bar in Portsmouth, hands down. It's a hidden gem that is becoming less hidden for a reason.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Knowledgeable staff, good beers

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%

Super cool spot in Portsmouth! The bunker is usually very relaxed....sometimes the space fills up quickly though. The "sherpa's" as the beer tenders are know as are always ridiculously friendly in the best possible way.
The beers are very unique and there's always a couple gruits on that you most likely will never find in any other establishment.
They also serve a variety of pours....from tasting flights to full pints. So you can always try something before you commit. Also, they have an eclectic food menu that allows you to stick around and have a nice meal.
Overall, I would strongly recommend stopping by and checking them out....you will be happy they you did!

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4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Within walking distance from the woefully disappointing Portsmouth Brewery. Earth Eagle is a tiny operation, and the taproom is very small, but there was quite a crowd packed in there when I visited. Strange to see a brewery specializing in gruits, but there's no novelty here...they're making some really interesting and unique stuff. Flight options are nice, and the bartender was friendly and knowledgeable.

This is the place to be in Portsmouth. I'd probably never go back to Portsmouth Brewery, but I'd definitely love to come back to EE.

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Earth Eagle Brewings in Portsmouth, NH
94 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.