WHYM Craft Beer Cafe
Taps: 9 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 4 | Show All Ratings:
4.29/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$$
WHYM is definitely a beer lover's destination, even if it is in a odd location for a craft beer bar. Tucked back off Route 1, the location is actually nice as it's away from the downtown Portsmouth crowds and has an outdoor patio and an area to toss some corn hole while enjoying a fine beer and food. Interior is cozy with a small bar and table seating for about 30. The draft list is small (only 8 taps this first year in operation) but very distinguished. The owners work very hard to get the best kegs available in the state, and the variety among the draft offerings works for whatever you might be in the mood for. Bottle list is solid and rotates. Food offerings are higher-end pub-style appetizers and nice sandwiches. The pretzel appetizer is excellent, with a nice mix of dipping sauces. The owners are friendly and happy to answer your questions. Service is very attentive. I look forward to seeing this place grow - definitely worth checking out.
01-27-2014 01:43:48 | More by ElGallo
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here on a whim (sorry I had to) after reading about this place. Very very cool. Lots of beer porn displayed around the bar. 8 tap lines split between local brews and other beers. Alex absolutely knew what he was talking about and loved to talk beer. Had some local Maine Beer Co. stuff and a sour from Blue Lobster. Great spot, very good food and worth stopping by if you're in the Portsmouth area. Not quite the selection that Thirsty Moose offers but very well thought out tap and bottle list. Service and vibe are great, and it was awesome how clean and cared for it was. Highly recommend!
01-25-2014 04:43:11 | More by afi4lifer
4.34/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Excellent selection of hard to find craft beers. The owners know their stuff and are very engaging with everyone. The food choices are somewhat limited but the food is fresh and you can't go wrong. The atmosphere is really chill without the distraction of TV's. Awesome place!
11-02-2013 16:15:45 | More by MattyEsq
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
WHYM is Portsmouth's first craft beer bar. Although there is at least one other beer bar in Portsmouth, WHYM is the first to approach it from an enthusiast focus. The owners and staff are knowledgeable about beer, and their selection, although limited to about 10 taps is well chosen.
The taps are split between Neighbors, those beers within a few miles such as Blue Lobster and Smuttynose and “Long Distance” selections, which ranges from Craft US to Craft Europeans.
The location is unusual, in that it is on the property of the Village Inn, a motor Inn about 5 miles south of downtown Portsmouth. At first it does have a David Lynch quality, but its hidden quality grows on you very quickly.
So, if you are visiting Portsmouth you will not just walk by this place downtown. Like most of the more interesting places, the economics of downtown mean newer start ups are opening either north in downtown Kittery, or south along route 1 in Portsmouth / Hampton. They have parking on site and it is an easy straightforward drive down route 1.
Once you get inside, the interior is very comfy with darker wood, a bar, 10 or so tables, a small grotto with a large table, and a small outdoor patio. The owners (a couple) are friendly and the place is easy to settle in at the bar.
Unlike say the Black Birch or Pigs Can Fly, in Kittery; WHYM feels like a comfortable nice bar, not a restaurant, along the lines of the vibe of Novare Res in Portland.
The food is very respectable, with a super cheese plate from nearby C’est Cheese, and some nice sandwiches. Like many craft beer bars, they feel the food should match the quality of the beer. If you are in the Portsmouth area, I would recommend a stop.
07-28-2013 16:48:20 | More by rbowser
WHYM Craft Beer Cafe in Portsmouth, NH
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.