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WHYM Craft Beer Cafe

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WHYM Craft Beer CafeWHYM Craft Beer Cafe
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Taps: 9
Bottles: 15
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3548 Lafayette St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-6061
United States
phone: (603) 501-0478

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(Place added by: rbowser on 06-13-2013)
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Photo of mjstacker
4.5/5  rDev +9%

One of my favorite beer stops. Always 10 great beers on tap with a large bottle list. The Mac & Cheese is perfect, have some pretzels as well. The owners & staff have a ton of beer knowledge and love helping everyone find the perfect beer. Cheers.

mjstacker, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of NHbeerguy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

NHbeerguy, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%

Faxmesomehalibut, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

mklisz, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of JKV96
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

JKV96, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Chefdolan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Chefdolan, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Pwbres
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Pwbres, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of EnronCFO
3.01/5  rDev -27.1%

Stopped in on a Tuesday late afternoon. Tap selection was weak (MBC Lunch kicked the day before I was there) and prices were higher than I find at craft beer places in Boston. Clown Shoes Galactica was priced as a $9 pint, but served in a 12 oz. pour. No A/C and no TV for the World Cup, the place kind of looks like a dump to me. Old restaurant/lodge kinda thing behind a dumpy hotel (short-term apartments?) on Rte. 1 in NH. Not worth seeking out and I do not understand the praise this place gets. Didn't try the food. The guy behind the bar was nice.

But hey, they've got a summer cornhole tournament about to start up.

EnronCFO, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of LilLJStuff
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

LilLJStuff, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Jodi215
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Stopped here for lunch while exploring the New England coast. We heard about it from a salesmen we met at a Liquor store named Kappys. He said the name stood for the ingredients in beer. W for water, H for hops, Y for yeast and M for malt. Atmosphere was nice yet casual. the location is behind a motel so very secluded. Quality was excellent. Service was friendly and helpful, wait time was reasonable. Beer selection could use some improvment but was decent. I had the fish and chips and it was the best I've had on this vacation. Huge piece of fish with crispy batter and a wonderful ginger tartar sauce. Best tartar sauce I've had ever. The guys had hamburgers and said they were delcious. Value was very reasonable.

Jodi215, May 22, 2014
Photo of Janeinma
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Janeinma, May 20, 2014
Photo of rosstracy
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

I can't say enough about WHYM, it has everything a craft beer cafe should. Alex and Gretchin are great owners, very knowledgeable and personable, and truly have a must-visit establishment. Over the last few years we've hopped around from place to place trying to find a respectable mix of good craft beer and good food, WHYM has neither. In fact, they have a great mix of craft beers and great food! Put that into a great atmosphere, comfortable lounging, fireplace, music and NO TVs, and you've got yourself a place you'll want to visit regularly. Sure there are times when things are busy and hectic or the service slows a bit, but when you're in that environment, there's no need to rush! WHYM hosts unbelievable beer dinners and fun trivia nights, also.

Honestly, I haven't found anything that I dislike about WHYM, other than it's location not being across the street from my house!

rosstracy, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Rekrule
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Rekrule, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

coombski, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

cincysig, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of ElGallo
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

ElGallo, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of afi4lifer
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

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!

afi4lifer, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of MattyEsq
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%

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!

MattyEsq, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of rbowser
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

rbowser, Jul 28, 2013
WHYM Craft Beer Cafe in Portsmouth, NH
92 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.