Martha's Exchange

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Martha's ExchangeMartha's Exchange
BEER AVG
3.53/5
Based on:
50 Beers
188 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: n/a
Taps: 9
Bottles: 7
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

185 Main St
Nashua, New Hampshire, 03060-2701
United States
phone: (603) 883-8781

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @marthasexchange

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Reviews by hbis2gut:
Photo of hbis2gut
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

I visited Matha's recently in an attempt to make the rounds (no pun intended?) of the brewpubs in my home state of NH. It was pretty easy to find being on the main drag of downtown Nashua.

FEEL:The atmosphere has more of a local restaurant feel than a brewpub although some of the equipment is visible from several tables. I had high expectations since the place seemed clean and inviting.
A nicely appointed bar with several taps always gets me into beer anticipation.

SERVICE:It was not very busy that afternoon yet it took an awful long time to get a server. I consider myself more patient than most customers but when our server did finally arrive, she had an air of distraction about her and almost seemed bothered to have to be there. When I finally clued into this I noticed a great deal of the staff were younger "women" who were more interested in talking to each other than servicing the customers. When I asked about several of the styles available that day my server drew a blank stare and then admitted to not really knowing much about the beers.

BEER: Maybe the beer would be so outstanding that it would make up for the obviously lacking level of service? Well, I wish it were so. Mind you, none of the beers fall into the "bad" category, but none were remarkable in any way whatsoever.

It is with a twinge of regret that I cannot highly recommend Martha's.
In a land of bud swillers and the dozen mediocre microbrews available at the local supermarkets, I would expect a brewpub like this to try and meet the no-so-unrealistic expectations of the real beer fans out there.

More User Reviews:
Photo of terry33
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of bigorange
2.15/5  rDev -43%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 1.75

I have been a patron of Martha's Exchange for longer than it has been a brewery/restaurant. Since the 70's if you count from when I was a child. There isn't much to say about the place other than it has potential. The state of the establishment has been downright terrible for decades. The owner obviously doesn't care about the condition of the place.

The restaurant is reasonably clean but not kept up. The same broken fixtures have been in place for decades.

The bathrooms are grotesque. More suitable for a gas station or fraternity. As with the restaurant, the same broken urinal remained for 5+ years and it has never smelled clean.

The food is simply prepared and of a chain restaurant quality. A decent range of choices. For what it is, it's over priced.

Their beer is poor to acceptable at best. I haven't found a solidly balanced standard brew nor a well done creative experimental beer. They offer both but just don't seem to nail either. They don't offer much of an interesting range other than their own. They attract a lot of A-B type patrons.

The service is ok. Kind of friendly dolled up 20 something year old girls meet you and decent wait staff and bartenders.

The atmosphere is poor. The potential is there as the place has a grand history, ornate décor, a beautiful bar and a great location on main street.

The owner should be ashamed he has let the place go as far down as he has. He has always been pleasant to me, remembers me even if it's been years since I have been in but has the reputation as a terrible boss and someone not to do business with.

Potential, lot's of potential.

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Hadn't been here in a several years, but I gots to give some love to the the bartending staff. They were enthusiastic, obviously having a good time, and never left me with an empty glass. I live in Boston and service like this is a crapshoot. Martha's features solid ales. The IPA and Stout were nice. Rockin' joint at night, if yer in the area, you gots to go.

Photo of infuturity83
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Rekrule
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of jbertsch
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I had been to M.E. a few times years ago. Visited recently and noticed some updates were made.

It's a touch more modern now (think Cheesecake Factory-like touches). But half of the place still has the old-world wood.

It's suitable for everyone. Singles and families, alike. There's a big bar area, as well as a big restaurant/table area. White table cloths are used, but it's not real fancy. There's an in-house desert/candy shop off to the side where you can buy little chocolates as you leave.

They make their own beer here, and it's enjoyable. There were maybe 8 different ones when we were there, plus a cask. I had their marzen/oktoberfest which was spot on (quite surprising, actually), and a red which was solid. The double ipa I got a taste of was aggressive in hops (which I like to see) and read that some of the hops used come form the owner's garden, which were used for dry hopping. Tasty, but seemed the malt backbone was a bit too sweet for my tastes. The pumpkin doppelbock on cask was more easy-drinking than I expected...though I just had a couple sips.

The waitresses were all willing to give you samples of beers. It's easy if you sit at the bar. All the waitresses waited on us, not just one person. They were all friendly and attentive.

My wife and I got the same dinner... a medley of greek food on a platter. It was tasty and we were both satisfied.

We actually really enjoyed our visit. I was impressed by the beers and the food was quite satisfying. The atmosphere mainly seems like locals who may not all know much (or care about) the house made beers. It's all good though. Chill place. I'd definitely go back.

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to Martha's quite a few times and I'm kind of surprised I haven't rated this before now. So Martha's is a brew pub on the main drag (Main St) through downtown Nashua. They have no off street parking, but the parking garage on high street is free after 6pm and on the weekend if you can't find something on street. The menu has standard pub fare as well as some more exotic dinners, I like the Spicy Caribbean Jerk Chicken for example. There are usually 6 or 7 house brews on tap and once a week they tap a cask. The beer is usually solid and sometimes exceptional. I've always received prompt attention from the staff. Prices seem to be in line with similar establishments and the candy counter is a surefire way to get my wife to come with me. The one downside is at 10 pm on the weekend the place turns into a dance club so its best to avoid unless you are into that sort of thing.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Beer and candy, what could be better? We stopped in for dessert and beer, and were not disappointed on either front. Tons of candy available when you first walk in. The place has a decent feel to it, with a pretty slick looking bar and a ton of seating throughout. If you walk all the way to the right of the bar, you can see the tanks from the brewery. We went on a Saturday night, and the place was packed. Food was decent and reasonably priced, and there was plenty of it. Very healthy portions. Good selection of beer...I think they had 8 or so on tap. They have a cask every week, and the beers rotate, but they also sell out quick. Our waitress was very helpful and friendly, and very prompt. The prices were not bad at all, and I look forward to visiting again. Decent place to swing by if you find yourself in downtown Nashua.

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've enjoyed Martha's Exchange on a few visits in the past, and their beers have been among the high points of several recent fests I've been to, but I usually end up driving past Nashua on my way home to Manchester. Not so Friday night, when I stopped into Martha's Exchange on a chilly early November evening for dinner and beers with a couple of Mancunian friends.

Driving along Main Street in Nashua, there are plenty of nice restaurants and the downtown is generally pleasant, but the warm glow from Martha's had me drawn in even before finding a place to park. The bar is deep, dark woods, with the brass-colored brewhouse behind open, red curtains and wooden booths, and the bar top a glowing, amber onyx. It wasn't a fireplace, but the light pouring out of the tall street-facing windows seemed cozy enough for the evening. Overall, the ambiance follows that theme: warm lighting and tones, but everything is old or at least feels so, exuding a sense of comfortable sophistication without a hint of pretension.

We split the sampler, which included all the beers (eight, I believe) for $9. The range was very nice, with plenty of well-made versions of approachable styles alongside more inventive and unusual beers. Particularly interesting was the Double Jeopardy Bock, which had just a hint of smokiness. After the sampler, though, I decided to go for a full pint of the crisp, well-balanced Biscuit City Pale Ale. The beers were all well-made and tasty, and settling on one was a challenge.

The food and service were also quite good--mostly upscale pub fare, but many of the entrees leaned more higher-end and sounded very good. My chipotle chicken sandwich and sweet potato fries did the trick for a reasonable price.

Martha's Exchange is the type of brewpub that I think could do well in just about any New Hampshire city--a prominent, welcoming space downtown that strikes a balance between moderately upscale restaurant and local hangout bar. The approachability and quality of the beers, as well as the helpful descriptions and visibility of the brewhouse, make Martha's Exchange an easy choice for beer loves as well as an unintimidating place to learn about good beer. I'll definitely be stopping by Nashua more often in my trips up to Manchester now.

Photo of SevaTse
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Easily one of the better brewpubs in New Hampshire!
Tried their beers(and loved them!) for the first time at a New Hampshire brewfest at Redhook few years back (a rare American brewery with a decent Oktoberfest), and finally visited this summer.
It is located in a downtown type area, they have few rotating taps and a cask engine. The interior is pretty stylish, with brown leather on booth benches, but not stuffy.
Me and my wife tried few of the tap offerings and had a salad and some sandwiches- all in all a positive experience.
Recommend it as a destination.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is a pretty decent little brewpub. they have eight beers on tap and one cask at all times. the beers are pretty good with some of the styles being much better than others. the beer seemed to be fairly fresh and the service was pretty good, they waitresses are good looking and friendly. the food was great everyone in my party had food and everyone was impressed with it. the prices here are also very reasonable. i would definitely recommend trying this place to anyone in the area. cheers

Photo of Tundruth
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Great place to enjoy a beer, I go here often and really like it. They have a lot to offer for various types of clientele. The bartenders are very friendly but I don't really know if they are knowledgeable about the drought beers which are all brewed on site because the only times I've visited were on Friday/Saturday nights when the place is packed for their nightlife venues which feature some DJ guy named Josh Porter from the radio station Kiss 108. I really look forward to visiting Martha's for a normal lunch or dinner sometime and will probably re-review once I do get the chance to. The parties they host there Thurs-Sat are probably the best in the city of Nashua though! So go there to show your friends a good time if your looking for a packed place to do some dancing and mingling.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice, big, inviting, comfortable brewpub /restaurant. I sat in a booth off to one side of the bar and ordered a Steeplechase Porter with the Shephards Pie lunch special. Music was country, but playing low enough that I didn't mind. The staff was friendly, constantly in motion, and promptly delivered my lunch and beers. I followed the porter with a cask conditioned stout that was pleasingly different. Easy drinking, lower in abv, only medium bodied but with a slick mouthfeel. The waitress could tell me little about the stout, but I would categorized it as an English-style session stout. Pretty damn good.

Also on tap:
Volstead '33' (golden, light ale), Pumpkinweizen, Bucuit City Pale Ale, The O.C.H.O (Obligatory Cascade Hopped Offering), Extra Special Simcoe, Dr. Hoppenstein's Double IPA, Prior's Passion Dubbel.

Excellent beer, very good food, a great brewpub.

Photo of AARomanov
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Nice brewpub in downtown Nashua. Plenty of seating inside, very nice large bar, outside patio area also good. The staff is friendly too.

Didn't try the food but I'm sure it's fine.

As for the beers, they typically have about 8 of their beers on draught and a cask ale. Your best bet is to get the sampler and pick which one you like. The selection always varies and I definitely appreciate the brewmaster's various takes. There is no category to peg the beers into. They do English ales, Belgian beers, Belgian inspired English ales etc.

You're bound to find something you like and it's definitely worth trying out.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A good sized establishment with a bar area (with surrounding tables/booths) and a semi-separate dining area full of booths. I've never had to wait for a table (summer/winter), and the place is always fairly busy. Nice high ceilings, dark wood, and not overly loud.

Menu is decent with some good dinner selections (seafood was very good), with good pub-grub offerings as well. Beer selection, from the chalkboard, was very good (multiple variations) and there are always seasonal offerings. Beer is fresh and at the right temperature. Samplers are available and they have a couple of guest beers as well. Beer, overall, is ok. Not the best beer I've had in a brewpub, but adequate to good. Prices for brew and chew are appropriate, and there is always plenty of cheap parking in front or in the lot 1 block behind.

Service has something to be desired. Eat at the bar. The waitress in our section messed up my beer order twice (you work in a brewpub, you need to get that right). However, the poor SOB behind me (who was seated well after me) -- his food didn't come with the rest of his party's, and then when he finally got it, it was the wrong thing -- twice. When I left, he was finally getting his meal, and everyone else was done. An oddity? No, I've seen this before at Martha's. Beware.

Overall, an ok place to visit or a beer lover. Not first choice if dining out in Nashua, but not bad if you are looking to sit at a bar and have some fresh brewed beer.

Photo of BeerTrader
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Had dinner last night at Martha's with two other couples. It's been a while since I've had dinner at Martha's and the beer remains the best thing about the place.

We had an obviously new/inexperienced waitress.

Food selection was good and everyone enjoyed everything, but on a quality scale I'd only rate it 3 stars out of 5.

The beer was great. The Brewer, Greg, is continuing to refine his art and brewmaster skills.

I really enjoyed his 500th brew batch commemorative brew, Quintcentennial. Very nice, malty and hoppy ale, nice creamy head, very enjoyable. I also enjoyed his Oktoberfest. Nicely done. My wife had the Pumpkinweisen and I managed to sneak a taste... very well done, subtle pumpkin & spice, not overpowering. I also managed a taste tester of the evenings Cask offering: Smoked Blonde. You really need to be a Rauchbeir lover to enjoy this one, another well made brew but just not my favorite of the evening.

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Martha's Exchange in Nashua, NH
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.