Active Beers: 52
Beer Ratings: 177
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: 9 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 58 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by taez555:
4/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Martha's Exchange is located right on the main drag of the downtown section of Main Street Nashua. Interior is one of the more interesting brewpubs I've been to. Although it has your typical visible brew house tanks off to the side, the decor is more akin to an old theater than modern industrial brewpub. A large U shaped bar wraps around between the rooms acting as a wall to separate the rooms. Tables, old style booths and old décor give this place a very unique and warm feel. Not to mention, right as you walk in there, there's a old time candy shop to the right that's part of the restaurant. Very classy and very cool.
As for the beer, I've only been here a couple times, but have had the pleasure of trying their beers on many other occasions at assorted beer festivals in New England. Believe it or not, every time I go to NERAX, their beers are always stand outs, in my opinion, some of the best casks at the festival. There normal selection consists of 8 taps with one cask. There selection runs the gamut of simple to some definite limit pushers. My last visit they had a cherry ale, smoked porter, vanilla stout and even a weisbock. All were strong beers, although nothing completely over the top "Wow!!!"
Food is not just your typical pub grub, although the do a have a strong pub grub menu of Burgers, Sandwiches, salads, apps, etc. They also have an extensive larger entrée section as well some tapas, pressed Panini style sandwiches and other. I would say the food is pub grub, but up a small notch. All food I've had is tasty. My wife and I shared the tapas trio consisting of humus, an olive tapenade and salmon spread paired with veggies and tortilla chips that was excellent.
Overall, a solid brewpub in the heart of Nashua, that although I don't get out to very often, is definitely one on the radar whenever I'm up there.
06-23-2008 18:40:42 | More by taez555
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2.15/5 rDev -42.7%
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.
03-25-2014 17:04:35 | More by bigorange
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
02-09-2014 02:35:06 | More by hudsonvalleyslim
4.25/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
09-25-2012 02:44:56 | More by jbertsch
Martha's Exchange in Nashua, NH
85 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.