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Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
BEER AVG
3.89/5
Based on:
117 Beers
1,701 Reviews
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 193
Visits: 324
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: 8
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

56 Market St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-3705
United States
phone: (603) 431-1115

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Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

The Portsmouth Brewery will typically have 6-7 of their own biers on tap, plus usually 3 from their sister brewery, Smuttynose. They may also have a guest tap on, which has seen Moat Mountain and Sierra Nevada as recent "guests". Growlers cost $4.00 for the glassware, then $10 to $18 for the actual brew, depending on the style. Be advised, they don't usually growler any of their stouts. Also available in the pub are 22oz bottles of Smuttynose Big Beers, plus their "Brewers Cellar" offerings, with items such as Chimay and Ommegang. The adjacent store sells a wide array of high-quality clothing, as well as 22oz "bombers" of Portsmouth bier, ranging in cost from $5 to $10.
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Reviews: 193 | Visits: 324
Reviews by Jayli:
Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my second trip to the Portsmouth Brewery and this place just keeps getting better. My first trip was Kate The Great day in 2010.

Headed up during Market Sq day (oops, had no clue), so it was a bit hectic but no where near the madhouse Kate The Great Day inspired.
The decor is very chill - exposed brick walls with pretty cool art and wooden tables. When you first walk in, a slightly elevated bar to the right that has a first come first serve eating area, to the back are tables. THere is a secluded little area on the second floor.
We waited forever for our waitress to initially come over but once she did, she was very nice and helpful.
They had roughly 10 beers total on tap - 6 Portsmouth brews, 3 Smuttynose and Stones IPA? Odd, but ok! Plenty to choose from. Beer was fantastic. I've yet to have a bad beer from this place - hit up the Black IPA and the Stone Car Stout (took a growler of the Black IPA home as well).
The food was phe-no-me-nal! We all shared their mussels in the ale sauce. Hot damn. I got the vermont cheddar pasta (caramelized onions and mushrooms in the pasta), one friend got a burger, and another got the pastrami. The food there is incredible. I tried the pastrami - best pastrami that I've ever had and proceeded to kick myself for not getting it. This place is a winner - great food and great beer. I couldn't ask for more.
We got away with 4 beers, 3 meals, and a seafood appetizer for $70, yup this place is definitely worth the drive up from Boston! (1,497 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of SveNss0N
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of MarkSansone
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great food friendly service, good beer. Can't ask for much more. (64 characters)

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Great food and atmosphere. Awesome guest beers on tap besides in house brewed Portsmouth beers and Smuttynose. Service was informed. Be sure to check their cellar list some real treats there. (191 characters)

Photo of Dactrius
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

On a Saturday late afternoon, this is a hopping place. There are more than a dozen beers made on the premises. Most of them unrated by BA. As busy as this place is, there are a number of tables available for the dinner crowd. It feels a bit like a factory. (256 characters)

Photo of Nickcal
4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great food, great beer, perfect vibe, not much else to say. (59 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Sellen
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of CTJman
3.9/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JNbeerded
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pretty good food. Beer is also pretty good most of the time. Great bar. Fun place to visit. (91 characters)

Photo of AJNIDEK
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Truly outstanding place. Both the beer and the food consistently impress me. (78 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Cool bar, good beer, down stairs was real low key and had some great servers. (77 characters)

Photo of smanson56
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of nofutureparttwo
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Danielr26
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Portsmouth downtown is adorable, and I was shocked to learn the city's population is under 25k. That's smaller than my hometown in Iowa, where the fanciest restaurant is an Applebee's and you thank your lucky stars if you manage to find a place that has Sam Adams on tap.

The brewery is right in the middle of downtown, about two blocks away from the Thirsty Moose. The facade is geometric and bright yellow, the inside is more like a regular pub--bricky, warm lighting. Low-key vibe in spite of the fact that they seem to *always* be busy. Very nice staff.

There's a secondary bar downstairs that has all the house beers along with a limited liquor selection. They also have shuffleboard.

The beer selection was large and uniformly excellent, although they didn't have much by way of innovative or Xtreme styles, so if you absolutely must have a triple jalapeno gose or whatever you may be disappointed. (916 characters)

Photo of DoctorChugButterman
4.03/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Typical brewpub, usually a few nice offerings and always some tasty specials. They have a nice bottle list with vintage smutty's available and they tap some gems from time to time (KtG during Portsmouth beer week among others). Always a solid option when in downtown Portsmouth. (278 characters)

Photo of TBonez477
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of CTFalcon
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of sjrodriguez
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
94 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.