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Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
BEER AVG
3.83/5
Based on:
107 Beers
3,070 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 300
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.26
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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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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Ratings: 300 | Reviews: 191
Reviews by Jayli:
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of stakem
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of jwwjd
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of psweendogg
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of AdamTebbs
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Had a great time here. Great place to have a couple of really good beers and met some nice people.

Photo of BeerOps
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of NHbeerguy
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.26/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of TheBungyo
4/5  rDev -6.1%

People in New England probably take the setting for granted but for me just parking and walking to the Portsmouth Brewery was an experience. The old narrow streets, historic looking buildings really are charming. Being right in the middle of all of this makes Portsmouth Brewery feel much older than it is, which is cool.

The interior is heavy on wood, with a long bartop, and high chairs. Tables stretch pretty far back providing ample seating (which actually was not enough the last time I attempted to visit ... the wait was promised to be an hour plus!). Very nice looking and again, definitely bringing to mind the look of a classic pub.

I found the beers somewhat hit and miss, but not enough to detract from my experience. The food though was outstanding. Just looking at my plate of fish and chips was enough to put me in a state of awe. The fish was lightly battered yet very flavorful and perfectly cooked. I can't wait to get back and have more.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of jco3
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Great place, I believe this is NH's first brewpub (I'm sure to be corrected if I'm wrong ). Great food. great beer, awesome atmosphere. Pricing is average.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.12/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
95 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.