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Portsmouth Brewery

Not Rated.
Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
BEER AVG
3.84/5
Based on:
104 Beers
3,007 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 289
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
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 by charlesw:
Photo of charlesw
2.88/5  rDev -32.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

The main part of the brewpub (where I ate) is tall and long. At 5pm on a Saturday night it was also extremely loud (the acoustics could use some work). The tables appeared full yet there was no wait and we were led to a booth as soon as the hostess bothered to notice us (this took a minute).

There is a largish selection of their own brews up on the big board (~ten beers) in plenty of different styles. All brews sampled were just fine, thank you!

The menu seems reasonably varied and mostly avoids standard pub fare. Sure, you do have fish and chips, but you've also got a pepper steak. The specials sounded really good and so we ordered them...

A cup of soup is pretty small, but tasted ok. The fries of the cheese fries were soggy and the cheese gooey. The romaine in the caesar was wilted and the salad was WAY overdressed. The tuna (one of the specials) wasn't what we'd expected from the description given by the waitress - it was very lightly seared (as stated) but was covered with a sour relish that (unfortunately) penetrated into the fish giving it an unpleasant flavor. In addition, the tuna steak was poorly cut and fully 1/3 of the portion was entirely inedible (we were unable to cut through the gristle/fat of that section and so couldn't even attempt to eat it).

Again, constructive tips might include keeping a closer eye on quality. Establish some standards, write them down, ensure that everyone knows what they are (signs off on them) and then enforce them.

Now, that said, would I go back? Well, my beer was pretty darned good, so maybe I would for that. But I would have to go at a slower time or to a different part of the establishment where the noise was more muted. I would not recommend it as a place to eat! But, heck, I might even eat there again. Next time I'll order my salad with the sauce on the side and something safe - like fish and chips.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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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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4.25/5  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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Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
95 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.