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Portsmouth Brewery

Not Rated.
Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
BEER AVG
3.83/5
Based on:
117 Beers
3,282 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 194
Visits: 332
Avg: 4.22
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 | map
www.portsmouthbrewery.com

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: 194 | Visits: 332
Reviews by kingcrowing:
Photo of kingcrowing
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here twice now. The first time was with my friend the afternoon before his wedding, we got lunch and did the sampler before we went to the rehearsal dinner. I found everything reasonably priced and the beers were all pretty solid.

I came back again this past weekend with a few friends after going on a Smuttynose tour and getting a card for a free pint there. I got the IPA and a friend got it on cask and we tried them both while playing a game of pool in the basement. It was really nice and relaxing. We didn't order any food but were were all at the bar chatting with the bar tender and we ended up getting some chicken nachos that were made accidentally and they were fantastic! Great bar food, and needless to say we demolished them.

One of the best pubs in the area, totally worth checking out. I've had KtG once and it was amazing so I'm planning on going back to KtG day next spring.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nmaher
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JIMfallon
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Going to the Portsmouth Brewpub, one can expect exceptional service even on the busy days as the management almost always knows how to deal with the crowds. Pretty sure they've nailed it to a tee down to getting people in and out within a reasonable amount of time. I've never had a bad beer here. The food, well, if you don't like the food here, I'm thinking you just don't like food period (have fun starving - lol). What an exceptional place for food and beer. I just need to get there when they bring out Kate the Great out of retirement (oh sigh, when will that ever be).

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Photo of Jeff_Hallam
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Budlum
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Oakley
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SveNss0N
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of MarkSansone
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Nickcal
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Sellen
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of CTJman
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JNbeerded
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of AJNIDEK
4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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

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Photo of smanson56
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of nofutureparttwo
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
94 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.