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Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
BEER AVG
3.89/5
Based on:
116 Beers
1,700 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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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 mltobin:
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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Over the years, I have been here several times. For me, it is usually a nice "rest stop" while driving to/from different parts of Maine. Thankfully, it is not very far off I-95. The only real trick is finding parking, especially during peak times when the weather is warm.

Anyways, they do a steady business and thus it can be hectic at times. Despite that, their staff is quite attentative to their thirsty patrons. And for those who are unsure about a certain beer on type, they will give you a small sample before you commit, which is always appreciated. Aside from Portsmouth beers, they always have a few Smuttynose options and small selection from other craft brewers such as Founders on tap.

The food is above average, they have the typical burgers and sandwiches, but also mussels and few other offerings that aren`t typical "pub grub". The meals have always hit the spot for me and are a good thing to have when one has a couple beers here. For those who want to same brew home, they will fill a growler to go. Or you can grab a bomber at the adjoining retail, as well as shirts, glassware and other swag. (1,118 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.