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Portsmouth Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.83/5
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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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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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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I like everything about this place: good food, good beer, great atmosphere, parking garage close by, what's there NOT to like? They don't have a very big beer selection but I've always been able to find one of the offerings that I like very much and stick with it. It has three different rooms for dining and is typically pretty busy. It has a nice New England charm to it and if you get there early enough, can catch a few of the shops before they close. Overall, Portsmouth is a cool little coastal NH town, one of my favorite business destinations and brew pubs.

Photo of jamescain
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is kind of hidden, when compared to Red Hook, which is also in Portsmith. But find it...its so worth it. I went here for the beer, my girlfriend went here for the food...we were both satisfied. I was only slightly disappointed with the beer selection, not my favorite beers and they were out of the IPA, but it was a very diverse selection. The food was tasty and the beer was even better. We got a beer flight so we were able to try all 11 different beers they had on tap. They carried not only their own beers but also Smutty Nose. If you're in the area I suggest you stop by for a beer or a meal.

Photo of GrittyMug345
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a great looking brewpub in a very nice downtown area of Portsmouth. It has the classic New England pub feel with plenty of exposed brick and old wood, very charming.

My wife and I visited for the first time on thurs. 9/29/09 and had a fantastic time. We arrived at about 2:30 and each grabbed a pint, I started with Le Chat Noir (the Black Cat Stout fermented with a Belgian yeast) which was excellent and my wife had the Oktoberfest, which had literally just gone on (Todd Mott, the brewer, was just finishing purging the line as we sat down).

We happened to be finishing up our first round when Tyler, the assistant brewer, showed up to see if anyone was waiting for the 3:00 tour so we jumped on that opportunity. It was just the two of us for the tour and Tyler was great, we were right in the (cramped) heart of the brewery as it was running, very cool.

After the tour we headed back upstairs to the bar for some food. We ordered the sample paddle and made our way through their offerings (8-10, can't recall exactly) while eating a delicious burger with fries and a roaasted veggie sandwich. The food was certainly top notch. We split a bottle of Smuttynose Imperial Stout for dessert, delicious!

This is my new favorite brewpub, I will be back often.

PS- Met fellow BA joepais during our visit, he very kindly suggested a great little beer store just across the border in MA ( http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2678 ) where we could pick up some beers we can't get in ME and NH, thanks again Joe!

Photo of babyhobbes
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I stopped here during my brewery tour of New England and think this may be my favorite stop. The atmosphere is open and bright, without seeming like you're at a Walmart. The service was excellent, every staff person I met was nice and friendly. One of the managers even helped me find some good beer stores in town so I could get some local brews to take home.

The beer selection was great, with several taps of their beers and a few taps with Smuttynose, their parent company. The beers I tried were all quality brews and something I'd buy if we could get it here in Ohio. Most were session type beers, but it was in the mid 90s and sunny, so that's what I was looking for.

The food was great! I had carrot-ginger soup and a scallop appetizer. Both were awesome.

Definitely worth stopping by if you are anywhere nearby.

Photo of stevo155
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Whenever I am asked where I want to go for my birthday or Father's Day, the answer is always The Portsmouth Brewery. The food is great...exactly what I'm looking for, and the beer selection provided is excellent. The staff is always friendly and knowledgable. My favorites are the Oatmeal Stout and Black Cat Stout. Great atmosphere, very relaxed ( except when there are 20 people jammed in by the hostess desk waiting to be seated ). Prices are very reasonable for the Portsmouth. I usally go during off season, or off times during the summer, so my wait times are usually not that long. Looking forward to going in March for the Kate The Great release.

Photo of RatAgain
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have had the pleasure of getting to go to the Portsmouth Brewery a little more regularly and that's a great thing. I personally love the vibe here everywhere you turn people are engaged in conversation enjoy their company, their food, and of course their beers.

The establishment is clean, a pleasant place to be and serving quality food and beer. It is also conveniently located downtown.

On the whole I would say the service is good and what is to be expected of a well run bar and restaurant. However there are a few servers whom I think are exceptional and are almost guaranteed to receive good tips from me not only for their service but their interest in beer and joy of sharing that with their patrons.

The selection is predominately in house brews (can't beat fresh) with a smattering of guest beers other than Smuttynose (the sister brewery). The offerings run a wide range and can please any palate and match any dish. Getting a sampler is always a great start of the night too because the taps change over at a pretty good rate and there is always something new to try.

I have always liked the food here it always hits the spot and I never feel I didn't get enough or too much food. I also had the great pleasure of going to a beer dinner here recently where the chef really tried to step it up and got to enjoy some wonderful dishes.

This is a must stop location for a trip through Portsmouth.

Photo of william5586
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I got a chance to go Portsmouth Brewery while visiting a friend in Boston. He and his friends enjoy craft beer so it was pretty easy to convince them to make the trip with me.

Six of us ended up going to the Smuttynose Brewery first for the tour (which was pretty damn good) and then stopped at Portsmouth for some food and drinks.

Portsmouth Brewery is in a great area. There were tons of people walking the streets, shopping, and enjoying the beautiful day. Since it was so nice out, we decided to sit outside on the deck which is enclosed on four sides by buildings. It was nice to be outside but still kind of secluded.

The six of us all ordered food, and everyone enjoyed their meal. I had three different beers on tap, all of which I enjoyed. The service was great and the waitress always came over to the table as my beer got low.

After the meal, I stopped in the gift shop and grabbed a shirt and thee bombers of beer that I didn't have on tap.

Overall, I had a great time at Portsmouth Brewery and was glad I had the chance to visit. I would recommend that anyone with an opportunity to visit take advantage of it. Not only is the brewery great, but the entire town is very nice.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Hit the Portsmouth Brewery en route to Maine for a long weekend. Took a nice ride up from CT, took me about two and a half hours.

The brewery is located in the downtown area of the quiet little fishing village, among a few blocks of interesting shops.

The brewery itself is very nice, looked like a pretty old building, lots of woodwork and brick. Large dining room area, the brewing area was smaller than I expected.

My wife and I sat in a little booth in the bar area and were quickly greeted by the bartender who was very friendly and informative.

Nice beer selection written on chalk boards above, ten beers in all seven house brews and three Smutty taps. Mid July visit so the typical summer style brews on tap that included three different weis beers, blonde, IPA, saison, and oatmeal stout.

The food was very good, I had a cup of the sweet potato soup and "The Beauty" which is a Grilled, organic tempeh with gouda, honey mustard, lettuce & tomato on a scallion roll. Very good.

Grabbed a couple bottles from the gift shop next door.

I really enjoyed my visit to the Portsmouth Brewery and hope to visit it again sometime soon.

Cheers!

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Been here a couple of times over the last year. My wife and I really like it. We have taken a couple of day trips to Portsmith NH and made a day of it. We normally grab lunch at the Redhook Brewery, do the tour, then spend the day in Portsmith and hit up the Portsmith Brewery/Pub for dinner, it's a good time. It's got a pretty good atmosphere, fairly typical of any other brewpub, they try to make it a little vintage looking it seems. The quality overall is pretty good, with the service being pretty average, when it gets busy in there you might have to wait a bit. The beer selection is good, they tend to have a lot on tap. Most of their own brews and a hand full of their sister-brewery Smuttynose. You can also get Growlers at the bar and theres a gift shop with shirts and other gifts as well as 22oz bombers. The food is pretty standard for a quality brewpub, they have some interesting courses. I've gotten the crab rangoon dip before I thought it was pretty good and a clever idea. Overall the value for what you get is good. I'm sure I'll be back sometime in the not to distant future.

Photo of Sammy
4.43/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Surprising big and active family restaurant with moderately long bar, and a party going on. I was not there 20 minutes when three people started interesting conversations with me. My wife arrived and people were friendly to her. Bartender was like an M.c. and on top of everything. Oh, and outstanding beer being served, with knowledge of it by staff. Brightly lit, and a nice part of town. An East Coast version of the Pizza Port, and that is a complement. Mostly 30-55 crowd. Only quibble: No superstar seasonal on.

Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

My wife and I stopped by while visiting New England this June. Loved the huge beer mug out front. One of the largest sample selection I've encountered at a beer pub. It was a shame that so many of the beers tasted the same-too much hops. The porter was a standout. The staff were helpful and friendly. Great atmosphere. It had a neighborhood pub feel and the locals were evident even though I imagine that they have a lot of tourists. Nice little gift shop next doorAfter tasting through the sampler we didn't bother going to Smuttynose.

Photo of jim102864
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The final stop after a trip to Ebineezers in Maine a few weeks ago. Love the spilling gold-leafed mug above the entrance. Spacious and surprisingly busy for a Sunday afternoon, my wife and I enjoyed great service good food and of course, beer. The high octane wheat beer was on and unfortunately since I didn't take notes, I can't recall what else I had. Engaged myself in conversation with a couple of locals while my wife took off to shop. Great barkeep who was friendly and efficient. Large bar area seating about 20 or so. Similiarly large dining room surrounding it. The home of Kate the Great and the bar downstairs where the chaos takes place with each annual release was a great spot to visit and one I'll check out again.

Photo of ajr24
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Over the weekend I and a few friends got the chance to hop on down to Portsmouth to check out their spot and I for one am VERY glad we did so!

We strolled in just after 10 pm on a Friday and fortunately were able to get a table. It was packed with what seemed to be regulars and NH natives... the atmosphere was overall very warm, welcoming and friendly. As you walk in under the giant gold tankard of beer outside, you immediately notice the raised bar/seating area and the large hall in which the hostess greets you. A wide array of other seats are directly in back and to the left. We were seated in the lime green area near the bathrooms--really nice area actually!

The beers were conveniently displayed in every area where patrons dwelled so no having to wait to ask the server. On tap when I was there was their Dirty Blonde, Weizenbock, Weizenheimer, Oatmeal Stout, Bravo Pale Ale, Bottle Rocket IPA, and Wheatwine. And of course their Smuttynose sister beers Star Island Single, Shoals Pale Ale, and Old Brown Dog. We promptly ordered a flight of all and enjoyed all. Most impressive to me was their Bottle Rocket IPA and their single-hopped APA with the new hop variety Bravo. Delicious! Excellent beers all around.

Our server, Adam was quick, knowledgeable and friendly. He was quite popular actually! This added to the vibe. I got the impression that the employees LIKED working there. Each one I talked to as I perused the place to check out their brewing quarters was friendly and accommodating.

They had a wide array of beers: (copied/pasted from above) Dirty Blonde, Weizenbock, Weizenheimer, Oatmeal Stout, Bravo Pale Ale, Bottle Rocket IPA, and Wheatwine. And of course their Smuttynose sister beers Star Island Single, Shoals Pale Ale, and Old Brown Dog. All immensely enjoyable.

Since we had already eaten dinner, we all had some beers and some dessert. I tried their Black Cat Chocolate Stout cake. Deliciously decadent! Paired with the oatmeal stout, this guy was living the dream. Their pecan pie and fruit cobbler were also received quite well.

Reasonable prices added to our fun. Just under 8 dollars for our flight was great... Unfortunately they did not fill my outside growler, but 14 for one of theirs was decent enough. I left with a growler of Bottle Rocket IPA. I plan on going back for sure!

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place really struck as a very impressive, classy brewpub. As you walk in the front door, there is very large, raised bar area in front of you on the right. The main dining area is also good size, with additional, smaller dining rooms in the back. It's a good thing this place is good size, as even at 1:45 on a Friday afternoon, it was packed. The vibe here is pretty light and airy, with light colors and light wood furnishings. There's a few TV's scattered around as well, but the over all vibe is one of informal high energy. Accoustics are not the best here, and this place can be pretty loud.

As is usual I assume, they had around 10 different beers on draft this day (saw quite a few growlers around, so I assume getting a fill is no problem). I tried four different beers, with the weizen the only beer I thought less then outstanding. The IPA was very, very solid, with the weizenboack and oatmeal stout both superb. Service was pretty good, though our waitress at one point was so over the top energized, she started to take our food away before we were entirely through. Normally that's annoying, but considering how crowded and bustling the crowd scene here, I think she was just trying to be efficient.

Food was pretty good I thought. My friend was very happy with her bar salad, and the calamari appetizer and flat bread pizza were both decent. Prices were reasonable, with the food and beer coming to around $30 with tax.

This is an exceptional place with very good beer and decent food. I would return in a heartbeat.

Photo of ridedammit
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I dropped by this brewery after a day of riding at nearby Massabesic. It was slow that day, which was fine with me. I was too tired for crowds. The bartender was a nice fellow and allowed me to sample quite a few beers before I made my selection. Ordered a fish sandwich and fries. Food was good pubgrub, definitely hit the spot.

I am a big fan of smuttynose so I was excited to try the brews here. If I heard the barkeep correctly, most of the beers served here are not marketed thru smuttynose, so if you want them you gotta make the trip to Portsmouth.

Since I was driving home I only had the small (10 oz I think) versions of the weizenheimer and the ESB. Both beers were well made and served at drinking temp. The weizenheimer had a subtle sulfur smell for the first few sips, but this disipated quickly. the ESB was a nice balanced beer, not overly hoppy as the name might imply. A bit more than an English ESB, but not an American hop bomb either.

I hope to visit again, maybe this time on the train so I can drink a few more. :)

Photo of far333
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited post KTG unfortunately, just missed it on tap by a week. This is a popular place in a quaint part of Portsmouth. Early New England charm with clapboard building, cobblestone streets, interesting shops and restaurants, beaches and riverfront nearby. The building is large and airy and bright. It winds around a large area and has high ceilings and a raised bar area with booths and stools.

Service at the bar is friendly and prompt, and the server is happy to chat about the beers and eager to give tastes. The Bottle Rocket IPA is great, as is the Flanders Red. The oatmeal stout is rich and creamy, seemed almost like a nitro pour, but a little overly sweet. Some Smutty flavors were on tap as well, plus some SN Bigfoot which was drinking nicely.

The chicken tenders were small and a bit overcooked, but the Volcano sauce was plenty hot, as advertised. The buffalo sauce was a bit thick and uninspired. The 1/2 pound burger with cheddar and bacon and caramelized oniions was cooked to a perfect medium rare and was tasty and juicy all the way through.

This is a bright and friendly place with a great vibe and great beers. Can't wait to go back.

Photo of LostHighway
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here twice, once in the controlled chaos of the Kate the Great release and once on a regular weekday afternoon.

The beers here are excellent. I've had full pints of Kate, Biere de Garde, Oatmeal Stout, Mild, Bottle Rocket IPA and the Flanders Blend and all of them were good to excellent. A taster of the Winter Weizen left me a little nonplussed (flat for weizen with an almost syrupy quality) so they don't always hit them out the park but they are batting well over .500. I give them big kudos for getting the Mild right as, in my experience, most U.S. attempts at English styles are terrible. The beer prices are very reasonable.

The space is bright, airy and not reeking of tobacco and stale beer.

The service was good if a bit shy on beer geek expertise but that is a trivial complaint. Considering the difficult conditions for the servers the service on Kate the Great day was amazing.

The food is not brilliant, but good, and definitely well above the normal standards for bar food. It is arguably a bit on the expensive side for what it is but not seriously over priced. The desserts I've sampled, Chocolate Stout Cake and Fruit Cobbler were just okay so you might want to go elsewhere if you are jonesin' for an incredible dessert.

Photo of sholland119
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited on KtG release day, at the height of the controlled mayhem.

Great atmosphere, very warm and welcoming. There is a 15 seat or so bar up a couple of steps just inside the door, with a couple of long hi-tops and a few bar tables behind. We were about 20th in line and grabbed one of the very comfortable bar tables. There is also a dining room to the left of the bar and behind, and a large room with a table for 20 or so. Clean, bright but not too bright.

We had a sampler of the 10 beers on tap while waiting for the official tapping of Kate. Seven were Portsmouth beers, three from Smuttynose up the road. All were pretty good except the Flanders Red (maybe the most disappointing I have had in the style) and the Bottle Rocket IPA (quite good). Good mix of Belgian and American styles.

The sandwiches and soup we had were very tasty as well.

Our server that day was really outstanding. Despite the craziness of the large crowd, a few of whom tried to grab from her tray snifters of Kate that were destined for others, she never lost her cool. She really made the experience great for us.

We look forward to stopping in again.

HV

Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stop number four on our Portsmouth pub crawl was at the Brewery for dinner and drinks. We were told it would be a 30 minute wait, and dead on, our table was ready 30 minutes later. Pretty crowded for a Saturday night. Good crowd, not too noisy. Our waiter was a nice guy, told us about the beers, checked in on us, got us the food in a timely manner. Great selection of beers. All different styles. I had the dubbel and the tripel, and my wife had the stout and the biere de garde. Food sounded awesome on the menu, but was a bit of a letdown on some parts. We ordered the proscuitto for $8.99. We got two slices. Two slices for nine buck? C'mon! My wife's burger was a good deal at $10, but my meatloaf for $18? One huge slice and a scrawny end piece? Not quite the entree I was looking for. Dessert was kickass though: chocolate stout cake a la mode. That said, we had a fun night over great beers and a three course meal.

Photo of rhinos00
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

While I was here for KtG day, my review is from the Saturday evening prior to the release.

I really liked the atmosphere. It had a clean, modern, yet cozy vibe with nice woodwork and cool decor on the walls. I also liked the look of the kettles behind the glass in the back of the restaurant. Speaking of beer, the quality of beers offered was very good. They had a Flander's Sour and Belgian Dubbel, which were both solid. That being said, I would have liked to see more of an selection than the 5 or 6 Portsmouth brews and the other 3 Smuttynose offerings.

The negatives went hand in hand. The waitress was not welcoming at all. She was pretty brash and short with words, took forever to check on our table, and knew nothing about the beer. Just wished she was a little more polite, like she actually cared that we were sitting at her table. As far as the food goes, it wasn't that impressive. The calamari appetizer was okay, but luke warm and didn't seem too fresh. My fish sandwich was actually pretty good, but the other's in my party could not say the same about their food

Overall, I would come here for the beer, that's about it. The atmosphere is great for drinking and having a good time, but the food is a bit of a let down.

Photo of roopy40
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

So Valentine's weekend, the wife and I planned a nice weekend to Portsmouth. I knew the KTG release was on that Monday, but I couldn't make it up. I was hoping something would be left, but no dice. Anyway, still made the trip to the brewery and had some lunch.

I started with the Trippel which was delicious and yeasty. We had the calamari, which was very good and a bit spicy I might add. After having some water, I cleared my way into the oatmeal stout and I had the meatloaf. I'm just a comfort food junkie, what can I say? The stout was nutty, oaty and very creamy. Wonderful beer. On to dessert, or lack thereof because we were stuffed, but mine was the Bottle Rocket IPA. Bitter citrus and flowery hops dominated the nose and the bitter finish was very pleasant.

For all the food we got and beer we drank, it was extremely reasonable. We may just have to make this a yearly trip. I also shopped the store and got some glassware, a shirt and a book. I will be back and thoroughly enjoyed my experience.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was here for the latest KTG release on Feb. 9. 2009. Wow, what a day!

I was extremely impressed with the staff. They were dealing with a huge crowd and did so without missing a beat. They were very friendly and kept everything flowing great. I stayed in the lower (basement) potion of the establishment on my visit. When I got in to get my bottle the upstairs portion was very crowded, so I just held my ground. Did make a quick appearance upstairs just to check the vibe and decor. The downstairs was really cool. It was like hanging out at a friends basement bar. Decent sized bar, pool table, couches...it's all down there. The prices were pretty good, too. Overall, I was very pleased and look forward to spending more time there on my next visit.

Edit: Actually got to eat here on my latest trip up. Food was tasty, but our server disappeared for long periods. I wouldn't hesitate to come back for a meal again, though.

Photo of zerofear13
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went here on 02.09.09 - Kate the Great Day. So take this review with a grain of salt, as normal days' experience might vary. I'll just talk about the actual brewpub and beer, so I'll try to leave out as much as possible about the actual KtG.

The atmospher was amazing. Everyone was incredibly friendly and having a great time. The service was excellent considering the conditions. The wait staff was attentive, friendly, and pretty fast.

Not really sure how to rate the beer selection. It was all of Portsmouth's own brews, obviously, but even then the selection wasn't huge. Only like 6-7 brews readily available on tap: Rocket IPA, Dubbel, Tripel, Wit (I think), an Oatmeal Stout, Lager, and one or two others that I don't remember. Not a huge selection. I think they could've had a wider array of brews.

The food was delicious. An added bonus. And the food came out amazingly fast to boot.

Prices were good. Very reasonable. Nothing too out of the ordinary.

Overall, a great stop. The brewery/brewpub is set in a very quaint little area. I loved walking around, checking out the shops and stores. In summary, stop in here and have a brew if you're in Portsmouth. And if you'd never really be near Portsmouth, make it a day trip, because it's a great, great little city.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went here for KtG day this past Monday. Under extreme conditions, the staff performed mighty admirably. Jeremy and Donna behind the upstairs bar worked diligently to keep those at the bar happy in addition to the tables. The place is full of newer woodwork, with decent tunes and a lot of windows to let light in. All have a friendly disposition. As far as food goes, I had a bowl of gumbo - maybe not the most traditional stuff in the world but it did the trick. Prices aren't bad at all. Selection is about 10 Portsmouth taps and a few Smutty taps. All of their beer is quality. Must-stop in Portsmouth.

Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Cool atmosphere; a renovated warehouse. Upstairs and downstairs, with a lot of skylights to let in natural light. Brick and metal, beautiful. All beers are Portsmouth beers, but there is a very good selection to choose from. Their beer sampler is one of the best I've ever seen. 8-10 beers in 8 oz glasses, including seasonals and the good stuff. The food is good, not great, but their Portsmouth Kate more than makes up for it. Do not leave without trying it. Can be a bit pricey, I liked it better when Portsmouth was not so nice.

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