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Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
BEER AVG
3.84/5
Based on:
104 Beers
3,012 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 290
Reviews: 190
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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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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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.

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

This is what a brewpub should be. The Portsmouth Brewery has a great location right in downtown Portsmouth. Its a great mix of locals and tourists. The vibe is very relaxing and the decor is perfect, exposed brick and woodwork galore. The brewing equipment can be seen from the main dining area and their is a great big bar area in the front.

Beer selection is great. They always have a large selection of beers on tap and something special or seasonal and even a cask ale a lot of the time.

Food is amazing, everything on the menu is delicious. The service is pretty much spot on although some of the servers are not the most beer savvy people on the planet.

Tod Mott is the brewer here and has become pretty famous on the beer scene. Every beer brewed here is excellent and the best part is you can go in their gift shop and get bombers to go.

I love this place and wish I lived walking distance away.

Photo of cleeze
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I love the brewery.Everytime I roll through town I stop and get my growler filled with goodness.

And their quality can compete with brewers nationwide! Did I hear someone one say "KATE THE GREAT?" because she's one tasty bitch if ya ask me! Speaking of that can't wait til feb for the keg tapping!

service is alright. Had a few rude servers but hey I'm there for the beer right? Keep me filled with goodness is all I ask.

And they always give a great selection too. Wide variety of styles on tap which I love and they got great seasonals. I'm digging their holidaze porter right now.

Food is good too. Their burgers, mussels, and calamari are DANK!

Photo of irishtjb11
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

i personally love this place. ever since turning 21 i've found myself always trying to convince my friends for at least one beer at the brewery. ive eaten here several times and found the food to be well priced and well done. a bit more eclectic than typical pub food as well, lots of vegetarion and vegan dishes as well as quality sandwiches and seafood. i also cant get enough of the beers on draft, their own brews are terrific as well as the smuttynoses that are always on tap. the selection always ranges from standard, but exceptional ipas and lagers to some rarer brews like smoked dunkenweisens. can't say enough for the overall vibe, great art on the wall (as well as a newly framed obama poster); super laid back, super mellow. though this place is full of quality, it avoids the impression of being a bit upperclass or for an older crowd. it's ultimately the epitomy of what i look for in a brewery as well as a place to have a beer.

Photo of scarletfire79
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

always a spot whenever we're even close to the area. on a recent visit the place was fairly packed, as is commonplace on the weekend or any night really. but we were seated quickly and served well. the beers are always changing and i really dig the 10 beer sampler tray. every one of them solid. the food is just as great, from sandwiches to seafood the menu is nice. how i wish there was a brewpub as good as this on my side of the state, Elm City Brewing in Keene being the next best IMO. all in all the king in new hampshire. stop by tuesdays for the charity night where you get a token with each pint to donate to charity. awesome place guys.

Photo of sethmeister
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My wife and I spent a weekend in Portsmouth and ended up at Portsmouth Brewery several times. We just couldn't stay away.

The food is excellent and much of it actually is cooked using various Portsmouth beers. The Alehouse Mussels appetizer, which is steamed in Portsmouth's Cream Ale broth, is delicious and the clam chowder was some of the best we found in town. There's an ever changing Brewer's Table menu which showcases various appetizers and entrees and suggests beer pairings.

The atmosphere is friendly and warm and every time we remark that we seem to make friends - odd considering I'm not outgoing at all. Maybe its the beer!

Speaking of which... the beer is truly excellent. In particular the Witt2, a double wittbier, was fantastic. A couple weeks later they had Hop Harvest I casked w/ Cascade.

Check the website to see what is available on the taps and on cask as it is changing all the time.

If you are anywhere near NH Portsmouth Brewery is a must. I honestly can't think of anything that would make this place better.

*** Edited Oct 12 08 ***

We were there again last night and I had the Hop Harvest II on cask, dry hopped with Magnum hops. WOWOWOWOW!!

If that wasn't enough I had the Stout Elk Steak which was exceptional.

Photo of acme401
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Come for the Beer! Stay for the Food!

I have no problem driving from Boston just to have lunch at the Portsmouth Brewery. It has been amazing every time I go.

The first time I entered the Brewery some years ago, my then girl friend was shopping and I needed a little break. I had heard good things about the Brewery so I stopped in. I ordered my first beer which has turned out to be one of my all time favorites, Old Brown Dog. Damn what a good beer. The bartender then suggested that if I liked chowder I should try today's special, The Cajun Crab Corn Chowder! My god it is the best corn chowder I have ever had! It was so good, I called my wife, told her to get her butt over to the bar to get some of it. We ended up spending the rest of the afternoon in to the evening at the bar. It turned out to be one of those historically fun and memorable evenings. Since then we hit Portsmouth a few times a year to shop and I go to the Brewery.

The menu is very very good. Just large enough to be very eclectic without being unwieldy. Some of my favs are the Rhode Island Calamari for an appetizer, The Beast (it's a Roast Beef sandwich with onions, horseradish, gouda and mushrooms on a great onion roll) or the Toasted Vegetable Baguette. If you are looking for more than a sandwich the Fish and Chips are amazing. Whomever made the batter should be given a medal, so light and crispy! I love it! When you go, keep your eye out for the specials, some of them shouldn't be missed.

The Beer! The reason you came here! It's SO GOOD and SO FRESH! They have about 5 or 6 beers that are on tap year round, a Cream Ale, Stout, IPA Brown Ale, Pale Ale, and a Lager. Then there are the seasonal specials. From a funky Blueberry ale (made with real Maine Blueberries') to a Porter that will knock your sox off! Half the fun it trying them all, and to help you out they have a sampler with a taste of all their beers served on a long plank. Don't forget, you can take the beer home with you! For about $12, you can take home a Gallon Growler filled with your favorite brew, and if you bring the glass jug back, it only cost $8 for refills! Such a deal!

Photo of gixxerman
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Cool place! I stopped in around 4:30 and it was packed, I was able to snag the last available seat at the bar.

A few Imperial IPAs and I was set up.

The place was pretty noisy with a mix of tourists and locals. The staff is very accommodating with samples, ect.. A very organized choas, I never had to wait for the next beer. they are adequately staffed and run the show like a machine. I don't try the food, but everything that went past me looked great.

They do keep it very neat and clean here. There is also a whole seperate giftshop with its own entrance off the street.

Parking is what you would expect from Portmouth, but it is a nice place to walk around.

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

My friend and I stopped in Portsmouth just to go to this brewery. We were not disappointed. It was a beautiful day, and we went in for lunch. The place was quite clean, and there were multiple sections for people to dine in. We chose to sit outside in their little patio area.

The service was prompt and our waitress was very friendly. The food was tasty, and the beer was even better. I had the Imperial IPA with the Beauty sandwich, a vegetarian offering.

We were out of there in less than an hour.

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

Finally made the trip down here for, you guessed it, the June 2008 release of KTG. I don't do all that many beerfly reviews but I felt the staff and overall experience deserved one.

The atmosphere from the outset of walking in was very nice. I love the sign outside with the stein of beer just starting to overflow. There seemed to me to be A LOT of seating here. Perhaps the best part is that there is also a downstairs bar area that seems a bit more cozy and for those just looking to enjoy the bar aspect and not so much the food. It's a nice touch that puts this a step above most places.

I can't say enough about the quality of the staff that was there for the release. Everyone was very accommodating, and it also made me proud as a "not quite local" that my friend and I were greeted several times by some really friendly locals who seemed equally enthusiastic about the beer.

The food was pretty good, though I can't say too much about it as I got a standard burger and fries. It was still pretty good though, and everything was reasonably priced. Overall a great place to go. Just wish I lived closer.

Photo of blackkristos
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

There for KTG Day. I would say probably the worst day to visit, but everyone there did a fantastic job. Got there around noon and settled into the pool table in the lounge downstairs. The beer was great as usual and the staff was overly cool. The whole atmosphere of the place is quintessential Portsmouth, slightly hip, but too laid back to be annoying. I did not have a chance to try the food, but it looked tasty.

The bar seats were comfortable, the imperial pint club cheap and the pours a-plenty. Certainly a great place to stop and easy enough to get to and from the highway that it should make summer trippers happy.

Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
95 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.