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Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
BA SCORE
95
world-class

260 Ratings
Ratings: 260
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Active Beers: 123
Beer Ratings: 3,165
Beer Avg: 3.8
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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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

finally a trip to portsmouth brewing company...
the atomosphere is of the pleasant large brewpub type, though it does have a nice bar area. exposed fermentation tanks and high ceilings.
the service was prompt, helpful and friendly.
the selction of beers was pretty good, i can't remember for sure how many there were on tap, but it must have been at least 10. i had the wheat wine, the scotch ale, and the oatmeal stout, all of which were pretty top notch. the scotch ale was my favorite.
the food was good and worth coming for by itself, i had the ale steamed mussels (awesome), and the meatloaf, which they had a unique take on, with a chipotle glaze.
this place didn't disappoint, a must try if you're in the area. i know i'll be back.

05-14-2008 00:50:28 | More by kmo1030
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Recently went in for dinner and to finally try some of the famous Portsmouth Brewery beers (excluding what I've had of Smuttynose of course).

The tap list was pretty varied, Black Cat Stout, Sour Brune, Winterweizen, a couple other Portsmouth brews and a few Smuttynose beers. Went with the Black Cat first and was disappointed, then followed up with the Winterweizen shortly before the the food arrived and found that beer to be quite delicious.

The food was very good, had the pulled pork. A very interesting menu, don't expect to find many of the usual suspects that most pubs have, especially when you see that you can substitute fries for chips and salsa (and not the usual onion rings).

The waitress was nice although we were seated on the upper section so we didn't get visited too often but were rarely without something for long.

If I lived in the area, I could easily imagine visiting this place often as the pub atmosphere is very laid back and enjoyable. Make sure to visit this place!

04-07-2008 18:02:03 | More by deltatauhobbit
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Portsmouth Brewery is an outstanding place to stop in for just a beer or to have a great meal. Separated into different rooms, there are several dining areas, a bar, and a lounge downstairs. Selection is always outstanding with several Portsmouth brews, 1-2 Smuttynose brews, and a guest brew (most recently, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot). A cask is also available downstairs. Service has always been good, and the food is damn tasty. Prices are completely reasonable, and the atmosphere is welcoming and enjoyable. I stop by every time I'm in the Portsmouth area - one of my favorite beer stops overall. I highly recommend it.

03-24-2008 15:48:39 | More by YonderWanderer
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4%

My wife and I went to this place for dinner. We were immediately seated. My wife had the chicken tenders and I had the fish and chips. Both were done quite well. Fairly standard. Side sauces are worth a try. The sampler beer selection is very generous. TEN BEERS on the sampler tray. The beers ranged in flavor from quite good to somewhat undrinkable. The motif is very brewpub. Nothing really stands out with the interior. The service is really good. Very friendly and easy to talk to. Helpful. You can tell that they have actually drunk the beer. The are honest about what is good and what is bad. The food had some selections that are standard pub fare and some different offering to challenge the pallet. One of the bad things about the place is the noise. It is a very noisy place. For a place to eat, the noise is really bad. One has to practically yell at the person you are eating with. Parking in the nearby parking garage is validated here.

03-09-2008 15:21:31 | More by jneiswender
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mbrandon2w

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Portsmouth Brewery has become a regular stop on my way up to my future in-laws to either grab lunch or a growler.
The atmosphere is always pleasantly busy and vibrant.
The service has always been very good, and the waiters and waitresses have always been friendly.
The food is very good. Some things get a bit pricy, but so far, it's all been worth it.
The building itself is very nice. Both the bar area and dining areas are great, with nice woodwork and interesting artwork on the walls (some from Smuttynose labels).
The gift shop is also cool, with good prices and the opportunity to take home some bottles of brews as well.
The beers are always excellent and the guest taps are always quality brews (today it was SN Bigfoot).
It's also very cool to watch Tod work in the brewhouse, which you can do from the dining area.
If you haven't gone yet, make sure you stop in sometime. It's a great place.

02-21-2008 23:31:05 | More by mbrandon2w
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dickieb

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -4%

Right in the middle of Portsmouth with cheap parking available close by. I enjoyed the atmosphere with most of the building being brick, and the only problem being the acoustics were a tad loud. All of the beers I tried were grate (Imperial Pilsner, Black Cat Stout, and Red Ale) missed Kate by a week or so which was bit disappointing but it did not take away from the experience. Our waitress was a bit snooty, but she was pretty quick with out large group which I know can be a pain. The food is nothing special for me, and was bit pricey. Beers are Between $4~$5 a pint for the most part. Overall I was impressed, however I can see myself stopping in for beer and appetizers and eating dinner elsewhere the next time im in Portsmouth.

02-15-2008 01:39:05 | More by dickieb
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davide169

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Make the trip to Portsmouth. Its a great place to wonder around and stop in the various little shops around town. When you are bored or just need a stop to rest, stop in the Brewery.

As soon as you walk in a smallish bar (for the size of the place) is up a small set of stairs to the right. You'll see their entire tap list written above it. There are a limited amount of booths and a couple of long high top tables in the bar area. Otherwise you can choose to sit in their rather large dining area with seating scattered throughout.

If you are here on a nice weekend day the place will most likely be pretty busy but its worth stopping at.

They have their own beer that you can order in smaller flights All their beer is quite good. I didn't find one among the bunch I did not enjoy. They also usually have a few guest taps of other local brewers.

I don't remember much about the food other than it being pretty decent and much like you would find at any brewpub.

If you are ever in the area, don't miss this place. It deserves a stop.

02-07-2008 17:02:18 | More by davide169
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3%

This was another place that simply did not exist when I was stationed up this way about a quarter-century ago. It was right downtown and my cabbie dropped me off at the corner to avoid fighting traffic. He simply advised me to "Look for the mug." Sound advice, as it turned out.

The place was really wide and was probably two separate buildings at one point in its life. The doorway and vestibule were between two flanking glass windows, in the middle of the space.

Inside, the m.d.s. was just inside the doorway and the bar was to the immediate left, up a short flight of steps. The bar area had a couple of "island" tables surrounded by stools, as well as four booths that overlooked the restaurant. The front of the bar area had a booth that wrapped around the space by the window.

The place was on several levels, with a series of booths up a set of steps aft of the bar area. There was also an extensive restaurant area leading aft to the brewhouse on the right side. On teh left side was an entryway to their outside patio area as well as a separate entry way to their smaller dining room and the gist shop (!). A couple of warm fleeces and a discussion with Brennan (the manager) and Julie (the shop steward) later, I was back at the bar shaking hands with Todd Mott, the brewer.

A central, windowed ceiling reminded me of a lighthouse. There was also a downstairs facility, but I did not press my luck by asking to go down there.

Beers: This is the multiple-award winning Todd Mott who plies his trade here. They were all fantastic and I got to try a couple that were still either conditioning or simply unavailable to the general public. My regret was that due to a public transit time constraint, I did not have an opportunity to write down the names of the ones which were available on the day of my visit.

01-16-2008 02:11:29 | More by woodychandler
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Visited on 12/21/07.

We drove up specifically to drink the much hyped Kate the Great. Right off the bat, I’ve got to say that we loved the town of Portsmouth. It’s very small and quaint, especially in the downtown area. It had just snowed the day before, so that combined with Christmas decorations and people bustling about downtown really made for a favorable pre-Christmas experience for us as we made our way to the brewpub.

The brewpub is located on Market St. nearly smack dab in the middle of town. The atmosphere here is interesting. As you enter, a rather smallish bar sits to the immediate right with some limited bar seating next to that. Dining seating seems to be scattered allover the place. In the middle of the first floor, around the back, upstairs, in an adjacent room to the left. They seem to need as much as they can get as the place got quite crowded during the busy lunch period that we were there during. The brewing equipment is enclosed to the back right and is prominently featured for all to see. The atmosphere here is fairly laid back and approachable with loads of nautical and beer related themeing throughout. They also have a rather nice adjoining gift shop that sells merch from both the brewpub and its sister brewery, Smuttynose. Of course this is also home to the infamous “To Go” cooler from which you can buy a good number of their products to go in bottles, including the much sought after Kate the Great.

Ah, the beer. Lot’s of good stuff on tap from head brewer Tod Mott and his wonderful crew. Of course, Kate the Great was on tap and it definitely lived up to the hype. What a wonderful beer! However they also had some other great house brewed beers on, including some other fantastic seasonals, such as their Imperial IPA, Winter Rye, Winter Weizen, and staple beers Cream Ale, Milk Stout, and a house IPA. They also had some sturdy guest taps form sister brewery Smuttynose, including Old Brown Dog, Shoal’s Pale Ale, and Portsmouth Lager. The food menu here was also very good with a lot of different choices. My wife and I split their baked vegetarian nachos and then I had a cup of New England clam chowder and a gigantic roast beef sandwich, called appropriately enough, The Beast! The service here was great. Our server was very friendly and did a great job during the busy afternoon rush. One of the assistant brewers even stopped by (when he saw how many growlers we had bought to take back) to discuss our thought’s on Kate and all the hype surrounding her release.

We had a great time at the Portsmouth Brewery. We came for the Kate but found a truly fantastic brewpub with good food, a friendly atmosphere, and some fantastic craft brews. We’ll definitely be making the journey back here again in the future.

01-09-2008 14:36:29 | More by Kegatron
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albern

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%

Particularly noteworthy is the storefront package store where one can find the freshest bottled beers coming from this brewery. It can't be beat. The lack of pretention in the labeling and how the beer is marketed is a refreshing approach. The pub itself is fairly sizeable, typical extended pub fare, the beer choices are all about what's on tap at PBC. This is a great hangout if you want good, fresh beer. If you're looking for a good meal, than perhaps one of a dozen other Portsmouth establishments would surpass this one.

Update December 2008: Still a great store front package store. There are plenty of apparel items, glassware, kitchen magnets, bottle openers, and of course the cooler full of the 750 ml bottles of what's on tap.

12-31-2007 19:47:04 | More by albern
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