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Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery

269 Ratings
Ratings: 269
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Active Beers: 128
Beer Ratings: 3,189
Beer Avg: 3.81
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 gixxerman
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

gixxerman, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

MusicaleMike, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of lpayette
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

lpayette, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of blackkristos
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

blackkristos, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Went up for Kate the Grate day which was an easy 1 hr 45 min drive from Keene and very pleasant. Arrived at 2PM, just in time to recieve my calender day of October 24th for KTG bottles. Everyone I talked with was friendly and very helpful, we got seated within five minutes, and there had to be 200 + people at that point, of course most folks were at the bar. I had the clam chowder and a saison while I waited for Kate to be tapped. The food was excellent, good portions, high qaulity...even on a VERY busy day. The waitstaff seemed to have their shit together and were friendly and attentive. I thought the idea of hading out "tickets" for Kate was a wonderful idea, I had lunch and the Saison, IPA and wildthang while I anxiously awaited to be called for my bottles instead of standing in line for more than an hour.

The building is old-school and charming with lots of room inside. I will be back soon, Kate or not.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Visited Portsmouth on Kate the Great Day (last visit was about 10 years ago). I have to say that it didn't seem to have changed all that much. Nice inviting bar area to watch the game with ample tables and seating to contain the hordes. Staff were very friendly, and service was impeccable (thanks Jen B). Draft selection was ample and diverse and the food was well-portioned and delicious, although a bit on the high side in my opinion. Beer was reasonably priced, and the $5.00 I spent on a glass of Kate was the best $5.00 I've ever spent. Well worth the 2 hour drive from Providence (just wish I wasn't the desginated driver on the trip ;)

Jwale73, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of RixBeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

We were seated quiet quickly on this KTG day. We took a few moments and went over the menu. Not knowing (and being blind) we missed the chalkboard beer lists. Oops our B. I had a 1/2 lb. char-burger with swiss. Wow I keep saying that fresh food is best food! This is fresh and good! Tried a paddle of all the beers [except KTG]. Bought some growlers and waited for our #s to be called so we could get some Kate.

O yeah we played pool in the Plaplanza lounge while we waited.

Nice people! Good food! Better Beer!

O yeah Imperial Pint CLub $14 and you get 4 more ounces in each pour.

Good place!

RixBeer, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of kaos14
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%

My My what a place! I feel fully qualified to review this place since I have been there at least 7 times in the last 5 months, which is no joke, since it is about 2:15 to get there from my parent's place in RI. It is very nice clean place with pleasing decor. There are lots of tables in a couple different areas, a few tables in the bar area and a decent sized bar. There are usually about 8 Portsmouth beers on tap at any time along with a few guest beers that are most often from their sister brewery, Smuttynose. The bar tenders will be happy to give you a taste of anything. However the jewel of this place in my mind is not advertised on the chalk board. There is a beer engine downstairs and there is something on cask every day. If you love real ales like I do you should always order whatever is on cask that day as it has never failed to disappoint me. On my last trip, I was lucky enough to get two pints of their Scotch Ale oaked in Lagavulin casks, ths was one of the most delicious and unique beers I have ever tasted. On top of this is you have good timing your cask ale might be brought up from the bar downstairs by the head brewer himself. The great part is that aside from the awesome beer, the food is great too. Not exactly cheap but just about everything I have had has been really good. I particularly love the Alehouse Mussels steamed in a sauce using their Cream Ale. Several other menu offerings use their beer as an ingredient. I honestly can't say enough about this place. I should mention that there is lots of gear and glassware for sale in the little shop attached, and this is also the place where the bottled beer is sold out of a small cooler. Growlers are sold at the bar and aren't too expensive.

kaos14, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%

Wow. I'd been looking forward to this for a very long time, and my expectations for this place were not just met, but were pretty well shattered. First off, the place looks fantastic. It was immaculate, they've got the huge picture from the Smuttynose Robust Porter on the wall, the tanks are well-lit and gleaming, huge skylight over our table, nice-looking bar....just an awesome place to be. Our waiter was fantastic, and really let us take our time with the 10-beer sampler and appetizer (chicken tenders with Old Brown Dog BBQ sauce). There's nothing worse than feeling rushed, and on an increasingly busy Friday night, we felt anything but. The beer? Unreal. I loved pretty much everything on the sampler (wasn't wild about the Weenie Rocket), and ended up going with the Bottle Rocket IPA with dinner, and an Oatmeal Stout afterwards. For food, we went more pub-grub style (steak bomb for me, mushroom melt sandwich for my wife), but we were really impressed with the sophistication of the menu, specifically the Brewer's Table menu. Took home 8 bombers from the shop, and left with a huge smile on my face. I will be thinking about The Portsmouth Brewery until I get back up there!

corey0212, May 26, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

kmo1030, May 14, 2008
Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
95 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.