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Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 122
Beer Ratings: 3,153
Beer Avg: 3.81

Taps: 10 / Bottles: 8
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y

256 Ratings
Ratings: 256
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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 mbrandon2w


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

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
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$

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
Photo of davide169


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

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
Photo of woodychandler


4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

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
Photo of Kegatron


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

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
Photo of albern


3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

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
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

I've been here several times and finally got around to reveiwing it. With the release of Kate the Great this year I have been here a lot hoping to get bottles. I have yet to get any, but I won't let that reflect my review.

The Portsmouth brewery is just about smack dab in the middle of downtown Portsmouth on Market St. If you can get yourself to downtown you should be able to find it.

The beer is the reason for the trip, and you won't be dissapointed. Just about everything that I've had there has been stellar. If you happen there in the winter try to get some Kate the Great RIS it's just an incredible brew. Dark, roasty, chocolatey, smooth, creamy, yum! They normally have a cask offering and 5 to 10 beers on tap.

The food is good too and many of the selections on the menu are cooked with beer. The last time out I had the chipotle meatloaf that was cooked with Old Brown Dog Ale. Kids menu is pretty good too, Brittany said they had the best cheeseburgers ever. Service has always been great even when they are very busy the staff has always been great for me.

Seating area is a big open space on two levels and even when its not that busy it is very loud inside. When the place is busy it is hard to hear the person you are seated with.
Most of the menu items are pricey. I'm not sure if this is a Portsmouth thing, but I definately notice that dinner out at the Portsmouth Brewery is a bit on the expensive side. For a family of four it is 10 to 15 dollars more than a comperable meal in Manchester.

Overall the food and beverages here are great. I go whenever I have the chance.

12-22-2007 03:58:18 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of drseamus

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

Anywhere that I can sit down and have a glass of damn good RIS is a good place to go. This satisfies that criteria. We were seated right next to the window into the brewing area so I could see Tod and another brewer transferring some beer. Nice to see the full life cycle of the beer. The food there is really good. On my two visits there I've had jambalaya and a pulled pork sandwich and they were both excellent. The jambalaya actually had a good amount of heat to it, which is nice to see. The service was a bit slow even though there weren't that many people there but that's my only complaint about the place. Awesome all around, plus they have Kate the Great.

12-15-2007 18:34:17 | More by drseamus
Photo of BeerTruth


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

Stopped here the day after Thanksgiving with my cousins. As we walked in we immediately realized how busy this place was. Luckily an employee there suggested we go downstairs. Downstairs?...uh...is there beer down there? As we entered the downstairs bar I was excited to see it wasn't too busy at all. There was a pool table, shuffle board, and a nice flat screen plasma showing the Bruins game. My cousins and I were able to take a seat at the bar and I immediately started conversation with the bartender. I saw a couple at the end of the bar had a sampler "paddle" which I had to order up. It was ten 3 oz. glasses with each of the beers on tap which included a mix of Portsmouth and Smuttynose brews (Oatmeal Stout is to die for). They had an IPA on cask, for some odd reason I didn't get it, don't ask me why. After finishing our brews we were pretty hungry so we ordered the beer battered chicken fingers. They were damn good and the four sauces to dip in didn't disappoint. The bartender was extremely busy but still managed to serve us promptly and with a smile. After paying the bill I had to go home with some bombers so I stopped at the gift store up stairs and picked up some Oatmeal Stouts, Imperial IPA's, and a Cream Ale. Definitely a must if you're ever in the area. I plan on returning time and time again.

11-28-2007 14:01:43 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of joepais


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Defiantly the best brewpub in the seacoast for beer selection always rotating their ales that are avalible. The beer sampler is well worth it. Although the food is a little pricey (most restaurants downtown are) the food is alway great . They also have a local cheese plate on the menu that paired well with a lot of the ales the had .A good Hint is to go for early lunch you can sit and watch the brewer work thru the glass wall. It it always a treat . Check out the downstairs bar too it’s a great little find

10-13-2007 22:51:25 | More by joepais
Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
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