Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
118 Beers
3,150 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 319
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.25
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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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

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 Kit
4.59/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Portsmouth Brewery is a great place to grab a beer, lunch, dinner, or a quick snack. They also serve good cocktails, wine, and local sodas. Their scratch kitchen serves up locally sourced seafood, veggies, and meats, with regular daily specials, and other "special specials." It is one of my fave places to eat and drink, and a regular lunch stop!

It's a little loud--old brick and metal, but the side dining room is a bit quieter. Beers are posted in large, colorful chalked letters in several locations in the establishment. The bathroom doors are made from old brewing tanks!

Their food is really tasty and made from scratch right there. There's an Asian-fusion influence--(curried mussels, Korean beef tacos, miso soup), some Mediterranean touches (falafel, hummus), and great bar food snacky staples--a daily devilled egg, Ploughman's plate of in house charcuterie that's a cheese, a couple meats, a jam made with one of the beers, coarse mustard, cornichons, and a pretzel roll (today's had Capicola, Pork House Pate, NH Brie, and Orange Marmalade with Sage and Hefeweizen.)

The servers are friendly and know a lot about their beer, and beer in general. It's a popular, busy place, and service is efficient. They don't take reservations, except if you want to reserve the "big table" in the back for a good sized group--check the website for more info! ALSO they validate parking in the shop, and have 2 gender neutral bathrooms by the shop, in addition to the restrooms in the main dining area.

They post their specials on Facebook, including what's on tap, in the cask and wine and beer cocktail daily specials.

They have an imperial pint club for a fee, and a rewards program. They have tasting paddles, and it's usually possible to taste a beer before you order it, as well as to order a half (8 oz) beer. They use proper glassware--ie Pilseners are served in pilsener glasses, saisons in globes, etc. And there is glassware, t-shirts, beer ephemera from both PB and SmuttyNose Brewery in the shop next door.

Photo of Rifugium
3.26/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

This place was definitely not at all what I expected. Atmosphere was pretty much like a full-blown chain restaurant, Rock Bottom, Applebee's, what have you. A lot of brosephs. I guess I expected something a bit more low-key and intimate for some reason. Oh well. The bar seemed disproportionately small, but there were plenty of dining tables, as well as some of those intermediate bar/table hybrids, which is where I parked myself.

There was a good selection of beers on tap, including a few Smuttynoses. However, overall I was quite disappointed by the quality of the beer. Again, I guess I just expected more. With all the hype over the now-gone Kate the Great, I thought there would be some other good brews, but there was really nothing better than your common amateur homebrew, with a few exceptions. And having never actually had KtG, I can almost come to the conclusion that it is/was probably nothing more than an overhyped/homerized beer as well. Not that the beer was terrible, I just didn't have anything that I thought was very good or distinctive, and I sampled everything they had to offer.

The service was fine, and our waitress was on the ball the whole time. The menu consisted mainly of comfort foods, but everything was pretty tasty. the waitress saved me from almost ordering a vegan meal. Well sorry if I know what "reuben" means but not "tempeh." I'm just not in that loop. Prices overall were reasonable. Nice merch shop as well.

I'm glad I took the trip up to visit, but honestly I'd never go back here for any reason. It's just not my kind of place, and the beer was mediocre at best. In the unlikely event that I ever find myself in Portsmouth again, I will be right around the corner at Earth Eagle, which is definitely worth revisiting.

Photo of seplo
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been here a bunch of times over the years and nothing ever changes, in fact it might get better.
the atmosphere about this brewery is one of the main reasons i keep on coming back. My friends and i always seem to chat it up with the friendly locals that inhabit this place.Everytime i've been here everyone is so nice.
the service is superb even when the is a wait to get a seat.They really know how to train their waitresses, you never wait more than a couple of minutes before being waited on.
they have a great food selection ranging from burgers, seafood, salads, sandwiches and soups(no disrespect to them, i cant remember everything).Their clam chowder and fish chowder is the best ive had.
They have a great beer selection from beers they brew themselves(that is constantly changing) to a local brewery called Smuttynose, they always have 4-7 beers i can easily drink.
the quality of the beer and food is unmatched by any other place i have reviewed or been to. i will be making many more trips up there and i suggest that you do too

Photo of NHSURF60
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is one of my favorite places within the Portsmouth area. They rarely ever make a beer that I don't like, and their beer selection is always great (and always changing!). The food is exceptional. Make sure you try the Black Bean Dip.

I usually refill my growler every time I visit, usually once a week. The growler itself requires a $4 deposit. It then costs $10 to fill the growler with a "regular" beer and $18 dollars for a "premium" beer. Rinse out your growler when you return and they will provide you with a brand new, freshly cleaned one for your refill.

The brewery tours are free and very fun. It is interesting to see how they make their beer in such a small area.

I have never had a problem with service on either floor and the bar tenders, waiters and waitresses all seem to have a decent knowledge of all the beer they sell.

Visit the brewery, if you have not already. You won't be disappointed!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I stopped here on a normal weekday, not a beer release. Open and inviting atmosphere, split level with plenty of seating. Quiet folksy music playing in the background, lots of good American wholesome types and families eating, a very comfortable place.

There were 6 house beers on tap, another 3 Smuttynose beers and a Southern Tier. Nothing crazy special, they hit all the regular styles you expect at a brewpub. Two IPAs was a plus (one was Finest Kind), definitely no complaints with beer quality.

Overall an excellent brewpub, similar to many other fine establishments (it reminded me strongly of Bethlehem Brew Works). Nice stop.

Photo of arktos
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Second time stopping in here, even more impressed. Upstairs and down are completely different vibes, up is open atmosphere and more restaurant like than bar, downstairs is no frills cozy/lounge, basement bar, which is fine with me... same food and draft selections. Selections are mostly their own and sister company Smuttynose so always solid choices there. Also mix in a few others from coast to coast. Decent beer and food prices. Our meal was tasty and the beers were delicious. Ended up settling into a few pints of their oatmeal stout (best oat ever had - silky smooth). Also picked up a milk stout to go from their little shop next door. It's a sin to stop in Portsmouth and not visit this place, just be sure to get there early cuz its a busy busy place but for good reason.

Photo of twelvsies
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Been going here for years, and wanted to give this fine place a shout out. It seems that they catch a lot of flack these days regarding the craze for Kate the Great and subsequent madness around obtaining said beer. Well, you can't please everyone, and I'd say we should be looking more closely at why the hype is there in the first place: these guys make great beer, period.

Conveniently located an hour south of Portland (home now) and an hour north of Boston (hometown) I love stopping in Portsmouth for a pint at the brewery and / or just walking around the cool little town. The brewpub is centrally located near a cheap parking garage and a bunch of other shops / restaurants. Although it's frequently packed, the place is pretty big - don't forget about the downstairs bar with pool, darts, etc.

I'm always impressed by the beer and the food. I have my favorites (oatmeal stout, 5 C's ipa) but I always try one of the more oddball offerings like something sour or Belgian and they do a pretty good job across the board. They also feature one or two guest beers and usually a cask. Needless to say they make one of the best beers on the planet in Kate the Great, but don't overlook their more standard lineup. Food ranges from simple chili and burgers done the right way to more upscale grub like charcuterie plates and steak frites, thai mussels, etc.

Service is very friendly and pretty quick despite always being busy. And especially on Kate day when people are at their worst, the Portsmouth staff really went out of their way to make sure people (who could behave themselves) were having the best experience possible. I definitely respect this place.

So if you find yourself traveling on 95 and feel a little hungry, it's a quick on and off exit 7 to find yourself at one of the coolest little brewpubs on the east coast. Definitely make a point to visit and enjoy. Cheers.

Photo of jmilo64
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I just "discovered" this place last month, been twice now and can’t wait for my third visit, Kate Day 2012! They have a great list of bottled beers available along with 10 (or 11) rotating taps plus a cask option daily.

First visit I had the beer flight, 10(!) tasters of the avaialable beers on tap that day. 6 beers were their own, 3 others from their Sister brewery Smuttynose, plus one from a NY brewery called Six Point (which I was informed was a recent addition to the rotation, and one that would continue with different Six Point offerings when available).

My one compliant on this is they do not order the beers from light to heavy/dark as I'm accustomed to. I could have made a resonable guess and moved them around on my own, but I would think the Brewers would want this done up-front. As it was, I kept the order they gave me and ended up not enjoying certain varieties because they were too cold (Belgian Triple) or too warm (Smuttynose Star Island, a light and fruity beer) for the style (for my tastes anyway).

For dinner I had a wonderful hanger steak that was cooked to perfection and marinaded with Smuttynose Old Brown Dog. I skipped the gorgonzola-chive cream sauce; not a fan of gorgonzola, plus the steak didn't need anything more.

My second visit was for lunch, and here I had their cask offering, their own 5 C' IPA but with a different (or additional) hop in the recipe. On the side - beer is the entree:) - I had a ceasar salad with the optional blackened chicken. The chicken was nice and spicy without too much salt which was nice, but the romaine was a bit soggy. Good thing the beer was yummy.

Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We came down on 2/18/12 to get KtG tickets and decided to stay for lunch... Good choice.

Nice ambiance, large interior with many booths and tables. Is good for families and even large groups of friends.

Good food and beer. My favorite beer on tap while here was the ESB. Food was good quality too, lots of choices from nice entrees to pub fair. Plenty of vegetarian options as well.

Service was very fast and friendly. Waitress came back many times to check on us.

10 various brews on tap, great selection.

Good place, I'll definitely come back. Would certainly recommend if you're ever in the city or passing through.

Photo of DrStiffington
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I don't know why it took me so long to review this place. I've been there twice with the family on our yearly trip up to Maine each Fall. Nice atmosphere, but I've only been there for lunch, so...Anyway, servers are very nice and helpful. They have the full lineup of Smuttynose and Portsmouth beers, so the sampler is awesome. As you can imagine, there were quite a few small glasses lined up on my side of the table. Very good pub food. No problem bringing the kids. They have a store attached so I cold buy a few bombers to bring to the hotel. Great beer and a nice place.

Photo of kitsa
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I ended up at the Portsmouth Brewery after missing a Smuttynose tour (by a lot). I wandered over not knowing what I was in for, and ended up leaving well fed and impressed.

I found the staff to be helpful and attentive, as well as knowledgeable. I loved the atmosphere; the lighting was just right and I'm a sucker for a well-crafted bathroom made from interesting materials. The food was delicious- I'd highly recommend the chili, by the way, and came in a timely fashion and the beer was fresh (I feel as if the latter is a given)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Portsmouth Brewery was one of the highlights of my beer road trip through MA and NH back in May.

Teeming with people on a Saturday afternoon, I was a bit worried there would be a wait before my friend and I would be able to sample some beers and order lunch. However, there were two open seats at the bar and we were seated with beers in hand within minutes.

I started off with the sampler, which is always a smart move when visiting a new brew pub. All of the offerings were B+ or better, but the highlights for me were the Gose, the Saison Pritemps, and the Milk Stout. Those were absolutely delicious.

We ordered our food and a second drink with no problem at all. The food came out in a reasonable amount of time, and we were both very pleased with our selections. I ordered the bratwurst burger (on a pretzel roll) and it was pretty good. The whole grain mustard was an added bonus of deliciousness.

After our meal we headed over to the store and purchased some bottles to take home. I believe there was a 4 bottle limit per person, which kind of sucked, but we were still happy with the chance to bring home some Portsmouth offerings.

All in all it was a successful and enjoyable experience. The next time I'm in the area I'll definitely be visiting again.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

On our way to Maine from NYC, the wife and I made one stop in Portsmouth, NH. We walked around this historic, touristy, slightly-cheesy town and stopped at the Brewery for a quick beer before heading to our hotel in York Beach, Maine. The joint was PACKED on a Friday evening, at a time where most other dining/drinking establishments around were rather empty. You can tell this is a popular spot!

The dining room area had a waiting list and we weren’t hungry anyway, so we went downstairs to the “lounge”. Good choice! Felt like a frat party down there- what with the pool table, shuffleboard, ratty couches and lily-white New England college boys fresh out of college. A surprisingly good number of beautiful young blonde chicks too, something you won’t see once you’re in Maine…

So we parked our asses around the lounge and enjoyed some Portsmouth brews in a nice, comfy, not-too-loud atmosphere. Selection is not the greatest here- they had five Portsmouth brews, 4 Smutty and 1 Dogfish when we visited. We tried the Bottle Rocket IPA (alright) and Chat Noir (lovely), but they were out of their only cask (Oatmeal Stout with Eldorado hops).

Most of the beers were under 6%, which I find disappointing. No big brews, no one-offs, no barreling…. Maybe I’m asking for too much, but hey…

Food is the same as in the dining room above, but we didn’t have any. They emphasize local purveyors and ingredients, but don’t expect amazing stuff here. It is more like “ chips and dip made of local corn”, if you know what I mean.

Service was quite good. Even though we were standing around, we got waitress service and so didn’t need to order from the bar. I would have hanged out there longer, and sure would come back when I’m in town, despite the lack of exciting beers on tap.

Photo of dickroop
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

We stopped for lunch on a Saturday while headed north, my first venture into the downtown of Portsmouth. The brewery is on a busy street, and this is a busy tourist spot, even after Labor Day, so getting to a seat for lunch required parking in the city parking structure, quite an adventure. The Brewery had a good selection of about 9 brews available, including 2 "Hop Harvest" varieties, one with East Coast hopping, the other with West Coast Hopping. I got the 2nd one, and it was good - Citra hops, according to last year's reviews.

Our server (David O) was charming and knew all about the beers, describing them quite accurately. He was also efficient and reasonably quick. The food left a lot to be desired. My "tempeh wrap" sounded like a good idea, but tempeh is a hard food to do well, and it turned out rather bland and boring. My spouse enjoyed her clam chowder, but the tuna wrap was undercooked and tasted foul - got sent back and definitely left a bad taste in her mouth, literally. So I won't be going back for the food, just to sample more beers if I ever get the chance.

Ambiance is typical pub, noisy and a little rough around the edges. There is a store selling t-shirts and bombers, etc, and it is *there* that you can get your parking ticket stamped for one hour's free parking (if you have your receipt from the bar). Overall, I will look at other venues in Portsmouth before rushing back here, but I imagine they have the freshest beer in town and the widest selection.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Looks cramped from the streets in Portsmouth, and even when you first walk in, but there is an off-shoot section to the side of the main area that is quiet, as well as a seating area downstairs, so the room is actually quite ample. This place feels very "homey", no matter where you are from. Every time we have been the place has been packed, but we've never had to wait more than 15 minutes for seating. The bar was surprisingly smaller than I was expecting, but it maintains the hometown bar feel that way. The food is very decent, both in selection and pricing. They have a handful of fresh and local offerings that rotate frequently. The beer list was very good, with more than a dozen the last time we were there. As stated before in other peoples' reviews, there are brews from Smuttynose on-tap along with Portsmouth's offerings, and the occasional guest tap. They do offer a sampler paddle, and it comes with every beer they have on-tap at the time, which is always a big plus for my wife and I. The last time we went we had my parents along with us, and the bill for 4 meals, 2 apps, and drinks was still very reasonable. This is definitely a must-stop if you are visiting the Portsmouth area at any time.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went to this place with the family (2 adults and 3 kids). Was a little bit scared when we entered... looks a lot like a pub not for the family. However, they put us in a section where it is more family restaurant than english pub. Nice looking place.

Pick up the sample taster of all the beers on-tap. All the beers were great. 3 beers were from Smuttynose, all others were for Portsmouth Brewery. I loved all the beers, however the smutynose's beer were more extreme and tasted better to me.

The food was good and above what you usually find in pubs. in my opinion. The burger was good, and my girlfriend had the fish and chips. It was nice, not too heavy. The kids loved the pasta too.

Overall, a nice place for the family when you want to drink good beer with a good diner. The only thing was the service which was good but nothing special.

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A very popular place that has a good layout, but because of its popularity is pretty noisy and crowded. Family oriented and friendly.

Growlers available, a few Smuttynose options, and then there is of course there own brews. Some of the Portsmouth brews I felt were at best ok long story short.

Service is a little chaotic but nothing too frustrating or infuriating. Staff aims to please, they're able to answer questions or provide suggestions or advice.

As mentioned before the selection here is limited to the brewery, a few Smuttynose options and perhaps another open tap for something else. The bottle options looked a little varied but didn't seem to be that publicized.

However, the best thing here is the food. Fantastic seasoned salads that aren't oversized. Large pot of house made mussels plump and simmering in a great ale broth with a large piece of garlic toasted crusty bread. Fresh market catches which taste fantastic. I rarely order fish, but the rainbow trout was very good stuffed with orange, fenel and thyme, chewy and full of flavor.

Overall, the beer here on tap was actually kind of marginal, unless you're going to have Finest Kind on tap I suppose, but the food is here what I will always remember the most.

Photo of Cmack15
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ahh the Portsmouth brewery home of the Kate the great and many other great beers too. This is a really cool fun spot to hang and have a few pints. Nice big bar lots of tables and outdoor seating for warmer times. They usually have like 7 or so their beers on tap plus some Smuttynose beers too. Food is good I had a burger and it was cooked nice and good portion size. Samplers are available too if you would like to try all there beers on tap and they also have beer on cask when available. i generally like all their beers but some styles I am not into to, so every once in awhile I get a miss. This is a destination for anyone likes to travel and check out new spots.
Cheers

Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my second trip to the Portsmouth Brewery and this place just keeps getting better. My first trip was Kate The Great day in 2010.

Headed up during Market Sq day (oops, had no clue), so it was a bit hectic but no where near the madhouse Kate The Great Day inspired.
The decor is very chill - exposed brick walls with pretty cool art and wooden tables. When you first walk in, a slightly elevated bar to the right that has a first come first serve eating area, to the back are tables. THere is a secluded little area on the second floor.
We waited forever for our waitress to initially come over but once she did, she was very nice and helpful.
They had roughly 10 beers total on tap - 6 Portsmouth brews, 3 Smuttynose and Stones IPA? Odd, but ok! Plenty to choose from. Beer was fantastic. I've yet to have a bad beer from this place - hit up the Black IPA and the Stone Car Stout (took a growler of the Black IPA home as well).
The food was phe-no-me-nal! We all shared their mussels in the ale sauce. Hot damn. I got the vermont cheddar pasta (caramelized onions and mushrooms in the pasta), one friend got a burger, and another got the pastrami. The food there is incredible. I tried the pastrami - best pastrami that I've ever had and proceeded to kick myself for not getting it. This place is a winner - great food and great beer. I couldn't ask for more.
We got away with 4 beers, 3 meals, and a seafood appetizer for $70, yup this place is definitely worth the drive up from Boston!

Photo of Flounder57
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped in here earlier tonight to break up the drive from Boston to OOB. Also great to try the beer and then buy a bomber on the way out.

Atmosphere: This place is located in downtown Portsmouth. Large glass windows for passerbys to peak into the brewpub. Wooden floors and brick walls throughout the whole place. One bar ont the right and another downstairs. Small backroom, outside patio weather permitting, little rise, bare area with hightops and tables, ground floor with table, and then a room next door that is attached to the reatail store.

Quality: The quality of the beer is great. About as fresh as it gets with production inside the place and Smutty down the street. I have seen Moat Mt on draft there before and today they had FW Double Jack on the menu for $12. Bargain for ann Imperial IPA.

Service: Our server was great and knowledgeable about the beer and food and our waters never went empty too.

Food: They have a decent menu. We got BBQ chix tenders, fried haddock sandwich with chips and salsa and a crabcake club with a pasta salad.

Selection: There selection is good, but I think they could have a few more local NH breweries like White Birch our local coastal ones like Ipswich or Fisherman's brew. Still good offerings.

Value: The place is reasonably priced and we will stop here again and again either on the way up to Maine or on the way back.

Photo of ggilman
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on my way to a conference in Boston with some co-workers. I went straight for the Finestkind IPA, not the most adventurous pick on my part, but it was fresh and delicious. The local bacon cheeseburger was hearty, very filling, satisfying and cooked perfectly. The atmosphere is comfortable, clean & stylish. It's got a pub feel, but it's glossed over, and done very well. Since I was headed to a conference, I couldn't take any beer to go, but I love the fact you can grab a growler, or many of the big beer series. The menu has adequate selections, pretty much any pub fare you'd be looking for, but not the biggest variety I've ever seen. Comfortably lit, a little loud, (it is a brewery after all) but you still have a feeling of privacy in your booth. Highly recommended, beautiful location and facility. I'll definitely go back as often as I can. Maybe someday I'll get to meet Kate!

Photo of greenmonstah
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I was in the area and figured I couldn't miss the legendary home of Kate the Great! Popped in, had a pint of Smutty IPA and a full flight of samplers. The beer selection when I was there didn't line up with my favorite styles very well, so it was a little lacking, but the Smuttynose IPA was brilliant and I really dug the Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout. The star of the night, though, was certainly the mussels. So fresh and delicious, I couldn't have asked for a better meal. I'll absolutely go back if I'm in the area again. This place is a can't-miss!

Beer is available in both tasters and half-pints, so you can try everything!

Photo of mjn5036
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I truly feel lucky to have such a great place practically in my back yard.
The atmosphere is fantastic - well lit, nice layout; restaurant and bar upstairs with another bar downstairs. Pleasant artwork adorn the walls along with a chalk board tap list.
The quality of everything is near perfect. I have yet to have a "bad" meal from the place. I have, on the very rare occasion, had a beer that did not seem properly carbonated.
The service is second to none. Wait-staff is always upbeat and seem happy, even on the busiest of nights. I mentioned once that a beer seemed to be slightly flat and in the bat of an eye I had a new beer and wasn't charged for either.
The beers are constantly rotating so it seems as though there is always something new on tap. Normally there are 6-8 of their own brews as well as a handful of guest tap lines. There is always something worth trying on tap or cask.
The food is good. Not the best in the area (it is Portsmouth) but quite good for the establishment, and considering the stellar beers they produce, I couldn't ask for more. Try the mussels, they are simply superb!
All in all this place is a must stop if you are ever in the area!

Photo of jeed
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I will keep this short and simple. By far the best brewpub in the state. The beers that are made here are among the best you can sample in New England. The service was fantastic and the food is seriously kick-ass. Try the mussels and definitely have a burger of some type. Do not skip over the small gift shop,they sell beer to go and proper (branded) glassware.
Also, this place is ridiculously family friendly in the afternoons. Service got food out for the youngest member of the party in under 15 minutes and the food for the kids is just as good as for the adults(a lot of places skimp out on the kids menu, not this place).

Photo of WoodBrew
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

First time to New Hampshire...Baby!!! Gotsta visit the local brewery in Portsmouth! Sooo I visited the Portsmouth Brewering Company!! What a surprise to find out it is a sister company to Smuttynose Brewering Company!!! The beers on tap are decent....not outstanding. The addition of Smuttynose beers really helps. The food is outstanding...I had a macaroni with carmalized onions, mushrooms, and grilled chicken...AWESOME! The Calamari was a great start and the side salad was a great addition! The brewery itself is nestled in the snug downtown area which seems to teem with life on teh weekends. The bar and restuarant are well mixed. Wanted to buy some shirts for the kids....but not at $18 a pop!! The Imperial IPA and Black Cat Stout are worth a taste.

Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
94 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.