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Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery

280 Ratings
Ratings: 280
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Active Beers: 102
Beer Ratings: 2,991
Beer Avg: 3.84
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 johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

johnnnniee, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

drseamus, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

BeerTruth, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of joepais
4.45/5  rDev +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

joepais, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

The second time I have been here and I wish we had something like this in the Buffalo area a great menu with very solid beers.A large pretty modern place on the inside with chalkboards telling you the days beer offerings all over wich was nice,an extensive menu with alot of different things the clam chowder is some of the best I have had.Around 10 taps ranging from a cream ale to barleywine I had the hop harvest and cream ale both were very good,the food was great as well.I love this place I wish I could get there more often.

oberon, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of n0rmann
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

A dark little pub in the middle of downtown Portsmouth. Very good selection of beers brewed on site availalbe, as well as a couple from other breweries, such as Moat Mountain.

The sampler of all 10 available drafts for $6 is a bargain. The barley wine was a standout, and I picked up a growler for $12.

The service was good, especially given the big crowd on Friday night.

The food was also very good. The side Ceasar salad was as big as some served as meals in other restaurants. The mushroom and cheese sandwich was more than filling.

The crowd seemed to be leaning toward families when we were there, but overall, it wasn't bad, although very loud.

n0rmann, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Never made it downstairs to the LaPanza room.
It was an amazing ,unusually cool, sunny Aug afternoon, so we opted for the patio, a nice enclosed space in the back...brick walls , wood floor...GO SLOW sign on wall as on the website picture.
Did check out the bar and dining area , all spotlessly clean..brick . light wood...very nice looking place. Good atmosphere.
Our waitress couldn't have been nicer....knew her beers...brought us samples , suggested her favorites for lunch, and quickly served our food. I had the grilled veg. baguette w/ cheese and balsamic-honey sauce and my girlfriend had a salmon sandwich. We both were very happy with the food. We tried the wezenheimer, thaizenheimer ( wheat beer w ginger and lemon grass) and the house IPA. All good. Got a growler of the Thai to go ( the growler with the cyclists on it, of course...there are skiiers and canoes on the others ). Bill was reasonable. Stopped in the retail store for a pint glass. We will go back anytime we are in Portsmouth

Hautacam, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of irishpilot777
2.78/5  rDev -34.7%

I will start this review by saying we were kicked out the night before because the bartender called us liars and said we had fake ID's because my workmate had a worn Kentucky DL. That being said, we really wanted to try their beer, so we tried again the next day for dinner. There was not even a question due to a much nicer server. I really was looking forward to a good experience. Everything seemed in order, if not a bit contrived and high brow. I don't mind that though, and we ordered off their beer menu which only included their house brews, the best of which were not being brewed at the time(disappointing). The menu seemed to lilt toward the less demanding palate, and was a bit of a disapointment. I ordered a Thai style dinner entree that qualified as the most bland, least inspired thing I have eaten in years. I was completely unimpressed and found myself longing for a pull from the tap at Rich-O's back home in Indiana. I would give this place another try next time I am in NH which will be... never.

irishpilot777, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of unknownoffender
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Have you ever built up so much hype for a place that you were nervous to enter?? I was worried that might be the case for me with Portsmouth Brewery...but they definitely lived up to my expectations. I was looking forward to my visit weeks in advance, and it turned out that both the beer and food were even better than I imagined. I tried a sampler of their beers on tap and ordered the spicy curried steamed mussels. The Black Cat Stout and IPA were my favorite of the samplers. But I must say the Cream Ale (the lightest of their beers and the least likely to excite my taste buds) was still quite tasty. Even their fruit beer...the blueberry ale...I thought was great. I also had a chance to meet Todd, the brewer, along with some of the other staff... and everyone made my visit more enjoyable. I would love to comment more on the atmosphere, but I was so lost in enjoying the beer, food, and service, that I didn't take many notes on my surroundings. I felt at home right from the start. It definitely has a comfortable vibe...I immediately got the feeling that the people working there looked forward to going to work each day.

I also went back the next day to buy more beer and the staff member working in the store remembered me from the day before. Overall, I can't say enough about this place. I hope to make it back there soon for more mussels and Black Cat Stout (although I must say the rest of the menu was equally tempting...especially the page with the locally grown food).

You really can't go wrong here.

unknownoffender, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Portsmouth Brewery

Stopped in here on a Monday afternoon, 12 noon to be exact. The place opens at 11:30. There were maybe 4 people in the place but within an hour the place completely filled up! Sat at the bar and had a few beers, while the wife and her friend had the nachos. The menu had so much to choose from, plenty of vegetarian dishes as well as dishes with 1 of their beers used as an ingredient. Very comfortable environment with plenty of tables and boothes throughout even a smaller dining room off to the left from the front door. Bartender was very quick with our drinks and food and was running about furiously with samplers for many of the tables. The bartender was also very knowedgable of the drinks!
A small gift shop selling Portsmouth and Smuttynose tchatchke's is connected to the pub.

I purchased a growler of bottlerocket IPA, nachos, and a few sodas and beers. The bill was around $25.

Overall- A brewpub I was dying to visit and now that I have, can't wait to go back! Portsmouth is a perfect weekend getaway town.

A must stop if you're in the area especially traveling along 95 in or out of Maine.

NJpadreFan, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Visited on 6/23/07. Everything was neat and clean and it was very bright in there even for a sunny Saturday afternoon. The atmosphere seemed a little upscale but it was still very friendly and as I frequently do, found someone down-to-Earth to talk to. Service was pretty prompt but my server was a bit lacking in personality compared to most bartenders. I’m hoping it was just an off-day for him, because everyone else was nice. There were 10 beers on-tap, three from Smuttynose (Old Brown Dog, Portsmouth Lager & Shoal’s Pale Ale) along with seven beers brewed there (Bottle Rocket IPA, Weizenheimer, Cream Ale, Milk Stout, Wheat Wine, Saison & Witbier). I didn’t check to see what they had for bottles but with that kind of tap list, there really wouldn’t have been much more to ask for. All I had for food was an order of Buffalo Chicken Tenders, which were pretty good. They sell growlers which are filled upon order and there are bombers of the beers on-tap along with Portsmouth Brewery & Sumuttynose swag in the small shop next door. Prices were higher than I’m used to but not as high as I expected, which I suppose would qualify for reasonable. I wouldn’t hesitate to go there again if I’m anywhere close to it simply for the beer, anything else would be an added bonus.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of stefgriff
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Went here on a Friday night, so it was quite busy, and we had to put our names on "the list". As we waited, a waitress came around and made sure we had beer--a plus. We ordered the Bottle Rocket IPA, which was quite good, and were shown a table much more quickly than I expected. The food was great, and the beer was better. In addition to the IPA, we also tried some of the Saison, which was also excellent. The service was great, and we made sure to visit the gift shop and buy a t-shirt and some bombers of their beer.

I highly recommend if you're in this area.

stefgriff, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of BassAssassin
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Restaurant is quite large and airy. Ever changing beer menu is displayed on wall mounted chalkboard. Fermenters are also visible toward the rear of the dining room. Not a typical pub type atmosphere. More of a restaurant that caters to beer lovers.

Q: Overall quality is great. The beer, of course, is top notch.

S: Service was quick with the beer, but slower with the food. However, the waitress was very friendly and surprisingly knowledgeable about all the different beers.

S: Selection was great. Plenty of different beer styles to choose from. The food menu was also much larger than the typical brew pub.

F: The food itself was quite good. In addition to the typical burgers and chicken fingers, there are many unique dishes to choose from that stray far from the typical pub type food. I had a "pizzetta" which was excellent.

BassAssassin, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of tboom29
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

My wife Sara and I stopped here for dinner on our recent trip to Portsmouth. Very nice, slightly upscale but low key atmosphere. Not my favorite kind of place to drink, but very nice for a restaurant/pub. The skylight in the middle of the restuarant really brightens the place up. Ecclectic artwork hung on the wall throughout the place. It was around 6 or so on a Friday when we arrived, but the place was already busy.

The building is brick with nice wood partions througout. The bar is immediately to the right. That area was really busy when we got there. Booths that open up on the bar side are in the middle when you first walk in, and there is seating throughout the restaurant. Also to the left is a doorway that leads you into the gift shop, which has the usual shirts, glassware, and beer. There was no room at the bar, our preferred place to sit, but we were immediately taken to the upper dining section. This section overlooks the restaurant and bar. Directly behind us were the tanks, with a window you could see them through.

Food was outstanding, and decently priced for what you got. I had the softshell crab with a corn/tomato salsa, Sara the pork tenderloin with horseradish sauce. Both were around $20/entree. No desert, as there was more drinking to do. The beer selection was good, nice variety and about 10 on tap between there brews and Smuttynose, which made up 2-3 of the 10. I had the Imperial stout and Weizenbock, Sara the Old Brown Dog and the porter. They were Portsmouth and Smuttynose, so the quality was top notch. Service was prompt and attentive, if not terribly knowledgeable.

If you like to peruse the pints and sit at the bar for awhile, like I do, then go early. I will next time so I can get a seat. Overall though, well worth the money spent for a great dinner and terrific beers. Side note to fellow beer geeks, I unfortunately did not see Tod Mott. Maybe next time.

tboom29, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of mckate
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

We tried this place on a very busy Saturday night (3-3-07). There were five of us, so we did have to wait for a table. The bar area was very crowded and S.R.O., but the bar manager was attentive and made sure we were quickly served drinks while we waited. Portsmouth is a dining destination, and the most popular places generally involve a wait on the weekend. For appetizers, we ordered the Alehouse Mussels, which were terrific, and calamari, which were average. There was a broad range of meal options, from sandwiches on up to the “Brewers Table” menu, which features creative dishes with beer suggestions from the Brewmaster. I had the burger, which was basic but very tasty. The table also ordered the New York steak, pastas with shrimp and salmon, and the special of the night - a mixed grill combo plate of venison, steak and lamb. The meat dishes were all cooked to temp and very good. The pastas were ok, but both pasta orderers would choose a different entrée next time. For dessert, we tried the Bananas Foster, which was made with gingerbread and ginger ice cream – a winner. As for the really important info: they had eight house-brewed beers on tap as well as a couple of choices from Smuttynose. We tried the IPA, English Bitter, Black Cat Stout, Cream Ale and the Imperial Stout. The IPA was hop-loaded and crisp (we took a growler of that home), the Cream Ale was a good example of its style, the English Bitter had the fruity aspect of its style but wasn’t as hopped as I expected. The Black Cat Stout was good but not a standout. The Imperial Stout, however, was excellent (we took a growler of that home, too.) For more info on the food choices, check the website, but unfortunately the current beer selection is not listed online.
If you belong to the American Homebrewers Association, show your card for a 15% discount.

mckate, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of muffguy4beer
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Went to Portsmouth for the day last weekend with the plan to go to Portsmouth Brewery for lunch and to pick up a growler. The place was packed and we ended up having to wait like 45 minutes for a table. SO to the bar I went. I tried the mild ale, the cream ale at the bar and had the russian imperial stout and the IPA at the table. The mild was great, the cream ale was eh a cream ale, the IPA was good and the RIS was awesome.

I had the saffron gnocchi for lunch, a bit heavy but i couldn't resist, c'mon its saffron. It was very good and paired extremely well with the IPA.

The atmosphere of the bar was nothing too great but the brewer was out and about which is always cool. The crowd was mixed in age and I saw a few mixed drinks and wines around so not your typical beer crowd. It really struck me as a tourist attraction which is not my cup of lager but the beer was good so I did not mind it. Would not call this my local spot though if I lived in Portsmouth.

Selection was good, I loved to see milds on tap and jumped on that as soon as I sat down. Smuttynose was represented there too as expected.

Service was decent, it was busy so maybe I should give them the benefit of the doubt. The pricing was great about 4-5 bucks for a pints. Food was 8-16 bucks depending on what you got.

I will most likely come back in the summer when the weather permits more walking around and exploring. Very nice town and wonderful little brewpub even if it is a little touristy.

muffguy4beer, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

Nice place. The main portion of the restuarant has a nice mill type feel. We were seated in the side room, along with what seemed to be every child. They were fairly well behaved, but not quite was I was looking for in atmospshere. The food was solid, and reasonably priced. A massive beer listing, however they only have 10 on tap at once. The food selection was well balanced, with a solid showing expected from a sea side restaurant. Price was reasonable, my pint of Black Cat Stout was $4, with my burger about $9. Good place to stop, would recommend to all.

mountdew1, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of lehows
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Was on my way back from Maine and decided to continue on Route 1 into Portsmouth and poke around. I was happy I did because I stumbled upon this great brewpub. I first walked into the gift shop door where you can pick up some 22's and assorted glassware/gear, the girl behind the counter was very friendly and helpful. The large bar area had many people waiting to be seated, and the bar was full. We opted for some seats with small tables alongside the bar. Started with the Portsmouth Lager which was awesome, just a great all around lager. Worked my way through the brews down to the Oatmeal Stout and all were impressive. They also had several Smutty's on tap, and apparently they are sister companies. Didn't get to try the food but it looked pretty good. Lots of locals hanging out in here and Portsmouth is a cool town to boot. This is an all around good brewpub and it's worth a stop off 95 or Route 1 any day. Looking forward to my next trip.

lehows, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Initially stopped in just to pick up some bombers since I was only passing through Portsmouth, but when some friends needed to run to a nearby camera shop I took the opportunity to belly up to the bar for a pint.

Overall a pretty nice looking place. Kinda that typical brewpub atmosphere and decor but this one was a little less text book. The lunch crowd was there when I was and there seemed to be some locals at the bar enjoying a pint. Good atmosphere overall, could use a bit more character.

Quality and selection seemed to be good, 8 to 10 beers on tap, most under the Portsmouth name, but some Smutty brews as well. I enjoyed the Oatmeal stout I had and would have liked to have tried some of the others but didn't have time.

Okay service, pretty cut and dry. Guy seemed to know his beer though from what I overheard while he was talking to others. I was able to get in and out of there fairly quickly.

My pint was 4 bucks, so tolerable and the going rate I'm used to.

I'd gladly take a place like this down here. Worth a stop if you happen to be passing through. It a two minute excursion from the interstate.

blitz134, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.75/5  rDev -12%

The Portsmouth Brewery I had some mixed feelings about this place. It had a wide varieties from it own brews and its sister company Smutty Nose. It is a large brewpub. It was easy to find and I was impressed by décor. The food was good and in large quantities. Our waiter was very cocky and did not check on us that often and we were there for a while but he was very knowledgeable about their products. I ordered the sampler of beer and I enjoyed pretty much them all. At the end I ordered souvenir glass as always do. When the waiter brought it to me he gave me an Anti-war pen. He said it was from the owner. When I go out to enjoy some beer and a meal I would rather not be bothered with someone’s political views. If I wanted that I would go to a rally or a convention.

MTNboy, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

thanks t,m & k for the ride up.

the pub is located on a quaint new england main street full of boutiques, cafes, and happy shoppers (especially during the holiday season). reminds me of northeastern destinations like brattleboro, northampton, and lenox. PB actually has two storefronts, one for the bar/restaurant, and another for the adjoining retail shop. like dogfish head's brewpub, pb (along with sister brewery smuttynose) offers a wide array of trinkets, shirts and bottled beers to go.

inside, on the weekend, for lunch, the place took on a real family vibe. lots of shoppers, their kids, couples, etc. this is what happens when you visit a brewpub at 11am at this time of year, i suppose. the interior was accented by exposed brick patches and quality artwork. a framed series of b/w photos of brewerania was an excellent touch, and some handpainted portsmouth brewery pictures showed enthusiasm and contributed to a laid-back vibe. the bar itself is in a large, main room, down some steps is a side dining room (which is where we sat). a chalkboard clearly laid out the ten draught offerings, although no info other than their names.

server was a smiley young girl.. knew all about the beer and was able to pontificate (at great lengths) about the stupid sales tax. was going to lose points by not telling me what the catch of the day was (i was jonesing fish), but then she came back to tell us as she forgot. it was like good server esp! sweet.

the selection was a happy blend of smuttynose and in-house PB beers. ten available yesterday, they were (lets see if i can remember): cream ale, portsmouth lager (S), old brown dog (S), shoals pale (S), smoky dunkelweizen, ipa, black cat stout, abbey dubbel, abbey tripel, braggot. all ten! nice! good memory. all the beers were average or above, no stinkers in the lot. i didn't care for the stout, but i understand its a popular one and chalk it up to just being 'not my style' of brew. also notable is the fact that all beers are available in growlers, for which there is some ludicrous sales tax (15%?).. still, the most expensive, high-octane beer only cost $16 for the fill. in addition, the retail store sells seasonals in hand-bottled bombers for anywhere from $4-$10. picked me up an APA ($4), dubbel ($4), and tripel ($10).

the food. wow. what a menu. wish i had more of an appetite, or didn't have a particular craving for fried fish.. because the entree menu is spectacular. lots of game (elk, venison).. my favorite pasta dish (gnocchi) and inventive sandwiches... beer pairings listed for the dinners, also.. i settled on a thyme wedding soup ("did you say italian wedding? nope, thyme wedding." nice!) and a crab cake app. the cc's were meaty with big chunks of crab meat, with just enough seasoned breading to keep it all together.. served with a sweet ale mustard instead of tartar which was a nice twist. the soup was also good, homemade chicken meatballs and just the right amount of aformentioned pungent herb (that could have been a spice disaster!). i was very happy with the food i was served, although the entrees ran as high as 30+$.

overall, a great place to eat a meal and bust through a 10-chambered tasting paddle. will return anytime i pass through or near the area. highly recommended.

goodbyeohio, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of Bierman9
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

11SEP04 - Stop the presses!! The Pulled Pork Sammich is back!! Also, with Tod Mott on board, quality is now at least a 4.50. Prosit!

Bummer note: As of 07JUN03 the pulled pork is no more....oh well. On the bright side, the Brewery is smoke-free as of 09JUN03!

(Original review of 30JUL02) I've always liked this place; have been visiting since '94 or so.... Great service, especially from Tom, Donna, Gail or Tracy behind the bar. Entire staff very friendly and accomodating. Usually a good selection of Portsmouth/Smuttynose brews, which are all usually a minimum of good up to very good. Tasty food options, too, like the pulled-pork sammich! Prosit!! (Kudos, too, to Larry at the Bar - he's the berries!! 2006)

overall: 4.55
atmosphere: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$


Bierman9, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of Donthoseme
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

The place had some cool styles of beer. Everything from a wheat wine (which had a toffe aroma and good body) and a russian imperial stout (with very complex malty flavors very roasted and a very a lot of alcohol) to a light cream ale and good heffe (don't get the lemon or orange just appreciate the thick head that gives off the aroma of bannana and cloves). The food is decent. Nothing knock you down crazy but it's worth the money. Last time i had the grilled Salmon sandwhich and it was ok. Thier margarita pizzia is awesome. The downstairs is really fun but it gets overly crowded and the rest room set up is less than optimal. I'd go back. I'd go back a lot. But it's not the apex.

Donthoseme, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

On a whim I made the trip up to the brewery for the braggot and some dinner on a Sunday evening. About an hours drive north of Boston. Walked in through the store which is located right next door and connected to the back dinning room. Much paraphenalia for sale. The restaurant wasn't as packed as it's been in the past, although the bar was full. Sat down at a table in the front room with a good view of the conditioning tanks. Very comfortable atmosphere the brewpub is. High ceiling with earth tone colored walls, except for the brick wall that separates the restaurant/bar area to the back dining room.

An extensive menu has everything from bar food to a venison entree. The menu is well put together and it's representation is five stars. There's a section of chef special's which gives you a sample of a larger entree with beer suggestions--never seen a restaurant cater to it's clientel like that before. On a tip from warriorsoul, I ordered the steak bomb sandwich, which was damn tasty and actually quite big. I was stuffed leaving the place. Emma had chili and a salad, which she also gave two thumbs up to.

On to the beer. I first walked into the store and realized that you could take home 22oz. bombers so I was a bit indecisive on what to order when I sat down. Our waitor, David, said his favorite at the time was the dubbel. I figured it wouldn't hurt to try and if I wasn't satisfied I could always take one home, or have a second brew. David's palate did not disappoint. A very tasty offering the dubbel was. Glad he suggested it. Emma had the braggot (50% of the reason we made the drive) and loved it so much, she ordered a growler to take home. I'm not sure she's going to be able to finish all by herself so I'll get the chance to sample a full glass of that too!. The selection of beers on tap was a wide spectrum. Cream Ale, dubbel, dunkel, braggot, stout, and a few others.

The waitor was attentive, kind, and suggestive. Exactly what a waitor should be. Prices were right on par with other brewpubs, both food and drink wise. All in all a great experience, and I will be back to pick up more growlers/22oz's as the drive isn't that bad.

From a previous experience there the bar downstairs has a bunch of tv's and a shuffleboard table. This is the only bar I've ever heard of that has a real shuffleboard table. Excellent atmosphere in the basement.

bjohnson, Nov 20, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Stopped in here for lunch on the way up to Maine for vacation. A great decision if I do say so myself (I was traveling with my wife and one other couple). The question was if I knew of a place to stop for lunch between RI and Camden Me. A no brainer for me a least. I absolutely love the ambiance of the interiors of old restored buildings. The warmth of the wood and brick colors just relaxes me so much. The selection is fabulous for a brewpub. Be careful when asking for a sampler. They had 10 beers on tap the day I was there so my sampler was 10 beers. My wife's eye's just about popped out of her head when it was placed on the table in front of me. Not a bad one in the bunch. Some good, most great yum! The food was delish. Every body throughly enjoyed their meals. The service was quick, cheerful and well informed. Even in the store the staff was more than eager to help and explain.
Portsmouth Brewery and Pub. Always a good choice!

ybnorml, Nov 02, 2006
Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
95 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.