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Portsmouth Brewery

Not Rated.
Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
BA SCORE
95
world-class

267 Ratings
Ratings: 267
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
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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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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Photo of kunzbrew
4/5  rDev -6.3%

I really enjoyed this place. It was a midday on a Thursday so it was not really busy, so the bartender was all over me and jebrock. The beer was good and fresh and the food was the same. The brewer was brewing a batch of beer while we were there which made the resturuant smell mighty fine. The high ceilings made it nice with some smoke in the air. This is a great place and I seemed to end up here when I am in town.

Cheers

kunzbrew, Jan 05, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

I have been going to the Portsmouth Brewery for years. I like it very much, but I tend to avoid Friday and Saturday nights because of the crowds. The atmosphere is pretty good when it is not overly packed, and sitting at the bar is comfortable (more so now that the pub is totally nonsmoking). The quality of the brews is very good, and there is always a good selection on tap. On a recent visit there were 8 beers on tap (which included 2 from Smuttynose), and 1 hard cider.

Most of the floor space is devoted to dining tables, but the bar area does seat quite a few. The bar is wood with bar chairs (with backs). There is one TV near the bar. There is a sky-light over the dining area, and the entire front is glass.

The food is quite good, and is not your typical "bar food".

[re-reviewed 7-7-03]

UncleJimbo, Dec 06, 2002
Photo of BillyBrew
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A feather in Portsmouth's hat.

The atmosphere of this spot is a little flashy, but the woodiness and art worked for me. We went around 6 pm on a week night in November, so we missed the tourists, college students and restuarant folks (all of which have been previously poo-pooed upon). In fact, there were very few people at all. The waitstaff was solid, after the shift change anyhow, although well fell victim to 'upselling' (shrimps on a salad). The food was real good with a nice selection for dietary needs. We had a very tastey hummus and baba ganoosh app. and salad (with shrimp) and a great grainy veggieburger. You can get buffalo sauce for your fries too, word up. There must have been about 30 brews on the menu, although most were seasonal, limited and occasional. There were, however, eight brews on tap, including apple cider and two Smuttynoses. The beer was solid and interesting.

Well worth a visit while in the greater area. Good food and lots of changing, solid brews. Cheers!

BillyBrew, Nov 11, 2002
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.28/5  rDev -23.2%

I've gone here for seven years now and have seen the "cheers" syndrome. That is, a good bar destroyed by tourists. The beer, as always, is fantastic. The place itself is overwhelming. You can not even hear yourself think it is so loud. College students and tourists make up the majority of the clientelle. The food is just average, in fact, sub-par for a city like portsmouth. My advice: drink a beer or two here, than walk up the street to the Press Room, The Muddy River Smoke House, or The Rusty Hammer.

bewareOFpenguin, Sep 26, 2002
Photo of Alewife
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Wonderful to sit in the very small outdoor area that is available in nice weather and enjoy the good food and great selection of fresh beers. Even when it isn't nice out and you're 'stuck' indoors, this is a great establishment to visit. The food is always good and the choice of beer won't leave you longing for what you are REALLY in the mood for, cause they'll have it!

Alewife, Sep 21, 2002
Photo of rosebud
4.1/5  rDev -4%

This brewpub used to be one of my favorite places to go after work. The food is diverse and there's plenty to choose from, no matter what your taste is. Their beer has in the past been some of my favorites, my favorite being the Murphy's Law Red Ale. I don't see the same quality anymore. I don't know if its because they get too big a crowd on the weekends, and they cant let their beer age long enough to support the crowed, all I know is that the same quality is not there.

rosebud, Aug 11, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -6.3%

I wasn't expecting much from Portsmouth but it turned out to be better than I thought. The decor is very basic "brewpub" with some interesting touches. It's comfortable but can get pretty crowded at night. I recommend stopping in for lunch! The menu is basic brewpub foods which appeal to alot of people, and the food is pretty good and reasonably priced. The service has always been a little bit better than the average and the servers were interested in, and knew about the beers! Ask them what they have, and then ask them what they recommend! They'll steer you right. The beers are good, some better than others, but certainly nothing bad. I've enjoyed everything I've had, and really liked a few of them! In addition, it's located on a hip little street with some interesting shops, so if you're just passing through it might make a nice little stop. I give this place a good recommendation and I'll try to stop back in whenever I can.

NeroFiddled, Jul 26, 2002
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Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
95 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.