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Portsmouth Brewery

Not Rated.
Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 119
Beer Ratings: 3,125
Beer Avg: 3.81

Taps: 10 / Bottles: 8
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
95
world-class

253 Ratings
Ratings: 253
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.4%

04-21-2014 21:23:14 | More by Fettpopps
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kitsa

New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%
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)

01-31-2012 20:16:56 | More by kitsa
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mcintire78

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.4%

10-08-2013 14:08:07 | More by mcintire78
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NHSURF60

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

05-09-2012 01:14:18 | More by NHSURF60
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phuntasy

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +17.4%

03-14-2014 05:24:45 | More by phuntasy
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timlyon

Arizona

5/5  rDev +17.4%

06-18-2014 03:43:44 | More by timlyon
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jeed

New Hampshire

4.9/5  rDev +15%
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).

04-03-2011 22:38:44 | More by jeed
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SevaTse

New Hampshire

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

it's really a no-brainer if you are within a driving distance. Great beer, delicious food, awesome service- what more could someone using this site ask for? A lot of my friends, who generally do not go out of their way for great beer, take this place for granted and are initially surprised when I tell them that it is world class, but after a second of contemplating agree. I think this is due to the fact that when you are here the greatness is not flaunted. You do not see plaques, awards, or reminders of how fortunate you are to be afforded an opportunity to dine here. The staff just goes about their duties, the great beer is served, and food is cooked, like it's no big deal!

I am also a fan of the way the place is set up, with high ceilings, and how it is decorated. It's different from any other place in town, yet seems to fit in perfectly.

I would recommend trying the brewer's flight from the Brewer's Table section of the menu (3 or 4 gourmet appetizers with a 4 oz. sample of a beer it is paired with) and if you add them on facebook you can check out daily lunch/dinner specials(usually pretty awesome).

Personal pet peeves? No pour sizes listed, waiters seldom remember to mention specials or when they do they never mention prices(luckily those are listed on their facebook page every day, so i use my phone to check those). trendsters that occupy valuable space on a busy night to drink mixed drinks- GTFO, trendsters! and people that come in to get smuttynose stuff that is available virtually everywhere else in the region.

01-23-2010 17:05:23 | More by SevaTse
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Was here for the Kate the Great release.

We strolled into town the day before and headed down to the brewpub for some dinner. I have to say, I was blown away by how awesome this place was.

The main room has very high ceilings with divider down the middle separating the tables from the bar area. The bar is pretty large with chalkboard signs across the top announcing what beers are on tap. There are also chalkboard tap lists strewn throughout the dining area. The interior is exposed brick and wood. Extremely clean and well kept. Maybe it was the Kate release, but the place was alive.

We had an order of the curry mussels. Definitely the best $10 we spent all weekend. They were fresh and fantastic. I had the chipotle baked meatloaf with an Old Brown Dog, tomato and chipotle glaze. It was perfect.

During dinner I had the Bottle Rocket IPA and two Imperial Porters. They were both fantastic. My buddies also tried the Winter Weizen and the Dirty Blonde. I tasted both, and they were very good.

We went back for a late lunch after the release to have Kate on tap and some more food. The Kate speaks for itself. We had another order of the mussels and I had the bratwurst sandwich. Again, everything was fantastic. The servers were attentive and knowledgeable.

This is the type of brewpub that I wish I had in my neighborhood. Everything was near perfect.

04-01-2010 22:55:48 | More by ColForbinBC
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kaos14

California

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

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.

06-10-2008 17:31:18 | More by kaos14
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Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
95 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.