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Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
BEER AVG
3.84/5
Based on:
104 Beers
3,010 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 290
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.26
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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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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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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Photo of kitsa
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)

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of NHSURF60
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!

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of jeed
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).

Photo of SevaTse
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
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.

Photo of kaos14
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.

Photo of RatAgain
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have had the pleasure of getting to go to the Portsmouth Brewery a little more regularly and that's a great thing. I personally love the vibe here everywhere you turn people are engaged in conversation enjoy their company, their food, and of course their beers.

The establishment is clean, a pleasant place to be and serving quality food and beer. It is also conveniently located downtown.

On the whole I would say the service is good and what is to be expected of a well run bar and restaurant. However there are a few servers whom I think are exceptional and are almost guaranteed to receive good tips from me not only for their service but their interest in beer and joy of sharing that with their patrons.

The selection is predominately in house brews (can't beat fresh) with a smattering of guest beers other than Smuttynose (the sister brewery). The offerings run a wide range and can please any palate and match any dish. Getting a sampler is always a great start of the night too because the taps change over at a pretty good rate and there is always something new to try.

I have always liked the food here it always hits the spot and I never feel I didn't get enough or too much food. I also had the great pleasure of going to a beer dinner here recently where the chef really tried to step it up and got to enjoy some wonderful dishes.

This is a must stop location for a trip through Portsmouth.

Photo of corey0212
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Wow. I'd been looking forward to this for a very long time, and my expectations for this place were not just met, but were pretty well shattered. First off, the place looks fantastic. It was immaculate, they've got the huge picture from the Smuttynose Robust Porter on the wall, the tanks are well-lit and gleaming, huge skylight over our table, nice-looking bar....just an awesome place to be. Our waiter was fantastic, and really let us take our time with the 10-beer sampler and appetizer (chicken tenders with Old Brown Dog BBQ sauce). There's nothing worse than feeling rushed, and on an increasingly busy Friday night, we felt anything but. The beer? Unreal. I loved pretty much everything on the sampler (wasn't wild about the Weenie Rocket), and ended up going with the Bottle Rocket IPA with dinner, and an Oatmeal Stout afterwards. For food, we went more pub-grub style (steak bomb for me, mushroom melt sandwich for my wife), but we were really impressed with the sophistication of the menu, specifically the Brewer's Table menu. Took home 8 bombers from the shop, and left with a huge smile on my face. I will be thinking about The Portsmouth Brewery until I get back up there!

Photo of stevo155
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Whenever I am asked where I want to go for my birthday or Father's Day, the answer is always The Portsmouth Brewery. The food is great...exactly what I'm looking for, and the beer selection provided is excellent. The staff is always friendly and knowledgable. My favorites are the Oatmeal Stout and Black Cat Stout. Great atmosphere, very relaxed ( except when there are 20 people jammed in by the hostess desk waiting to be seated ). Prices are very reasonable for the Portsmouth. I usally go during off season, or off times during the summer, so my wait times are usually not that long. Looking forward to going in March for the Kate The Great release.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This was our second stop in Portsmouth, and our destination for lunch.
This was one of my top pub visits on the NE trip, a real treat!
To start, the location couldn't be more perfect, tucked on a cute narrow small-town downtown lane packed with shops. A nice setup inside, with a bar, dining area, side room, gift shop, and an upper balcony.
Decor doesn't try hard, doesn't need to. It's got that great local brewpub feel that I just really love.
Brews were exceptional. We got a sampler that stretched across the whole table, offering an array of Smuttynose and Portsmouth Brewery specialties (and maybe a guest tap?). Wife and I each went with a different IPA as a half-pint after the sampler.
Staff was incredibly knowledgeable and personable. Our waitress gave recommendations and talked a bit about the town with us. The gal in the gift shop also was friendly.

I had a ploughman platter, a massive slab with local meats, cheeses, breads, veggies, and all sorts of goodies. Wife had soup and salad. Tasted fresh and organic, not processed.

Price was up there, but we felt like we got more than what we paid for.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Second time visiting and just love this place. Everything is done right. Was fortunate enough to get my palate entangled in two pints of 'Nuggins' ipa. More fortunate to discover they bottled (that day) a bunch of bombers and selling them in the small retail shop. Their plough mans ate is about the best I've ever had.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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Photo of mrclog
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have been to the Potsmouth Brewery a few times and loved every visit.

The atmosphere is only thing I was not crazy about. It is very loud and the tables seem a bit packed together. The patio is very nice but on a hto summer day it is not a good idea.

I thought the quality of the food was very good. The selection is great too. They have some unbelievable things on the menu (crab ranggoon dip is outstaning).

The wait staff is very friendly and on the ball.

Every time I have been there they have a good selection beer styles on draft. Yes they serve brews other than their own but I think that is pretty cool of them to help support other beer places.

The store is small but the prices are the same as you would pay at any other place.

In closing I say if you in the area and you like good food and good beer you need to go here and have pint and an apetizer at least.

Cheers!

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
95 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.