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Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
BEER AVG
3.89/5
Based on:
112 Beers
1,699 Reviews
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 193
Visits: 324
rAvg: 4.24
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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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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Reviews: 193 | Visits: 324
Photo of plaid75
2.55/5  rDev -39.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

Located in the heart of historic Portsmouth, where, by the way, it is impossible to park on a Friday night in the summer.

Large space, with a undersized bar area at the front and a dining room and patio dining in the rear. The decor was no more intimate than a TGI Friday's, but did have good views of the fermentation vessels.

The menu was also Friday's like inform and substance. The food was overpriced (for what you got) and of very low quality. In fact, it was one of the worst meals I have every had. I ordered the stuffed flounder, which one would assume is of somewhat high quality considering the geography. Well, I made an ass out of "u" and me. The mussels were just decent and the meat and cheese platter was a joke.

The beer list was limited to five house beers and a few Smuttynose guest taps - whoopie!!! For a brewery that produces Kate the Great, the rest of their line, as well as their flagship location left very much to be desired.

Avoid! (963 characters)

Photo of irishpilot777
2.78/5  rDev -34.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of charlesw
2.88/5  rDev -32.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

The main part of the brewpub (where I ate) is tall and long. At 5pm on a Saturday night it was also extremely loud (the acoustics could use some work). The tables appeared full yet there was no wait and we were led to a booth as soon as the hostess bothered to notice us (this took a minute).

There is a largish selection of their own brews up on the big board (~ten beers) in plenty of different styles. All brews sampled were just fine, thank you!

The menu seems reasonably varied and mostly avoids standard pub fare. Sure, you do have fish and chips, but you've also got a pepper steak. The specials sounded really good and so we ordered them...

A cup of soup is pretty small, but tasted ok. The fries of the cheese fries were soggy and the cheese gooey. The romaine in the caesar was wilted and the salad was WAY overdressed. The tuna (one of the specials) wasn't what we'd expected from the description given by the waitress - it was very lightly seared (as stated) but was covered with a sour relish that (unfortunately) penetrated into the fish giving it an unpleasant flavor. In addition, the tuna steak was poorly cut and fully 1/3 of the portion was entirely inedible (we were unable to cut through the gristle/fat of that section and so couldn't even attempt to eat it).

Again, constructive tips might include keeping a closer eye on quality. Establish some standards, write them down, ensure that everyone knows what they are (signs off on them) and then enforce them.

Now, that said, would I go back? Well, my beer was pretty darned good, so maybe I would for that. But I would have to go at a slower time or to a different part of the establishment where the noise was more muted. I would not recommend it as a place to eat! But, heck, I might even eat there again. Next time I'll order my salad with the sauce on the side and something safe - like fish and chips. (1,893 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3/5  rDev -29.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2

A multi-room (side, main bar, patio) brick/industrial brewpub, with a "dive-bar" downstairs.
6 beers on tap, with 4 Smuttynose as well. Blueberry, cream ale, American Pale, Stout, Hefe, IPA, Old Brown Dog and a few others on when I went.
Took awhile to get service - even just our drink order and it stayed that bad. Food was bad too - steak bomb was more like a vegetable bomb with an unseasoned steak garnish.
The beer is good, and they have a good variety, so stop in for a pint or 2 at the bar, don't waste your time eating here. (536 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (1,768 characters)

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

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. (506 characters)

Photo of tommy78
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Portsmouth Brewery is one of my favorite spots in all of New Hampshire. The brewery carries an impressive line of brews and food. Brews such as the Oatmeal Stout, Murphy's Law Red Ale, and the India Pale Ale are excellent picks. The only draw back is that they tend to be hit-or-miss; the only constant has been the India Pale Ale. As for the food, the pizzas are very good. I highly recommend the Route 66 pizza, and the nomar garciapizza pizza. Having the India Pale Ale compliments these two pizzas.

However, if there's one thing I dislike about the Portsmouth Brewery, it is their service. The servers tend to be rude, unappreciative, or downright bad. I once asked the server for the India Pale Ale, and he brought me the I Do Ale. Another time, my girlfriend took a sip of her drink and it turned out to be the wrong one. She asked the server to return it for the correct drink, and she refused. Unfortunately, we had to ask the manager to step in, and he did. Aside from those two specific moments, our time at the Portsmouth Brewery has been good. (1,063 characters)

Photo of dickroop
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (1,494 characters)

Photo of albern
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Particularly noteworthy is the storefront package store where one can find the freshest bottled beers coming from this brewery. It can't be beat. The lack of pretention in the labeling and how the beer is marketed is a refreshing approach. The pub itself is fairly sizeable, typical extended pub fare, the beer choices are all about what's on tap at PBC. This is a great hangout if you want good, fresh beer. If you're looking for a good meal, than perhaps one of a dozen other Portsmouth establishments would surpass this one.

Update December 2008: Still a great store front package store. There are plenty of apparel items, glassware, kitchen magnets, bottle openers, and of course the cooler full of the 750 ml bottles of what's on tap. (740 characters)

Photo of kelticblood
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Although the selection of beers was low I still managed to find two I never had before so I could review them.This was second time visting and eating at the Portsmouth Brewery.Being the same as the Northampton Brewery in Massachusetts there is still many differences such as,the food,and beer served.The atmosphere was kind of quiet with nothing really going on.The service was prompt and friendly.The beer list had a ton of beers of which werent available and dissapointed me.They served on coasters and logo pint glasses which was a plus.Set in downtwon Portsmouth it is a nice stop for lunch after a long day of checking out the area.We sat on the top level looking over the whole downstairs eating area.There is a big window in which you can view the brewing room.A small store which is right next to the brewry offers T-shirts,hats,glasses,and bombers to go home with.I will surely visit this brewery again. (912 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

On a Saturday late afternoon, this is a hopping place. There are more than a dozen beers made on the premises. Most of them unrated by BA. As busy as this place is, there are a number of tables available for the dinner crowd. It feels a bit like a factory. (256 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.73/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I've driven through Portsmouth plenty of times on my way to Maine or northern NH and rarely drive into the city for a visit. I finally made it into town to visit the Portsmouth Brewery. The location of the pub is easy to find with a very inexpensive parking garage right behind the building. Good thing, since parking on the street is a rare commodity.

The restaurant is quite large with an elevated bar area that gives a commading view of all around you. It's very open and airy and the no-smoking policy is a blessing for a NH bar. There is one TV tuned to sports above the bar for those that are interested, but the main focus of the restaurant is to create a relaxing atmosphere where one can converse with their friends or bar neighbors. A pleasant change from the TV dominated bars I frequent.

On the day I visited they had 10 beers on tap which included a guest tap of Hoegaarden. For $6 you can get a sample yard with 10 4oz. glasses of each beer. Between my wife and I we tried the wheat wine, brown dog, hefeweizen and alt. All were excellent, but we both really enjoyed the hefe. They also have a full bar and a nice selection of wine and cider. For lunch we each had a soup and sandwich. She had a cup of chowder and steak bomb, while I had the carrot soup on special and grilled chicken sandwich. Most of the items on the menu are pub fare at a reasonable price and wide selection. The quality of the food was good, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Adjacent to the bar is a small giftshop where you can buy Smuttynose items including bombers of beer. For $4 each how could I walk out of there without a couple of bombers!

My only disappointment with the Portsmouth Brewery is they did not provide information about their beers. Other than a chalk board at the back of the restaurant and some signs hanging above the bar to let you know what is on tap I did not see any other information about the beers. A beer menu or table placard would be a nice addition to an otherwise awesome pub. (2,011 characters)

Photo of eveninghawk
3.73/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This is a great location in downtown Portsmouth, but it can get mighty crowded on a weekend evening. Staff was working hard to accomodate folks, but it's really tough on a tourist-laden summer evening. We got there a little before the dinner rush, so we were lucky.

There are 8+ selections on tap, 3 of which were Smuttynose guest beers. It's a bit noisy, but it's a high volume space, so the beer was fresh and very good.

The prices for the food was a little high, so I stuck with the chili (fantastic) and salad off of the lighter side of the menu, and it was a lot of food, so it was well worth passing up an entree. (627 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
3.73/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

While I was here for KtG day, my review is from the Saturday evening prior to the release.

I really liked the atmosphere. It had a clean, modern, yet cozy vibe with nice woodwork and cool decor on the walls. I also liked the look of the kettles behind the glass in the back of the restaurant. Speaking of beer, the quality of beers offered was very good. They had a Flander's Sour and Belgian Dubbel, which were both solid. That being said, I would have liked to see more of an selection than the 5 or 6 Portsmouth brews and the other 3 Smuttynose offerings.

The negatives went hand in hand. The waitress was not welcoming at all. She was pretty brash and short with words, took forever to check on our table, and knew nothing about the beer. Just wished she was a little more polite, like she actually cared that we were sitting at her table. As far as the food goes, it wasn't that impressive. The calamari appetizer was okay, but luke warm and didn't seem too fresh. My fish sandwich was actually pretty good, but the other's in my party could not say the same about their food

Overall, I would come here for the beer, that's about it. The atmosphere is great for drinking and having a good time, but the food is a bit of a let down. (1,241 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

our first stop on a maine coast brewery trip, lots of fun. right in the heart of old Portsmouth, the location is unbeatable. sprawling dining room, loud and chatty. we were lucky enough to be seated in the quaint courtyard reminiscent of European cafes. cozy back there, there were maybe 7 beers on, and a handful of sister smuttynose brews as well. all were decent, save maybe the wild thang, but the experimental pale ale was lovely, and the food was all impressive for the price. fresh chowder and pretzel bun topped the list for me. cool atmosphere back there to just hang out and session beers. service was okay, I think he had a dip in his mouth, but was friendly and seemed to care a bit about the beer. I would call this a must stop in a very cool little city. get yourself in the courtyard though, very relaxing on a nice summer day. bathroom doors are also really cool, for whatever that's worth. (906 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (776 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (1,240 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

We got to Portsmouth pretty late (well, considering the fact that bars close at 12h30, arriving in town at 11 is pretty late!) so we got to the Portsmouth brewery as fast as the Taxi guy could drive us.

Took a quick look upstairs, and it had too much of a restaurant feel, so we headed downstairs to the Jimmy Lapanza lounge. The scenery had lots of weird, vibrant colors that doesn't scream "brewpub" to me, I guess I'm more of a "dark and dingy dive bar" kind of guy. Nevertheless, extra atmosphere points go for the missisippi table in the back, too bad I didn't have time to play.

The place was nicely packed for a Friday night, mostly with mid-twentysomethings that surprisingly didn't stare too long at the four strange foreign-speaking outworlders. I met up with local Beerfly guide Purplehops and his wife seated at the bar, and took a look at the menu. About a dozen taps, and plenty of interesting stuff. Since time was of the essence, then I went straight to the jugular with the Wheatwine. After driving 5+ hours with the French-Canadian equivalent of the three stooges, it hit the spot big time. I also enjoyed the IPA, with plenty of hop character as only you Yanks can brew it, and the sip of smokey dunkelweizen was very interesting. My buddies seemed to have liked the brown ale and stout.

Service wasn't exactly optimal, but I got served slower in places less packed, so passing grade. And the Canadian money is faring well these days, so value was pretty decent.

So even though the decor wasn't exactly what I was expecting, the selection and quality of the brews lived up to the hype. The only downer really was the early closing time. (1,668 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Been here a couple of times over the last year. My wife and I really like it. We have taken a couple of day trips to Portsmith NH and made a day of it. We normally grab lunch at the Redhook Brewery, do the tour, then spend the day in Portsmith and hit up the Portsmith Brewery/Pub for dinner, it's a good time. It's got a pretty good atmosphere, fairly typical of any other brewpub, they try to make it a little vintage looking it seems. The quality overall is pretty good, with the service being pretty average, when it gets busy in there you might have to wait a bit. The beer selection is good, they tend to have a lot on tap. Most of their own brews and a hand full of their sister-brewery Smuttynose. You can also get Growlers at the bar and theres a gift shop with shirts and other gifts as well as 22oz bombers. The food is pretty standard for a quality brewpub, they have some interesting courses. I've gotten the crab rangoon dip before I thought it was pretty good and a clever idea. Overall the value for what you get is good. I'm sure I'll be back sometime in the not to distant future. (1,098 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Portsmouth Brewery is located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, and gets real crowded at times, accordingly.
A raised bar area fills quickly and its standing room only at times.
The main dining area is spacious with lots of booths and tables, with an additional dining area adjacent to the gift shop.
Try to avoid the adjacent area, it carries a kind of "out in left field" vibe, and service was a bit slow recently.
Theres also a downstairs, the "Jimmy Laponza Lounge", which I have never spent any time in.
The food continues to get better and better as the years go by at the brewery, as do the beers.
Todd Mot has been brewing some of the tastiest, freshest beers in NH.
Service is typically good, although at times they do get "in the weeds", understandably.
The menu continues to evolve into a mix of standard pubfare, and upscale (pricey) entrees with suggested beer pairings.
Burgers, mussles, frites, haddock sandwiches, and the ceasar can be recommended personally.
They do offer growlers to go, and refills available with their own glass, exclusively. Here again, on the pricey side, a refill on the wheatwine was $16 and declined on my part. $20 if you need the glass.
There is some type of mug club, but apparently they are in a transitional period at the moment and I was informed that they would not be accepting more people for the time being.
The taps rotate pretty quickly, the beer mostly always fresh and a good variety keeps things interesting.
Portsmouth also offers a guest tap, that is currently Sierra Nevada Celebration.. At $5 for a 10oz glass. Huh? I look forward to my first fresh pint of Celebration every year and have never been served a 10oz glass... Kind of a rip a five bucks, no less.
On your way out, check the gift shop and see if you can get lucky, sometimes they have a few bombers, bottled on the premisis.
Usually hit or miss on the bombers, with the cooler frequently empty.
The brewery is a great place to visit, but the rising prices of thier beer and food are numbering it's days as a place to hang out for more than a couple of freshies. (2,107 characters)

Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

My wife and I stopped by while visiting New England this June. Loved the huge beer mug out front. One of the largest sample selection I've encountered at a beer pub. It was a shame that so many of the beers tasted the same-too much hops. The porter was a standout. The staff were helpful and friendly. Great atmosphere. It had a neighborhood pub feel and the locals were evident even though I imagine that they have a lot of tourists. Nice little gift shop next doorAfter tasting through the sampler we didn't bother going to Smuttynose. (537 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.86/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

An early lunch date with little Liz Lemon.

Atmosphere: Portsmouth is busy! Tons of people and tons of snow are a bad combination. Lizzie and I were dropped off and disappeared into the pub. The pub is wide open, multi-floored with the bar up a short flight of steps. We were seated beyond the bar, in plain sight of the brewing equipment. The bar is nicely done, plenty of taps and bottles. The walls are brightly adorned with Smutty labels (yes, I'm talking to you Robust Porter). A nice place that was empty when we arrived and packed when we left.

Quality: The heads are very need, lots of old hatches as doors. Using them was a pleasure on many levels. Our server was by regularly, even after it became apparent that we were snacking on finger food only.

Service: Decent, especially earlier in the visit. As the restaurant filled up, things slowed down fractionally. She also volunteered a kiddy cup for Liz Lemon.

Selection: 5 house beers, 3 Smutty guests and Sierra Nevada Celebration. I went with the Winter Rye and Scotch Ale. I'd call the Winter Rye my pick of the two. A decent selection but a brewpub should have a few more taps on, no? Oh yeah, growlers. They only fill Portsmouth growlers. I left empty-handed, choosing instead to buy a few bottles at the adjoining store.

Food: I'll call it N/A because we only picked at one appetizer. (1,354 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of muffguy4beer
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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. (1,490 characters)

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3.9/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Portsmouth Brewery...

Situated in a beautiful town, nice brew pub. I appreciate how they rotate both their own offerings as well as their sister brewery's, Smuttynose. Honestly, Ive never had a bad beer here. I highly recommend getting a flight to start with.

Unfortunately their food is hit and miss. Last time I was there I tried the venison dish, which was a bit dry and bland especially for the price. The cuts seemed like they spent a little too long in the freezer perhaps? On the other hand I have had other selections with pleasing results. Their menu is expansive, and it would seem to me that scaling it down and concentrating on offering simple, tasty, and FRESH plates would be beneficial.

The times I have been to Portsmouth I sat at or near the bar, so I have seen the best of their service. The staff seems friendly and attentive even when things heat up. It does get busy in there.

Overall, definitely worth checking out. I know Ill be back when I'm in the area. (983 characters)

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Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
94 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.