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Looking to grab some food/beer at Portsmouth brewery - any experiences?

Discussion in 'New England' started by Dope, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Dope

    Dope Advocate (670) Massachusetts Oct 5, 2010

    My birthday is coming up and I'm pondering dragging the family to Portsmouth brewery for food and beers. How family friendly is the place on say a Sunday afternoon or evening? How busy does it get? Pondering whether to go up for lunch or dinner, depending on experiences with how busy it gets on an average weekend. Probably will be going next Sunday. Is it madhouse and not worth it? Long waits? Etc...

    Thanks in advance,
  2. Not sure about this sunday. It does get very busy in the summer but I can not imagine that this time of year they are swamped. It is a very family friendly environment so don't worry about that. Have a great time.

  3. My experiences on a Sunday, especially in the Fall, are the later on Sundays the slower it gets. Yet again, it is Columbus Day weekend so it could be a little busier. Even still, it shouldn't be so packed that you couldn't get a table in a decent amount of time. Plus, if you can sneak downstairs they have free pool on Sundays.

  4. Pegli

    Pegli Savant (315) Rhode Island Aug 30, 2006

    Extremely family friendly - should should have no problems...the food is fantastic !
  5. Yes to family friendly, and crowds shouldn't be too bad on a Sunday afternoon (compared to Saturday afternoons). Current bottles-to-go selection is decent and broader than usual. Also, Hop Harvest is on, which is one of the P-brews best seasonals.
  6. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (660) California Aug 26, 2009

    I don't have a family to bring there myself but I see plenty of families there every time I go. The fact that they have a kids menu is a pretty good sign that the welcome mat is out for anyone and everybody. As others have said, Sunday won't be as busy as Saturday but the crowds often depend on the weather and sunny days can bring a lot of people out to walk around Portsmouth. Even if it is busy, I wouldn't expect a long wait like you might find during the summer.
  7. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (705) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    Yum,that damn hop harvest has eluded me....itchin to try that one.

    OP: Don't worry,you will be fine. P-Brew is a great time for the fam.

    psssst:Whatta ya waiting for? Go !

  8. tylermains

    tylermains Savant (305) Kentucky Apr 6, 2010

    I had no problem on a Sunday afternoon. Good food, good beer. Check out the fridge in the gift shop and pick up some bottles.
  9. I'd just like to chime in to say that if you enjoy a good hot pastrami sammich, theirs is killer. They cure their own pastrami in house and it's fantastic. I remember eating one paired with their imperial ipa... simple pleasures my friend.
  10. I'm going to be there this Sunday for lunch. Does anyone know if they sell Smuttynose bottles to go?
  11. Number45forever

    Number45forever Savant (400) Vermont Jan 6, 2012 Beer Trader

    The two times I've been there I've had mussels and a pulled pork sandwich, both have been fantastic. They seem to have excellent food, and really great beers. If I lived closer than two hours away, I'd be there ALL the time. Very family friendly, especially during the day. Enjoy!
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  12. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (705) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    No Smutty stuff,but check Gary's Package and Portsmouth Provisions.

  13. FrankLloydMike

    FrankLloydMike Advocate (540) Massachusetts Aug 16, 2006 Subscriber

    As Smutty said, no Smutty bottles for sale in the shop. Smuttynose and Portsmouth Brewery are owned by the same people, but legally separate entities, which means that only Portsmouth Brewery beers are brewed on-site, and only P-Brew beers are available for take home purchase (growlers and bombers). Speaking of which, while I love Smuttynose and many of the other beers P-Brew sometimes has on as guests, I'd recommend sticking with house-brewed beers while visiting Portsmouth Brewery. It's the only place you're going to be able to have them.
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  14. jjnasty

    jjnasty Aficionado (230) Massachusetts Oct 3, 2008 Beer Trader

    Dope since it's your birthday, top off your meal with an "Oatmeal Stout Float". You won't regret it....

    (They also have it on Cask right now with Chocolate Espresso Beans)
  15. jjnasty

    jjnasty Aficionado (230) Massachusetts Oct 3, 2008 Beer Trader

    Oatmeal Stout on Cask that is.........
  16. corey0212

    corey0212 Savant (370) Connecticut Oct 27, 2007

    It's basically the best place of ever. For all time.
  17. Dope

    Dope Advocate (670) Massachusetts Oct 5, 2010

    Oh wow, those both sound amazing. I love oatmeal stouts.

  18. I can vouch for the PB being a complete family-friendly place. I've brought my kids twice in the past 2yrs & they have asked me when we're going back.

    Great meals & drinks for the adults & respect for the little ones for sure. Tho my 8-yr old absolutely loves the curry mussels (so do I) .
  19. Do you get seated in the "kids" room all the time too? Funny how I have never been seated in that room off to the left until I started bringing kids in with me.
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  20. Pegli

    Pegli Savant (315) Rhode Island Aug 30, 2006

    Wait a minute...that's where we were seated too...
  21. FrankLloydMike

    FrankLloydMike Advocate (540) Massachusetts Aug 16, 2006 Subscriber

    I've been seated in that room plenty of times with no kids. I like that room, that room was a friend of mine. That room, sir, is no kids' room.

    As far as I'm concerned, the best seat is on the tiny patio, but there's not a bad room or seat at the Portsmouth Brewery.
  22. Actually we've been seated up on the right the past few times. When my son was an infant we were seated in that room...along with many other families with kids.