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Tod Mott leaving Portsmouth?

Discussion in 'US - New England' started by EnronCFO, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. Heard a rumor last night that Tod Mott was stepping down as head brewer of Portsmouth Brewery later this month and will then assume some sort of promotional/beer ambassador position for both Portsmouth and Smutty. He'd still be involved with the brewing activities of Portsmouth, but not on a full-time basis. Maybe this is already public and I'm late to the party, but it was news to me. Anyone else heard this or have any insight?
  2. Lukaduke

    Lukaduke Aficionado (165) Maine May 22, 2012

    Heard this rumor as well... but I heard he was starting his own brew project in Southern Maineo_O
  3. Lukaduke

    Lukaduke Aficionado (165) Maine May 22, 2012

    In other news when I saw him @ the Festival he told me he had just finished a collaboration with the Alchemist in Portsmouth... so keep an eye out on that draft list !
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  4. Yeah, the hopped up imperial milk stout should be on later this month I guess. Very excited for it.

    And Tod unleashed with his own brew project would be awesome, but I would hate to see him leave Portsmouth.
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  5. I heard this as well from a source I think could be trusted. Southern Maine really isn't that far from Portsmouth though, and if he's going to do his own thing minds well get a little closer to home right?
  6. Wow, this would be a huge bummer. He's easily one of the best brewers in New England, and as far as I know his stint at Portsmouth is fairly unusually long for a non-owner brewer. Portsmouth Brewery is probably identified with him as brewer, as much as just about any brewery in the region is with its brewer. He's also a pretty big fixture in the Portsmouth and New Hampshire beer circles. So it will be a big deal if he does indeed leave.

    But if he's starting his own place in the area, that could be great news as well. I'm assuming Portsmouth would find another talented brewer--though it would be hard to fill Tod Mott's shoes--and then we'd have another brewery in the area. I'd love it if he stayed right in Portsmouth somewhere, but I'm not sure where he lives or where he'd like to work. I'd hope, at least, to see his beer served in the town that has come to be so identified with his beers among BAs though.

    So I'll be sad if it's true. On top of Will Gilson leaving Moat Mountain, this will leave a huge void in the New Hampshire brewing community. There are still a number of long-time professional brewers in the state, a growing number of new breweries, and talented new brewers at older breweries, but it will be a blow to lose two, high-profile, top-notch brewers who have been around for so long, in such a short period of time. But assuming this rumor is true, I wish him all the best in whatever he does, and I'll be looking forward to any new projects he has coming up.
  7. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (695) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    Say it ain't so Joe !!
  8. I think I remember hearing he lives in Eliot or South Berwick, so while technically Southern Maine, minds well be Portsmouth.
  9. My mother and stepfather live in Eliot, and I'd say that's definitely the case. Just to avoid the pain of getting out-of-state beer into NH, I really hope Tod Mott continues to brew on the Portsmouth side of the river--if he's actually leaving. For as long as I've been drinking, Tod Mott's beer and Portsmouth have been nearly interchangeable in my mind. As the old NH poet once said, nothing gold can stay, but dammit, I'd be sad if Tod Mott's beers weren't available in Portsmouth. Obviously, it's his craft, his life and his decision, but selfishly, that's what I hope.
  10. Will Gilson from Moat has moved to my hometown here in VT with his wife & daughter, and I am already putting him in touch with our local business development association in case he gets a hankering to open a brewpub here. Our town sewer system is grossly under-utilized, and they are desperate for a high-volume water-using business. Here's hoping!
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  11. You don't need to give away the town, but is it near Burlington or I-89? I don't see myself ending my annual trip to Moat Mountain any time soon, but I'd love to add a visit to a future Will Gilson-led brewery on my trips up to the Burlington area. Will Gilson is a hell of a brewer--it was great to enjoy some of the last beers he brewed up at Moat Mountain this past week--and I'd love to see him make something of that sewer system! In the meantime, the growler of Hoffman Weiss in my fridge has me looking forward to 6pm.
  12. I think he would prefer to keep it on the down-low if/until he puts a plan together - not one to start rumors of impending new breweries, so I will respect his desire for discretion for now. This is more my wishful thinking than any concrete plan on his part.
  13. Gotcha, and that's what I figured. But I'm with you on the wishful thinking--I'd love to see him brewing again in the future if that's what he decides to do.

    Not to get too off-topic from the original thread, but I just wanted to add how much I really love Will's beers at the Moat--some of the cleanest, best examples of well-done beers without reinventing the wheel I've had anywhere. Going up there and being treated with a wonderfully crisp pint has been one of the highlights of my summer the past six years. I've been so happy to have his beers available in cans and bottles, and now I'm glad that (presumably) at least his recipes for those beers will live on. I'm sure he's left the Moat in good hands, but I was really sorry to see him go. The same is true of Tod Mott. While I'd love it if they were both still brewing in the state, I wish them all the best in whatever they do next.
  14. Agreed on Will's beers, his hefeweizen is still my all-time favorite in the style. However, I could never justify the costs of their bottled and canned beers. Maybe they've come down in price since, but when they first starting hitting shelves around here the prices were way out of whack with the competition.
  15. I agree about the hefeweizen--there are several others I've enjoyed, but none have yet touched the Hoffman Weiss. As far as the bottle and can costs go, I've never purchased a bottle, though I've received a couple as gifts. I have purchased several cans, though. When they first came out, the prices seemed a little high at some places, but in the last year (maybe a little less), I've always picked them up for about $5-6. I saw they were $5 at the brewery. That's certainly not the cheapest beer around per ounce, but a $5 bomber (especially given the extra 2 oz) is among the cheapest I've seen. I really like the Iron Mike Pale Ale, but given how many good pale ales there are out there, I've been much more excited about the Boneshaker Brown. There are very few brown ales that I'm excited to have, but Moat's is one of them--much hoppier and less syrupy-sweet than the standard. I'll gladly drop $6 for a standout in the style from time-to-time. In any case, I'd really love to see them get some more draft accounts (and I've never heard anyone argue with their draft prices)--they've got pretty good distribution in Portsmouth, but nothing in Manchester or anywhere else outside the White Mountains that I know of.
  16. Stop in at The Brewery tomorrow for a pint....
  17. W
    Would if I could but I can't so I won't.... But I HEAR ya loud and clear....

  18. Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more!
  19. You don't have to spill the beans, but for those of us who can't stop in tomorrow, will we know more then?
  20. Good luck to Tod, and I hope this means he can offer an IPA on a regular basis in the future. ;-)

    I would follow Tod Mott anywhere he decides to brew....

    I'm sure Portsmouth will do just fine without him as they offer more than just good beer - and Kate day could probably live on based on past reputation alone.
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  21. If you want to see that magnificent beard one more time at the Brewery, head in tomorrow.
  22. Oh man, you're bumming me out! I wish I could. I hope he'll still be at the Southern NH Brew Fest this weekend. Long may that beard grow, and long may his beer flow!
  23. Brad007

    Brad007 Advocate (655) Vermont Mar 28, 2007

    Sweet! Always great to see new faces in this state! Here's to hoping that he does get that hankering. VT has no shortage of excellent beer at this point!
  24. Brad007

    Brad007 Advocate (655) Vermont Mar 28, 2007

    I bought a can of the Iron Mike Pale Ale. Really friggin' sweet to see a pale ale in a tallboy.
  25. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (600) California Aug 26, 2009

    Kinda bummed to see Wil leave the Moat but I'm sure he left it in good hands. I guess I kind of assumed he was moving on to another brewing gig somewhere else. Hard to picture what else a guy who's been brewing professionally for over a decade would do.
  26. Will told me his assistant brewer has taken over at Moat. His wife landed a good job here, and many are trying to help them locate rental housing until they sell their place in NH and can find another here. Nothing wrong with taking a break from brewing, but his talent would be wasted if he doesn't start another eventually. Just so many goddamn new breweries here in VT coming online - the competition must be daunting for a newcomer to the state.
  27. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (600) California Aug 26, 2009

    I figured Scottie had taken over at the Moat. I'm sure he'll keep things going just fine. I'm sure it was a tough decision to leave but family comes first so best of luck to him and his wife.
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  28. Jason

    Jason Founder (1,365) Massachusetts Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    Boston, New York, Philly will take of the overflow of great beer coming form VT. ;-)
  29. You kidding me? I heard end of the month? Why the rush? And any word on who is taking over as lead brewer at Portsmouth?
  30. I figured the story must be something like that. Well, New Hampshire's loss is Vermont's gain. There are a lot of new breweries in Vermont, for sure, but Will Gilson is probably one of the most experienced brewers in the region--I'm sure whatever he does will stand out, if he decides to brew down the road. And while I'm really sorry that he's no longer brewing at the Moat, I'm glad to hear that Scottie has taken over there.
  31. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,650) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    I heard the rumor last week and reached out to Tod.

    He confirmed that he's indeed leaving, but doing so on good terms with Peter and the rest of the Portsmouth Brewery crew and staying on until however long it takes to transition his role over to a new brewer.

    The upside is that he's looking into starting his own brewery in southern Maine and retains the rights to Kate the Great.

    Looking forward to hearing more from Tod and wish him all the best.

  32. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Massachusetts Aug 13, 2007

    So you are saying Kate Day will be in ME after next year (assuming this year's batch has already been brewed)?
  33. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,650) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    No. I didn't say anything about Kate Day.
  34. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Massachusetts Aug 13, 2007

    Forgot the :)
  35. Remember Tod delivering Harpoon kegs to a hotel I worked at in the early 90's I have followed him from harpoon to commonwealth to a brew pub on boylston st (forget the name) to Quincy ships and to Portsmouth. He actually gave me a great nickname at a Friday afternoon harpoon tour that lasted 5 plus hours (wobblymailman). Needless to say I will show up where ever he lands.
  36. Don't forget his stint at The Tap! Best to Tod everytime, that man has played a huge role in the NE craft beer community and is such a friendly and approachable ambassador of good beer to all comers, not just us geeks.
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  37. Did a custom cheese-pairing for Tod's visits to VT Brewers Fest for the last 3 years - a joy to collaborate with on finding the perfect match for his beers and presenting our findings to fest attendees in the Education Tent. Said he would be at his grandma's 90th this year instead - will miss his smiling face but psyched he is keeping the brewing-ball rolling in the area.
  38. Great Guy, Great Brewer, Best of Luck
  39. Well, it's a bummer to see him go, but I'm really glad to hear that he'll still be brewing in the area. No idea where in southern Maine, but having a brewery across the river in Kittery Foreside or somewhere would be a great way to celebrate the opening of the new bridge. Anyway, I wish him and the folks at Portsmouth all the best. And I guess you can't be too sad about adding another new brewery, and presumably welcoming a talented, new head brewer at Portsmouth. Tod will be a tough act to follow, but I really hope and expect them to continue brewing great beer. And having a new brewery across the river will be all the more reason to stumble across the bridge, whether for a pint at the source or at one of Kittery's bars.

    For as long as I've been able to drink and aware of craft beer, Tod Mott and Portsmouth Brewery have been synonymous. I did the Harpoon tour a few weeks ago, and unexpectedly spotted Tod in an old black and white photo on the wall. I knew Todd had brewed at several places in the Boston area before heading north to Haverhill and then his long stint at Portsmouth. Still, it was a good reminder of the impact he's had in the regional beer and brewing scene, and how unusual such a long stint in one place is for a non-owner brewer. I hope we'll still see him around town in Portsmouth, and at festivals, and I can't wait to see what both he and Portsmouth have in store.
  40. Completely agreed. I moved to NH 4.5 years ago and wasn't really a craft drinker until I started hitting up PBrew after work. A life changing place for me, really. When you look at the number of new breweries that have been launched in the last several years by guys that are merely above average to good homebrewers, it will be nice to have a new brewery run by a guy that ranks as one of the all-time greats. Given the level of talent within the Smuttynose/Portsmouth family, I'm sure Peter will be able to find a head brewer without issue. Maybe Tyler will come back over!

    I will miss KtG Day, though. Not the bottle/scratch-off nonsense, but drinking Kate on draft for an afternoon with other beer geeks is about as good as it gets. It was a day I know Tod really enjoyed too, so maybe they'll come up with another plan for it.
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