Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Brewing CompanySmuttynose Brewing Company
Smuttynose Brewing CompanySmuttynose Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

105 Towle Farm Rd
Hampton, New Hampshire, 03842-1806
United States

(603) 436-4026 | map
smuttynose.com

Notes: Smuttynose Hours
Monday – Thursday
Retail- 12pm to 7pm
Tours- 2-6pm (Hourly)
Tastings- 2-6:30pm

Friday
Retail- 12pm to 8pm
Tours- 12pm to 7pm(Every Half Hour)
Tastings- 12-7:30pm

Saturday
Retail- 11am to 8pm
Tours- 11am to 7pm(Every Half Hour)
Tastings- 11-7:30pm

Sunday
Retail- 11am to 7pm
Tours- 11am to 6pm(Every Half Hour)
Tastings 11-6:30pm

** Tasting cards will be sold up until 30 minutes before the Smerchandise shop closes on any day**

Hayseed Hours:
Monday, Wednesday Thursday 11:30am-11pm
Friday and Saturday 11:30am-12:00am
Sunday 11:30am-10pm
Closed Tuesday
BEER STATS
Average:
3.97
Beers:
91
Reviews:
11,490
Ratings:
29,214
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.3
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
117
pDev:
8.37%
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slander from New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

En route to Pils & Love Portland pre-game and generally there’d be a stop somewhere(s) along the way and I’m talking about beer, here. Stopping in New Haven for that pie(s) at Modern doesn’t count. That’s just a given. I mean, Modern, right? Mid-afternoon making good time, and oh, I know, Smutty’s so looooong overdue. I mean, hell, I’ve been drinking that brown ale since the 90’s, how have I never come on out and seen their new digs? Exit here. Over the hills and through the woods, to Smutty we will go…

Big beautiful brewery building here, restaurant over there. We were just dropping in for a few beers so the restaurant seemed the play but we went for the brewery instead for no good reason. Entered in, and through the swag store to the tasting room. Small corner counter there with an 8 tap tower and cans & bottles for the pour. Blackboard on the back wall lists tap selections (beer, ABV, & style). The 4 beer sampler ran (like) $5, so yes, please. Filled out the card for Rocky Road American Stout, Smuttlabs The Stallion Imperial Stout, Old Brown Dog Ale, & Robust Porter (those latter 2 I’ve had many times before but never the sauce at the source), and was fed a bonus Tangerine Tango IPA by Super Sarah. A few tables off the bar housing a cast of brewery characters (Oh, hey Steve, and that was before they sent their Love), we drank beer, talked some shop, and I got some what what.

And now across the parking over to the restaurant for a bit more. The place still smells of new wood. White wall uppers over deep red lowers with framed windows over the front & side. Diagonal wood plank floor tilings, and a white ceiling save a center plastic run with sunken lighting along the edges. Conical hat 3 bulb lamps tracing the bar. A half dozen hightop square tables angled down center, plus another 4 along the wall, and shorty roundies in the front and side nooks. Cool ‘Pioneers of New England Craft Brewing’ poster with Phil, Tod, Rob, and the gang. There's a 5 seat bar counter below it so you can sit and study Alan Pugley's face (so you'll know him if you pass him on the street and feel the need to have the Ringwood conversation).

Long straight pint stained stainless steel topped bar, with a wood panel base & a foot bar. Seating for 18 on metal framed wood chairs. Wood plank ceiling over the bar with 6 rows of ceramic mug club mugs a-dangling. Barback is gray subway tiled with 3 flats showing golf & sport, over a center tap tower row of 20 taps on stainless, mostly logo handled but there are a few guests, cold brewed coffee, and wine maybe and/or unused. More mugs shelved & countered + booze & wines to both sides, and glassware shelved below. A pair of handpumps to one side seemingly unused just now, another row of 16 taps further down, and a glassware shelving unit on the end.

23 house beers up, including some Smuttlabs & cellar series stuff (Finest Kind IPA, American IPA, 6.9%; Shoals Pale Ale, EPA, 5.3%; Vunderbar, German Pilsner, 4.9%; Old Brown Dog, American Brown Ale, 6.5%; Robust Porter, American Porter, 6.2%; Really Old Brown Dog, Old Ale, 9.8%; Whole Lota Lupulin, DIPA, 8.6%; Mysterious Haze IPA, NEIPA, 6.7%; Common Man Ale, APA, 5.9%; New Hampshire Pale Ale, APA, 5.3%; Summer IPA, American IPA, 5.5%; Blueberry Thrill Sour, Berliner, 4.5%; Blackberry Sour, Berliner, 5.2%; Plum Cinnamon Sour, Berliner, 4.8%; Raspberry Lime Rickey Sour, Berliner, 4.8%; Wheat Wine Ale, 11.9%; S’muttonator 2018, German Dopplebock, 8.2%; Rocky Road, American Stout, 7.8%; The Stallion, Imperial Stout, 11%; Siamese Gorilla, Irish Red Ale, 5.5%; Baja Hoodie, American Amber, 7.7%; Chupa Mexican Stout, 6.6%; Tangerine Tango IPA, American IPA, 6.5%) and 3 guest taps (Narragansett Lager, Lagunitas Lager, Downeast Original Cider). Started with the Raspberry Lime Rickey Sour (good balance between the evil raspberry and lime) and then had the Blueberry Thrill Sour (pleasantly tart, light, refreshing); Raspberry Lime Rickey Sour for the win.

On walkabout… there's a staircase to somewhere at the end of the bar. Normally, I'd just trot on up the stairs like I own the place, but I'm old and tired (I'm thinking additional seating or event space or both). And out the side door there (me, pointing), a large brick face porch holding some 2 dozen tables, mostly shortys, but there are some hightops pushed together for larger groups. Raised area stand up for the guitar playing people on the far end, cornhole off to one side, and a trailer to the rear serving Smuttys. It’s a well done exterior space out amongst the tree line. Had I known this was out here, I wouldn't have put up inside this whole while.

Didn’t eat as we’re midway between the pizza in New Haven behind us and a lobster roll(s) in my imminent future but what I saw go by looked good. Great Smutty selection! Nearly 2 dozen house taps, I mean, daaamn. Really wish they’d bring back the Portsmouth Lager. Good house, and I'm damn glad to beer here.

Jun 27, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Decent place. A bit more of a "dive" than I expected. Still, the beer is good and the selection is about as good as it gets. Plenty of hops, lagers and dark beers to satisfy anyone's tastes.

The service is decent, could be better. Not at all busy but the bartender is preoccupied with whatever. Not a big deal to me.

Solid place to go during the week between 4-6 where everything is half-price.

Feb 17, 2020
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kelvarnsen from Canada

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited here as part of a trip to Maine and New Hampshire in 2018. It was a large, very nice facility. The beers I tried were also very good, especially the Belgian Quad which I really enjoyed. The tasting area was basically a small bar set off in the corner of what looked like the fermentation area of the brewery which wasn't the best location. Although they did have a foosball table which was fun, and gave my kids something to do while I tasted beer.

Aug 12, 2019
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Tarps68 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The brewery is in location that makes feel like you are in the woods of NH not near Hampton Beach.
The brewery has a very nice outdoor area which had a laid back vibe. I had a Belgian Style ale outside which was very good. Also, the Hayseed Restaurant was very nice. We had the Buffalo and BBQ wings which were great. I had the Old Brown Dog which was good on tap. I will be back again when they open the beer hall.

Sep 19, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is quite possibly one of the most beautiful brewery properties I've been to. That being said, the brewery building experience itself, if you're not going on a tour, is bare bones.

There are a lot of brews on retail that are impossible to come by in my area, as well as a lot of swag to buy. While you're buying you can see the bottling/canning lines running not even a few feet away--probably the closest I've been to the action. Better yet, it's behind glass so you don't need to worry about waterproof shoes.

Free draft samples are a bonus, but the real draw is the restaurant next door. See my review for Hayseed.

Jun 15, 2016
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This brewery easily places in my Top 3 Craft Breweries in the U.S. Located in a beautiful part of Hampton, NH, this brewery not only offers a great selection of their craft beers and merch for purchase, but also allows you to try a number of their beers that they have on draft for no cost!

In addition, immediately across from the brewery is the Hayseed Restaurant, a great cafe-style restaurant with an array of food designed to pair well with their world-class beers. I highly recommend you visit this brewery if you're in the area!

Feb 12, 2016
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soupermirl from Mississippi

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Fantastic building and brewery tour. Nice gift shop. I was there in August of 2014. Easy going. Very nice facility. I'd go again. I loved the beer sampled.

Jan 18, 2016
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Have been here maaannny times since their opening... Great place; modern and green... Through the front doors, brewery is visible beyond the glass... Smutt store is to the right... Coolers hold some 12 and 22oz bottles of Smutty and odd sizes of various Smuttlabs offerings. Also have shirts, coasters, glasses, etc available... Tours are very informative, and their new brewery is state of the art. Beyond their store, in the back right, is their tasting room... $4 gets you a card for 4x 4oz tasters.... they usually have 8-9 different offerings available. Staff has always been very informative, friendly and helpful. Love this place!

Prosit!!

4.54/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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Jan 08, 2016
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edward_boumil from New York

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Had an awesome tour last night. My family's way of celebrating christmas.

First off, the tour was awesome. Tour guide was an older gentleman who was very knowledgeable. Talked to him for a little bit, had mentioned he was a retired high school science teacher, which was cool since I am a scientist. So we talked a lot about the science of brewing which I liked. The tour itself too was really informative and fun.

The building and what goes into making it was nice as well. The place is very clean, the gift shop had some great items, and all the staff were really friendly and helpful.

The resturaunt was great too, outdoor firepit was an amazing feature.

Tasting was a bit limited though. They did have some great beers on tap for tastings but they also had a couple of mainstays on tap too, like Finest KInd and the Baltic porter, and I wish they had some of their rarer beers on tap instead since those are so widely available.

That being said end of the day highly recommend this tour, facility is beautiful and it was a great time.

Dec 27, 2015
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OffHeGoes from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went to the new location this summer and I was really impressed. Took the tour which included very generous tastings. I was impressed and surprised by all of the options on tap, and had both Smuttynose and Smuttlabs beers that I really enjoyed. The piece of land they are now on is really nice, and the new brewery setup is impressive too. Also enjoyed the meal (and beers) at the on site Hayseed restaurant.

Nov 09, 2015
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rogacks from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Gift shop had a cool selection of Smutty gear. Also had a lot of beer available, including Smuttlabs. Went next door to Hayseed. They pretty much have every beer on tap. They had a few on cask as well. 5 or 6 guest beers too.

Nov 01, 2015
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

We enjoy visiting the new brewery - the staff is always enthusiastic, helpful, and just fun to hang around with. Tours are pretty energetic - we've even gotten close to the bottling line when it was down for the day. The tasting area is cool - being inside the brewery you can hear the fermenters bubbling merrily and can smell the beer in process. We have yet to hit the new restaurant - it is closed on Tuesdays (our last visit) and was not completed on a previous trip. The selection for tasting in the brewery is usually the core beers and that's fine, but we've enjoyed a couple of Smuttlabs offerings as well. But I can't complain on a pretty decent pour of Old Brown Dog. It's a good example of a medium-sized brewery. We were the only people on one tour and I could ask process questions and my wife asked about their green technology. It's a great location, ample space, they've added the disc golf course and have even more plans for the outdoor areas. Will add to the review if we ever get to the restaurant.

Oct 21, 2015
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bcal9 from District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The Smuttynose Brewery is a good representation of a medium/large craft brewery, with a free tour that shows you the assembly line and the brewing room, free tasting after the tour (although watch out for special events, I went on the day they had their Octoberfest so the free samples were not offered), a gift shop with your standard merchandise and a variety of their beers (including specialty-made, in-house beers made through their Smuttilabs division), and a restaurant offering a selection of their beers and appetizers/meals (recommend having a flight of four beers for $6 and their cheese sampler). From a beer standpoint I'd recommend the Brown Dog ale and their Frankenlager (limited time IPL), but all the ones I had definitely hit the mark and were tasty. With some of their standard beers such as the Finest Kind IPA they admittedly aim for consistency (as in the beer tasting the same today as it did three years ago and will three years from now) so you may be disappointed if you are expecting more variety/innovation (maybe a pumpkin ale could be switched up every harvest, although there is something to be said for simplicity and the if it ain't broke don't fix it mindset). I also had this sense from the folks there in that they are pretty by the book and aiming for a consistently solid customer experience, you have to engage them for the information you need, whether on the tour, in the restaurant, or in the giftshop. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it makes finding the character of the brewery somewhat more difficult when there seems to be one beneath the surface, in the characteristics of the beers that have made them popular staples in the Northeast, the consideration of the environment in the brewing process, and the unique creations of the Smuttilabs.

Oct 13, 2015
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2ellas from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Upon walking into the tasting room, there are many people enjoying samples, each others company and the atmosphere of being surrounded by the giant stainless fermenters and the bubbling of the blow off bucket.
The beer being brewed in here is of the utmost quality. Consistently brewed to high standards and consistently consistent!
Service was great. Greeted immediately upon entering and given the run down.
Selection was delightful. I could have easily broken the bank with all of the smuttlabs specialities and super fresh cans and bottles of their year round favorites. Not to mention the kick ass "smerchandise".
I'll be back for sure!

Sep 29, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Tucked away in Hampton but easily accessible from the highway, Smuttynose is about a 10-15 minute drive from Portsmouth or a little less than an hour and a half from Boston. I don't know if I'd call it a must-visit, but it is the most aesthetically pleasant brewery campus I've ever visited aside from New Glarus.

Everything looks and smells new. The brewery and store is a long red building. The shop doesn't sell anything you can't find in liquor stores, and the tour was run-of-the-mill.

The restaurant across the way, called Hayseed, is gorgeous and homey. It looks and feels like you're in a house. The food selection is fairly broad, and everything is fresh and delicious. There's about twenty beers on tap including several from Portsmouth and Smuttlabs, and nearly everything was available in growlers.

I don't got much else to say other than it was pretty and pleasant and the beer was very nice.

Jun 19, 2015
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Nickcal from Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Love whats going on here. Beautiful area with gardens all around the building, well maintained landscape and indoors. No fee for the tour and tasting. All they ask is that you make a donation. You can skip the tour and go right for the tasting if you please. Also if you plan on going to Portsmouth Brewery as I did that same day, they give you a card for a free beer, make sure you ask though. For the tasting they let you pick 4 beers and after that you bring the card they give you next door for a 7oz pour at there restaurant "Hayseed". With the free beer at Portsmouth Brewery all for a $5.00 donation, if your kind enough to do. There is no going wrong here.

Jun 17, 2015
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Budlum from Maryland

5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great location with an enthusiastic staff. The tour is informative and offered a very generous tasting program. A wide selection of beers, and most importantly the Smuttlabs releases, are available for purchase. Everyone at the brewery was very enthusiastic about both their beer and providing a positive experience. This is a must-visit. The new brewery, restaurant, and grounds are beautiful. Their plans for the property will only make their farm better and better.

Jun 12, 2015
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Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

New tasting "room" is in the brewhouse, so its pretty cool....usually some nice variation of offerings (smutlabs, vintage stuff, current beers). Staff are always awesome!

Jun 05, 2015
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BostonBrewRu from Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Cool farm vibe. Apparently their adding a ton of fun stuff to do, biking trails, disc golf, etc. They have a farm to table restaurant next door and a retail store. Great tour, very knowledgeable staff, impressive facility, and a ton of free tastes afterwards.

May 23, 2015
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ErinSully from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

I've been to upwards of 35 breweries--some just for paid tastings, some for tours. I appreciate breweries for what they are and what they are able to achieve with their space. For many reasons Smuttynose is my favorite. (There's a fancy, famous beer-hall in Boston that is fun to visit, but it's a crowded tourist trap much of the time. And there are nano-breweries operating out of garages that do a great job too. But Smuttynose is a winner because they have that just-right middle ground). The tours are informative (if you know nothing about beer maybe go to a Budweiser or Coors-type place first for the high level look at simple ingredients, marketing, etc.) If you really want to know more about beer and brewing you can get that at Smutty. I've done the tour 3 or 4 times (most times with lead host Ben). They don't currently charge money for their tours, but if they started to (like nearly all the breweries do these days) it would still be worth it. Especially since tour guests get a card for a free beer at Portsmouth Brewery. I'm rating 4.75 because I want to leave room for when they really settle into the new digs. I think they can probably have events and really utilize the opening of the restaurant to have a really, really nice 5-star place on their hands.

Sep 19, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Stopped by today and took the tour of the new building. Free tour lasted about 20 minutes with 4 4 oz samples afterwards in the shadow of the behemoth fermenters.
Huge production scale these days, 85 barrel brew length with 270 barrel fermenters damn.
Gift shop with lots of clothing and bottles to go.
The restaurant is not open yet they estimate later this year, I look forward to coming back and checking it out when they do open.

Aug 24, 2014
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Boto from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7%

Just visited the new brewery. It is a great place, nestled on an old farm. A beautiful new building which is very efficiently designed. After a tour they have a bar area set up right next to the fermenters. 6 taps, and a few standing tables. The tour is free, as are the samples. They have the old farmhouse moved, and are rennovating it to be a restarauunt and pub. It should be good!

Aug 20, 2014
Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton, NH
Brewery rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 29214 ratings