Earth Eagle Brewings

Earth Eagle BrewingsEarth Eagle Brewings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

165 High St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-3708
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Added by Todd on 11-05-2012

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Tiny room. Have a handful of Earth Eagle beers on tap with another handful of rotating guest taps and bottles. They also serve food and liquor. Since it's so small, it gets crowded very easily.

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Photo of sbuchert
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of StoutLover14
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of nmaher
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Cozy location in downtown Portsmouth, usually with 5 or so of their offerings on tap (rotating selection) along with a few from other craft breweries. Food is great, selection on the beer side can be a bit limited with some of their preferred styles being a bit off the beaten path. But if you've done any research prior to walking in you should already know what you're in for. Parking can be a pain. Best bet is the nearby parking garage which is less than a 5 minute walk. Definitely gets busy and space inside is at a premium but it's worth it.

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Photo of tkanedc
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of HoppingAroundNewEngland
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Earth Eagle is one of my favorite breweries in the area. Though known for their unique gruits, they offer a great selection of not only their beers but a number of other breweries in the area. The atmosphere is great and have the friendliest people working there. My favorite beer there is the Chiefy Leroux, a Belgain Ale.

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Photo of mkyer
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of DrStiffington
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Small, comfy place. First time ever in Portsmouth without my wife and kids, I was able to forsake the Portsmouth Brewery and try a different place for lunch. I was glad I did. Different beers, including some gruits, and an eclectic food menu. Cool place!

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Photo of VanTyne
4.91/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Not your father's brew pub, nor his craft beer. Not your hipster buddy's PBR bar, either. A different place.

Palate expanding, pioneering brewer of gruits and funky ales. Combined with the homebrew shop next door, this is a beer geeks kinda place. With the jump to being a brewpub, they've added good food and good guest taps.

Come with an open mind. Talk with the staff about the beer. You will learn something. You will enjoy beer differently.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Swung by today for the first time.... Very comfy vibe.... dimly lit but warm and welcoming... In off the street, bang a right, and you're in.... bar to the left.... a few small tables to the right and in the center... Some big wooden beams, and an old corrugated tin roof.... throw in some chintzy white Christmas lights.... funky, indeed.... Service was solid, with some former Ports-Brew employees.... They had 6x of their own on tap, plus 5x foreign offerings... I tried a full pour of an old ale, and a small sample of another (weizenbock).... Not overly impressed with quality right off the bat. May have to stop in again to try some more offerings.... Did not try any grub, but it did look good... We'll see about a return visit.... Prosit!!

4.08/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$


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Photo of tmac
4.1/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of BostonPhilly
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mtandy89
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Ok, so, Let's start off the bat by saying the beers are solid. Not world changing, not mindblowing. But part of the reason for that is the spirit of experimentation that's seen in what they produce. Yes, there's an IPA or two, but there was also an anise milk stout. it may not blow your mind, but there will almost certainly be something you've never even thought of in a beer. Also, it's worth noting that they specialize mainly in Gruits and do quite a range of them.

Now, onto the food. Oh my, the food. The menu is tiny, but locally sourced and unreasonably delicious. If it's on the specials board, i would urge you to get the Figgy Pig which is Manchego cheese, Porchetta, Bacon, and Fig jam on sourdough pressed in a panini press. Un-effing-believable.

The decor is funky, the service was amazing (Kate is awesome!) not to mention frequent live music. The space is tiny, but doesn't read as cramped but rather as cozy and welcoming. The crowd that gathers has a convivial vibe to it.

Be warned, it is down a side alley so can be hard to find if you don't know what you're looking for. They own a homebrew shop that's on the main road, the brewery is down the alley to the right. You can get into the bar through the homebrew shop or the side door.

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Photo of JIMfallon
4.14/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of psweendogg
4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of coldriver
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

It took us awhile to find this place as it's buried inside a larger building with no direct entrance off the street. But as it turned out that's a big part of the vibe which provides the feel of an exclusive hangout like a home bar that you invite your friends to hang out in. It's small enough that everyone notices everyone who comes in, and there's no chance that you'll go off to a corner to be left alone. And on the night we were there, the people who were coming in were very friendly and very into the beer. They didn't have a huge taplist but everything they had was interesting and of high quality. I'd never sampled much in the way of gruit's before, but Earth Eagle specializes in these beers and I found the two selections to be quite good. Great bartender providing excellent service and product knowledge. Overall, my expectations were high going in, and they managed to exceed those expectations.

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Photo of MugOfGoodness
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A slice of Brooklyn in Portsmouth. Amazing food and amazing beer and now cocktails! Seriously - this is one of my favorites for the food, the atmosphere, the beer, and the people. What a treat to have a place to hangout with friends and crush a few pints. They pour their own beer and now have a great assortment of guest taps. Can't go wrong with Earth Eagle.

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Photo of blisscent
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of irrevjim
4.58/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

vibe; we went on a monday, quiet, but friendly help and customers, people who travel from brewery to brewery seemed to swing through, everyone easy to talk to
quality; we tried every beer and most food, all spot on or interesting and delicious if there was no definition
service; awesome on a monday, can't speak for busier times but the waitstaff and bartender both came to our table to take orders/explain the menu/ask about us
selection; 6 beers in house - a sour, a delicious half-wheat they don't classify as anything in particular, an interesting gruit aged in oak, a delicious hoppy farmhouse, a rye, a wheat, they just kicked a vanilla porter before we got there, as well as 4 guest taps to round out what they had, a pilsner, a classic belgian, a stout, and i don't remember one,but everything else so memorable
food; absolutely perfect selection of well executed beer food; duck pastrami reuben, boar sausage pepper and onion, awesome chili and nachos; bacon and fig grilled cheese; quality charcuterie, macv and cheese specials to name only what i got or considered... everything was not just great but perfect

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of bostonbeans
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of jhavs
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Very interesting place in a great little city that is worth exploring. The beer is high quality and they have some exciting and styles that are quite different than other breweries of this size. They are known for their Gruit and they had one on tap when I visited. It was flavored with grilled rhubarb which added a slightly tart and bitter flavor which was quite nice.

They have a limited by good quality food selection that always includes something strange. On my visit the strange option was kangaroo tacos. Seemed interesting but I went with an all beef frankfurter covered with beer braised onions and homemade baked beans. It was tasty and low cost.

Good place, good beer, good vibe. Cool logo and merch. Worth a visit.

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Photo of JayF562
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Love this place, my go to spot!

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Earth Eagle Brewings in Portsmouth, NH
3.82 out of 5 based on 430 ratings.
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