Earth Eagle Brewings

Earth Eagle BrewingsEarth Eagle Brewings
Earth Eagle BrewingsEarth Eagle Brewings
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

165 High St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-3708
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eartheaglebrewings.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.85
Beers:
143
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
477
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.19
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
83
pDev:
12.89%
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rudzud from Massachusetts

2.56/5  rDev -38.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 1.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited here with JLindros on a trip up to Portland. Almost immediate regret. Parking looks to be a pain as the parking on one side of the building is for the home brew shop only and parking on the other side, by the door, is for residents only. Table set up is a bit odd as they're awfully close to the bar, and bar seats themselves are basically a metal colander with a little bump in the middle. Very, very strange. The place also appeared to be quite dirty/grimy like they were trying to mask that with the dim lighting mid day.

There seemed to be a decent selection of beers and ciders on tap, as well as three bottles to go, however every. single. beer. was utterly terrible. Not only infected tasting but just plain dirty ala dirty tap lines. It's one thing to have a bad beer out of 6 but for all 6 to have the same disgusting issues is not coincidental.

Service was lackluster; while the bar tender was friendly enough she never once checked back to see if we were enjoying our beers (we weren't) or inquire as to why we'd only taken a few sips of each. On top of that she wound up charging me full price for a half pour. Did not have food but they did offer some. Overall this was a really, really disappointing experience and if given the chance to return I would rather wait outside than go through this all over again.

Aug 31, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

It's a weird place in general. Built into an old building so the setup is strange. Parking is tough as you basically need to park on the street in downtown Portsmouth. Tables are strewn about like a labyrinth and you have to twist between people to get around. Old wood pillars are everywhere, and it seems like you're in a really old pub.

Servers were friendly but didn't seem that knowledgeable. THey had maybe 10 beers on tap, all their own except a cider from another local place. A mix of styles few IPAs, and some really unique unusual styles like a roggenbier, kolsch, and a gruit, which would have been awesome had they made the beers well. Unfortunately the beers themselves are mixed bag. A couple times I've gotten good beers, but other times not so much. THis past time was pretty bad as all the beers seem like they had some off flavors, dishsoap at times, weird fruity qualities others, and strange rotting flavors. So I think they have dirty tap lines or their dishwasher is really old and does a terrible job.

Didn't try the food this time, but in the past I remember them having pretty good food.

Aug 27, 2019
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

I haven't been here since they were just a home brew shop and massage parlor, glad to finally get to check out the place that makes all the fine beer I've had elsewhere. Somewhat industrial space with a small square bar area as you walk in. There's an outside beer garden with twice the space and most tables have shade. A dozen beers on tap and only one gruit today. I had a great strawberry blond and a really nice stout here today. They have food looks like dogs and sandwiches. We didn't try any but they looked interesting. Cans and bottles to go. Seems priced in line with the area. Most taps $6 North country cider is $8 a can for some reason. Id go back for the beer or to try one of the hot dogs.

Jun 23, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

4/14/19 funky little place with a very eclectic vibe, experimental brews and low-key feel. I'm impressed by the variety, not in numbers, but in choice of styles.

Apr 15, 2019
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Intimate feel to it. Folksy and that is nice. Nice menu and an interesting mix of their own drafts, eclectic, and local brews from NH, Me, and Ma. I didn't know much about gruits and got great info from the young man behind the bar. Tried the Rhus Juice, sumac with chokeberries and found it to be quite good. Just a really neat Tmosphere and I would, and will, come back here when I am in the area.

Sep 05, 2017
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hard to find, pain to park, but a worthy stop. Small...ok tiny...taproom that serves food. We did a flight of six beers nicely explained by the server. Nit your every day beers with gruit being a favored style. Interesting use of non-hop biter in and flavoring agents. The food I am rating by look and,talking with patrons - looked great and people were happy. Pretzel was fantastic - piping hot and chewy. Service was attentive and pleasant. Find it, plan the visit around lunch. Cool place.

Aug 21, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -5%
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.

Mar 27, 2017
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nmaher from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Nov 04, 2016
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HoppingAroundNewEngland from New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Sep 11, 2016
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev 0%
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!

May 17, 2016
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VanTyne from Maine

4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Apr 20, 2016
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Mar 05, 2016
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mtandy89 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Jan 19, 2016
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coldriver from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Oct 08, 2015
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MugOfGoodness from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Oct 06, 2015
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Sep 30, 2015
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jhavs from New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Jul 23, 2015
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AJNIDEK from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great little place that really has raised their game in the last year. Short tap list but stellar brews. Limited food menu so a beers only stop for some. Ghetto Defiant is delicious.

Jun 04, 2015
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BostonBrewRu from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

They had a couple guest taps and about 6 of their beers on tap. Interesting beers but nothing that knocked my socks off. It reminded me of a cool little Mexican restaurant and their nachos were awesome. Friendly service, nice clientele. Clean bar and restroom.

May 23, 2015
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slander from New York

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

In Portsmouth, with Ed, who has never been to the Hampshire (What? Yeah, no, we didn’t hit Portsmouth Brewing, wanted to, but time time time. I know, I know, shut up). We’re en route to Portland for a few day’s play and got a later start than anticipated; much to see and do yet. Cousin Paulie put me on to this place seen in his travels. Said they make gruits and I’m thinking ‘cool’ and added that they made a meat beer and I’m thinking ‘Um, what?’ Every time I think I’ve seen it all...

Not really knowing where going, we circled once to scout it out. Hey, free seasonal street parking, hooray! Teeny little place down an alley kind of behind some stores, one of which sells homebrew supplies (Their festive red Christmasy growlers serving as a beacon). And down the rabbit hole.

Small ‘L’ plank laminate topped wood bar, with a pieced diagonal slat wood base, and seating for 7 on stools. Barback counter holds shelved goblets a-weighty, a 6 tap tower on the wall above with mix & match handles (doorknob, a bone, a harpoon, and some non-descripts), and dead soldiers lining atop for show and your sadness (Pliny, Supplication, Hill Farmstead Sue, Cantillon Gueuze, Cascade Apricot, Abbaye de St Bon-Chien). Pint shakers and growlers below the bar, flight glasses cornered, and a tulip rack dangling above. Brew room peek a boo window and a vertical black board listing tap selections, styles, and ABV’s to the rear. Logo banner sign over the bar with feathers off both ends from something that probably wasn’t too happy about giving them up.

Walls done in sky blue uppers & sea foam wave middles over brown lowers. Framed mountain scene painting, a deer head, ornate mirrors, a mask, and a Wildcat Mountain trail directory sign I’m sure there’s a reward for. Painted concrete floors & a corrugated stainless steel arched ceiling with a spinny fan, and a sled & snowboard mounted up there. Seasonal garland (it being the season for such) and shirts & hats displayed for the buying to wear. Pan lamps & drop lanterns. Kitchen access through a side door and the brewery curtained off to the rear.A hightop table for 4 on the far wall, a shared hightop on center for 6, and some bar counter space otherwise. People are standing, we are not them.

6 taps, the sampler served on a block with the placements numbered beneath the glassware; Anarchist, 6.9%, a kitchen sink entry blended from a dozen beers, not my bag; Erebos, 7.6%, sour black Gruit, big star anise nose; Lumbersexual, 6%, Gruit Pale Ale with rye; Nocturnal, 7.5%, American Stout, roasty, Tomahawk hops, solid; Crabapple Ambrosia, 5.2%, Wheat Pils Gruit with crabapple, yarrow, sage, & fennel, love, very Heavyweight Two Druidesque; Backhead Cabin, 8.5%, Baltic Porter with Chinook, Falconers Flight, Amarillo Gold, WIN; and bonus round Cytherea, 9.2%, barrel aged Belgian Golden Ale with lacto & brett. Nocturnal, Crabapple Ambrosia, & Backhead Cabin were the best of ‘em.

They do food; small plates, large bites. Was toying with a grilled cheese but am holding out for a lobster roll to the north. Sarahtender knows her game. Been here for 2 years and can talk the gruit game well. I commented on Paul having told me that they had made a porter made with pig’s brain, and she said they had a beer made with moose cheeks coming soon. Good crowd, and much obliged for the intel on the Kittery side of the river (our plan after here). As gruits go, they are very much so on their game. I will be looking in on ‘em again in my travels through.

Apr 15, 2015
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boredalready from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Friendly, accommodating staff pouring a selection of traditional styles and unique concoctions. I enjoy visiting every time I am within driving distance.

Mar 07, 2015
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hopmopped from New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Alex and Butch are cranking out amazing beer. Yes they specialize in gruits but also have a few traditional beers like Shepherds Crook that are outstanding.

Feb 25, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Located on a one way street just off Market Street (one of the main drags) this place is unimposing and you need to be looking for it if you want to visit. Small. Seats maybe 20. I do like the bar that faces out into the parking lot. Then inside you have a rustic sort of atmosphere with high sit on. Lots of wood. This place can get very busy so get there early. Usually at least 6 unique beers on tap and they change from week to week. They have a couple staples but by staple I mean 5-6 times per year. They specialize in gruits. Moderate prices.

Dec 27, 2014
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WitteBanter from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.3%

Love, love, LOVE! The people who brew here, work here, go here- all awesome, all the time. So happy they're doing well & hope they continue! Check it out, it's the best bar in Portsmouth, hands down. It's a hidden gem that is becoming less hidden for a reason.

Dec 13, 2014
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Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

4.52/5  rDev +7.9%

Super cool spot in Portsmouth! The bunker is usually very relaxed....sometimes the space fills up quickly though. The "sherpa's" as the beer tenders are know as are always ridiculously friendly in the best possible way.
The beers are very unique and there's always a couple gruits on that you most likely will never find in any other establishment.
They also serve a variety of pours....from tasting flights to full pints. So you can always try something before you commit. Also, they have an eclectic food menu that allows you to stick around and have a nice meal.
Overall, I would strongly recommend stopping by and checking them out....you will be happy they you did!

Aug 28, 2014
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