Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

56 Market St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-3705
United States

(603) 431-1115 | map

Notes: The Portsmouth Brewery will typically have 6-7 of their own biers on tap, plus usually 3 from their sister brewery, Smuttynose. They may also have a guest tap on, which has seen Moat Mountain and Sierra Nevada as recent "guests". Growlers cost $4.00 for the glassware, then $10 to $18 for the actual brew, depending on the style. Be advised, they don't usually growler any of their stouts. Also available in the pub are 22oz bottles of Smuttynose Big Beers, plus their "Brewers Cellar" offerings, with items such as Chimay and Ommegang. The adjacent store sells a wide array of high-quality clothing, as well as 22oz "bombers" of Portsmouth bier, ranging in cost from $5 to $10.
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A great spot for locally-brewed beer in a great location, beautiful downtown Portsmouth. They have plenty of options on tap at all times, but I happened to stop by when they had their special Imperial Stout available, “Royal Impy Stout.” Solid pub food menu, as well. An attractive interior with friendly staff. A must-visit when in town.

Jun 18, 2019
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Memorable stop in downtown Portsmouth NH. About 8-10 beers on tap consistently with the majority brewed in house , a few from sister Smuttynose, and some guests. Hefty menu gives you lots of options for all meals, very kid friendly. Big selection of beer to go, along with prefilled bottles and of course, merch. Worth a stop.

Sep 03, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Exceptionally clean brewpub with a vast tapline of their beers, Smuttynose and a light dose of some other New England offerings. Sometimes during tourist season on weekends, it gets packed and they don't take reservations so I say get there earlier than the meal times. Beer is quite good here, though Kate the Great is retired (I think they bring it every back and again if that dude at Tributary allows them to, haha). Check it out if you're in Portsmouth.

Jun 11, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We arrived early and quickly was provided a nice place to sit high in the room. The waiter was pleasant and knowledgeable and we had a nice discussion of the beer available. The food arrived in a timely manner and was well cooked and delicious! Great place, vibe and location!

Sep 19, 2016
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scxcrunner from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Great restaurant in a really cool town. lots of good offerings on tap from smuttynose and portsmouth brewing but also some other rare finds. They had bottles of parabola, velvet merkin and sucaba.

Feb 13, 2016
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Back_in_the_Saddle from Vermont

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Going to the Portsmouth Brewpub, one can expect exceptional service even on the busy days as the management almost always knows how to deal with the crowds. Pretty sure they've nailed it to a tee down to getting people in and out within a reasonable amount of time. I've never had a bad beer here. The food, well, if you don't like the food here, I'm thinking you just don't like food period (have fun starving - lol). What an exceptional place for food and beer. I just need to get there when they bring out Kate the Great out of retirement (oh sigh, when will that ever be).

Nov 22, 2015
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Great food and atmosphere. Awesome guest beers on tap besides in house brewed Portsmouth beers and Smuttynose. Service was informed. Be sure to check their cellar list some real treats there.

Jul 19, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

On a Saturday late afternoon, this is a hopping place. There are more than a dozen beers made on the premises. Most of them unrated by BA. As busy as this place is, there are a number of tables available for the dinner crowd. It feels a bit like a factory.

Jun 20, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

a few friends and I stopped in for dinner the evening before Kate the Great day. The place was packed but we were seated pretty quickly. I went to look at the bottle selection in the merchandise area which is in a small cooler there.
The vibe was nice and quality very good with standard service and good selection of beers that I had not tried before. I was happy with the food portions and flavor -I recommend coming here and hope to return.

Jun 16, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Portsmouth downtown is adorable, and I was shocked to learn the city's population is under 25k. That's smaller than my hometown in Iowa, where the fanciest restaurant is an Applebee's and you thank your lucky stars if you manage to find a place that has Sam Adams on tap.

The brewery is right in the middle of downtown, about two blocks away from the Thirsty Moose. The facade is geometric and bright yellow, the inside is more like a regular pub--bricky, warm lighting. Low-key vibe in spite of the fact that they seem to *always* be busy. Very nice staff.

There's a secondary bar downstairs that has all the house beers along with a limited liquor selection. They also have shuffleboard.

The beer selection was large and uniformly excellent, although they didn't have much by way of innovative or Xtreme styles, so if you absolutely must have a triple jalapeno gose or whatever you may be disappointed.

Apr 30, 2015
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Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Typical brewpub, usually a few nice offerings and always some tasty specials. They have a nice bottle list with vintage smutty's available and they tap some gems from time to time (KtG during Portsmouth beer week among others). Always a solid option when in downtown Portsmouth.

Apr 22, 2015
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TheBungyo from Washington

4/5  rDev -5.4%

People in New England probably take the setting for granted but for me just parking and walking to the Portsmouth Brewery was an experience. The old narrow streets, historic looking buildings really are charming. Being right in the middle of all of this makes Portsmouth Brewery feel much older than it is, which is cool.

The interior is heavy on wood, with a long bartop, and high chairs. Tables stretch pretty far back providing ample seating (which actually was not enough the last time I attempted to visit ... the wait was promised to be an hour plus!). Very nice looking and again, definitely bringing to mind the look of a classic pub.

I found the beers somewhat hit and miss, but not enough to detract from my experience. The food though was outstanding. Just looking at my plate of fish and chips was enough to put me in a state of awe. The fish was lightly battered yet very flavorful and perfectly cooked. I can't wait to get back and have more.

Dec 07, 2014
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jco3 from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Great place, I believe this is NH's first brewpub (I'm sure to be corrected if I'm wrong ). Great food. great beer, awesome atmosphere. Pricing is average.

Dec 02, 2014
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Options for drinking upstairs at the restaurant or bar proper or hanging out and chilling downstairs at the lounge. Both serve the same exact beers. They always have their core beers and a rotating selection of beers to choose from. Food is always delicious. Definitely worth a stop in.

Oct 20, 2014
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bosshop from New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Second time visiting and just love this place. Everything is done right. Was fortunate enough to get my palate entangled in two pints of 'Nuggins' ipa. More fortunate to discover they bottled (that day) a bunch of bombers and selling them in the small retail shop. Their plough mans ate is about the best I've ever had.

Aug 23, 2014
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arnold931 from Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We were there on a nice summer day. Sat outside on the patio. They had a nice selection of beers available. They also have a great gift shop with a good selection of tee shirts and glassware. The staff was very friendly and Portsmouth is a nice town to visit. A tip...don't try to drive downtown. Just park and start walking.

Oct 21, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

our first stop on a maine coast brewery trip, lots of fun. right in the heart of old Portsmouth, the location is unbeatable. sprawling dining room, loud and chatty. we were lucky enough to be seated in the quaint courtyard reminiscent of European cafes. cozy back there, colorful, lots of plants, blues skies, great spot to be. there were maybe seven beers on, and a handful of sister smuttynose brews as well. all were decent, save maybe the wild thang, but the experimental pale ale was lovely, and the food was all impressive for the price. fresh chowder and pretzel bun topped the list for me. cool atmosphere back there to just hang out and session beers. service was okay, I think he had a dip in his mouth, but was friendly and seemed to care a bit about the beer. I would call this a must stop in a very cool little city that you never hear much about. get yourself in the courtyard though, very relaxing on a nice summer day. bathroom doors are also really cool, for whatever that's worth. good fun here!

Aug 18, 2013
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Boto from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I’ve been coming here ocasi9onally for over 15 years while passing through the area. It has never disappointed me. They always have a good selection of beers on tap, and are always solid. Sometimes there are some more adventuresome brews available, such as the Strawberry Rhubarb Berliner Weiss that was up on my most recent visit. It is in a nice older building in downtown Portsmouth. I always enjoy the ambiance of these old places with the high ceilings. The food is pub fare, but with some more "modern" variations to some of it. The service has always been great.

Jul 31, 2013
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Birdsong73 from Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This was the one place I wanted to go when I went to Portsmouth. Luckily for me, the couple who I was visiting also wanted to go there. The first impression I had was the bar and restaurant area is adorned with finished wood. There are no neon signs or random pieces of "beer art". There were some televisions, but they were not obtrusive. In the back of the eating area is a series of large windows that allows you to view the large beer vats. Over the main bar is a series of hand designed signs identifying which beers were on tap. They had approximately twelve beers on tap, most of which were their various beers, but they also had a couple of Smuttynose as well. They covered many different beer tastes from an IPA, to an Irish stout, to light lagers, etc. Obviously it is the beer that brings people there, but it is the food that brings them back. The food at this place is top notch. Besides the high quality of the food, the Brewery has a philosophy that they want to use local farms for all/most of their foods. It is all handmade of exceptional quality. I had the fish sandwich and the fish was caught about thirty minutes from Portsmouth and was fresh. It was so good, that my wife and I went back a second time. The place is awesome and an incredible establishment in Portsmouth. If you are close to Portsmouth, I encourage you to go. You won't be disappointed.

Jul 28, 2013
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csniezek from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I make a point of stopping by here pretty much any time I'm in the neighborhood. There's always something awesome on tap, and their house-made pastrami sandwich is to die for. I just need to be more careful about bringing back their growlers when I'm done with 'em.

Oh, and parking is only $0.75 an hour right around the corner. How do you top that?

Jul 18, 2013
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Right on one of the main streets in downtown Portsmouth, easy to find. Very lively atmosphere, energetic and fun! Wait staff was very helpful and friendly, they even were educated in the nuances in the beers on tap, which is rare. There were ten taps, 8 from Portsmouth Brewery and 2 from Smuttynose which rotate quite frequently, again not the most taps but all local. Food was the average pub food, burgers, sandwiches, etc, but with more flavor. Definitely recommended for another visit if you are into the local brewery scene.

Jun 02, 2013
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Over the years, I have been here several times. For me, it is usually a nice "rest stop" while driving to/from different parts of Maine. Thankfully, it is not very far off I-95. The only real trick is finding parking, especially during peak times when the weather is warm.

Anyways, they do a steady business and thus it can be hectic at times. Despite that, their staff is quite attentative to their thirsty patrons. And for those who are unsure about a certain beer on type, they will give you a small sample before you commit, which is always appreciated. Aside from Portsmouth beers, they always have a few Smuttynose options and small selection from other craft brewers such as Founders on tap.

The food is above average, they have the typical burgers and sandwiches, but also mussels and few other offerings that aren`t typical "pub grub". The meals have always hit the spot for me and are a good thing to have when one has a couple beers here. For those who want to same brew home, they will fill a growler to go. Or you can grab a bomber at the adjoining retail, as well as shirts, glassware and other swag.

May 16, 2013
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JuliusCaesar from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This is my favorite place to go in the NH seacoast area. The atmosphere is great. I like the open feel of the main dining room and the bar. It's usually pretty packed and lively during dinner hours. The beer selection is good, with brews from both the brewpub and Smuttynose. Lastly, the food is phenomenal. Everything I've had has been delicious and well presented. Their chef and kitchen also do a great job changing up the specials daily and they make a lot of beer inspired dishes. Awesome place.

May 13, 2013
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libeer4182 from New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What can I say about the Portsmouth Brewery that hasn't already been said? I live about 40 minutes away in the Manchester area but I still manage to be a regular here.

The atmosphere at the Portsmouth Brewery can often hinge on when you're there. The upstairs restaurant attracts everyone from college kids to families with small children. On summer nights and weekends, the wait for a table can be lengthy. On weekday afternoons, you can't go wrong with Donna behind the upstairs bar. I also like the lounge for early evenings and weekend afternoons, but it can attract a bit of a college "bro" crowd in the late evenings (like most places in Portsmouth).

The quality of the beers is very high, and has stayed that way since Tyler Jones has taken over for Tod Mott. It's a brewpub so there's going to be good ones and not-so-good ones, but Tyler is doing a nice job keeping the beers consistently good as well as introducing some new beers and styles. One of the things I think makes the Portsmouth Brewery stand out is their willingness to experiment, with new beers being introduced all the time.

The service is one of the best aspects of the Brewery, and is what keeps us locals coming back in. Even if you're only in once every couple of weeks, they remember you and are all very friendly. All of the bartenders are knowledgable about the beers and you can often find Tyler sitting at the lounge bar in the early evenings.

Selection is varied. Typically they have 6 of their own brews on tap as well as 4 "guest" taps (usually from sister brewery Smuttynose but they often have other brews on). On occasion, some of the guest taps get pushed out in favor of more house beers. They also have one cask engine. The styles vary by season - they usually have some entry-level stuff (a pale, a blonde) on for the tourists and novices that wander in, but the styles they have in rotation run the gamut. I gravitate towards the IPAs and farmhouse ales they do.

I give high rankings to the food. Everything is very well crafted and they have something for everyone, whether you have vegetarians in your party or you're looking for a steak. They have weekly specials, a catch of the day, as well as a different cheap food item Sun-Thu in the lounge. $1 taco Tuesdays can't be beat.

Overall, the Portsmouth Brewery is still a must-stop in what is becoming a clogged Portsmouth craft beer market.

May 10, 2013
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Kit from Maine

4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Portsmouth Brewery is a great place to grab a beer, lunch, dinner, or a quick snack. They also serve good cocktails, wine, and local sodas. Their scratch kitchen serves up locally sourced seafood, veggies, and meats, with regular daily specials, and other "special specials." It is one of my fave places to eat and drink, and a regular lunch stop!

It's a little loud--old brick and metal, but the side dining room is a bit quieter. Beers are posted in large, colorful chalked letters in several locations in the establishment. The bathroom doors are made from old brewing tanks!

Their food is really tasty and made from scratch right there. There's an Asian-fusion influence--(curried mussels, Korean beef tacos, miso soup), some Mediterranean touches (falafel, hummus), and great bar food snacky staples--a daily devilled egg, Ploughman's plate of in house charcuterie that's a cheese, a couple meats, a jam made with one of the beers, coarse mustard, cornichons, and a pretzel roll (today's had Capicola, Pork House Pate, NH Brie, and Orange Marmalade with Sage and Hefeweizen.)

The servers are friendly and know a lot about their beer, and beer in general. It's a popular, busy place, and service is efficient. They don't take reservations, except if you want to reserve the "big table" in the back for a good sized group--check the website for more info! ALSO they validate parking in the shop, and have 2 gender neutral bathrooms by the shop, in addition to the restrooms in the main dining area.

They post their specials on Facebook, including what's on tap, in the cask and wine and beer cocktail daily specials.

They have an imperial pint club for a fee, and a rewards program. They have tasting paddles, and it's usually possible to taste a beer before you order it, as well as to order a half (8 oz) beer. They use proper glassware--ie Pilseners are served in pilsener glasses, saisons in globes, etc. And there is glassware, t-shirts, beer ephemera from both PB and SmuttyNose Brewery in the shop next door.

May 07, 2013
Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
Brewery rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 3225 ratings