Portsmouth Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.83/5
Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(603) 431-1115 | map
www.portsmouthbrewery.com

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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BEER STATS
Beers:
111
Reviews:
1,719
Ratings:
3,291
PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
343
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
6.41%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
8
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 195 | Ratings: 343
Reviews by charlesw:
Photo of charlesw
2.88/5  rDev -31.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

The main part of the brewpub (where I ate) is tall and long. At 5pm on a Saturday night it was also extremely loud (the acoustics could use some work). The tables appeared full yet there was no wait and we were led to a booth as soon as the hostess bothered to notice us (this took a minute).

There is a largish selection of their own brews up on the big board (~ten beers) in plenty of different styles. All brews sampled were just fine, thank you!

The menu seems reasonably varied and mostly avoids standard pub fare. Sure, you do have fish and chips, but you've also got a pepper steak. The specials sounded really good and so we ordered them...

A cup of soup is pretty small, but tasted ok. The fries of the cheese fries were soggy and the cheese gooey. The romaine in the caesar was wilted and the salad was WAY overdressed. The tuna (one of the specials) wasn't what we'd expected from the description given by the waitress - it was very lightly seared (as stated) but was covered with a sour relish that (unfortunately) penetrated into the fish giving it an unpleasant flavor. In addition, the tuna steak was poorly cut and fully 1/3 of the portion was entirely inedible (we were unable to cut through the gristle/fat of that section and so couldn't even attempt to eat it).

Again, constructive tips might include keeping a closer eye on quality. Establish some standards, write them down, ensure that everyone knows what they are (signs off on them) and then enforce them.

Now, that said, would I go back? Well, my beer was pretty darned good, so maybe I would for that. But I would have to go at a slower time or to a different part of the establishment where the noise was more muted. I would not recommend it as a place to eat! But, heck, I might even eat there again. Next time I'll order my salad with the sauce on the side and something safe - like fish and chips.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Prost76
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of ajwii33
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of 2ellas
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Lambdon
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Mohawkhitchhiker
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of bobv
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of mkyer
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of tmac
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of WesM63
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of scxcrunner
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of nmaher
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JIMfallon
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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).

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Photo of Jeff_Hallam
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Budlum
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Oakley
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SveNss0N
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of MarkSansone
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great food friendly service, good beer. Can't ask for much more.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.79/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
94 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.
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