Portsmouth Brewery

BEER AVG
3.82/5
Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(603) 431-1115 | map
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:
119
Ratings:
3,378
Reviews:
1,745
PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
353
Reviews:
199
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
6.41%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
8
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 353 |  Reviews: 199
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 Odysseyalien
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of HurryItsJacob
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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

Photo of sbuchert
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of StoutLover14
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of acurtis
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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

Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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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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Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
3.82 out of 5 based on 3,378 ratings.
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