Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
BA SCORE
71.4%
Liked Their Beers
3.79 w/ 3,391 Ratings
Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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:
121
Reviews:
1,747
Ratings:
3,391
Liked:
2,421
Average:
3.79/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
93.8%
Reviews:
199
Ratings:
354
Liked:
332
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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Photo of pburland23
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I popped into the Portsmouth Brewery with a friend for lunch and a few beers. It was quite crowded when we arrived, but the hostess said it would be about 30 minute wait. We made our way to the bar and within a few minutes a bar table opened up and we took seats there.

The server working the bar area was definitely busy and as a result service was slow. This was not that big of a deal as we were looking for a leisurely lunch. I started with a pint of La Chat Noir and enjoyed a pint of the Bottle Rocket IPA as well.

For lunch, I opted for the house smoked pastrami sandwich. It was tender and delicious. It's obvious that the Portsmouth Brewery cares for its food as much as its beer.

From my perch at the bar, the restaurant looked opening and welcoming. All in all, the Portsmouth Brewery is the kinda of brewpub where you can spend a few hours casually enjoying good beer, good food and good conversation.

I travel through Portsmouth quite often and will be stopping by in the future.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Portsmouth Brewery is the first brewery I ever visited. I was six years old in December 1991 when my family stopped in for a meal and a pint, though I was sadly left out of the latter at the time. I vaguely remember being shown the brewing equipment, but I can't remember if it was a tour or just looking through the glass. In any event, the occasion was a harbinger of a bright future.

I've been back to the Brewery several times since then, including for food and the atmosphere--both of which are great--before turning 21, and more often since for the excellent beers. This is the sort of place whose beers need not be qualified for their excellence is highly regarded. Still, I'm always excited by something I find on tap, whether it's unusual or seasonal like the Thaizenheimer or the uber-fresh Hop Harvest, or an excellent standby like the Bottle Rocket IPA.

The space here is an excellent compliment to the beer--both well-done, very enjoyable and varied. Sitting at the far end of the bar looking across the other patrons, through the huge glass storefront to narrow Market Street is an experience unto itself. The nooks, side rooms, bar and deck all offer different, but all great drinking and dining environs. The only thing keeping the atmosphere from a 5.0 is not the Brewery's fault, but the number of dude-bros who sometimes crowd the bar. They're no challenge to the excellence of this place, though. While it can get very crowded on weekends, the service is always friendly and attentive.

I couldn't imagine a better introduction to craft brewing than the Portsmouth Brewery, and when I'm sitting at the bar enjoying a crisp, fresh pint I can hardly imagine a better time still.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here twice now. The first time was with my friend the afternoon before his wedding, we got lunch and did the sampler before we went to the rehearsal dinner. I found everything reasonably priced and the beers were all pretty solid.

I came back again this past weekend with a few friends after going on a Smuttynose tour and getting a card for a free pint there. I got the IPA and a friend got it on cask and we tried them both while playing a game of pool in the basement. It was really nice and relaxing. We didn't order any food but were were all at the bar chatting with the bar tender and we ended up getting some chicken nachos that were made accidentally and they were fantastic! Great bar food, and needless to say we demolished them.

One of the best pubs in the area, totally worth checking out. I've had KtG once and it was amazing so I'm planning on going back to KtG day next spring.

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Photo of plaid75
2.55/5  rDev -39.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

Located in the heart of historic Portsmouth, where, by the way, it is impossible to park on a Friday night in the summer.

Large space, with a undersized bar area at the front and a dining room and patio dining in the rear. The decor was no more intimate than a TGI Friday's, but did have good views of the fermentation vessels.

The menu was also Friday's like inform and substance. The food was overpriced (for what you got) and of very low quality. In fact, it was one of the worst meals I have every had. I ordered the stuffed flounder, which one would assume is of somewhat high quality considering the geography. Well, I made an ass out of "u" and me. The mussels were just decent and the meat and cheese platter was a joke.

The beer list was limited to five house beers and a few Smuttynose guest taps - whoopie!!! For a brewery that produces Kate the Great, the rest of their line, as well as their flagship location left very much to be desired.

Avoid!

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Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Had lunch here yesterday to cap off our quick trip to Portsmouth.

THE PUB: Very large windows greet me and as i come in, i was impressed with the high ceilings and the decor was bright and inviting, kind of urban in style. I love brick walls and this place had them. Really dug it. Atmosphere was hard to gauge since it was early but it looked nice with more people on the terrace than inside.

We were seated right next to the door that connects the brewpub from the retail store. Saw the guy carrying bottles to the store so i knew there was some beer waiting in the shop when i was finished eating (you can put bottles on yuor tab). The selection was pretty good with mostly summer drinking styles like IPA, Dunkel, Weizen, Oatmeal Stout and a bock from SN. I had the Bottle Rocket and my wife the Dunkel. Both were quite good.

The food was really quite good as well. My chile stew was delicious as was my wife's sandwich. They cater to children also with a special menu just for them which is nice.

Just 2 things that irked me: First, my stew was advertised asn having pork but could only find one tiny piece. It's not much at all and doesn't detract from the quality of the food but it is what it is. Second, our waitress must have been having a bad day (my wife thinks he had her period). She was all smiles and courteous but seemed very distant and not very engaging. It wasn't bad service at all but it wasn't going the extra mile so to speak. She seemed to be doing just the minimum required.

THE STORE: I came in and out while eating lunch to check out the bottles. There was lots of souvenirs to be had as well as glasses (picked up a pint glass). When i came in, the had the Thaizen & IPA ready. I was looking for the Stout and the girl was kind enough to call down and found out that they were bottling it at that exact moment. Grabbed a Thaizen and said i'd be back later for the Stout. Still, it took over an hour and i was thinking i was going to miss my chance. Headed back to the car and took one final swing by and was very happy to see the Stout So, be warned, the bottling is not fast paced. Best to come around 4 PM or so for maximum selection.

OVERALL: A very pleasant experience and i'll definitely be coming back here again.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in for a quick pint recently. The wife and I were on the East Coast and New England for our Anniversary, and seeing that we were passing through, I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
The bar was very appealing once we walked in, and there was a decent crowd inside.
The hostess met us, and we asked to sit at the bar and we got our seats. The bartender was asking us for our order within a moment of us taking our seats. I surveyed the taps and decided on a Blackcat Stout.
As I was enjoying my pint, I asked the bartender about the Thaizenheimer (first Portsmouth experience) and she promptly poured me a sample. Good stuff!
They had a good selection of beers on tap, and a couple Smuttynose offerings as well. I wish I had more time than what I had.
I finished my pint and got a growler of the Thaizenheimer to go. We stepped next door into the gift shop and I picked up a couple of bombers for the road.
All in all, a good experience at a famed craft brewery.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This visit was a long time coming. I have been to Portsmouth just once before and for some reason did not stop in here. This time I knew it was going to be my time to stop and enjoy some great beers so I steered my group right to the brewery. There is a great presence as you walk in the door and the pub was quite spacious which was the first this that caught my eye. It was a busy Sunday but the staff where still helpful and friendly. The tap list was really interesting with some Portsmouth beers and some Smuttynose beers as well. I ordered the Bottle rocket IPA which was great and went well with some hop calamari. The menu was really good and the food was great. I was happy to say that I couldn't find a thing to complain about my lunch here and I really hope to come back soon since it was pretty cheap too.

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Photo of seh410
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I love it here! The Portsmouth Brewery is just a fantastic place with a really great atmosphere. It's located in downtown Portsmouth, right near the waterfront and close to all sorts of other restaurants, shops, bars, etc. The brewers at Portsmouth have a blog, which I like, because I like to know what is on tap and what to expect before I head out. They also let you know about events coming up and which beers they have fermenting. I think the food is good, pretty regular pub fare, but they do have lots of vegetarian options. The waiters know what they are talking about. Additionally, the Portsmouth Brewery has a "Brewers Cellar" as they call it - basically, you can buy a bottle of Chimay, Duvel or a couple other beers to drink instead of what they have on tap. I haven't asked about prices but I would assume they are much higher than you would find just heading over to your local packey. Portsmouth Brewery does always have Smuttynose on tap, and the Smuttnose Brewery is actually located right across town. They switch their beers up a lot and they have a great 10 beer sampler. I love that they allow you to try all of their beers in one sampler. I hate when you go somewhere and they have 12 brews on tap but their sampler only serves 4. I want to try everything!

One thing I will say negatively about the Portsmouth Brewery: they don't list their beers on their menu and they don't list descriptions anywhere. If you ask the waiter or bar tender, they can usually give you the information you need, and if you check out the blog before you go, you can get those details as well. However, sometimes I just want to read the menu and read about the beers. Other than that, very positive review on my part.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Portsmouth Brewery...

Situated in a beautiful town, nice brew pub. I appreciate how they rotate both their own offerings as well as their sister brewery's, Smuttynose. Honestly, Ive never had a bad beer here. I highly recommend getting a flight to start with.

Unfortunately their food is hit and miss. Last time I was there I tried the venison dish, which was a bit dry and bland especially for the price. The cuts seemed like they spent a little too long in the freezer perhaps? On the other hand I have had other selections with pleasing results. Their menu is expansive, and it would seem to me that scaling it down and concentrating on offering simple, tasty, and FRESH plates would be beneficial.

The times I have been to Portsmouth I sat at or near the bar, so I have seen the best of their service. The staff seems friendly and attentive even when things heat up. It does get busy in there.

Overall, definitely worth checking out. I know Ill be back when I'm in the area.

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Photo of e12pilot
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great brewery in the heart of Portsmouth, a great selection of many of the brews Portsmouth Brewery is known for. I had a Bottle Rocket IPA and the Pale Ale from Smuttynose (guest tap). Both were excellent.

Sat at the bar booth area and the brewery was not too crowded. Waitstaff was excellent, and beers were brought promptly. Food was good, not the exceptional quality of their beers, but good nonetheless.

Next stop will be Smuttynose tomorrow night and then possibly the Redhook Brewery on Thursday night (I know, I know....)

Don't miss this place if you are in Portsmouth!

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Overall, I liked this place, 10 beers on tap and every one was solid. The guy who took care of us was really friendly and knowledgeable. Got the sampler and tried every beer on the menu, and I was happy with the selection, food was good as well, just ordered an ap though. Beer quality is in the upper tier of brewpubs in my opinion.

My only complaint was the selection of beer at the store, I was all amped up to buy some IPA and they only had a few bombers of my least favorite beers there. And no Smuttynose available.

They were also out of growlers.

But other than that a good experience.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Portsmouth Brewery, home of Kate the Great. I've been to the brewpub a few times, but have never come anywhere close to getting my hands on some KtG, and quite frankly I don't really care. All of their beer it pretty great and I don't need super-hyped up Russian Imperial Stouts to tell me this.

The atmosphere is wonderful, with a crowd full of people that really enjoy good beer. The quality of product is always top notch, with both beer and food and the wait staff go out of their way to make you happy.

The beer selection can be hit or miss. I've yet to have a bad beer from Portsmouth, but hit the brewpub at the right time and you'll find excellent brews such as the Imperial IPA or the Smoked Dunkelweizen.

Food-wise, the menu is lacking with a rather limited selection. What they do serve is good, but more variety on the menu would be nice.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Was here for the Kate the Great release.

We strolled into town the day before and headed down to the brewpub for some dinner. I have to say, I was blown away by how awesome this place was.

The main room has very high ceilings with divider down the middle separating the tables from the bar area. The bar is pretty large with chalkboard signs across the top announcing what beers are on tap. There are also chalkboard tap lists strewn throughout the dining area. The interior is exposed brick and wood. Extremely clean and well kept. Maybe it was the Kate release, but the place was alive.

We had an order of the curry mussels. Definitely the best $10 we spent all weekend. They were fresh and fantastic. I had the chipotle baked meatloaf with an Old Brown Dog, tomato and chipotle glaze. It was perfect.

During dinner I had the Bottle Rocket IPA and two Imperial Porters. They were both fantastic. My buddies also tried the Winter Weizen and the Dirty Blonde. I tasted both, and they were very good.

We went back for a late lunch after the release to have Kate on tap and some more food. The Kate speaks for itself. We had another order of the mussels and I had the bratwurst sandwich. Again, everything was fantastic. The servers were attentive and knowledgeable.

This is the type of brewpub that I wish I had in my neighborhood. Everything was near perfect.

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Photo of voodre
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I cannot say enough good things about the Portsmouth Brewery! I live in Boston, but I make the trip to Portsmouth about twice a month, sometimes more, specifically to go the brewery. Todd Mott and Tyler Jones are exceptional brewers and every single one of their beers deserves an A+ for quality/taste. Compared to Boston, the beer is CHEAP and they offer half pints, which is a great way try a few different ones without going overboard.

The brewpub has a great atmosphere with a colorful decor (that reflects the local business all along Market St.!) and PLENTY of seating. It's almost always packed with such a diverse and friendly crowd... I usually find the best time to go is early Saturday afternoon, or any "off" hours.

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Photo of mavbrew
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Portsmouth Brewery is a great place to go, whether you're going to eat, drink or after hours. They brew all of their beers right on the premises and always have a few beers from Smuttynose (their sister brewery) on tap as well.
Personally, I recommend ordering the sampler, they bring out a big paddle with 3 oz. glasses of all 10 beers they have on tap at that time and the best part is, it's only $6! A good way to taste all the different beers available. They also have growlers available and their store next to the restaurant sells beer to go, glasses, shirts and other beer related gifts.

The atmosphere is great, the service is great and the food is great. If you are there for a drink, I recommend going downstairs to the Lapanza Lounge, very laid back part of the bar with a bonus.... shuffleboard.

If you're in town you should definitely make a stop at the brewery, it's a great place to hang out and have a drink.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Came here for dinner the night before Kate Day and the day of (of course). My first impression of the place Sunday night was that I couldn't believe how big it is! Tons of seating - I think I heard a little over 300 is capacity. And they were really packing them in too. My buddy and I had to wait a few minutes before getting a table - at 7:00 on a Sunday! I took the wait time to study the place more closely. Lots of cool beer related art work on the walls and just an overall great pub vibe. Just one TV at the bar and no sound coming out of it. There's also a mini-bar area downstairs with a pool table, darts, and some couches.

We got seated about 5 minutes later. I got a couple beers, the Imperial Porter and Bottle Rocket IPA, and was very impressed with both. Dinner was fair (I got a cheeseburger) and the Chocolate Stout cake was pretty good too. Our server seemed just a touch overwhelmed with the number of tables she had, but she was nice (and kind of cute, lol) and all of our food and drinks got to us in a reasonable amount of time. I left pleased with the experience and excited for Kate the following day.

What impressed me the most at Kate Day was the great service and care for customers shown by the Portsmouth staff. While waiting in line, employees brought around fresh baked pretzel bread to keep everyone from going hungry. At one point the manager even brought us some oysters on the half shell! Once inside, our waiter was very nice and helpful, and brought our food and drink surprisingly fast. I tried the bratwurst burger this time and really enjoyed it. The beer was good too. haha. I also tried some of their fruit cobbler and was really impressed by it. In the end, 6 beers, an appetizer, 2 entrees, and desert only came to a total of $60. I was expecting the bill to be much more and was pleasently surprised.

Overall, I was extremely impressed by Portsmouth brewery and wish I did not live 7 hours away. Great service, great house-brewed beer, and a great atmosphere. What more could you want?

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Reviewed this on Kate Day 3/1/10 with my 2 best travelling mates so my atmosphere score may be a bit skewed. With that in mind, here goes.

I walk into a brewpub that is packed to the brim with beer geeks. Everyone is everyone's friend and there's groups of people spontaneously shouting and laughing out loud everywhere. This is a good time. I ask the manager Brennen how it usually is on a Monday and he says its about the same, just not with the line out to the end of the street waiting to get in. Fair enough!

This place is obviously very well kept and maintained. I was surprised that they were able to serve Kate to everyone in the proper glassware so that earns them some points. Everything is also spick and spam and this just really appears to be an amazing establishment to hang out at.

Brennen, the manager really made my experience here. While waiting in line, he continually brought out fresh-baked pretzel bread for people to have and even served free oysters on the half shell. To know that a manager, even when his place is packed to the brim, still cares enough to respond and take care of those waiting in line outside his brewpub, is a special thing. This, not the beer, is what'll bring me back to Portsmouth.

Portsmouth makes some great beers but this is pretty much your standard brewpub with made-on-premise fresh beers but not really a craft selection to speak of. They do have sister brewery Smuttynose though, so that's a plus.

Food was decent. Nothing really to write home about but they serve what, in my opinion, a brewpub out to serve. Burgers, steaks, calamari, etc. etc. etc.

8 beers, 2 appetizers, and 3 entrees later, the bill comes out to less than $85... how does that even happen? In NYC, I can't even get half of that for $85. For the quality of the beer, service, and food they put out, eating at Portsmouth makes me feel like a just robbed a five star craft beer food kitchen. Unbelievably cheap.

Simply put, GO HERE. The food is good, the beer is great, and the service is second to none. In addition, its unbelievably inexpensive. And on top of all that, if you need another reason to be here, the town of Portsmouth is one of the prettiest and most quaint that you'll ever set your eyes on!!

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Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

After experiencing Portsmouth Brewing Company on a regular weekend, I can only imagine in envy those that get to experience KTG. The place has on open dining atmosphere with bright yellow walls and views of the brewery itself behind glass. There is a small bar and a seating area that is deeper than it is wide. I would give the food a solid A-. I had a bratwurst sandwich, clam chowder, and mushroom puff pastry. All were really good. the menu has lots of options and the presentation of dishes passing me by made my mouth water. Dessert was also really good. The brewery had seven home brews on tap and a couple guest brews. I had a biere de garde and a Flanders Red. Both were amazing. They brew a lot of different beers here with imperial porters and sweet stouts among what I passed by. This is not a run of the mill brewery. The brewing team experiments and hits styles well. The service was informative and always made sure I had my glass full...a big thing for me. While a tad on the expensive side, at least you know you are getting exceptional quality for your money...and that is really all I could ask for. If I was in the area I would be here weekly.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A terrific place to stop, whether for lunch or just drinks. Two levels (lower level is putting on the cozy vibe, but it actually is a bit cramped). Nice big bar upstairs, plenty of seating, big high ceilings, not too noisy.

Food and brew are both very good, with the beer being exceptional. Great rotating taps, with a surprise guest on tap as well. Great range in beer styles as well, running from blonde to imperial porter. Beer is fresh and served at the right temp. Waitstaff, though busy, came back to check on beverages (3/4 gone and asking about a refill -- smart). Also offered suggestions on the meals. Also, check out the brewery store next door. You can get bottled beer as well as the usual beer gear.

Priced well for a brewpub. Bonus: parking garages nearby are as cheap as they can get (compared to big city/Boston prices). Very very worthy of the hype and worth the stop.

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Photo of SevaTse
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

it's really a no-brainer if you are within a driving distance. Great beer, delicious food, awesome service- what more could someone using this site ask for? A lot of my friends, who generally do not go out of their way for great beer, take this place for granted and are initially surprised when I tell them that it is world class, but after a second of contemplating agree. I think this is due to the fact that when you are here the greatness is not flaunted. You do not see plaques, awards, or reminders of how fortunate you are to be afforded an opportunity to dine here. The staff just goes about their duties, the great beer is served, and food is cooked, like it's no big deal!

I am also a fan of the way the place is set up, with high ceilings, and how it is decorated. It's different from any other place in town, yet seems to fit in perfectly.

I would recommend trying the brewer's flight from the Brewer's Table section of the menu (3 or 4 gourmet appetizers with a 4 oz. sample of a beer it is paired with) and if you add them on facebook you can check out daily lunch/dinner specials(usually pretty awesome).

Personal pet peeves? No pour sizes listed, waiters seldom remember to mention specials or when they do they never mention prices(luckily those are listed on their facebook page every day, so i use my phone to check those). trendsters that occupy valuable space on a busy night to drink mixed drinks- GTFO, trendsters! and people that come in to get smuttynose stuff that is available virtually everywhere else in the region.

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Photo of JustinJTisdale
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is a beer drinkers heaven. They have a ton of beers from all over new hampshire and the staff there take pride in knowing all the little subtle details of the beers they serve.

The atmosphere is great. Although often crowded the times ive been there ive felt right at home.

The food is excellent. There is a portobello mushroom and mozzarella open face sandwich there that is absolutely incredible!

They have barleywine and conversation 2 of the only things I really need to have a good time!

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Photo of Casey10
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a fantastic brewpub !! As others have stated it is part of series of business on a street of brick buildings on the main way into Portsmouth. Best bet if you are there for a short visit is the nearby parking garage.

Place has that open brick apperance that is just right. The quality of the food was really good and the service was friendly and attentive.

The menu is nice. It is a tough call to say whether more brews would be nice or not as it being a local pub it sticks to its roots mostly. Perhaps a even larger selection of craft brews might lead to a higher ranking.

Food was good and will be back did not feel that it was enough to rate higher tough.

Value was really nice for what I got for food and drink there.

I highly recommend as a must visit !!

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Photo of AJFitz
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have been to the Portsmouth Brewery a good number of times over the past few years. The place is always a solid stop. It is probably the best place in Portsmouth to grab a beer.

Walking in, the decor is inviting. There is a bar straight ahead along the right wall and seating to the left and around in the back. To the back right is where the brewhouse is; it is a glassed in room which allows you to see the brew setup. There is also a room off to the left and a walled-in patio in nice weather. The downstairs is open on most nights and includes a bar and lounge type area as well as a pool table and shuffleboard.

The food is always good. It is better than the standard pub food and well priced. There are many places in Portsmouth to get food and this is one that has good food for reasonable prices.

The beer is what makes this place stand out. Not even mentioning the KtG, the beer lineup is outstanding. They always have Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, Shoals Pale Ale, and Star Island Single on tap. They also have 7 of their own brews on tap for a total of 10 taps. I have been there at times when they've had other beers on tap, SN Celebration, Moat Mountain, and DFH, but this is not an all the time occurrence. They have one cask selection, usually a stout or IPA. They also have the new Brewer's Cellar selections which are bottles (I think mostly 750's) from the likes of Chimay and Ommegang.

I always enjoy the Barleywine and Wheatwine when on tap. And there are always new beers to be had. I'm really looking forward to the Imperial India Brown Ale.

Definitely check it out if you are in Portsmouth.

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4.78/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This was our second stop in Portsmouth, and our destination for lunch.
This was one of my top pub visits on the NE trip, a real treat!
To start, the location couldn't be more perfect, tucked on a cute narrow small-town downtown lane packed with shops. A nice setup inside, with a bar, dining area, side room, gift shop, and an upper balcony.
Decor doesn't try hard, doesn't need to. It's got that great local brewpub feel that I just really love.
Brews were exceptional. We got a sampler that stretched across the whole table, offering an array of Smuttynose and Portsmouth Brewery specialties (and maybe a guest tap?). Wife and I each went with a different IPA as a half-pint after the sampler.
Staff was incredibly knowledgeable and personable. Our waitress gave recommendations and talked a bit about the town with us. The gal in the gift shop also was friendly.

I had a ploughman platter, a massive slab with local meats, cheeses, breads, veggies, and all sorts of goodies. Wife had soup and salad. Tasted fresh and organic, not processed.

Price was up there, but we felt like we got more than what we paid for.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I like everything about this place: good food, good beer, great atmosphere, parking garage close by, what's there NOT to like? They don't have a very big beer selection but I've always been able to find one of the offerings that I like very much and stick with it. It has three different rooms for dining and is typically pretty busy. It has a nice New England charm to it and if you get there early enough, can catch a few of the shops before they close. Overall, Portsmouth is a cool little coastal NH town, one of my favorite business destinations and brew pubs.

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Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
Brewery rating: 71.4% out of 100 with 3,391 ratings
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