Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth BreweryPortsmouth Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(603) 431-1115 | map

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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Photo of kitsa
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I ended up at the Portsmouth Brewery after missing a Smuttynose tour (by a lot). I wandered over not knowing what I was in for, and ended up leaving well fed and impressed.

I found the staff to be helpful and attentive, as well as knowledgeable. I loved the atmosphere; the lighting was just right and I'm a sucker for a well-crafted bathroom made from interesting materials. The food was delicious- I'd highly recommend the chili, by the way, and came in a timely fashion and the beer was fresh (I feel as if the latter is a given)

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Photo of NHSURF60
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is one of my favorite places within the Portsmouth area. They rarely ever make a beer that I don't like, and their beer selection is always great (and always changing!). The food is exceptional. Make sure you try the Black Bean Dip.

I usually refill my growler every time I visit, usually once a week. The growler itself requires a $4 deposit. It then costs $10 to fill the growler with a "regular" beer and $18 dollars for a "premium" beer. Rinse out your growler when you return and they will provide you with a brand new, freshly cleaned one for your refill.

The brewery tours are free and very fun. It is interesting to see how they make their beer in such a small area.

I have never had a problem with service on either floor and the bar tenders, waiters and waitresses all seem to have a decent knowledge of all the beer they sell.

Visit the brewery, if you have not already. You won't be disappointed!

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Photo of jeed
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I will keep this short and simple. By far the best brewpub in the state. The beers that are made here are among the best you can sample in New England. The service was fantastic and the food is seriously kick-ass. Try the mussels and definitely have a burger of some type. Do not skip over the small gift shop,they sell beer to go and proper (branded) glassware.
Also, this place is ridiculously family friendly in the afternoons. Service got food out for the youngest member of the party in under 15 minutes and the food for the kids is just as good as for the adults(a lot of places skimp out on the kids menu, not this place).

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Photo of SevaTse
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
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 ColForbinBC
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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 kaos14
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My My what a place! I feel fully qualified to review this place since I have been there at least 7 times in the last 5 months, which is no joke, since it is about 2:15 to get there from my parent's place in RI. It is very nice clean place with pleasing decor. There are lots of tables in a couple different areas, a few tables in the bar area and a decent sized bar. There are usually about 8 Portsmouth beers on tap at any time along with a few guest beers that are most often from their sister brewery, Smuttynose. The bar tenders will be happy to give you a taste of anything. However the jewel of this place in my mind is not advertised on the chalk board. There is a beer engine downstairs and there is something on cask every day. If you love real ales like I do you should always order whatever is on cask that day as it has never failed to disappoint me. On my last trip, I was lucky enough to get two pints of their Scotch Ale oaked in Lagavulin casks, ths was one of the most delicious and unique beers I have ever tasted. On top of this is you have good timing your cask ale might be brought up from the bar downstairs by the head brewer himself. The great part is that aside from the awesome beer, the food is great too. Not exactly cheap but just about everything I have had has been really good. I particularly love the Alehouse Mussels steamed in a sauce using their Cream Ale. Several other menu offerings use their beer as an ingredient. I honestly can't say enough about this place. I should mention that there is lots of gear and glassware for sale in the little shop attached, and this is also the place where the bottled beer is sold out of a small cooler. Growlers are sold at the bar and aren't too expensive.

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Photo of RatAgain
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have had the pleasure of getting to go to the Portsmouth Brewery a little more regularly and that's a great thing. I personally love the vibe here everywhere you turn people are engaged in conversation enjoy their company, their food, and of course their beers.

The establishment is clean, a pleasant place to be and serving quality food and beer. It is also conveniently located downtown.

On the whole I would say the service is good and what is to be expected of a well run bar and restaurant. However there are a few servers whom I think are exceptional and are almost guaranteed to receive good tips from me not only for their service but their interest in beer and joy of sharing that with their patrons.

The selection is predominately in house brews (can't beat fresh) with a smattering of guest beers other than Smuttynose (the sister brewery). The offerings run a wide range and can please any palate and match any dish. Getting a sampler is always a great start of the night too because the taps change over at a pretty good rate and there is always something new to try.

I have always liked the food here it always hits the spot and I never feel I didn't get enough or too much food. I also had the great pleasure of going to a beer dinner here recently where the chef really tried to step it up and got to enjoy some wonderful dishes.

This is a must stop location for a trip through Portsmouth.

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Photo of corey0212
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Wow. I'd been looking forward to this for a very long time, and my expectations for this place were not just met, but were pretty well shattered. First off, the place looks fantastic. It was immaculate, they've got the huge picture from the Smuttynose Robust Porter on the wall, the tanks are well-lit and gleaming, huge skylight over our table, nice-looking bar....just an awesome place to be. Our waiter was fantastic, and really let us take our time with the 10-beer sampler and appetizer (chicken tenders with Old Brown Dog BBQ sauce). There's nothing worse than feeling rushed, and on an increasingly busy Friday night, we felt anything but. The beer? Unreal. I loved pretty much everything on the sampler (wasn't wild about the Weenie Rocket), and ended up going with the Bottle Rocket IPA with dinner, and an Oatmeal Stout afterwards. For food, we went more pub-grub style (steak bomb for me, mushroom melt sandwich for my wife), but we were really impressed with the sophistication of the menu, specifically the Brewer's Table menu. Took home 8 bombers from the shop, and left with a huge smile on my face. I will be thinking about The Portsmouth Brewery until I get back up there!

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Photo of stevo155
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Whenever I am asked where I want to go for my birthday or Father's Day, the answer is always The Portsmouth Brewery. The food is great...exactly what I'm looking for, and the beer selection provided is excellent. The staff is always friendly and knowledgable. My favorites are the Oatmeal Stout and Black Cat Stout. Great atmosphere, very relaxed ( except when there are 20 people jammed in by the hostess desk waiting to be seated ). Prices are very reasonable for the Portsmouth. I usally go during off season, or off times during the summer, so my wait times are usually not that long. Looking forward to going in March for the Kate The Great release.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of bosshop
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

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Photo of mrclog
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have been to the Potsmouth Brewery a few times and loved every visit.

The atmosphere is only thing I was not crazy about. It is very loud and the tables seem a bit packed together. The patio is very nice but on a hto summer day it is not a good idea.

I thought the quality of the food was very good. The selection is great too. They have some unbelievable things on the menu (crab ranggoon dip is outstaning).

The wait staff is very friendly and on the ball.

Every time I have been there they have a good selection beer styles on draft. Yes they serve brews other than their own but I think that is pretty cool of them to help support other beer places.

The store is small but the prices are the same as you would pay at any other place.

In closing I say if you in the area and you like good food and good beer you need to go here and have pint and an apetizer at least.


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Photo of unit555
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is as close as I come to giving something perfect scores. All brew pubs should strive for this level of excellence. we go out of our way to viist every time we get to New England.

We started with the 7 beer sampler. While we definitely had favorites (Black Cat stout for me and Weizenheimer wheat for her) there was not a bad beer on the table. All were really well crafted and the servers are fairly well versed on what goes into the beers and their strengths and weaknesses.

The menu is first rate but can get a little pricy. The crab stuffed mushroom is an excellent appetizer but you could make a whole lunch out of it if you are not a big eater.

You should go.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My wife and I spent a weekend in Portsmouth and ended up at Portsmouth Brewery several times. We just couldn't stay away.

The food is excellent and much of it actually is cooked using various Portsmouth beers. The Alehouse Mussels appetizer, which is steamed in Portsmouth's Cream Ale broth, is delicious and the clam chowder was some of the best we found in town. There's an ever changing Brewer's Table menu which showcases various appetizers and entrees and suggests beer pairings.

The atmosphere is friendly and warm and every time we remark that we seem to make friends - odd considering I'm not outgoing at all. Maybe its the beer!

Speaking of which... the beer is truly excellent. In particular the Witt2, a double wittbier, was fantastic. A couple weeks later they had Hop Harvest I casked w/ Cascade.

Check the website to see what is available on the taps and on cask as it is changing all the time.

If you are anywhere near NH Portsmouth Brewery is a must. I honestly can't think of anything that would make this place better.

*** Edited Oct 12 08 ***

We were there again last night and I had the Hop Harvest II on cask, dry hopped with Magnum hops. WOWOWOWOW!!

If that wasn't enough I had the Stout Elk Steak which was exceptional.

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Photo of Birdsong73
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of unknownoffender
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Have you ever built up so much hype for a place that you were nervous to enter?? I was worried that might be the case for me with Portsmouth Brewery...but they definitely lived up to my expectations. I was looking forward to my visit weeks in advance, and it turned out that both the beer and food were even better than I imagined. I tried a sampler of their beers on tap and ordered the spicy curried steamed mussels. The Black Cat Stout and IPA were my favorite of the samplers. But I must say the Cream Ale (the lightest of their beers and the least likely to excite my taste buds) was still quite tasty. Even their fruit beer...the blueberry ale...I thought was great. I also had a chance to meet Todd, the brewer, along with some of the other staff... and everyone made my visit more enjoyable. I would love to comment more on the atmosphere, but I was so lost in enjoying the beer, food, and service, that I didn't take many notes on my surroundings. I felt at home right from the start. It definitely has a comfortable vibe...I immediately got the feeling that the people working there looked forward to going to work each day.

I also went back the next day to buy more beer and the staff member working in the store remembered me from the day before. Overall, I can't say enough about this place. I hope to make it back there soon for more mussels and Black Cat Stout (although I must say the rest of the menu was equally tempting...especially the page with the locally grown food).

You really can't go wrong here.

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Photo of GrittyMug345
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a great looking brewpub in a very nice downtown area of Portsmouth. It has the classic New England pub feel with plenty of exposed brick and old wood, very charming.

My wife and I visited for the first time on thurs. 9/29/09 and had a fantastic time. We arrived at about 2:30 and each grabbed a pint, I started with Le Chat Noir (the Black Cat Stout fermented with a Belgian yeast) which was excellent and my wife had the Oktoberfest, which had literally just gone on (Todd Mott, the brewer, was just finishing purging the line as we sat down).

We happened to be finishing up our first round when Tyler, the assistant brewer, showed up to see if anyone was waiting for the 3:00 tour so we jumped on that opportunity. It was just the two of us for the tour and Tyler was great, we were right in the (cramped) heart of the brewery as it was running, very cool.

After the tour we headed back upstairs to the bar for some food. We ordered the sample paddle and made our way through their offerings (8-10, can't recall exactly) while eating a delicious burger with fries and a roaasted veggie sandwich. The food was certainly top notch. We split a bottle of Smuttynose Imperial Stout for dessert, delicious!

This is my new favorite brewpub, I will be back often.

PS- Met fellow BA joepais during our visit, he very kindly suggested a great little beer store just across the border in MA ( http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2678 ) where we could pick up some beers we can't get in ME and NH, thanks again Joe!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

On a whim I made the trip up to the brewery for the braggot and some dinner on a Sunday evening. About an hours drive north of Boston. Walked in through the store which is located right next door and connected to the back dinning room. Much paraphenalia for sale. The restaurant wasn't as packed as it's been in the past, although the bar was full. Sat down at a table in the front room with a good view of the conditioning tanks. Very comfortable atmosphere the brewpub is. High ceiling with earth tone colored walls, except for the brick wall that separates the restaurant/bar area to the back dining room.

An extensive menu has everything from bar food to a venison entree. The menu is well put together and it's representation is five stars. There's a section of chef special's which gives you a sample of a larger entree with beer suggestions--never seen a restaurant cater to it's clientel like that before. On a tip from warriorsoul, I ordered the steak bomb sandwich, which was damn tasty and actually quite big. I was stuffed leaving the place. Emma had chili and a salad, which she also gave two thumbs up to.

On to the beer. I first walked into the store and realized that you could take home 22oz. bombers so I was a bit indecisive on what to order when I sat down. Our waitor, David, said his favorite at the time was the dubbel. I figured it wouldn't hurt to try and if I wasn't satisfied I could always take one home, or have a second brew. David's palate did not disappoint. A very tasty offering the dubbel was. Glad he suggested it. Emma had the braggot (50% of the reason we made the drive) and loved it so much, she ordered a growler to take home. I'm not sure she's going to be able to finish all by herself so I'll get the chance to sample a full glass of that too!. The selection of beers on tap was a wide spectrum. Cream Ale, dubbel, dunkel, braggot, stout, and a few others.

The waitor was attentive, kind, and suggestive. Exactly what a waitor should be. Prices were right on par with other brewpubs, both food and drink wise. All in all a great experience, and I will be back to pick up more growlers/22oz's as the drive isn't that bad.

From a previous experience there the bar downstairs has a bunch of tv's and a shuffleboard table. This is the only bar I've ever heard of that has a real shuffleboard table. Excellent atmosphere in the basement.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Gavage
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Made my return to trip to Portsmouth after a three year hiatus. Boy I missed this place. Walking in off the crowded steet of window shoppers on a Sunday afternoon you are welcomed by a nice interior of booths and tables, and bar up a step or two to the right. The bar isn't large (about 10 - 12 stools) but the two bartenders were extremely friendly and quite knowledgable of the beer. I asked about the guest beer from Moat Mountain and the young lady behind the bar explained the offering and several others they recently had from MM. Crowd was a mix of college aged and older adults along with some kids. Nice view of the street from the bar and interior is well lit.

There were 10 beers on tap, with 6 Portsmouth brews (IPA, Stout, Hefe, Wheat wine, Junebock, and Cream Ale), 3 Smuttnose offerings (Lager, Pale, Brown) and the guest beer Moat Mountain Pilsner. I had the IPA, Stout, Cream Ale, and MM Pilsner and all were of great quality and tasty. My wife is a huge cream ale fan and when she stumbles on a good one, she won't even try anything else.

The pub style food was very good. The pull pork sandwich was big and juicy and my wife had a great tasting burger. Huge portion of great tasting fries. Food being served to other patrons looked good too.

The have an outdoor area with some tables, and a gift shop next door with t-shirts and bomber bottles. I picked up a case to bring home, most notibly the Junebock (which I didn't try on tap), IPA, and some Cream Ale to keep the wife happy. You have to make every effort to hit this place if you are anywhere in the area. Superb beers in a great place.

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Photo of mavbrew
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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 MThiele360
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

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4.63/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Hit the Portsmouth Brewery en route to Maine for a long weekend. Took a nice ride up from CT, took me about two and a half hours.

The brewery is located in the downtown area of the quiet little fishing village, among a few blocks of interesting shops.

The brewery itself is very nice, looked like a pretty old building, lots of woodwork and brick. Large dining room area, the brewing area was smaller than I expected.

My wife and I sat in a little booth in the bar area and were quickly greeted by the bartender who was very friendly and informative.

Nice beer selection written on chalk boards above, ten beers in all seven house brews and three Smutty taps. Mid July visit so the typical summer style brews on tap that included three different weis beers, blonde, IPA, saison, and oatmeal stout.

The food was very good, I had a cup of the sweet potato soup and "The Beauty" which is a Grilled, organic tempeh with gouda, honey mustard, lettuce & tomato on a scallion roll. Very good.

Grabbed a couple bottles from the gift shop next door.

I really enjoyed my visit to the Portsmouth Brewery and hope to visit it again sometime soon.


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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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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