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Active Beers: 102
Beer Ratings: 2,798
Beer Avg: 3.83
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 8
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
56 Market St
phone: (603) 431-1115
The Portsmouth Brewery will typically have 6-7 of their own biers on tap, plus usually 3 from their sister brewery, Smuttynose. They may also have a guest tap on, which has seen Moat Mountain and Sierra Nevada as recent "guests". Growlers cost $4.00 for the glassware, then $10 to $18 for the actual brew, depending on the style. Be advised, they don't usually growler any of their stouts. Also available in the pub are 22oz bottles of Smuttynose Big Beers, plus their "Brewers Cellar" offerings, with items such as Chimay and Ommegang. The adjacent store sells a wide array of high-quality clothing, as well as 22oz "bombers" of Portsmouth bier, ranging in cost from $5 to $10.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 187 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place was definitely not at all what I expected. Atmosphere was pretty much like a full-blown chain restaurant, Rock Bottom, Applebee's, what have you. A lot of brosephs. I guess I expected something a bit more low-key and intimate for some reason. Oh well. The bar seemed disproportionately small, but there were plenty of dining tables, as well as some of those intermediate bar/table hybrids, which is where I parked myself.
There was a good selection of beers on tap, including a few Smuttynoses. However, overall I was quite disappointed by the quality of the beer. Again, I guess I just expected more. With all the hype over the now-gone Kate the Great, I thought there would be some other good brews, but there was really nothing better than your common amateur homebrew, with a few exceptions. And having never actually had KtG, I can almost come to the conclusion that it is/was probably nothing more than an overhyped/homerized beer as well. Not that the beer was terrible, I just didn't have anything that I thought was very good or distinctive, and I sampled everything they had to offer.
The service was fine, and our waitress was on the ball the whole time. The menu consisted mainly of comfort foods, but everything was pretty tasty. the waitress saved me from almost ordering a vegan meal. Well sorry if I know what "reuben" means but not "tempeh." I'm just not in that loop. Prices overall were reasonable. Nice merch shop as well.
I'm glad I took the trip up to visit, but honestly I'd never go back here for any reason. It's just not my kind of place, and the beer was mediocre at best. In the unlikely event that I ever find myself in Portsmouth again, I will be right around the corner at Earth Eagle, which is definitely worth revisiting.
03-10-2013 01:40:18 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been here a bunch of times over the years and nothing ever changes, in fact it might get better.
the atmosphere about this brewery is one of the main reasons i keep on coming back. My friends and i always seem to chat it up with the friendly locals that inhabit this place.Everytime i've been here everyone is so nice.
the service is superb even when the is a wait to get a seat.They really know how to train their waitresses, you never wait more than a couple of minutes before being waited on.
they have a great food selection ranging from burgers, seafood, salads, sandwiches and soups(no disrespect to them, i cant remember everything).Their clam chowder and fish chowder is the best ive had.
They have a great beer selection from beers they brew themselves(that is constantly changing) to a local brewery called Smuttynose, they always have 4-7 beers i can easily drink.
the quality of the beer and food is unmatched by any other place i have reviewed or been to. i will be making many more trips up there and i suggest that you do too
10-30-2012 23:24:07 |
More by seplo
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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!
05-09-2012 01:14:18 |
More by NHSURF60
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped here on a normal weekday, not a beer release. Open and inviting atmosphere, split level with plenty of seating. Quiet folksy music playing in the background, lots of good American wholesome types and families eating, a very comfortable place.
There were 6 house beers on tap, another 3 Smuttynose beers and a Southern Tier. Nothing crazy special, they hit all the regular styles you expect at a brewpub. Two IPAs was a plus (one was Finest Kind), definitely no complaints with beer quality.
Overall an excellent brewpub, similar to many other fine establishments (it reminded me strongly of Bethlehem Brew Works). Nice stop.
03-09-2012 20:06:15 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Second time stopping in here, even more impressed. Upstairs and down are completely different vibes, up is open atmosphere and more restaurant like than bar, downstairs is no frills cozy/lounge, basement bar, which is fine with me... same food and draft selections. Selections are mostly their own and sister company Smuttynose so always solid choices there. Also mix in a few others from coast to coast. Decent beer and food prices. Our meal was tasty and the beers were delicious. Ended up settling into a few pints of their oatmeal stout (best oat ever had - silky smooth). Also picked up a milk stout to go from their little shop next door. It's a sin to stop in Portsmouth and not visit this place, just be sure to get there early cuz its a busy busy place but for good reason.
02-25-2012 18:10:01 |
More by arktos
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Been going here for years, and wanted to give this fine place a shout out. It seems that they catch a lot of flack these days regarding the craze for Kate the Great and subsequent madness around obtaining said beer. Well, you can't please everyone, and I'd say we should be looking more closely at why the hype is there in the first place: these guys make great beer, period.
Conveniently located an hour south of Portland (home now) and an hour north of Boston (hometown) I love stopping in Portsmouth for a pint at the brewery and / or just walking around the cool little town. The brewpub is centrally located near a cheap parking garage and a bunch of other shops / restaurants. Although it's frequently packed, the place is pretty big - don't forget about the downstairs bar with pool, darts, etc.
I'm always impressed by the beer and the food. I have my favorites (oatmeal stout, 5 C's ipa) but I always try one of the more oddball offerings like something sour or Belgian and they do a pretty good job across the board. They also feature one or two guest beers and usually a cask. Needless to say they make one of the best beers on the planet in Kate the Great, but don't overlook their more standard lineup. Food ranges from simple chili and burgers done the right way to more upscale grub like charcuterie plates and steak frites, thai mussels, etc.
Service is very friendly and pretty quick despite always being busy. And especially on Kate day when people are at their worst, the Portsmouth staff really went out of their way to make sure people (who could behave themselves) were having the best experience possible. I definitely respect this place.
So if you find yourself traveling on 95 and feel a little hungry, it's a quick on and off exit 7 to find yourself at one of the coolest little brewpubs on the east coast. Definitely make a point to visit and enjoy. Cheers.
02-21-2012 20:00:35 |
More by twelvsies
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I just "discovered" this place last month, been twice now and can’t wait for my third visit, Kate Day 2012! They have a great list of bottled beers available along with 10 (or 11) rotating taps plus a cask option daily.
First visit I had the beer flight, 10(!) tasters of the avaialable beers on tap that day. 6 beers were their own, 3 others from their Sister brewery Smuttynose, plus one from a NY brewery called Six Point (which I was informed was a recent addition to the rotation, and one that would continue with different Six Point offerings when available).
My one compliant on this is they do not order the beers from light to heavy/dark as I'm accustomed to. I could have made a resonable guess and moved them around on my own, but I would think the Brewers would want this done up-front. As it was, I kept the order they gave me and ended up not enjoying certain varieties because they were too cold (Belgian Triple) or too warm (Smuttynose Star Island, a light and fruity beer) for the style (for my tastes anyway).
For dinner I had a wonderful hanger steak that was cooked to perfection and marinaded with Smuttynose Old Brown Dog. I skipped the gorgonzola-chive cream sauce; not a fan of gorgonzola, plus the steak didn't need anything more.
My second visit was for lunch, and here I had their cask offering, their own 5 C' IPA but with a different (or additional) hop in the recipe. On the side - beer is the entree:) - I had a ceasar salad with the optional blackened chicken. The chicken was nice and spicy without too much salt which was nice, but the romaine was a bit soggy. Good thing the beer was yummy.
02-20-2012 17:40:06 |
More by jmilo64
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
We came down on 2/18/12 to get KtG tickets and decided to stay for lunch... Good choice.
Nice ambiance, large interior with many booths and tables. Is good for families and even large groups of friends.
Good food and beer. My favorite beer on tap while here was the ESB. Food was good quality too, lots of choices from nice entrees to pub fair. Plenty of vegetarian options as well.
Service was very fast and friendly. Waitress came back many times to check on us.
10 various brews on tap, great selection.
Good place, I'll definitely come back. Would certainly recommend if you're ever in the city or passing through.
02-18-2012 18:14:14 |
More by beerbiatchMD
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I don't know why it took me so long to review this place. I've been there twice with the family on our yearly trip up to Maine each Fall. Nice atmosphere, but I've only been there for lunch, so...Anyway, servers are very nice and helpful. They have the full lineup of Smuttynose and Portsmouth beers, so the sampler is awesome. As you can imagine, there were quite a few small glasses lined up on my side of the table. Very good pub food. No problem bringing the kids. They have a store attached so I cold buy a few bombers to bring to the hotel. Great beer and a nice place.
02-04-2012 01:54:52 |
More by DrStiffington
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)
01-31-2012 20:16:56 |
More by kitsa
Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
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