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Taps: 10 / Bottles: 8
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
56 Market St
phone: (603) 431-1115
The Portsmouth Brewery will typically have 6-7 of their own biers on tap, plus usually 3 from their sister brewery, Smuttynose. They may also have a guest tap on, which has seen Moat Mountain and Sierra Nevada as recent "guests". Growlers cost $4.00 for the glassware, then $10 to $18 for the actual brew, depending on the style. Be advised, they don't usually growler any of their stouts. Also available in the pub are 22oz bottles of Smuttynose Big Beers, plus their "Brewers Cellar" offerings, with items such as Chimay and Ommegang. The adjacent store sells a wide array of high-quality clothing, as well as 22oz "bombers" of Portsmouth bier, ranging in cost from $5 to $10.
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Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 187 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Portsmouth Brewery was one of the highlights of my beer road trip through MA and NH back in May.
Teeming with people on a Saturday afternoon, I was a bit worried there would be a wait before my friend and I would be able to sample some beers and order lunch. However, there were two open seats at the bar and we were seated with beers in hand within minutes.
I started off with the sampler, which is always a smart move when visiting a new brew pub. All of the offerings were B+ or better, but the highlights for me were the Gose, the Saison Pritemps, and the Milk Stout. Those were absolutely delicious.
We ordered our food and a second drink with no problem at all. The food came out in a reasonable amount of time, and we were both very pleased with our selections. I ordered the bratwurst burger (on a pretzel roll) and it was pretty good. The whole grain mustard was an added bonus of deliciousness.
After our meal we headed over to the store and purchased some bottles to take home. I believe there was a 4 bottle limit per person, which kind of sucked, but we were still happy with the chance to bring home some Portsmouth offerings.
All in all it was a successful and enjoyable experience. The next time I'm in the area I'll definitely be visiting again.
11-23-2011 13:41:49 |
More by trxxpaxxs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
On our way to Maine from NYC, the wife and I made one stop in Portsmouth, NH. We walked around this historic, touristy, slightly-cheesy town and stopped at the Brewery for a quick beer before heading to our hotel in York Beach, Maine. The joint was PACKED on a Friday evening, at a time where most other dining/drinking establishments around were rather empty. You can tell this is a popular spot!
The dining room area had a waiting list and we weren’t hungry anyway, so we went downstairs to the “lounge”. Good choice! Felt like a frat party down there- what with the pool table, shuffleboard, ratty couches and lily-white New England college boys fresh out of college. A surprisingly good number of beautiful young blonde chicks too, something you won’t see once you’re in Maine…
So we parked our asses around the lounge and enjoyed some Portsmouth brews in a nice, comfy, not-too-loud atmosphere. Selection is not the greatest here- they had five Portsmouth brews, 4 Smutty and 1 Dogfish when we visited. We tried the Bottle Rocket IPA (alright) and Chat Noir (lovely), but they were out of their only cask (Oatmeal Stout with Eldorado hops).
Most of the beers were under 6%, which I find disappointing. No big brews, no one-offs, no barreling…. Maybe I’m asking for too much, but hey…
Food is the same as in the dining room above, but we didn’t have any. They emphasize local purveyors and ingredients, but don’t expect amazing stuff here. It is more like “ chips and dip made of local corn”, if you know what I mean.
Service was quite good. Even though we were standing around, we got waitress service and so didn’t need to order from the bar. I would have hanged out there longer, and sure would come back when I’m in town, despite the lack of exciting beers on tap.
10-31-2011 04:21:39 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
We stopped for lunch on a Saturday while headed north, my first venture into the downtown of Portsmouth. The brewery is on a busy street, and this is a busy tourist spot, even after Labor Day, so getting to a seat for lunch required parking in the city parking structure, quite an adventure. The Brewery had a good selection of about 9 brews available, including 2 "Hop Harvest" varieties, one with East Coast hopping, the other with West Coast Hopping. I got the 2nd one, and it was good - Citra hops, according to last year's reviews.
Our server (David O) was charming and knew all about the beers, describing them quite accurately. He was also efficient and reasonably quick. The food left a lot to be desired. My "tempeh wrap" sounded like a good idea, but tempeh is a hard food to do well, and it turned out rather bland and boring. My spouse enjoyed her clam chowder, but the tuna wrap was undercooked and tasted foul - got sent back and definitely left a bad taste in her mouth, literally. So I won't be going back for the food, just to sample more beers if I ever get the chance.
Ambiance is typical pub, noisy and a little rough around the edges. There is a store selling t-shirts and bombers, etc, and it is *there* that you can get your parking ticket stamped for one hour's free parking (if you have your receipt from the bar). Overall, I will look at other venues in Portsmouth before rushing back here, but I imagine they have the freshest beer in town and the widest selection.
09-25-2011 17:08:52 |
More by dickroop
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A: Even though it looks cramped from the streets in Portsmouth, the restaurant itself had a good amount of seating. Despite my family and I having to wait for a half an hour before being seated, I did notice Portsmouth was packed that day.
Q/S/S/F/V: My wife and I had great food that came out in good timing. I had a seafood jambalaya that was superb. The beer list was quite impressive. I didn't get a sampler paddle that day, but saw a lot of people getting them. The gift shop was pretty nice and had a lot of good stuff there. I would recommend beer lovers traveling through Southeastern New Hampshire to give it a shot but also don't mind waiting for a bit on a Saturday afternoon lunch time in August when Portsmouth is packed.
09-22-2011 01:04:52 |
More by kangarooAdam59
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Looks cramped from the streets in Portsmouth, and even when you first walk in, but there is an off-shoot section to the side of the main area that is quiet, as well as a seating area downstairs, so the room is actually quite ample. This place feels very "homey", no matter where you are from. Every time we have been the place has been packed, but we've never had to wait more than 15 minutes for seating. The bar was surprisingly smaller than I was expecting, but it maintains the hometown bar feel that way. The food is very decent, both in selection and pricing. They have a handful of fresh and local offerings that rotate frequently. The beer list was very good, with more than a dozen the last time we were there. As stated before in other peoples' reviews, there are brews from Smuttynose on-tap along with Portsmouth's offerings, and the occasional guest tap. They do offer a sampler paddle, and it comes with every beer they have on-tap at the time, which is always a big plus for my wife and I. The last time we went we had my parents along with us, and the bill for 4 meals, 2 apps, and drinks was still very reasonable. This is definitely a must-stop if you are visiting the Portsmouth area at any time.
09-02-2011 03:37:08 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went to this place with the family (2 adults and 3 kids). Was a little bit scared when we entered... looks a lot like a pub not for the family. However, they put us in a section where it is more family restaurant than english pub. Nice looking place.
Pick up the sample taster of all the beers on-tap. All the beers were great. 3 beers were from Smuttynose, all others were for Portsmouth Brewery. I loved all the beers, however the smutynose's beer were more extreme and tasted better to me.
The food was good and above what you usually find in pubs. in my opinion. The burger was good, and my girlfriend had the fish and chips. It was nice, not too heavy. The kids loved the pasta too.
Overall, a nice place for the family when you want to drink good beer with a good diner. The only thing was the service which was good but nothing special.
08-11-2011 01:09:20 |
More by ZorPrime
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A very popular place that has a good layout, but because of its popularity is pretty noisy and crowded. Family oriented and friendly.
Growlers available, a few Smuttynose options, and then there is of course there own brews. Some of the Portsmouth brews I felt were at best ok long story short.
Service is a little chaotic but nothing too frustrating or infuriating. Staff aims to please, they're able to answer questions or provide suggestions or advice.
As mentioned before the selection here is limited to the brewery, a few Smuttynose options and perhaps another open tap for something else. The bottle options looked a little varied but didn't seem to be that publicized.
However, the best thing here is the food. Fantastic seasoned salads that aren't oversized. Large pot of house made mussels plump and simmering in a great ale broth with a large piece of garlic toasted crusty bread. Fresh market catches which taste fantastic. I rarely order fish, but the rainbow trout was very good stuffed with orange, fenel and thyme, chewy and full of flavor.
Overall, the beer here on tap was actually kind of marginal, unless you're going to have Finest Kind on tap I suppose, but the food is here what I will always remember the most.
07-24-2011 15:48:24 |
More by smakawhat
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Ahh the Portsmouth brewery home of the Kate the great and many other great beers too. This is a really cool fun spot to hang and have a few pints. Nice big bar lots of tables and outdoor seating for warmer times. They usually have like 7 or so their beers on tap plus some Smuttynose beers too. Food is good I had a burger and it was cooked nice and good portion size. Samplers are available too if you would like to try all there beers on tap and they also have beer on cask when available. i generally like all their beers but some styles I am not into to, so every once in awhile I get a miss. This is a destination for anyone likes to travel and check out new spots.
06-19-2011 13:06:21 |
More by Cmack15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my second trip to the Portsmouth Brewery and this place just keeps getting better. My first trip was Kate The Great day in 2010.
Headed up during Market Sq day (oops, had no clue), so it was a bit hectic but no where near the madhouse Kate The Great Day inspired.
The decor is very chill - exposed brick walls with pretty cool art and wooden tables. When you first walk in, a slightly elevated bar to the right that has a first come first serve eating area, to the back are tables. THere is a secluded little area on the second floor.
We waited forever for our waitress to initially come over but once she did, she was very nice and helpful.
They had roughly 10 beers total on tap - 6 Portsmouth brews, 3 Smuttynose and Stones IPA? Odd, but ok! Plenty to choose from. Beer was fantastic. I've yet to have a bad beer from this place - hit up the Black IPA and the Stone Car Stout (took a growler of the Black IPA home as well).
The food was phe-no-me-nal! We all shared their mussels in the ale sauce. Hot damn. I got the vermont cheddar pasta (caramelized onions and mushrooms in the pasta), one friend got a burger, and another got the pastrami. The food there is incredible. I tried the pastrami - best pastrami that I've ever had and proceeded to kick myself for not getting it. This place is a winner - great food and great beer. I couldn't ask for more.
We got away with 4 beers, 3 meals, and a seafood appetizer for $70, yup this place is definitely worth the drive up from Boston!
06-15-2011 18:30:01 |
More by Jayli
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We stopped in here earlier tonight to break up the drive from Boston to OOB. Also great to try the beer and then buy a bomber on the way out.
Atmosphere: This place is located in downtown Portsmouth. Large glass windows for passerbys to peak into the brewpub. Wooden floors and brick walls throughout the whole place. One bar ont the right and another downstairs. Small backroom, outside patio weather permitting, little rise, bare area with hightops and tables, ground floor with table, and then a room next door that is attached to the reatail store.
Quality: The quality of the beer is great. About as fresh as it gets with production inside the place and Smutty down the street. I have seen Moat Mt on draft there before and today they had FW Double Jack on the menu for $12. Bargain for ann Imperial IPA.
Service: Our server was great and knowledgeable about the beer and food and our waters never went empty too.
Food: They have a decent menu. We got BBQ chix tenders, fried haddock sandwich with chips and salsa and a crabcake club with a pasta salad.
Selection: There selection is good, but I think they could have a few more local NH breweries like White Birch our local coastal ones like Ipswich or Fisherman's brew. Still good offerings.
Value: The place is reasonably priced and we will stop here again and again either on the way up to Maine or on the way back.
05-27-2011 01:59:40 |
More by Flounder57
Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
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