United States > New Hampshire > Portsmouth
Oginme (13) New Hampshire | November 30, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Lunch on a slow day. Nicely decorated rooms, open and spacious, but I can see where it might get crowded very easily. menu offered a small variety of items, but not a lot of choice within a given genre. Many items are Belgian themed, though not authentic. Beer selection is good, weighted heavily towards Belgian styles. Food was mixed: Burger was good, wifeís mac and cheese was very light on cheese (gouda) and tasted mostly of plain macaroni elbows in a white sauce. Service was very good, maybe due to the lack of other people present, but the staff was very attentive and informative on the menu and beer selections.
rosstracy (2) New Hampshire | October 30, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Not a very big place, but perfect for its purpose. As some have stated, itís located next to the Wrenís Nest Inn, which can be perceived as an odd location, but once youíre in there, you really donít want to leave. Very knowledgeable staff, very friendly, Alex and Gretchin are great! Food and atmosphere are fantastic, thereís a nice area by the fireplace, and a cool little alcove that has table setup inside. I have yet to go out on the patio area, but we really like to stay inside and chat with the awesome staff.
Beer selection is fantastic, while it certainly doesnít boast "100+ beers on tap" like some places, the choices are well thought out and Iíve found myself trying beers I probably wouldnít have seen in one of the larger places. The right glassware is used and the beertenders are skilled with pours and explanations.
While itís a bit of a distance from where we live, my wife and I make it a point to visit with a regular frequency. You should pay them visit, you wonít be disappointed!
BroSpud (35) , Massachusetts | September 9, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
My kind of place. So much better than the typical beer bar you see opening these days. This place serves great beer, uses the proper glassware and highlights the local stuff. I will definitely stop by anytime I am in the area. Wish them all the success going forward.
NachlamSie (631) Denver, Colorado | August 2, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
I donít understand the low score on this place. The owners are obviously beer geeks. This shows with the well thought out tap selection, correct glassware and the best assortment of modern beer literature Iíve seen in a pub. The ambiance of the place is fantastic. Itís basically like being in a cabin, except with awesome beer. Thereís an ultra cozy spot by the fireplace which is where I post up. Beer selection has a lot of regional offerings and runs a nice gamut of styles. I had a spicy chicken fritter appetizer which was nothing short of delicious. The bartender was great too. Even considering the great beer selection, the great service and tasty food, the ambiance was the winner. It is very strange that it is in the middle of an inn, but once inside I found myself not wanting to leave.
AirForceHops (143) Epping, New Hampshire | July 30, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Stopped in on a lazy summer, Tuesday Evening. I chatted with Alex the owner about home brewing and beer. He was polite and talkative and his bartender seems nice as well. I stopped in for the Blue Lobster brews and he also hand Throwback, Stone, Founders, Youngís Chocolate Stout, Saison Dupont, Ommegang and a few other real nice selections on draft. I didnít get a chance to eat on this trip but I plan on stopping in again in the near future.
Well worth a stop. Itís possible to miss the sign on Route 1, so make the phone call if you canít quite find it.
TheBeerBabe (13) Portland, Maine | July 8, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The seacoast NH region has been waiting for a good craft beer centric bar for some time now, and WHYM delivers it in spades. The tap selection is usually a mix of locals "neighbors" and "long term relationships" (imports and from across the country). Though a small list, it is always changing and contains great, hard-to-find selections, especially of great but small brewers from NH like Blue Lobster.
The food is inspired - the pretzels with three kinds of dip are perfect and everything is paired very well with or made with some kind of beer or beer ingredient. I havenít had anything Iíve not liked.
Just opened recently, so I think that there will be a lot more traffic in there as time goes on. Itís become a spot that I wish I was closer to, because Iíd be one of the regulars in there for sure.
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