I guess itís cool to visit the place that was at one point home to one of the most hyped up beers around in the old Kate the Great days.
Itís a nice building right in the middle of downtown Portsmouth/Market Street area. A nice big bar area with some high tops, booths, and regular tables. They also have a downstairs area for boozing it up.
All the beers written on the chalkboard and consisted of Portsmouth and Smuttynose beers. I just tried the Portsmouth stuff. Honestly, they were average brewpub beers, which I had kind of expected from recent-ish reports on the place. There are some "special" bottles in the fridge as well of interesting Smuttynose offerings, for instance. But didnít purchase any.
Sitting at a table, we got pretty lackadaisical service. Pretty much saw our waitress three times--to order, to drop off the drinks, and then when we asked to pay. Oh well, wasnít really planning on staying that long anyway.
A spacious "brewpub/restaurant" in the hip downtown area of Portsmouth. Friendly staff. The eats look good but I didnít partake. 14 taps, 10 or so of which are made in house. This is my first time in New Hampshire and I dig the local vibe.
Stopped in for a bite to eat and some beers. The ambiance is great. Itís an awesome place in what looks like a historic area. I love it! The service was hardly adequate, at best. It took forever to get dressing for my reuben, and the dude took forever (at least ten minutes) to come back for us to order more beer. Speed definitely wasnít what theyíre shooting for, I guess. The beer list was a little lacking, with only 8 house beets on tap, but they did have a couple guests and some Smuttynose as well. The reuben was pretty good, once I got the dressing, and well priced. There wasnít a lot of surprise here, other than the slow service. Worth going to check out once, for sure.
This is a great brewpub for ambiance. Old style, with a nice courtyard for eating and drinking. Service was...not that great. Had to wait a while for Russian dressing for a pastrami sandwich, and had to wait a while to order beer the second time around. Beer selection was good, they had their own and Smuttynose on tap. Decently priced, you go there to eat and enjoy the view.
During our Portsmouth walk I was able to stop in here for a fast Chocolate Stout. The beer brewed by Portsmouth was great. I had fast service here durin gour midafternoon stop. Steady customer traffic. Nice place.
If youíve been in 100 brewpubs, then youíve been in this one a few times. They have the brewery set up kind of behind the bar. They had 10 things on tap with 3-4 guest taps and a couple on cask. The beers were solid and professionally produced but nothing too life altering. Itís a solid enough place though I donít think of it as a destination type location.
A true mainstay of the Seacoast and the local beer scene. These guys brew up a lot of great, innovative beer and they focus on consistency and diversity. Itís tempting to say that the beer is good but not world class, but how can you say that about a place that made Kate the Great? Innovative, fun beer and great food, all at great prices -- whatís not to like? If youíre looking for a fun and inexpensive night out, be sure to check out their basement lounge too.
Super busy spot in downtown Portsmouth. I canít help shaking the feeling this is the dumb down version of Smuttynose, who make so so approachable beers for the masses. Super crowded, even so service was slower than expected. You can do a 6 beer flight, which basically covers having all of their beers. Of the 6, 3 were terrible, 1 was merely drinkable, and 2 were ok. For $6.25 I canít complain, but I canít imagine ever stopping back in.
We visited on a semi-busy Monday evening and got quick and effective service, and they got us our food in decent time too. Some of the beers are just ordinary, but it needs to be like that so Iím fine, and they also had a couple of wonderful hoppy ones. Casked editions of two of their beers as well, and some Smuttynose brews, to a total of twelve taps. Definitely a place to return to.