I went there for lunch. There are no rare Redhook beers here--only about 6-7 beers. Also, the food is slightly high, and the service was very slow (took 1.5 hours for lunch, and had to almost scream at the waitress to get more water). Food was mostly good--the chili is the best deal for the money. They have no fryer (they would be prosecuted for this in the south), so no fries with the burgers. And of course the day I go has to be a day when all tours are cancelled.
Pretty unexciting selection of brews, nothing extra or special or rare. I was really hoping to try something I hadnít ever seen before. But there was nothing extra, nothing that couldnít be had in stores. The food wasnít at all bad, but it wasnít what Iíd expect from a restaurant. Perhaps because at this place, they didnít have a full-service restaurant-quality kitchen. Therefore, the menu was simple and consisted of things that could be put together with minimal preparation. Chips were served instead of french fries because they do not have a frialator. The atmosphere in this place was somewhat sterile and office-like, (perhaps because it is a new bulding), not really welcoming or rustic or brew-pub-ish. The waitstaff was friendly and helpful, the service was good. I thought the food was slightly overpriced considering I could have easily made myself anything that they had on the menu. The only reason Iíd go back would be to take a tour, or if they offered some special rare brews.
I only went here because the Portsmouth Brewery didnít have night specials that interested me and I already tried all their beers on tap. My expectations were low. But what can I say? Despite my preconceived notions, I had a good time. All the standard brews were on tap, plus a few extras. I tried a Rye Not Rye, a Right Hook Red (which was pretty excellent) and a Ballard IIPA. The beers were a mix of pedestrian and surprisingly good. Foodwise, I had a Buffalo Chicken Pita that had pretty excellent. Even their homemade kettle potato chips were surprisingly good. Beers were $4-$4.50, pretty standard, food was reasonably priced. Iím not sure the waittress paid me close attention (and frustrated me at times), but she made up for it by giving me samples when I couldnít decide on what to try next (free of charge) and simply being cute (donít underestimate cute). All in all, the experience far exceeded my expectations.
Ditto to everything Pastor said below, and you can get the maps with the coupon all over town, and at the visitor info centers at the state line. The guy with the ponytail is named Byron, and heís a hoot! The fireplace is inviting, the beer is properly served, and they donít try to gouge you on either food, beer, or take-home beer. Just get good Mapquest directions if youíre not familiar with the area, we got lost, took the wrong street off the traffic circle as the cartoony map was pretty much only good for the coupon.
Pastor (15) Skowhegan, Maine | June 8, 2007| Updated December 28, 2007
This place is very interesting the atmosphere is kind of like a ski lodge more than a pub. The wait staff is very helpful most of them have worked there a few years. They donít have any fried foods on the menu. You get chips and a pickle instead of fries with your burgers. They have a few specials that are always written on the black board when you come in most of them are worth the try. I recommend the jerk chicken wings for an appetizer, they are grilled and some of the best Iíve tasted (imported spices from Jamaica)
To me Redhook is more of a macro than a micro brewery but they do a brewers series beer only available at the brewery (right now its Treblehook) Take the tour it is well worth it especially if the grey haired guy with the pony tail is working (a true beer geek) I took the tour one time with a micro biologist and they started talking yeasts strains LOL. A quick hint Go to the lobby door and grab one of the Portsmouth tourist maps there will be a coupon for a free tour, if not itís only a buck and you get a free 4 oz glass
This place has better food than beer. If you donít like any of the Red Hook beers, youíre out of luck. The resturant and bar is like the Olive Garden or Applebees of brewpubs, it just seems too fake. On the other hand, the wait staff is very nice and you can always take the daily tour for $1.
I like the Redhook brewpub and restaurant because theyíve recently let their brewers do other things than just the signature Redhook line. Beer pairings are suggested on the menu as well. Popping into the pub there allows you to have the chance to sample crazy experimental beers that they donít release or bottle often - and theyíre of great quality. The tour costs $1.00 and comes with a free tasting glass and plenty of beer samples. Tours run all day, and itís a nice place for lunch and a beer tour.
A great idea in concept to have a "brew pub" attached to a large brewery, but I was unimpressed overall. Beer selection was not anything I could not attain already at the store and food was similar to what you can get at the lunch counter of your local golf course, sanwhiches,soups,salads, nothing really tantilizing on their menu. The rstaurant itself has an empty warehouse feel,cold and not very friendly. The exception however is if you sit in the so called lounge/living room area where they have the comfiest large leather couches and a fireplace.
. This place is awesome, most of the bartenders know everything about the beer they serve. Down to what hops are used to brew what beer, IBUís, ABV, where the style originated, etc. They food isnt anything amazing but decent pub food. The beers are cheap and you can take a tour of the brewery for 1$ and you get to try all their beers(excluding the limited releases) and get a souvenir 4oz tasting glass. See the largest beer fridge in NH
Spelt (4) East Kingston, New Hampshire | July 23, 2011
Very casual and comfortable environment with options for indoor and outdoor dining. Excellent selection of well made pub foods. Beer selection is very nice and a few "here only" surprises. Enjoy a tour of the brewery and stop in the gift shop after your meal.