Off of a side street,as the picture indicates this place has a real hole-in-the-wall feel. Itís cozy and eclecticly decorated as many places are these days. They had 6-8 of their own beers an another half dozen guest taps. They seem to do a lot of gruits which gets a bit old after a while. The food was good though a tad pricey. The bartender was cordial though she got slammed as soon as I came in so they could probably use more help to get things out quicker. It was a pleasant enough experience though not particularly memorable.
Stopped by mid-day Saturday which was a mistake as parking was next to impossible. I was able to get into a garage a block away right before they put up the "full" sign. WARNING: Do NOT come here if you are in a hurry. More on that later. Itís a small eclectic place. 6 house beers on and about just as many guest options, including a cider. The house beers were solid, and their gruits were inventive and tasty. Iíd like to comment on the food, but more on that later too. Prices were reasonable. Why not come here if youíre in a hurry? There is not enough staff, to cover the business. Food moves SLOWLY! I ordered sliders the same time I ordered my beers, but I canceled my order when they still hadnít come 40 minutes later. When I tried to pay, they shorted my change. I think their hearts are in the right place and they were working hard, but they need to find some ways to be more efficient.
Eclleteic spot, interesting decor, but thatís about it. 6 beers on tap 3 of which were average gruits. 2 really solid ipaís. The ipaís were worth a tick, but drink those and head on unless youíre a gruit note. Service was slow. They have snacks and some paniniís but overall a pretty limited menu.
Excellent brewery and pub located right in downtown Portsmouth but still tucked away enough that itís never overrun by the summer crowds.
Beer -- Top-notch selection, which has always focused on their own brews. If you go, youíll have six in-house beers to choose from, which are well made and crazily inventive. Theyíve also recently put in an additional 6 "Guest Taps" that have had some cool beers from around the state and country on.
Food -- Super impressive food here. They could have easily slapped in a panini press and called it a day, but instead their kitchen is staffed with really passionate chefs that make phenomenal food at really reasonable prices.
Ambiance -- They recently expanded and now the room has probably 10-12 seats at the bar and 5-6 tables. Itís intentionally low-key, with painted stuff all over the walls, but it works. Plus, you get to see the brew process through the door in the back of the room, and the brewers are always coming through and chatting.
Overall -- Go!
Very small place when I went but I heard theyíre expanding the footprint soon. Iíve been twice. the beers are simply awesome! Very well crafted. The staff is very chill, reasonable prices, tasters, some seating but not a lot. Nice patrons...very young crowd. Iíd go back every time Iím in portsmouth.
JK (363) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | June 29, 2014| Updated June 30, 2014
This place is awesome. Visited late Sunday evening after last call and the bartender still poured a few samples for me. Interesting selection including the gruits and a full flavored iipa. Very small and hard to find but chill vibe with friendly locals.
I love this place for a lot of reasons. It is cozy. They play great music. They make unique and interesting beers. You can pick up 32 and 64 oz. growlers and also buy a 6-glass sampler. The flight, I think they called it. Thatís what I did. Only about 12-14 seats but the rustic atmosphere adds to it. I did not sample the food but the menu looked pretty enticing. Beers change from week to week so get them while you can. The main drawback is that parking stinks unless you go on a Sunday like I did.
By this time they probably have installed "The Garage Door," it was all they could talk about it. Pre-door it was very cosy - so cosy that a couple of guys walked in, looked around, and walked out again. Their loss. The beers were very creative and tasty. Staff was friendly, talkative and informative. A very welcome change from the douchebag-filled states we had to pass through to get here from DC and NYC. Clientele included one brewery staff, a chef, and a foodie-author, always a good sign when the pros hang out here. Definitely a highlight of our weekend.
Tiny little tasting room on a side street in Portsmouth. As the previous reviewer stated, it is connected to A&G Homebrew Supply. You walk down an alley to get to the door. If this were a movie, youíd have to know the secret knock and say "Alex sent me". The guy serving was pleasent and the had six beers on tap. All quite unusual. The room was small and crowded. All the luck to this new nano brewery.