If you’ve been in 100 brewpubs, then you’ve 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. It’s a solid enough place though I don’t 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. It’s 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 -- what’s not to like? If you’re looking for a fun and inexpensive night out, be sure to check out their basement lounge too.
Super busy spot in downtown Portsmouth. I can’t 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 can’t complain, but I can’t 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 I’m 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.
A rather large brewpub. The Lamb burger was really good. 8 of their own beers on tap/cask and 3 from smuttynose + a cider. Great food and decent beers. Will definitely visited again if ever in the area.
Ambiance: Family friendly with a bunch of locals non-beer geeks which was really nice after spending the week-end at Boston for EBF. Clean, not too lound and cosy.
Service: Super friendly service. Good knowledge about the beers they had on taps (even those that were from another brewery). Fairly quick service considering the place was almost full. Like Julien said, a small mistake with our flights but nothing major.
Selection: Decent selection, mostly of their beers and Smuttynose. Nothing was exceptionnal, but most of the beers were quite good. And there’s some new experimentation too, it’s not just beers that were good 10 years ago.
Food: Large portions. I had the fried chicken. Nothing too fancy, but good fresh meat and quality ingredients.
Value: Prices for the flights were insanely good ($6 for 6 flights) and the price for the food was good too considering the amount of food you get. I would have gladly took half the food for 2/3 for the price through... but hey in Rome do as the romans.
Overall: Nice place that definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.
Visited for lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Nice clean well lit interior, cozy, family friendly feel. Our waitress was very kind and knowledgeable about the beers, there was a small mixup in our flights but other than that everything was perfect, we even got seperate checks (!!!) The beers were decent without being phenomenal, the food was very tasty. Value was great on both food and beer (6$ for a 6 beer sampler flight, food for an army under 15$). Pretty easily accessible car, paid parking is around. I would definitely go back if ever in the Portsmouth area again.
Located downtown, there is a large $1 an hour parking garage just behind. Old building with some modern, and nautical, touches. Filled with locals around 1PM on a Thursday. Exceptional customer service from both ladies working the bar. 6 beer flights available for $6, a wide range of styles including some cask options. A guest cider and two from Smuttynose. The quality of the house beers was very good. I did not try the food. There is an attached retail shop with bombers to go, reasonably priced, and other swag. Person working there was very helpful also. I was ashamed to have never tried their beer but glad to have the opportunity to do so. Essential stop.
Truly one of the better brewpubs that I’ve been to. Parking and traffic can be a bit of a challenge but definitely worth it. Great atmosphere here and it really is about the beer but the food is good too. Try the pastrami on rye.
Visited June 2014 on my honeymoon. This is a big place. The seafood chowder was good, the nachos were disappointing, and the chili was ok. Reasonably large selection of taps but variois pale ales dominated the selection. Service was friendly. Cool ambiance in the main bar and the courtyard patio.