This place is great! They always have something new & interesting on. They also serve some Smuttynose beers. The food is great and they have pairing suggestions on the menu, except it is very pricey. Get the sampler and try going to the downstairs bar, its much less crowded.
This place always seems very busy when I go. It was mid-afternoon on a weekday too. Sat at the bar for a couple pints and some lunch. Had the Dunkelweizen (superb) and the Hefeweizen. Taps usually shared with sister brewery Smuttynose (which isn’t a bad thing). Barmaids were very friendly and helpful. Food is good. They also have a small gift shop next door where they sell t-shirts, pint glasses and 22oz bombers of selected Portsmouth beers. I snagged two bottles of the Dunkelweizen.
theisti (884) Kansas | August 23, 2010| Updated September 8, 2014
Cool older building in the center of town. It was buzzing with locals and tourists on a late Tuesday lunch. Service was
prompt and friendly. Food menu was pretty standard brew pub, with a focus on mussels - which I had. The mussels were really fresh and well prepared - though really salty, I like that, but others may not. They had 7 of their own beers on, plus 3 Smuttynose beers. Nice place, though with the big souvenir shop it felt a little over the top touristy. I guess this is the heart of Portsmouth, so I can’t blame them. Overall, well worth the stop. I made the drive up from Boston
and it took about 75 minutes.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Goodgrief (28) Middletown, Delaware | July 19, 2010| Updated September 25, 2010
My home away from home when frequenting the area on business...been there a dozen plus times now. The place is busy every night and can be loud at times. Service is nothing to complain about. Plenty of semi-cute waitresses who are actually semi-knowledgable about the beer. The menu is really solid...again, been here a dozen or more times and I’ve ordered across the menu, everything is great. They have the best clam chowder I’ve had anywhere. The beer is very solid across the board and they usually have something creative on top of standard styles. I’ve had a wheat wine, a gose, an imperial porter...all well done. 10 taps and a cask. They sell 22’s to go at very reasonable prices, too. Now, if only I could catch a Kate the Great! This might be my favorite dinner place in the whole world.
Stopped in on a Sunday just as the doors were opening. Few others at the bar but a pretty relaxing afternoon watching the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. The bar was large and there was plenty of table seating. I think there was 7 Portsmouth beers on tap and a few Smuttynose offerings. The beers were all good and so was the food. Nice place to spend the afternoon.
chriso (715) London, England | July 14, 2010| Updated September 6, 2012
Visited in April 2010. A good place to while away a few hours in the centre of Portsmouth. Which is just as well because, although Portsmouth is a pleasant place to overnight and wander round, we found really very little else of note beer-wise in town (apart from the Blue Mermaid which is very much a restaurant rather than a place for a few beers). Very busy on a Friday evening - there was a line but we only had to wait about 5 minutes. Would have preferred to just settle in at the bar but it was too crowded for that so we were seated in more of a dining area to the left. It was some sort of gourmet food week in Portsmouth so they had a special menu, which was very good. Don’t know what the food is like at other times. Eight of their own beers plus a Smuttynose available - some solid offerings but nothing particularly exceptional. Sampler trays available. Service was efficient and friendly. There’s a shop in the front where you can buy some of the beers plus other merchandise. Well worth a stop.
We love to visit the Portsmouth Brewery, but often arrive to find a line. Luckily found no issues on a Sunday night and were quickly shown to a booth. Blonde wood throughout with chalk boards outlining the 10 (7 Portsmouth, 3 Smutty) beers on tap. Very friendly wait staff and a good selection of beers - I ordered the rack of 10 three oz tasters - all very good for their style. Food was very good, and prompt, although a little pricey. Overall an excellent little pub with plenty of selection for both beer and food. I will definitely be back.
My 100th place rating! I was saving it for something special and wasn’t disappointed with this one. I visited the brewery on Kate Day 2010 and the night before. Some friends and I got a hotel room in Portsmouth the night before and went to the brewery for dinner and to try their non-Kate beers. The brewery is sandwiched between a block of buildings in downtown Portsmouth and has a small gift shop one storefront over. Wood-paneled interior, with 3 dining levels creatively built around the brewing areas. I got a tasting rack of 10 samples, which covered all available taps for only $7.75. Everyone else had pints for $5.25 or less. The food is pretty good brewpub fare, with tasty burgers and sandwiches, good fries, decent appetizers, and some intriguing entrees. The salads looked a little smallish. Our waitress that night seemed a bit patronizing and ditzy, but the staff was 100% amazing the next day on their busiest day of the year. Good spirits everywhere; they rolled out the red carpet for their guests. Tulips of Kate were only $5.25, and bottles were just $10! The food was good the second time around, just don’t get the nachos. The chowder was a little thin but had a great flavor. Sandwiches seem to be the way to go here. I can’t say enough about how the owner, chef, brew master, and staff handled this big day and I strongly advise everyone to get up there at some point and drop in this wonderful establishment.
Great ambiance, good food, great beer. usually 6-8 beers on tap, a few more in bottles, and the food really is solid- plenty of locals go for the food, even if they don’t know the beer. Go there, particularly if it happens to be Kate the Great day.
Located in the heart of the busy/touristy part of Portsmouth. A pleasant atmosphere. Big windows, well lit, lots of wood and bricks, nice large bar. The section around the bar has a pub atmosphere and the sections farther from the bar have a restaurant atmosphere. So this place it appropriate for a family meal or for a night of drinking. Medium size, sits a little over 100 with an additional 20 on the small patio. Nice little gift shop connected to the pub. When I was there the crowd was just about anybody, families, elderly people, hometown bums, 21 year old kids. The had seven home brews on tap and 4 or 5 guess beers. Portsmouth beer quality usually ranges for decent to very good, no turkeys here. A full meal ranges from $8 to $25 and you get what you pay for. The burger is a burger and the more elaborate plate is a nice more elaborate plate. This place is worth a detour. If you are in transit between Boston/NYC and Portland you owe it to yourself to stop at Portsmouth Brewery.