The tap list is pretty much just everything they can easily lay their hands on from the distributors. Not a lot of effort put towards getting kegs from the little guys in NH. The food is good, nothing stand-out. The service was the problem, each time I went. The place really is run more like a regular bar than a beer bar - to most of the staff it seemed like it was all just beer. Just a broad umbrella. If you’re going to cash in on the craft beer craze, please at least make an effort to get people who know what they are serving (and hopefully love drinking it, themselves) and how to serve it. And for goodness-sake, stop serving me the wrong beers! If a beer is out, just say so. Don’t substitute with something that you think will fool me. That’s certainly what it felt like.
Step up your game, guys. Train your staff. Manage your kegs better. Right now there’s a distinct lack of dedication and true love for craft beer in the place. It’s just another restaurant, albeit with a tap list that sends most beer neophytes into a coma.
Thirsty Moose - Portsmouth virtually represents every county in New Hampshire, sparing little unused ambition. Delectable burgers, groovy 80s tunes, and of course their famously splendid beer selection. It goes without saying that a lot of it comes from the granite state itself. It’s picked and put on the list. Always features appreciable NH entries. Parking n this side of town is a scary nightmare - it’d be best to simply leave your car at the Hanover Garage and walk to Congress. Finding a bar stool wherein yelling over the nearby sports events on TV is a difficult, irritating challenge. But it can be done if you arrive early enough.
Visited on a busy Monday night. The place was pretty busy. They had Bar seating available. Huge draft list with a big emphasis on New Hampshire beers. You can do flights of whatever you like. I hit on a good night and it was only $5 for a flight of six. The vibe is mostly sports bar. All things considered, this place is alright and is a good place to tick beers and watch some sports. If you aren’t into that, this probably isn’t a place for you.
A huge place. Tons of televisions, tons of taps, kind of a Buffalo Wild Wings vibe to it...
Unfortunately during our visit, they had a ton of Ballast Point beers on tap, which isn’t really what I was looking for coming from California. Oh well. Still a decent number of local offerings to try.
The good thing about this place is that they have an overwhelming number of beers, so you can probably find something you want to try or drink or at least haven’t had. The downside is, the stuff I tried wasn’t terribly good.
Despite being busy, the service was just okay. But I chalk some of that up to them training a new bartender and that being the group that was serving us.
Probably a good place to watch an inappropriate amount of football and drink a ton of beer on a weekend afternoon.
My wife and I stopped in here after a walk around town after lunch as we were passing thru. We had prompt friendly service from a knowledgeable young lady. Their Beer book must have been over 8 pages long. Great selection. I got mostly local beers that I have not seen before. Very enjoyable nice place.
I defintey agree with those that say this place has a sports bar vibe what with all the massive flat screened tv’s all tuned to games. Still with over 100 taps of solid local and national craft, there’s a lot to choose from. I thought the bar staff was pleasant enough to converse with and the prices were reasonable for the area. The big draw is that it’s one of the few places that stays open late every night. I’d probably go back if I was in the area.
PROS: Huge selection (110+ taps), including some great craft beers tucked away behind a lot of regular distribution stuff (in the last few months I’ve had Bourbon County Barleywine and Allagash Jim Bean on draft); surprisingly good pub grub (seriously -- check out the wings and the burgers).
CONS: First and foremost, it’s a hyped-up sports bar -- dozens of TVs everywhere, no windows, and an industrial warehouse vibe. The crowd can be pretty rowdy, too. The service has gotten a lot better over the last couple of years, though.
I stopped in here with the wife after a comedy show around the corner. It was 10 ish on a Friday night so the place was kind of packed and we were starving. They seated us pretty quickly near the bar. Lots of taps but the beer geek in me struggled to find something new or exotic. Founders Breakfast Stout and Great North IPA did satisfy my thirst. The service was pretty good, and my burger was tasty. Pricing about what I expect from a craft beer bar. I didn’t really dig the loud frat party vibe I got from this place. I’d go back if they had something I wanted on tap, but maybe in the afternoon. Maybe I’m just getting old.
Stopped here outta the blue because of the 160 taps. Got some interesting beers. Nothing really rare or difficult to get but some nice beers. More of a college bar type atmosphere. A big plus was the 90s rap mix all night. Not bad.