Portsmouth Brewery

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56 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801


(603) 431-1115

First Visited

May 20, 2007


While most of Portsmouth’s breweries opened their doors in the past few years, Portsmouth Brewery has been around since 1991. The brewpub holds the title of New Hampshire’s first brewpub and craft brewery, making it a cornerstone of the city’s brewing culture.

Despite its longstanding history — and national reputation for producing Kate the Great, a now-defunct stout — the brewery is still a relatively small operation. All of its beer is sold on-site, and the brewery only uses a seven-barrel brewing system. That’s quite small by today’s standards, but the brewpub is a sister brand to Smuttynose Brewing Company, whose popularity and reach helps offset Portsmouth Brewery’s size.

The Portsmouth Brewery, New Hampshire’s original brewpub, brews around 1,200 barrels a year. This is about 37,000 gallons, or 300,000 pints’ worth. Placed side-by-side, that would form a line of beer glasses that would stretch from our front door all the way to Seabrook, over sixteen miles away!

The brew length (batch size) of our brewery is seven barrels, or 217 gallons – the equivalent of 14 kegs or about 1,700 pints of beer.

We bottle limited amounts of beer in 22-ounce “bomber“ bottles, half-gallon growlers and 32-ounce refillable “squealers.” These are available in our retail store and at the bar.

This is what we are all about: good fresh beer, made by hand using traditional methods and ingredients, and served up with a smile. We have good reason to smile, too. We serve over 250,000 pints of our beer each year.

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