Guests of our downtown Portsmouth boutique hotel, Ale House Inn, love visiting area breweries in Portsmouth. Seacoast New Hampshire has a lively beer scene, and there are several craft breweries in Portsmouth to visit. Check out these two breweries in Portsmouth and one worth a trip over the river in Kittery, Maine.
You'll need to have an eagle eye to spot this microbrewery down an alley off of High Street. But once you've found it, you'll get to enjoy tastes of its unique beers, many made with botanicals like burdock root and milkweed instead of hops. But there's plenty of recognizable brews like pale ales and Belgian-style table beer on tap too. If you get hungry during your visit, order off the pub menu, full of unique items like alligator jambalaya and pickled eggs.
This brewery just opened its tasting room in Portsmouth, although the couple has been producing their beer at other breweries since 2012. Great Rhythm focuses on hoppy pale ales and IPAs, like Squeeze, a tropical citrus IPA, and West End, a light summer session ale. Taste them all with a flight of 4 oz. pours and then pick up some cans, available only at the brewery, of your favorite.
Beer fans will recognize the name of Tributary's head brewer Tod Mott as the man responsible for Portsmouth Brewery's Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout, which has a huge following. Mott opened his own brewery, after years of running Portsmouth Brewery and Harpoon, in 2014. You'll find a wide variety of beers on tap, reflecting Mott's skill with the brew kettle—everything from saisons to schwarzbier. Enjoy an afternoon in the tasting room, where you can bring in your own food and frequently will find live music.