Closed for the Season

The first decent snow in the seacoast finally arrived on Monday night.  Here is a glimpse of The Old Ferry Landing closed for the season, yet festively decorated, and freshly adorned with some light snow.

Inside the Red Door

Literally…this shot was inside The Red Door on State Street.  A tucked away spot in Portsmouth that you should try and check out for yourself sometime….I’ve previously featured the venue’s interior as well as its notorious door for which it’s named.  Here’s a bit of a different shot from the recent bridge and cityscapes…will return back to those on Sunday and next week!  I’ve also made an investment in a new toy, a Carl Zeiss 21mm….so far the clarity and the colors look to be promising and inspiring, eager to put it through its paces.

Poco's | Now & Then

The season for The Decks is drawing to a close.  The Old Ferry Landing has closed for the year…I haven’t seen many folks down at the River House lately, I’ve seen a few folks at Poco’s in their new covered deck and a few die hards at Harpoon Willy’s still venture out (and rumor has it they’re hoping to stay open through Halloween).

I wanted to take a minute to reflect at the past spring/summer/fall season that saw a lot of changes to the Decks.  The new pavers were put in throughout the alleyway, and looked pristine for a while (now you wouldn’t guess they’re only a year old with all of the grease and traffic they’ve seen), The River House constructed a second story deck and saw another successful year…and probably the most noteworthy change was the shift of Poco’s deck from on the water to against the building.  I’ll always miss the old configuration, but there’s something to be said for eating/drinking in a warmer spot against the building.  It’s opened the area up significantly….check out the shots below, which was taken last September just before the old structure came down. Quite an evolution for this little part of town.

Brazo Restaurant

It’s no secret that I work very close to the intersection at State and Pleasant Street.  I don’t spend too much time wandering this area during the warmer months, as I tend to roam a bit further and head towards the waterfront….but these days when light retreats quickly and the temperatures are a bit cooler, I tend to walk a little closer to the car and drive further out.  I decided to see what the new lens would do on a nearby favorite restaurant of mine, Brazo.  As far as photography goes, I love the evening light on the building and the interesting archways along with the colorful signage.  The contrast of the bright blue Marple & James building next door and the brick mansion behind it adds to the depth and character of the shot.

I’ve had several great meals at Brazo – and while I definitely can’t afford to include it as a regular spot, I always look forward to returning.  Rumor has it that the band that plays on Latin night (on the 1st & 3rd Friday of each month) is fantastic and worth making the trip.  I’ll have to investigate at some point -but in the meantime I hope you enjoy today’s post.

The Portsmouth Brewery

We are lucky in Portsmouth to have some fantastic locally made craft beers.  New Hampshire’s original and thus the city’s longest standing brewpub, The Portsmouth Brewery, is located right on Market Street with one of the most recognizable facades in town.  What I typically pay less attention to is the interior of this fine establishment, which is world renowned for its award winning Kate The Great (which will be released to the public in 2011 on March 7th).  Last time I was in – this cool older sign caught my eye in the afternoon light….and I loved the textures of the sign and the detail of the plant, contrasted against the softer brick buildings across the street.

At the Portsmouth Brewery (Behind the Scenes)

Today’s adventures brought me behind the scenes at the Portsmouth Brewery.  Many thanks to longtime friend Tyler Jones, who is the Assistant Brewer and to Tod Mott (Head Brewer) for hosting me for a quick visit this afternoon during lunch.  These two fellas are some of the finest gentlemen you’ll find in the seacoast.

It was awesome to get a close up of the innerworkings of the brewing process, particularly since they were in the process of using some wet hops to (60 lbs. to be exact!) brew a batch of Hop Harvest.  It smelled incredibly robust, and I can’t wait to have a taste of the product in a couple weeks.  If you’ve ever been to the brewery, you’ve seen where the magic happens in the back – with the large vats behind the glass windows.  It’s a cozy space, so I don’t have too many shots at this point – but here’s a glimpse of what I saw.  These folks are the very same who bring you the world famous Kate The Great – the award winning beer (named Best Beer in America by Beer Advocate) that has people traveling from all over the country to have a taste.

The first shot is the traditional brewing room – with the second shot featuring the cold storage room with lots of goodies and richly colored wires.  The final shot was just a cool shot with some interesting textures and gloves….I enjoyed the peek behind the scenes and hope you do too!

Downstairs at the Portsmouth Brewery

Moffatt-Ladd Gardens | The Oar House

The little garden perched above The Oar House Deck and in front of the Moffatt-Ladd House is easy to miss.  It’s this little oasis with fountains and rich colored flowers tucked right on the side of Market Street.  (It’s also often overpoweringly stinky thanks to the dumpsters at the Ceres St. level).  It’s well worth a stroll down if you’re heading towards Annabelle’s for some ice cream or towards the Decks or out for a Harbor Cruise.