In keeping with the recent theme of Portsmouth restaurants, today the Portsmouth Brewery is featured, with its little known outdoor dining area. I simply love this outdoor space – it’s cozy, vibrant with color, and close to all of the delicious beers brewed right inside. The movement of all the people in contrast to the “SLOW” sign on the back wall gave me a bit of a laugh in looking at the shot – a reminder to sit back and relax now that the warm weather is here and we have the opportunity to enjoy these little outdoor enclaves.
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!
One of my favorite hanging signs in Portsmouth is the legendary beer stein that welcomes passers-by to the Portsmouth Brewery on Market Street, one of the city’s staple restaurants for nearly a couple decades. The beautiful colors surrounding the windows and reflected in them have always drawn me in.