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

The Portsmouth Brewery

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.

Redhook Brewery | Portsmouth, NH

The former Pease Air Force Base is now home to a magnitude of different businesses (quite the model for successfully redeveloping a military base), including the Red Hook Brewery.  I’ve heard that the original design of the Portsmouth, NH location used the same design as the existing location in Seattle, WA in order to save money on engineering/design costs, and so the building is built to sustain severe earthquakes.  Can anyone confirm or deny this fact?

This shot was taken of the brewery from a spot on the tour behind a glass panel.  I decided to help myself to a solo tour since I missed the official Catapult Seacoast event.  Perhaps a Smuttynose or Portmsouth Brewery tour is next?  I’m now accepting invitations!

Redhook Brewery | Portsmouth, NH

The former Pease Air Force Base is now home to a magnitude of different businesses (quite the model for successfully redeveloping a military base), including the Red Hook Brewery.  I’ve heard that the original design of the Portsmouth, NH location used the same design as the existing location in Seattle, WA in order to save money on engineering/design costs, and so the building is built to sustain severe earthquakes.  Can anyone confirm or deny this fact?

This shot was taken of the brewery from a spot on the tour behind a glass panel.  I decided to help myself to a solo tour since I missed the official Catapult Seacoast event.  Perhaps a Smuttynose or Portmsouth Brewery tour is next?  I’m now accepting invitations!

Ale House Inn | Bow Street

The lobby at the Ale House Inn is cozy and inviting.  Frank Jones Ales are seen on the wall to the right, a call back to an earlier era in Portsmouth brewing.  The antler chandelier is perfectly New Hampshire, and the couches and the brick walls are both modern and historic while being perfectly comfortable. The boutique hotel located on Bow Street has a distinctly nautical feel.

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Ale House Inn | Bow Street

The lobby at the Ale House Inn is cozy and inviting.  Frank Jones Ales are seen on the wall to the right, a call back to an earlier era in Portsmouth brewing.  The antler chandelier is perfectly New Hampshire, and the couches and the brick walls are both modern and historic while being perfectly comfortable. The boutique hotel located on Bow Street has a distinctly nautical feel.

Full size here:  FLICKR