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.
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!