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.
Each of Portsmouth’s restaurants has its own distinct character. The Portsmouth Brewery is certainly no exception, and is one of the older dining establishments in town. This fixture of the seacoast brews its own beer on site and features Smuttynose beer as well (its sister brewery)..and has their own coasters. One of my favorite things to do is to improvise when I’m out shooting – so a natural fit would be to use a pint glass as a tripod when I don’t have the luxury of a tripod with me. Always makes for an interesting angle.
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.
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.
A view down Market Street on a Friday evening. In the distance you can see the cranes of the freighter docked in town hovering over the colored facades of the Market Street rowhouses. In the foreground you can see Kennedy Studios custom framing & gallery at the corner of Commercial Alley – and the Portsmouth Brewery can be seen across the street. A quiet scene before downtown was greeted by its many guests on Friday night. Below is a view in the opposite direction on a spring afternoon with a very cool sky.