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#66 Portsmouth Brewery (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)

Opened in 1991, the Portsmouth Brewery was New Hampshire’s first brewpub. Housed in a 19th-century brick building in Portsmouth’s historic downtown, the two-story establishment is the quintessential New England neighborhood bar. The beer is brewed in-house and there are whiskey-based cocktails, too, like the In Cider Job (Bulleit bourbon, sweet vermouth, cider, cherries and orange slice). The drink offerings include 12 draft beers upstairs, 16 downstairs, two cask-conditioned beers, 18 wines, 25 high-end bottled beers, and cider offerings curated by head brewer Matt Gallagher. You’ll also find 10 cocktails and a few mocktails. The bar’s décor includes eclectic art, rolled-steel tabletops, high ceilings, a cupola, a seasonal outdoor beer garden, and a view of the beer-making process. The downstairs Jimmy LaPanza Lounge is a more laid-back affair, with velvet nude paintings on the walls, low ceilings, a pool table, and a tabletop shuffleboard game. Try the Thaizenheimer, a wheat ale brewed with ginger, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass that pairs well with the spicy curried mussels cooked in a broth infused with curry spice, coconut milk, lemongrass, and a touch of spicy chile sauce. (Greg D./Yelp)


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