My brief visit to Portsmouth, NH led me to Portsmouth Brewery. This place is a bit on a commercial side yet, I was able to overcome my dislike of the crowd and the waiting list, and scored a cute little table on their outside patio. The patio had a great atmosphere, stuck between openings of brick walls, decorated with painted murals and teardrop shaped hanged lights. The menu itself not only offered a unique selection of in house brewed beers, but also introduced some excellent choice of dishes.
Ploughman’s plate was my choice of appetizer, which is a common dish in British pubs. Its core components are samples of artisanal cured meat (ham, salami), cheese, sweet baby pickles, pretzel bread, coarse mustard, and strawberry/rosemary jam, and is traditionally accompanied by beer.
My choice of beer was the Carlyle Cream Ale, a smooth, yet, crisp, light-bodied Ale that is fermented cool to produce all this texture. For nothing else, explore this brewery for their great option of beer, and definitely try their Barelywine (11%), a deep amber, full bodied beer, intensified with flavors of figs, dates, and malt that is rather smooth than hoppy.