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Smuttynose Brewing, Hampton

(4.6/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Smuttynose Brewing Company is a brewery founded in 1994 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA. It is named after Smuttynose Island, one of the Isles of Shoals.Founded in 1994 by Peter Egelston as a joint partnership with Ipswich Brewery (now Mercury Brewing Company), Egelston quickly became the sole owner.In 2004, Smuttynose considered relocating to the historic mills in Newmarket, New Hampshire, but the deal fell through in late 2005. Subsequently, Smuttynose began working on plans to build a new brewery on a 10acre parcel along U.S. Route 1 in Portsmouth, but the project met community opposition and was abandoned. As of 2010, Smuttynose is in the process of building a new brewery and restaurant in the town of Hampton, New Hampshire.In 2008, the output of the brewery was 20,000 barrels per year. Gross sales for Smuttynose Brewing Company in 2009 were $5.7 million.The year-round beer lineup consists of Shoals Pale Ale, Smuttynose IPA (aka Finestkind IPA), Star Island Single, Old Brown Dog, and Smuttynose Robust Porter. Seasonal beers include Summer Weizen, Pumpkin Ale and Winter Ale. Hanami Ale, a seasonal Belgian-inspired cherry ale introduced in the spring of 2007, was discontinued in 2011. The Big Beer Series, released throughout the year in 22-oz bottles, includes Barleywine, Wheat Wine, Imperial Stout, Scotch Ale, S'muttonator Doublebock, Maibock, Baltic Porter, Gravitation Belgian-style Quad, Farmhouse Ale, Zinneke Belgian-style Stout and Homunculus. Rotational beers include international award winner, Big A IPA, Vunderbar Pils, and Noonan, a Black IPA named for craft brewing pioneer Greg Noonan. Short Batch beers are one-off releases that range from 20 to 50 barrels in volume and are intended for experimentation with new ingredients, styles and techniques. Editions of the Short Batch Series have included a brown porter made with black trumpet mushrooms, a strawberry Berliner Weisse, an organic Kolsch and a wet-hop ale.
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  • the tour was pretty minimal and unfortunately the bottling line wasn't running, but the guide was very knowledgeable. No charge for the tour - they ask for a small donation to a local non-profit inste...  more »
  • been a beer snob/aficionado for at least 40 years. prize winning homebrewer. Have tried to dislike Smuttynose for years for personal reasons. Overall I've been mixed about their beers. Some were fanta...  more »
  • My husband and I like to go on Brewery tours! Mostly for the free beer. No lie. The beer was delicious, the brewery was clean and the leader was VERY knowledgeable. The gift shop was also nice and had...  more »
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  • I knew I enjoyed the beer, but visiting the facility took it to a new level. I was able to try beers I hadn't had before. The Baltic Porter and Scotch Ale were amazing! They also have beautiful grounds, with Frisbee golf and other games on site and a beautiful restaurant. Most important for me, they have dedicated themselves to sustainable production, reusing heat, water and leftover grains. Amazing place, if you like beer, check it out!
  • We showed up on a Thursday evening and had dinner at Hayseed (which was fantastic) then ventured to the brewery. The tasting room was open and we spent nearly an hour talking to the employees and the owner. It was a pretty cool experience.
  • Great beer, great atmosphere, friendly and quick service. If you love craft beer you need to visit the brewery!
  • Love the new location of this brewery. New brewery is beautiful and situated on an old farm. Great gift shop and tasting room. Other perks include the Hayseed Restaurant located in a remodeled farmhouse, and a 9 hole disc golf course. Must visit.
  • Great place to go! The crew is awesome. Beer is great. Its a destination must see