Smuttynose Brewing Company


Welcome to the Granite State’s leading craft brewery, located in the historic seaport city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Smuttynose was founded in 1994 by the folks who started the Northampton and Portsmouth Breweries. Our beers are distributed from Maine to Florida and as far west as Wisconsin.

We offer tours of our facility Fridays at 5:30 pm and Saturdays at noon and 2:00 pm. Click here for more information and directions to help you find us.

Thanks for your support, 
The Smuttynose Crew

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Through distribution in 19 states and a portfolio full of year-round classics, adored seasonals and highly sought after limited edition bottles, Smutty is one of the most respected east coast breweries offering something for everyone.”     Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“Smuttynose has a well-earned reputation as one of America’s best all around breweries.”      All About Beer Magazine 


Construction is moving forward nicely on our new brewery at Towle Farm in Hampton, as the images to the left attest. The structural steel is all in place; the roof decks have been laid; the wall panels are being installed and the floor slabs are being poured.

Work on the farmhouse restaurant will begin soon.

So we're still on track for a late fall opening.

At Smuttynose we ship a lot of different beers throughout the year. (Sometimes even we have a hard time keeping them straight.) Click here for a schedule of upcoming releases, including seasonals, the Big Beer Series, Short Batches and Periodic releases.


Why's there sediment in my IPA?

We occasionally get inquiries about the “lees” (sediment) that sometimes appears in our IPA bottles.  “What is it and why is it there?” people want to know.  It is a combination of malt proteins, hop tannins & yeast, which occur naturally in a dry-hopped, unfiltered beer such as Smuttynose IPA. 

Because most mass-produced beers are subjected to intense filtration - mostly for aesthetic reasons - many people have grown accustomed to crystal-clear beers.  We, too, could make a beer that is pretty and bright by processing it that way, but that would sacrifice flavor, which we are not willing to do.  We like the way our IPA tastes, so we've chosen to live with our “ugly” beer, even though this may not please everyone.  So here's to lees, a healthy & natural feature of our homely IPA!  Cheers!

October, 2011 - Our Wheat Wine Ale was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.

Smuttynose Robust Porter was recently recognized with a Good Food Award in San Francisco.

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The Portsmouth Brewery, New Hampshire's original brewpub, serving all types in downtown Portsmouth, since 1991.

(Site last updated 8/01/13)

Smuttynose Brewing Co. • 225 Heritage Ave • Portsmouth NH 03801