Hello Friends of the Portsmouth Brewery!

We’re turning 20 on June 1 and we hope you’ll celebrate this milestone with us by joining us at one (or more) of these special celebrations.

We wanted to to take a break from running our finely tuned machine to offer some unique events that we may never do again. If you’re disappointed that we’re temporarily interrupting our regular service, we’re sorry about that, but not too sorry; we only turn 20 once!

We’ve tried to offer something for everyone and we hope you’ll get out your party clothes (to cover your birthday suits) and help us celebrate.

Thank you all very much for your support and patronage for the last twenty years. We couldn’t feel more fortunate to have such great support.

Event #1:
Wednesday, June 1: The Birthday Party

This is our actual birthday and we’ll be debuting our brand new summer look! We’ve got new beer glasses, special anniversary coasters, new staff shirts and a variety of other 20th Anniversary goodies. This celebration kicks off our summer season with an extra splash of celebration.

We’ll also release our big and bold 20th Anniversary Beer, a hoppy Old Ale which was brewed with 20 malts and 20 hop additions made by 20 brewers.  You can see videos of the brew on Portsmouth Brewery TV.   We’ll offer a special dessert- birthday cake and ice cream- in a nod to our ceremonial candle-blowing ceremony around 5:30, which will include a commemorative toast.

Event #2
Saturday, June 4: Studio 56

Excluding the legendary downtown dulcimer guy, we haven’t hosted live music in years. On Saturday June 4, We’re closing up regular service early (last seating-5:30, last call-6:30 and closing-7) so we can turn the Portsmouth Brewery into downtown’s hottest music venue, Studio 56.

MC’s BCap and Face of Fate will be throwing down their hypest set in the Seacoast yet! Backed by DJ Ryan Obermiller, their always improvised hip-hop a la mode of freestyle and soul, allows the trio, affectionately known as TheDodgerz or ThePressMCs, to ebb and flow seamlessly with their audiences. These MCs have collaborated and shared stages with such artists as Nas, The Roots, Myka9, Boyz II Men, Slick Rick and more. Ryan Obermiller is a staple in the electronic music scene both as a DJ and show promoter, bringing top rated international DJs to Portsmouth for nearly a decade now.

This is a 21+ show and ID must be shown at the door. Admission is FREE and it will be broadcast live on WXGR. Doors open at 9 with the show starting at 10. We strongly encourage you to bring cash for the bar; all that dancing is bound to make you thirsty!

Event #3:
Sunday June 5: The Family Style Cookout

We tried to talk Peter and Joanne into having all of you over for a cook out, but they kept saying “no,” so we’re going with our back-up plan- grilling out on the patio!

Our kitchen staff will be tending the fires and stoking the coals while live music sends you into backyard relaxation mode. Seat yourselves at long banquet style tables and enjoy pints of our anniversary beer alongside your grilled treats. Please bring the whole family!

Doors will open at 10:30am and a $10 entrance fee at the door will give you tickets redeemable for a plate of food and a pint of beer. Additional beer and food tickets are available for $5 each. The menu will be reminiscent of a cook-out and this is yet another event that is cash friendly.

So once again, we thank you very much for all of your support!  We hope to continue to serve you all for (at least) another 20 years.


The Staff of the Portsmouth Brewery