The Brew House

Q:How much beer do we brew in a batch at the Portsmouth Brewery?

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The brew length (batch size) of our brewery is seven barrels, or 217 gallons – the equivalent of 14 kegs or about 1,700 pints of beer.

Q:How much do we make in a year?

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We brew around 1,200 barrels a year. This is about 37,000 gallons, or 300,000 pints’ worth. Placed side-by-side, that would form a line of beer glasses that would stretch from our front door all the way to Seabrook, over sixteen miles away!

Q:How often do we brew?

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Typically, between 3 and 4 times a week, depending on the season. The rest of the time, we’re cleaning, doing transfers or filling bottles.

Q:Do you bottle your beer?

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Yes. We bottle limited amounts of beer in 16.9oz bottles, half-gallon growlers and 32-ounce refillable “squealers.” These are available in our retail store and at the bar.

Q:Do you put any rice, corn or other additives in your beers?

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No. Our beers are made from water, malted barley, hops and yeast. The only exceptions are the wheat beers, which use malted wheat and barley, and certain seasonal beers, which use fruits, spices or other ingredients.

This is what we are all about: good fresh beer, made by hand using traditional methods and ingredients, and served up with a smile. We have good reason to smile, too: over 300,000 of them each year.

The Big Ass Table

The Big Ass Table is a great spot for parties of ten to twenty. The Seacoast’s largest party table is perfect for birthday celebrations, going away parties, reunions or a night out with friends. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers regarding this table.

Q:When is the Big Ass Table available?

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The table is available for large groups any day we’re open for business.

Q:Is there a reservation fee?

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Definitely not! All we ask for is your name and phone number.

Q:What is the cancellation policy?

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There really isn’t one. We just respectfully ask for as much notice as possible if your plans change so that we can make the table available to other customers.

Q:What happens if our party grows to more than 20?

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There’s no getting around the fact that no more than twenty chairs can fit at the Big Ass Table. Allowing standing guests in that area is not good for customers or servers since the table itself takes up most of the room. We’ll do our best to seat additional guests somewhere else in the restaurant, hopefully within sight of the rest of your group, but, because we seat our dining areas on a first-come-first-served basis, that may not be possible. Groups of 20 or more are best accommodated downstairs in our Jimmy LaPanza Lounge.

Q:Is any gratuity added to checks for Big Table parties?

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Yes, we allow our servers to add an 20% gratuity. You are welcome to reward your server with a larger tip if you especially enjoyed the hospitality they provided you and your guests.

Q:May we pay with separate checks?

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Of course.

Q:If we are having a celebration, may we decorate the Big Ass Table?

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Sure. Many parties bring in centerpieces, balloons for chairs, streamers and more. If you are celebrating the final days of bachelor- or bachelorette-hood, we kindly ask that any party favors be tasteful because the room is open to the rest of the restaurant, where people of all ages are present.

Q:Is there any time limit to a Big Ass Table reservation?

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No. We typically space reservations three hours apart, but when we take a reservation we ask what the occasion is so that if there would be a reason to allow for more time for your group, we will make the table available for as long as you like.

Q:Is the Table handicapped accessible?

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Yes, there is an entrance to the Brewery just down the hall, on the same level, a short distance away from the municipal parking garage. Our handicapped accessible bathrooms are very close by as well.

Q:How do I reserve the Big Ass Table?

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To reserve the Big Ass Table (for groups up to 20) Call 603.431.1115.

The Jimmy LaPanza Lounge (Downstairs)

Our downstairs Jimmy LaPanza Lounge is best suited for informal, cocktail-style parties of 20 to 65 people. This eclectic space features a bar, high-top tables and lounge seating, as well as shuffleboard and wide-screen TV. Unfortunately, we cannot convert the room for sit-down dining. Access is by stairs, and therefore is not considered handicapped accessible.

Q:Can there be minors in my party?

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Of course, but they just can’t drink alcohol. Minors are expected to leave once the party has ended and the Lounge returns to its normal “21 and over” policy.

Q:How much does it cost to book the Jimmy LaPanza Lounge?

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Reserving the LaPanza Lounge requires a $250 deposit, which is non-refundable unless we receive notice of your need to cancel at least one week prior to the reservation date. We accept payment by cash, credit card, or company check.

Q:If we pay more, can we reserve the room for longer?

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We get asked this frequently, but the answer is always a polite “no.” While we enjoy hosting private functions, our business depends on making our facility available to our walk-in guests, beginning no later than 8pm.

Q:Can we smoke downstairs?

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No. We’ve been a non-smoking establishment since 2003.

Q:How does paying the bar tab work?

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There are several ways to do it:

  1. Cash Bar – everyone pays their own way.
  2. You pay for all non-alcoholic beverages.
  3. You pay up to a certain dollar amount.
  4. You pay for everybody’s first one or two drinks using tickets or tokens.
  5. You pay for everything

If we thought about it, we could come up with a few more options, but this just gives you a general idea of how many ways the bar tab can be handled. It typically comes down to your budget as well as the type or theme of the event.

Q:Is there an extra charge for the bartenders?

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No, we cover the cost of the staffing your party.

Q:Is the tip included in the pricing for the food?

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No, the price of food does not include a gratuity. The 9% NH Rooms and Meals tax will be added to the food tab. An 20% gratuity will be added to the food and beverage tab(s), if applicable, before the check is presented to you.

Q:What kind of food can we order?

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Food for LaPanza Lounge parties is always served buffet style. Our buffet menu includes options from finger foods to full entrees. In order to ensure a good balance of food and alcohol consumption and to provide for your guests’ varying food preferences, a $10pp minimum food order is required. Click here for the full menu options.

Q:Can any changes be made to the menu options?

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We have designed our function menus to suit a variety of tastes. However, occasionally, some function hosts receive special word as the reservation day draws near that some guests have specific dietary needs or preferences (food allergies, favorite dishes, etc.). We will do our best to provide you with ideas for substitutions or special accommodations up to the last minute. Please don’t hesitate to ask!

Q:What if I need to make last minute changes in the head count?

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When making your reservation, we will try to estimate the size of your group. Since the Jimmy LaPanza Lounge is spacious, a difference of a handful or so guests in the turnout is generally easy to accommodate.

Q:Are decorations allowed in the Jimmy LaPanza Lounge?

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We are flexible in this department. Since the Lounge will not open for regular business until after your party, you may decorate any time during the day of your function. The Day Manager arrives at 8am so anytime after then is fine. We only ask that decorations do not damage walls or fixtures and are removed at the end of the event.

Q:May we bring in our own cake?

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Definitely. We will keep your cake safe and sound until you are ready for it to be served and will provide plates and forks. We do not charge for serving your cake.

Q:May we bring in our own food?

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As a rule, we ask that you purchase all food from our menus, with the exception of children 12 or under, because sometimes the kids just won’t eat anything but home cooking!

Q:How do I book the Lapanza Lounge?

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To book the Lapanza Lounge call 603.431.1115. Ask for Donna Marcotte, our function coordinator, or email her directly by clicking here.