A hospitality lifer, Brennen Rumble joined the Brewery staff as a bartender in 1991, shortly after we opened, and was the General Manager of the Portsmouth Brewery from 1999-2014. Now he’s taken on the role of Director of Hospitality, overseeing the Portsmouth Brewery, and the new Smuttynose Brewery campus and Hayseed restaurant in Hampton, NH.
Jon Hebert rose to the role of Executive Chef at Portsmouth Brewery in the summer of 2013 after eight years in other roles in our kitchen. His culinary career began at age 13 in his local pizzeria in Western Massachusetts, washing dishes and learning basic prep work. Further kitchen experience as an institutional short order cook led him to culinary school at Southern New Hampshire University where he earned two degrees. Jon’s diverse experience includes country clubs, competitive culinary teams and corporate catering for Yankee Candle Company. His long tenure in the brewpub make him a natural fit to run the show. Foodwise, Jon loves lighter Mediterranean flavors and the freshness and malleability of Asian cuisines. His wife Heather is a corporate travel agent, so they hit the road as much as they can. Outside of work, you can find Jon golfing, listening to Dave Matthews Band and fervently supporting all of Boston’s sports teams.
Marketing & Creative Director
Joanne’s connection to the Portsmouth Brewery goes back to early 1991, when she was the Creative Director of the small advertising firm hired to design the logo and initial advertising for the yet-to-be-opened Brewery. She joined the Brewery staff full-time in 1993 and has been the creative force behind the look and feel of both the Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttyose Brewing Company. She is co-owner of both companies with her longtime partner, Peter Egelston.
Founder & President
Peter grew up in southern California but did not remain there long. Dropping out after a year at UC Berkeley, he found his way to New York in 1978 where he earned a degree in Spanish Literature at NYU. Upon graduation, he quit his job as a hotel doorman and took a more “dignified” position – at one third the pay – teaching English as a Second Language. He later found a permanent position teaching in a large public high school in Brooklyn. In 1986, his sister Janet passed through town and talked him into joining her in Massachusetts where they and two other partners would open what is now the oldest brewpub in the northeast: the Northampton Brewery, where Peter served as head brewer until 1991.
That year, they opened the Portsmouth Brewery, the Granite State’s first brewpub. In 1993, he attended the auction of the bankrupt Frank Jones Brewing Company. Not intending to bid on anything that day, he ended up purchasing the brewery that was to become Smuttynose. Peter and his sister remained business partners until 2000. She is now sole owner of the Northampton Brewery, and he, with his partner Joanne, is proprietor of Smuttynose and the Portsmouth Brewery.
Today, Peter divides his time among the Portsmouth Brewery, Smuttynose Brewing and various civic and charitable activities. Like the elusive yeti, Peter is notoriously hard to track down. And like the yeti, some have come to wonder if he really exists.
Originally from County Clare in Ireland, Gary moved to the US in 2009 where he worked as a bartender. He there met his wife and after a brief year living in Austria together they returned to the US and got married. He became GM at Ri-Ra in 2014 and after two years decided it was time to experience more of the service industry in America finally moving away from Irish pubs! Gary spends his spare time taking care of his three dogs and fostering dogs for rescue shelters (when allowed!). He also has grown to love the Patriots (his wife would deport him otherwise) and has a keen love of all sports especially the REAL FOOTBALL!! His accent may be a lot lighter than it was in 2009 but he loves to talk about Ireland so feel free to ask him when you stop by. You might even know some of the same people. Trust him when he says it happens a lot!
In addition to working for Smuttynose Brewing Company, Chris designs The Portsmouth Brewery’s packaging, signage, merch and anything else that needs to look good.
Matt’s passion for brewing began at a very early age. His father Ron, took up homebrewing as a hobby and Matt fondly remembers waking up to the smell of malt and hops boiling in his kitchen on Saturday mornings. As soon as he was old enough, he starting brewing his own recipes and never stopped. After a discussion with former Head brewer Tyler Jones, his dream of brewing professionally was about to come true. Tyler brought him on as an assistant brewer. Working shoulder to shoulder with Tyler for nearly two years readied Matt for the head brewer position when Tyler decided to start his own brewery in Connecticut. When Matt’s not plotting his next beer recipe or bellied up to the bar chatting with our loyal customers, you can usually find him on his surfboard riding waves, hanging out with his dogs, fishing, or foraging for whatever wild mushrooms might be in season.
Jenni graduated from server to assistant manager back in 2015 and hasn’t had a chance to write a bio yet. She swears she will this year, but we’ll see. Be sure to ask her if she’s done it yet when you come to visit.
Donna is a 30-year veteran of the hospitality business, and has been a member of the Brewery staff since June 1, 1991, our first day in business. Most people know her as our daytime bartender, but she’s worn many other hats here as well. Donna was born and raised on the Seacoast and lives in Stratham with her longtime significant other. She’s the mother of two & grandmother of four, a Harley-Davidson & golf enthusiast, loves Red Sox and is one of the top individual fund-raisers for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund.
Stop in at lunchtime for a beer and bite to eat with Donna, or feel free to contact her with inquiries regarding functions and private parties at the Brewery.
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