Joanne Francis
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.

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Peter Egelston
Founder & President

Like the elusive yeti, Peter is notoriously hard to track down. He 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 Brewing Company. 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 the Portsmouth Brewery, having left Smuttynose in 2018. Today, Peter divides his time between the Portsmouth Brewery and various civic and charitable activities.  And like the yeti, some have come to wonder if he really exists.

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Maxine Munsey
Head Brewer

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Craig Hannon
Operations Manager

Craig is our ops manager and he’s too busy to write a bio, but he’ll get to it – someday.

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We’re always looking for good people interested in joining our staff, so check out our open positions and/or fill out our online application.


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