Monday, October 9, 2017

Portsmouth Brewery

We spent our first full day of vacation at Canobie Lake Park dining on park cuisine: fried dough & pizza. After we got back to Portsmouth, we were hungry and wanted "real" food so we walked over to Portsmouth Brewery for dinner. The front entrance is not wheelchair accessible, but I think they said they have a ramp they'll put out. You can also enter through their shop and into a lower dining area, which is what we did.
I don't drink beer so I had a tasty fresh brewed iced tea. SP had a Selkie beer, which is a Scottish red ale brewed with kelp. I don't like beer to begin with, but add in kelp? Ick. SP thought it was really good. According to their website, Selkie showcases a salty, briny, slightly vegetal flavor with a sweet malt body. Portsmouth Brewery harvests their kelp locally & sustainably with help from UNH’s Aquaculture program. You can read more on the brewery's website.
To start, we shared Crispy Fried Calamari (beer-battered, panko-encrusted calamari fried and served with fresh lemon and your choice of basil-pesto mayonnaise or spicy remoulade). They served it with both dipping sauces. These were yummy and we liked both sauces. A nice change from the usual marinara.
For his meal SP chose Our Famous Mussels (order as a meal for yourself or to share with friends as an appetizer, a heaping bowl of fresh whole mussels steamed in Blonde Ale broth with your choice of seasoning and served with toasted baguette for dipping. Alehouse Style with roma tomatoes, garlic, oregano and butter or Spicy Curry Style with curry, coconut milk, lemongrass and a touch of spicy chili sauce). He chose Alehouse Style and said they were delicious.
In addition, he ordered Ensalada (mixed greens, arugula, red quinoa and black beans, roma tomatoes, cilantro, pickled house jalapenos, grilled red onion, jack cheese, tossed in an avocado lime dressing and topped with crispy corn tortillas). I had a few bites and of course stole most of the crunchy tortilla bits.
For my meal, I ordered Pork Milanese Sandwich (crispy fried pork cutlet on toasted ciabatta bread with a lemon caper mayo, shaved fennel, pecorino romano cheese, fresh greens and roasted balsamic tomatoes). I got the tomatoes on the side because of garlic and gave them to SP. This was a really good sandwich. I ate half for dinner and took the rest back to the hotel. About an hour after we got back, I finished the sandwich.
For my side I chose Macaroni Salad. It was tasty, but tasted onion-y to me, so I ate just a couple forkfuls since too much raw onion gives me awful, awful, awful, unable to sleep heartburn.

We had really wanted to try one or two of the desserts because they sounded good, but we were too full. This was a really nice Sunday evening meal, great service, tasty food, casual atmosphere - we'd go back and next time we'd make sure to save room for a dessert.

Portsmouth Brewery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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