Smuttynose Brewing Co.
The Granite State’s leading craft brewery, located in the historic seacoast city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Smuttynose was founded in 1994 by the folks who started the Northampton and Portsmouth Breweries. Our beers – Shoals Pale Ale, Old Brown Dog, Portsmouth Lager, IPA, Robust Porter, The Big Beer Series & seasonal specialties – are distributed throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic states.
Smuttynose Brewing got its start in December, 1993 with the purchase of the assets of the failed Frank Jones Brewing Company by a partnership formed between the Portsmouth Brewery and the Ipswich Brewing Company. Ipswich left the partnership in early 1994.
The company is named for Smuttynose Island, the third largest of the nine islands that form the Isles of Shoals, a small, rugged archipelago that lies seven miles off the craggy New Hampshire coast. The name Smuttynose appears on nautical charts from the seventeenth century, but its origins have been lost to time. Over the centuries the Isles of Shoals have been home to pirates and poets, ghosts and fishermen. In the 1870’s Smuttynose Island itself was the scene of a notorious double axe murder. Today, it is peaceful and desolate, a windswept haven for harbor seals and seagulls whose stillness belies its colorful and sometimes violent history.