Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Brewing Company is a brewery founded in 1994 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.[1] It is named after Smuttynose Island, one of the Isles of Shoals.

Founded in 1994 by Peter Egelston as a joint partnership with Ipswich Brewery (now Mercury Brewing Company), Egelston quickly became the sole owner.

In 2004, Smuttynose considered relocating to the historic mills in Newmarket, New Hampshire, but the deal fell through in late 2005. Subsequently, Smuttynose began working on plans to build a new brewery on a 10-acre (40,000 m2) parcel along U.S. Route 1 in Portsmouth, but the project met community opposition and was abandoned.[2] As of 2010, Smuttynose is in the process of building a new brewery and restaurant in the town of Hampton, New Hampshire.[3]

In 2008, the output of the brewery was 20,000 barrels per year.[4] Gross sales for Smuttynose Brewing Company in 2009 were $5.7 million.[1]

The year-round beer lineup consists of Shoals Pale Ale, Smuttynose IPA (aka Finestkind IPA), Star Island Single, Old Brown Dog, and Smuttynose Robust Porter. Seasonals include Summer Weizen, Pumpkin Ale and Winter Ale. Hanami Ale, a seasonal Belgian-inspired cherry ale introduced in the spring of 2007, was discontinued in 2011.[5] The Big Beer Series, released throughout the year in 22-oz bottles, includes Barleywine, Wheat Wine, Imperial Stout, Scotch Ale, S'muttonator Doublebock, Maibock, Baltic Porter, Gravitation Belgian-style Quad, Farmhouse Ale, Zinneke Belgian-style Stout and Homunculus. Rotational beers include international award winner, Big A IPA, Vunderbar Pils, and Noonan, a Black IPA named for craft brewing pioneer Greg Noonan. Short Batch beers are one-off releases that range from 20 to 50 barrels in volume and are intended for experimentation with new ingredients, styles and techniques. Editions of the Short Batch Series have included a brown porter made with black trumpet mushrooms, a strawberry Berliner Weisse, an organic Kolsch and a wet-hop ale.

Smuttynose beer is distributed through a network of 45 wholesalers in 19 states (from Maine to Florida, as well as Ohio, Wisconsin and Illinois).

Core beers[edit]

Beer title Style Description ABV
Shoals Pale Ale America Pale Ale Based on an English pale ale, this brew is copper-colored, medium-bodied and highly hopped. 5.5%
Old Brown Dog Ale American Brown Ale Old Brown Dog has been cited as a classic example of the “American Brown Ale” style of beer. Compared to a typical English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly hopped. 6.7%
Finestkind IPA American IPA A light-bodied, unfiltered IPA with a high concentration of hops. 6.9%
Star Island Single Belgian Pale Ale A highly sessionable, abbey-style ale offering a mix of flavor and refreshment. 5.8%
Robust Porter American Porter This hearty, mahogany colored ale is brewed with a balanced of malt and hops, plus subtle notes of coffee and chocolate. 5.7%

Seasonal beers[edit]

Beer title Style Description ABV
Summer Weizen American Pale Wheat Ale Summer seasonal. Brewed with a combination of domestic and continental wheat and barley malts, lightly hopped & fermented with a Belgian wit yeast. 5.5%
Pumpkin Ale Pumpkin Ale Fall seasonal. Brewed with pumpkin added to the mash as well as traditional spices giving a pumpkin flavor to the beer. 6.3%
Winter Ale Dubbel Winter seasonal. Full-bodied, amber beer brewed with a special Trappist ale yeast. Stylistically reminiscent of a Belgian Abbey Double, it features fruity aromas and flavor, balanced by soft Crystal hops. 4.8%


  1. ^ a b Altschiller, Howard. Smuttynose owner sees growth, expansion. Seacoast Online. February 8, 2010. Retrieved 2011-3-11.
  2. ^ Hieronymous, Stan. Smuttynose expansion plans scuttled. May 25, 2007. Retrieved 2011-3-11.
  3. ^ Cronin, Patrick. Smuttynose scales down Hampton restaurant plan. Seacoast Online. August 07 2010. Retrieved 2011-3-11.
  4. ^ A History of Beer, as We See It. Retrieved 2011-3-11.
  5. ^ A few of you may be missing something.... Smuttynose Brewers Notes. Retrieved 2011-6-6.

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Coordinates: 43°1′57.1″N 70°47′41.3″W / 43.032528°N 70.794806°W / 43.032528; -70.794806