This past Saturday Melissa and I spent the day in Portsmouth, NH. Our day started off with breakfast at The Friendly Toast. I had this crazy breakfast concoction – cayenne toast, topped with vegetarian sausage, mashed sweet potato, scrambled tofu, and sour cream. It was spicy and delicious. Melissa enjoyed a vegan breakfast burrito. We left fat and happy.
Next up, we window-shopped. The weather was unseasonably warm for January (40+ degrees), which was pleasant. We finished up shopping around 2:00pm so we could meet up with Norm at the Portsmouth Brewery.
This was my first time to the brewery and I wasn’t let down. As we sat with Norm and chatted, I slugged down two pints of their milk stout. It was a TERRIFIC milk stout, mixing sugary sweetness with roasted malt bitterness.
After the brewery, we went next door to the Portsmouth Gaslight Company for the main event of the evening – a tap takeover by Throwback Brewing.
Throwback is a North Hampton, NH based brewery. The brewery was started in 2010 by Annette Lee and Nicole Carrier, making it one of only a handful of woman-owned breweries in North America! The brewery is small right now, only producing 3 barrels (~90 gallons) at a time.
The party was ROCKING over at Portsmouth Gaslight Co. We started with a modest crew – Me, the wife, Norm, his buddy Andy, and his wife Kathy. The party quickly turned into an impromptu tweet-up with the following people making appearances:
It was awesome meeting up with so many people, many of which I have never met before.
The Fat Alberta is an imperial stout. It’s not just ANY imperial stout though…it’s brewed with peanuts! I had my doubts that the beer would actually taste like peanut butter. Man was I wrong!
The Fat Alberta is a TERRIFIC brew – truly unique and delicious. I could smell the peanuts and distinctly taste them. The beer has a chocolatey taste to it as well; peanuts/chocolate are obviously a wonderful combination. The beer ran out within an hour of being tapped…sad, but an indicator of how good this stuff is.
To cap off the night, a few of us popped back into the Portsmouth Brewery for a late bite to eat and some more brews.
Overall it was a great trip to Portsmouth. Great weather, great company, and great beer!