Wednesday Food: Love and Brew Pubs

Eric and I have been planning since February on getting out of town (for just a day), and have a nice date together.  You wouldn't think it would be that hard right?  Well jobs, schedules, appointments, etc. all like to get in our way.  But finally, we made it!  And wouldn't ya know - it was a rainy, crappy day.

So we made the most of it, and spent a rainy Sunday driving down to Portsmouth, NH (quick stop in Kittery for some shopping) to have a date at one of our favorite places, The Portsmouth Brewery.  This brewery take great pride in there beers, but also have some of the best pub food too!  Every time we go, their menu changes a) to reflect the changes of the season and b) to keep things spicy.  And keep it spicy they do!  They always have such a diverse menu with Greek, Irish, Korean, Vietnamese, Indian and traditional New England influences.  Even though there is a little bit of everything, the menu never looses the comfort-food feel.

Comfort food was definitely on my mind after walking around in the rain, along with a tasty brew!  Now I wouldn't say that Eric and I are beer aficionados, but we sure do know what we like.  I like lagers, hefeweizens and everyone once in awhile I'll go for a dark stout.  Eric likes IPA's, porters, pilseners and stouts.  I went for their WeizenBock (a nice caramel color with a fairly light taste) and Eric tried the Altbier (a little darker and a little bitter).  They were successful at quenching the thirst we had... but on to the comfort food!

For an appetizer, we went with the Nachos with Chili.  Can you really go wrong with chips, veggies, chili and ooey-gooey cheese melted all over it? 

Their main dishes have never disappointed.  What has impressed me most in the past has been their vegetarian options.  I've had some tasty tempeh dishes there, and it seems to be their favorite "meat substitute" rather than the standard tofu, which is a nice change of pace.  But this time, sticking with the comfort food I had to go with their Sunday Special, Lamb Shepherds Pie.  Eric chose their seafood special which was Seared Scallops served over Linguini tossed in a cream sauce with capers, tomatoes and basil.  The Shepherd's Pie was pretty fantastic!  Ground lamb with carrots and thyme in a nice meaty stew topped off with mashed potatoes, parsnips and sweet potatoes. 

Even though we were feeling filled to the brim we couldn't resist the Oatmeal Stout Float.  Who said beer can't be for dessert?  I already had a fondness for their Oatmeal Stout so adding ice cream could only make it better!  MMMmmm tasty!  It was just the thing to help that soaking wet walk back to the car not so bad.

I've been to quite a few brew pubs in my time but I feel not only is the beer at the Portsmouth Brewery something to write home about, but so is the food!  Usually pubs tend to have the traditional fair of burgers and buffalo wings, but Portsmouth Brewery goes above and beyond and it hasn't disappointed me yet.

Join us next week for another food adventure!  Where we'll go, you won't know...till you read about here - See you then!


P.S. A few more scenes of Portsmouth, NH

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