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Restaurant of the Week: The Portsmouth Brewing Company

By Audrey Stratton | Local Happenings



In front of the murals, in the midst of the Boneyfiddle area sits a restaurant that needs no introduction. The Portsmouth Brewing Company has been a staple in our home town for years. 


The restaurant was originally opened in 1843 by the Esselborn family. The Esselborn were German immigrants who came here in search of a better life. 


In 1920, during prohibition, the brewery went under. Afterwards, it was a hudepohl distributorship for a number of years, and then became an arcade mall. The restaurant has an underground tunnel which is located in the basement.