Portsmouth (Est. 1991)
Billed as the state’s “original brewpub,” Portsmouth has been serving beers under its cartoonish banner since the early ‘90s. It was started by the brother-sister team of Peter and Janet Egelston, whose other hits include Northampton Brewery and Smuttynose. You can enjoy one of their many, many beers at the site’s brewhouse, or the beer garden, or the openly voyeuristic “Fish Bowl,” or even the ‘40s-inspired Jimmy LaPanza Lounge, located in the building's basement.
Climax Brewing Company
Roselle Park (Est. 1996)
After running a homebrew supply store for years, Dave Hoffmann decided to step out from behind the counter and make beer on a professional scale. He got his dad Kurt (who was already making his own German hard cider) on board, and they started things off with an Extra Special Bitter. It’s still in their roster, along with a Hoffmann Helles and Doppel Bock.
Santa Fe Brewing
Santa Fe (Est. 1988)
One of Santa Fe Brewing’s most well-known beers, Chicken Killer Barley Wine, has a label that features a poncho-wearing, gun-toting dachshund. Sure, they've won awards for their beer and they've lasted nearly 20 years, but did we mention the dog is wearing a poncho and carrying two smoking guns?!