Smuttynose Brewing Company
In the historic seaport city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Smuttynose Brewing Company was founded in 1994 by Peter Egelston, the same man who opened the Northampton Brewery (which is now the oldest brewpub in the northeast). Peter has built Smuttynose Brewing Company into one of the most recognized craft beer brands in New Hampshire and today is working on expanding his operation into a 42,000-square foot facility with a brewery, restaurant, and visitors center all under the same roof.
Peter Egelston grew up in southern California and after earning a degree in Spanish Literature at NYU, took a position teaching English as a second language in Times Square. He later found a more permanent job teaching in a large public high school in Brooklyn while also attending graduate school.
In 1986, Peter’s sister Janet convinced him to leave teaching behind and help her open the Northampton Brewery in Massachusetts. Peter was a partial owner and became the head-brewer at Northampton until 1991. That same year, Peter and Janet opened the Portsmouth Brewery, New Hampshire’s first brewpub. In 1993, Peter broke out on his own and purchased the old Frank Jones Brewing Company - the brewery that was to become Smuttynose.
Smuttynose Brewing Company gets its name from the third largest of the nine islands that comprise the Isles of Shoals (a small, rocky archipelago located seven miles off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine). The name appears on nautical charts going back as far as the 17th century, so its true origins are lost in time. The cute critter featured on the brewery’s logo is a Common Harbor Seal, many of whom call Smuttynose Island their home.
With a growing distribution and a portfolio of year-round classics and highly sought after limited edition bottling, Smuttynose has become one of the most respected east coast breweries truly offering something for everyone. Their award-winning reputation and passion for the craft makes them a force to be reckoned with.