Great Rhythm Brewing Company

Portsmouth, NH

Award Winning Brewery and Tasting Room

Great Rhythm Brewing Company elegantly pairs a retail and industrial environment. The inviting tasting room and a state-of-the-art brewery is situated along the picturesque shore of Portsmouth's North Mill Pond. The design was conceived in close collaboration with the business owners, who also served as general contractors for the project, building out many elements in the space themselves. Our objective was to reimagine an underutilized waterfront industrial building, and through adaptive re-use, create a dynamic customer experience and innovative brewing facility that complimented the revitalization of Portsmouth's up-and-coming West End neighborhood

AIANH Design Awards Jury Comments

The jury commended the choices made by the architects, in every aspect of the design. A few simple gestures on the front façade—super graphics, a wood entry box and vertically stacked reclaimed windows—create both an elegant composition and an unmistakable image for the brewery that, according to the architects, is visible from 1,200 feet away. Reclaimed wood is brought into the interior judiciously, but also monumentally, communicating across space and celebrating the high-ceilinged volume. The light colored wood and the monochromatic dark gray ceilings and concrete block also complement each other in color and texture, and add a surprising intimacy to an otherwise open volume. Simple garage doors, when open, provide an additional dramatic effect. The jury commented that this looked like it would be a fun place to go, an example of how a successful design can make for a successful business.

Read more



  • 2017 AIANH Excellence in Architecture Merit Award
Great Rhythm Brewing Aerial View North Mill Pond
Great Rhythm Brewing Front Elevation and Main Entrance
Architectural details of the main entrance at Great Rhythm Brewing Company
Great Rhythm Brewing Garage Door Opening
Great Rhythm Brewing Company Tasting Room
Great Rhythm Tasting Room Views
Great Rhythm Brewing Aerial View Brewery and Tasting Room
Great Rhythm Beer and Brewing Area Detail