Blog : Smuttynose Preps Opening of New Restaurant at Towle Farm in Hampton

By Craig | Jan 13, 2015 | in

In May of last year, Smuttynose Brewing Co. settled into their new home on Towle Farm Road in Hampton, New Hampshire. Built on an old farmstead, the larger, more sustainable facility has preserved and honored much of the original structures on-site while also expanding the company's distribution. Part of its preservation includes turning the former farm-house into a restaurant that offers sustainably sourced food. Word of Smuttynose's new restaurant spread throughout the seacoast and state almost as soon as they purchased the property years ago. Now the company is happy to say that the Hayseed Farmstyle Restaurant, located at 105 Towle Farm Road, will open in early February of this year.

When it opens, the restaurant will seat 95 with additional seating for 35 in the seasonal beer garden. Hayseed's design will incorporate much of the sustainable practice that has long been at the forefront of Smuttynose's business model. Its zinc-topped bar is made of natural wood, including red oak taken from the restaurant's Towle Farm location. Menu items will include ingredients sourced from local seacoast farms and fisheries, and from gardens at Towle Farm. And, of course, it will have beer on tap. With over two dozen taps featuring Smuttynose, Smuttlabs and select guest beers, the restaurant will also offer cask conditioned beers, vintage bottles from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series and growlers to go.

“I make simple, wholesome, delicious foods that aren’t hard to understand, even if they’re a little different from what you’ve seen before,” said Executive Chef Kevin Hahn. Hahn comes to Hayseed from co-owner and chef at Pepperland Café in South Berwick, Maine, and has won the People’s Choice - Best Chef award at the 2009 and 2010 Spotlight Awards. However, Smuttynose chose Hahn for his versatility, straightforwardness and familiarity with beer and beer cuisine.

“I’ve cooked everything from southern American and English pub food to Cajun, vegetarian and Asian foods. I’m really excited to combine all those influences in a menu that will offer something approachable but also exciting and satisfying for anyone who walks in the door.”

Smuttynose is no stanger to the restaurant business. Their sister company, The Portsmouth Brewery, is a sustainably-minded restaurant in downtown Portsmouth that brews its own unique selection of beers, and offers Smuttynose's best. Like the Portsmouth Brewery, Hayseed will have a comfortable atmosphere with a wide selection of dining options.

“Opening this restaurant has been a long-time goal for Smuttynose,” said company founder Peter Egelston. “We are looking forward to expanding our hospitality, widening the choices of those who visit us to not only include brewery tours and samples, but also the opportunity to relax over a terrific meal and outstanding beer in a comfortable, informal setting.”

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