By Rachel Forrest, Special to Seacoastonline
PORTSMOUTH -- When Peter Egelston and his Northampton Brewery business partners in Massachusetts set out to find a location for a second brewpub back in 1990, they looked as far away as Tampa, Florida, and as close as Providence, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, but nothing really fit the bill.
“We were getting kind of discouraged, but someone suggested Portsmouth so we made a reservation at the Martin Hill Inn on Islington Street. We loved Portsmouth. We loved the vibe of the place," Egelston said, recalling his first look at the New Hampshire Seacoast city. "And then through other mutual acquaintances, we were introduced to a couple who was desperately trying to sell this building they owned on Market Street. They had seen a brewpub and thought that the building would make a great location for one and they put the word out.”
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