Since 1988, Gritty McDuff's has been creating fine, handcrafted ales and traditional pub fare. From our humble beginnings as a small brew pub in Portland's Old Port we've grown to become the brew pub of choice for Mainers and folks "from away". From the start, Gritty's was at the forefront of the brewing renaissance in the Maine. Founders Ed Stebbins and Richard Pfeffer had two simple goals in mind: to create a true, English-style pub serving fresh ales and great food, and to have fun doing it. Ever since we opened our doors, the accolades for Gritty McDuff's have been piling up. Gritty's has frequently been awarded the titles of "Maine's Best Brew Pub", "Best Maine Microbrew" and "Best Bar" in statewide polls. Gritty's ales have been repeat winners at the annual Real Ale Festival in Chicago and have also appeared as Featured International Selections at the Great British Beer Festival.Stop in to our Portland, Freeport and Lewiston/Auburn Brew Pubs and treat yourself to the very best in real ale, real food and real Maine hospitality.
Right smack in the middle of the Old Port in Portland, Gritty's is a great place to meet friends for a happy hour pint, to get a mellow lunch, or to party like a rock star. Their beer is tasty and there's a wide selection to please any palette. (I'd recommend the stout if it's in season.) Their burgers are tasy, too. Gritty's underwent renovations in early 2002 to make the main room roomier. (On most weekend nights without fail, the bar would be so packed that you could barely walk through!) But despite the occasional crowd, the beer is good, the atmosphere relaxed and casual, and the food what you'd expect from a good pub. Try it for yourself!
I had one bad expierence here, and it's skewed my opinion on Gritty's permanently. A few years back, when I was 18, I went to Gritty's to eat lunch with a friend (it was about 11:30 AM). My friend and I ordered our NOT alcoholic drinks, which apparently sent up red flags to our waitress. ""Wait, no beers?"" she asked. Not a beat later she says, ""How old are you guys?"" We tell her we're 18, and she then kicks us out, telling us that we're not allowed to eat there because we're underage and without a gaurdian. Oddest part of all, I had eaten there, with the same friend, only a couple weeks before, without any problems. This was a BIG disappointment, and I can honestly say I have not been back to Gritty's in a very long time.
My husband, children and I were looking for a nice family place for dinner (August 8th) in Freeport while on our way to Belgrade, Maine. We were actually looking for steamed lobsters - saw the restaurant while driving by - was busy and stopped in . Our waitstaff was slow and not interested in working - when we ordered lthe stemaed lobster dinners they said they were out of lobster dinners but might be able to come up with a few - they came back after a long wait and said they could offer us a few lobster dinners. In the meantime, there was no silverware - so we had to ask to silverware ( just the basic) - then our meals came and the steamers were cold that came with our meal - the lobster was just room temp but they served it with PLASTIC crackers and picks - they didn't even work! After our meal, the bill was $120 with tip!!!!! While the food was edible, it wasn't what we expected, especially in Freeport. Need to improve their waitstaff and make sure the food is hot when served. When in in Belgrade , we got the same steamed lobsters at twice the size, served very hot and for the same money with no tip! Will never eat at Gritty's again! Beware! There are much better places out there!
Food wise - the gritty chips are a must, especially if you are only there to drink. I have tried a sampling of all their beers, and I must say my favorite remains to be their ale and belgian types (the best is gone due to winter being over). Vacationland their summer beer is now on tap - so head over and have a few brews as a break from your walking or pre-dinner time killer!
The only downside is having to share the picnic table with other people - which is fine in a group but can be a downside for a dating type environment. That said, I suggest this place as a great pre-hockey game stop, or even a first date meet up. I personally prefer sitting at the bar so I can look and face my date.
A must do for travelers and locals alike.
MY FAVORITE MICROBREW...If you like good hearty microbrews this is your place. They have one of the best stouts (my favorite), their food is good basic hearty bar and grill fare at very reasonable prices for the old port.
Best beer in portland. Pub fare food is above average. A Portland must stop for locals and tourist.