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Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant

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Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & RestaurantGritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant
BEER AVG
3.52/5
Based on:
1 Beers
2 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

187 Lower Main St
Freeport, Maine, 04032-1002
United States
phone: (207) 865-4321

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @grittys

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Photo of obi_wan_knope
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

sister restaurant of the Portland based grittys, a fun place to visit, but the food is a lot better than the beer. I worked my way through the whole lineup, but was unimpressed by any of them, even finding the ipa to be quite poor. the lobster rolls and lobster mac and cheese were right on though, as was the rhubarb dessert. maybe six or seven beers on, in an open seating loud beer hall type setting. big back deck and yard, and one of those places where you sit with strangers, which is cool if you are traveling. service was decent considering how busy it was, and again, the food was very good. not really a beer destination though, I found them all to be generic and weak in some ways, undercarbonated, and similar in a bad way. the fermenters were neat though, insulated with brick, never seen that before. overall a good stop for a meal on the maine brewery trip, but the beers were less than stellar, and that's the most important thing.

Photo of Boto
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Stopped here for lunch the other day. Beer selection was OK, as they have the standard Gritty’s fare. The beers are good, with a fairly varied selection. the food was fairly standard pub offerings. It was tasty and was served quickly. The service was also good. Well worth a stop when in the area.

Photo of AOShabaz
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Stopped for a quick lunch on my way up to Maine beer company to see what the brewery had to offer...never heard of gritty mcduffs before got a decent chicken sandwich and an ipa...sandwich was decently common, as was beer. They had a nice outside deck to appreciate the Maine weather

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A stop before the Freeport Outlet shops, this brewpub offers a decent place for a lunch and beverage before hitting the stores. Seating at long tables. This place feels like someone converted their garage into a bar (on that budget).

Beer is fresh and there is enough variety on tap to satisfy picky palates. Food is decent pub fare, with some tasty twists. But if you want fish or a burger, you are all set. Waitstaff was friendly and attentive, and all elements were in the appropriate price range.

Overall, if this particular place was located in a downtown area in a bigger icty, it might just die there. it certainly, as far as atomosphere is concerned, is nothing like the Portland location. But the beverages and food measure up. And it is by far the best place to check out if hitting the shopping outlets.

Photo of Katahdin
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A great little brewpub in Freeport. My advice is to let the women go shopping at all the Outlets a mile up the road and wait for them here. A warm, inviting brewpub witha nice atomsphere, great pub food at very reasobnable prices. The wait staff are very knowledgable about beers and the brewer is frequently available to sit down and have a beer with you and discuss his brewing philosophy. Always nice to see the brewing equipment prominently displayed too.

Beware though, in the summers it can get very crowded, and definitely avoid it the day of the Daytonna 500.

Photo of mtbbaboon
4.33/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Wifeness and I stopped in here after a day of outlet shopping, as I am sure many folks do. Really cool vibe in here. "Seat yourself" meant we grabbed tables in the bar area. Long tables with benches that are meant to be shared with other parties. Beer decor on the walls along with various New England themed decorations. Windows at the end of the bar allow for viewing of the beer being made. Gritty's had 6 or 7 of their beers on tap, including their 21 IPA on cask, which I ordered. Wife ordered the stout. Both beers were excellent. A really good menu that includes Maine fare that you'd expect. Wife ordered a spicy haddock burrito. I ordered the twin lobster rolls. Damn was that food good. The service was attentive and friendly and made us feel welcomed there. The "pro shop", as I call it, had lots of t-shirts and three dollar bombers. You can't beat that!

Overall, Gritty's was a real nice dining experience and there is no doubt we'll be back. :)

Photo of flanmedic51
4.33/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

One of my favorite pubs. They have wide open dining areas w picnic bench type seating. A very family oriented place with a wide variety of fare from classic pub style foods to great seafood and some really great chowdah's! They always have an ale featured off cask which is always a cellar temp and wicked delicious. They have outside seating with a cool large grassy area for kids to play in. It's maybe a mile from downtown Freeport near the great shopping. Fantastic beer, food, and wait staff. Just a friendly place overall.

Photo of u2carew
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited the Gritty McDuff's pub on 4th of July for lunch around midday. We were seated promptly out on the patio. The atmosphere is uber kid friendly. A large fenced in grassy area for families to play. There is also a kid sized clubhouse to enhance the kid experience.
The patio area is good sized and not exclusive. Lots of picnic style seating with umbrellas for the sunny weather and equipped with heaters when it gets a bit chillier.
The interior is an old style "woodsy" pub decor, where the frequent drinkers' mugs hang above the bar. From the inside pub there is a viewing deck into the brew house.
All the standard McDuff brews on tap, plus a few others - raspberry light and a cask IPA (that is hand drawn).
The staff is very friendly and provided quick service.
The food is great pub fare with a diverse selection from normal burgers to seaside fare to vegetarian options, as well as a kid's menu.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Ahhh...Gritty's in Freeport. Everytime my wife and I go to Freeport so she can shop I demand we stop in to see whats new at Gritty's.

Summer is awesome here, great outdoor deck with a "yard" area that doubles as a place for the kids to run around and a place for live music. They also have some hops growing off the deck if you look closely.

Beer selection is all the regular Gritty's plus a cask, seasonal and sometimes a random offering. I've had some good one offs here.

The buffalo burger is great as are the pretzels.

This place gets packed in the summer but the rest of the year its a great place for pint inside near the bar.

Worth checking out if the wife/husband/partner wants to do some outlet shopping down the road.

Photo of RunawayJim
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went here for lunch last week while on vacation. Food was fantastic. I got a great burger and the others in my party really enjoyed their food as well. They had their IPA and Scottish Ale on cask. I tried the IPA, while my wife had the Scottish. The IPA was excellent, but something was way off with the Scottish (hence the slight hit in quality). Other than that, everything was great. The waitress/bartender was very attentive and helpful (and it helped that she was a Phishhead). The atmosphere was friendly and comfortable with some great classic rock (but not your standard overdone classic rock) playing.

All in all, it's definitely worth a stop if you're in Freeport. They have a small store where you can buy their beer in single bottles, by the case, or a 5 liter minikeg, along with other merchandise.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.25/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was in Freeport last February and stumbled onto Gritty's for lunch. Great beers and a shitload of funny Mainers with their earflap-hats and focking May-nuh ahk-cents, Bub!

Food's pretty good for pub grub, the menu is pretty big and really helpful in suggesting beer pairings with the dishes... a number of which incorporate the beers on tap in their ingredients... Lots of regular patrons' mugs hanging over the bar; gift shop on premises and you can buy beer and clever T-shirts, to go.

Lots of good beers on tap; my favorite was the 'Black Fly Stout'. A true session beer that seemed to predominate all the mugs I spied on.

Wooden picnic tables in the dining room, prompt service, and seating with strangers-made-friends makes this a super-good indoor German Hofbrau-style beer bar with surprisingly good food and colorful yokel entertainment aplenty.

Fun place to visit.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A good pub, atmosphere is decent although it's not as good as the Portland location. Seating is annoying (like all the other Gritty's though) with the long tables, makes for an anti-intimate pub setting if you're looking for peace or solitude.

Tap selection is, well, Gritty's (need you look further?). The Freeport location usually has a couple beers on cask which is nice, and during the season they sometimes have beers that aren't bottled so it's always a treat to see what it is each season.

The food is good although my gf and I thought the spinach and artichoke dip was awful (we get it pretty much at every pub we go to and this has been the worst), it's like all cream cheese mixed with some spinach bits, avoid. But they have this delicious item that has pulled pork, melted cheese on top of sweet potato fries, a must have appetizer that is a meal of it's own.

Photo of Norica
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped here with the the wife on an unusually quiet Dec weds afternoon and was glad we did. I had a couple of $3 Porters that were on special and a kick ass pepperoni pizza. A good way to take the sting out of having to go shopping and go to LL Bean and Yankee Candle for the 100th time. The service was great despite the plethora of crying babies that seemed to be having a convention. Picked up some Christmas Ale and Blackfly Stout bombers for stocking stuffers in the gift shop as well. Guys if your forced to do the Freeport thing a couple of times a year make sure a stop at Grittys is non negotionable. A must when in Freeport. Selection and gift shop are worth the visit.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

Gritty's- Freeport

Drove up from Portland exit 20 off 295. Down the road from LL Beans. Walked in and the room to the left had a few tables and a small bar no tv so no one there. The room to the right had several tables and a bigger bar. Patriots/ Giants on so everyone ( maybe 20 people) were here. My wife's Turkey burger was a frozen and microwaved mess and the pretzel sticks were also frozen and microwaved, they were barely warm and the mustard that accompanied them tasted of battery acid. The waitress was very quick and friendly and the beers were good Gritty beers. I won't go back here. Gritty's- Portland is the place to go.

Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A great brew pub for Maine . The food is good. I have stopped here a number of times, me and my family has sampled a lot off the menu you cant go wrong (except maybe the pizza, and I wish the fish portion on the fish and chips was bigger) The Mediterranean lamb burger is great, but tell them to go light on the feta or it could be real salty. The beer offerings are great along with the daily pint specials and two cask offerings. Face it you’re going to spend the money at the outlet stores so you might a well have a full tummy and a few great brews

Photo of Yetiman420
2.35/5  rDev -39.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 2

As part of a Portsmouth>Portland brewpub tour, my beer buddy and I visited Gitty's in Freeport. I've been to ~200 brewpubs in North America and this is about as bad as it gets. We had the cask bitter, the cask halloween ale, and the pub style ale. These beers are a blemish on the record of good beer. I couldn't distinguish between the cask bitter and the cask halloween. BA had a 90 rating for this location going into the trip and I feel obliged to do my part to bring it down. If you're in Portland, visit Sebago for the only good brewpub in the area. I was very dissapointed with the beer scene in Portland. It's dominated by Shipyard and Gritty's - both are below average for their beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Whenever we shop in Freeport, I like to hit Gritty's on the way home. When you walk in, the restaurant is on the left and the bar is on the right. Communal tables in both areas. Kind of rustic, but for me very comfortable. The bar area has two TVs.
Beers on tap are all Gritty's. The last time I was there I had the Halloween ale in cask. I'm not normally a fan of this type beer, but the cask version was excellent.
Other people at the bar had some appetizers that looked good; the prices were reasonable.
A good place. Try it.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nestled just a short distance south of Freeport center, but not really walkable on a cold day.
Typical communal tables in the Gritty's tradition, plenty of knotty pine with a rustic flair. Some rather risque murals are found on the walls.
The waitress was able to recite the beers on tap, while omitting the Oatmeal stout on nitro. Friendly enough and non obtrusive.
The food came quickly and it was hot. The fish and chips were terrificly hot, crispy, and tasty. My wife enjoyed her haddock sandwich with fries. Both entrees were on the meager side. $8.99 for the fish n' chips which was mostly fries with 3 small pieces of haddock. The haddock sandwich had one small piece in it.
They had two cask offerings, of which the scotch ale was very good. Creamy, not too sweet, and in perfect cask shape.
The "large oatmeal stout" on nitro was tasty as well, but hardly "large". Other beers available were the "Vacationland", bitter, and pale ale. Pretty mainstream beers, but that what Gritty's has always excelled with.
By 9pm or so, they were already packing up the place. The benches were being put up on the tables, and felt we should finish up promptly. It seemed early to close up even for a Monday night.
Maybe it's time for Gritty's to bring the beers and food up another level.

Photo of lehows
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I love this place! Located just south of the shopping district on Route 1 in Freeport. Bar is to the right after you walk in, picnic style tables to eat at in the pub room as well. There is also a great outdoor deck in the back and a cool gift shop in the front where you can pick up beer to-go and other assorted Gritty's gear. What can I say, the beers here are top notch. The Black Fly Stout is just amazing and one of my favorite dry Irish stouts. My girlfriend loves the Raspberry Wheat. The Christmas Ale is also one of my top favs. My routine is to hit L.L. Bean after leaving this place at like 2 am after all the tourists are asleep. This is a must stop if you are driving up 95 or route 1. You'll love it.

Photo of msolar
4.33/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is currently my #1 brewpub choice.

We’ve made it a regular stop on any trip up 95 to Maine. The food is better than John Harvard’s but the price is much more reasonable, especially if you buy their specials. (Their stout for $3 a pint!)

My wife loves their food and lighter beers, there’s never been a wait at the Freeport restaurant (Portland can be a wait sometimes), the food is great at a really good price, there’s good outdoor seating, and a good variety of great beers. What more is there?

…And you can always mosey through LL Bean to digest.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Gritty McDuff's is situated on the outskirts of the Freeport, ME shoppign center, just south of the big LL Bean. THe atmosphere is a little different. instead of having single party tables, thay have very long picnic type tables that seat 2-3 parties at once. unique and interesting. unless youre an introvert, it forces you at ties to talk to others which is nice.

i didnt get a chance to try anything off tap this time, but i took some home and was impressed. i cant wait for the autumn to try their Halloween ale.

the food was amazing. i am a huge fan of pub meatloaf and theirs was phenomenal. Their selection wasnt to varied, at least for the lunch menu.

Dollar wise it was pretty standard for a brewpub. Well worth the trip.

Photo of charlesw
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Ah Gritty's... Well, it's in the top 10 brewpubs in the country. Um, what? How the hell is that possible in Freeport, Maine? There are two key factors at work, here... One is about being on the main drag in the main tourist destination for the state (that's a pretty big factor!). The other is about being the closest drinking establishment to several of the LL Bean factories (warehouses, whatever). Well, trust me, there's always a healthy Bean group at Gritty's. And there's always a healthy group of tourists.

It's pretty clean and light and "airy" for a brew pub. Which is kind of nice given how dark and closed in many feel. And yet the very diversity of the people coming in keeps it from being, for me, a good "local".

They try to go local and a little special on the food menu and specials with things like scallop wraps, for example. Most of the non-specials are pub food. The calamari that I had today was VERY BAD.

So, yeah, that was trash talk. Well, the cask beer there is really quite good. I mean, wow. The Halloween on cask is the top. Wow. Awesome. Incredible. I mean, hey, it's probably right up there as Maine's second-best beer. No kidding. Good stuff.

Yes, yes, it's surely worth it if you're in the area to stop by for a pint. Try to avoid going on a weekday from 3 to 5 and, well, lunch time in summer is crazy busy. Oh, and don't go hungry!

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Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant in Freeport, ME
89 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.