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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 Stats:
Active Beers: 1
Beer Ratings: 2
Beer Avg: 3.52

Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
89
very good

42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -18%
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.

12-31-2007 02:43:39 | More by NJpadreFan
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joepais

Maine

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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

12-28-2007 15:40:24 | More by joepais
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Yetiman420

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

09-23-2007 02:38:47 | More by Yetiman420
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

09-18-2007 11:30:27 | More by lordofthewiens
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

04-13-2007 12:34:23 | More by brewandbbq
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lehows

New York

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

01-07-2007 00:43:52 | More by lehows
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msolar

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

09-20-2006 12:42:36 | More by msolar
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

03-14-2006 18:03:38 | More by sinstaineddemon
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charlesw

New York

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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!

09-30-2005 00:56:49 | More by charlesw
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

after a long day of exciting shopping, and hearing "how does this look,honey?" it's nice to walk into a place where quality and relaxation is the name of the game.they have numerous beers on tap,each with there own qualities,and a very good menu.the service is good and very down home.this place has alot of tourists and locals,and i've aways found the locals very nice.the beer is very good,but the food is excellent.Now i can't wait to hear the words "honey, can we go to L.L.Bean?
p.s. you have got to try the fried chicken sandwich,yum yum.

09-09-2005 04:12:59 | More by jmz62565
Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant in Freeport, ME
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.