Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
02-08-2009 20:41:58 | More by RunawayJim
4.25/5 rDev +9%
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.
07-13-2008 23:34:22 | More by cvstrickland
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
07-03-2008 00:05:12 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
01-08-2008 04:59:34 | More by Norica
3.23/5 rDev -17.2%
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
4/5 rDev +2.6%
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 youre 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
2.35/5 rDev -39.7%
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
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
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
3.65/5 rDev -6.4%
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
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
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
Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant in Freeport, ME
88 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.