Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant

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3.52/5
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Place Score: 88
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: n/a
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Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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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!

Photo of jmz62565
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

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

Went to Gritty's this weekend. It is a nice place, close to L.L. Bean in Freeport. There is a store with all their brew attire right in front.
Picnic table style seating, two benches and a table. Really quite different from other brew pubs.
We sat outside since it was nice outside. Relaxing place, not a lot of memoribilia on the walls. Two seperate bars, 8 taps per bar, includes seasonals.
Food was decent, a different variety. I had the clam chowder, which was real good, and a spinach and portabella mushroom quesadilla.
All round, good experience.

Photo of ChappyCubsFan
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was expecting much more from my first trip to Gritty McDuff's. I tried their sampler of beers. The IPA was the only beer that got my attention, and they don't bottle it. The place looks very rustic from the outside and as you enter, there is a fairly large store on the right that is set apart from the restaurant where they sell all their t-shirts, bottled beer, pint glasses and several other items. I tried an appetizer and the wife tried a dessert. The food was good. There is large fenced-in area for the kids to run around, almost like a pen. It gave the impression you were on a farm with a pond nearby. The mosquitos kept attacking me as I attacked the beer sampler. Anyway, to sum it up. It was a fun place to visit, but the beers just were not that great. I did purchase a bottle of the Gritty's Best Bitter and drank it later during the New England tour. It was OK.

Photo of villainchiwwin
3.9/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

stopped by on the way to a show in portland. friendly waitstaff, good selection of food and gritty's brews on tap. meals were decent, nothing to come back for (although the beer was). decor was neither striking nor gaudy - sort of generic. outdoor seating was night on a sunny afternoon. although the place was busy, there was good energy and quick service. i'll definately return sometime for appetizers and a few pints. plan a stop if you're in freeport. check out the annex with the store; they sell 12 packs of 22 oz. bombers and 5 liter mini-kegs of all their different brews.

Photo of Hagbard
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The other reviewers are spot on, so I'll try to be brief.

As you enter, you can go right or left. Right is the "Tap Room" and left is the "Dining Room." We entered the dining room and I'm not sure what the difference was. The tap room appeared to have a similar layout as the dining room. My only guess is that the tap room is smoking and the dining room is not.

Seating is on big picnic-table-like tables that could seat 6-8 on a side. The room is very large and has a beer hall atmosphere (I'm assuming because I've never been to a "real" beer hall). The menus are printed on newspaper quality paper, with tidbits about the history of the brewery on the side. The beer choices are printed on a laminated menu. On tap were Sebago Light, Best Brown, Best Bitter, Black Fly Stout, and Halloween Ale. They also had the Best Bitter and the Black Fly Stout on cask. Of course I had the 2 cask offerings, both of which were exquisite. I tried to show some of my dining companions the difference between their stout and my stout (cask) and I think I was fairly succesful.

The food seemed to be typical pub fare. I ordered the black jack chicken sandwich (blackened cajun style), which was very good. The shephard's pie looked very good also. The food seemed to be on the high side of average for a brewpub, but it definitely isn't the reason to go to Gritty's. You come here for the beer, that's clear.

The service was great, though it was late and there weren't many parties left so that should be expected. Still, our waitress was very friendly and attentive and was quick to provide refills when needed. No complaints.

There is a gift shop attached to the restaurant that apparently sells Gritty's merchandise plus 22 oz bombers. Unfortunately it was closed by the time we got there so I couldn't take any fresh beer home with me.

This is a must stop when visiting Freeport.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I stopped by Gritty's on my way home from a camping trip in Maine. It was father's day weekend and the place was packed. Parking was limited and we had to circle the lot a couple of times until somebody finally left. Luckily once inside my friends and I found a table right away.

The bar is spacious and reminded me of an english pub. There aren't many seats at the bar, however plenty of picnic tables to sit at along the opposite wall. There is an outside deck that provides additional seating on warm days. A large glass window at the end of the bar lets you look down to the brewing equipment.

We got a couple pitchers of their Vacation Land and brown ale. Both were delicious and cost $12 each. That's $3 per glass. They had about 10 beers on tap and a couple on cask. You can also purchase bombers to bring home for $3.50 each in their gift shop at the main entrance.

The service we had was slow at best. The girl serving us was also working the bar so she was running around ragged. I ordered a cheeseburger which was descent, but nothing out of the ordinary. My friends had no complaints about their food, but also felt it was only average.

One thing we learned that night was that mug club members get $1 drafts on Wednesday and Sunday nights. That's a great deal and I wish I lived a bit closer to take advantage of it. Gritty's offers fantastic beers in a comfortable environment. I'll definitly stop by again when in the Freeport area.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

What can I say about Gritty's that you don't already know? Not much.

I like going here every once in a blue moon. It's a good getaway from the usual bar scene of Portland. Gritty's Freeport is basically laid out as two symetrical rectangles. Left rectangle is the dining area, right rectangle is the bar side. The only difference between the two is that the dining area has rond tables and the bar side has long picnic tables. You can see the brewhouse from the bar side, however, when I go there there is never any activity. Out back is a deck where you can eat, drink, and laze away an afternoon if you like. Gritty's beers are always good quality and there is usually a cask selection on hand. I'm partial to the stout. Up frnt is a gift shop with a big selection of bombers and 6's, as well as Gritty wear.

Maybe I'm a food snob, but I don't find the food here good at all. It's just run of the mill pub fare, and not done well at that. Also, it's a bit overpriced for what it is. Come for the beer not the grub.

Photo of moulefrite
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Cool place with VERY friendly staff and tasty brews. Stopped in just before my 40th birthday on a recomendation from a B&B owner in the area and I must say I had a most pleasant experience-And, I had our 15 month old daughter with! Picked up some cool local stuff from the gift shop for friends back home after some good pub grub. Tried the fine Halloween ale and a black fly stout. The waitress suggested we mix the stout with a raspberry ale for dessert-nice! Don't miss it if in Freeport, a comfy cozy place to hang your hat!

Photo of UnionMade
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located right on the main drag in Freeport, down the street from L.L.Bean, it's kind of hard to miss this place. The sign is easy to see, even in the rain.
The exterior kind of looks like a converted house. Wedgewood gray siding, with some exposed log wood. They have a patio in back, with a vaguely rustic feel about the whole place. There's a gift shop to the right of the entrance, with anything and everything Gritty's, including take home beer in 12oz, 22oz, and minikeg sizes. Walking inside, the interior is spacious, but homey. The first thing you smell is the sweet aroma of mash. A mix of a rustic new england inn, a family restaurant, and an english pub. The dining area is to the left of hostess area, and the bar area is to right. We opted for the bar.
The bar area is very tavern like, with a rustic, country feel. Communal bench seating lines the left hand wall, with a beautiful brass bar on the right. All kinds of Gritty's stuff line the back bar, with 6-7 taps of brewpub fresh Gritty's beer, plus two beer engines for your cask ale enjoyment. The brewing tanks are located through a window on the end of the room. The menus look like newspapers, with plenty of little articles about Gritty's, their beer, and the brewing process. Quaint and enchanting.
The service is just spectacular. We were fortunate enough to have Scott Berry manning the bar, where we sat, and he accomodated us an any way he could. Our pints were poured expertly, he offered suggestions on the menu selections, and even allowed me a taste from the bottle of Lagavulin as an apertif. I asked if they had any unused bottle labels for my collection, and he returned with a stack, plus Greg Sansone, the head brewer. Greg was equally pleasant and accomodating, chatting with me for a few moments about beer and graciously accepting my praise before getting back to work.
Both the food and the beer were top notch. The menu covers everything from pub fare to a few fancy gourmet dishes. Their best bitter from the cask is probably worth the 5 hours from CT alone, and the excellent lobster stew was just icing on the cake. All the beer is extremely fresh, clean and properly served at the right temperature. I guess if I had to complain it would be that the halloween ale wasn't on cask yet, and they didn't have their IPA out yet. Boo hoo. The prices were also great, and definitely affordable, considering the touristy area.
This is easily one of the best brewpubs I've been to, across the board.

Photo of bennybrew
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

ah! gritty's freeport. a refuge from shopping at the hundreds of llbean stores and other overcrowded outlet stores. and a fine refuge at that.

long wooden tables with benches that i think could seat 8 on a side. two rooms. one, to the right, is a smoking room with a nice bar and a view of the brewery. the other is non-smoking and has a smaller bar (5 seats or so). also there is a nice deck that i've never had a beer on as i rarely get to freeport in the short maine summer.
also a gift shop with ts, mugs and glasses, and cold and warm beer.

the beers are made right there and of fine quality. always something on cask (some for portland grittys). ALWAYS try the cask.

service is relaxed but not at all incompentent. friendly and knowledgeable without pressing or disappearing.

i believe they have the same menu as portland which consists of decent pub fare.

a must stop if in maine.

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Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant in Freeport, ME
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