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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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HoorayBeer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

07-31-2005 00:13:37 | More by HoorayBeer
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ChappyCubsFan

California

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

07-30-2005 19:22:25 | More by ChappyCubsFan
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villainchiwwin

Maine

3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

07-07-2005 04:29:01 | More by villainchiwwin
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Hagbard

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

11-08-2004 20:45:00 | More by Hagbard
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

06-21-2004 16:40:46 | More by WanderingFool
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

04-17-2004 16:16:15 | More by yankeeheel
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

10-14-2003 01:52:46 | More by moulefrite
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

10-01-2003 04:19:36 | More by UnionMade
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bennybrew

Maine

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

05-18-2003 04:51:52 | More by bennybrew
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ecoboy

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I am so pleased that Gritty's Freeport location is riding better rating numbers than the Portland location here at BA. My beering and pub friends must have something against the great no-ceilinged mall of Freeport, because they mock my preferring the Freeport Gritty's.

I'll tell you why I prefer it: less cramped feel, more pleasant staff, and outdoor deck for warmer days. Don't get me wrong. As a big fan of Bukowsi in Boston, I know that a punky beer bar has it's place in my heart. But I can't take Bukowski's attitude seriously, and I really feel like every single person at Gritty's Freeport is psyched to serve me, with all attendant questions.

And, even when the place is crowded, it's seat yourself. Near the TV? Wanna look through the windows down at the brewery? Want a bench instead of a chair? Outside? Your choice. Nice.

Gritty's beers are consistantly outstanding, concentrating on British and Irish styles. The food menu turned away from more British fare in the past 5 years: no more steak and kidney pie, no more ploughman's lunch (sigh.) But the barley-coated sandwiches, the artichoke dip, the meatloaf with spinach wrapped into the meat still kick the patookus of places that just slide the same frozen stuff out of the box come mealtime.

03-27-2003 10:57:48 | More by ecoboy
Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant in Freeport, ME
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.