Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev +11%
This is currently my #1 brewpub choice.
Weve made it a regular stop on any trip up 95 to Maine. The food is better than John Harvards 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, theres never been a wait at the Freeport restaurant (Portland can be a wait sometimes), the food is great at a really good price, theres 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
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
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
3.53/5 rDev -9.5%
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
4.33/5 rDev +11%
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
4.25/5 rDev +9%
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
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
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
3.9/5 rDev 0%
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
4.63/5 rDev +18.7%
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
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
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
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
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
Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant in Freeport, ME
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