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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
BA SCORE
88
very good

46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Active Beers: 1
Beer Ratings: 2
Beer Avg: 3.52
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Photo of UnionMade
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%

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.

UnionMade, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of Hagbard
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.

Hagbard, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%

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!

moulefrite, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of ecoboy
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

ecoboy, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of Katahdin
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

A great little brewpub in Freeport. My advice is to let the women go shopping at all the Outlets a mile up the road and wait for them here. A warm, inviting brewpub witha nice atomsphere, great pub food at very reasobnable prices. The wait staff are very knowledgable about beers and the brewer is frequently available to sit down and have a beer with you and discuss his brewing philosophy. Always nice to see the brewing equipment prominently displayed too.

Beware though, in the summers it can get very crowded, and definitely avoid it the day of the Daytonna 500.

Katahdin, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of BillyBrew
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

Great destination spot or for just passers-by. Enjoyed by the locals and the 'Flatlanders' (the Out-of-state-folks).

Much larger than the Portland Gritty's. Very beer-hall-like atmosphere in a long building with large, long wooden tables. Two bars, copper glore. Big outdoor porch with big, open and green backyard. A few unobtrusive televisions. Complete with brewery and 'brewtique" for all your Gritty's needs. Our sever was great, even though he was also the barman. Everyone had fresh brews and plates and smiles on their faces.

Naturally, the beer is fantastic. Cask seasonals and the regular line-up. The food selection was good, although different from Portland's. More pizza (brick oven, I think), but a few less vegatarian options (the brewing-grain veggie burger was absent). Always great fish/seafood, the clam chowder was amazing.

Anyways, a great place that materializes Gritty's quality and style. Visit, then repeat. Cheers!

BillyBrew, Nov 03, 2002
Photo of mtbbaboon
4.33/5  rDev +11%

Wifeness and I stopped in here after a day of outlet shopping, as I am sure many folks do. Really cool vibe in here. "Seat yourself" meant we grabbed tables in the bar area. Long tables with benches that are meant to be shared with other parties. Beer decor on the walls along with various New England themed decorations. Windows at the end of the bar allow for viewing of the beer being made. Gritty's had 6 or 7 of their beers on tap, including their 21 IPA on cask, which I ordered. Wife ordered the stout. Both beers were excellent. A really good menu that includes Maine fare that you'd expect. Wife ordered a spicy haddock burrito. I ordered the twin lobster rolls. Damn was that food good. The service was attentive and friendly and made us feel welcomed there. The "pro shop", as I call it, had lots of t-shirts and three dollar bombers. You can't beat that!

Overall, Gritty's was a real nice dining experience and there is no doubt we'll be back. :)

mtbbaboon, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of flanmedic51
4.33/5  rDev +11%

One of my favorite pubs. They have wide open dining areas w picnic bench type seating. A very family oriented place with a wide variety of fare from classic pub style foods to great seafood and some really great chowdah's! They always have an ale featured off cask which is always a cellar temp and wicked delicious. They have outside seating with a cool large grassy area for kids to play in. It's maybe a mile from downtown Freeport near the great shopping. Fantastic beer, food, and wait staff. Just a friendly place overall.

flanmedic51, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of msolar
4.33/5  rDev +11%

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.

msolar, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
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.

jmz62565, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of RunawayJim
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.

RunawayJim, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of lehows
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.

lehows, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of HoorayBeer
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.

HoorayBeer, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of cvstrickland
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.

cvstrickland, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of JGLittle
4.25/5  rDev +9%

JGLittle, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of u2carew
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

u2carew, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of bennybrew
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

bennybrew, May 18, 2003
Photo of Norica
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.

Norica, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of slander
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Karl and Nance keep moving further and further away. One might begin to take that kind of thing personally, one might. We'll go up north every year or other, have a look at 'em, see if they can still stand us, we old college friends. Portland one day, Freeport the other, it's kind of what we do. The latter involves hitting the Bean store, and mulling around some of the other shops in town, including that freaky Civil War place. And then Grittys 'cause it's an easy sell for lunchtime phenomena...

Longer if not seemingly larger than the Portland location, maybe definitely it's just the spreadoutity of it all. Split this way and that way there, the action's in what you would consider the main room, a copper topped "J" shaped bar seating a dozen on the inside wall. Roughly 10 taps on a box tower on the bar and 2 handpumps down just past there. Cooler horizontal behind the bar holding stacked glassware, and counters over shelving to both sides holding booze & more. Pedastooled shelving above on the ends to both sides of a center flatscreen. Large ceramic mug club mug rack over the bar, more mugs on the back wall. Framed Best Bitter 22 in a stained glass box, a Real Ale '98 medal, trophies and such in the windows behind the bar.

8 picnic tables & a roundy on the end adjacent to the bar, and some bar counter space on a wall of windows, overlooking a sunken brewroom holding brick lined brew kettles. Red walls, beige walls to the rear over angled curtained windows, slat red wood below.
Deck out back and lower lawn below; I think they do something down there. Grayish teal ceiling with track spots and drop lamps over the seating. Framed pics, brewery signage, mirrors & trays, mug club Olympics pics, a collage of Gritty's kids which I hadn't really noticed before, hanging murals, and the giant map of Maine to remind you that you're so barely into the state. Taps written on a dry erase board on the end of the bar near a flatscreen there, and another to the rear over the brewroom. Other room, way down at the other end, holding 9 picnic tables & 3 roundies in the center running an "L" around a similar shaped bar to that on the other side. Smaller, tighter, not as lively, me thinks.

Lunching today, chili, yes, is good, yes, and the always amazing barley coated chicken sandwich, crispy crunchy goodness. Every time we go there, my friends mock me and pretend that they don't have it on the menu anymore because they know I eat it every time we're there and how I look forward to it. This sandwich is religion and may have saved my life. And I ain't goin' nowhere 'til I get me one of them blueberry-meth crisp dessert things, lovely. Food was good, as usual, everyone enjoyed their meals. And a beer or two. Started with the Black Fly Stout 'cause I do, and then had a Pale Ale, both were tasty.

Food's good, beer's good, no problems on the service side, and they've got a decent crowd here. Freeport and having been Beaned, we go Gritty.

***Revisit 6 years later on my every year or two's getting back up to Maine, lunchin' Freeport. Chowder of the day is Haddock & corn, was real tasty. Haddock is apparently, a fish, just so you know. And now I'm looking for the bestest chicken sandwich from ever; it used to be called the barley coated chicken sandwich, and was just that, but they renamed it the brewer's sandwich, 'cause I guess he liked it too. I don't see it on the menu and am freaking the fuck out, you know, on the inside. No, wait, it's here, they renamed it again, it's now called the chicken stacker. They need to stop screwing with me and changing its name up every few years. Seriously, I got all a-scared, but all is well now. And it was awesome, just like I remember it being.

7 house beers (Pub Style, Black Fly Stout, Best Brown, Best Bitter, 21 IPA, Raspberry Wheat, Sebago Light) and 2 seasonals (Strong Oatmeal Stout, Scottish) and 2 beers on cask (Blackfly Stout, 21 IPA). The Strong Oatmeal Stout (SOS), at 6.5%, you really get the alcohol; still it's nicely oaty and reeeeal smoooth; the 21 IPA, nice hoppiness, but oh, had a bit of butter to it; and the Scottish, seemed real light, but it was on the heels of the Black Fly Stout, so it's tough to say for sure.

Still Gritty's.

slander, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of joepais
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 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

joepais, Dec 28, 2007
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

cnwillis31, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

costanzo_mike, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

obi_wan_knope, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of sinstaineddemon
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.

sinstaineddemon, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of villainchiwwin
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.

villainchiwwin, Jul 07, 2005
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Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant in Freeport, ME
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