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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 AVG
3.52/5
Based on:
1 Beers
2 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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 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.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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 AOShabaz
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Stopped for a quick lunch on my way up to Maine beer company to see what the brewery had to offer...never heard of gritty mcduffs before got a decent chicken sandwich and an ipa...sandwich was decently common, as was beer. They had a nice outside deck to appreciate the Maine weather

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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 StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

sister restaurant of the Portland based grittys, a fun place to visit, but the food is a lot better than the beer. I worked my way through the whole lineup, but was unimpressed by any of them, even finding the ipa to be quite poor. the lobster rolls and lobster mac and cheese were right on though, as was the rhubarb dessert. maybe six or seven beers on, in an open seating loud beer hall type setting. big back deck and yard, and one of those places where you sit with strangers, which is cool if you are traveling. service was decent considering how busy it was, and again, the food was very good. not really a beer destination though, I found them all to be generic and weak in some ways, undercarbonated, and similar in a bad way. the fermenters were neat though, insulated with brick, never seen that before. overall a good stop for a meal on the maine brewery trip, but the beers were less than stellar, and that's the most important thing.

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 Boto
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Stopped here for lunch the other day. Beer selection was OK, as they have the standard Gritty’s fare. The beers are good, with a fairly varied selection. the food was fairly standard pub offerings. It was tasty and was served quickly. The service was also good. Well worth a stop when in the area.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A stop before the Freeport Outlet shops, this brewpub offers a decent place for a lunch and beverage before hitting the stores. Seating at long tables. This place feels like someone converted their garage into a bar (on that budget).

Beer is fresh and there is enough variety on tap to satisfy picky palates. Food is decent pub fare, with some tasty twists. But if you want fish or a burger, you are all set. Waitstaff was friendly and attentive, and all elements were in the appropriate price range.

Overall, if this particular place was located in a downtown area in a bigger icty, it might just die there. it certainly, as far as atomosphere is concerned, is nothing like the Portland location. But the beverages and food measure up. And it is by far the best place to check out if hitting the shopping outlets.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant in Freeport, ME
89 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.