Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant
Active Beers: 1
Beer Ratings: 2
Beer Avg: 3.52
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
2.35/5 rDev -40.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$
As part of a Portsmouth>Portland brewpub tour, my beer buddy and I visited Gitty's in Freeport. I've been to ~200 brewpubs in North America and this is about as bad as it gets. We had the cask bitter, the cask halloween ale, and the pub style ale. These beers are a blemish on the record of good beer. I couldn't distinguish between the cask bitter and the cask halloween. BA had a 90 rating for this location going into the trip and I feel obliged to do my part to bring it down. If you're in Portland, visit Sebago for the only good brewpub in the area. I was very dissapointed with the beer scene in Portland. It's dominated by Shipyard and Gritty's - both are below average for their beer.
09-23-2007 02:38:47 | More by Yetiman420
3.23/5 rDev -18%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1 | $$
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.
12-31-2007 02:43:39 | More by NJpadreFan
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25 | $$
Stopped for a quick lunch on my way up to Maine beer company to see what the brewery had to offer...never heard of gritty mcduffs before got a decent chicken sandwich and an ipa...sandwich was decently common, as was beer. They had a nice outside deck to appreciate the Maine weather
06-14-2013 01:52:07 | More by AOShabaz
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
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!
09-30-2005 00:56:49 | More by charlesw
3.59/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$$
sister restaurant of the Portland based grittys, a fun place to visit, but the food is a lot better than the beer. I worked my way through the whole lineup, but was unimpressed by any of them, even finding the ipa to be quite poor. the lobster rolls and lobster mac and cheese were right on though, as was the rhubarb dessert. maybe six or seven beers on, in an open seating loud beer hall type setting. big back deck and yard, and one of those places where you sit with strangers, which is cool if you are traveling. service was decent considering how busy it was, and again, the food was very good. not really a beer destination though, I found them all to be generic and weak in some ways, undercarbonated, and similar in a bad way. the fermenters were neat though, insulated with brick, never seen that before. overall a good stop for a meal on the maine brewery trip, but the beers were less than stellar, and that's the most important thing.
08-18-2013 14:06:19 | More by StonedTrippin
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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.
04-13-2007 12:34:23 | More by brewandbbq
3.66/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
07-31-2013 18:49:38 | More by Boto
Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub & Restaurant in Freeport, ME
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