Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 1,603
Beer Avg: 3.47
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 66 | Show All Ratings:
2.42/5 rDev -36.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.25 | selection: 3 | $$
My wife and I stopped in for a beer (for me) and ice tea and water (for her).
The atmosphere was typical dark yet inviting interior with wood paneling and some large windows in the rear. However, that was about the highlight for us.
The server seemed to have an attitude, didn't come across as friendly or seemed overly concerned about our needs. My beer (the Best Brown) was weak and lacking in malt character. Worst of all was when we paid our bill ($7.16), we got shortchanged about fifty cents. We didn't make waves, just left without any tip. I won't say the waitress deliberately stiffed us (accidents do happen), but couple that minor experience with our server's lousy, unfriendly demeanor and the poor quality of the single beer I had left us glad to leave. Perhaps we would have stayed for another round of beverages if we felt welcome, but we had had enough.
Perhaps if I find myself in the area again I'll try the place once again - different people and different beers, but our single experience left us cold.
10-16-2013 22:18:58 | More by beergoot
4/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$
When you walk in to this location you kind of get the feel of walking in to a prohibition speak easy, but also like you are walking into a traditional "pirate bar" one that you see with like captian hook being present. The atmosphere is awesome and the layout of the location is excellent. I have been to this place several times and with several different people and each time our seating location fit the mood and we weren't disappointed.
07-28-2013 20:44:03 | More by TTripp725
4/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
This is the second time I've been to gritty's and return there for their tasty food and beer, convenient location (literally across from a parking garage), and because I've never paid for beer while being there (host insists on paying). The beer lineup boasts 5-6 different house draught beers that range from their lighter summer seasonal to their black fly stout. The food is great as well, but is definitely still pub cuisine (burgers, shepards pie). Unfortunately, their selection beyond the beers they make themselves is limited.
The place is packed every time I've stopped in (Friday/Saturday evening) and there is also live music.
A party of 9 drinking only rang up a $31 tab, which beats most surrounding establishments. It's a must stop in Portland and an easy walk to both novare res and the thirsty pig.
05-22-2012 18:34:54 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
I stop here for lunch every Fall when I visit Maine. It has a great New England atmosphere. I usually sit at the bar with a book or watch ESPN on a flat screen and try the sampler, then select a pint or two while the wife and kids do other things in Portland. Their beers are good, not exceptional. They are worth chceking out for sure, though. The place has very tasty pub food. Nothing fancy, but enjoyable nonetheless. There's a kids menu, so lunch with the family is no problem. They have a little store right next door where you can buy their beers bottled or in growlers.
02-04-2012 13:49:48 | More by DrStiffington
4/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Great location and atmosphere. Some seating issues, as this place fills up in a hurry, with a few picnic tables in back. Well lit, not overly loud.
Decent brew, with some standards from the brewery on tap, plus some new features. Good selection of standard pub styles. Beer was the right temp and not overly carbonated. Had a Black IPA, and not sure if this was a guest from Maine Beer Week or not. But it was suggested by the waitstaff, and that was helpful.
Even though they were busy, the food and brew came quick. Big plus. Tables were full of dishes needing to be cleared, and you seat yourself, but that seems to work.
Decent prices and good value. Burgers, full meals, fish n chips, good range of pub grub appetizers. Nothing unique, but when you walk in, you know what you are getting. Location alone is a draw, and this should be a stop.
11-14-2011 14:24:19 | More by OtherShoe2
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Gritty’s is smack dab in the middle of the touristy area of Portland’s Old Port. And yet it feels more local than anything else, what with the cozy and spacious space inside, the communal tables (as in Novare Res, this must be a Portland thing) and the double-sided bar filled with Portlanders. We sat by the windows looking into Fore Street- good people watching!
Cozy, comfortable, lovable. Mellow and not loud at all on a Saturday evening. The wife and I had a great time here. Service was very good too; I enjoyed the pretty servers dressed in Halloween costumes (devil horns, Mickey Mouse ears, hot booties).
Selection was good alright- seven taps and two casks. 21 IPA, Pub Style, Bitter (cask), Claws Ale, Halloween, Halloween (cask), Halloween (nitro), Black Fly Stout (nitro)… I had the Halloween Cask (amazing!) and Black Fly nitro (good). The wife had the IPA, which is VERY British, and the Bitter.
Beers here are generally like being back in the UK, you know. Classic cask, “real ale” flavors. Nothing crazy, no imperials or barleywines or barreling here.
Prices are alright good ($4.50 for a pint, $3.50 for a half-pint that was almost a full one) and service was very good. Add the amazing ambience and the great music (Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson) and we’ve got a brewpub I would come back in an instant, even if the beer is not groundbreaking.
10-31-2011 04:26:55 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.56/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Nice feel from the exposed brick and worn wood interior, feels very late 1800s seaport rustic and plays right into the view of the port from its rear windows. Long bar in each of the two large rooms, ample table seating throughout provided in adjacent room, even a small storefront for growlers and bottles in an adjacent door from the outside. 400 or so numbered ceramic mugs hang over the main bar for their members.
Beers lean heavily english and all present some level of easy bitterness, leafy british hops and woody ringwood yeast. Fans not used to the style or more Americanized takes may think many of the beers are lifeless. Service was spotty with the single bartender on our side seemingly paying more attention to the regulars than tourists.
10-10-2011 13:32:00 | More by rfgetz
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here on my way back from a Maine Brewers festival on Sebago lake. Portland, ME is a great seaport town and Gritty's is just the type of laid back, quality brewpub that you would hope to find in such a place. Two beers on cask (1/2 dozend on tap), an English Mild and their IPA. Both were very good and the food was outstanding. I had the seafood mac & cheese off the seasonal menu and it was deliciously light but completely filling. The bar staff was friendly, the selection was decent and the atmosphere was relaxing, comfortable and inviting. Definitely worth a visit when visiting the area.
10-02-2011 17:56:15 | More by 86sportster883
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Cool building in the Old Port section of downtown Portland with lots of exposed brick inside and ample ceilings. The bar is in the middle, and the action takes place on either side of it. Great view from the windows opposite of the entry way.
They have a full line of Gritty's offerings on tap, and some rotating cask(s). To me the most enjoyable was the stout.
The crowd is mainly tourists(late summer weekend afternoon), with some locals stopping in during shopping.
Def. would recommend making a stop while exploring the area.
09-16-2011 12:40:33 | More by SevaTse
3.83/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located in downtown Portland, just off the harbor. They have expanded from the original many years ago and now have a fairly large seating area. The most charm is in the original bar area upstairs. The bar is topped in copper, which is quite nice. Lots of exposed brick in this old building, which ads to the charm. The food is fairly standard bar fare, yet there is local flavor to it. Lobster is available in some of the dishes. I had some popcorn shrimp for lunch which were good. My friend had a Reuben which he liked. I have been on other occasions and have always had good food. The beers are decent enough, but not spectacular. It seems as if the bottle versions (contract brewed) aren’t quite as good as the ones brewed on the premises. Definitely worth the trip.
07-26-2011 00:19:18 | More by Boto
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company in Portland, ME
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.