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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Gritty McDuff's Brewing CompanyGritty McDuff's Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.5/5
Based on:
18 Beers
1,950 Hads
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 73
Visits: 134
Avg: 3.78
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

396 Fore St
Portland, Maine, 04101-4026
United States
phone: (207) 772-BREW | map
www.grittys.com

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Reviews: 73 | Visits: 134
Reviews by Durge:
Photo of Durge
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Although I can't give Gritty's a terrific rating I will have to admit I almost always drop in when I am in Portland. I like the crowd there, not that it's an easy place to fit in and meet people, but it's a popular meeting spot, mostly for young folks, so it's kind of fun to just hang out amidst all the chatter and have a nice selection of brew choices. The look of the place is kind of neat, an old pub located upstairs in the heart of the old port section of this seaport town. Kind of dark and spread out in fairly tight quarters. This creates part of the problem with service. In the evenings it gets pretty crowded by the after dinner hours and the available space makes it hard to get room at the bar to place your order and for the waitresses to find you. Sometimes it's hard to tell if there even are any witresses. The main seating area has large community tables which are kind of cozy. I also have to say that the quality of the brews does vary here. I've never had one that wowed me and some are less than good. Probably good to ask for samples here first. In my experience the bartenders have never had time to chat much so you don't seem to get any beer input or guidance. I've had a couple meals here and it's fine for pub grub stuff. Definitely don't visit Portland without spending some time here but there are other comparable choices. I think if you are a local and perhaps has joined the mug club with lots of friends to congregate with, this place really gains major kudos. With the charm of it's weathered decor including walls that can talk in the restroom, it always seems to have so much potential but doesn't always translate in a short visit from out of town.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JAEvans
4.86/5  rDev +28.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ScorpioFemme
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We Want Gritty's!!

Southern Pennsylvania needs Gritty's to find a distributor in York County who will bring your incredible Scottish, Christmas, and Halloween ales to our area so the locals can taste splendor in a glass! I am forced to drive to Philadelphia (90 minutes each way!) to get my Gritty's Fall & Winter Ale fix but hope that I won't have to one of these days. If you haven't been fortunate enough to enjoy one of their seasonal ales (for lover's of Scottish & ESB's), you are missing out on their yummy versions of those styles. I miss Maine terribly and Gritty's almost as much!

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Photo of chicagoish
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3

Photo of HopsnMalts_NJ
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of LeRose
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in for lunch on a Wednesday - not a lot of people in at the time until the raucous crowd from the BrewBus dropped in...

We were seated at a communal table that was located in a room away from the main bar area. Nice enough seating and the community feel was cool (without the brew bus gang). Our server was very pleasant and well-informed. The menu was a little confusing about what constituted a flight, but the waitress explained it clearly. Not much to question on the menu - it is pub grub.

There were nine beers in the flight, two duplicates on cask which was a nice way to compare and contrast those beers. The beer was mostly OK, but I though the stout was awful. The food was very good - nicely prepared fish sandwich and my wife said the fish tacos were tasty as well. Good onion rings.

More than the vibe (which to me includes the people) the place does have a nice ambience from all the brick - it's a pretty cool building and the downstairs/outside seating would have been nice on a much cooler day. It was mid-90 weather and the AC was welcome.

I'd like to try the Freeport location to compare. They are always packed and always seem to have something going on. It was nice to check it off, but it's no place I feel compelled to visit again.

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Photo of mynie
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I don't know how long they've been open, but Gritty's feels like a very, very oldschool brewpub. The beers are all English-style, served only slightly colder than room temperature, and the quality varies from "okay" to "the first batch of homebrew someone didn't fuck up entirely."

We stopped by around 11 PM on a Saturday. Everyone was friendly but the place was packed and very loud. There's some minor aesthetic signals toward Englishness, but the vibe was much closer to an American sports bar than a faux-English/Irish pub. That's fine if that's your thing--there were lots of early twenties kids there trying to mate with one another. But it's not my thing.

So, not really a great vibe, and not really great beer. Nothing about the place was horrid, but it doesn't really qualify as a beer geek destination in 2015.

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Photo of Oleyomoleyo
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of mitch3114
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of KLHBB
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Fun place, great service. Quiet when I was there, but I can imagine this as a party place. Informal, old world pirate vibe. Beer and food are good enough, but the strength is in the brick and wood charm.

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Photo of xtonytx
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of 31Sam13
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of benzalman
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of psweendogg
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.46/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of OJT1993
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of dwoolley1
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of DrJGR629
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of illpass78
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ivyman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mr-jj
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Liked the ambiance - kind of reminiscent of a European brown cafe with a lot of tables shared by strangers. Food was good, service was good, beer was just okay.

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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.