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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Brewing CompanyGritty McDuff's Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.48/5
Based on:
16 Beers
1,831 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 117
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.8
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @grittys

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Reviews by WesWes:
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3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This place is located in downtown Portland, ME. It is a decent sized place with a good sized bar. I checked this place out at night when it was rocking hard. The place was packed solid with two musical acts playing at the same time.

It had two levels with each their own identity. The upper level was the frat house and 30+ crowd. The scenery was outstanding, that's for sure. It made the atmosphere that much better. The lower level was a jazz type bar with the cool, trendy crowd dominating. I wanted to get down there, but it was impossible to move in any direction.

The quality was decent, but nothing special. They had the typical brewpub selection with a cool Halloween beer which I drank all night. The service was a bit suspect, but I've got to believe it would have been better if it weren't so packed.

I didn't have any food, but this was a cool college hangout. The beer was not bad and the atmosphere ruled. This is a place to remember.

More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mr-jj
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

Photo of Reds76
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of KarlosT
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Food was ok to good, beers were poor.

Review of the beers:

Wow. Can't believe the high scores (especially for the McDuff's Halloween Ale).

Got a flight at the Gritty McDuff's in Portland ME:
Halloween Ale
Cask Best Bitter
Maine's Best IPA
Pub Style

All were exactly the same amber color, with the same head. The aroma was exactly the same, except for the Pub Style. I also had a pint of their Black Fly Stout, which fortunately did have a different color.

I iterated between their Halloween Ale, their IPA, and their Cask Bitter. All were exactly the same, except that the Cask Bitter was slightly warmer.

When I suggested to the waitress that the beers might have been mis-poured, she said that they were correct, that she was also a bartender, and that she could tell from the color of the pours.

Assuming what I drank was correct ...

I found the beer was watery, and it was as though they used poor quality water. All their beers had an off after-taste ... as though their was a Gritty McDuffs flavor they added to all their beers (including their stout)

Mouth feel was watery. And a little evervescent ... a slight bite from the c02. Interesting, even the cask best bitter had a slight CO2 bite to it.

Very sorry I went to this pub. Food was ok. But the beers were mediocre to poor.

Perhaps I did something to offend our waitress ??

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.64/5  rDev -4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of hudsonheat
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Foods okay, beers are what they are. Decent place to watch the game.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of aking32753
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

get the sampler a platter of apps than you can decide what beer you like for a pint

Photo of abrodsky
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of fitzy84
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

On my trip to Portland, I decided to stop by Gritty McDuff's. Upon entering the establishment, there is a bar area with a downstairs, an entrance to sit out in the back cobblestone street, and a long dining room area where you can sit yourself on long refectory tables. The atmosphere of the place was definitely social in what appeared to be a classic pub-style environment, with wood and brick making up the interior designs of the place. I ordered the fish and chips for my supper, and although the portions seemed small, I was satisfied by the meal. For drinks, I had the Original Pub Style beer and then the Black Fly Stout. The Pub Style beer was my favorite of the two. Service was a bit slow and our waitress took awhile for some drink orders. However, I noticed she was the only wait staff in our room, so that may have been the main problem.

I have always liked Gritty's beers, so it was a fun to finally eat at their pub in Portland

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.