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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Brewing CompanyGritty McDuff's Brewing Company
BA SCORE
86
very good

100 Ratings
Ratings: 100
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 1,725
Beer Avg: 3.47
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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slander

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6%

So, Portland, and old port play. As long as Karl & Nance had to move absurdly out of our easy NY/CT reach, they might as well as given us this. I figure I can rattle the group of college friends nearly 20 years out for an excursion up north once a year or other, and I usually figure correctly. I'm allowed one record store, there'll be smokes and double espressos, and my obsession with a chicken sandwich to be dealt with...

12 seat copper topped telephone shaped bar off to the right. Brick wall barback holds booze on it's counter between 2 cut through where about a half dozen people can be served sitting on the backside of the bar from the next room. It's startling. Sitting at the bar, I thought the cut throughs were mirrored but my reflection there was not me. Mug club mugs above the barback wall & hooked above sprawling. Love the "stand here, no beer" signs at both ends of the bar. Wide plank floorings and the walls big brick with slight red & green trimmings, exposed ducts, rafter ceilings, and strung track spots. A single picnic table sits adjacent to the bar, plus a lone raised barrel table up front and 3 more to the rear in the large windows spying the alleyway below & marina beyond.

Rooms to both sides. The one just off the rear of the bar holds 2 picnic tables & 2 raised barrel tables. I've got to tell you, I'd swear this room was bigger and ran further forward. Red walls over wood slat lowers and a pressed tin ceiling with strung track spots. And then there's a larger room behind the bar, accessible via arched walk throughs fore & aft the bar itself. Side room holds 8 narrow beerhallish tables, a bar counter adjacent to the bar feed and another in the front windows. And I don't remember this room as always having been here. Maybe it's the drink.

Flatscreens in the corners, a big brewery mural up front, brewery logo prints, a mounted box offering brewery shwag, framed local reader poll awards, Rugby prints, pics of brick lined kettles, ski groups, Rugby teams, '90's holiday parties, mug club Olympics, & random crowd photos, and a Gritty's "early years '89-'90" collage. Someone mounted a large Tinkerbell made out of tinfoil on the ductwork above me, and I just spotted a World Series trophy in the next room crafted the same way.

They had their standard beers on and the seasonal Christmas Ale. Mostly a collection of English style brews, I started with the Best Brown to see if it was such. It's not, but it isn't a bad English Brown Ale; the Best Bitter, a better bitter than most anyway; and the Black Fly Stout, roasty, bitter dryness, I'm about the stout, yes, so I'll have another.

And food, and here's a surprise. I'll be having the Barley Coated Chicken Sandwich. It's crunchy goodness from Crazytown. It's my favorite goddamn sandwich since ever; I'd sell you to a caravan of angry gypsies for that sandwich at will. My friends have deemed my obsession with this sandwich as disturbing; I need new friends.

Service was somewhat spotty but in all fairness, they do have to carry the food up a flight of stairs to get it to you (think about putting in a dumbwaiter, folks). The food's good and the beers are always fresh. Still the best brewpub I've hit in Portland, but as Gritty's goes, I think Freeport is the better location.

***Revisit 6 years later before I start the new thing that could become the job I don't want. If I wasn't sure the layout of the place had changed, I most surely am now. Already chicken sandwiched up from having dropped into Freeport an hour or three ago, I'm really just looking for a beer. Or maybe two.

2 wood box towers on the bar, and a pair of casks just inside the far box. 4 House regulars (Best Bitter, Best Brown, Pub Style Pale Ale, Black Fly Stout), 2 seasonals (Irish Red on nitro & Scottish), 2 cask offerings (Best Bitter & Scottish), and a cider named Woodchuck. Started with the Irish Red as I hadn't seen it up north. Tasty, with a nice maltiness, and a cask the Scottish Ale, good maltiness there too, I do like.

Still Gritty's.

03-02-2003 06:10:53 | More by slander
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Connecticut

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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