Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
03-02-2003 06:10:53 | More by slander
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