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
1,833 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 117
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: n/a
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[ 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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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Still Gritty's.

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

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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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
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