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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Brewing CompanyGritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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2,026 Ratings
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

396 Fore St
Portland, Maine, 04101-4026
United States

(207) 772-BREW | map
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BEER STATS
Beers:
20
Reviews:
1,087
Ratings:
2,026
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.79/5
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
148
pDev:
13.19%
 
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Reviews by rfgetz:
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3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Nice feel from the exposed brick and worn wood interior, feels very late 1800s seaport rustic and plays right into the view of the port from its rear windows. Long bar in each of the two large rooms, ample table seating throughout provided in adjacent room, even a small storefront for growlers and bottles in an adjacent door from the outside. 400 or so numbered ceramic mugs hang over the main bar for their members.

Beers lean heavily english and all present some level of easy bitterness, leafy british hops and woody ringwood yeast. Fans not used to the style or more Americanized takes may think many of the beers are lifeless. Service was spotty with the single bartender on our side seemingly paying more attention to the regulars than tourists.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of littlestevie14
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Fitzy01
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of NHPest
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of DM39
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25

Hole in the wall. Super dark. Dark wood and low lighting. The beers tasted old. Super divey. Went her while we waiting for dinner.

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Photo of bootdown21
1.5/5  rDev -60.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of smanson56
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Grogsky
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

If you've got just a few minutes to try a few samples and experience some craft beer in Portland, ME, I highly recommend checking this place out. Upstairs is great, but if downstairs is open, definitely head down!

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Photo of NYR-Zuuuuc
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of FedJack
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of JAEvans
4.86/5  rDev +28.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ScorpioFemme
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
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 -19.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3

Photo of HopsnMalts_NJ
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of LeRose
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -21.1%
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 +14.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of mitch3114
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company in Portland, ME
Brewery rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 2,026 ratings
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