Gritty's does still seem to thrive regardless of the new breweries around them, a good sign of their atmosphere and service. I have met family many times in the Freeport pub and the non-beer drinkers like their food and value. I would never choose to have a hoppy beer from them, but Gritty's does a decent job with the malty beers. And the attached shop has Black Fly Stout bombers at $3 a pop which my brother in law enjoys. There seems to be an audience in Maine and probably a lot of other places for community gathering locations like this, where the Budweiser-drinking guys can order some craft but not go TOO far outside their comfort zone. Despite the turnover in the industry, I think there can still be anachronisms like old school brewpubs. But at the same time I understand if the choice is between closing up shop or brew fruited beers, NEIPAs, etc. well I can't blame the brewer for trying to survive.