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Since 1988, Gritty McDuff’s has been creating fine, handcrafted ales and traditional pub fare. From our humble beginnings as a small brew pub in Portland’s Old Port, we’ve grown to become the brew pub of choice for Mainers and folks “from away”. From the start, Gritty’s was at the forefront of the brewing renaissance in the Maine. Founders Ed Stebbins and Richard Pfeffer had two simple goals in mind: to create a true, English-style pub serving fresh ales and great food, and to have fun doing it.

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Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub
4.2
Based on 491 reviews
Alan Dagesse
Alan Dagesse
11:07 12 May 22
Food was decent and well priced but menu was a little small and they only had 1 IPA available.
Mr Picard
Mr Picard
04:45 07 May 22
The bartender is personal, an attentive. Music is great. The bar smells like bug spray. Needs to be updated. James is awesome, and makes the place golden. Without him, it'd be meh.
Big Wally
Big Wally
00:05 03 May 22
Great seaside pub and brewery in scenic Portland.Lots of tasty appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, dinners and of course house-brewed beers.Nachos were good, loaded with chicken. Ask for extra jalapeños.Burgers were cooked right, juicy and tasty.Friendly staff and great decor.
David Jellison
David Jellison
13:50 30 Mar 22
Gritty McDuff's is all you imagine an Irish pub to be. The Black Fly Stout nitro is awesome, lobsta roll and house made chips were also great. Prompt friendly waitstaff and a great atmosphere, all on Fore street old town charm.
David Jellison
David Jellison
01:37 30 Mar 22
Gritty McDuff's is all you imagine an Irish pub to be. The Black Fly Stout nitro is awesome, lobsta roll and house made chips were also great. Prompt friendly waite staff and a great atmosphere, all on Fore street old town charm.
Mike Bulgajewski
Mike Bulgajewski
22:10 13 Mar 22
If you're looking for a great atmosphere to enjoy some great beer and pub-fare, Gritty's is hard to beat. I Started patronizing Gritty's about 30 years ago when I lived in the area. One of my favorite spots for a bite and a beer. Drove from NH 2.5 hours to meet my boys (who live in the area) for lunch. Boys were running late but I went in anyway and was greeted by Mehgan. What a delight this young lady is!... friendly, talkative, and attentive. She poured me a pint of my favorite all time beer, Gritty's Brown Ale! I finished that pint, and took a walk while I waited for my boys. When I came back, I was greeted with a friendly smile from Mehgan, and took a table while I waited for my boys. I Was served a delicious Pub Style Ale on cask, by Hannah. Hannah seemed a little stressed at first, but she "warmed up," and was friendly and attentive. My boys joined me shortly after. We ordered some delicious Pub-Fare that included wings, soft pretzels, lamb burger, quinoa bowl, and the rachel (a play on a rueben with turkey). Food was delicious! My only suggestion is that they should cook the lamb medium rare. they won't cook it less than medium (and I understand it's a safety/health concern). Also, maybe put a little tzatziki sauce on the lamb burger. Overall, a great experience (as it usually is!). And you haven't missed a beat with your brews! The Brown Ale, Pub Style, Black Fly, Best Bitter, etc., are just as tasty and full bodied as they were 30 years ago. Keep up the good work!
Randy 3
Randy 3
01:07 27 Feb 22
Food and service was good but i feel that they are letting under age drinkers in the bar. I question 1 person they said they was under 21 and her bartender friend served her anyways
Hannah Collins
Hannah Collins
17:13 17 Jan 22
delicious vegetarian mac n cheese with fried jalapeños. i had a great beer called the galactically stupid IPA which I would certainly drink again. my partner enjoyed their meal as well. service was awesome!
Christine C
Christine C
20:45 11 Dec 21
We had our first lobster roll here. We don't have anything to compare it to, but the hubs wasn't complaining. It was served on a buttered toasted roll, and went great with both beer and cider. It has a great atmosphere, and if you go down the stairs there is another cozy little bar.
E Li
E Li
14:58 13 Oct 21
Delicious beer. A go to for locals and tourists… be sure to check em out!
Brenden Smith
Brenden Smith
23:49 27 Sep 21
Very pleased. Nice atmosphere, good service, food was par or above. Good sipping beer to enjoy the atmosphere.Decent spirits selection too.
Sara Cates
Sara Cates
14:12 12 Sep 21
The food is always good. Love there beer. They just released Halloween Ale. One of my favorites. The staff is always polite and attentive. Our sandwiches we great and the food came hot. Even though they are under staff right now it was the same great place it has always been. our usual waitress Hannah wasn't there but the girl we had was very nice.
Marc Vigneault
Marc Vigneault
00:36 21 Aug 21
Had a quick visit here. We originally came in through the basement bar entrance not even realizing there was a another whole floor. LOLThe basement bar is accessed from the backside alley the main bar entrance is on the main street side.The lower bar was kinda cool. Not much bigger than a some waiting areas for a larger restaurant. The bar is tucked in a corner with a see through window wall giving view to the brewery tanks. Bar seats 6 to 8. And there's a few other high top deuces and maybe one four top. So maybe 20 total. Real cool to stop in for pop or two.The upstairs bar seats many more plus there are two other rooms with a combination of long communal tables and traditional 2/4 top tables and high tops. It was seat yourself during the mid afternoon when we arrived.The beer menu had a good mix of styles a pale ale, a summer, a stout, plus a few of their regular flagship styles. One thing to note if you're not into craft beer the options are limited.I had one of their own- Vic's Secret, a Session NE IPA and enjoyed it.We only had a quick bite of boneless wings and some cups of chowder and chili. The chowder was very flavorful and not too thick. It was a little lean on seafood though. The chili was meaty and tasty. The buffalo tenders were tender and a decent size order for sharing with 2 to 3 people. They had a nice tang to them. I enjoy a more spicy buffalo so I would say they were on the mild side heat wise.We saw some sandwiches get delivered to another table that looked very filling.If I was back in the area I'd stop in again to try more beer and some other food options.
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May
21
Sat
Vinyl Tap at Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub
May 21 @ 9:30 pm
Vinyl Tap at Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub | Portland | Maine | United States

Vinyl Tap will be playing LIVE at Gritty’s Brew Pub in Portland, Maine on Saturday, May 21st. No cover fee – as always!

May
22
Sun
Eric Krasno + Son Little at the State Theatre @ State Theatre
May 22 @ 7:00 pm
Eric Krasno + Son Little at the State Theatre @ State Theatre | Portland | Maine | United States

Eric Krasno

Very few things last forever. Family does though. In the face of trauma, trials, and tribulations, it weathers every storm. Eric Krasno consecrates, commends, and celebrates the permanence of family on his fourth full-length solo offering, Always. The Soulive and Lettuce co-founder, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter-producer defines himself as not only an artist, but also as a husband, father, and man across these ten tracks with inimitable instrumentation, eloquent songcraft, and raw honesty.

“Before 2020, I was having a good time, but I wasn’t grounded at all,” he explains. “I was going from gig to gig. I was always running around without a purpose. During the last year, I found my people in terms of my wife and son. I’ve created a family who will always be there for me. That’s what the album is about.”

A dynamic career thus far positioned him to present such an everlasting vision. Something of a musical journeyman, his extensive catalog comprises three solo albums, four Lettuce albums, twelve Soulive albums, and production and/or songwriting for Norah Jones, Robert Randolph, Pretty Lights, Talib Kweli, 50 Cent, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. As a dynamic performer, he’s shared stages with Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, and The Roots. Out of seven nominations, he picked up two GRAMMY® Awards for his role as a songwriter and guitarist on Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Revelator and guitarist on Derek Trucks Band’ Already Free. In 2019, he served up Telescope under the KRAZ moniker. The cinematic concept album earned widespread acclaim from the likes of Relix and Salon who hailed it as “a timely New York story.”

As the Global Pandemic irrevocably changed the world’s plans, he found himself thinking a lot and writing just as much. At the suggestion of old Lettuce bandmate Adam Deitch, he followed musician and producer Otis McDonald on social media. They conversed online until Otis asked him to contribute to the SongAid performance series. Bob Dylan’s “The Man In Me” had recently taken on a deeper significance for Eric, so they covered the tune in support of NAACP and uncorked instant creative chemistry.

“During the past two years, my wife and I got married, bought a house, and had a baby,” he recalls. “When she was pregnant, I kept hearing ‘The Man In Me’. I had heard the song many times before, but it had never quite hit me the way it was hitting me. I recorded it with just acoustic guitar and vocals, and I loved what Otis did to it. He sent it back to me, and I thought, ‘This is exactly how I want to make my next record’. I wanted it to sound like a band but knock like a hip-hop record. We didn’t even have to talk about it. We were going to do the album.”

The initial sessions took place virtually, but as life took on some semblance of normalcy, Eric ventured up to the Bay Area’s legendary Hyde Street Studios famous for 2Pac, Grateful Dead, and Digital Underground to record face-to-face. Even though “90% of the record happened online,” they managed to tap into a shared spirit as co-producers. They also formed Eric Krasno & The Assembly with Otis on bass, Wil Blades on keys and organ, Curtis Kelly on drums, and James VIII on guitar and vocals.

“My goal was for this to feel like a band record, and I ended up with a great band,” he smiles. “You’ll hear a lot of guitar harmony or what I like to call ‘guit-harmony’,” he laughs.

On the first single “So Cold,” an icy beat bolts down the groove as Eric’s soulful intonation cools the tense riff. In the wake of a hummable hook, a bluesy guitar solo takes hold as each bend wails.

“It’s about a relationship,” he explains. “This girl takes out her anger on other people, and the guy is trying to get to the bottom of what’s wrong and why she’s so cold. You’re trying to leave dark things behind and move into a more positive place. It has a hopeful tone because I’ve gotten past it.”

Head-nodding handclaps, horns from Jazz Mafia, and a funkified bass line drive “Lost Myself” as the track spirals out into a wah-drenched lead.
“It seems negative, but it’s not,” he observes. “It’s about losing your ego when you find someone who works for you. It’s the funkiest track on the album.”

Then, there’s “Leave Me Alone.” The up-tempo song hinges on an unshakable bounce with a catchy hook that “addresses people who love gossip.” The opener “Silence” leans into a laidback pocket before unspooling another simmering solo. He wrote the heartfelt “Hold Tight” about the birth of his son, while the finale “Always With You” also pays homage to his family.

“The first verse was about meeting my wife,” he says. “The second is about how we created a child during this dark time in history. Something beautiful came out of it.”

In the end, Eric welcomes everyone to be a part of his family on Always.

“If you take away a message of love and the Always concept, that’s great,” he leaves off. “Most of all, I want to put you in a happy place. In the past, I personally just felt like I was a guitarist, songwriter, and a producer. Now, I feel like a fully formed artist.”

Son Little

aloha, the latest album from Son Little, the musical nom de plume of LA’s Aaron Earl Livingston, is available now. As previewed with the release of the invisible EP and early single, “hey rose,” which The New York Times described as comprising “bluesy distorted guitar chords, a hint of Latin rhythm and perhaps a distant echo of the Zombies’ ‘Time of the Season’,” aloha blends classic soul and old-school R&B into a timeless swirl fueled by gritty instrumental virtuosity and raw, raspy vocals. Recorded at Paris’s iconic Studios Ferber with producer Renaud Letang (Feist, Manu Chao), aloha is Little’s first album to be recorded with an outside producer. The result is his boldest, most self-assured statement yet. It’s an ambitious work of vision and reflection, and an ecstatic testament to the freedom that comes from trusting the currents of life to carry you where you belong.

In order to create aloha, Little began writing and assembling album demos in Petaluma, California. However, after his hard drive fried and he lost nearly a dozen detailed demos, he was forced to begin with a blank slate, leading him to write aloha in only eight days at a tiny house and its adjacent barn. While Little plays nearly every instrument on the album himself, he put his songs in the hands of an outside producer for the first time here. The entire project was an exercise in letting go, in ceding control, in surrendering to fate.

Recognizing the power of our own self-destructive tendencies is a recurring theme on aloha. Little mourns the suicide of a beloved uncle on “suffer,” using addiction and mental illness as a lens to explore forgiveness and empathy, laments the rapidly deteriorating world his two children are set to inherit on “o clever one,” and meditates on the dangers of succumbing to passion at the expense of reason on “belladonna.”

It would be easy to feel helpless in the face of such inexorable forces, to feel as if we are prisoners of fate rather than masters of our own destiny, but Little instead finds peace in perseverance on the album. “Hallelujah,” he sings on the gorgeous “neve give up,” “though I’m battered and blue / feel like I’m born to lose…Never will I give up.”

It is a potent reminder that letting go doesn’t mean giving in; in fact, quite the opposite. Letting go can be an act of defiance, of growth, of empowerment. Letting go requires a leap of faith, and, in Son Little’s case, that faith has been richly rewarded. Whether that means this album represents the end of one chapter or the beginning of the next is impossible to know just yet, but in either case, there’s really only one thing to say: aloha.

May
28
Sat
Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems at Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub
May 28 @ 9:30 pm – May 29 @ 12:30 am
Jun
10
Fri
The Valdmanis Brothers at Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm
The Valdmanis Brothers at Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub | Portland | Maine | United States

The Valdmanis Brothers will be playing LIVE at Gritty’s Brew Pub in Portland, Maine on Friday, June 10th. No cover fee – as always!

Jun
25
Sat
C.C. & Friends at Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub
Jun 25 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 26 @ 12:30 am
Jul
9
Sat
Vinyl Tap at Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub
Jul 9 @ 9:30 pm
Vinyl Tap at Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub | Portland | Maine | United States

Vinyl Tap will be playing LIVE at Gritty’s Brew Pub in Portland, Maine on Saturday, July 9th. No cover fee – as always!

Aug
20
Sat
Vinyl Tap at Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub
Aug 20 @ 9:30 pm
Vinyl Tap at Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub | Portland | Maine | United States

Vinyl Tap will be playing LIVE at Gritty’s Brew Pub in Portland, Maine on Saturday, August 20th. No cover fee – as always!

Aug
27
Sat
Now is Now at Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub
Aug 27 @ 9:00 pm
Now is Now at Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub | Portland | Maine | United States

Now is Now will be playing LIVE at Gritty’s Brew Pub in Portland, Maine on Saturday, August 27th. No cover fee – as always!

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