August News and Events

Gritty’s named “top bar” in Portland! published a list of the top bars in Portland. Guess who’s first on the list?

In conjunction with the 2nd annual LIFE HAPPENS OUTSIDE FESTIVAL Gritty’s is happy to host the “Teens to Trails” Benefit at our Freeport brew pub on August 17th from 4:30 to 7 pm. We’re raising money to create additional High School outings clubs in Maine. Teens To Trails is an outdoor nonprofit organization located in Brunswick, ME, that provides resources, training, programming, and financial assistance to support High School outing clubs. Our goal is to EDUCATE youth, teens and families on how and where to get outside, ENGAGE with our communities to encourage more time spent outdoors and INSPIRE the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and stewards.  Gritty’s is contributing 50¢ from each pint sold to the cause. There will also be other fund raising activities and a lot of fun! It all takes place in Gritty’s backyard (weather permitting). So stop by!

Watch the balloons from Gritty’s deck!
The best place in town to watch the Hot Air Balloons in the Great Falls Balloon Festival is from Gritty’s deck.  It’s an uplifting experience! The 25th Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival will be held August 17-19.

Gritty’s is proud to sponsor the last run this season in the “Triple Crown 5K” series: the Bridge Run on Sunday, August 26 at 8:30 a.m. Register at the Rollodrome, 12 Riverside Drive in Auburn. It’s moderately flat over many bridges including a railroad pedestrian bridge. The race runs along the Androscoggin River and crosses over to both Lewiston and Auburn and goes right by Gritty’s Brew Pub! After the race, runners can hang out at Gritty’s and get their first beer for a buck if they show their bib.  

We’re throwing 1,500 numbered golf balls out of our hot air balloon on September 14 at Gritty’s in Freeport. The ball that comes closest to the pin, wins $2,500! Buy your chance online now!  Great Freeport Golf Ball Drop

Gritty’s Courage Ale is almost as popular as Patrick Dempsey sightings at the Dempsey Challenge. This is our 10th year being involved and we’re happy to do it. You should join Gritty’s team to walk, run or cycle that weekend.  Dempsey Challenge