Does a bear drink in the woods? He does if it’s Gritty McDuff’s Vacationland Summer Ale.

Here’s a beer worth getting out of hibernation for! On tap at any Gritty’s or pick-up a six or twelve pack at your favorite beer retailer this summer! Vacationland is an Extra Special Golden Ale that’s light in color but full-bodied, with a snappy hop finish. A bit of extra time in the conditioning tank rounds out and mellows the ale. We use generous portions of pale malt with just a touch of wheat malt to give VSA unique flavor that?s richer than most summer brews. Cascade leaf hops add a delicate and forward hop character as well.

Yes, the rumors are true! HALLOWEEN ALE six packs and 12 packs are starting to hit the shelves at your favorite beer retailers now.

Halloween Ale has grown to be one of the year’s most anticipated beer releases. This robust brew has a deep amber color, a bold, malty palate and a well-rounded hop finish and not one pumpkin was harmed during the brewing of this beer. Available in ominous six-packs or twelve packs now, going on tap in our Pubs and at other wicked establishments all over the New England in late August. Be afraid! Be very afraid of running out of Gritty’s cult beer classic, Halloween Ale. Stock-up NOW!

Let Back Country Excursions, really rattle your chain at the 21st Annual Micro Brew Mountain Biking Festival on August 7-10.
“We’re at it again and all for the love of biking and beer,” said Back Country Excursions Operations Leader, Cliff Krolick. “We’re very happy to team-up with one of Maine’s most respected craft breweries to offer our customers an amazing weekend. Gritty’s was here in the beginning and we’re happy to have them back on our 21st anniversary.”
The MTB party gets underway Friday at noon and won’t stop until late Sunday. By day, Back Country Excursions will offer guided small group rides for all levels and lots of sponsor giveaways. By night, they light the bon fires; have a BBQ then ROCK to the live folk music played by local Maine bands. Participants will get four meals, a huge Lobster bake, 3 days- 2 nights, lodging, camping or yurt are also Included. The Annual Micro Brew Mountain Biking Festival has been rated Maine’s #1 MTB Party! Reservations and details for this all inclusive “brew ha-ha” can be made at: Back Country Excursions: bcountry@psouth.net Ph- 207-625-8189, Fax: 207-625-7134, 42 Woodward Rd, Parsonsfield, ME 04047 info@bikebackcountry.com

Gritty’s is being served at the Barnstormers Ball on August 23
On Saturday, Aug. 23 at 6:30pm the Owls Head Transportation Museum will be transformed into the most happening joint around at the first-ever Barnstormers Ball fundraising gala. Guests are invited to dance the night away while enjoying cocktails, beer from Maine’s own Gritty McDuff’s, hors d’oeuvres and live music by the nine-piece band: The Carmine Terracciano Band. Dappers, Dames and Fly Boys alike are invited to this ritzy affair set to the backdrop of the museum’s collection of World War I era aircraft and ground vehicles. World War I aircraft flyovers, a specialty silent auction, music and period-inspired games will add panache to this 1920s-themed, vintage aviation-inspired gala reflecting the era of OHTM’s core collection. Tickets to the gala are $100 each and a limited number will be sold. To purchase tickets, visit www.owlshead.org or contact Niki Janczura at nj@ohtm.org or by phone at 594-4418.

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PORTLAND

Saturdays in August we feature Live Music at Gritty’s Portland.
August 2- tba
August 9- Travis James Humphrey
August 16- Blues Mafia
August 23- tba

Gritty’s will be at the Portland Brewfest on August 30 & 31 at the Portland Company Complex.
There’s no better way to end summer 2014 than with a great brew festival. Grab your friends, grab some tickets and kick off a great Old Port evening by sampling the best brews you can get here or away. Gritty’s Portland is the best place to be before or after the Brewfest!

FREEPORT

LIVE Acoustic Music on Fridays & Saturdays at Gritty’s Freeport starts around 8:30pm and goes until well, whenever. Never a cover charge!
August 1 – Wade Johnston
August 8 – Justin Walton
August 15 – Rob Duquette
August 16 – Moore & Moran
August 22 – Nick Halerpin
August 29 – Jeff Kilton

End summer with a bang! Fireworks and a Free Concert on August 30!
Brett Dennen will perform at Discovery Park on August 30, 7:30pm. You can hear the folk and acoustic influences in the mellow, melodic music of Northern California native Brett Dennen. His latest album, Smoke and Mirrors, features the hit song Wild Child. Head to Gritty’s after the concert to watch the town fireworks (fireworks start around 9 p.m.). The Town of Freeport had to reschedule their 4th of July fireworks due to weather conditions.

The NEW summer menu is out at Gritty’s Freeport. Stop by for some fresh seafood, a Lobster roll or some Lobster Mac & Cheese.

BRRRR! NEW Frozen Drink Specials. Enjoy the deck at Gritty’s Freeport with one of frozen drink specials. Just the way to cool down after a hot day of shopping in Freeport or from being out on the boat on Casco Bay.

AUBURN

August L/A Band Listings – Loud & proud and never a cover charge!
August 9 – Zealous Bellus
August 10 – Mitch Alden
August 15 – Farmhouse Project – Balloonfest weekend
August 16 – O.C.D. 8-12 Balloonfest weekend
August 29 – The Delta Knights
August 30 – The Juke Joint Devils

Watch the balloons from Gritty’s Auburn deck on the river!
The best place in town to watch the Hot Air Balloons from the Great Falls Balloon Festival is from Gritty’s deck. It’s an uplifting experience! LIVE music with the Farmhouse Project on Friday and O.C.D. on Saturday night!

It’s the Blimp, it’s the Blimp!
On Friday, August 22 the Guru returns WBLM’s studio north inside Gritty’s L/A Brew Pub. WBLM will broadcast LIVE Friday afternoon from Gritty’s L/A!

Gritty’s is proud to sponsor the last run this season in the “Triple Crown 5K” series: the Bridge Run on Sunday, August 24 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. http://www.triplecrown5k.com/bridge-run/race-details

 Gritty’s L/A Brew Pub have once again been selected as the official brew pub of The Dempsey Challenge. This high-profile run, walk and cycling event, established in 2009 by actor and Lewiston, Maine, native Patrick Dempsey to benefit The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, will be held September 27-28 in Lewiston, Maine. The sixth annual event is expected to draw thousands of participants and spectators. In addition to being the official brew pub of the Dempsey Challenge for the sixth year, Gritty’s will promote the event and raise funds for the cause through brewing “Dempsey’s Courage Ale,” selling it in Gritty’s L/A Brew Pub and by participating in the walk/run and cycling events that weekend. (www.dempseychallenge.org)