September 2018 News and Events

Raise a Pint Portland Maine Skatepark Longs Board Shop Grittys Brewpub

Calling all Skateboarders! We are helping to raise funds for the new Portland Skate Park with a Community Pint Night on Thursday, September 20th from 5:30-9:30pm at Gritty’s in Portland. Tom and Sarah Long from Long’s Board Shop will be here to help out. Gritty’s will donate 50¢ from every pint sold, and there will be some other fundraising activities too!

You could win $2,500! The Greater Freeport Chamber’s 3rd Annual “Great Golf Ball Drop,” presented by Kennebec Savings Bank and hosted at Gritty’s Freeport, is from 5-7pm on Friday, September 14.  We’re throwing 1,500 numbered golf balls out of Gritty’s hot air balloon. Don’t miss your chance to win up to $2,500.  Great Freeport Golf Ball Drop.

MugDay Night Football is back at Gritty’s Freeport! Monday nights during football season, mugs are $2 for the mug club, and everybody else pays $2.25 for a pint from pre-game until the end of the game. Half-off nachos from start of the game until close every Monday during football season. Promotion is only in the Tap Room and starts Monday, Sept. 10..

Kick off the Dempsey Challenge at the biggest concert of the weekend at Simard Payne Park! Gates open at 5:30pm on Friday, September 28. It’s just a suggested donation of $10 to see the L/A Harley Band perform, plus special guests. Food trucks and beverages provided by Gritty’s and Baxter Brewing.

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


Gritty’s 11th “Gripped & Ripped Golf Tourney”

Join us for a day of golf, brews, and laughs.

To all Gritty faithful and friends:
We hope you’ll consider participation in a great event, to help a fellow brewer in need. Join us for a fun day of golf, a few brews, and a lot of laughs – all for a very special cause.

In celebration of our 30th anniversary, and because we really like a party, the Gritty’s “Gripped and Ripped Golf Tournament” returns on Monday, August 27th to Riverside Golf Course in Portland, Maine.

The tournament benefits the national nonprofit Help Hope Live in honor of Tom Bull. A Maine brewer, and one fine fellow, Tom Bull of Dirigo Brewing needs a total heart replacement. A portion of our proceeds will be donated to Tom’s medical needs.

Beer, prizes, food, and fun.
Scramble format.
Registration Check in: 8:00 a.m.
Tee off: 9:00 a.m.
Closing ceremony and apps: 2:00 p.m.
Contests, mulligans, and a 50/50 raffle.
Grill stations on course with burgers and dogs.
Beer stations throughout course for your beverage needs.
In honor of Tom, a Dirigo and Gritty’s collaborative beer, Corazon del Toro, will be served.

Ways to participate:

Register a team.
Teams will fill up fast and are first come, first served.
Register now to be part of this special event.

Sponsor the event.
Sponsorships are available to suit a variety of business objectives.
Our valued sponsors will receive inclusion in pre-event materials and on site exposure.

Make a donation.

Even if you can’t make it to the event, you can make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Tom at any time.


Prizes are a part of the fun and a great way to gain exposure with this audience. Consider the answer to “what did you win?” to be a gift certificate or item from your business.

Thank you for considering participation and sponsorship of Gritty’s Gripped and Ripped Golf Tournament. We look forward to seeing you on the greens!