Portland Brew Pub

Ed and the Wet Hops

  • Gritty’s Portland Brew Pub opened in 1988. It became Maine’s first brew pub since prohibition and a leader in the state’s craft brew revolution. Since then, locals and visitors from around the world have been enjoying fine, small-batch ales.  Gritty’s brews on-premise and serves great pub fare in an old world pub atmosphere.
  • Gritty’s Portland Brew Pub is the perfect place to experience the ambiance of Portland’s Old Port.
    Our Fore Street location is in the heart of the historic district. Pull up a chair at our copper-topped bar. Strike up a conversation at our beer hall style tables. Take in the street life on the cobblestones of Wharf Street from our patio.
  • We’re open everyday and you’re always welcome. Gritty’s has become a Maine institution, garnering many awards for Best Bar, Best Brew Pub and Best Beer. Stop in, have a pint and see where the legend began. Cheers!
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    Portland Brew Pub
    396 Fore Street
    Portland, Maine 04101



Music & Gritty’s Events

  • Live Music at Gritty’s Portland in October. All bands start around 9 pm unless noted. No cover.
    Every Tuesday – Travis James Humphrey  NEW TIME: 7-10 pm
    Every Thursday – Band Beyond Description 9 pm
    Saturday, Oct. 7 – Dave Gagne Sr.
    Saturday, Oct. 14 – Travis James Humphrey
    Saturday, Oct. 28 – Work Trucks
    Be sure to come to the Community Pint Night on Oct 12th to support Greater Portland Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
    They will be at Gritty’s in Portland from 5:30 to 9:30 pm raising money and awareness for the run/walk. The Volunteer Event Leadership Team will be selling calendar raffles and other “Making Strides” items while we donate 50¢ from every pint we sell to the cause.
    HALLOWEEN ALE is on tap in the pubs too. On Nitro too, order a “Nitroween” now! 
    Every fall marks the return of our legendary Halloween Ale – the beer so good, it’s scary! No pumpkins are harmed in the brewing of this beer! This robust brew has a deep amber color, a bold, malty palate and a well-rounded hop finish. Halloween Ale is smooth and creamy with a medium-to-full body. It has a big malty flavor with toasted caramel balanced by ripe pear and faint apple undertones. The hops give it ample bitterness, but the beer finishes a bit sweet. The perfect beer for a crisp autumn day! 6% ABV
    Monster Mash is so big and scary we only brew it once a year. Coming in late October, just in time for Halloween!  
    In a world where beer has lost its way, in a time when beer is under attack from spices, herbs and pumpkins, one beer bravely stand above the rest.  Gritty’s “Monster Mash.” This double ESB is on tap for a limited time at all Gritty’s Brew Pubs. Ingredients: Marris Otter Barley, Crystal and Chocolate malts (all from the UK); East Kent Goldings, Whitbread Goldings Variety, Fuggles and US Goldings hops.  ABV: 7.3%.
    “Downeast SIPAH” is on tap at Gritty’s in Portland until about Indigenous People’s Day.
    Come try this small-batch, hoppy blonde ale in Portland before it’s gone! Made with Maine grown grain from Blue Ox Malt House in Lisbon, Maine & hops from Aroostook County, this Blonde Ale comes in at 4.5% ABV.  Hoppy up-front with a nice malty balance on the end. We used Centennial and Cascade hops, Maine Pale and Vienna Malts along with Maine grown oats.
    We’ll be serving the County Wet Hop Ale at all locations
    . “Wet hop beers” are an original style developed by North American brewers. What distinguishes a wet hop beer from a regular beer is the use of freshly harvested or ‘wet’ hops in the brewing process. Aroostook Hops in Westfield, ME picked ripened Centennial cones right off the vine, and then delivered them to our brewers the next day. The use of “fresh, ‘wet’ hops” imparts amazing and unique fruit aromas and flavors to the beer that you just can’t get from using traditional kiln dried hops. Each beer is considered a ‘one-off’, as there is no way of predicting to what extent the ‘wet’ hops will affect the flavor of each individual brew.  In addition to ‘wet’ Centennial hops, the barley in this beer is grown and malted by Buck Farms in Mapleton, ME, making the County Wet Hop a 100% locally sourced beer.
    Have you ever thought about working at Gritty’s?
    Now’s your chance. All Gritty’s locations are currently seeking friendly, highly motivated people for all positions for both front and back of the house. You must be willing to work any shift during the week or on the weekends.  If you want to have fun and make money at the same time, apply in person at the Gritty’s brew pub of your choice. (Don’t call, just stop by.)
    Do you want to join the Mug Club? We have openings in all 3 locations
    . Have you ever noticed the hundreds of ceramic mugs hanging above our bar? Those mugs belong to Gritty’s Mug Club. Each member pays an annual $75 membership fee and in return they get to join our exclusive Mug Club. Each Mug Club Member gets their own ceramic mug. The mugs hold 21 ounces of our fine ale. Mug Club members pay just $2 for each mug of ale on Mug Club Nights and they earn points for discounts on food, ale and merchandise! If joining Gritty’s Mug Club sounds interesting, just ask the bartender for a Mug Club Application on your next visit.
    Join Gritty’s & WBLM’s Captain in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day 2018!  We’ll party in the pubs, tour Ireland and spend St Patrick’s Day in Dublin! Next trip info night is Thursday, Oct 12 at WBLM’s studios at One City Center. Click here for trip info:  GRITTY’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY IRISH PUB TOUR 

Daily Deals

  • Wednesdays:  The Rob & Joey Trivia Quiz Show starts at 7 pm. It’s free and you should bring your friends, win prizes and go for the glory!

     It’s Hoppy Hour for Mug Club Members at Gritty’s Portland 4-7pm! Mug Club Members get $3 mugs and $4 cider.

NEw Menu Specials

  • Ale & Onion Soup Cup $5.99  Crock $6.99
    Our pub twist on the classic soup made with our own ale. Topped with croutons and melted provolone cheese.
    Gritty’s French Dip $11.50 
    Juicy roast beef heated in homemade au jus, set in a sub roll topped with melted provolone cheese. Served with a side of au jus and choice of side.
    Fried Shrimp Po Boy $12.99
    Fried shrimp, lettuce, tomato, fried pickles and a spicy red pepper tartar sauce.
    Shrimp Cocktail $9.99
    Five jumbo shrimp served with our homemade cocktail sauce and a lemon wedge.
    Apple Berry Salad $9.99 half $12.50 full
    Spring mix, fresh mozzarella, red delicious apples, fresh strawberries and topped with walnuts.
    Served with sesame ginger dressing.
    Taco Salad $11.50
    Seasoned ground beef, lettuce, salsa, guac, sour cream and shredded shedder jack cheese set in a house fried taco shell bowl.
    Falafel Wrap $12.99

    Falafel, tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, red onion, shredded carrots, and spring mix rolled up in a flour tortilla.
    Gritty’s Cobb Salad $12.50
    Romaine lettuce, house roasted turkey, bacon, hard boiled eggs, fresh avocado topped with Bleu cheese crumbles.

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