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 September. 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, Sept. 2 – Mike Taylor
    Saturday, Sept. 9 – Desperate Avikadoz
    Saturday, Sept. 16 – Work Trucks
    Saturday, Sept. 23 – OC and the Off Beats

  • 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!
    HALLOWEEN ALE is back in the pubs too.
    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
    Small Batch Ale – “Downeast SIPAH” will go on tap at Gritty’s in Portland during September.
    Come try this small-batch, hoppy blonde ale in Portland before it’s gone! Made with Maine grown grain & hops from Aroostook County, this Blonde Ale comes in at 4.5% ABV.  The SIPAH is 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.
    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 us & 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!  Trip Info nights at 6 pm are on Sept. 12 in Portland, on Sept. 13 in Freeport or Sept. 14 in Auburn.  GRITTY’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY IRISH PUB TOUR
    Go Big for Hunger! During the month of September Gritty’s is helping to raise money for the “Go Big for Hunger” charity. By adding a line to our guest checks, inviting customers to add $2 or more to the bill, we can all participate in surrounding more kids with the nutritious food they need to learn and thrive. Go Big For Hunger is an all-volunteer effort, 100% of every donation goes directly to supporting frontline feeding of kids and building the network that’s required to sustain the fight against childhood hunger in Maine. http://www.gobigforhunger.com/

Daily Deals

  • Wednesdays:  The Rob & Joey Trivia Quiz Show will go all summer! For the first time in 6 years, Rob is going to keep the Trivia Quiz show going this summer. He won’t have time to get a tan, but what the heck…
    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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