November 2019 News & Events

Help us welcome our NEW winter menus in all three pubs! From Asian Stir Fry in Auburn to Maple Bacon Pork Burrito in Freeport to the Chili Cheese Smothered Tater Tots in Portland, we have all the winter comfort you need to get through the season! The Auburn and Freeport menus are live now, but you’ll have to wait another week for Portland’s! Come enjoy some pints and new food items this season!

Support Maine kids by making a donation to the Toys for Tots drop box at our Freeport pub this month, and support the Dirigo Kids/Toys for Tots 2019 annual campaign with a pint night! Sponsored by Dirigo Kids, we will have a Toys for Tots drop box all month long that we encourage our customers to donate new toys to. Then, from 5-8pm on December 3, we’ll host a Community Pint Night for a night of fun where 50¢ from every pint sold – and maybe a few surprises – goes to support Dirigo Kids / Toys for Tots 2019 annual campaign!Support an amazing cause for amazing kids at Gritty’s Freeport! (FMI about Dirigo Kids: https://dirigokids.com/)

Ornaments for Hope 2019 is coming soon to Auburn! Back for its 5th year, we’ll be hosting Ornaments for Hope Community Pint Night on Thursday, December 5. From 5:30-9:30pm, swing by Gritty’s Auburn to support local teen Brayden Bashaw, who last year raised $9,000 for Make-A-Wish Maine® and granted a wish, and who this year is setting a goal of $10,000! He will be doing a silent auction and selling ornaments, so join us for some fun and help Brayden’s mission!

Drink some drafts & enjoy some laughs at Gritty’s Auburn every Tuesday night! From 8:30-10pm, join us and The River Comics for our Comedy Open Mic and Workshop! Try out a joke or tell a story on the mic or simply enjoy the show! Stick around ’til the end and play Comedy Wire Corner,  where we come up with funny one-line responses to headlines! Non-comedians get double points! Sign ups begin at 8pm; show at 8:30!

Want to win tickets to Dark Star Orchestra at the State Theatre on November 15th? Then come jam out with the Band Beyond Description at our Portland Pub the night before! We will be giving away two tickets to the DSO show on Thursday night (11/14) to two lucky patrons. Come on – it’s time to channel your inner Dead Head, and who knows, you might get lucky!

October 2019 News & Events

Throw on your jersey for Monday Night Football in Freeport! Exclusively in our taproom from pre-game to close, enjoy football every Monday night with specials Tom Brady wish he could get his MVP hands on: $2 pints, $2 mugs, and half-off nachos!

Later this month, bring your pumpkin to carve and get a FREE Kid’s meal at Gritty’s in Freeport! We had so much fun last year we’re doing it again! Put your kids in their favorite costumes, bring your own pumpkins and enjoy a kids meal for FREE! At dusk, we’ll line up the pumpkins on the deck to take photos! (Fine print: Pumpkin carving must be accompanied by parent supervision, and kids must come in costume. Date and time TBD.)

Get Dancing Clown DIPA merch before it’s too late! We’ve been FLYING through our Dancing Clown tees and hoodies, so swing by the Gritty’s Portland Brewtique to get some for friends, family, and of course you before we run out! Can’t make it to the pub? Visit our online Brewtique at www.grittys-brewtique.com and get one shipped straight to your house!

Help us fight polio on our Pints for Polio Community Pint Night! Join us and Rotary International on Thursday, October 24 from 5:30-9:30pm at Gritty’s Auburn for a 50/50 raffle, ticket auction and a lot of fun! We’ll have the Jody Boys playing live, and 50¢ from each pint sold goes to the cause!

September 2019 News & Events

Everyone’s childhood nightmare, Pennywise the Clown, returns to theaters this Friday,  and we’re celebrating in Portland! Come to our Portland pub this Thursday, September 5, for Horror Movie Night where we’ll watch the first IT and enjoy some Dancing Clown Double IPAs! We’ll have limited-edition t-shirts and hoodies available with Dancing Clown artwork on them that everyone is already raving about! The movie begins around 7pm. It might be scary, but you CAN’T miss this!

Monday Night Football is BACK in Freeport! Exclusively in our taproom from pre-game to close, enjoy football every Monday night with specials Tom Brady wish he could get his MVP hands on: $2 pints, $2 mugs, and half-off nachos!

The Dempsey Challenge will be cruising through Auburn again, and we’ll be there! On Saturday & Sunday, September 28 & 29, Gritty’s will be serving beers for all you Dempsey Challenge participants! Swing by the beer tent, say hello and enjoy all the Gritty’s beer you can get!

The balls will be flying again at the Great Golf Ball Drop 2019! But don’t worry, it’s not as dirty as it sounds. Come to the annual Great Golf Ball Drop at Gritty’s Freeport on Friday, September 13 and enter to win $2,500 from Kennebec Savings Bank! While we won’t have the hot air balloon this year, you can watch golf balls fly from the Freeport fire truck ladder!  The ball closest to the target wins! Tickets available online at freeportmainechamber.com.

August 2019 News & Events

Register to play in one of the most fun charity events of the year – Gritty’s 12th Gripped & Ripped Golf Tournament at Riverside Golf Course in Portland, Maine! This year the tournament will benefit Maine native Rachel Dufresne, who after a lifetime of heart complications and a common but unsuccessful heart surgery in April of this year is permanently paralyzed from the diaphragm down. Rachel now faces extraordinary financial burdens related to this condition. As such, we want to help and invite you to please aid us in the effort. Proceeds will be donated to Rachel from this event. We’ll have food and beer, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and prizes! Register or sponsor the event here: https://app.eventcaddy.com/events/gritty-s-gripped-ripped-2019-golf-tournament

Run a race and earn a $1 beer! The third and final Triple Crown 5k race, the Bridge Run, is Sunday, 25th, and we’ll be opening an hour early at 10am! Come in after the race and get one beer for $1 when you display your race bib. Register and learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/2519007554792915/

Gritty’s Freeport & Auburn are HIRING! Come into the restaurant, fill out an application and drop off your resume at our busy (but fun!) brewpub. All positions are available in both pubs. Come join our team!

July 2019 News & Events

AUBURN

Run a race and earn a $1 beer! The second Triple Crown 5k race, Emily’s Run, is Sunday, 21st, and we’ll be opening an hour early at 10am! Come in after the race and get one beer for $1 when you display your race bib. Register and learn more at https://triplecrown5k.com/emilys-run/race-information/ or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2519007554792915/

Watch the 4th of July fireworks on the back deck! Gritty’s Auburn is THE spot to watch the fireworks in the L/A area. Come enjoy Independence Day here with some American Lager or whatever other Gritty’s beer that makes you shout, ‘MURICA!

PORTLAND

Hello Newman returns for some killer 90s music! Blink 182. Weezer. Sublime. Third Eye Blind & more. Swing by the pub Friday, July 5 at 9:30pm for Hello Newman, Maine’s popular 90s and 2000s cover band. SO much fun, and the only cover at this party is the band itself!

June 2019 News & Events

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16. Treat your old man to a few pints of Gritty’s ales. When you bring your dad into any Gritty’s on Father’s Day, he gets all his beers for just $2! As Dad might say, it’s a deal so good, you can’t beat it with a stick.

Get your summer job at Gritty’s before it’s too late! Gritty’s Portland and Freeport are hiring! The Portland pub is seeking experienced line cooks for their busy kitchen, and Freeport is looking for both front- and back-of-house employees (i.e. servers, cooks & more), retail associates and bussers. Have some fun & make both food and friends on the team of Maine’s original brewpub! Apply in person at the pub & bring your resume, or e-mail your resume to Troy in Portland or Bobby or Ryan in Freeport. Troy@Grittys.com; Bobby@Grittys.com; RyanL@Grittys.com.

The decks and patio at all Gritty’s brewpubs are officially open! Enjoy the summer correctly: with beer, food and sunshine! Come to our Portland pub for a dog-friendly experience on the historic Wharf Street; enjoy our deck in Auburn that overlooks the beautiful Androscoggin River; or, swing by our Freeport pub and delight in the sun on our back deck with plenty of seating and a spacious backyard for hanging out while the kids play on the swingset!

PORTLAND NEWS

Things are getting spooky in our downstairs bar. Every Thursday night, join our bartender Michaela in our downstairs bar for Horror Movie Night! Starting at 8pm, we’ll be playing modern and classic horror movies guaranteed to get you spooked. Make sure to drink enough pints for that liquid courage before you wet your pants.

Game Night is officially going all summer long! Join us in our downstairs bar every Sunday at 4pm for some Super Smash Bros. & Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch! Prizes from Bull Moose await you!

AUBURN NEWS

Register for the Y FitFest Race at Gritty’s Auburn! On Saturday, June 8 from 4:30-6:30pm, we’ll give you a beer for $1 when you come to register for this year’s YMCA FitFest race, part of the L/A/ Triple Crown 5k series! The next day is the race itself; we’ll open at 10am so you can have some pints when it’s over. The first one is $1 when you show your race bib!

School’s out for summer! On Wednesday, June 19, come to Gritty’s Auburn to celebrate the end of the school year. We’ll be running food and drink specials all day!

FREEPORT NEWS

Play an epic game of cornhole to support Durham Youth Baseball on Saturday, June 1, at 11am in Freeport! First place prize is $300;  second place is $150. $40 per two-person team. Double elimination method following ACO rules/ACO cancellation scoring method. Sign up online at DurhamBaseball.com. DYB is currently in the process of planning and developing a baseball field complex on Swamp Road in Durham; proceeds from this event help support this project.

Get your groove on and join us for an out-of-this world, funkadelic dance party to kick off Girlfriends’ Getaway featuring Motor Booty Affair. On Friday, June 21 from 7:30-10:30pm, we’ll be pouring beers & making drinks at Dimillo’s Yacht Services for this electric night just for the ladies out there. There will be snacks from local businesses, a giant inflatable Twister, and all ladies get their first drink on the house!

Kids’ Fest is coming! On Sunday, June 23 from 11am-3pm, head to Gritty’s Freeport for a fun-filled day for the kiddos to celebrate the end of the school year! We’ll have horse riding, face painting, a bouncy house, lawn games, and free food – all for the kids only! Let them be kids while you enjoy a beer with your lunch for this epic extravaganza!

May 2019 News and Events

Blessed be the mother who gives birth to a brewer – or a beer drinker. To honor moms on Mother’s Day, beers are just $2 at all the pubs for all the moms out there! Swing by Portland, Freeport or Auburn Gritty’s to show Mom all the love she’s shown you! Additionally, purchase a $50 gift card in the pub or in our online Brewtique and get a $10 gift card for FREE! Visit https://grittys-brewtique.com for this limited time offer! Only good through Mother’s Day.

Get your summer job at Gritty’s before it’s too late! Gritty’s Portland and Freeport are hiring! The Portland pub is seeking experienced line cooks for their busy kitchen, and Freeport is looking for both front- and back-of-house employees (i.e. servers, cooks & more), retail associates and bussers. Have some fun & make both food and friends on the team of Maine’s original brewpub! Apply in person at the pub & bring your resume, or e-mail your resume to Troy in Portland or Bobby or Ryan in Freeport. Troy@Grittys.com; Bobby@Grittys.com; RyanL@Grittys.com.

There is nothing better than a beer and sunshine. The decks and patio and all Gritty’s Brew Pubs will start to open this month, weather permitting. Look for the sunshine & warm temps to hit the decks or patio!

PORTLAND:

Help us celebrate National Drinking Water Week in Portland from May 5-11. Come visit Gritty’s Portland to learn about how water affects us in our lives between drinking water, forests and perhaps best of all…BEER! Dozens of local breweries rely on the water in Sebago Lake here in Maine. Beer is 90% water; delicious beer begins with outstanding water. We’re collaborating with Portland Water District, Sebago Clean Waters and Loon Echo Land Trust to provide beautiful slideshows and information throughout the week about water treatment & protection and how it affects beer, forests and drinking water.

Gritty’s will be served at the fifth annual Streets, Eats and Beats Food Truck Festival on Saturday, June 1! Portland’s favorite food truck and music event on Thompson’s Point is from noon to 5pm. Enjoy eats from local and visiting food trucks and drink cold Gritty’s beer and Tito’s handmake vodka while listening to live music and enjoying some lawn games! Event FMI: -%%-%%-%%-%%-%%-%https://www.eventbrite.com/e/street-eats-beats-2018-21-event-presented-by-infinity-credit-union-tickets-44303892134

Go Big for Hunger! This month, Gritty’s is teaming up with local charity Go Big For Hunger to combat hunger in the State of Maine. When you’ve finished paying your tab, add a few extra dollars right at the bottom of your receipt to help fight food insecurity right here in Maine. Then, join is for a Community Pint Night on Thursday, May 23 at 5:30pm at our Portland pub, where 50ٴ¢ from each pint sold goes to the cause, and the Band Beyond Description caps off the night at 9:30pm! This is a great charity & it benefits folks in our community where it counts the most: right at their dinner table.

The 90s are making an epic return to Gritty’s with Hello Newman! On Saturday, May 18, come rock with us at our Portland pub for a killer live show featuring songs from bands like Blink 182, Sublime, Reel Big Fish, Third Eye Blind and more! Music goes from 9:34pm-12:30. No cover!

Wanna help protect freedom of health? On Thursday, May 30 from 5:30pm-9:30pm, join us at Gritty’s Portland for a complimentary & alternative healthcare gathering and fundraiser! This Community Pint Night will support the Safe Harbor LD364 bill, and to do so, we’ll have a 50/50 raffle, silent auction with items from practitioners and supporters, and of course 50¢ from each pint sold goes to the cause! FMI, visit safeharbormaine.org.

AUBURN:

It’s time for another night of PRIDE! Don’t miss the Pride L/A Community Pint Night on Thursday, May 16 from 5:30pm – 9:30pm at Gritty’s in Auburn! Come support one of L/A’s most active non-profit groups. Plenty of fun and 50¢ from each pint will go to the cause.

May the FOURTH (and the Gritty’s) be with you! Gritty’s Auburn will be the host of the epic Great Falls Comic Expo after party, and we’re bringing our lightsabers! Swing by the pub after the expo at 6pm for killer food, killer beer and killer door prizes! Costumes are encouraged, especially Star Wars. No tickets, no cover, just be 21+! See all you Jedis (and evil Sith scum) at the pub!!

Help your local schools! On Thursday, May 9 from 5:30pm-9:30pm, Gritty’s Auburn will be hosting a fundraising Community Pint Night with the Park Avenue Elementary PTO to support the school! The PTO will also have a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction, and Gritty’s will donate 50¢ from each pint sold to the cause. Come join us for this amazing cause!

Put your about drinking water knowledge to the test in Auburn on Trivia Night! May 6-12 is National Drinking Water Week, and to celebrate, we’ll be incorporating questions about water while you drink the very thing water makes – beer! We’ll also have a table of information available to learn more about Auburn’s watershed. Come quiz your mind on water over a few pints of Gritty’s ale!

FREEPORT:

Play an epic game of cornhole to support Durham Youth Baseball on Saturday, June 1, at 11am in Freeport! First place prize is $300;  second place is $150. $40 per two-person team. Double elimination method following ACO rules/ACO cancellation scoring method. Sign up online at DurhamBaseball.com. DYB is currently in the process of planning and developing a baseball field complex on Swamp Road in Durham; proceeds from this event help support this project.

Support the Greater Portland Relay for Life with a Community Pint Night! Join Gritty’s Freeport and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life from 5:30pm-9:30pm. We’ll have a 50/50 raffle, and 50¢ from each pint sold goes to the ACSRL. Come have some drinks for an amazing cause!

April 2019 News and Events

Help us celebrate National Drinking Water Week in Portland from May 5-11. This national effort is promoted by water utilities to recognize the vital role water plays in our beer, we mean, lives. Drop by Gritty’s Portland for a special tasting that week while we show a presentation on the big screen that will inform and entertain you about how important water is to beer – um, yeh, we mean lives; seriously we mean lives.

There is nothing better than a beer and sunshine. The decks and patio and all Gritty’s Brew Pubs will start to open this month, weather permitting. Look for the sunshine, warm temps to hit the decks or patio!

Gritty’s Portland is part of the first ever Taco & Tequila Crawl in Portland on April 27 from 5-11pm. Get ready to eat the BEST tacos and enjoy exclusive margarita, tequila, and beer specials. Let’s taco about a party!! Imagine a Cinco de Mayo party x 2!! Ticket includes:  4 Complimentary Tacos, Taco Crawl Koozie, Margarita, Tequila, and Beer specials, a DJ’s and after parties & more.  Tix are $20 to $40 https://www.facebook.com/TheTacoCrawl/

Help mother earth and get a buck off your beer! Join Gritty’s Auburn and UMVA Lewiston Auburn and Downtown Lewiston Art District on Saturday, April 20, from 10am to 2pm, to clean-up our side of the Androscoggin River as part of the Downtown Lewiston eARTh Day 2019. If you help, you’ll get a buck off a pint of Gritty’s special ale that we’re brewing to celebrate. Sign-up in advance at Gritty’s.
FMI:  https://www.facebook.com/events/329354037699793

Durham Youth Baseball is having a Community Pint Night on Friday, April 5th from 5:30 to 9:30pm in Freeport!  They‘ll be raffling off a corn hole board and bags (to be drawn on the day of the actual Corn Hole Tournament), and other items to be drawn that night.  DYB will also be registering people for the June 1st Corn Hole Tournament they’re having at Gritty’s in Freeport too. Of course, we’re contributing 50¢ from every pint we sell during the CPN. DYB is currently in the process of planning and developing a baseball field complex on Swamp Road in Durham.  All fundraising efforts this season will be in support of this project.

Gritty’s will be served at the annual Streets, Eats and Beats Food Truck Festival on 6/1/2019.
Portland’s favorite food truck and music event on Thompson’s Point is from noon to 5pm. Enjoy eats from local and visiting food trucks, drink cold Gritty’s beer or Tito’s Handmade Vodka while listening to live music. Event FMI: https://www.facebook.com/streeteatsandbeats/

Get your summer job at Gritty’s before they’re all gone. Servers, expo’s and back of the house help needed now. Apply at the pub you’re interested in working at now.

Mom wants a beer too – or at least a sweet Gift Card deal for Mother’s Day! Buy a $50 Gritty’s Gift Card and get a second $10 Gritty’s Gift Card for FREE!  This deal is only good through Mother’s Day and only in the on-line Brewtique. https://grittys-brewtique.com

March 2019 News and Events

We’re starting the “March to St Pat’s Day” with a great drink special in all the pubs! Get one of Gritty’s IPA’s and a shot of Jameson’s IPA or Stout Caskmates Whiskey during March as we “march” towards St Patrick’s Day.

On Sunday, March 10, the Kora Temple Highlander bagpipers and drummers return for a sneak-peak performance at Gritty’s in Auburn. The Highlanders will bang the drums and play the bagpipes at 6pm.
Get here early for a good seat.

Get Your Irish on at Gritty’s on St Patrick’s Weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 15 17
Lots of Special Oatmeal Stout will be flowing!  
WCYY & WBLM will broadcast LIVE from Gritty’s Portland Friday and Saturday afternoons.
Jameson’s IPA or Stout Caskmates whiskey shots and a pint of IPA or SOS for $12 in Portland and Auburn.
Kora Temple Highlanders Bagpipers & Drummers in Portland @ 3:30 on Sunday, in Auburn @ 7:00pm
Special St Pat’s menu at all 3 Gritty’s
Lots of cool swag from Jameson’s

We’re selling the Muscular Dystrophy Association Shamrocks again during March, $1 for a single green shamrock, $5 for the gold ones, or $10 for the platinum shamrocks.     

Calling all UNO game players! UNE is having a UNO tournament at Gritty’s in Portland on Thursday, March 21st from 5:30pm to 9:30pm! Proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Gritty’s is donating 50¢ from every pint we sell, and UNE is also having a 50/50 raffle. Come play UNO while helping raise some money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Play Ball! – MLB Opening Day is Thursday, March 28. Wear your favorite MLB team hat, tee or jersey to Gritty’s on Opening Day and we’ll give you an order of pretzel sticks for FREE with your first beer! 
The Red Sox open the 2019 season on Thursday, March 28 against the Mariners. 
The Red Sox will open the 2019 season by getting some national exposure right off the bat. According to a schedule released by ESPN on Monday, the Red Sox Opening Day matchup with the Mariners in Seattle will start at 7:08 p.m. ET. Come watch the game at Gritty’s.

Check out the NEW limited-edition St Patrick’s Day tee shirts in the on-line Brewtique! Check out fan favorite, Designs are online now. https://grittys-brewtique.com

What a Deal! Lasagna Trio Day is Tuesdays at Gritty’s in Freeport! We offer three different lasagnas; choose one of the three then get garlic bread and a demi salad all for $9.99. House wine for $4 too!

Sing your heart out! Karaoke on Tuesdays nights at Gritty’s in Auburn from 8-11 pm. Karaoke every Tuesday night through-out the winter. FREE for all, jump up to the mic and belt out your favorite tune!

Tea & Lobster Productions invites you to Gritty’s Game Night in Auburn! Join “Lobster” aka: Ben Santos as he hosts a fun-filled evening of gaming, give-a-ways & Gritty’s!  It’s Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9pm all winter. Play video games or board games for FREE! Win prizes from Bull Moose, or swag and gift cards from Gritty’s.  Hang out with other gamers. Fine Print: *Must be 21 years old or older to play.

February 2019 News and Events

30-Day March St. Patrick's Day at Gritty McDuff's AuburnIt’s only 30 Days to St Patrick’s Day! On Sunday, Feb 17 at 7pm the Kora Temple Highlanders bagpipers, drummers and singers start the count-down to St Patrick’s Day at Gritty’s Auburn. Plenty of Irish music, food and beer specials. Don’t miss the Jameson’s Whiskey Team that will be there! 50¢ from every pint sold will go to the Kora Temple too. Come hear some Celtic music, have a pint and a shot of Jameson’s IPA Caskmates to begin the count-down to St Patrick’s Day.

We’re starting the “March to St Pat’s Day” with a great drink special in all the pubs! Get one of Gritty’s IPA’s and a shot of Jameson’s new IPA Caskmates Whiskey during February as we march towards St Patrick’s Day.

Sing your heart out! Karaoke on Tuesdays nights at Gritty’s in Auburn from 8-11 pm.
Then, it’s Karaoke every Tuesday night through-out the winter. FREE for all, jump up to the mic and belt out your favorite tune!

Tea & Lobster Productions invites you to Gritty’s Game Night in Auburn! Join “Lobster” aka: Ben Santos as he hosts a fun-filled evening of gaming, give-a-ways & Gritty’s!  It’s Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9pm all winter. Play video games or board games for FREE! Win prizes from Bull Moose, or swag and gift cards from Gritty’s.  Hang out with other gamers. Fine Print: *Must be 21 years old or older to play.

Have you brought your mystery envelope back to Gritty’s yet? If you were lucky enough to get one of the Mystery Envelopes during December, bring it back to the Gritty’s in February to see what you won. The envelope MUST still be sealed. Your server will open the sealed envelope to see if you won an instant discount, a free meal, Gritty gear or a Gritty gift card.

Gritty’s will be at the Flavors of Freeport on Friday, February 15th. Say that 10 times fast! We’ll be competing and having fun with many of the Freeport area restaurants. Stop by our table for delicious bite.
FreeportUSA’s signature event showcases chefs and food producers in the greater Freeport area. Enjoy delicious samples from some of Maine’s best chefs, sample local brews and beverages, and learn about what’s new in Freeport’s culinary world.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-flavors-of-freeport-tickets-41246099193

Check out the NEW tee shirts in the on-line Brewtique! Check out fan favorite, “The drinking will continue until morale improves” tees and hoodies or the new “working is the curse of the drinking class” tees and hoodies. Both designs are online now. Don’t miss the limited edition St Patrick’s Day designs coming in February too!

Are you wicked Smaht? Every Thursday evening at 7pm play in Freeport’s best Trivia Game! Match wits with DJ’s Rob and Joey Disco. Compete for fantastic prizes and glory in Freeport’s BEST trivia contest!