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Gritty’s Portland Brew Pub is the perfect place to experience the ambiance of Portland’s Old Port.

Since 1988, Gritty’s missions have been to craft the best beers possible, serve the very best pub food, and to have way too much fun doing both. For more than 30 years, Gritty’s has succeeded in all three (especially the third…just sayin’).

From its humble beginnings as a small brewpub in Portland’s Old Port, Gritty’s has been brewing authentic English ales and has grown to become the brewery of choice for thousands of Mainers and visitors alike. As Maine’s first brewpub since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 and the state’s second overall brewery, Gritty’s is proud to be one of the earliest pioneers of the brewing renaissance in Maine, with owners Ed Stebbins and Richard Pfeffer helping to carve the path to where we are now. With three locations – in the heart of Portland’s Old Port, on Route 1 in the heart of Freeport, and in the spirited downtown of Auburn on the banks of the Androscoggin River – Gritty’s has become a true Maine institution, garnering awards such as Best Bar, Best Brewpub & Best Beer.
“There are very few 30-year-old brewpubs in America; I’m pretty sure you could count them on one hand,” says Stebbins. “I know that does not fit into the ‘newest is best’ climate that rules Maine’s beer business these days, but, let’s be honest, how much time does a new brewery get to be ‘new’ these days? Gritty’s will always be the first.”

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. Visit us and see where the legend began.

Cheers,
-A

Portland Brew Pub
396 Fore Street
Portland, Maine 04101

Appetizers

NACHOS - NAKED $14 | DRESSED $20

NAKED: House-fried tortilla chips with melted cheddar jack cheese, our house-made salsa and sour cream.

DRESSED: House-fried tortilla chips with melted cheddar jack cheese, olives, tomatoes, onions, peppers, jalapeños, our house-made sals and sour cream.

ADD: Grilled, blackened or fried chicken $8, shaved local ribeye $10, BBQ pork $7, chili $7 (meat or vegetarian)

CHIPS & SALSA $10

House-fried tortilla chips, served with our house-made sals.

POUTINE $16

Hand-cut fries or tater tots, local cheese curds and applewood smoked bacon, smothered in our house-made beef gravy.

LOBSTER POUTINE MP

Fresh Maine lobster, served in our house-made creamy cheese dill sauce over a generous portion of hand-cut fries, local cheese curds and applewood smoked bacon.

POTSTICKERS $14

Crispy, deep-fried pork potstickers, served with Gritty-style teriyaki sauce.

HUMMUS PLATTER $14

A generous portion of house-made rotating hummus, served with cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes and pita wedges.

GRITTY WINGS (half dozen $12 / dozen $20)

Premium wings, deep-fried and served plain or tossed in your choice of sauce or dry rub, with carrots and celery.

CHICKEN TENDERS $16

Ale-battered chicken tenders fried to perfection and served plain or tossed in your choice of sauce or dry rub, with carrots and celery.

MOZZARELLA STICKS $12

Seven sticks stuffed with creamy mozzarella, topped with Italian bread crumbs and served with our house-made marinara.

CALAMARI $16

Ale-battered and fried, served with our house-made marinara.

PICKLE CHIPS $12

Ale-battered pickle chips, served with chipotle aioli.

PRETZEL BASKET $13

Four soft, salted pretzel sticks, served with beer mustard and house-made cheese sauce.

BASKETS $9

Hand-cut fries, sweet potato fries, tater tots, Gritty chips or onion rings. Add a dusting of any dry rub for $1.

SAUCES: Smoky BBQ, Buffalo, teriyaki, Thai chili, garlic parmesan, XXX HOT.
DRY RUBS: Cajun, cinnamon chipotle.

"Great beer. Great atmosphere. Great staff. Great food."
Scott K.
5/5

Soups

Available in a Bread Bowl (+$3).

CLAM CHOWDER CUP $7 | BOWL $10

A New England tradition, served with oyster crackers.

SOUP OF THE DAY $7 | $10

Chef’s choice of rotating daily soup. Ask your server about today’s offering.

FRENCH ONION $8

Savory French onion soup with house-made croutons and melted provolone cheese, served in a crock.

MEAT CHILI $7 | $10

Our age-old chili recipe with kielbasa, hamburger, ground sausage, sirloin and plenty of spice, topped with cheddar jack and sour cream and served with choice of cornbread or corn chips.

VEGETARIAN CHILI $7 | $10

A spicy blend in this hearty plant-based chili, topped with cheddar jack and sour cream and served with choice of cornbread or corn chips.

SOUP & SANDWICH $14

Rotating sandwich on a soft ciabatta roll, served with Gritty chips and a cup of your choosing: soup of the day, chowder or chili (meat or vegetarian). Upgrade to a bowl for $3.

“The $2 beer days is a great budgeting perk. There are always familiar faces which is a comfort perk. And the live music, consistent food, and friendly staff make it a place I always want to go.”
Tyla D.
5/5

Salads

Make it a wrap, served with one side and a pickle spear.

ADD: Grilled, blackened or fried chicken $8, sirloin $10, fried or sautéed shrimp $8,
grilled portobello $6, wild caught Faroe Island salmon $14, tuna $16, lobster MP.

DRESSINGS: Caesar, balsamic vinaigrette, sesame ginger, blue cheese, honey mustard,
ranch, creamy chipotle, Greek, Thousand Island, white balsamic shallot, oil & vinegar.

GARDEN $14

Spring mix, heirloom cherry tomatoes, banana peppers, cucumber, carrots and onions.

STEAK & GREENS $20

Marinated sirloin, baby spinach, crispy romaine and pickled red onions tossed in a creamy chipotle dressing and Danish blue cheese crumbles.

CAESAR $14

Chopped, crispy romaine tossed in a creamy Caesar dressing, parmesan and asiago cheeses, and house-made croutons.

quinoa bowl $16

Spring mix, quinoa, blistered tomatoes, roasted zucchini and squash, pickled red onions, our house-made salsa and chipotle aioli.

ADD: Grilled, blackened or fried chicken $8, sirloin $10, fried or sautéed shrimp $8, lobster MP, falafel $8.

DRESSINGS: Caesar, balsamic vinaigrette, blue cheese, honey mustard, ranch, creamy chipotle, Thousand Island, white balsamic shallot, oil & vinegar.

“My family likes the atmosphere, food, and staff! I love the beer too”
Kari
5/5

Burgers

Served with one side and a pickle spear. GLUTEN FREE (+$2.50): Gluten-free brioche bulkie roll is available.

SMASH BURGER $16

House-made smash burger, lettuce and tomato, with a choice of cheese on a soft brioche roll. Add a second patty for $6.

LAMB BURGER $18

Mediterranean lamb burger, feta and roasted red peppers on a soft bulkie roll.

BEYOND BURGER $15

Plant-based vegan burger, grilled to perfection, with lettuce and tomato on a soft brioche roll.

“A Portland classic, for sure! Solid menu with plenty of great vegetarian options. Recently went for the first time in a long time since I live out of state; it was just as good as I remember.”
kATE
5/5

Sandwiches

Served with one side and a pickle spear. GLUTEN FREE (+$2.50): Gluten-free brioche bulkie roll is available.

LOBSTER ROLL | MP

Succulent lobster served either dressed in our house-made tarragon mayo, or naked with a side of drawn butter, all on a grilled brioche roll with shredded lettuce.

REUBEN $18

Pub-style braised corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and swiss on thick-cut marble rye.

RACHEL $16

House-roasted turkey breast, coleslaw, Thousand Island dressing and swiss on thick-cut marble rye.

FRIED CHICKEN $18

A Gritty's classic. Ale-battered fried chicken, lettuce, tomato, swiss and applewood smoked bacon on a soft ciabatta roll, served with a side of honey mustard.

blackened chicken $17

A flame-kissed blackened chicken sandwich on a soft ciabatta roll with applewood smoked bacon, lettuce and tomato, topped with creamy avocado aioli.

FRIED HADDOCK $18

Wild caught haddock, ale-battered and deep-fried, with lettuce and tomato on a soft brioche roll, served with tartar sauce and a lemon wedge.

TURKEY CLUB $16

A triple-decker turkey club sandwich with house-roasted turkey, lettuce, tomato, applewood smoked bacon and cranberry mayo on wheat berry bread.

CHEESESTEAK $20

Shaved ribeye, sautéed onions, peppers and mushrooms, smothered with American cheese in a sub roll.

PULLED PORK $16

BBQ pork, coleslaw and pickles on a soft ciabatta roll.

FALAFEL WRAP $16

Deep-fried falafel medallions, served inside a warm tortilla with tzatziki sauce, mixed greens, cucumber and tomato.

CHEESE: American, swiss, cheddar, pepper jack, provolone, Danish blue cheese crumbles.

EXTRA TOPPINGS (+$2): Applewood smoked bacon, onions, jalapeños, mushrooms, roasted red peppers. 

SIDES: Hand-cut fries, tater tots, Gritty chips, coleslaw, vegetable of the day.

PREMIUM SIDES (+$3): Sweet potato fries, onion rings, Gritty’s garlic mashed potatoes, demi salad, demi Caesar.

“We eat and drink at Grittys twice a week year round. At 73 we look forward to our conversations with our regular servers. Also, it is always entertaining to catch up with Chip.”
Jake M.
5/5

Entrees

PUB MAC $18

Penne pasta tossed in our house-made cheese sauce, with deep-fried jalapenos, shaved parmesan and asiago, served with cornbread.

ADD: Grilled, blackened or fried chicken $8, BBQ pork $7, kielbasa $6, shaved ribeye $10, fried or sautéed shrimp $8, lobster MP.

SHEPHERD's pie $20

An English pub classic. Ground lamb cooked in Black Fly Stout, onions, celery and garlic with whole kernel corn and GrittyÕs garlic mashed potatoes, our house-made beef gravy and chives.

FISH & CHIPS $24

A generous portion of wild caught haddock, ale-battered and deep-fried, served with crispy fries and coleslaw.

pub style meatloaf $20

Andouille sausage, turkey and Black Angus beef prepared with herbs and spices, then baked. Served with potato cake, vegetable and our house-made beef gravy.

RAVIOLI & PESTO CREAM SAUCE $18

Wild mushroom ravioli, topped off with our house-made pesto cream sauce and a side of charred bread.

We proudly feature fresh, local seafood whenever possible.

“I love the staff, the casual atmosphere, and the delicious food and drinks!”
Mitchell S.
5/5

Beers on Tap

***These items are always on.

***Black Fly Stout, ABV: 5%

Black Fly Stout is an opaque black-colored brew with a cream-colored head. First there is a rush of mild roasted malt and subdued black currant fruitiness, then the roasted malt kicks things up a notch by unleashing an even burnt charcoal bitterness. Malt sweetness holds this brew together in the beginning, then the dryness sets in to make the mouth beg for more. Lingering suggestions of espresso and vague chocolate flavor make up the end. We use six different grains to brew this dark masterpiece and we balance the full palate with Oregon Willamette and Yakima Clusters hops. The Alström Brothers at Beer Advocate Magazine gave Gritty's Black Fly Stout a perfect 100 score and had this to say about our Stout: "One of the top stouts brewed in the US, very well balanced and is even more heavenly on nitro-tap. Certainly a stout lover's stout..."

Slice IPA, ABV: 6.5%
Best Brown, ABV: 4.7%
Lover's Lager, ABV: 4.8%
***Pub Style Pale Ale, ABV: 5%

Original Pub Style captures what made people fell in love with craft brewing in the first place: a fresh, classic pale ale with plenty of hop character," says Brewmaster Ed Stebbins. Original Pub Style is a light copper-colored medium-bodied beer with a nice dry bite at the finish. A subtle combination of Cascade and Willamette hops give this ale a fine floral aroma and a slightly fruity undertone. The taste captures the freshness of a hand-crafted ale that goes right from the conditioning tank to your pint glass.

maine maple porter, ABV: 5.2%

A big thanks to Shane from Maine Backwoods Maple Syrup in Dixfield for their wonderful Maine made Maple Syrup! The porter features a delicious balance between the malt and maple syrup, and tastes like liquid buckwheat pancakes in a glass!

Special Oatmeal Stout, ABV: 7.6%

One of the first signs of Spring is the release of Gritty’s SOS just in time for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! A complex grain bill coupled with traditional East Kent Goldings hops delivers a powerful punch to your taste buds. Notes of English toffee, expresso coffee & Crème Brule linger on the palate, courtesy of the oats used in the grain bill.

Scottish Ale, ABV: 7.2%
"Great beer. Great atmosphere. Great staff. Great food."
Scott K.
5/5

Cask Beers

***These items are always on.

***Best Bitter on Cask, ABV 5%

Best Bitter was the first beer we brewed at our Portland brewpub. This true English classic has been the anchor of our draft selection ever since. Best Bitter is copper-colored, smooth and a little crisp with malty flavors of toasted grain and some residual sweetness that tastes a little caramel then fades to a slight hop bitterness. Make sure you don't drink this brew too cold; it will mask all of the true Bitter style flavors. We use Yakima Golding hop flowers when we brew this beer.

pub style pale on cask, ABV: 5%
“The $2 beer days is a great budgeting perk. There are always familiar faces which is a comfort perk. And the live music, consistent food, and friendly staff make it a place I always want to go.”
Tyla D.
5/5

Guest Taps

***These items are always on.

***Citizens unified press, ABV: 5.2%
wild maine spike seltzer raspberrry lime, abv: 5%
***archer roose prosecco, ABV: 12%
“My family likes the atmosphere, food, and staff! I love the beer too”
Kari
5/5

THE WAY WE BREW