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Gritty McDuff's, Portland

396 Fore Street
Portland , Maine
Tel: 207 772 2739's insider take:

Gritty McDuff's is Maine's original microbrewery and a Portland institution. It opened in 1988, but with its copper-topped brick bar and wood-beam ceiling, you'd think it had been around at least a century. Gritty's Best Brown, Black Fly Stout, and six other home brews are mainlined from the tanks in the basement. Live bands play on the weekends—mostly original bluegrass or rock 'n' roll covers—and draw a boisterous crowd of locals and out-of-towners. For a little breathing room, head downstairs, past the brewing quarters, to the basement bar and its barrel tables for a more intimate communion with your handcrafted ale.

Open daily 11:30 am to 1 am.

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