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Place Score: 88
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.92
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[ Brewery, Bar ]

835 48th Ave
Amana, Iowa, 52203-8122
United States
phone: (319) 622-3672

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @millstreambrew

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Photo of Realale
4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Small brewery located at one end of the little town of Amana. They've somehow squeezed a 10 barrel system into this place and are turning out some lovely beers.

The tasting bar area is small, but taps for each of the beers and sodas currently being produced are available. On my visit it was Wheat, Wit, Pils, and Pale on the beer side of things. No charge for the tasting, and while I was impressed with the Pale Ale, the hot, muggy day called for the really tasty Pils, which I consumed in the biergarten out front.

The gentleman pouring was very knowledgeable and friendly, and was a real pleasure to chat with. Nice selection of cold beers to go in both growlers, 1l bottles, six and twelve packs, as well as an impressive selection of Millstream-branded breweriana available for purchase. Solid place.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Vibe is non descript, small interior, with minimal devour and a slightly German theme. Beers on tap rarely deviate from what you get in bottles. Beers are usually poured into plastic cups. Quality of beers is ok but little reason to go out of your way for a visit.

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3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Photo of ALC82
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This is a place we visit yearly if not more often, the atmosphere in the Amana Colonies area is very relaxed (as to be expected)! We are yet to be here for Oktoberfest but I hear it is a great experience. The selection of beers is middle of the road but all pretty good. Since we are so close, I've tried everything they offer, and am yet to find any I don't enjoy. If in the area, the shopping is a unique experience and Millstream offers a great resting point throughout the day!

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tommyguz
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Visit 10/24/12
(as posted on my blog)

Located in the small history village known as the Amana Colonies, this is dubbed Iowa’s Oldest Microbrewery. The Amana Colonies is a neat little village of older buildings and cool little shops. Let’s get into what’s important, the brewery. The brewery is at the very end of the village (at least as far as you can go down the one street before having to turn around).

The building fits in with the rest of the colonies, which most of the buildings look similar. The building itself is really neat looking. They have a beer garden outside that looks like a great place to sit and enjoy the weather. When you go in they have a small gift area and their taps. They have a seating area in the back where you can look through both “walls” (which are glass) and can see the brewing process. Cool way to enjoy your beer. A selection of 7 beers and 3 sodas on draft. Such a neat little place. The wife and I each had a beer and I sampled two beers (to determine which one I wanted to buy to bring home). I hope to go back next time we are out in Iowa.

Photo of phenomenologian
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

My family and I were driving from Omaha, Nebraska to Madison Wisconsin. Driving on I-80 through Iowa we encountered this sign that stated that the Amish village of Amana Colonies were close. We stopped to check it out. There are basically two small towns. One town is just a residential area that is not touristy. The other town is for the tourists. Its full of shoppes and exhibits selling different things and showing off different things exhibiting Amish character. We stopped by a coffee shoppe where I had a nice latte. Also we stopped at a candy store as well as a fabric/quilt store (the girls wanted to/ I did not).

Millstream Brewing company is one thing I had to go into. You walk in and in one room you have the sampling table and in another you have some sort of viewing room where you can sit and drink and watch the brewery. The windows in the sampling and sitting area show the brewery and the process of brewing the beers they have for sample.

The place is meant to allow tourists to enjoy beer while seeing how the specimen being enjoyed is made. There are men inside the brewery exhibited by the windows making the beer as the drinkers watch. Its a friendly place. Its kind of uncomfortable for me because, being 21, I look way younger and I was never asked if I needed something. I was basically just ignored because I was passed off as underage (I assume). I found that a bit unacceptable as even though I looked underage, I did not care as much if I was ignored but someone else would get way more pissed than I did. Cannot ignore people just because you find them to be underage; people wouldn't stand there unless they wanted something. That explains my low service rating for this brewery.

The selection was good as none of these are common in Omaha, NE. They are specific brews from Millstream to the Amana area. I purchased their stout.

I tasted the stout after leaving Amana and after we got to Madison Wisconsin. Its called Back Road Stout. didn't try the other beers but the stout is nice and creamy. If you go to Millstream give the stout a try.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Been down to Millstream and Amana several times over the years and the Brewery is always a must stop.

The building is a revamped mill with old wood siding and porch. They've added a beer garden which I have yet to take advantage of but assume is quite nice in the summer. I was unfortunately there on a warm early March day. The interior is a taproom with no food served, simply beer and Millstream goodies sold. A glass window separates the taproom from the rest of the brewery and allows a pleasant worty malt aroma into the building.

Six to seven beers are usually on tap and this occasion they had their German Pilsner seasonal on tap. I refilled my growler with that despite only having a sample ($9.50 refill on 64 oz growler). Tasted ok. I picked up a glass of their Colony Oatmeal Stout which is a solid stout. All of their beers are worth purchasing or trying from the ones I've sampled (Schild Brau Amber, Johns White Ale, German Pilsener, Iowa Pale Ale, Colony Oatmeal Stout, and their Schokolade Bock).

The service is always attentive and somewhat knowledgeable. Never overly friendly but kind enough to pour me a beer is quite enough! Millstream is the best brewery I've been to in Iowa so make sure to make the stop if you;re close to the Amana Colonies.

Photo of LittleDon
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

An old-fashioned (and very small) store where you can drink draft beer from plastic cups in their beer garden. Check out the antique bottling machine if you go (no brewery tour, as far as I can tell). Low points: plastic cups, only Millstream beer, a bit on the pricey side for a 16 oz pour. High points: fresh beer, nice place to sit outside and drink, draft sodas. They offered two cured meat sausages when I was in (from the smokehouse in Amana). Neither was impressive. Six packs and growlers are available. Would only go back if I was in Amana.

Photo of daledeee
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A small brewery located in an Amish tourist community just off Interstate 80. This place has been around a while. It has been through it's ups and downs. Quality issues have come and gone. Currently, the beer is of high quality and a stop by the shop will mean some free samples. The store offers the year round brews and seasonal offerings as well as glassware, etc. We are not allowed to have breweries make strong beer in Iowa, but this one makes above average beers. Schackolade Bock, Oatmeal stout, Pilsner, and several others are worth a try.

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Millstream Brewing Company in Amana, IA
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