Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 170
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: 15 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by hbis2gut:
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
I'm truly surprised it took me this long to finally visit since I live 10-15 minutes north of the brewpub and all of my vacations and trips have some kind of beer oriented twist to them.
The location is a bit imposing being under the highway overpass, but the mill building itself seems quite appropriate. Once inside I got a distinct "warehouse" feeling. Very open and without alot of warmth. Initially, the atmosphere is a turn-off for me. This is especially the case when I saw all of the "coors light, budweiser, and other swill" advertised all over the brewpub in the form of flags and posters. I can't understand why a place like this would cater to the Nascar/BudLight crowd when the beers are truly outstanding.
The good news is that the beers were all exceptional. This is especially true when I compare them to the other two NH brewpubs I visited lately, Woodstock Inn and Marthas Exchange. If I had my way, I would combine the atmosphere of the Woodstock Inn and the beer from Milly's.
There were 4 of us that 1st night and we were able to rifle through quite a complement of different beers. We quickly met the manager(possibly the owner), and when I began discussing the beers he had the Head Brewer Mike come out and talk to us for a while. It was a really nice touch and he is a really down to earth guy with and obvious passion for beer. In fact, he was working out the last few days before a beer vacation to Belgium and Germany. He gave us the lowdown on styles he's working on and upcoming cask ales. He also gave us a free sampler of a whisky cask Porter that was just great.
As far as food, we only had apps and sandwiches, but the food was high quality and fresh. There didn't seem to be anything truly unusual for the gourmand types out there but many pub staples and a good variety. This is a nice surprise as well considering many brewpubs seem to treat food as an afterthought...
Long story short, this is a brewpub where the beers speak for themselves. I would revamp the atmosphere and tacky decor if it were my place, but it won't stop me from visiting often to see the regular beers as well as the specials and cask pulls. Also, happy hour here cannot be beat. Great deals on pints and half price apps. 3pm - 7pm? See you there!.
04-18-2006 14:13:57 | More by hbis2gut
More User Reviews:
4.7/5 rDev +23%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Great selction of beerfrom a pumpkin (still) it was awesome! to a lambic (great for style) the Scotch Ale was right on and the Double IPA was really really good. the service was good and the food was great. Had the Ribs. Probably the best ribs I have ever had. the sweet potatoe fries were awesome also. I highly recommend this place if you like micro beers. Another thing I liked they don't sell bottled beer.
04-16-2013 14:54:31 | More by jamespeissner
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Milly's became my local haunt when I was home for about a year, maybe a bit more, after the flood that necessitated Milly's much needed and deserved renovation, in March 2010.
The food, service and selection have all remained solid. And I still love the atmosphere here on an early evening when it's more the after-work crowd and less the heavy metal/hip-hop night crowd.
But the beer quality and offerings have been a bit all over the place as of late. I've heard, though I'm not sure that it's true, that they've been through a few different brewers lately. The IPA and the porter especially have remained solid, safe choices, and some of the rotating/seasonal offerings have been quite good. Others, though, have been a letdown.
I'll continue going here for a locally brewed pint, a round of pool and a sandwich in a nice space (assuming there's no band), but I wish Milly's would put more of the focus on the beer and less on the music. I've had great beer here before, and I wish it was a guarantee that I would whenever I'm in.
Old review from March 2010:
Overall: 4.28 | A: 4.0 | Q: 4.5 | S: 4.0 | S: 4.5 | F: 4.0 | $$
What an improvement! Because of a recent flood, Milly's has undergone a much needed and deserved renovation. The space now respects its location in the surprisingly sunny basement of an old mill and the quality of beers brewed behind the bar. Just a few small changes (and a lot of cleaning) have transformed this place from one I avoided despite the good beer to my preferred beer spot when I go home. This, of course, presumes I make it before the bands, which I could still do without, but I'm very happy to say that the tavern is now as nice as the beer it serves.
The beer selection is wonderful with eight (I believe) year-round beers and as many seasonal and rotating taps. At my last visit, I was able to have the very nice Manch Vegas IPA (I'd love to try this on cask), a maibock and an alt. All were excellent, as was the very reasonably priced food. I'd love it if Milly's dropped the music all together (and I could do with a few less TVs), but I'm just so happy to be able to have a solid meal with a great beer in a fine brewpub in Manchester.
Old review from 12-30-2008:
Milly's breaks my heart. The beer brewed on site is consistently excellent, available in a variety of styles and always pretty cheap--not crazy cheap, just pleasantly surprisingly slightly less than one might expect. Yet, it somehow falls short.
The place is in the basement of this gorgeous old mill right by the river, but also a bit far away from any other action downtown and right under an overpass. I think that sums it up pretty well. It could be a grotto to beer, a place where one descends beneath the old streets of the millyard and away from the sounds of the rushing water in the river and the cars overhead to the solace and solitude of fine beer. There's even a hint of this inside, with the brewery tanks faintly visible in an unlit area behind the bar in the middle of the vast, but meandering space. Instead of embracing this setting the way Novares Res in Portland does, however, Milly's feels more like a a sad, old sports bar with lots of shitty music. I guess it comes down to a matter of personal taste in the atmosphere, then, but I just want one good beer bar in Manchester that doesn't need a sign on the door asking you not to show your colors. In a city of over 100k, can't there be one nice place to experience the timelessness of beer without metal music and sticky floors? I wish this was the place.
06-05-2012 19:51:51 | More by FrankLloydMike
Milly's Tavern in Manchester, NH
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.