The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 98
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
3.78/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
Set in an old mill building on Saco Island, this is the sister establishment of The Liberal Cup. Long, narrow space set up with the bar in the middle when you walk in. Great old-school tavern feel, with lots of wood accents and antique beer paraphernalia. The menu is great, and reasonably priced, with pub fare mixed with some local, homemade treats. Beer is good, but only 6 on tap with a cask. The beers they make rotate regularly, so if you are looking for something specific it is worth checking ahead. They do sell growlers, but they are pricey. Hand-blown glass fetches $25, and it's $10 for the fill. I visited on a Friday night, so it was packed, and the servers made fairly regular visits. Overall, this place is worth a visit. The beer is tasty, and the food is good.
02-02-2013 00:06:39 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.16/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
During a recent trip to Portland Beer Week, I took the 20-minute Amtrak Downeastern to Saco, a former mill town west of the city that is currently undergoing a major revitalization of these mills, one of which is now the home of this excellent brewpub. Located on Factory Island, in the former York Mill No. 3 Building (1838), the Run Of The Mill is a 14 barrel brewpub that serves eight house beers, including one cask and a guest (Old Rasputin), in an intimate and convivial atmosphere with a homey brick-and-wood dining room and a separate Saloon; there is a long polished bar with a chalkboard draft list overhead. There is also an outdoor deck that overlooks the roaring Saco River and must be a great place to quaff craft brews in the warm weather. (Alas, I visited in November, when it was closed.)
The beers I enjoyed really made this trip worthwhile: Alewife Ale, an English pale ale; Impact, which was a crisp dry-hopped IPA; For Richer or Porter, which was a … well, you know; and the Ex-Wife Extra Bitter Cask. The food menu with its’ array of hearty New England favorites did not disappoint. My chowder and fish-chips were well-cooked, delicious and filling. The server was efficient though seemingly indifferent; however, he still kept my glass filled so no points are lost.
Don’t let the punny title fool you; this place is definitely not “run of the mill,” but an attractive, well managed venue that meets all the criteria of a Destination – at least when in Portland, Maine. Well, gotta catch the train back to Portland.
11-27-2013 18:05:10 | More by jjboesen
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Sat outside overlooking the Saco River with a nice view of the old mills.
Food was freshly prepared and had the beer that was on cask.
Waitress was great and attentive,
6 beers on tap and one on cask. Food menu was filled plenty of selections.
Beer and food was reasonably priced.
Only had time for one beer and a quick lunch. Wish I had some more time because the rest of the brews looked good.
09-04-2013 20:02:08 | More by Burt
4.21/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Been listening to the hype from co-workers and I had to check this place out:
A: I took my wife and son there today for lunch, figured for a Monday, it can't be too crowded and we got there fairly early. I was definitely pleased as a great beer atmosphere all around. I could tell they take their beer seriously at this pub house & brewery. Lots of nice beer decorations adorned the brewpub, looked like a large bar area
Q/S: very good as I got the beers I asked for in the correct glasses, looked like they had a 6 of their own taps always available and a guest tap.
S: very good, but it was a Monday and not too crowded, so I was pleased at least for my table. I had a hard time deciding on what beer I should have so the selection was more than adequate.
F: Once again, I had a hard time deciding on what I wanted for food because the selection was awesome.
V: about right for this part of Maine as I got a growler re-fill of the State Budget Red for a decent price. I'm looking forward to trying this. I would definitely go back.
01-21-2013 23:40:19 | More by BeerKangaroo
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
When I lived in Biddeford this was my place of choice, I went the day it opened, and just went again for the first time in a couple years tonight. Much better than I remember! It used to be a great place for just drinks, but now the food and beverage has improved greatly! The beer selection is great, not only do they have their own beers, but several usuals on tap and bottle(buds and so on). The food and service has improved quite a bit since my last visit. Well, since I work near by it is time to make this a frequent stop again after shift. Oh just be careful, their beers can knock you on your ass quick, just make sure you have a safe way home after having a few of their beers.
08-07-2012 02:20:32 | More by Cavanaghty
4.18/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on 09DEC11 with Alewife for lunch, before heading up to mid-coast Maine for the weekend.
No, the name "Run of the Mill" doesn't mean it's an average place. It's an homage to the location, on the ground floor of one of a few mill buildings set on an island in the middle of the Saco River. There's a small, fenced-in area out front for nicer weather. Once in, the place is loads of old brickwork, worn and weathered wood, big-ass ceiling beams, exposed ductwork and lots of space, running long from right to left, mostly left. There are a few tables to the right, beyond which the brewing equipment is nestled. The bar is ahead and stretches to the left, with more tables and booths far to the rear left. Out a door to the rear left leads to a lovely deck overlooking the river. There were a couple of sets of taps at the bar, where brown, deep emerald and cobalt blue colored growlers hung above you. The barback was populated by many a high-quality liqour, if that's your game. There's really a lot of space here, and the light wood and warm lighting gives the place a welcoming feel. We parked at the bar and had super service from the tall, ponytailed 'tender. As for the biers, they had 6 regulars plus one cask, and a guest (Tripel Karmeliet). My XPA and Smelt Strong Ale were flavorful and well-made, to go with my pepperoni quesedilla while Alewife opted for the guest bier, to wash down her tasty steak. All-in-all, a very good (and by no means "run of the mill") experience here in Saco. Thnx go out to an anonymous couple I met at the Portsmouth Brewery who recommended this place. Prosit!!
4.18 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
12-17-2011 22:24:38 | More by Bierman9
4/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
On my quest to find good places close to the border of New Hampshire
As well as on a drive back from a day of shopping at Portland, Maine
Armed by some BA and Interwebs information
Me and my wife decided to stop at this location
We walked into a building that used to be a mill
To see whether the beer was good, and to find out the deal
With this place and situated near a campus of a college
To see if it's any good or just a pile of garbage
Current taps were clearly displayed above the bar
So wayfarers can study them from a far
There were about five beers that were made on the spot
One cask, and two guests taps, I thought, "why not?"
A cream stout was the order that was placed by me
While an Oktoberfest was demanded by the lady the French would call "votre marie"
No, the food on this occasion we failed to sample
As stuffed we were from Wholes Food buffet of BBQ, for example.
Lest I forgot, a Hugh Malone was also enjoyed by me
Making it a fairly pleasant visit, indeed.
The interior was not at all an epic fail
With house taps at $3.75, I'd say the visit went rather well
One could see the brick walls, and laquered wood bar surfaces
So you can sit in peace and pour delicious beer down your orifices
I saw a thing or two in common with the Liberal Cup
Perhaps the same owner or maybe it's a local chain pub
If passing by I say you pull your buggy over
And have a glass or two, as you're still about an hour away from Dover
10-23-2011 12:13:15 | More by SevaTse
4.3/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I had an early dinner there today and I was impressed overall with the establishment. The atmosphere was very tranquil and inviting.
They had a wide variety of beers available, though I only had time to enjoy their stout, which was very nice. The food was definately worth every penny.
The only hit to the entire visit was the staff. I first sat near the end of the bar, only to be joined by a bartender who sat down next to me to cut fruit, and it soon turned into the staff social spot. After moving to further down the bar, all was well. Though I will give props to the chef who prepared my food for asking me how my food was through the service window, I was never asked by the bartender who was waiting on me. At times she seemed to be absent too long, once when I was in need of something. I had to get up and search her out around the corner.
A previous review of staff wrestling, my dealings, as well as other staff slacking does bring some red flags. I definately recommend the beer and food, and whole heartedly recommend visiting, as I will return myself - I just hope that the staff lax professionalism doesn't tarnish what looks like a solid establishment with great potential.
10-27-2010 08:36:36 | More by sabalon
The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery in Saco, ME
91 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.