The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 107
Beer Avg: 3.51
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by ToasterChef:
3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I stopped in here for the first time the other weekend, after doing some shopping in Saco. We weren't quite hungry enough for a meal, but an appetizer and a beer would be perfect, so why not finally check this brew pub out? Like most of the patrons that afternoon, we asked to be seated outside. There were no tables available in the shade, and the sun was rather hot, so we opted to sit at the bar. I'm glad we did. The bartender was very friendly and chatted us up a lot. It wasn't forced though, he was genuinely friendly (another couple at the bar obviously didn't realize what being a brew pub meant and after asking for beers similar to mass produced products they barely said a word to the bartender and he gave them their space).
The beers were served in real pint glasses...none of this 12 oz nonsense. They were very tasty and refreshing. If you are a fan of the Liberal Cup, you know what to expect here. We ate a large plate of fries. We had ordered sweet potato fries, but they were out of them. The regular fries were very good. I also had a cup of clam chowder. It was very creamy with lots of clams and taters. I would certainly order it again. The outside area has it's own kitchen with it's own menu, which is nice. The selection is limited out here, but I'm sure you could find something that you'd like to eat. There were also a trio of daily specials available; I'm not sure if these were exclusive to the outside kitchen or also available from the bigger kitchen inside.
As we were getting ready to leave, a couple of guys were setting up mics and amps, so apparently there was to be some outdoor entertainment, which is very cool. If we hadn't had other plans, I think we could have spent all afternoon on that deck.
Run of the Mill was a really great place. I'll certainly make the drive south to visit it again.
08-13-2010 13:41:58 | More by ToasterChef
More User Reviews:
4.16/5 rDev +3.2%
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 +1.2%
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
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
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
4.15/5 rDev +3%
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
The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery in Saco, ME
90 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.