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: 21 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by juzy:
3.75/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Impressed that the Saco area is being revitalized. So many old mills that line the river that were just going to pot when I lived in Maine.
More impressed that there is a decent brewpub in one of these said mills!
Hot, hot day. Chose to sit outside in the shade.
Staff was friendly and had good suggestions.
Ordered the sample paddle and we were most impressed with the brown ale and the porter. The porter has a fantastic smokiness to it that I just love!
Food was good. Had the mussels and we each ordered one of the daily specials, of which they have three.
Beer selections, for the most part are okay, not fantastic, but definitely clean and well brewed. As I said the brown and porter are the standouts.
All in all it was a pleasant surprise and we enjoyed our visit.
08-14-2010 16:40:22 | More by juzy
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4.16/5 rDev +2.2%
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 +0.2%
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 -7.1%
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
4.21/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Been listening to the hype from co-workers and I had to check this place out:
A: I took my wife and son there today for lunch, figured for a Monday, it can't be too crowded and we got there fairly early. I was definitely pleased as a great beer atmosphere all around. I could tell they take their beer seriously at this pub house & brewery. Lots of nice beer decorations adorned the brewpub, looked like a large bar area
Q/S: very good as I got the beers I asked for in the correct glasses, looked like they had a 6 of their own taps always available and a guest tap.
S: very good, but it was a Monday and not too crowded, so I was pleased at least for my table. I had a hard time deciding on what beer I should have so the selection was more than adequate.
F: Once again, I had a hard time deciding on what I wanted for food because the selection was awesome.
V: about right for this part of Maine as I got a growler re-fill of the State Budget Red for a decent price. I'm looking forward to trying this. I would definitely go back.
01-21-2013 23:40:19 | More by BeerKangaroo
4.15/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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 +2.7%
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
The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery in Saco, ME
91 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.