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Mill House Brewing Company

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Based on:
20 Beers
183 Hads
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 13
Visits: 42
Avg: 4.19
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

289 Mill St
Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601-3111
United States
phone: (845) 485-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @millstbrewingco

Place added by: JamieBishop on 11-07-2013

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Reviews: 13 | Visits: 42
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

With Evil, minus the Element (clown car), for a Sunday jaunt north to ‘keepsie, presuming the long way around. Over the river and straight on up, we took in a bit of Shadytown, social anthros that we are, looped the road separation and here we are. They are under construction to be sure…

Marble topped horseshoe bar between two rooms, wood panel base, & brass foot rail; seating for 20+ both sides around. The barback holds an arched walk through to both sides of a center cut, where sits a 10 tap black handle copper tower, pullable from both sides, and a shelf above with booze & booze. It’s all brick play with black steel plate displaying logo beer placards round. The flip side from where I’m sitting holds additional shelving for more not my booze, 2 glassware racks a-dangling, some flat screens (Yankees are up 1-0), and an arched ceiling with views of an upstairs seating area through peekaboo cut throughs. Glowstripped booze lighting and 4 prong metal steel strip ball lighting tracing the bar.

Brick walls with framed windows all around. Fireplaces at both ends, outdoorsy prints and pieces, a very cool wine storage unit up front, and a big mirror that I thought was the next room where a guy just as goddamn handsome is but was apparently, me. Wood looking tile floors, and rafter ceilings with mesh ball & ornate lighting. Currently a small but not really dining space off the other side of the bar towards the parking lot. It’s all plastic walled up, but I can see through it due to it being near transparent and my eyes being open.

Roughly 2 dozen tables and leather or cushion booths off the bar, may with views of the kitchen; a wood fired hearth for pizzas back there and I can see brewing equipment to the rear. There is also something of a sausage showcase (I was going to end that last sentence with, no, forget it, I’ll behave), just inside the door, wherest one gets their wurst wares.

8 beers up today, the sampler offers of 5 of your choice, and then shorty and/or samples the rest (Kold One Kolsch, 4.6%, pleasant, fruity esters, but treading the Pils line; Queen City Cucumber Cream Ale, 5.2%, big cuc nose, easy drinker; PK Pale Ale, 4.7%, has a bite, somewhat malt forward; Alpha Amber, 5.1%, fruity ‘C’ hop goodness; Old Steady IPA, 6.3%, bitter, with a nice rye bite; Kilt Spinner Oak Scotch Ale, 7.7%, not phenol or over oaked; Velvet Panda Stout, an oatmeal stout on nitro, 5.1%, excellent stout, oaty & smooooooth; Pine Tar Imperial IPA, 9.3%, a bit boozy, big sweety).

Revisit 2 months later with Witz found again 8 taps, 6 of which we saw last time out (I don’t need to play my sampler games and can instead do shortys of whatever. New additions (Northwest Territory, W. Coast IPA, 9%, big hoppy love, boozy, Simcoe-y orangey; Sexual Chocolate, burton union barrel fermented RIS with local sorghum, 9.8%, a big sweet sweety), and also got to taste a few things (Velvet Panda Stout on CO2, better than the nitro play, and the HUBAR, a midway IPA under construction, tasty). Kold One, Queen City Cucumber Cream Ale, Alpha Amber, Velvet Panda Stout, & Northwest Territory were the best of ‘em.

The food menu is sausage & pizza heavy menu, but opting for the lighter bite, I had the Chinese spiced pork ribs; tasty,but not enough of them. I need (like) 2 more orders and by that I mean 6. Davo went with the panda poutine. It was good. Real good. With a sufficient amount of panda (short rib gravy).

On the revisit, Dave ordered the pretzel bites & the panda poutine (and asked if they used baby or adult panda. It was not received as well as was hoped. Oh, Witzel). I ordered the smoked ribeye French dip, done on a ciabatta with (stupid) Swiss, baby arugula (it’s a veg-e-ta-ble), horseradish aolia, and crispy onions. Au jus on the side and a mountain of (get your goddamn hands off my) shoestring fries. It was a kickin’ sandwich, so awesome that it was held down by a wooden spike lest it up and run amok.

The side room off the bar last time tarped and under construction is now open. There’s a children’s party happening there. 5 year old me wishes my birthday party was at a brewpub and not a bowling alley. Thanks, mom (sigh). Good sunnish room, framed windows three sides around, and a dozen meshy tables, some pushed together for share, others seating for just a pair.

Hey! Let’s go see what’s upstairs. Dining room with a dozen tables and a small bar, and something of a banquet room space up on the third floor. Also, an outside deck just off the entrance with a dozen small tables there. Heavy renovations; someone’s been spending some big coin here, and they’ve done a nice job of it.

Good, clean, comfortable place. Lots of Motown today, and Lindsaytending (most dengerous). Only been here twice and it was in the noonish range on Sundays so I can’t speak to what else & else. Good food and some nice beers here, they seem to know what they’re doing. Everything’s coming up Mill House.

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3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I've never had a problem with the quality of ingredients they use. The daily specials emphasizing in-season produce is a reflection to that quality. Service at the bar is top notch. They show commitment and knowledge to their craft. Beer selection is good, but as some reviewers noted the quality can run from bland to mouthwatering. This could be blamed on the brewpub side of the business. There is definitely a shift in clientele as dinner approaches their focus slackens as they cater to a more general clientele. Thus, they need to find a balance between quality and selection, vibe and service, between resting on their laurels and becoming a beer destination.

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Photo of nmann08
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

Stopped in on my way up to RI from DC. It was late afternoon, lunch crowd was gone so it was quiet and sat at the bar. The place is currently expanding so there was a bit of construction, but you really couldn't notice.

They have about 8 or so of their beers on tap as long as two guest beers. Their beers were good, not great, but easy drinking. You can do a flight of any of their beers, or order half or full pints. Bartender is pretty attentive, service was good.

The food is incredible. Wow, the food is good, just order anything and enjoy. They focus heavily on BBQ, and there is a small shop attached that sells sausages among other pork products.

Overall, wish it wasn't so far for me. Great place!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

How did I end up here? I think a fellow beer advocate recommended this place… so I went there on a mini-tour of Hudson Valley spots (other stops included North River and 2 Way). Mill House is a serious brewpub- their building is big and beautiful, their bar is ample and their beer and food options are large. They mean business here!

I sat at the bar on a weekday at lunch time; some folks were partying on the other side of the bar but otherwise it wasn’t busy. Ten beers on tap, I chose a flight of five for twelve dollars: Zoe (dubbel), Kilt (oak-aged Scotch), Cien Cerezas (sour-leaning anniversary ale), Northwest (DIPA), Pandemonium (Imperial Stout). The DIPA and the Imp Stout were fantastic, but the rest were only OK.

Great bartender, super friendly but not overbearing, offered tastings of some beers for free (Velvet Panda and Velvet nitro). The food menu is fancy but so meat-centric it hurts. For somebody like me on a plant-based diet, it was almost overwhelming. All sausage, chicken, animal protein… about the only veggie option was a kale salad, which I ordered and loved. The kale was some local, weird variety I had never seen and it was served with a pad-thai-style peanut dressing to die for.

Expensiv e overall, but well worth. I look forward to checking out the new beers here.

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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Went for Valentine's Day with another couple, arrived 45 minutes early for reservation but was seated right away. Two servers filled our water immediately but it took a long time for them to take our drink order, would of had an extra round. When drinks arrived we placed food orders and everything went smoothly from there. Food was excellent and beer was fine, the Panda-monium IRS is fantastic but the Old Steady IPA is on the level of my extract homebrew. Will certainly return as the food exceeds the beer.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

There is a big difference in the quality of the beer from when MIll House first opened to now. I meant to sample a number of different beers on my last visit, but got stuck on the Northwestern DIPA. Why switch when there is something that good to drink. I did try a few others, thanks to generosity of friends, and they were also very good. The food is always very creative and very good. Only downside is that the service is often hurried, which is probably a result of the place always being busy.........

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Great beer, great atmosphere. More than just a brewery. As a Poughkeepsie local, we're lucky to have a facility such as the Mill House. Can't wait for the Velvet Panda to be back on tap!

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Stopped by after walking over the Hudson. What an awesome place, well designed and appointed. They had seven beers on tap, all well described on a classy beer menu, listing ABV, IBU and SRM of each beer. The latter was new to us. We are oriented toward the more malty beers. The Kilt Spinner was superb, dark, rich and a 22IBU. The Velvet Panda on Nitro is their Guinness-like beer and was decent. The food choices were excellent, well described and very tasty. The hotdogs, sausages are all made in house and are excellent. Additionally, the service was something not to be commented on. Staff was pleasant, knowledgeable about food and beer and prompt in their delivery of food and beer. Food pricing was decent. Beers were $6 to $8, which we central PA folk felt a little pricy, especially the $8 Kilt Spinner. We will try to make excuses to return, excellent establishment.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

After a lovely drive through the crappy section of Po'keepsie, you easily see the new stone building with a decent sized parking lot that was packed. The bar on the right is split into two C's with a wall running down the middle. The granite topped bar can fit about 10 folks on each side. Plenty of hi top tables and booths throughout the place. Open kitchen to the left of the entrance and a deli setup for food to go I guess.

During my trip there were 7 beers on draft covering several styles. I had the pale ale and amber which were both good. They also had a DIPA, Vienna, Stout, and Scottish Ale available.

The pizza I had was very good, and service was prompt and friendly despite the large crowd. Overall this was a pleasant break during a long afternoon drive. I will stop by here again in the future when I am in the area.

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Photo of NJBeer265
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in while waiting for my wife at a baby shower and was happy I did. The beer at Mill House was solid. The head brewer was sitting at the bar while I was there and was very friendly. He even pour me an aged Kilt Spinner that was amazing. The food is also a must try. I would recommend the Thai Sausage Bahnmi which was one of the best I have had. Definitely a must visit if in the area.

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Photo of Jodi215
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for lunch on our way to Hyde Park. Loved the building and decor of the restaurant. upscale rustic elegance. Quality in every way was wonderful. Service was friendly, helpful and reasonaby fast. The beer selection was mostly their beers and although they were very good the selection could be more creative. The guys had a Rye IPA and Velvet Panda and they both thought the beers fantastic. I had the Mesculn salad and a side of duck fat french fries. Both were excellent. The guys had the Banh Mei sandwich and were very satisfied with it. The prices on both beer and food was a little high. We would go back again if we're ever in the area.

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Photo of AdamElb
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This was stop #2 on a 6 brewery trip in the Hudson Valley. I split a flight of all their beers with my girlfriend and we were both impressed. All the beers were above average for their style with my favorites being the Old Steady Rye IPA and the Velvet Panda stout. We visited some great breweries but we all agreed the beer and atmosphere was best at Mill House. Brewmaster Larry Stock was grabbing a drink and even took a few minutes to talk about brewing with us. Very friendly guy that gave us some great recommendations for the rest of our trip. Now I need to go back to try the food and some new beers. Best full flight of brew pub beer I've ever had in NY.

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Photo of rikatine
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Have been to the Mill House numerous times now. The place is really nicely done. Beautiful really. The atmosphere and food are very good. The wings, sausages, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, pretty much everything we have eaten has been really good.

Now about the beer. They have a good selection of their own beers, plus guest taps of some of the local brews. Have tried all of the house beers and they are of good quality, but...they don't have an IPA in the regular lineup. We did get to have it once here, and we liked it. Yes they have a black IPA, of their own, and a pale ale. Maybe they should carry one on their guest taps.

Lastly, service. At the bar. I can't quite put my finger on the problem. There are maybe too many bartenders. As you sit with an empty glass at times and there are four bartenders and a barback, you can't help but wonder why your glass would ever be empty. In addition, when you ask for water with your beer, it shouldn't be taken away after the first one, refills should be offered. We like most of the bartenders very much, so that's not it. Something for the owners to figure out though.

I do recommend the Mill House Brewing Co. It is a nice addition to Poughkeepsie. I hope it continues to grow and be successful and maybe eventually have and IPA in the regular lineup.

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Mill House Brewing Company in Poughkeepsie, NY
92 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.