Millstream Brewing Company

Millstream Brewing CompanyMillstream Brewing Company
Millstream Brewing CompanyMillstream Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

835 48th Ave
Amana, Iowa, 52203-8122
United States

(319) 622-3672 | map

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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
The beers are ok but the place is mediocre. It is small, and beer is served in plastic cup. It does not make me want to stay and drink more beers. And I usually end up going there when there is some special event so it gets crowded. Perhaps if I were to hang out outside by the fire it would be more enjoyable but that is usually not an option for me, with little kids.
Sep 29, 2022
Rated: 3.49 by RandyHocken from Iowa

Oct 03, 2020
Rated: 3.67 by Brookfieldglass from Iowa

Aug 05, 2018
Rated: 3.82 by Half-full from Illinois

Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by hoosier222002 from Illinois

Jul 02, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by ryan33iowa from Iowa

Jul 29, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by jfettig from Iowa

Jun 22, 2016
Rated: 4.42 by Squire from Mississippi

Jun 08, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by DSWeller from Iowa

Nov 09, 2015
Rated: 4.22 by YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

Aug 12, 2015
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25
Stopped in during a Fall 2014 visit to Amana, IA. Small tasting room that included several offerings on tap (the first two samples are free) and a gift shop featuring logo glassware. A windowed lounge off the tasting room allows you to watch the brewers at work while you enjoy your Millstream beverage. The lounge has a trellised ceiling decorated with artificial hop plants, a nice touch. Outdoor patio seating is also available. Overall, a nice place to relax during your visit to the Amana Colonies.
Jul 30, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by BarrelAgedG from California

Apr 29, 2015
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Reviewed by Kurmaraja from California

3/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3
Vibe is non descript, small interior, with minimal devour and a slightly German theme. Beers on tap rarely deviate from what you get in bottles. Beers are usually poured into plastic cups. Quality of beers is ok but little reason to go out of your way for a visit.
Dec 29, 2014
Rated: 3.6 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Dec 24, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by WestHam973 from Illinois

Oct 29, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by 22Blue from Kansas

Sep 05, 2014
Rated: 3.4 by RayVB

Aug 26, 2014
Rated: 4 by Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin

Aug 03, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by KAF from Iowa

Jul 23, 2014
Rated: 4 by styleisking from Michigan

Jul 04, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by boogs from Iowa

Jun 27, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by timlyon from Arizona

Jun 18, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by ChipChaight from New York

Jun 15, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Rosstheboss from Iowa

Jan 26, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Joey-bags1990 from Missouri

Dec 27, 2013
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Reviewed by ALC82 from Iowa

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
This is a place we visit yearly if not more often, the atmosphere in the Amana Colonies area is very relaxed (as to be expected)! We are yet to be here for Oktoberfest but I hear it is a great experience. The selection of beers is middle of the road but all pretty good. Since we are so close, I've tried everything they offer, and am yet to find any I don't enjoy. If in the area, the shopping is a unique experience and Millstream offers a great resting point throughout the day!
Dec 12, 2013
Rated: 4 by BillRoth from Maryland

Dec 12, 2013
Rated: 4 by muddyh2oblues from Illinois

Nov 03, 2013
Rated: 4 by vikinghorn from Minnesota

Oct 24, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by egrace84 from Illinois

Oct 21, 2013
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Reviewed by tommyguz from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
Visit 10/24/12
(as posted on my blog)

Located in the small history village known as the Amana Colonies, this is dubbed Iowa’s Oldest Microbrewery. The Amana Colonies is a neat little village of older buildings and cool little shops. Let’s get into what’s important, the brewery. The brewery is at the very end of the village (at least as far as you can go down the one street before having to turn around).

The building fits in with the rest of the colonies, which most of the buildings look similar. The building itself is really neat looking. They have a beer garden outside that looks like a great place to sit and enjoy the weather. When you go in they have a small gift area and their taps. They have a seating area in the back where you can look through both “walls” (which are glass) and can see the brewing process. Cool way to enjoy your beer. A selection of 7 beers and 3 sodas on draft. Such a neat little place. The wife and I each had a beer and I sampled two beers (to determine which one I wanted to buy to bring home). I hope to go back next time we are out in Iowa.
May 08, 2013
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Reviewed by phenomenologian from Nebraska

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5
My family and I were driving from Omaha, Nebraska to Madison Wisconsin. Driving on I-80 through Iowa we encountered this sign that stated that the Amish village of Amana Colonies were close. We stopped to check it out. There are basically two small towns. One town is just a residential area that is not touristy. The other town is for the tourists. Its full of shoppes and exhibits selling different things and showing off different things exhibiting Amish character. We stopped by a coffee shoppe where I had a nice latte. Also we stopped at a candy store as well as a fabric/quilt store (the girls wanted to/ I did not).

Millstream Brewing company is one thing I had to go into. You walk in and in one room you have the sampling table and in another you have some sort of viewing room where you can sit and drink and watch the brewery. The windows in the sampling and sitting area show the brewery and the process of brewing the beers they have for sample.

The place is meant to allow tourists to enjoy beer while seeing how the specimen being enjoyed is made. There are men inside the brewery exhibited by the windows making the beer as the drinkers watch. Its a friendly place. Its kind of uncomfortable for me because, being 21, I look way younger and I was never asked if I needed something. I was basically just ignored because I was passed off as underage (I assume). I found that a bit unacceptable as even though I looked underage, I did not care as much if I was ignored but someone else would get way more pissed than I did. Cannot ignore people just because you find them to be underage; people wouldn't stand there unless they wanted something. That explains my low service rating for this brewery.

The selection was good as none of these are common in Omaha, NE. They are specific brews from Millstream to the Amana area. I purchased their stout.

I tasted the stout after leaving Amana and after we got to Madison Wisconsin. Its called Back Road Stout. didn't try the other beers but the stout is nice and creamy. If you go to Millstream give the stout a try.
Nov 29, 2011
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Reviewed by BehindtheFinBrew from Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Been down to Millstream and Amana several times over the years and the Brewery is always a must stop.

The building is a revamped mill with old wood siding and porch. They've added a beer garden which I have yet to take advantage of but assume is quite nice in the summer. I was unfortunately there on a warm early March day. The interior is a taproom with no food served, simply beer and Millstream goodies sold. A glass window separates the taproom from the rest of the brewery and allows a pleasant worty malt aroma into the building.

Six to seven beers are usually on tap and this occasion they had their German Pilsner seasonal on tap. I refilled my growler with that despite only having a sample ($9.50 refill on 64 oz growler). Tasted ok. I picked up a glass of their Colony Oatmeal Stout which is a solid stout. All of their beers are worth purchasing or trying from the ones I've sampled (Schild Brau Amber, Johns White Ale, German Pilsener, Iowa Pale Ale, Colony Oatmeal Stout, and their Schokolade Bock).

The service is always attentive and somewhat knowledgeable. Never overly friendly but kind enough to pour me a beer is quite enough! Millstream is the best brewery I've been to in Iowa so make sure to make the stop if you;re close to the Amana Colonies.
Mar 06, 2010
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Reviewed by LittleDon from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3
An old-fashioned (and very small) store where you can drink draft beer from plastic cups in their beer garden. Check out the antique bottling machine if you go (no brewery tour, as far as I can tell). Low points: plastic cups, only Millstream beer, a bit on the pricey side for a 16 oz pour. High points: fresh beer, nice place to sit outside and drink, draft sodas. They offered two cured meat sausages when I was in (from the smokehouse in Amana). Neither was impressive. Six packs and growlers are available. Would only go back if I was in Amana.
Sep 12, 2009
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Reviewed by daledeee from Iowa

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
A small brewery located in an Amish tourist community just off Interstate 80. This place has been around a while. It has been through it's ups and downs. Quality issues have come and gone. Currently, the beer is of high quality and a stop by the shop will mean some free samples. The store offers the year round brews and seasonal offerings as well as glassware, etc. We are not allowed to have breweries make strong beer in Iowa, but this one makes above average beers. Schackolade Bock, Oatmeal stout, Pilsner, and several others are worth a try.
Aug 16, 2009
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Reviewed by akokandy from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
A- Basically a tiny taproom with all sorts of beer stuff scattered around it for sale. Gift shop type stuff with cases of beer stacked against one wall. Large brewing room and downstairs fermenting tanks. Seems to be a small operation, with one lady running the taproom and two guys downstairs brewing.

Q- The beer they make is pretty fantastic, and most of the merchandise is well-made. Except for the key chains and junk like that.

S- The woman in the taproom/gift shop was very nice and willing to give samples. They also let us go walk around downstairs.

S- Only a few varieties of beer here. I believe there were six or seven. Tons of beer stuff for sale, from cool growlers to authentic German Steins to keychains, coasters, etc.

No food here.

V- The beer here is cheap. 30 bucks a case for the best beers they make. Growlers filled for 9 bucks. They also sell their own rootbeer, cherry pop, etc. Some of the steins are pretty darn expensive, though. Most everything else is cheap or reasonable. Nothing above standard gift shop pricing.
Feb 23, 2009
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Reviewed by BigBry from Canada (AB)

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
My parents have visited Amana and the brewery in the past, but this was my first trip.
The brewery fits with the rest of the town, appearance and small town feel. Small tasting room and gift shop with a pleasant lady offering free samples of their draft beer and root beer for the kids. The pale ale, lager, ipa, and root beer were all very good.
As mentioned previously, there is no seating, but plenty of space outside in a bier garden type area. If it werent so hot on the day we visited I would have loved to stay and enjoy a few more pints outside.
They don't serve food, but there are lots of souvenirs, glasses, steins, etc.
There is a cooler of beer to go, plus lots of non-refrigerated cases. Picked up a mixed case that included Johns White, Schild Brau and Windmill Wheat and a six pack of root beer, black cherry, and cream soda.
A unique visit, well worth the time.
Dec 12, 2008
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Reviewed by Contagion from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4
I've had the pleasure of visiting this brewery a couple of times while on trips through Iowa. I've actually gone out of my way to visit the brewery. It has a nice small town atmosphere that is rather pleasing. There is not a wait staff, only an individual attending the bar on the inside of the gift shop. There is no internal seating, but plenty of space outside. On one trip, my family and I were caught in a rainstorm at the brewery. We spent a good hour sitting on the front porch visiting with locals and other travels from all over the country.

They don't serve food, but it's well worth a visit if you are in the state.
Aug 14, 2008
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Reviewed by giblet from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4
while on meetings to misery and iowa i stopped in amana to this brewery. i am glad i did. i tried four beers and purchased five and two sodas (root beer and cream soda for the kids). the lady working the store was very pleasant and helpful. she took some time to talk to me about all four beers that i tried. another couple was there at the same time and she was very good to all of us. the beer was very tasty and worth the $ for a good craft beer or beers.

worth a stop. suckem up and movem out.

Jul 20, 2008
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Reviewed by DesMoinesMike from Iowa

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
This brewery is the typical style of place you will find in the Amanas: friendly, cozy, lots of knickknacks to browse over, and a great value. There's a little garden out front that the girlfriend thought was cute (which means I'm probably going to have one like that when I get a house in the near future). Right as I get inside there's a very friendly lady who's eager to dish out some beer samples.

I'm impressed with the schokodale boch with it's boldness, and a few others I liked. The stout was a bit much for me, as it hit my tongue with too much force. I got a six-pack of the boch to take home.

There's other knickknacks to browse over while deciding on what beer to buy. Various novelty items, mugs, bottle openers, even beer boots!

Definitely a place to go back to. Fortunately my local liquor store carries their beer in stock, which saves me a 200 mile round trip.
Apr 07, 2008
Millstream Brewing Company in Amana, IA
Brewery rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 2016 ratings