Rochester Mills Beer Co.

Rochester Mills Beer Co.Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Rochester Mills Beer Co.Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

310 Water St.
Rochester, Michigan, 48307
United States

(248) 650-5080 | map

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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by one evening for dinner. The brewpub was pretty quiet due to current pandemic restrictions. Staff was handling everything well. My wife and I had a couple pours, along with Korean beef wrap, fish tacos, and Cheddar Ale soup. Nice variety of food offered. Around 20 taps going, with seltzer available along with a decent selection of brews.

Jul 19, 2020
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I loved the old brick architecture, the wooden beams and table interior. The beers were great, the food was tasty, and the staff was friendly. we beat the supper crowd.

Jun 13, 2019
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Lazhal from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Have visited here many times.

I have not had anything to complain about except for the beer. The beer is fine. Its local. Its fresh. But It isn't anything special. The other thing I've noticed is their dark beer selection is lacking, even in winter time.

The last couple years they have tried to do the milkshake stout series. I visited and only one was on tap.

Other highlights. Kid friendly. Even have free kids meals one day of the week (maybe Sunday?). Good atmosphere. Games to play if you are bored. Haven't ever noticed an unruly guests.

Don't let the mediocre beer scare you, its still a good place to visit.

Aug 03, 2018
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Jim67 from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Great location. Can always find a table. Outdoor seating in summer is great. The beers are solid. They only serve their own other than Stella Artois. Food is basic bar fare with a few entrees.

Dec 26, 2017
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mschultz88 from Michigan

4.76/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is a historic building located in Downtown Rochester Hills. The open concept of the building makes for a fantastic time here, whether it be for lunch or dinner, or a quick get together. Some of the brewery is able to be seen from the restaurant floor. Out of the many time's I've been here, service is always fantastic, and the beers are always cold and crisp. There's a few taps that remain the same, but most do change, depending on the season.

Feb 20, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Very large and wide open brewpub which seems to focus very heavily on the food that is offered. Both food and beer offerings are wide and varied. Food is very well prepared, great tasting, and well presented, but unfortunately the beer is not treated in the same way. The beer menu is wide and varied and well executed with good flavors, but the treatment of the beer by pouring off head and using chilled glasses is just no bueno. This place becomes rather loud quite quickly due to the amount of people. There are several pool tables to hang out and play with friends/acquaintances/strangers/whoever and there are a generous amount of tvs around to watch sports.

Jun 19, 2016
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BigRizz62 from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A great, historical place to drink a beer. Food and service very good. Nice beer selection. Beers are good, nothing really stood out from a taste perspective

Dec 02, 2015
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JasonR1975 from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Large space, felt more like a jockey club than a bar - beer is fine, just nothing mind blowing, prompt service, nice menu variety and my selections were very good. Beer selection a little pedestrian for the size of the place.

Feb 10, 2015
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TurboBrew from Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Drove out here from about an hour away tonight to have some brew and dinner. The parking lot/enterance are pretty odd, but its whats on the inside that counts right? haha once you open the door to the building its awesome.

It turned out to be happy hour... which included half off appetizers and 3$ Pints :0 This was a BONUS !

Very impressive. Absolutely loved the place.

Walk into a huge room with a ton of tables and with several pool tables in the middle. Also has big windows you can walk up to and check out the brewing equipment, lauter..mash tun.. and all the fermenters.

Impressive lineup of beer from light ale to red to a very very good Milkshake stout which I bought a 4 pack of after dinner!

Ordered a appetizer first, the fried macaroni with blue cheese dip, was outstanding. Crispy and cheesy. very good.

Had a turkey rueben for dinner, also amazing. Could have had more turkey on it though. We also had a cup of the beer cheese soup which was great.

Our service was TOP NOTCH. Not sure who Fietsam is, thats what the servers name was on the bill... was that his actaul name? I dont remember lol. Great service regardless. Will be back for sure!

Nov 16, 2013
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HisBoyElroy from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Recently went to this brewery for some birthday beer with my girlfriend. Tried 10 beers and 1 cider. They had a very good porter, and an excellent Barrel Aged Scotch Ale. The service was very good. The waitress was very friendly and seemed to be having a good time. Would have liked faster service, but it is a very busy and very big brewery. We had eaten dinner at home, so we only order appetizers. The spinach artichoke dip was amazing. For an all around good experience, I definitely recommend checking this place out.

Jul 29, 2013
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king75 from Michigan

3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Atmosphere- This place has a cool atmosphere being located in an old mill. The architecture of the building is really nice and this brewery is pretty big. Beautiful hardwood floors and wood beams throughout almost feels like an old railway station. Beautiful building. There is always a descent crowd here being near a university there is always a college crowd but there are also a lot of regulars that go there after work.

Quality/ selection- They have a solid selection of at least 10-15 beers on tap and they always have taps that are rotating/changing regularly. The quality of the beer is not going to blow you away better than some breweries worst than most. Their ESB, Red, and milkshake stout all have decent flavor but lack body and complexity. I would rate these three beers around a B-.

Service- is not too bad. The bartenders I have dealt with have been friendly and have allowed me to try numerous samples before deciding what I want to fill a growler with.

Overall, this brewery is worth the visit if you are in the area but is not worth traveling from out of town for. IF you want to try their beer try a good beer shop in Michigan and pick up some of the beers that they can if you like it go to the brewery. On the plus side they do offer growler fills for $6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This place is great if your just starting to dabble into craft beer or if you have a friend that has not tried craft beer yet. This place was a jumping off place for me getting more into craft beer.

Jul 24, 2013
KCEPHOTO from Michigan

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Food is good. Clam Chowder is excellent. Beer...nothing special. As an artist for over 10yrs and homebrewer/home chef, I expect a bit more from my brews. They lack creativity and complex flavor profiles. I'm sure Ill get trashed from this review but I would rather be honest and no one is paying me to write this lol. Right Brain, Founders, New Holland, DBC, Grizzly Peak ect... are far better choices when it comes to pleasing the palate.

Jun 04, 2013
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Kerrie from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of my favorite places to go when I'm in the area. I've always liked the atmosphere of the place; it's very large and very open, and sometimes they have live music. You can see the brew tanks (forgive me if that's not the proper term), too.

The quality has always been top-notch. I've never had a bad beer or meal here. The service is also great considering how large it is. My glass never stayed empty for long.

The selection is quite large. Lots of food options (all of which I've tried have been great) and a lot of beer options. They usually have a rotating stout, their Water Street Wheat (amazing after a bike ride, you're the type to bike the trails nearby and then stop in for a pint) an IPA, a red, and a few more that I've yet to have the opportunity to try at this point.

The food is always delicious and the portions are huge. I love the garlic bread that comes with the pasta dishes- it's the size of half the plate.

Overall, very good and well worth the price. I can't wait to bike the trails again this summer and stop in again.

May 09, 2013
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RobWilson from Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I spent a few weeks working near Troy and this was by far my favorite place to eat. It helps that they have good beer and friendly bartenders!

They do samples and you get to pick your beers from the menu. They did not provide any sort of reminder of what I ordered. All of the beers I have had there were done to style and very tasty.

The food is good and the menu suggests beer pairings. The bar is full of locals who are very friendly with each other.

You can buy some swag at the bar, I could not find a specific shop. I managed to get a pint glass and that was my goal.

Oct 24, 2012
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/20/2010.

An interesting little brewpub based in a historical old mill. I came here on a Sunday afternoon and got to sit outside, which was very pleasant. The service was great. There were ~10 beers on tap and the ones I tried were quite tasty. The food was ok (the descriptions make the food sound better than it is...I got the Shepherd's pie which was actually pretty good but my boyfriend got the sesame chicken which was not good at it is hit or miss). A low key, chill kind of atmosphere and good beer to boot. I had a great time here!

Dec 23, 2010
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breweski15 from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've gone to Rochester Mills a few times while in the area, most recently past weekend. The overall atmosphere is enjoyable, with quite a few tv's, a nice view of the brewing equipment and a perfect place to go and have a beer while visiting with friends, coworkers or others at the bar.

I've had quite a few types of beer from Rochester Mills including a Cream ale, their wit, porter, milkshake stout and Oktoberfest. All were enjoyable and recommended.

Each time I've been there, I've had good service, the waitresses have all been attentive, had knowledge of the beer they were serving and always helpful. You can't go wrong there.

Rochester Mills has a nice selection of different styles of beers, and it seems like each time I've gone there are always something new. They have a few quest tap and do well with seasonals also, making just about beer drinker happy.

The food is also quite good. This past saturday we had their pepperoni pizza, and I've had their goulash plus various sandwiches before. Always enjoyed eating there.

Overall, a great place to go and is one of the sure stops my friends and I make when in the area.

Sep 18, 2010
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gotweid from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Located in downtown Rochester. This place is converted from an old warehouse. It has brick walls and wood floors, a high ceiling and is very large. They have a wide variety of good food, great service, pool tables located down some steps in the middle of the establishment. The tables surround the pool table area and they have a very long bar. The best part is the beer. They have a huge selection of many makers and varieties. I always order the breer the Rochester Mills brews and have enjoyed and recommend them all. The only drawback is when the place gets full it holds a lot of people so it can get loud. Recommend it and enjoy taking the family or meeting friends there.

Jan 12, 2008
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berserker256 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This joint is owned and operated by the same people who own Royal Oak Brewery. And as soon as I walked in the place with my wife I could see a lot of similarities. It looks and feels very much like the Royal Oak Brewery but it's up in Rochester.

There's a warehouse-converted-to-a-brewery-bar type of feel to it. I like that. It spacious. Great atmosphere and location. Feels upscale but is actually quite reasonable. As far as I can tell, the menu is exactly the same as the Royal Oak brewery. Large variety at reasonable prices. Very friendly and good-looking waitresses.
The beer menu was similar to ROB's as well. So I asked the waitress if the beers had the same recipes with different names. She asked the brewmaster and he said NO.

I thought the Paint Creek Porter tasted like the Pappy's Porter at ROB and that's why I asked. But then I had the I.P.A. and it was WAY different from the Pleasure's I.P.A. at the ROB. The wheats are different as well.

I like Rochester Mills but there's not much reason for me to go there seeing that the very similar Royal Oak Brewery is about a mile and a half from my house.

Nov 06, 2007
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DackAchan from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The "Mills" is an excellent place. I have frequented the establishment multiple times. I think I enjoyed it when I had my 21st birthday there. I've attended a couple other parties there as well and remember them. They have a nice private room in the back that doubles as the cigar room when not in use. There is a stage that is framed by the beer vats that also includes a large projection screen for sporting events. You can't look anywhere in the bar without seeing at least one tv. The sit down area is a little more modest. A good place to sit down and chat, without the noise of the bar. If you want the bar atmosphere there are the pool tables which are kept up pretty well.

Last but not least is the beer. They have at any one time 6-8 microbrews on tap as well as other mass marketed beers. I haven't found a Rochester Mills Beer that I've disliked. Their Sacriligous stout is very good, as well as their Paint Creek Porter, Milkshake Stout and Oktoberfest. I like dark beers and if you do too, this is the place to go.

Oct 17, 2007
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CoSMoSYS from Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I visited this establishment for the first time last Saturday for my girlfriend's friends birthday. It's sort of in a tucked away part of beautiful downtown Rochester. There are various amounts of parking options, so you are not limited. While walking up to the building I had to stop and take a look at the architecture of the place. It reminded me of a old factory/mill they had restored. Very unique and made me feel comfortable when I went in. The brewery seems to occupy just a third of the building, even though the brewery is huge! I enjoy a small, cozy and somewhat quiet setting to enjoy a drink and have conversations but this place was hoppin with people and music.

When you walk in the first thing you notice is the pool tables, flat screen TVs and a very long bar. Not only do they have their own brews but they also sell the typical beers: Labatts, Guinness, etc etc. I had three beers when I was there, The Lazy Daze, A Raspberry type beer (sorry, I can't remember the name!) and the Hard Cider.

If cigars are your thing, they have their own smoking room and humidor for your convenience.

They also had a decent sized kitchen and the food that our party ordered was met by various, "mmmm's" and orders for more food.

The wait staff was friendly but the service seemed just ok. They had us move literally 3 different times to different tables and that was somewhat annoying and they were sometimes slow to get over to you. They were busy however, so I attribute it to that.

They had a band that night, Reggie Smith and the After Party, which helped bring the night to a great end before we left. There were a lot of people dancing it up to the great tunes.

Apr 17, 2007
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adams82 from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located just outside of downtown Rochester, "The Mills" is truly a great find. The historic knitting mill lends a unique character to a brewpub and really helps make the dining/drinking experience as enjoyable as possible.

There's plenty of space, so getting sat quickly has never been a problem and you're not bumping elbows with the people next to you. Once seated, take a minute to observe the unique layout and you'll see four or five pool tables in the middle of the dining area, a rather large bar lined with stainless serving tanks and nestled in a corner behind a glass wall is the brewhouse. It's always cool to see where your beer comes from! Oh, and like others have said, the yuppie crowd does tend to find its way in, but come on... it's Rochester! They have to go somewhere and they might as well try out some good beer while they're at it.

The staff have always been friendly and attentive and have had at the very least, a little knowledge of beer. The menu seems to change on a semi regular basis and it's fairly diverse with pasta, sandwiches, (awesome!) pizzas, unique appetizers and some really excellent desserts.

The beer list has 8 mainstays, but you may only see 7of 8 on tap at certain times as they rotate between their dry and sweet stouts. All are very good offerings and range from lighter lagers for the masses to enjoy to a really good IPA and a killer porter. Beyond the usual suspects, there are usually one or two seasonal (sometimes more!) which always end up being more than exceptional. From an Amarillo Pale Ale to Belgian Tripple, they tend to cover a wide range of styles in small batches.

While Rochester Mills is a part of a chain, they are not franchised and really deliver excellent food and beer time and again. Prices are more than reasonable (especially when you take into consideration where they are located) and the quality service is paired nicely with quality food and drink.

Feb 11, 2007
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sinstaineddemon from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I love this restaurant/pub. This is where my girlfriends parents first took me out to dinner. A great establishment with GREAT beer, well of what ive had so far. The servers are friendly, accurate, and best of all knowledgeable about there beer.

They have a great selection of beers and great food, their palamino pasta sauces are great, and their cheese soup is even better. Worth a trip, well maybe not for me from Ct, but when I am out here i make it a point to stop.

The prices are pretty good too, 3.75 for the pints, but maybe those were lunch prices?

Worth the trip!!

Apr 10, 2006
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beerjournl from Florida

4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Just made a trip to Auburn Hills, down the road from Rochester, and decided to stop in here to compare them to the other fine offerings in the area. Good Choice!

The place is set in a historic knitting mill which adds to the atmosphere. The brewery equipment is displayed prominently behind glass walls and is quite impressive. I didn't expect to see such capacity in this place. It's a huge space, but was not packed and loud when we showed up after work at about 6pm. We sat at a table in the bar area on the first night and the service was very attentive.

I think they had at least 8 or 9 of their beers available, and we sampled 7 of them, eventually settling on an exceptional Double IPA which was a special offering. All the beers were very good, with a few exceptional brews such as the stout. They also had a huge assortment of outside brands, some on tap and some in bottle.

Food was flawless as well. First night I had the huge shephard's pie which was baked just right. It was so much I couldn't come near finishing it. My friends had various items and were equally satisfied. Good menu with everything from bar food to some exceptional entres.

If I wasn't with a group from work I'd have written down more detail, but trust me this place is worth a visit if you are in the area. If it's a choice between this and Big Buck, go to Rochester Mills. I went to both in the same evening, and everyone in the group voted to return to Rochster Mills for a second evening.

Don't believe what the older previous reviews say about this place. If it seems a bit yuppie it must be because you are not accustomed to well maintained places with a decent mixed crowd. Maybe they have read the reviews and changed their approach? If so that shows good management. Many brewpubs have closed down, and not for the lack of a good beer! If this were closer to home in Florida it would be one of my first picks. I'll proudly wear the t-shirt I picked up there!

Feb 20, 2006
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bozebus17 from Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This was my first experience with this brewery. When you walk in you are amazed, the place is huge. There are many tables around the edges, pool tables in the middle, and a very long bar up front.
I had gotten mixed reviews of the place so I was curious to find out what it was like for myself. I went up to the bar and ordered my first brew, a Rochester Red. At $3.75 a pint their beers are very reasonably priced. I was not, however, impressed by the beer I drank there. It was good beer, don't get me wrong, but not of the quality I expected. The styles seemed to be dumbed down a little, you can tell that the place has a regular after work crowd. As for the beer, it was above macro-swill, but I'd honestly rather have something by Samuel Adams (if that tells you anything). I guess their beers weren't very unique.
The selection was decent, although I wouldn't call it good. You could choose from a couple of lagers, a wheat, a stout, a porter, and an IPA. They even had a lite beer on tap. They did actually have Chimay in bottles, which is fine by me.
All I had foodwise were buffalo wings, and they were pretty good, but just your typical bar food. The atmosphere was loud, a live band was playing, kind of hard to have a conversation. The service at our table was not very good--The place was not crowded and they seemed overstaffed, so that really turned me off. All in all I'd say it's a good place to grab a brew, but there are many places in the area I'd choose first.

Apr 09, 2005
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jsolack from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice atmosphere... slightly upscale but still maintains a casual feel. Has music on some nights. Good place to go and hang out or to go and have a dinner. Also has a nice cigar room, but bring your own smokes becuase theirs (as with most places) are overpriced.

Both food and beer seem to be of high quality. Everything there is nice... they have couches in cigar room and they were nice as well.

Good selection of beers they brew and of other beers. They don't have a quite as large of a selection as some other local restaurants... but they have enough to please most.

Food we had was good... but we didn't eat a full meal... just snack/bar food and everything was good.

Mar 17, 2004
Rochester Mills Beer Co. in Rochester, MI
Brewery rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1798 ratings