Mill House Brewing Company

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Mill House Brewing CompanyMill House Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

289 Mill St
Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601-3111
United States

(845) 485-2739 | map

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Added by JamieBishop on 11-07-2013

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Photo of Knapp85
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Decided to check this place out since they were going to be a booth at EBF and I was basically passing through their area on my way to Boston. The vibe is really nice, kind of more upscale decor than I expected. The beers were good and the food was too. The service was great and actually recommended we hit another brewery on our way home that wasn’t too far away from Mill House. All in all this was a great stop and will consider going back next year.

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Photo of cosmo4u
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

The building and space are really well done. The decor is simply beautiful comprising of stone, brick, and natural wood beams with an amazing wraparound bar. There were about 8 beers plus a couple of guest taps.I really enjoyed the Mill House beers. The food is by far superb. It blows away what you think if when it comes to bar or grub food. I definitely recommend a visit here. The ambienace is topped off with the lack of TV's screaming out Sports scores or the latest Political view. Very Nice touch!

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Photo of Chipotle
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of brentblack1
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of NHSTEVE
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of SpaethJam
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of knicks19947
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of NPiet0709
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of KWolf
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of slander
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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 so 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, 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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Photo of schroeder1200
3.9/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of ncelauro
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.91/5  rDev -11.7%
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 -3.8%
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 BeeArthurWhite
3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of mmuller226
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Brave-hardt
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great on site brewed beers and an eclectic menu with everything - they focus on beef and pork

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Photo of Nvp2624
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
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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Photo of musicsherlock
3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
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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Photo of potownbill
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of InformedSerf
4.98/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of DanReyman
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of stoops_
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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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Photo of jspeck
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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Mill House Brewing Company in Poughkeepsie, NY
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