Mill House Brewing Company

Mill House Brewing CompanyMill House Brewing Company
Mill House Brewing CompanyMill House Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(845) 485-2739 | map

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Ratings by DonBowman:
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Reviewed by DonBowman from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.
Sep 08, 2014
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Reviewed by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
Above average brewpub in Poughkeepsie stumbled upon by yours truly whilst camping in the area. The hefeweizen and pale ale I had were both of very good quality, and the vibe may be a bit more boogie that you’d expect. Would definitely come back, and you should probably peep it.
May 08, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by Noelito76 from New York

Jul 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Shiredave from New York

3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4
Replacing a Landmark, traditional Chinese Restaurant of over 20 years ( Millhouse Panda) this brew pub was built in a classic building by a local developer. The result is what a friend of mine calls " a brick and fern " cookie cutter brewery / pub. The initial intention was advertised as a place focused on quality beer. It became apparent early on that beer was secondary to ,,, everything else.
The food is good to very good and the service is very good ( I saw 14 people in black tee shirts standing around last time I visited - I guess it gets busy after 5 on a Friday...?) and the beer is all okay and some is a little better than just good.
I do question ( and did to the brewer) how a 4% fruited sour warrants a $12 price for 12 oz. and was given supply chain issues as the excuse.
Ooooo K.
I want to like if not Love my local breweries but when they concentrate their efforts on promoting their innocuous Kolsch and Cucumber Ales as flagships you gotta question the dedication and true beer appreciation of those driving this train.
That said, it's a very pretty place full of charm, lots of bricks, cozy booths and private rooms for events and parties and, I expect, a few ferns strategically placed to complete the formula decor.
Staff are well trained in beer styles being served, attentive and professional. Prices are a bit high ( see fruited sour above) but not out of line with other ( better ) eateries in the downtown Po-town area.
Worth a visit if in the area and close to the Walkway over the mighty Hudson.
Jun 13, 2020
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Reviewed by EMH73 from New York

4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Really more of a restaurant that happens to brew it's own beers. Beer list is,rather IPA heavy and they do offer flights. Beers were good but nothing special. Service is friendly and attentive. Food is excellent, shared apps, main courses and dessert. Would love to have a place like this near home.
Jul 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Better the decent spot for food and brew in Poughkeepsie...just a short distance from the Walkway bridge over the Hudson.

Several comfortable rooms, including a 2nd floor and even outside space in the warmer months.

Professional and friendly service...the pretty decent (the thin crust pizza was good,the salad more middle of the road) food came right out in a sensible fashion, the beers were at least better than decent..a whole bunch of their own creations available on tap plus crowlers and cans in the fridge ready to go....

Nothing overly special goin on here, but this place is worth a visit for some food and beer if you happen to be in PTown, NY
Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by metter98 from New York

Dec 14, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Dec 14, 2018
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
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.
Feb 01, 2018
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Reviewed by cosmo4u from New York

4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
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!
Nov 14, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by Chipotle from New York

Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 4.7 by brentblack1 from New York

Sep 24, 2016
Rated: 4.3 by NHSTEVE from New Hampshire

Jul 26, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by SpaethJam from New York

Jun 27, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by knicks19947 from New York

Apr 04, 2016
Rated: 5 by NPiet0709 from New York

Jan 09, 2016
Rated: 4.41 by KWolf from New York

Nov 10, 2015
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Reviewed by slander from New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%
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.
Sep 24, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by schroeder1200 from New Jersey

Aug 23, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by ncelauro from New York

Aug 07, 2015
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Reviewed by orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
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.
Jul 11, 2015
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Reviewed by nmann08 from Virginia

4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
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!
Jul 08, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by BeeArthurWhite from New York

Jun 13, 2015
Rated: 4.85 by mmuller226

May 06, 2015
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Rated by Brave-hardt from New York

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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
Mar 20, 2015
Rated: 5 by Nvp2624 from New York

Mar 01, 2015
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Reviewed by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
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.
Feb 20, 2015
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Reviewed by musicsherlock from New York

3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
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.
Feb 15, 2015
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Reviewed by potownbill from New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
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.........
Feb 12, 2015
Rated: 5 by DanReyman from New York

Jan 01, 2015
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Reviewed by stoops_ from New York

5/5  rDev +14.2%
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!
Nov 25, 2014
Rated: 5 by jspeck from New York

Nov 24, 2014
Rated: 5 by JamieBishop from New York

Nov 16, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Mikexw from New York

Nov 15, 2014
Rated: 5 by Crocvelo from New York

Nov 11, 2014
Rated: 4.12 by hoppymcgee from Maine

Sep 21, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by claspada from New Jersey

Aug 11, 2014
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