Old Mill Brewpub & Grill

Old Mill Brewpub & GrillOld Mill Brewpub & Grill
Old Mill Brewpub & GrillOld Mill Brewpub & Grill
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

717 E Bridge St
Plainwell, Michigan, 49080-1801
United States

(269) 204-6601 | map
oldmillbrew.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.68
Beers:
11
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
45
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.03
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
15
pDev:
9.18%
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Reviews by Robdiesel21:
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Robdiesel21 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Aug 06, 2014
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whitetale from West Virginia

4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Stopped in over Memorial Day weekend. Cool vibe. I like the way they took advantage of the old beams and character of the building. The wood added a lot of character. The selection of beers was very good. I had the hefeweizen - very tasty on a hot day. I tasted the cream ale - also very good. The Belgian Golden Strong was very good - took a growler of it. We had the potato skins and the whitefish sandwich served with fries, very satisfying pub food. I have to add that the service was excellent and very attentive. This is definitely a place for a return visit.

May 30, 2018
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cards22 from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Sep 20, 2015
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice decor and very nice folks working there. We felt very comfortable there and ordered a nice lunch.
See the Pez Dispenser collection down the hall and a take a look at the banquet hall. I can this friendly rustic brewpub that I would visit several more times.

Sep 05, 2015
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maumeefootball

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Very cool especially when the train stops and the engineer runs in and picks up lunch

Apr 07, 2015
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Wingsman from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Mar 31, 2015
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shivtim from Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Old Mill is located in a neat renovated flour mill in Plainwell. Our group of 6 stopped in for lunch on a Saturday, and snagged the last available table. The building is pretty cool. They've put a lot of wood inside, so it looks kind of like a cabin. It's almost a bit too much of a hokey Cracker Barrel style "country cabin." We took a peek at the upstairs, and it's an amazing looking event space with the huge ceiling high overhead.

Service was super friendly, and a big-wig (owner? manager?) checked in on us. Beers were OK. Nothing wrong with them, just kind of middling. IPAs a bit weak. The big downside was the food. It's mostly sub-par bar food. The six of us all ate different things, and nobody was impressed. I don't know if the burgers are frozen, but it sure seemed like it. The dishes *looked* fine, but everything just tasted so-so, as if we were eating at some dive bar where the menu is mostly pre-made fried stuff and OK burgers. They need to step-up their menu a bit and add some more unique options, or at least stray from the lazy route of burgers and fried stuff at lunch. Maybe the dinner menu is better?

Dec 31, 2014
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jbierling from Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

The staff was extremely welcoming and inviting.

Sep 07, 2014
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kenny400m from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%

Aug 14, 2014
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centurian62 from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Old Mill is fast becoming my favorite local restaurant! While I'm not a fan of all the beers they brew, I know one person who is a fan of each so they are obviously doing something right! The owner will greet you at your table and thank you for your patronage, a nice and refreshing touch! I had a problem with my meal and it was promptly taken care of and I felt appreciated as a customer! I highly recommend you stop in. If I had my way I would drink their stout all day long as it is their gem!

Jul 22, 2014
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Lynn from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Jul 17, 2014
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Jackofallbrews from Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Our first stop on this trip to Michigan was the Old Mill Brewpub & Grill is located in the historic 1870 Sunshine Flour Mill building, at one point the second largest supplier of buckwheat nationally. This is a newer brewery, located between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. I love the use of an old building that is full of character! The owner, Scott, was an incredibly energetic and dynamic tour guide. He would often jump up on chairs, tables, and ladders giving his talk in a rousing voice from such precarious positions! Honestly this guy reminded me a lot of my friend Tim Roets, who is opening his own brewery in Minnesota soon. The brewer, Phil was there as well, but was much more reserved. The day we were there, they were just upgrading from a tiny 1/2 barrel brew system and installing their larger 3 barrel system. They have a large banquet hall on the second floor that I'm guessing does well for events. They cater and have a full kitchen as well--we did try a nice bowl of chili and a salad while there. They had four house beers on tap during our visit including the humorously named Crazy Beaver Cream Ale, and a wonderful oatmeal stout. We even got to tour the creepy old basement which apparently was featured on a ghost hunting TV show in the past!

Jun 30, 2014
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Bung from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Jun 17, 2014
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Our family group stopped here today for dinner and to try the pub's beers. The place is located inside a cool, old building with silver, corrugated metal siding that has been completely remodeled inside with plenty of wooden boards everywhere to keep the rustic feel to the place with all of the exposed barn beams, etc. There is a small bar with some seating and a TV, and table seating for probably 70-80 people. A covered patio is at the front of the building but I did not look to see how big it was.

There were 5 of the pub's beers listed on the board, but only 4 were available. The pub has a license to sell liquor and wine, as well as beers from other breweries, so there were 5 other beers on tap from other Michigan microbreweries. (Good ones too.) We liked three out of the four Old Mill beers, and gave them a grade of B- to B+. However, the Wooden Shoe Wheat tasted like some of my homebrew efforts, thus a D rating for it.

The food menu is typical for brewpubs, plus they had a couple of food items that were a little out of the ordinary. The quality was rated very good by everyone in our group.

The pub has only been open less than a year, but they have their beers dialed in (except one) like a well established brewery. I'd go back here again.

Jun 02, 2014
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trginter from Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Apr 28, 2014
Old Mill Brewpub & Grill in Plainwell, MI
Brewery rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 45 ratings