Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Lunch & Dinner ~ Wednesday through Monday
Today, Poughkeepsie's Mill House Brewing Company officially opened the doors, and the taps. The highly anticipated opening had patrons three deep at the bar and waiting briefly for a table. We managed to secure a "high top" in the open kitchen area, so we could watch Chef Dan Crocco and his crew try to keep pace with the turnout as we enjoyed our meals.
Fans of the original Mill House Restaurant will appreciate the effort that the new owners made to preserve the original architectural themes of the site, but they will also not recognize much of the new space. Stylistically the rooms reflect the bare brick, old mill flavors, but after millions of dollars of improvements and additions, the new restaurant's scale and gorgeous attention to detail overwhelm the original. The restaurant can accommodate over two hundred diners on three floors, in addition to an outdoor patio. These people have made a huge financial commitment to the new business, and it really shows.
The theme is classic brew house, but the kitchen and the menu is more than you would expect in a brewery. The current list of draft beers offers six house made brews. I sampled glasses (9 oz / $3) of a classic Bavarian style Pilsner, and a very flavorful, hoppy "Calibrator" IPA. The selections continue up the scale in texture and ABV. Amber Ale comes next at 5.2 ABV, and the list finishes with the a "Velvet Panda" Stout, which I imagine pays homage to the Mill House Panda Chinese restaurant that occupied the space before the brewery.
You can see the entire dinner menu here.
I'll be the tall one at the bar with the IPA.
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