During a recent trip to Portland Beer Week (November 2013), I took the 20-minute Amtrak Downeastern to Saco, a former mill town west of the city that is currently undergoing a major revitalization of these mills, one of which is now the home of this excellent brewpub.
Located on Factory Island, in the former York Mill No. 3 Building (1838), the Run Of The Mill is a 14 barrel brewpub that serves eight house beers, including one cask and a guest (Old Rasputin), in an intimate and convivial atmosphere with a homey brick-and-wood dining room and a separate Saloon; there is a long polished bar with a chalkboard draft list overhead.
There is also an outdoor deck that overlooks the roaring Saco River and must be a great place to quaff craft brews in the warm weather. (Alas, I visited in November, when it was closed.)
The beers I enjoyed really made this trip worthwhile: Alewife Ale, an English pale ale; Impact, which was a crisp dry-hopped IPA; For Richer or Porter, which was a … well, you know; and the Ex-Wife Extra Bitter Cask. The food menu with its’ array of hearty New England favorites did not disappoint. My chowder and fish-chips were well-cooked, delicious and filling. The server was efficient though seemingly indifferent; however, he still kept my glass filled so no points are lost.
Don’t let its' pun of a name name fool you; this place is definitely not “run of the mill,” but an attractive, well managed venue that meets all the criteria of a Destination – at least when in Portland, Maine. Well, gotta catch the train back to Portland.
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