I had the privilege of being introduced to Rochester Mills during a recent visit to my girlfriend's hometown. Apparently this micro-brew pub/restaurant has been a local favourite since it opened 15 years ago. When they converted the old textile mill they kept all of the character, exposed brick walls, original hardwood floors, and thick wood post and beams. The conversion job was masterfully done, creating a spacious eating and drinking area surrounding a row of quality slate pool tables. Both times I was there I sat in the high-top, long table in the bar area. While I noticed a lot of people seem to visit Rochester Mills for the food, the beer is the obvious draw. I tried 5 different pints and all were excellent and all were a bargain at $4.25 a pint. My favourite, the Brickshot ESB, though both the Oktoberfest and the Paint Creek Porter were also very tasty. Oh yeah, there's live music here every night in the far corner, though on the nights I was there, none of the bands were particularly good. My criticism... Like any big place, it requires a lot of staff to run. As a result, there are many servers who simply suck, inattentive, distracted, lazy and sporting attitude. On the other hand our server first night I was there was great and the bartenders are friendly, knowledgeable, and bust their butt for you. If you're ever in Detroit or South East Michigan, its worth the trip to Rochester Mills.
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