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“Handcrafted Beer, awesome environment”

Rochester Mills Beer Company
Ranked #8 of 90 Restaurants in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Pizza
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Handcrafted Beer, awesome environment”
Reviewed October 25, 2011

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.

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank coconutfarmer
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Bernardsville, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not bad, not bad at all”
Reviewed September 3, 2011

Nothing fancy here, good food, good service, good beer. Would definitely return next time I'm in town looking for a solid, casual dinner.

Visited August 2011
Thank Chris L
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great beer, tasty food, good service!”
Reviewed August 16, 2011

I visited this place when I was in town for business. The atmosphere is relaxed and historic. I ordered a beer sampler and was very pleased with their brews! I prefer hefeweizen style beers and the two that they had (Water Street Wheat and the organic Wit) were delicious, perfectly accented by the lemon and orange garnishes (respectively). The organic Wit went perfectly with the enormous sweet potato fries. They were the best sweet potato fries I have ever had. The signature LazyDaze Lager was also tasty. I am not a huge fan of stout style beers, but the Sacreligous Stout was tasty. I wish I would have tried the brownie dessert which used this beer - I am sure it would have been a perfect addition. The service was great, very attentive. They also had a live band on a Sunday night, which was nice. It was a large restaurant and appeared to be able to accomodate large parties.

  • Visited August 2011
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Wellesbourne Hastings, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“A nice brewery to relax, eat and chat”
Reviewed August 8, 2011

Really a nice place to go out and eat. Beer is delicious.
Do not go in for anything formal. You can stay here to have beers, eat something different from a standard US meal and to relax. You could even play some billard.
Dinner is nice but also a beer is OK here...if you can stop after first beer ;)

  • Visited September 2010
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Thank Luca M
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Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Service can be slow, but the atmosphere and beer are excellent”
Reviewed July 21, 2011

The beer is excellent across the board. It seems to always be busy, and as a result service can be slow. It's also a little on the pricey side. But for a small bite to eat while relaxing and trying great beer, this is ideal.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank jeneric717
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