Mill House Brewing Co.
289 Mill Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Lunch & Dinner ~ Wednesday through Monday
It has been two years since the Baxter family teamed with the Crocco brothers to launch what is now, by all appearances, one of the most popular new restaurants in the Hudson Valley. The team created a wonderful dining and entertainment destination, combining a casual but elegant space, beautifully renovating the building that has been home to multiple eateries since the original Mill House opened back in 1977. We have been back numerous times since the most recent reincarnation, often before taking in a show at the nearby Bardavon Opera House. Having a construction contractor as a partner has obvious benefits, and the results speak for themselves. Fans of the old Mill House will enjoy a visit just to see how the brick bones of the original mill have been repurposed as a state of the art brewery with one of the prettiest pub rooms in the area, with multiple upstairs dining areas for dinner or special occasions.
General Manager, Chris Crocco, cut his culinary teeth in New York working in Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain and also was responsible with his brother Dan for opening Brasserie 292 on Main Street in Poughkeepsie. Dan, who runs the kitchen, has his own culinary CV, including stints with James Beard winner Melissa Kelly at Primo in Rockland ME, and our friends Eddie and Lucia Lauria at Aroma Osteria.
I hesitate to describe the Mill House as a “brew-pub”, or the menu as a “gastro-pub” menu. That description would not give the kitchen the credit it deserves. There is a good selection of burgers and small plates and sandwiches, but the food here far surpasses anything that I have had in most brew-pubs. (Not to suggest the menu is haute cuisine; it’s certainly not). You can take a look at the menu here. It reads like a Brauhaus menu should read: lots of protein, lots of sausage (home made, of course). There’s spaetzle, and red cabbage, to go with your schnitzel, should you so choose.
There’s lots of steak offerings and low and slow cooked barbecue. The charcuterie specials are always top notch, as you would expect from someone who makes their own sausage and smokes their own meats. A selection of cured meats and sausage available for retail purchase will tempt you on the way out the door. If you ask nicely around the holidays you might even get the chef to make you some of his homemade pâté de campagne to serve at holiday house parties. I highly recommend it
Hidden away in the kitchen is a wood-fired brick oven from which they produce a first rate pizza, one that even gives our friends at Cosimo’s a run for their money (and Cosimos’s doesn’t serve a kielbasa pizza like here. Seriously!) Chef Crocco pays close attention to sourcing, and to quality. Our blue medal winning favorite cheesemakers from Sprout Creek make frequent appearances on the menu.
It’s obviously worth mentioning that the Mill House is a brewing company, and also serves beer – some wonderful craft brews that you can read about here, all made on premise right here at the corner of Mill and Garden St. in Poughkeepsie NY. As of this year, their beers are also available throughout the Hudson Valley through Dutchess Beer Distributors.
There is a reason that the Mill House has already blown out a wall and expanded the tavern seating to accommodate another fifty patrons. It’s that popular. Combine beautiful space, a wonderful atmosphere, friendly professional service, and a top-notch kitchen (and some great beer) and just look at what happens. Go try it.