Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery, Saco, ME

On a recent Sunday afternoon, we decided to take a drive to the Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery, located in Saco, Maine. Taylor has the pleasure of joining us.IMG_1110

 

From their website: “The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery is a 14-barrel brew pub, specializing in hand-crafted beer and home-style food.  We use the finest malts and hops available to create the freshest array of beers – flowing directly from our in-house brewery. Ales, ambers, lagers, cask-conditioned specials – our selection is constantly changing to reflect the seasons and the brewer’s whims!”

 

Located in a cool area of Saco, Maine in an old converted Mill. There was a river and other Mill buildings around. We didn’t have too much time to explore, but it seemed like there was other cool stuff around.

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fun and different way of presenting what’s on tap!

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casual dining room

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each wall was decorated with maps and other interesting pieces about the area

 

We ordered a flight of beersIMG_1118

 

Tented Kilt Scottish Ale

Light style Scottish ale that made Mark giggle at the name, took Megan and Taylor a minute to get it.

 

Bug Lager

Megan didn’t like it. We think it was made just to appease people who don’t like craft beer. Tastes like a cheap beer with a hint of something else, maybe lime.

 

Impact Pale Ale

Very hoppy pale ale.

 

Tarbox Cream Stout

Creamy like the name says, good flavor, almost a light body.

 

1762 Rye IPA

Mark enjoyed this, almost a toned down IPA, good flavor, not overly hoppy.

 

Dunkel John’s Band

A distinctly German beer, kind of plain though.

 

Brickhouse Bitter, Cask Conditioned

Mark liked it, lighter than expected for a cask conditioned beer.

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Taylor got the Horny Margarita. It was the best Margarita she has ever had! IMG_1117 IMG_1123

 

 

Mark had Not Your Momma’s Meatloaf, really good.IMG_1129

Megan ordered a chicken burger with sweet potato fries.IMG_1130

Taylor ordered wings and fries.IMG_1128

 

The food came out very quickly and everything was very good. Prices were reasonable. The wait staff was good and very attentive.

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What’s On Tap Now

Alewife Ale

Bug Lager

Impact Pale Ale

For Richer or Poorter

Dog Days Summer Wheat

I Do Brew

Summer Bitter Summer Not

GUEST TAP

Slum Brew My Better Half

Baxter Daughters of Posiedon

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Want to visit?
Open for lunch & dinner from 11:30am-10pm Daily
Bar is open until 1am, or everyone leaves. Whichever happens first

 

Martha’s Exchange, Nashua NH

100_0856We went to Martha’s Exchange  located in Nashua, NH for a quick bite after going to Anheuser- Busch in Merrimack, NH with Jason and Maureen. It was relatively close by, so going there for food made a lot of sense. Seeing that it was a brewpub, we had to try some beer while we were there. It was a nice fall afternoon, so we took advantage of the weather and sat outside. The outside seating area was part sidewalk, part in an alleyway.100_0859 The inside seating areas all had white linen tablecloths.

100_0857Prior to ordering, we noticed a sign on the table that said that some appetizers were half price and drinks were buy one get one for a penny until six pm. We asked if the sampler was included in the B1G1, and the waitress thought so, so we ordered two- one for Jason and Maureen and one for Mark and I. We also ordered buffalo chicken fingers and nachos. We found out a few minutes later that the sampler was not included, but the glasses were 4 ounce pours, so that was ok.

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Our tasting:

Volstead 33′: good, familiart flavor. Someone commented that it reminded them of a Harpoon beer

Warriors Gold IPA: Whoa! Hoppy! Good flavor.

Maureen said it was too hoppy for her.

Jason and Mark enjoyed it, said it was fine, that it taste like beer.

 

Summers Sunset: spicy notes, ginger

Jason, Mark and I thought it was good

Maureen said it wasn’t too bad

 

Dr. Hoppenstein: a Double IPA. Good first taste, but I felt it had a medicine like finish.

 

20th Anninversary Old Ale: cinnamon, candied oranges and pears. Nice, flavorful, surprising.

Maureen didn’t like how it finished.

Jason, Mark and I enjoyed.

 

Oktoberfest Lager: typical tasting. Mark said it was alright.

Maureen liked it.

 

Revolution Red: Mark and Jason said it was alright. I thought it had a mediocre taste.

 

Steeplechase Porter: Jason gave it a thumbs up, Mark thought it was a light porter.

I thought it was a good porter.

Maureen thought it was disgusting.

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After our tasting, we each ordered a drink. Maureen didn’t find a beer she liked, so she got a Washington State Riesling- Chateau ste Michelle Reisling. Jason, Mark and I all ordered the 20th Anniversary Old Ale (times 2!). 100_0874For the B1G1 for a penny deal, it was per person, not total across the check, so we had to enjoy more than one (with that Ale percentage, it was good that Maureen was driving us home!).

Our food:

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Before heading out, Maureen and I stopped at the candy counter inside the restaurant. Yummy and a good addition to the meal.  100_0871Maureen


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Want to visit?

Hours of Operation:

Monday & Tuesday – 11am to 9pm
Wednesday – 11am to 9:30pm
Thursday – 11am to 11pm
Friday & Saturday – 11am to 1am
Sunday – 11am to 9:30pm

 

Earth Eagle Brewings

picstitch (18)Mark and I visited Earth Eagle Brewings, located in Portsmouth NH as part of the Granite State Growler Tour (see here for our post on the tour as a whole!).

When we walked into Earth Eagle Brewings, we were greeted by Butch, one of two brewers. picstitch (14) He walked us through A&G Homebrew Supply, which provides supplies for local home brewers. In A&G, the four main ingredients to make beer were gone over- water, grain, hops and yeast. We were each able to feel, smell and taste some malted barley.picstitch (13)Hops help to change the flavor of the beer, making it taste fruity or nutty. Yeast is added, and produces alcohol.

Process: In the one barrel brewery, the beer moves from the hot liquor tank to the mash tank. The sugars are pulled out, and the liquid goes to the boil kettle. The left over spent grain then goes to a farm in Berwick, Maine. The liquid is then cooled from 212 degrees Fahrenheit to 65-70 degrees via a plate chiller. The beer then enters a fermentation room, moves to the refrigerator and then to the tap to be enjoyed.

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Butch explained that Earth Eagle is a one barrel brewery, and the beers are always changing. Earth Eagle Brewings produces empyreal ales made with hops (beer) and un-hopped ales called gruit. Gruits are ales made with herbs, a more traditional style before the use of hops.  Occasionally, they will add herbs to their beer, and hops to their gruits. They try to use fresh, local products when available.

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Following our tour, we enjoyed a tasting. During open hours, anyone can go in and have/buy a 4oz sample, a 32 oz growler or a 64 oz growler.

Our tastings:

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Sage Goose: immediate smell of sage. Smooth herbal sage and gooseberries. No hops. 4.7% ABV. We bought a growler!

Sol Sister: had a familiar flavor, almost of clove. Sweet, woodruff fern, eleuthero root. 5.6% ABV.

Purl the Elder: different flavor. Elder flower and ground ivy. Nice balance and flavor. 6.3% ABV

Diurnal Hoppy Blonde: Hoppy with a smooth finish. Most similiar to other beers, still different but not as different as others. 4.2% ABV

Fur Trapper: My immediate thought- I like this. Oh, it’s a dubbel, no wonder!  Belgian dubbel big bear. Each barrel contained 10 pounds of Belgian candied sugar! 7.1% ABV

Jack Wagon: Spicy nose. Double IPA. Typical, but good. Big Beer, 8.1% ABV

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We didn’t try a beer or gruit here that we didn’t like! One of the great things about us taking home a growler is that we have to go back soon to get a refill and try something new!

Want to visit Earth Eagle Brewings? They are open 7 days a week- Monday-Friday: 4pm-9pm. Saturday: 3pm-9pm and Sunday: 1pm-4pm. Great hours that allow those that work to visit while not on vacation. They are great with posting what is on tap on their facebook page, so check it out if you are curious before you go.