My wife and I had been passing Millrose by for years on our way to the nearby AMC megaplex. The atmosphere was nice. The hostess sat us inside by a window as we requested. There were also nice tables outside in a shaded courtyard.
The first thing we asked the waiter was of course what beers they had on tap. There was no beer menu with detailed descriptions of the beers as I am accustomed to seeing at places that brew their own beer.
The waiter quickly went through the list:
pale ale, pilsner, amber ale, dark lager... commercial brew #1... I stopped him there to save time.
It was interesting that he described the dark lager as being "not too heavy even though it is dark". My hopes were starting to sink at this point, because it started to look like this was not a beer lovers place.
I ordered the amber ale and my wife chose the dark lager. They were both served in tall pilsner glasses.
There was no noticeable aroma as I brought the glass to my nose. My first sip of the amber ale left me disappointed. I soldiered on and kept trying, but there just wasn’t any flavor to this beer. The watery character and carbonation reminded me of the typical macro brews.
At the same time, my wife was having a similar experience with the dark lager. I tried her beer as well and I was surprised at how similar it tasted to my amber ale. Other than a slightly more bitter flavor, I would be hard pressed to tell them apart in a blind taste test.
We gave up on the beer at this point. We just didn’t have any confidence that the other two choices were going to be significantly better than what we had already tried.
We also ordered food. The macaroni and cheese with crab and asparagus was very tasty and was served at a good temperature. We paired that with a lemon oregano chicken wrap. The wrap was fair, but the flavor was very mild for something with lemon and oregano in it.
I am unlikely to return to Millrose any time soon. The beer was extremely disappointing to me. The food was pretty good, but a little on the expensive side.
Looks like I missed the boat on the house beers. When I was there all the beers were Two Brothers beers and the server first told me that they were house beers and then changed the story to that they didnt have any house beers on at the moment.
Service was alright, prices were alright, atmosphere was also alright. Didnt eat. There were many people in the place at the time so I didnt get to experience what the other ratings are referring to. Not that it matters now anyway.
A very, very big and nice lodge type facility with a lot of wall decor to check out, a general store which was closed when finished with meal so that was disappointing as I wanted to check that out. Service was fairly prompt and courteous. There were four beers of theirs on tap and none of them were truly outstanding. Mediocere at best. The food was very good and a nice ambiance however, I did feel somewhat underdressed in jeans even though it was acceptable attire. I would return for the food, but unless they would have a new beer(s) to rate, I would forego their beers. Worthy of stopping when in the area if nothing else just to tour the inside.
I think this was my second brewpub ever when I first found it in 1993. Finally came back in ’07 and found it hadn’t changed much, especially the beer. Odd little rustic cabin decor seems contrived once the suburbs have grown up around it. Crowd is mostly middle management from nearby Sears, Allstate and ATT HQ’s. Only four of their beers on tap at any one time, plus Fat Tire, while most of the patrons were having bottled Lite. I only had the chicken wings while trying out their pricey sampler tray, so I won’t rate the food. Actually, it’s a nice place, just not a great brewpub. I notice that the list of beers rated doesn’t have anything darker than a porter. The general store attached does have a nice selection of micros, though.
gws57 (92) Saint Charles, Illinois | July 17, 2006| Updated September 8, 2007
Millrose is the exact opposite of it’s trendy neighbor across the street. I almost expected sawdust on the floor. Service was VERY slow but the beers were good and the place was loud. Loved it. (4/4/10/N/15)
Rerated 8/11/07 -- For some reason, I got the totally wrong impression of this place least year. VERY pricey food, meager selection of mediocre beer, and inattentive service lead me to really shift my rating.
Millrose has an incredible look and feel to it... a creation spawned from one man’s obsession with barns. This place is composed of no fewer than SIX barns that William Rose had moved to this location and assembled to form a massive complex of Brewery, Restaurant and General Store.
Cozy dining in comfortable armchairs amidst an abundance of rough-hewn and shellaqued wood. Soft lighting and quiet jazz add to a cozy, romantic feel. (In other words, bring a date, wear a tie and leave your drinkin’ buddies at home.) In all seriousness, I did feel underdressed dining in blue jeans, but the bar area seemed relaxed yet "manly"... so you and your buds could hang out there wearing your ball caps and sneakers.
Food was excellent, although highly priced (a chicken breast dish rounded out above $20). I decided to just go balls-out and ordered a peppercorn Prime Rib that was cooked to perfection. Chicken finger appetizers were some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Both the Cream of Chicken and Beef soups were hearty and delicious. Two satisfying meals, appetizers and enough beer to please a RateBeerian and his wife totaled out to around $100, including tip.
Beers were average at best, but the dining experience made the visit worthwhile. As mentioned before, this borders on upscale dining with prices to match.
Bar in the restaurant is not handicap (or in my case, stroller) accessible. Kind of a rustic lodge feel to the whole place. Didn’t get any food but got every one of their beers. It’s $6 for 4 fluted 6-oz. sample glasses. Hence, I got two sets of the sampler to get all 8 of their tapped beers. Beer was better than the beer at Brass (across the street) but it’s nothing to write home about. A decent stop to make, but we probably won’t venture back here.