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ABOUT US

The Run of the Mill 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 tastiest selection of local beers, flowing directly from our brewery.  Our pub style menu features an array of delicious appetizers, salads, sandwiches, hearty entrees and creative daily specials made from fresh, local ingredients.

We offer a variety of specialized menus including allergy specific selections and banquet services, and are able to accommodate groups from 12 to 100 people in our dining room.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we offer waterfront outdoor seating and a second bar, with a seasonal grill menu and raw bar served from our outdoor kitchen. We also host special events including Brewery tours, Live music, & Trivia throughout the year.

Our dining room, bar and lounge are open daily from 11:30 to 1am (or until the last customer leaves), serving food from 11:30am until 9 or 10pm depending on the season.


HISTORY

The huge red brick mill buildings of Saco Island or Factory Island as it was called, are a reminder of an industrial past which is interwoven with the history of Saco and Biddeford.  The region's first industrial complex, a water powered sawmill and iron forge, was built by John Davis in 1653.   By 1683 Benjamin Blackman had established a sawmill where Main Street now crosses over to Saco Island.  The milling of lumber was a major industry in the region for nearly three centuries.  Seventeen sawmills were in operation by 1800, sawing more than 50,000 board feet of lumber per day. Saco industry diversified in 1811, when Thomas Cutts and Josiah Calef established the Saco Iron Works, later Saco Manufacturing Co. which made cask hoops, cut nails and brads and other iron products.  In 1826 the company erected a huge seven story cotton mill, the largest in the United States.  After a disastrous fire in 1830, the business was reorganized as the York Manufacturing Company,  and Mill #1 was opened in 1832.  The York erected four more mills in the next twenty years and ran eight mills by the turn of the century.  The establishment of the Laconia Mills (1844) and Pepperell Mills (1850) in Biddeford made the combined mill district one of the largest cotton milling complexes in the country, employing as many as 9000 people.  

After the York Mill closed in 1957, the buildings on Factory Island were occupied by a tannery (NKL TANNING) and a Nike shoe factory.  The old Mill buildings are now being renovated into offices, residences, an educational facility (University of Southern Maine), and a Brewery. The Run of the Mill is in building #3 which was built in 1838.  At the turn of the century the old gable roofs with clerestory windows were replaced with flat roofs, some with decorative brackets at the eaves.