In the fall of 1985. Millstream Brewery is the oldest operational brewery in Iowa! And one of the oldest operational breweries in the nation!
The Amana Colonies where Millstream is located is a German community. In fact the original founders went to Germany to research what beers to make, thus the Schild Brau Amber was developed!
Millstream Brewery is where the beer is actually made! We have a tasting room, indoor seating and a beautiful outdoor biergarten. In 2016 Millstream Brewery purchased the old Colony Inn Restaurant next to the Brewery and turned it into a traditional German Bierhalle. The Brau Haus has a full food menu and 14 Millstream beers on tap. Some of them can only be found on tap at the Brau Haus!
No, we’re not family style food. We have a great selection of German bar food, sandwiches, soup, appetizers and desserts. Chef Jim and Baker Elizabeth have put their own modern version to our German menu
The Colony Inn Restuarant closed their doors in 2016 when Millstream purchased the building. Although the Colony Inn is closed and remolded into a German Bierhalle you can still see signs of it in our Colony Inn Room. This room still looks and feels like the old Colony Inn and is used for private parties and reservations of up to 70 people! The outside of the building still looks the same only with the addition of the new deck in front.
The craft beer drinker is always on the lookout for the next new beer on tap so it’s hard to direct anyone to where our beers would be on tap. The bars are always rotating beers around weekly for the next new beer. You can always find our 6 packs in Hy-Vees and many of the liqour stores in Iowa, Omaha, Sioux Falls, Twin Cities and the Quad Cities.
We do make our own Root Beer, Cream Soda, Ginger Beer, Black Cherry, Orange sodas. At the Brau Haus we always have a couple hard apple ciders and wines available too.
We make a wide variety of beers throughout the year. Our Windmill Wheat and German Pilsner are the closest we make to a domestic beer. Then we make traditional Ambers, IPA’s, Stouts and all the way up to our Barrel Aged Series we do every year. We truely do have a beer for every taste!
No, we do not ship any of our beers/sodas to a personal address.
Yes! We do make everything right at our little location here in Amana. We make about 25 different beers each year.
No, we don’t give brewery tours. But you can see almost everything from large viewing windows. You can view the brewhaus, bottling line and the fermentation cellars.
We bottle every Tuesday from 8am – approx 1pm. Brew days are Wed, Thur & Friday.
Chef Jim took over the Brau Haus kitchen in March 2019! We are overly excited about how he has elevated the food and added more items to our German menu!