Brewery Tour

  • The exterior of our 200-barrel brewhouse.

  • Copper cladding pays homage to traditional brewhouse kettles.

  • Our 1600-barrel fermentation tanks shimmer in the sun.

  • One of nine canopies in our parking lot solar array.

  • Pale Ale cruises down the packaging line.

Explore our brewery nestled in the Appalachians.

We brewed our first batch of beer in 1980 in Chico, California, the lush forests of North Carolina far from our mind. Over three decades, folks tried our bold beers and deemed them fit for friends across the country. In time a second brewery became the wisest, most sustainable way to send fresh beer to the farthest reaches. Today you can venture inside our Mills River brewery to trace our history as a craft beer pioneer and see first-hand our drive to make flavorful beer the status quo. Cruise up our wooded driveway, park under a solar-panel canopy, and head behind the scenes with us.

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Brewhouse Tour

Duration: 90 minutes | Ages 12+

Our brew kettles, now copper-clad and striking, are a far cry from our original repurposed scrap dairy tanks. The whole-cone hops we use for beer’s aroma and flavor, today shipped to us in 200-pound bales, our founder Ken Grossman originally got in one-pound chunks. You’ll peer into those kettles, smell those hops, and get even more hands on as you navigate the entire beer-making process. (Ever tried wort? Think of it as pre-beer.) If you’re over 21 years old, we’ll lead you through an educational tasting of Sierra Nevada beers right next to our open fermenters.