The Mills River Taproom is appointed in stone, brick, wood and copper—a mirror of the brewery’s dedication to quality.
The small-scale 20-barrel pilot brewery will focus on small-batch beers brewed yards away from the dining room and bar.
The Mills River Taproom is focused on beer. From the impressive center bar to the small-scale pilot brewery right in the restaurant.
The Mills River Taproom features several handsomely appointed dining rooms.
Visitors to the Taproom will get to see beer making in action in the pilot brewery and the pilot cellar located in the dining room.

Great beer and incredible food with a Southern craft focus.

Western North Carolina is known for its love of food and passion for great craft beer. At our Mills River Taproom and Restaurant you’ll find an abundance of both. Visit the Taproom to sample one of our 23 beers on tap, many produced just a few feet from the restaurant. Beers are accompanied by artful, chef-driven food focused on small plate, sharable, whole animal and farm-to-table dishes sourced mainly from local suppliers. While you’re here, grab a beer and head outside to our Back Porch and Beer Garden to take in the views of the beautiful forest or stroll through our Mills River Estate Garden. We use the homegrown vegetables and herbs for our restaurant and small-scale pilot brewery.

Currently on Tap

Yours Truli

This beer is a cooperative effort by members of the North Carolina Craft Guild to honor our state’s beer pioneer, Uli Bennewitz, who founded the Weeping Radish Brewery on the outer banks in 1986. Yours Truli was inspired by the first beer Bennewitz brewed, a Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, but with a local twist, including Triticale grain from Durham’s Epiphany Malt House. Triticale is a unique hybrid of wheat and rye and offers a spicy, yet soft, malt flavor to the traditional German-inspired wheat ale

BFD—Beer for Drinking

There are days when you want a beer—just a beer—that hits all the right spots. Well, this is it. No snifters required, no special occasions, just an unfussy, uncomplicated hoppy golden ale brewed to fit in no matter where it goes. This isn’t beer for collecting, this is beer for drinking.

Southern Gothic Session Pils

Steeped in tradition, yet, ready for anything. That pretty much sums up our Southern Gothic Session Pils. This hop-forward, but light-bodied pilsner is crisp and drinkable—perfect for an afternoon on the porch or a night down at the pub. We left it unfiltered and raw to bring out its com-plexity and to fit right in to nearly any situation.

German IPA

We cast off centuries-old tradition to blend the crisp finish of a German-style pale with the bold hop character of an American IPA. We’ll ask for forgiveness later.

Attack From Mahr's

This low alcohol session ale was brewed with Stephan Michel of Mahr's Brau and named after his assault on our Chico brewery. Attack from Mahr's brings you in with its inviting ABV, but strikes you with fresh fruit and piney hop characters that keep you coming back for more. No weapons! No tricks! Just hops!

Southern Session IPA

This light-bodied “session” IPA was made for sipping on sultry summer afternoons, but an easy-drinking beer doesn’t have to be boring. This beer is generously hopped with intense American hops for bold and dank hop flavors of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine.