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

Urban Trail Hoppy Pale Ale

Brewed in collaboration with Highland Brewing Company, this hop-forward pale ale is part of the Brewing for Greenways benefit to help establish green spaces and trails throughout Buncombe County. This beer features intense fruit-forward hops hailing from the Southern Hemisphere including Wakatu, Waimea, Galaxy, and Nelson Sauvin for a layered tropical hop aroma.

Hop & Sour

This beer was created as a “kettle sour”— like a Berliner Weiss, or Gose— and then finished with bright hop flavors. It features a blend of tart malt flavor, with a pop of fruity, and intense hop aromas from extensive dry hopping re-sulting a unique, quenching, and hop-forward beer with very low bitterness.

Appalachian Brown Ale (wet hop)

This is our mountain take on the classic American brown ale brewed right here in Mills River with locally grown wet hops from the NC State Mountain Horticultural Center just up the road. This beer has complex roasted malt flavor and a moderate kiss of hops, yet remains easy drinking and great for a warm autumn evening.

Blue Ridge Red

This malt-forward monster is bold- with notes of baker's cocoa, molasses and dark roasted coffee. This massive imperial stout is in-credibly complex, rich, and intense and will develop in the bottle for years to come.

Barrel-Aged Dry Hop Drops

As brewers, we found that the last little bits of beer left in the tank after dry hopping often had the most intense hop flavor. We collected this ultra-hoppy beer and placed it into bourbon barrels for nearly 7 months, then we dry hopped it again for a blend of intense hop aroma, and a cordial-like malt flavor like no other beer we’ve ever made.

Mai-nd-Bockling Beer

Brewed by a team of employees here at our Mills River brewery, Mai-nd-Bockling Beer is our take on a blond Mai-Bock- a light colored traditional German-style beer. Though it is light in color, this beer has an uncommon depth of malt flavor, yet remains crisp and extremely drinkable.