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


The Helles—or light colored—lager is one of Germany’s greatest gifts to the brewing world. This complex, yet, approachable style offers a near perfect balance between deep malt flavors and a crisp hop finish. Our version of this venerable style is in-line with the German-brewed classics and perfect for nearly any occasion.


Kristallweis biers are the lighter, filtered, cousins of the classic German-style wheat beer. Ours has the characteristic spicy fruit notes of the traditional Bavarian style, but with an added herbaceous hop note from a hit of German Hallertau Blanc hops.

Audition Saison

Saisons may be one of the world’s most perfect beer styles. They blend crisp drinkability, with a deep complexity, so that with every sip, we’re able to discover a new layer of flavor. This light colored saison has notes of straw and grain with a hint of lemon, and a spicy dry finish from the use of a traditional farmhouse yeast.

Blue Ridge Red

Blue Ridge Red is brewed in honor of the rugged mountain terrain that surrounds our local stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a hop-heavy red ale brewed with a round malt body and local wildflower honey to smooth out the aggressive hops just as the Parkway makes a visit through the storied peaks pleasurable and smooth for all who travel it.

Stateside Pride

We teamed-up with legendary London brewers Fuller's Brewery to collaborate on a 1955 version of their classic London Pride Ale brewed for the first time outside of the UK! This is a textbook English pale ale with a light but complex malt body and moderate floral and herbal hop flavor.

Hoppy Wheat IPA

Wheat beers tend to fall on the mild and fruity end of the beer spectrum, but as hop heads, we’re turning that idea upside down by brewing a bold, hop-forward version of a wheat IPA. We’re using the light, lemony tang of wheat malt as a backdrop for layers of citrusy, grapefruit-like hop flavor from the use of whole-cone hops.