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

American Black Ale

This American Black Ale borders on IPA territory with a big, fruity and citrus hop bite in a deliciously dark package. Brewed with intense hops—Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe and Crystal—and a dose of midnight wheat to lend its color without any harsh or roasted malt flavors.

Harvest Newly Developed Hops IPA

We work closely with hop breeders and growers to find new and exciting hops, never before used in a commercial beer. As the season progresses, we get first dibs on some of the most interesting and flavorful hops to feature in this Harvest series. This year, we’re highlighting the flavors of two cutting-edge hops, each with a unique character.

HARVEST Single Hop IPA 2016

Our hunt for rare and exciting hop flavors led us to a bizarre wild hop. This is a new sub-varietal of Neomexicanus— a wild hop indigenous to the U.S.— named FZMR2, lovingly called “Frank Zappa” for short. It has a deep, herbal and “dank” flavor with notes of stone fruit, melon and apricot all showcased against a hint of roasted malt in this new black IPA.

Hopped on a Peeling

This easy drinking saison was brewed with refreshment in mind. It features the classic malt flavors of a traditional Belgian-style “farmhouse” ale, but the addition of orange and lemon peel—along with aromatic Citra, Southern Cross and Sterling hops—boosts the bright citrus flavor.

Barrel-Aged Bigfoot with Ginger

This is a special version of our barrel-aged Bigfoot Barleywine with fresh ginger added into the barrels. The resulting kick of ginger mellows Bigfoot’s ferocious hop bite and adds a new level of brightness and complexity. This beer features notes of burnt sugar, orange zest, vanilla, and candied ginger.


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.