Taproom

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. We are a first come, first serve restaurant. Please feel free to stop by the host stand to put your name on the list, or 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

Fall Vergnügen

This unfiltered dunkelweizen was brewed in our open fermenters to highlight the famous fruit-forward Bavarian yeast character which carries through the layers of rich wheat malt flavor. Alluring aromas of banana and clove make this dark wheat beer a “fall pleasure” to enjoy as the leaves change and temperatures drop here in western North Carolina.

Sour Mash Rye

This imperial rye ale was dreamed up by our brewmaster as an homage to the age-old sour mash technique used in making whiskey. Using local Carolina Rye malt from our friends at Riverbend Malthouse, we allowed a small portion of the mash to sour overnight before adding it to the main mash the following day. A variety of pale, caramel, smoked, and roasted malts contribute rich toasty flavors and a deep garnet-red color to this behemoth of a beer. Aged for 11 months in Kentucky bourbon barrels, the result is a smooth-drinking ale with subtle notes of pumpernickel and peppery spice.

Distiller's Grain Bill Barleywine

Over the years, we have aged countless beer styles in freshly emptied bourbon barrels to obtain that wonderful whiskey character that we all love. We decided to pay tribute to the classic American spirit by brewing a beer that captures the essence of Kentucky-borne whiskey. It began with the classic bourbon grain bill comprised of Corn, Barley, and Rye. From there, it was lightly hopped with experimental hop HBC-472 (known for its woody, coconut-like aroma), fermented with our most voracious yeast strain, and then aged in a blend of bourbon barrels from different distilleries for eight months. A big beer with a light body, expect warming notes of rich spicy fruit and oaky vanilla undertones complemented by a dry, yet smooth finish.

Claim Stake Common

A tribute to the California Common style that originated in the late 1800's Gold Rush era, our version stakes its claim by bringing old and new techniques together for a bold, yet balanced beer. After three days of open fermentation, we dry-hop this warm-fermented lager with fresh whole-cone hops in a closed tank to maximize the hop aromas. The result is a copper hued beer with toasty malt notes and delightful hop character from the use of Bravo, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Centennial, and Sterling.

Carolina Dreamin'

This beer was our first collaboration with the Asheville brewing community after announcing our East Coast expansion in 2012. It is a dry-hopped red wheatwine with inviting aromas of pine, tangerine, and grapefruit from a bold blend of Citra, Simcoe, Comet, Strata, and Nelson Sauvin hops. Brewed with 50% wheat and a touch of caramel malts, expect leathery, candy-like malt notes that balance the intense, sticky hop flavors. A perfect beer for sipping around the firepit in autumn, it’s our tribute to the Old North State and its amazing brewing culture. We appreciate you North Carolina!

Oktoberfest

We've partnered with Bavaria's Weihenstephan, the world's oldest brewery, for this American take on the classic German Oktoberfest. A malt backbone is balanced by subtle hop character in this crisp, clean, and drinkable crowd-pleaser-- nothing captures the spirit of celebration like a beer among friends.