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

Coffee Milk Chocolate Stout

This easy-drinking stout is rich with flavors of cappuccino, dark cocoa, and roasted malts. It is brewed with lactose, which rounds out the body and adds a subtle sweetness giving the impression of a much bigger beer. Inspired by the classic caffè mocha drink, it is the perfect anytime beer for coffee and chocolate lovers.

Rickey Shoomaker

The bourbon rickey cocktail has a long history, originally created and served in the 1880s at Shoomaker's bar in Washington, D.C. We drew inspiration from this timeless American mixed drink to craft a unique and refreshing barrel-aged beer. The base beer is a tart gose style which was aged for six months in bourbon barrels and conditioned with a saison yeast. After aging, we added fresh lime juice for a tangy and delicious beer that is surprisingly light on the palate.

Resilience Butte County Proud IPA

This beer was brewed to support relief efforts for the Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California history. Every dollar Sierra Nevada receives from this beer will go directly to those impacted. Thank you for helping us rebuild our home.

Brut IPA

This is our Brut IPA, a new take on IPA brewed for a bone dry champagne-style finish. Late hop additions give the beer balanced bitterness and a bright pop of citrus flavor. It’s as intriguing as it is drinkable.

Session Rye

This easy-drinking ale is brewed with Riverbend Carolina Rye malt and loaded with aromatic Zappa hops, a Neo-Mexicanus variety grown in the Pacific Northwest. The rye gives it a spicy, peppery kick which is enhanced by the bright, wild hop flavors of Zappa, resulting in an immensely drinkable session beer.

Biere de Garde

Amber-colored with a rich malt character and dry finish, our bière de garde is brewed with three different types of rye, citrusy hops, and a traditional Belgian-style yeast strain. The rye provides a subtle spice note that complements earthy, fruit-forward flavors from the hops and yeast.