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

NC Estate Ale

There are very few breweries that can brew a beer with raw materials sourced solely from their land, but we’ve been doing it for many years now at our California brewery. Therefore, we figured it was high time to brew a beer in Mills River with our own estate ingredients. We began in the mash by combining pure Appalachian water, drawn from our onsite wells, with roasted sweet potatoes harvested from our Taproom garden and malted barley from our Chico estate. We then added garden-fresh coriander and thyme in the kettle to accentuate the spicy saison yeast character. Finally, after a lively fermentation in our open fermenters, we aged the beer on freshly toasted estate oak, acquired from the last remnants of trees that were cleared for the construction of our North Carolina brewery many moons ago.

Magpie Salute

Brewed in collaboration with the swaggering rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic blues band Magpie Salute – this lager hits all the right notes. Crisp, clean, and easy-drinking, it is the perfect remedy for the late winter blues. Whether lounging on the back porch or dancing to live music, this session beer will keep you humming well into the evening.

Obscuro

True to its name, this barrel-aged saison is a dark and mysterious libation. A blend of barley, wheat, and rye combined with citrusy hops, grapefruit peel, and sour wort provides the foundation for this peculiar beer. After fermentation with a French saison yeast, we age this “saison noir” in a variety of spirit barrels for seven months to further develop interesting layers of flavors. The finished beer has earthy, herbal aromas of juniper and thyme balanced by fruity spice notes of citrus peel and wild black cherry.

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.