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

Sidecar Orange IPA

Orange peel and fruit-forward hops are a perfect match, so we took what we started, and turned up the volume. This orange-infused IPA is the big brother of our Sidecar Orange Pale, with even more orange and hop flavor. It is crisp, lightly bitter, and heavy with the fruity citrus aromas of sweet orange and hops.

Otra Vez Gose with Lime and Agave

This gose-style ale is brewed with lime and agave to give it a sweet-tart flavor, reminiscent of the classic margarita cocktail. It starts with a bright citrus aroma that fades into a semi-sweet malt flavor and finishes with the signature gose tartness, perfect for the warm summer days ahead.

Southern Gothic Session Pils

Steeped in tradition, yet, ready for anything. That pretty much sums up our Southern Gothic Session Pils. This hop-forward, but light-bodied pilsner is crisp and drinkable—perfect for an afternoon on the porch or a night down at the pub. We left it unfiltered and raw to bring out its com-plexity and to fit right in to nearly any situation.

Tropical Torpedo

Inspired by the island life, we created an IPA completely disconnected from the mainland. We used our one-of-a-kind Hop Torpedo to deliver an intense rush of hop flavor and the lush aromas of mango, papaya, and passionfruit with every sip. Enjoy our tropical twist on the American IPA.

Helles

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 inspired by the German-brewed classics and perfect for nearly any occasion.

Barrel-Aged Bock, Stock and Barrel

This unique brew is a barrel-aged version of a traditional German doppelbock aged in used Kentucky bourbon barrels for 8 months. The intense malty sweetness of this hearty lager is enhanced by notes of toasted oak and caramelized sugar from the time spent in barrels.