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

Oude Mode

The “Old Fashioned” is one of the original American mixed drinks, some say it was the first drink referred to as a “cocktail” over 200 years ago. As Old Fashioned aficionados, we couldn’t resist creating a barrel-aged beer inspired by this classic. We brewed our Stricklander Belgian-style tripel with coriander (Oude Mode is the Flemish translation for old fashioned) and aged it in freshly emptied Kentucky bourbon barrels. After 6 months in whiskey-soaked oak, we moved it onto freshly toasted orange zest for a hint of enticing citrus aromatics that complement the spicy yeast character and woody bourbon notes.

Stricklander Tripel

Named after one of our most seasoned employees, this tripel is our take on the traditional Belgian strong pale ale. We brewed this beer with coriander and a classic Belgian yeast strain giving it a spicy, fruity ester note that is followed by a warming, yet dry finish from the alcohol and light malt body.

Audition Pale with Citrus & Chiles

A fun offshoot of our ever-popular Serrano Pale, this pale ale balances enticing citrusy notes with tingly chili heat for an intense flavor experience. Bright American hops and sweet orange zest combine with fresh-roasted Serrano peppers and Aji Amarillo chilies for a unique twist on the classic American pale ale style.

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.


A refreshing fusion of flavor, this bubbly brew blurs the lines of what beer can be. Inspired by fruity, bone-dry rosé wine, we brewed this hybrid session beer with pilsner malt, rice, rose-hips, hibiscus, and a touch of Nelson Sauvin hops. These elements, combined with Japanese saké yeast fermentation, achieve the familiar notes of tart cherry, green melon, and red plum found in rosé -- all without stomping a single grape.

Pub Pale Ale

Its unique piney and grapefruit aromas from the use of whole-cone American hops have fascinated beer drinkers for decades and made this beer a classic.