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

Riverator Doppelbock

Inspired by two rivers – Mills River, the home of our brewery in North Carolina, and our friends at Riverbend Malt House—this malt-forward doppelbock goes with the flow. Brewed with seven different malts including Steffi Pilsner, Munich, Vienna, and Riverbend Heritage this rich lager has layers of complex malt flavor and a clean finish, perfect for a cool autumn day.

Maltiple Personalities

This beer was inspired by the taste of Sierra Nevada favorites like Ruthless Rye and Tumbler. Maltiple Personalities features 9 varieties of malt to bring out dark chocolate and nutty flavors that balance out the heat from Carolina Reaper peppers. So, in this beer, there’s no reason to fear “The Reaper”.

Blonde Ale

This easy-drinking blonde ale was brewed with Southern grown two-row malted barley from Asheville’s Riverbend Malt House and was hopped with a single hop varietal— Callista hops. This light-bodied beer maintains a perfect balance between smooth malt flavor and a touch of fruity, berry- like hop aroma.

Wintertide Ale

In times of old, no holiday feast was complete without a tankard of spiced ale served next to a roaring fire. That’s a tradition we’d like to see continue (tankard optional) with our Wintertide Ale. Brewed with rich caramel-like malts and a hint of coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, Wintertide is reminiscent of mom’s favorite holiday cookies.

Holiday Haze IPA

As the holiday season ramps up, we all get busy, so we’re bringing you this all-new IPA as a reminder to slow down and appreciate this special time. Heavy with intense fruit-forward hop flavor, mild bitterness and a smooth finish, this is the perfect beer for the lead-up to the holidays. Let’s all pause, relax, and snap out of that holiday haze.

Grisette D’Fleur

Traditionally brewed with ingredients in season, and close at hand. Our version is brewed with edible dried flowers: Calendula, (marigold) Chamomile, and Chrysanthemum. The flowers offer complex and herbal flavors, along with the expected floral character that balance well with the dry finish of the beer.