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

Dark Side of the Wit

A fun twist on the classic Belgian witbier style, this dark wheat beer will play mind tricks on you with its light body and complex flavors. We add orange peel, grapefruit peel, coriander, and chamomile to the kettle to provide an alluring bouquet of aromas to this floral and citrusy ale.

Spruce Tip Dunkel

Surrounded by tree-covered mountains, we have long dreamed of brewing a beer with fresh spruce tips, a historic American beer ingredient that has been used for hundreds of years in place of hops. This year we were granted permission to sustainably harvest new-growth spruce tips from an idyllic mountainside in the Pisgah Forest, just west of our North Carolina brewery. A traditional Munich-style dunkel lager base provides the foundation for our first annual spruce beer, balancing smooth malt flavor with intense aromas of juniper and pine.

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.

Smash IPA

Single Malt And Single Hop beers are delicious, intriguing, and educational. The use of only one grain and hop type offers objective insight into both ingredients’ contribution to the final beer. For this version we chose to use our 2-row pale malt and Mosaic hops to create a golden-colored American IPA with restrained malt character that allows the bright, fruit-forward hop flavor to shine.

Carolina Dreamin'

This beer was our first collaboration with the Asheville brewing community after announcing our East Coast expansion in 2012. It is a dry-hopped red wheatwine with inviting aromas of pine, tangerine, and grapefruit from a bold blend of Citra, Simcoe, Comet, Strata, and Nelson Sauvin hops. Brewed with 50% wheat and a touch of caramel malts, expect leathery, candy-like malt notes that balance the intense, sticky hop flavors. A perfect beer for sipping around the firepit in autumn, it’s our tribute to the Old North State and its amazing brewing culture. We appreciate you North Carolina!

Beer Camp 222 - Rye Porter

For this Employee Beer Camp, we brought together two brewers, a baker, a duck-fat fry maker, and a cast of fantastic other employees to brew a beer and share their piece of the Sierra Nevada story. This rye porter, with a hint of smoke, brings to mind a campfire in the North Carolina woods. With piney Pacific Northwest hops and local Riverbend malt, Beer Camp 222 pairs well with meat off the grill and your favorite flannel shirt.