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

Hoppy American Wheat

This heavily dry hopped American wheat is a bold and juicy take on the traditional wheat beer. Delicious tropical fruit notes are balanced by a mouthwatering tartness created with the addition of just the right amount of sour wort.


This crisp West coast IPA is brewed with grapefruit and lime to capture the refreshing tart flavors of the Paloma cocktail. The grapefruit and lime accentuate and add depth to the citrus and floral notes created through the combination of Citra, Strata, and Crystal hops.

Southern Summer Saison

This brisk saison is the perfect remedy for the warm southern sunshine. Brewed and dryhopped with Motueka, Meridian, and Nelson Sauvin hops, this farmhouse ale has complex fruity and floral hop aromas that are balanced by a refreshingly crisp finish.

Lemon Zest Blonde

This refreshing, slightly tart blonde ale was brewed with lemon peel, lemon zest, and lemon juice. The addition of this tangy trio give the beer a bright pop of citrus character, bringing a new level of thirst-quenching flavor to this easy-drinking style.


This “smoke beer” is our take on the traditional German lager brewed with a hefty portion of beechwood-smoked malt. Expect a malty, toasty richness balanced with intense notes of smoldering wood and a smooth, clean finish.

Audition Double IPA

Our Audition series is a place for us to try new recipes and experiment with new beers. We brewed this big IPA with Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin, and Experimental #520 for intense fruit-forward hop flavors of citrus, apricot, and mango. A light body and low bitterness keeps it refreshing and drinkable.