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


Our brewery was founded by a homebrewer, and we're proud to see the tradition live on in our employees to this day. This delicious dry-hopped pale ale is based on the winning entry from our annual employee homebrew competition. Bright aromas of grapefruit and apricot leap from the glass, thanks to the exclusive use of Citra and Mosaic hops.


We've partnered with Bavaria's Weihenstephan, the world's oldest brewery, for this American take on the classic German Oktoberfest. A malt backbone is balanced by subtle hop character in this crisp, clean, and drinkable crowd-pleaser-- nothing captures the spirit of celebration like a beer among friends.

Southern Hemisphere Session IPA

Southern Hemisphere Session is citrusy, floral and sessionable, our Southern Hemisphere Session IPA is brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Wakatu hops from New Zealand, lending the beer fresh and bright aromas and flavors.

Mills River Double IPA

One of our brewers, born and raised in Mills River, created this beer in celebration of the land and people that surround our North Carolina brewery. It is a smooth, easy-drinking double IPA with notes of citrus and stone fruit from generous additions of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Cascade hops. A tasty tribute to the town we call home, this double dry-hopped beauty shines bright like a sunny summer day on the back porch.

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.


Every year we collaborate with a different German brewery to create our fall seasonal beer, Oktoberfest. This past year, we decided to brew an imperial version of this ever-changing recipe and age it in whiskey barrels. The result is a smooth-drinking, strong lager with complex caramel and vanilla notes from its time nestled in bourbon soaked oak.