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

Single Hop Idaho 7 IPA

From time to time, we like to brew with a single hop varietal to gain a better understanding of its overall contribution to finished beer. For this batch we chose Idaho 7, a relatively new hop that we’ve been experimenting with in recent years. A simple grain bill allows aromas of apricot and melon to shine, while the bold bitterness complements the piney grape-fruit flavors.

Super Session IPA

The low alcohol content and heavy-handed hopping in this session IPA required some brewing finesse to achieve a pleasant balance. Never one to back down from a challenge, we were able to coax just the right amount of body from the malt to support the bold American hops. Bright copper red in color, this easy-drinking ale blends toasty hints of graham cracker with piney citrus notes, quenching your thirst without sacrificing flavor.


A nearly forgotten relic from days of yore, roggenbier is a rye ale style that originated in Bavarian medieval times. Our Roggenbock is a tribute to this historical beer, brewed with over 50% rye malt and a light touch of herbal hops. This un-filtered ale combines earthy, spicy rye flavors reminiscent of pumpernickel bread with notes of clove and banana from our house weizen yeast.

Hazy Little Thing

We’re constantly brewing new IPAs, looking for bold hop flavor. With this beer, our brewers thought it was so good that we decided to serve it straight from the tanks—unfiltered, unprocessed, and raw—to let all the fruit-forward hop flavors shine. The result is a hazy beer with modest bitterness and intense hop character.

Hop Bullet Double IPA

Hop Bullet Double IPA features a new technique: we’re hitting the beer with a double-barreled blast of Magnum hops and lupulin dust—the source of hop flavor and aroma—right into the fermenter for a ballistic burst of aggressive hop character.

Ovila Abbey White

Treat your senses as well as your palate. With its silky body, zesty malt character and delicate lemony spice notes, our unfiltered Abbey White Ale is an indulgence to be enjoyed all year long.