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

Foreign Export Stout

A relic of 19th century Ireland and England, export stouts were traditionally a more robust version of a brewery’s flagship beer, amped-up to survive the journey overseas. Our Foreign Export Stout uses a blend of caramel and roasted malts, which provide assertive notes of espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Rich and roasty, it is the perfect beer for shaking the chill off a cool day.

Single Hop Idaho Gem

It’s no secret that we love hops, and this is one of our favorite hoppy styles to brew. We brew and dry hop this light-bodied IPA with a single variety to better understand the hop’s flavor and aroma contribution. For this version we chose to use Idaho Gem, a new variety with a distinct herbaceous nose and citrusy lemon notes.

Resilience Butte County Proud IPA

This beer was brewed to support relief efforts for the Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California history. Every dollar Sierra Nevada receives from this beer will go directly to those impacted. Thank you for helping us rebuild our home.

Brut IPA

This is our Brut IPA, a new take on IPA brewed for a bone dry champagne-style finish. Late hop additions give the beer balanced bitterness and a bright pop of citrus flavor. It’s as intriguing as it is drinkable.

Session Rye

This easy-drinking ale is brewed with Riverbend Carolina Rye malt and loaded with aromatic Zappa hops, a Neo-Mexicanus variety grown in the Pacific Northwest. The rye gives it a spicy, peppery kick which is enhanced by the bright, wild hop flavors of Zappa, resulting in an immensely drinkable session beer.

Storied Golden Ale

Hop-forward and juicy, Storied Golden Ale shows off the best of new school hops. El Dorado and Amarillo hops give the beer a punch of citrus and tropical fruit flavor, while oats create a hazy appearance and a silky-smooth mouthfeel.