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.

Inclement weather may effect business hours December 9th & 10th 2018! Please call 1 (828) 681-5300 for most current info.

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

Fall Vergnügen

This unfiltered dunkelweizen was brewed in our open fermenters to highlight the famous fruit-forward Bavarian yeast character which carries through the layers of rich wheat malt flavor. Alluring aromas of banana and clove make this dark wheat beer a “fall pleasure” to enjoy as the leaves change and temperatures drop here in western North Carolina.

Claim Stake Common

A tribute to the California Common style that originated in the late 1800's Gold Rush era, our version stakes its claim by bringing old and new techniques together for a bold, yet balanced beer. After three days of open fermentation, we dry-hop this warm-fermented lager with fresh whole-cone hops in a closed tank to maximize the hop aromas. The result is a copper hued beer with toasty malt notes and delightful hop character from the use of Bravo, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Centennial, and Sterling.

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!

Barrel-Aged Maltiple Personalities

Brewed in Mills River during our annual Employee Beer Camp, this brown ale features nine varieties of specialty malt that bring out notes of dark chocolate, toffee, and caramel. This complex malt profile balances out the heat from native Carolina Reaper peppers, which we added to the beer after aging in freshly-emptied Kentucky bourbon barrels for one year.

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.


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.