Taproom

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

Chipotle Honey Brown Ale

Here in North Carolina, we know a thing-or-two about smoke and spice—our barbecue can attest to that—and we wanted to explore those flavors in our beer as well. This malt forward brown ale is brewed with an addition of local chipotle peppers from Smoking J’s Fiery Foods in Candler, NC and a touch of local honey from Bee. Honey + Hive and which provide a slightly sweet and smoky flavor, balanced by a touch of heat from the peppers.

Pont Brumeax

This beer is a mash-up of a dry Belgian style saison, and a “juicy” haze heavy New England style IPA. The result is a cloudy, hop-forward, smooth farmhouse ale. Featuring, Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic, Comet and El Dorado hops for a bright tropi-cal fruit and citrusy hop flavor, combined with a spicy saison yeast and a touch of orange peel in the kettle.

Grisette D’Fleur

Traditionally brewed with ingredients in season, and close at hand. Our version is brewed with edible dried flowers: Calendula, (marigold) Chamomile, and Chrysanthemum. The flowers offer complex and herbal flavors, along with the expected floral character that balance well with the dry finish of the beer.

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.

Hop and Sour

This unique beer takes inspiration from the tart German kettle sour ales— Gose and Berliner Weisse—but with a twist. This zesty beer was dry-hopped with a massive amount of citrus and fruity hops for an extremely hoppy—but not bitter—exploration of flavor.

Tropical Torpedo

Inspired by the island life, we created an IPA completely disconnected from the mainland. We used our one-of-a-kind Hop Torpedo to deliver an intense rush of hop flavor and the lush aromas of mango, papaya, and passionfruit with every sip. Enjoy our tropical twist on the American IPA.