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. While you’re here, 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

Cuz I Said So

You did what? Added coffee to an IPA? Why? Well…because I said so. At first glance, it might seem strange to combine coffee and hoppy beer, but really, the two flavors have a lot in common. Good coffee and hops both have complex aroma profiles that lean heavily on fruity notes and layered flavors. Brewed with super fruit-forward hop varietals including Citra, Comet, and El Dorado with 60 lbs., of coarse ground coffee from the Summit Coffee Company.

BCAW - Tree House - East Meets West IPA

In just a few short years, Tree House has made a big impact on the beer scene with their approach to the IPA—low bitterness, intense juicy hop flavor and unfiltered haze. As fellow lovers of the IPA, we combined our styles—the classic American IPA malt body and the New England approach to hopping—resulting in lightly bitter, unfiltered beer with huge hop flavor.

BCAW - Duvel Moortgat - Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden Ale

Belgium’s Duvel are the masters of the golden ale—a beer style they helped create—so it was a natural fit for our breweries to combine that style with Sierra Nevada’s hop-forward fanaticism. The resulting beer is bright golden and brimming with hop flavor, with a pop of bright lemon, and perfectly accented by the fruity and complex character of Duvel’s signature yeast.

BCAW - Ayinger Privatbrauerei - Dunkle Weisse

Bavaria’s Ayinger are legends in the brewing industry, known for their love and perfection of classic German beer styles. Playing off their background, we came together to create this dark twist on the Bavarian-style wheat beer. This beer features layers of wheat malt flavor and was handled through traditional open fermenters to highlight Ayinger’s famous hefeweizen yeast character.

BCAW - Surly Brewing Co. - Ginger Lager

The abrasive attitude of Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Co. brings an aggressive yet refined approach to creating recipes. We came together to create this easy-drinking but complex ginger-infused lager. It’s brewed with hot ginger and a pinch of cayenne to spice up the heat and then dry hopped with an inclusion of oak for a touch of woody vanilla to round out the flavor.

BCAW - Garage Project - Campout Porter

In honor of Beer Camp, our friends at New Zealand’s Garage Project brewery wanted to carry the camping theme straight through to the flavor of our beer. Featuring a unique malt smoked over Manuka wood, rare Manuka honey and vanilla beans, this robust porter has sweet notes reminiscent of marshmallows toasted over a campfire.