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

Vine Ripe Ale

A collaboration with Vivian Howard and “ A Chef’s Life.” This saison is light, crisp, and refreshing, featuring cucumbers from Lomax Farm, Lemon Thyme from Sierra Nevada’s Estate Garden, and locally grown and malted barley, wheat and triticale.

Serrano Pale Ale

This beer captures the flavor and the mild heat of roasted estate-grown serrano peppers for a unique twist on the style. The chilies offer floral and fruity aromas, which complement the bright citrus notes of American hops.


Missing out is a terrible thing, especially when it’s on great hop flavor. We’ve been watching our colleagues in New England have all the fun with their incredible hazy IPAs and we wanted to get in on the action. With intense fruit-forward and juicy hop flavor, mild bitterness, and a silky body, FOMO is our entry into the haze craze. This beer is delicious, but fragile, drink this quick, or you’ll miss-out!

Audition Rye IPA

We're big fans of adding rye into our IPAs. A little bit of rye adds a pop of peppery spiciness that really helps to accentuate the citrusy hop notes that come from extensive dry hopping. This Audition Rye IPA is our latest expression of one of our favorite beer styles. Brewed with rye from the Riverbend Malt house in Asheville, and hopped with Amarillo, Comet and laurel hops.

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.