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

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 - 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 - Boneyard - West Coast DIPA

“We just love brewing hoppy beers” is the way Oregon’s IPA masters at Boneyard Beer kicked off our collaboration talks. Well, as it turns out we do, too, so we went all out on this intensely hop-heavy West Coast Double IPA. It’s bright golden, crisp and brimming with intense citrus and herbal hop flavor, just how we like ‘em.

BCAW - Avery Brewing Co. - Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style

Colorado’s Avery Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada both make American-style barleywines verging on the hop extreme. For this collaboration—dubbed “Big Hog” as an homage to the two beers that inspired it— we recreated both barleywine recipes and then blended the beers into a new hop-heavy creation. It features rich, bittersweet malt character with notes of caramel and toffee balanced against a massive wall of hop flavor and is bottle conditioned for longevity.

BCAW - Saint Arnold - Dry-Hopped Berliner Weisse

Texas’ Saint Arnold Brewery takes a broad view of beer styles, mastering everything from traditional German-inspired recipes to big experimental creations. Together, we teamed up to brew this dry-hopped Berliner Weisse. Featuring a fruit-forward hop character backed up by a snap of mild tartness, it boasts a flavor that’s complex, compelling and very drinkable.

BFD—Beer for Drinking

There are days when you want a beer—just a beer—that hits all the right spots. Well, this is it. No snifters required, no special occasions, just an unfussy, uncomplicated hoppy golden ale brewed to fit in no matter where it goes. This isn’t beer for collecting, this is beer for drinking.