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

Pinch Flat IPA

This IPA is designed to hit the spot, even when temperatures soar. It features a light malt body-not too thin and not too heavy-that works to support big hop flavor. Featuring the Crystal hop varietal, known for its floral and peppery flavor, this IPA is sure to satisfy.

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 - 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.

Southern Gothic Session Pils

Steeped in tradition, yet, ready for anything. That pretty much sums up our Southern Gothic Session Pils. This hop-forward, but light-bodied pilsner is crisp and drinkable—perfect for an afternoon on the porch or a night down at the pub. We left it unfiltered and raw to bring out its com-plexity and to fit right in to nearly any situation.