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

Audition Saison

Saisons may be one of the world’s most perfect beer styles. They blend crisp drinkability, with a deep complexity, so that with every sip, we’re able to discover a new layer of flavor. This light colored saison has notes of straw and grain with a hint of lemon, and a spicy dry finish from the use of a traditional farmhouse yeast.

Sidecar Orange Pale Ale

This beer has a pop of bright orange flavor that emphasizes the natural citrus-heavy character of Cascade, Equinox and Mandarina hops. Brewed with orange peel added directly to the kettle, and all the classic hop flavor you'd come to expect from our all-new take on the hop-forward fruit beer.

Audition Double IPA

Our Audition series is a place for us to try new recipes and experiment with new beers. This big IPA is brewed with Crystal, Citra, Centennial, Mosaic and Chinook hops for intense fruit-forward hop flavors of citrus, apricot and mango with a hint of malt sweetness in the finish.

Otra Vez

Otra Vez is a tangy twist on the nearly extinct gose style. It combines the zip of prickly pear cactus with a hint of grapefruit for a bright and refreshing finish.

Session Rye

This easy-drinking session ale is brewed with a portion of rye malt to give it a spicy, peppery kick which only enhances its drinkability. The light-bodied ale has a bright hop flavor from the use of citrusy American hops.

Summerfest

Summerfest is a Pilsner-style lager brewed for enjoyment on warm summer days - featuring a slight malt sweetness, a delicate spicy and floral hop flavor, and a crisp, refreshing finish.