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

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.

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.

Thursday Cask: Close Call Kolsch

This beer almost didn’t happen. The initial brew was beset by disaster and bad luck, but luckily, it was saved at the last moment, and the resulting beer was so good, we’re showcasing it again. This flavorful hop-forward Kolsch features Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo hops and a crisp drinkable finish.

Know Good IPA

You think you know good IPA? We do too, and this one’s it. This is a straightforward, full-throttle, American IPA—nothing fancy here; just hop flavor and lots of it. Its hazy blonde malt body has just enough heft to carry the citrus and floral hop notes straight to your palate making Know Good perfect for today, or any day. When it comes to IPA, we know what good is.

Southern Session IPA

This light-bodied “session” IPA was made for sipping on sultry summer afternoons, but an easy drinking beer doesn’t have to be boring. This beer is generously hopped with intense American hops for bold and dank hop flavors of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine.

Tropical Torpedo

Inspired by the island life, we created an IPA completely disconnected from the mainland. We used our one-of-a-kind Hop Torpedo to deliver an intense rush of hop flavor and the lush aromas of mango, papaya, and passionfruit with every sip. Enjoy our tropical twist on the American IPA.