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

Audition Stout

This sessionable stout is brewed with variety of roasted malts for robust notes of fresh coffee and bittersweet chocolate. To balance these intense flavors we added ample amounts of oats and rye, giving this easy-drinking dark ale a silky smooth mouthfeel and clean finish.

Audition Double IPA

Our Audition series is a place for us to try new recipes and experiment with new beers. We brewed this big IPA with Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin, and Experimental #520 for intense fruit-forward hop flavors of citrus, apricot, and mango. A light body and low bitterness keeps it refreshing and drinkable.


Every year we collaborate with a different German brewery to create our fall seasonal beer, Oktoberfest. This past year, we decided to brew an imperial version of this ever-changing recipe and age it in whiskey barrels. The result is a smooth-drinking, strong lager with complex caramel and vanilla notes from its time nestled in bourbon soaked oak.

Hoptimum 2018

Hops, hops, and more hops are the stars of this big, whole-cone Imperial IPA. This beer is layered with aggressive hoppiness, and notes of grapefruit rind, rose, cedar, and tropical fruit, culminating in a dry and lasting finish.

Hazy Little Thing

We’re constantly brewing new IPAs, looking for bold hop flavor. With this beer, our brewers thought it was so good that we decided to serve it straight from the tanks—unfiltered, unprocessed, and raw—to let all the fruit-forward hop flavors shine. The result is a hazy beer with modest bitterness and intense hop character.

Hop Bullet Double IPA

Hop Bullet Double IPA features a new technique: we’re hitting the beer with a double-barreled blast of Magnum hops and lupulin dust—the source of hop flavor and aroma—right into the fermenter for a ballistic burst of aggressive hop character.