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 IPA

It’s no secret that we love IPAs, so we’re constantly experimenting with new recipes, techniques, and bold hop flavors. This golden-colored American IPA features a simple malt bill that allows the bright, fruit-forward hop flavors of Comet, Crystal, and Galaxy hops to shine.

Pub Pale Ale

Its unique piney and grapefruit aromas from the use of whole-cone American hops have fascinated beer drinkers for decades and made this beer a classic.

Party Kate Pils

This easy-drinking beer is brewed with a blend of pale and pilsner malts from our friends at Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, NC. A modern take on the traditional German pilsner style, we used a New Zealand hop varietal known as Nelson Sauvin for all hop additions. This unique hop is known for its distinct notes of gooseberry and sauvignon blanc grapes. In this simple lager, the exotic aromas are certainly subtle, but do provide a satisfying balance to the dry, crisp finish.


This unfiltered lager is hopped with a whopping combination of Mosaic, Mandarina, Simcoe, and Citra lupulin power to pack a citrus and tropical fruit aromatic punch.  We balanced out the smooth malt sweetness with even more hops including El Dorado, Galaxy, and Nug 33.

Hoppy American Wheat

This heavily dry hopped American wheat is a bold and juicy take on the traditional wheat beer. Delicious tropical fruit notes are balanced by a mouthwatering tartness created with the addition of just the right amount of sour wort.

Southern Summer Saison

This brisk saison is the perfect remedy for the warm southern sunshine. Brewed and dryhopped with Motueka, Meridian, and Nelson Sauvin hops, this farmhouse ale has complex fruity and floral hop aromas that are balanced by a refreshingly crisp finish.