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

Forbidden Tripel

Forbidden Tripel is a crimson colored concoction brewed with mysterious “forbidden” black rice (once reserved only for Chinese emperors) and hibiscus flowers. This unusual ale is then fermented with a Japanese saké yeast, resulting in an exotic flavor combination inspired by the Far East. Its jewel-like color entices the eye and the intense fruity flavors make it surprisingly smooth and easy to drink, despite its strength.

Wolfinanny Wheatwine

Wolfinanny is named for a mythical creature said to lurk in the shadows around North Carolina wheat fields. Complex in its own right, barrel aging further enhances this wheatwine with woody notes of toasted bread and vanilla that emerge after its long hibernation in bourbon casks. A beast of a beer, this dark ale unleashes a barrage of tantalizing flavors and aromas as it warms.

Super Session IPA

The low alcohol content and heavy-handed hopping in this session IPA required some brewing finesse to achieve a pleasant balance. Never one to back down from a challenge, we were able to coax just the right amount of body from the malt to support the bold American hops. Bright copper red in color, this easy-drinking ale blends toasty hints of graham cracker with piney citrus notes, quenching your thirst without sacrificing flavor.

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.

Sidecar Orange IPA

Orange peel and fruit-forward hops are a perfect match, so we took what we started, and turned up the volume. This orange-infused IPA is the big brother of our Sidecar Orange Pale, with even more orange and hop flavor. It is crisp, lightly bitter, and heavy with the fruity citrus aromas of sweet orange and hops.