What are the not-to-miss breweries in Mills River, NC? Don’t miss our favorite Mills River breweries perfect for craft beer outside after a day of hiking in the Pisgah National Forest.
Western North Carolina is famous for gorgeous hiking and beer. Think Asheville, Brevard, Transylvania County — land of waterfalls — and the Pisgah National Forest.
Nothing beats waking up early and starting a hike before 9 or 10 AM. That’s early for us. We love packing a picnic lunch and hanging out on the trails until the Brevard and Mills River breweries start to open.
Returning to our Asheville home from Gorges State Park and the Pisgah National Forest, we pass hidden brewery towns like Mills River and Brevard. We earned that craft brew after a gorgeous waterfall hike.
Plus, everyone thinks of Asheville as the beer capital of WNC. That’s true, but these other towns have huge and gorgeous brewing facilities, too. Find food trucks, endless outdoor seating, and huge tap lists.
So, what are the best breweries in Mills River? (Hint: All of them.) And, did you know that Mills River also hosts a famous cidery? We are counting it on this list!
As AVL locals, we are sharing Mills River breweries you cannot miss. I’m pretty sure you’ll love them, too. Let’s get started!
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4 Mills River Breweries You’ll Love
1. Mills River Brewing Co.
Address: 336 Banner Farm Rd., Mills River, NC 28759
Phone Number: (828) 513-5155
Imagine going to adult day camp with beer. That’s Mills River Brewing.
Set back on a quiet road, this Mills River brewery is perfect if you want local craft beer or a cocktail in a natural setting. They have a full bar, and you just have to head outside. Indoors is shiny new and gorgeous, but outside…that’s WNC mountain life.
Mills River Brewing’s outdoor seating is plentiful and peaceful. With spread-out picnic tables, it feels like you are sitting in the middle of the Pisgah National Forest.
I love their slogan, too: “All trails lead to Mills River Brewing Co.”
The Mills River MRB Co. location opened in 2020. They also have an Arden taproom. Find live events, music, and Juju’s Craft Cookery Food Truck. Burgers, nachos, and sandwiches, galore!
What’s on tap? IPAs, stouts, and ales. This is a kid-friendly brewery.
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2. Burning Blush Brewery
Address: 4891 Boylston Hwy, Mills River, NC 28759
Phone Number: (828) 595-9859
Burning Blush is one of Tom’s favorite Mills River breweries. You’ll love their indoor and outdoor seating and rotating selection of local and delicious food trucks.
Burning Blush has a huge beer list, including craft beers, ciders, wine, and ginger beers from their Mills River, Brevard, and Asheville neighbors.
This Mills River brewery opened in 2019, and their decor is inspired by the Victorian era. Think Gothic romance with your beer. This is also a pet-friendly space.
Along with Mills River, don’t skip these Fantastic Brevard Breweries right next door.
3. Sierra Nevada Brewing
Address: 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, NC 28732
Phone Number: (828) 708-6176
Sierra Nevada is 1. HUGE and 2. Conveniently located next to the Asheville Regional Airport. We love waiting for our guests to arrive at their bar.
Sierra Nevada Brewing in Mills River has brewery tours, a gift shop, and a taproom with a full-service restaurant. I always find their beers quite hoppy, if that’s your beer jam.
Looking for more famous breweries like Sierra Nevada? Head to Asheville for New Belgium. Grab our Massive Asheville Brewery List here.
4. Bold Rock Cidery
Address: 72 School House Rd, Mills River, NC 28759
Phone Number: (828) 595-9940
As a Celiac, Tom loves Bold Rock Cider. I have to say, although cider isn’t my favorite, Bold Rock ROCKS it. Think sangria cider, coffee cider, and…watermelon cider. They know how to make cider fun.
Plus, their indoor warehouse space is massive and impressive. There is so much seating. Then, head outdoors for picnic tables set in quiet Mills River and their spacious Cider Garden.
Bold Rock hosts events, and their food truck, Bold Bites Mobile Kitchen, serves up scrumptious sandwiches and burgers. They even have gluten-free bread.
Bold Rock Cider opened in 2015. They offer canned cocktails and boozy seltzers. Bold Rock is both kid and pet-friendly. Read more about the best cideries around AVL.
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Hiking & Waterfalls Near These Mills River Breweries
Mills River is located in Henderson County, NC. A smaller town, you’ll love the local vibes. Mills River is near the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), Pisgah National Forest, and Brevard.
We tend to stop by the breweries in Mills River and Brevard on the way home after one of these beautiful hikes or waterfalls:
Looking Glass Falls
You can drive up to Looking Glass Falls in the Pisgah National Forest. Discover a 60-foot waterfall that freezes in the winter.
An easy family hike, this 1.4-mile out and back leads visitors to a 50-foot waterfall. If you are lucky, you’ll also catch a rainbow around the base of the falls. Moore Cove Falls is sandwiched between Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Glass Rock.
If you turn left instead of right for Looking Glass Falls in the Pisgah National Forest, you’ll encounter Daniel Ridge Loop and Falls. For an easy hike, pick the path straight up the falls. For a longer and more moderate hike, choose the loop. The Loop is also a popular mountain biking trail near Asheville.
A popular and highly trafficked waterfall hike in both Gorges State Park and the Pisgah National Forest, trek to a 150-foot waterfall. Catch a full rainbow as the massive waterfall spits all over you. Be prepared to get wet. Continue past Rainbow Falls for Turtleback Falls.
Enjoy a gorgeous picnic area after a 5.5-mile flat hike along a loop in the Pisgah Forest. Pink Beds Trail is part of the Cradle of Forestry, which was funded by George Vanderbilt. This hike is perfect for nature lovers and low-key trekkers.
Looking for more trails and falls? Head over to our Master List Of Asheville Hiking Trails or our Ultimate Guide To Waterfalls Around Asheville.
Have you visited any of these breweries in Mills River?
Which of the Mills River breweries have you visited? Which one is your favorite? Where do you love to hike around Mills River, NC? Please let us know in the comments.
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