Craft, Boutique, & Specialty Division

Sierra Nevada Mills River Brewery

More than two years after first breaking ground, Sierra Nevada’s new North Carolina brewery is finally brewing beer in Mills River, NC.

Nestled on a forested ridge just 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, their second brewery is a temple to craft beer in an area where beer has become a way of life. Their new brewery balances time-honored traditional brewing techniques and ultra-modern systems for quality and consistency—a foot in two worlds, old and new.

Sierra Nevada’s Year Round Selections include Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss, Sierra Nevada Porter and Sierra Nevada Stout.  Learn more about these great beers and their Seasonal, High Altitude and Specialty Beers.

Sierra Nevada has been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for their commitment to reducing their environmental impact. In their early brewing days, there was no such thing as small-scale brewing equipment. Back then, “reduce, reuse, recycle” wasn’t a catchphrase, but a business model.  They continue to strive for new ways to be more efficient and environmentally friendly. Learn more here.

Pale Ale
Pale Ale began as a home brewer’s dream, grew into an icon, and inspired countless brewers to follow a passion of their own. 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, yet it remains new, complex and surprising to thousands of beer drinkers every day. It is—as it always has been—all natural, bottle conditioned and refreshingly bold.

Torpedo Extra IPA
Sierra Nevada and hops go hand in hand. What began as a crazy idea scribbled in a pub eventually became our newest year-round hop bomb, Torpedo Extra IPA. The first beer to feature our “Hop Torpedo”—a revolutionary dry-hopping device that controls how much hop aroma is imparted into beer without adding additional bitterness. Torpedo Extra IPA is an aggressive yet balanced beer with massive hop aromas of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit.

Kellerweis Hefeweizen
Inspired by traditional Bavarian techniques, Kellerweis is a true artisan experience. With Kellerweis, we brew in open fermentation tanks—a process rarely seen today—to let the ingredients truly shine. The result is a hazy wheat ale—untamed, raw and alive. With a full, fruity aroma and notes of spicy clove and banana bread, Kellerweis is a truly unique brew.

Porters were invented as a fortifying drink for the rough-and-tumble working class of London’s bustling markets. It was brewed for good folks with calluses on their hands, doing work that needed to be done. We salute those working-class heroes with our classic Porter, brewed in the hop-forward American style and featuring a depth of malt flavor and complexity with roasted notes of black coffee and cocoa.

Before Sierra Nevada was a reality, our founders brewed beer at home and dreamed of building a brewery one day. Back then, they brewed the beers they wanted to drink—bold and full of flavor. Stouts had always been a favorite, so when we needed a big and rich beer to test out the brewing system at our fledgling brewery, stout was the obvious choice. Thirty years later, not much has changed. We’re still brewing the beers we want to drink and our classic Stout is the same as it’s ever been—big, rich, bold, black as night and filled with the wild-eyed passion of which dreams are made.

Old Chico Crystal Wheat
Old Chico Crystal Wheat is our lightest offering. This filtered beer is brewed with malted wheat and barley, and perfectly balanced by unique Crystal hops. Old Chico is a great choice for those new to craft brew and longtime beer aficionados alike—light-bodied, refreshing and wonderfully drinkable.