Mills River, NC is home to one of the most innovative and forward-thinking breweries in the world:

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Founded in 1980 in Chico, California, the brewery expanded to the East Coast in 2014, opening a state-of-the-art facility in Mills River. Since then, Sierra Nevada has become an integral part of the local community, providing jobs and boosting the local economy, while also pioneering sustainable brewing practices.

Sierra Nevada's Mills River facility is an impressive sight. The brewery covers over 200,000 square feet and includes a taproom, restaurant, and an outdoor amphitheater for events. The brewery also features a stunning sustainability garden, where visitors can learn about the company's commitment to reducing its environmental impact through the use of solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and other innovative practices.

But it's not just the facilities that make Sierra Nevada a standout brewery. The company is also known for its commitment to innovation and experimentation in brewing. Their brewers are constantly experimenting with new ingredients and techniques, resulting in a wide range of unique and delicious beers. One of their most popular offerings is the Hazy Little Thing IPA, a hazy, juicy IPA that has quickly become a fan favorite.

Sierra Nevada is also dedicated to giving back to the community. The company has donated over $15 million to local nonprofits and has established partnerships with organizations like the Mills River Partnership and the Western North Carolina Nature Center. In addition, Sierra Nevada hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year, including the popular Beer Camp, which brings together brewers from around the world to collaborate on new brews.

Overall, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has become an integral part of the Mills River community, both in terms of its economic impact and its commitment to sustainability and innovation. Whether you're a beer lover or just someone interested in sustainable business practices, a visit to Sierra Nevada's Mills River brewery is a must.

WNCTIMES by Marjorie Farrington

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