ON LOCATION – Rockmill Brewery

Dennis Smalley of Rockmill Brewery (middle) gives a special behind the scenes tour. The mineral content of the waters in this area led Rockmill to focus on Belgium style beers.(Photo: Tom Rieland)
Dennis Smalley of Rockmill Brewery (middle) gives a special behind the scenes tour. The mineral content of the waters in this area led Rockmill to focus on Belgium style beers.(Photo: Tom Rieland)

Rockmill Brewery is a small production organic brewery just outside of Lancaster.  It’s beers are modeled after those in Belgium and have been used recently in one of Jeni’s Ice Cream’s special flavors.  But the beer is pretty special on its own too! We had a tasting and tour last weekend at the Rockmill Farm, which is situated in a river valley with a large pond and even a small chapel.  This family run business has a unique story and its five beer brands cover the everything from Witbier to a beer called Cask Ages Tripel that is aged in whiskey barrels provided by the local micro-distillary Middle West Spirits.  Matthew, Dennis and team at Rockmill have something special here and its a great road trip within an hour of Columbus.

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