We took advantage of one of the last warm days of autumn to spend the afternoon at Rockmill Brewery, picnicking on their sunny grounds. They’re set on a former horse farm outside of Columbus, so it’s sort of like visiting a park that serves beer.
I usually opt for their easy drinking Witbier, thought their “Rugged Expanse” stout, which usually isn’t my favorite style, paired extremely well with my makeshift picnic food. Rockmill doesn’t serve food, so you’re welcome to bring your own–which is actually a nice setup. I went with sandwiches from local deli Katzingers, but people bring pizza, cheese plates, whatever they think is the perfect beer pairing.
If you want to see what Rockmill envisions pairing with their beers, they also have a Columbus tavern.
Owner and brewer Mathew Barbee chose the pastoral location in part because the mineral content of the water lends itself well to the Belgian style brews he crafts. While Rockmill has been in operation since 2012, they didn’t make it onto my radar till this year, and now I’m kicking myself for missing out for so long!
We took a walk to check out the grounds after lunch, including the cute little chapel they rent out for weddings.
There’s so many cozy nooks to hang out inside the farmhouse! Not too many people inside since it was a gorgeous day, but I can imagine it’s popular in the winter.
Visiting Rockmill Brewery
They’re generally open Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. However, be sure to check Rockmill’s website for open hours, as they’re sometimes closed for special events.
Address: 5705 Lithopolis Rd NW, Lancaster, OH 43130