In 2008 one of our owners, Matthew Barbee, made a bold move and came back to work on his family's farm, a former horse farm located about 25 minutes southeast of Columbus, Ohio. Prior to this decision, Matt worked in Los Angeles but was eager to try something different; making a beer that pairs with food in a similar way that a fine wine does.
As the grandson of a vintner he grew up appreciating the intricacies of what it takes to design a complex wine. It was through the introduction to the Brasserie Dupont's Saison that he realized what a beer really could be. Tasting this quintessential brew, Matthew began doing his research (both, of course, by tasting and reading) on all types of world-class beers. After having the farm's water tested to determine what style of beer he should start brewing, he was astounded to see that the results matched a similar minerality profile to Wallonia, Belgian's water.Â
It has been five years since we introduced the beer to the public, an adventure that has introduced us to countless people who share our love for craft beer especially in the context of pairing it with food. We are happy that you have found us and hope that you might make it down to experience what we have come to call the "Rockmill spell." Thank you for visiting our site.Â