Matthew Barbee often conducts in-store Rockmill tastings at Columbus wine and beer retailers where his ales can be purchased, including the Barrel and Bottle, Weiland's Gourmet Market, the Hills Market, the Andersons and Gentile's Wine Sellers. The brewmaster recommends resting his beers for 10 to 15 minutes out of the fridge before sipping.

Witbier

This floral beer has arousing pineapple and apple pie notes, plenty of carbonation and a clean, dry and clove-blossoming finish.

Saison

This coppery colored, bracing refresher has some banana esters and apricot in the nose to go with a powerful load of spices, like cloves and coriander.

Tripel

Extra malt results in a richer body plus the high ABV typical of a Tripel. Flavors of apricot, citrus and a bit-o-honey give way to a refreshingly bitter finish.

Dubbel

Attractively figgy brown, the Dubbel has a complex, home-brew taste with touches of toffee that resolves into a pleasant rush of bitter dark chocolate.


Where to find Rockmill in Columbus

Rockmill beers are available in discriminating Columbus hotspots like DeepWood Tavern, the Jury Room, Mouton and other eateries listed below. Prospective imbibers should be thirsty, willing to share and/or have access to a cab-Rockmill's only sold in 750 milliliter "corked and caged" Champagne-like bottles, and costs upwards of $20 in local restaurants.

The thick, shatter-resistant vessels are necessary because all Rockmill ales are bottle conditioned-meaning they undergo a final, in-bottle fermentation to produce and trap the propulsive carbon dioxide gas that carbonates the beer. Bottle conditioning will also cloud the beer and guarantees yeasty dregs-an acquired taste that brewmaster Matthew Barbee relishes and recommends enjoying in concentrated, final slurps.

Bodega
1044 N. High St., Short North
614-299-9399
columbusbodega.com


Brews Cafe
116 E. Broadway, Granville
740-587-0249
brewscafe.com

DeepWood
511 N. High St., Short North
614-221-5602
deepwoodrestaurant.com

Hubbard Bar and Grille
793 N. High St., Short North
614-291-5000
hubbardgrille.com

The Jury Room
22 E. Mound St., Downtown
614-224-7777
juryroomcolumbus.com

Latitude 41
50 N. Third St., Downtown
614-233-7541
latitude41restaurant.com

Mouton
954 N. High St.,
Short North
mouton954.com

Spagio
1295 Grandview Ave., Grandview
614-486-1114
spagio.com

Third & Hollywood
1433 W. Third Ave., Grandview
614-488-0303
thirdandhollywood.com

Tutto Vino
7178 Muirfield Dr., Dublin
614-799-9222
tutto-vino.com