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Falling Rock Tap House

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Falling Rock Tap HouseFalling Rock Tap House
BA SCORE
99
world-class

271 Ratings
Ratings: 271
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.17%
Taps: 92
Bottles: 130
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1919 Blake St
Denver, Colorado, 80202-1229
United States
phone: (303) 293-8338

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

My company had our annual sales meeting here in Denver. We always have a variety of activities planned at these meetings, and one of the choices was a Brewery Tour. Needless to say, I signed up for the brewery tour. This was our last stop of the day (2nd stop).

This place was by far and away the best stop of the day. We were directed to the downstairs area, which was reminiscent of a Belgian Beer house or something. It was in the basement, but had pool tables and dart boards and seemed like the perfect place to throw down pint after pint.

The selection was incredible. They had about 60 taps on hand and all looked delicious, with focus on Colorado craft beers. I cant remember which ones we had, but they tasted fresh and cold and delicious.

I highly recommend this place. Right in the middle of downtown and definitely worth a stop.

SaCkErZ9, May 14, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%

Note: rating almost certainly influenced by GABF-week experiences

I knew all about Falling Rock - almost everyone I know who is familiar with it has had more negative things to say than positive. I guess I just don't get that - I thought this place was great.

The outside (front, street-facing) massive patio is a great place to hang. The interior shows some age and grit, but whatever. Yes, the bartenders were as surly as advertised but it was a clear shit show in there.

The tap selection was absolutely fantastic, but it was the Friday of GABF so I'm not sure what it's like on a normal day, but the selection of Crooked Stave, Russian River, and Colorado goodies was beyond sufficient to occupy 5 hours.

Didn't really eat much other than a few baskets of fried belly filler.

dirtylou, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Dogbrick
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%

Stopped here on a recent trip to Denver, first during the Elysian Pumpkin Fest on November 10th, then again the next day for the heck of it. The bar is on Black Street on the NW part of downtown. There is plenty of street parking around (unless a Rockies game is being played I imagine).

The interior is dark with bare light fixtures and a lot of wood. The bar is on the right side and there are booths and wooden tables on the left side. There is a lower level as well. The most outstanding feature of the decor is the 2000+ bottle collection and the amazing number of tap handles mounted on the walls. Definitely one of the most impressive collections I have seen.

As for the beers you can actually drink, it is just as impressive. The draught beers feature Russian River, Elysian, Deschutes, New Belgium, Port Brewing, Oskar Blues and a myriad of others. The bottle list is impressive as well, offering a host of regional and worldwide microbrews.

My score for Service will be aggregated over my 2 visits. During Pumpkin Fest they had exactly one server covering the entire pub save for the bar itself. Considering this was an "event" night and the place was packed, he was understandably having trouble keeping up. As a result we waited a very long time for food and drinks. I put this squarely on the Mgt. The next evening I sat at the bar and the bartender was very beer savvy and efficient.

Our group had appetizers during the Elysian event and they were all good.

Overall this is hands down the best bar we visited on our trip and I would make a bee line for it first on any future visits.

Dogbrick, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of slander
4/5  rDev -10.5%

We dropped in for a beer at the Falling Rock just after RockbottomGreatDivideSandLotBreckenridgeBlakeStreetTavern. This is Denver's beer bar, be there no mistake. A very nice selection although I can't say what they really had going on. They list that they have 54 taps and I'm looking at roughly 68 handles so I don't know what's what there. They did have 2 casks (Stone 8 and Fuller's London Porter) and a solid bottle list.
They've got a bar that seats a dozen with a handful of booths lying adjacent. Beyond the bar area lies another couple of booths with a few couches and cushy chairs across from them, and a small area for band set ups. Looking around the room... lots of dark wood and the place dimly lit. Overhead, you've got what looks like giant wooden unrolled casks over the bar and seating areas. Elsewhere you've got tap handles, beer mirrors, signs and other brewerania but the real wonder here is the bottle collection. Hundreds upon hundreds of old bottles line the room, rows and rows on shelves above and around everywhere, bottles of all sizes and shapes, beers and breweries, many fallen long ago. It's like an "evolution of micros and imports" display, where you're going, "Yeah, I remember that one, and oh yeah, that was like my first beer..." I spent a long damn time just gawking the room, row by row, left to right and then back again. A great bottle collection reminds you were you came from, when you were beer young, and beer new.
Downstairs, they've got a pair of pool tables and a private seating area, which was set up as reserved for some party. Out front, they've got a deck of sorts with plastic lawn furniture. A good place to grab a beer or three and I'm sure that lack of clarity as to what they actually had on tap was symptomatic of GABF madness. 11 months 'til the revisit.

slander, Nov 05, 2004
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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BenjaminKelley, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Indeed, the beer selection here is incredible. Quite a variety of beers from all corners of the United States. I get the impression that beers move in and out of here pretty quickly, as a few beers I requested were no longer available despite being on the board and/or menu.

The bartender was happy to offer me samples and patient enough to let me make my mind up. He made a few suggestions that weren't that useful, but that's cool.

I'll just once again emphasize how great the beer selection is. Craft beer galore. The prices are about what you'd expect for Denver, which is to say $6 a pour and up, so the drinking won't come cheap.

I'd suggest visiting early afternoon on a weekday, the place will be pretty wide open and you'll probably get better service.

ONovoMexicano, Aug 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

the atmosphere and beer selection are impressive, food menu not so much. Come here when the Rockies are on a roadtrip, or in the offseason. We got seats at the bar, and I ended up sitting next to a fellow Virginia Tech alum, a Denver resident but originally from VA Beach, and it was fun to have the annual Do I or Dont I watch the Hokies football conversation.

roan22, Aug 16, 2014
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Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO
99 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.