Falling Rock Tap House

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Falling Rock Tap HouseFalling Rock Tap House
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335 Ratings
Ratings: 335
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
Taps: 92
Bottles: 130
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by Domingo:
Photo of Domingo
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been in Denver for 4 years, so I guess it's about time I finally review the FRTH.
When you walk in, your beer geek inner self will likely freak out a little. There are bottles lining all of the walls. Literally hundreds of them. I glanced around just to see what they had and it's rather amazing. I'm not sure if EVERY beer was represented, but I found stuff as obscure as Kloster Andechs, an ancient Ballantine Ale bottle, and even an original looking Sam Adams.
There's also a gigantic wall of old taps containing retired brews, seasonals, or just items they didn't have at the time.
Its' fun to just look around, but on to the beer/food, right?
There's a normal sized bar with about 60 taps behind it, 10-12 booths, a lounge area, a patio (with 3 tables), and a downstairs with more booth seating.
At each booth there's a food menu, and a xeroxed beer sheet with the current offerings. This particular weekend there was no cask (there are usually a few offerings), but there were still roughly 100 total offerings at first glance. The first thing you'll notice is the Belgian selection is pretty large. The problem is, not all of the bottled items are actually available. Even with that said, there are still a ton that are.
We ended up trying the the New Belgium Eric's Ale (a lambic they're testing out), Maredsous 8, Paulaner Original, Ayinger Brau-Weiss, and a Lindeman Pomme. Just that alone is worth mentioning because how many other places would even carry 1-2 of those?
The waitstaff was adequate, but seemed a litte put off when we were choosing what we wanted. When I chose an item that was unavailable (Cantillon St. Lam.), it was like I'd asked for a Westy 12. If it's so unlikely to be available...maybe scratch it off the xerox beerlist printout? At the very least don't look at me like I'm crazy for asking for it. Maybe it was an off night, so I'll let it go.
Food's typical bar food, but is all hand prepped. The appetizers and snacks are excellent. Sandwiches/burgers are all fresh, and portions are good. The fried mushrooms are excellent. It's nice to see they're not just using the typical buttons mushrooms everyone else does.
Overall a kick-ass place...but not perfect. I'm not sure if I didn't look like a good tipper or if my pronunciation was off. I'll definitely go back, though. It's worth it for the beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RockAZ
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Sixth visit here over a decade of time and the first when it wasn't packed. Daydrinkers, I guess, but everyone was friendly and knowledgeable about all the beers but especially the tiny local (almost nano) breweries they had on draft. Really liked the idea of 10 fast rotating special/seasonal brews of their copious taps are listed separately on an obvious chalkboard. The regular list does not disappoint.

Photo of RayReed522
4.49/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Here March 25th, 2015.

Had Parabola on tap here for the first time.

They also had Prairie Bomb, Tweak, Alpine Hoppy Birthday, Alpine Ale, and Alpine Duet on tap.

Photo of Fernans
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Best beer bar in America. Selection, feel. Knowledgeable staff. Food was good. Even some outdoor seating.

Photo of dcisco44
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A bit biased as this was stout mini-fest

Photo of johnpalisi
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Best in town . Not sure about food didn't eat

Photo of IPAFan521
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Dan is one of the best out there!!!! Stayed in Denver for 3 days and my only 2 nights there were spent here. Pliny and Blind Pig on tap were the highlights, but many other favorites were on as well.

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great beer. Such bad service

Photo of traviseses
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Good luck finding a place with a better selection

Photo of evan35
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome bottle list & the best spot to find rare CO brews in Denver

Photo of frozen-1984
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I love this place because I know the owner and most of the staff. Always a great selection of over 80 beers on tap with some cask options. Food is just good pub grub. Greasy fried and perfect .

Photo of ricknelson
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

If you happen upon this place you are one lucky person. One of the best pubs in the USA. Great beer selection. I got to buy a PNC from Firestone Walker here and the owner even autographed the box for me; he was one the brewers who came up with this PNC beer.
Fun place place to be in the heart of Denver, serves great food and has a huge selection of brews to choose from. This place makes Denver one of the beer capitals of the World.

Photo of durlta
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Wow. Quite the place. Tons of taps and a pretty serious bottle list. Had a great night there and a pretty tasty lunch the next day. Check this place out for sure.

Photo of bigcatv8
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Best beer bar in Denver. The French Dip with spicy fries is awesome.

Photo of sidewaysscott
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Fantastic! Been a huge fan for 14 years.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Photo of roan22
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

Photo of bsinger45
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

One of the best beer selections in the city - unmissable if you're only in town for a day or two. Very patient, friendly staff. The food is almost entirely freezer-to-fryer, and is largely unimpressive. Fortunately, it's walking distance from a number of quality eateries. Plan accordingly!

Photo of BMMillsy
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped here on my first night in Denver for a friend’s birthday. Huge list of brews on tap and in bottles. Anything from Bruery anniversary beers to Eclipse variants to Gueuze. Make sure to check out the bottle list inside as there are a lot of big rarities on there. Unfrotunately, they had gotten cleaned out after GABF but the bottle list included Hommage, LP Gueuze, LP Kriek, other Cantillon, lots of Bruery beers, etc. If you’re going big, then things get a little pricey (Fruet was $70 a bottle, Cuir was $58). They have Pliny and Blind Pig on tap, but it’s not on the tap list so be sure to check that out. Easily the best beer bar I have ever been to, but bottles really are on the pricey side. Gets busy so make sure to find a seat early. Had a chicken sandwich and it was decent pub food. Definitely recommended.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere: I didn't spend too much time inside but seem like a pretty standard beer paraphernalia decorated bar with some rock/mountain things thrown in. I did enjoy the spacious outdoor patio.

Quality: good beers on tap, certainly not the highest quality taplist I have seen but certainly worth talking about.

Service: very good and helpful service, they did go slightly out of their way to make sure I was being taken care of.

Selection: very wide variety of options. I did get the chance at a pint of Pliny the Elder, so no complaints there. Seemed to have a good variety of mid to high quality options

Food: decent bar fare. nothing too great.

Overall: certainly a place to stop in denver no matter how long you are there for, should be one of the first stops.

Photo of kjb32812
4.94/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the best craft beer bar I have been to when it comes to offerings on tap. The place itself is nothing special but that wall of taps is something to behold. Add in the knowledgeable staff and their caring, informative demeanor and you have a winner. I didn't get any food, but I would have to guess that most go here for the beer selection. Highly recommend.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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.

Photo of drned
4.85/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Guided by a local parking attendant, we found this unassuming taphouse sports 92 taps with the best of the west. Great attention from the bar keep with knowledge and guidance. And the patrons are just as friendly and personable. Great experience from wandering around looking for great beer. .

Photo of glass_house
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

My review might be a bit skewed since I was at Falling Rock during the Craft Brewers Conference, but I wish we had more places like this in Ohio. The layout is spacious enough, nice and open, easy to move around, and plenty of seating. It was a gorgeous day so we sat outside. The service was overall excellent. As busy as it was, we never had to wait long for a round.

The selection was stellar, as our first 3 rounds were Pliny The Elder, Double Jack, and Blind Pig IPA. Toward the end of the night, we were surprised with an appearance by Ken Grossman and a menu of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America series. Right time right place I guess. The prices lean toward the high side, but I suppose that's to be expected at a place like this. My only complaint is the lack of suitable glassware. I was surprised a place that clearly puts forth the effort to have such a great craft selection would serve some of the best beers in the country in shaker pints. Oh well, it was fantastic nonetheless.

Photo of UtahRascally
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Excellent selection of Colorado beer, select US taps mostly from the west, and Belgium beers. Largest collection of bottles from around the world I've seen. Very reasonably priced. Knowledgable staff. Great tap house. Highly recommended if visiting Denver. Located centrally to other breweries and restaurants.

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Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO
99 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.