Falling Rock Tap House
Taps: 92 / Bottles: 130
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 220 | Reviews: 174 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Domingo:
4.1/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
07-23-2006 17:03:47 | More by Domingo
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4.55/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
04-14-2014 18:17:18 | More by glass_house
Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO
98 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.