Falling Rock Tap House
Chris Black opened the Falling Rock Taphouse in the Lo-Do neighborhood of Denver in 1997. He named the bar “Falling Rock” figuring that all the local highway signs warning of potential destruction by boulders would serve as great free advertising for the local craft beer destination. “We opened with 69 beers on tap. It was big number and I figured it was one that everyone would remember.” Beyond the sheer number there was a strict adherence to quality beers. Signs throughout the establishment remind drinkers that there’s “No Crap on Tap.”
During Denver’s annual Great American Beer Festival the bar bursts at the seams with brewers and beer fans alike, but there are plenty of reasons to visit the Falling Rock at any time of year. When we visited on a random weekend last February they were featuring vintage barleywines from Stone, Sierra Nevada and J.W. Lees. We drank barleywines all night and returned the next day when we found out they were tapping a keg of the exceedingly rare Pliny the Younger.
Falling Rock itself is practically a beer museum. The walls are lined with vintage beer bottles and beer art and advertisements cover nearly every flat surface of the establishment. Given the choice there’s no other bar on earth that we’d rather belly up to for a pint.
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