Firkin Around...Denver, Colorado.
|Ah, Denver! Ah The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) ! Ah Falling Rock Tap House! Just into town, I dropped my luggage at the hotel room, then grabbed an RTD bus ride up 16th Street. A quick dash up Blake brought us to Falling Rock. It's just about a block from Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.|
The Falling Rock has been a beer Mecca for over a decade, or as they like to exclaim, "...nearly 1/8th of a century". Folks come here for a very good reason, as they have 75+ beers on tap and 130+ bottles at any given time. The beer selections on the wall are mind boggling. The unused tap handles and empty bottle collection wraps its way around the upper part of the wall. Walking inside for the first time, you'll look like a tourist in New York staring up at skyscrapers.
I met a veritable who's-who of bloggers, brewers, assistant brewers, bookwriters and Twitter tweeps as I wound through the throngs of craft beer lovers. We ordered a couple of Shmaltz Luna Lagers from the Coney Island lineup and promptly headed downstairs to see Jeremy Cowen of Shmaltz. He was signing copies of his new book: Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah: How it took 13 years, Extreme Jewish Brewing, and Circus Sideshow Freaks to make Shmaltz Brewing Company an International Success. Zak Davis, the West Coast regional representative and friend of the blog, was behind a bar pouring out samples of the Hebrew and Coney Island brews for the crowd.
Also in the house, we spotted Erik, Eli, Brandon and Romey and the rest of the boys at BeerTapTV.com . They had a portable video unit linked to the internet, streaming live signal to their Ustream channel. After an impromptu interview with yours truly, they introduced me to Robin Goldstein, co-author of The Beer Trials. LA Craft Beer Examiner Chris Spradley, fellow Tweeter and recently of Master Chef fame was also in attendance. Enough with the name dropping, the fun was underway!
Beer and good times, upstairs and downstairs.
The atmosphere was upbeat and "chill" all at the same time. When it was time for a refill, we sauntered back upstairs. Making our way up to the bar, we must have looked like piglets to a mother pig; leaning through patrons seated at the crowded bar trying to get a bartender's attention.
Reloaded with fresh Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale, I turned around for the most pleasant surprise of the evening. The 'shock' of blonde hair was the first giveaway...it was indeed Ashley Routson, aka The Beer Wench ! Introducing myself, she immediately greeted me with a bear hug. Along with Erik Boles, the three of us shared great discussions about beer and blogs. Throughout the evening, Ashley introduced me to many of her craft beer loving acquaintances.
The night went along as we toasted one another. Finally, fatigued from travel, I wandered back through LODO (Lower Downtown) and slunk into the hotel around 2 AM. The bed caught my body like a knuckle-ball in a catcher's mitt. Just as the sandman arrived, I realized this was going to be a special trip. A special trip, indeed.
Firkin Happening Joint!
Falling Rock Tap House
1919 Blake St.
(303) 293 – 8338 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (303) 293 – 8338 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Hours of Operation
11am-2am Saturday & Sunday