Saturday, October 3, 2009

GABF week at Falling Rock Tap House 2009

Falling Rock Tap HouseMost people can tell you that there is much more to the Great American Beer Festival than just the action over at the Colorado Convention Center. The entire lower downtown area (LoDo) is bustling with activity both before and after each GABF session. I took some time between events and visited the Falling Rock Tap House on a Friday afternoon shortly before the evening GABF session to see just how busy that place can get.

I arrived around 4:00pm on Friday, September 25th. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting event at the Wynkoop had just gotten out and I was heading down Blake Street towards the FBAG (Flying Dog Brats and Gonzo) party at the old Flying Dog brewery. Along the way, I couldn't help but pass by the Falling Rock. The crowd outside had completely filled the patio and most of the parking lot.

I knew getting a table inside would be nearly impossible but I wanted to see just how jam packed the place was inside. Take a look below at the video for a peek inside one of Denver's most popular craft beer stops. After the video I'll post some still shots from the visit.

Falling Rock Tap House video from GABF

If you can't see the video below, try watching it on YouTube.

As you can see, the place was bustling with activity. Nearly every stool, chair and wall was filled with GABF attendees. While there was a bit of room downstairs, the upper floor was at capacity. Having over 70 different craft beers on tap plus dozens of other beers available in bottle is quite the draw. Falling Rock Tap House has a reputation for getting some hard to get beers from around the country on tap - beers that aren't always available in Colorado stores.

If you're hungry you can also get some grub from their kitchen too, but most people come just for the selection on tap. If you happen to be visiting Denver, make the Falling Rock Tap House a must-see on your tour, but I'd suggest coming at a slightly less busy time of year unless you love crowds.

Related articles:
- Falling Rock Tap House sets plans for GABF week. - Falling Rock Tap House Feb. 2008 (video).
- Falling Rock Tap House 2008 GABF highlights.

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Slideshow pix from the Falling Rock visit