Falling Knife Brewing Is Now Open!
Falling Knife Brewing Company opened their doors to the public on Friday, October 18th. I stopped by the industry soft open to check out the new brewery. The long and short of it is that my experience could not have been better. If you don’t have Falling Knife Brewing on your Minnesota craft beer radar, you need to do so.
The main reason I am excited for Falling Knife Brewing is the quality team of individuals behind the brand. Andy Rutledge assembled quite a group to help make Falling Knife Brewing a reality. Tom Berg, A BJCP Beer Judge, has won countless homebrewing accolades to go along with professional brewing experience will man the brewhouse. Dan Herman has restaurant experience from some of the finest eateries in the Twin Cities will lend his hospitality expertise to ensure that service runs smoothly.
Another incredibly smart move Falling Knife made was bringing Charles Awad into the fold to help with marketing and fine-tuning the beer. Charles Awad is the Creative Director for Patmos Design & Identity. Charles knows what it takes for a brewery to be successful from a marketing standpoint better than anyone in the industry. Chatting with him at the soft open shed a bright light on why Falling Knife’s online presence is so spot-on.
The Taproom Space is Modern & Inviting
Entering Falling Knife, a flood of old memories come back from the countless times I enjoyed a night of pints and laughs at NorthGate Brewing. This space holds a special place in my heart. When I get inside and look around, I find virtually no visual reminders that there was ever another brewery in this space.
Falling Knife’s taproom space is modern and intimate all at the same time. The lower lighting gives it a relaxed feel. I don’t think that there is another taproom quite like this in the Twin Cities. No exposed brick, no clanky and uncomfortable metal chairs or stools. In fact, it almost seems like a restaurant. For the industry sneak peek, it was really noisy, but Tom assured me that sound-deadening panels are ordered an on their way.
There is a back room with more seating and a plethora of pinball games! This makes the taproom seem quite spacious. In the back room, there are windows that allow patrons to see into the brewhouse.
Speaking of brewhouse, they have quite a bit of equipment back there! They are brewing on a 20-barrel system that will ultimately populate 16 taps. They will be able to quench the thirsts of the masses easily with such an operation.
Now, there are plenty of breweries with cool spaces that are pouring beer that is forgettable. That is not the case at Falling Knife.
Falling Knife Brewing’s Beers
Falling Knife Brewing’s beers are coming out of the gates with a little something for everyone. From a Belgian Golden Strong to a pilsner, they span the style continuum. There were 9 beers on when I was there and I tried almost all of them.
Overall, the quality is something that shows the people in the brewhouse know what they are doing. I don’t know about you, but I am sick of going to places where you try a beer and half expect to see a chimpanzee throwing buckets of hops around in back. The Falling Knife beers are smart beers. They have been polished and thought about by people who know what people want.
My favorite beer is definitely the Freischütz, a German pilsner. This came across with a clean and crisp feel and flavor that I really liked. When a brewery can pull this off, it emboldens to trust whatever else they have on tap.
I also really enjoy their Cumulonimbus, a fruited sour with guava, pineapple, and passionfruit. All three fruits shine in the flavor and it don’t have any artificial taste resulting in immediate gut-rot like those places where they let chimpanzees brew the beer.
I also enjoy their hoppy offerings, the Joy Fermentable is a hazy IPA that has a nice balance and mouthfeel. Their Terminally Chill is an American IPA that harkens back to a simpler time. This classic IPA still has a nice freshness to it, but also a modicum of bitterness for balance.
The Ghost Step is a sessionable coffee stout with an awesome story behind it. The name refers to that frustrating phenomenon when you wake up in the morning and miss a stair on your steps because you are too sleepy to really navigate gravity. As someone who does that almost weekly, this beer speaks to me. It is dry and the coffee notes are satisfying and roasty. There is no acidity thanks to the smooth cold press coffee from UP Roasters.
Falling Knife Brewing definitely lives up to the hype. Definitely worth the wait, the beers and atmosphere of Falling Knife Brewing sets them aside from other breweries. I am happy to be able to add 783 Harding St. NE back into my collection of local haunts. One can never have too many good places to go to get quality beer and enjoy a nice conversation in a space that welcomes them in like an old friend. Prost!
Dan Beaubien has been involved with Beerploma since 2014 although his passion for craft beer dates back to 2006 when he started traveling for beer. Dan mostly covers craft beer events, festivals, brewery openings/releases, and beer reviews. Dan has a soft spot in his heart for authentic British Style ales, IPAs, and all things barrel-aged. If you have any questions or comments about this article feel free to email Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org .