WARREN — On March 29, Falling Down Beer Company celebrated its first birthday. New to distribution, the brewery located on 2270 E. 10 Mile Road, is an infant in the craft beer community. However, co-owners Mark Larson and George Lang have more than 25 years of brewing experience between them, and it reflects in Falling Down’s lineup.
“We’re going for the hometown bar feel, but with unique craft beers,” Larson said. “Our focus is to craft beers we want to drink, and unintentionally we make the most of the ones our friends keep begging us to.”
The owners started building out the facility in July 2012, and renovated it in attempt to turn a flapjack diner into a brewpub with signature sandwiches and popular Reuben egg rolls.
The birthday party featured a variety of small batches released on a schedule, and a variety of food and drink specials. The eight standard batches included Chiller’s Revenge Amber Ale, Irish Session Ale, 10 Mile Brown, FnA Stout, Ninja Chicken Pale Ale, Rye My Donkey Saison and Vampire Bunnies Cherry Blonde.
Small batches were tapped at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. and featured Milk Stout, Aussie Pale Ale, American (Hoppy) Amber, Black IPA, Chocolate Cherry Stout, Peanut Butter Stout and Chili Pepper Stout.
“What makes our beers so unique is what we use to make them,” said Brewer Eric Stephenson. “Most peanut butter cup stouts are made with real peanuts or syrups, both of which make the beer too sweet. By using peanut butter powder we’re able to use all natural ingredients that still provide a great flavor. We use that philosophy in all of our dishes and brews.”
Detroit Beer Press created custom coasters with a 1940s Kelsey Press through the event as the sounds of Mad Rabbit, Bus Stop Poets and Otter River filled the brewery.
“We were so excited to see so many founding members, friends and new customers in the brewery to celebrate with us,” said Larson.
“And we can only continue upward from here with a possible expansion in our future.”