WARREN — Pull up to Falling Down Beer Co., and you might think you turned in the wrong driveway.
What used to house a diner has been revitalized as one of Southeast Michigan’s newest breweries. While it may not look like much from the outside, open the doors and you’ll be treated to great beer and food.
“I always refer back to one of the first Yelp reviews we got — ‘the beer is awesome, the food is fantastic, and the booths and the atmosphere suck,'” said co-owner Mark Larson. “But that’s the general consensus — everyone thinks the beer and food is great.”
Larson, who teamed up with George Lang four years prior to the brewery’s March 29 opening this year, says it was a mix of science and creativity that brought them together.
“(Lang is) more flamboiant and like, ‘let’s see what this does, that does,’ and usually comes out with a great beer,” said Larson. “I took my experience with him, and about 30 books, and went at it.”
It’s that creativity that garnered the brewery’s most popular beer — Ninja Chicken (5.6% ABV), an American Pale Ale that flies out of the brewery whenever it’s brewed.
“Browns are my absolute favorite style of beer to drink…you will always see a brown here on tap,” said Larson.
The 10 barrel system has also given way to some great experimental beers — including a green tea IPA.
But just because the beer is great and food is getting rave reviews doesn’t mean Larson isn’t thinking about a remodel. The team recently completed the first steps to turn Falling Down into a more modern-day brewery by getting rid of the old brick, fast food tiles and replacing it with cement.
Other plans include upgrading to standard pub tables and benches, to create kind of a “indoor beer garden,” according to Larson.
The two owners are also hoping to upgrade the eight-tap system to eventually hold 24 taps, and to start distributing as soon as possible.
For now, though, Larson and Lang are just brewing what they love — for the good of Warren.
Falling Down Beer Co. is located at 2270 East 10 Mile Road in Warren.