Falling Knife Brewing Co. comes from co-founders Andy Rutledge, Tom Berg, and Dan Herman. They’ve taken over the 7,400-square-foot, 149-person taproom and hope to open later this year—but not before making a few changes to the space.
To start, they’re moving the taplines from the back bar out to front. “Bartenders should never have their back to you,” Herman says.
That dedication to service extends to… well, service, which you’ll get at every table. At Falling Knife, there’s no standing in line and waiting to order the next round; instead, they’ll have servers running drinks for you. That’s a big deal for Herman, especially, who’s spent two decades in the restaurant industry at places like Kincaid’s and Tilia, where guest experience is paramount.
“People taking the time to come out and share their time with us—we don’t take that lightly,” he says. “To me, it’s a huge thing. It’s warm, it’s welcoming, and that’s the kind of place we want to be.”
They’re bringing that personal touch to Falling Knife’s musical side, too. No soulless TouchTunes bot here; these three are filling a 100-CD jukebox with some of the records that matter most to them, and staff members will eventually add their favorites in. (Berg actually plays in local bands Zebulon Pike and Self-Evident; Rutledge in Earthrise.)
Genre-wise, expect everything from jazz to old-school R&B to post-hardcore and punk. Just know it won’t be all record-store-guy-approved canonical classics:…