Thursday, July 18, 2013

Beer: Falls City

Falls City was a classic American lager beer dating back to 1905, and was brewed until 1978 before it was sold to another company and discontinued. Based in Louisville, Kentucky (and later, in Evansville, Indiana), Falls City was a staple of households in the Midwest for decades.

In 2010, a Louisville investor bought the name, and returned the beloved Falls City name to Louisville. Although the beer is contract brewed by Blackstone Brewing in Nashville, it's becoming widely available again in the Kentucky and Indiana markets. I recently had a chance to review this revived and re-configured beer. The flagship pale ale is now of a 1930s-style English formula, with another variation, American Wheat Ale, making an appearance in 2012. Both are delicious session beers that I'd gladly enjoy again. My scores run from 1 (awful) to 5 (awesome), so anything above a 3.0 will be a perfectly acceptable brew. As always, enjoy a local craft beer and down with corporate swill!


This one was contract-brewed by Blackstone in Nashville. Pours a clean golden with a little haziness. Big, rich head of white foam. Lace erratic and spike-like. Nose is toasty grains and sharp wheat. Not bad. Flavor is grainy and malty, with a pleasantly citrus hoppiness bubbling up just under the surface. 

A pleasant, enjoyable session ale here. No problems at all.

FALLS CITY (Louisville, KY) - FALLS CITY PALE ALE - 3.25

Pours a pale golden, with a rich head. Attractive lace. Nose is caramel and cereal malts. Mild but not unpleasant. Taste is definitely malt-forward, with caramel and toffee notes, and plenty of wheat-like sharpness and a touch of hops for bitterness.

An amiable English-style pale ale, and not a bad beer.

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