Faklandia is a realm beyond any you have ever known. Vast landscapes of verdant green jungles, arid deserts swirling with sand, and jagged mountain ridges all come together in our liquid landscapes. Characters such as the Lizard Wizard, Princess Salamandra, and the vile Nox Atra come to life in the form of beverages not for the faint of heart. They will become characters you know and love and get to experience through an untouched medium; taste. Along with crafting beers that inspire the mind we will be creating an immense storyline that will be ongoing as Faklandia evolves. Each release will comprise of several beers that build on the current story. Come on down to Faklandia, have a beer, and get lost where imagination and reality meet. We are strangely familiar.

Pineapple Smash Ale

I didn’t get these pineapples from under the sea but I did dry hop this S.M.A.S.H. (single malt and single hop) IPA with 6 of them for a week along with 2 more ounces of Simcoe hops. I added hops every 15 minutes during the boil as well to maximize the piney pineappley profile of those delicious hops. Part pineapple juice, part IPA, but a whole lot of awesome. That’s Strangely Familiar.

After brewing its beer at home and on other breweries’ systems for three years, Faklandia Brewery– launched in July 2016 by Nate Fakler and Ben Mantay – has finally found a home of its own.

The two hope to convert a former industrial space at 2525 E. Crawford Ave. in St. Francis into a brewery and taproom by spring.

A Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 toward the project has been launched.

Fakler, worked in a hotel kitchen in California and, later, took part in the Barley to Barrel program at The Crafter Space after getting into homebrewing with his father.

He decided to create an unique “interactive storybook brewery,” for which the two are creating an accompanying board game and a geocaching component.

A microbrewery that comes complete with its own fantasy storyline is looking to set up shop in St. Francis.

The owners of Faklandia Brewing have submitted an application to use the building at 2525 E. Crawford Ave. as a brewery and tap room. The city’s Planning Commission will consider the special use application when it meets on Wednesday evening.

Benjamin Mantay, co-owner and chief operating officer of Faklandia, said the idea of creating a brewing company with a fantasy twist came up in 2017. That’s when he and Nate Fakler, Faklandia co-owner and progenitor/brewer, realized they both had a dream of opening up their own brewery while they were tasting other craft beers.