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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1401 Miner Street
phone: (303) 567-2688
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
My wife and I make Tommyknocker Brewpub a priority every summer while camping in Colorado. The short trip on I-70 is scenic, so just getting there is worht the trip. Idaho Springs is a lovely little town full of Victorian-style houses, so even after Tommyknocker you can walk around, grab a coffee, and enjoy the atmosphere. The thing about Tommyknocker is the quality you get. Every meal we've eaten there has been delicious. Brewpubs should be known for quality beer, but food? Tommyknocker has a great menu and absolute quality food. The brewing process is right there for you to casually walk around, look at, take photos, watch, enjoy. They have a small cooler in the reception area/waiting area so you can grab a sixer on your way out the door. Also a t-shirt rack and pint glasses are for sell. They are generaly busy depending on the time of day, but there's always been good service. This place is a must-go-to for our family each year. Oh -- and I forgot to mention .... their beer is terrific.
08-05-2012 15:00:14 |
More by JuicesFlowing
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Brewery Visit #5
Driving from Boulder to the Salida area my wife suggested a more scenic route than our Garman planned out. Thankfully, I also had my copy of Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado's Breweries by Ed Sealover and a map. We decided to hit up the long time brewery Tommyknocker in Idaho Springs.
This brewpub is located in the old mining town of Idaho Springs. This is a quaint small mining town that is located off of Interstate 70 and is tourist draw for snow sports. Tommyknocker is a term used by Cornish miners for small troll like beings that live in the mines.
Walking into the brewery you will walk through a little gift shop and cooler filled with beer. The bar is a magnificent wooden work of art. The draft handles are mounted in an old mining car. On tap were about 15 different brews and we had a sampler of all of them, but didn’t finish them as is our practice when confronted with a massive selection and a long drive ahead. The standouts were the Maple Nut Porter, Imperial Nut Brown Ale, and Black IPA. These were three excellent brews that we really enjoyed. We purchased 6 packs of the Maple Nut and the Black IPA to share with our friends.
Can’t say what the food was like, but the services was good.
If driving on Interstate 70 it is worth a very short diversion to fuel up on good beers in a cool mountain town.
07-18-2012 21:04:34 |
More by bradybeer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
can smell the grains from miles away. huge facility with tanks visible and lots of cool art, nice atmosphere. plenty priocof good brews on tap and a nice food menu. enjoyed a southwestern buffalo burger and our service was phenominal. knew his stuff and was always there. prices were totally fair. definitely worth getting into after going up evans mountain. cool spot in a quiant mountain town. beers are mostly B to B+ level, but some creative versions. will be back to try the chicken wings and the nitro stout
12-30-2011 02:25:54 |
More by StonedTrippin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here on a very windy day in Idaho Springs... so windy that it took out a back window in a truck. Had a buffalo burger that was real good as well as a sampler platter. All the beers were good but not great excluding a personal fave I knew about before I arrive, the Imperial Maple Nut Brown. The service was very good, and the place had successfully integrated the elements of a good supper club and a good brewery. Not much at all for special release or one off beers. Is it my favorite place? No.. but I would definitely stop again if near Idaho Springs, and definitely recommend it to someone who hasn't been there before.
01-08-2011 21:56:30 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Spent a few days in Idaho Springs,(friends vacation home up on a mountain above the St. Mary Glacier). Cool old west style mining town with a long list of touristy stores, bars, and restaurants. Tommyknocker near the Western end of the town.
Walked in and there was a big dining room straight ahead with big painted murals of Tommyknockers on the walls. My group sat to the right in the room with the bar and beer tanks.
Service was quick and friendly. The waitress constantly checked up on us and the food was delivered fast. I had a Buffalo Burger with cheese and onion rings, delicious. The rest of my group had wings and they were also delicious. I had their Amber and Pale Ale, which I've had before, both were good solid beers but nothing rave about.
Overall- A great meal and good beers in a cool little town. I'll definitely return.
09-19-2010 22:58:20 |
More by NJpadreFan
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been here numerous times over the past three or four years.
Idaho Springs is your typical I-70 mountain community. Some what small with a really cool strip of restaurants for locals and tourists.
I enjoy the decor of this place. Lots of good seating and you can see some of the brewery from wherever you sit in the brewpub.
Tommyknocker beer is just average for craft. Few of the beers I would rank above average. My favorite beer is Maple Nut Brown. I know it's rated on a B- but I love that nice maple kiss and the roasted malt profile in the beer.
The food here is above average. I love the buffalo burgers here. I'm just salivating thinking about it.
The service is usually average to above average. They have a awesome tasting tray. You probably can't tackle it yourself so take a buddy or two.
If I'm coming down or going up the mountains this is one of the places I really enjoy stopping at. It is a little bit of a trip compared to brewpubs/breweries in Denver but is worth at least a try.
07-28-2010 16:04:20 |
More by clarkm04
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in to visit after a long day traveling through Rocky Mountain national park. The interior is that of a typical brewpub, nothing too impressive or upsetting. I was pretty dissapointed with their selection of beers because I've had them all before. I was hoping to find a specialty release or just something that I hadn't seen before, but I didn't. The waiter was decent but very slow on getting my beer, even my friend commented "I guess they must be brewing yours up fresh". The food was pretty good, probably the highlight of the stop. I had the pulled pork tacos which were excellent. The prices were pretty high, I want to say that the pints were like $4, it's always sad when you can drink a place's beer cheaper by going to another bar or a store. Also, I payed $15 for the sampler and only had 5 beers... pretty steep. Overall a decent place, but there are hundreds of other micros I would visit in CO before I would return.
07-12-2009 20:16:06 |
More by gmfessen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here for a needed break after hiking near Loveland Pass. Idaho Springs is an odd little town with a cute main street and an interesting blend of touristy kitsch, weather-warn faded areas, and pick-up truck driving locals. Somehow, it works.
Walking into Tommyknocker, you can immediately smell and hear the brewing process. No big glass windows separating off the operations. It's right up next to the bar. Pretty good selection, with 9 on tap plus a cask ale. There was an un-named IPA that was kind of on trial. Pretty good. Other than that, nothing that isn't available in bottles. Good service. Didn't try the food. Overall, a very nice quick stop if you're driving west from Denver.
03-17-2009 05:52:25 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
We popped by Tommyknocker on a swing through Colorado late last fall. It is located in Idaho Springs-25 minutes outside of Denver. The town is an old mining town and is worth a twenty minute stroll to explore. The building itself is a converted old historic inn. I sat in the bar area and could hear the firing sounds that were happening in the brewery. The smell of hops was prevalent both times we visited. There were several Tommyknocker miner logos throughout the establishment which still maintained a historic look. The service was acceptable and the wait staff was attentive. The beer there is among my favorite and the ten beer sampler is an excellent value. I highly recommend the rye porter and the scotch ale which are only available at the brewery. Everything that I ate there was good tasting...a lot better than most breweries I have been to. I highly recommend the Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tacos and the wings were excellent. This was one of my favorite breweries when I visited Colorado and will be sure to go back.
01-14-2009 05:05:34 |
More by tigg924
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Ed wanted to see the sights from atop some 14,000 foot mountain, but it was closed for the season so we settled up on some other mountain hugging the continental divide. It was alright but short lived as the altitude was messin' with my head; I needed down, and the plan was to stop into Idaho Springs on the way back in. I have to admit that Ed surprised me by getting his Scooby Doo ghost town gold mine explorin' on, but I wasn't having any of it. You go hunt for Curly's gold, I'll be at Tommyknocker...
Shwag store in the front lobby area, cold sixes and singles too. Dining room through to the rear but we moved to the bar side, seemingly loud & noisy. Straight wood bar on the inside wall seating 10. Tap unit on the barback holds 8 taps, plus 3 off to one side and a hand pump to the other. Tiered booze on the counter to both sides with hanging glassware racks above and pint glasses displayed atop. Old ceramic steins on shelves above them, more glassware below, and shelved growlers on one end, pitchers on the other. A large brewery mural up high, TV's in the corners and above the bar, and a large flatscreen on the back wall. Brown painted walls 2/3 of the way up and lighter beige the rest of the way with a black ceiling and matching ducts. Well worn wood floors, spots above, a pair of fans with glass lamp lighting and drop blue glass hairdryer lamps over the bar seating. GABF medals framed above and to both sides of the entranceway to this room.
5 raised bar tables adjacent to the bar up against a row of fermenters for the reach out and touch and 9 rectangy and roundy tables up front along the large panel windows, some around a strangely enclosed fireplace and the far ones penned somewhat alongside a copper kettle. The seating runs an "L" around the fairly well concealed brewery right there. There's no glass or anything and there should be, as they're filling bottles right now and have been the whole while. It's as noisy as fuck. Loud as it is, you can somewhat hear music being played although not really. I was able to tell it Maggie May was playing by the bass thumps.
Light foodings in order, we split a dozen jumbo wings, comes with 3 sides of your choice (toasted sesame, teriyaki wort, raspberry chipotle) for a pricey $16 or something, and then a cup of pork green chili (had some good heat, this one). Wings were okay, but the chili very good.
And something, maybe 10 things, to wash 'em down with, the sampler of everything served in 5 ounce glasses. The Alpine Glacier Lager was light & clean; the Tundrabeary Ale, you got nice fruitiness, lightly sweet, non cloyingly & not unpleasant; the Maple Nut Brown Ale, maple syrup & caramel, interesting, but you couldn't do a whole pint of it; the Black Powder Stout, very nicely roasty, silky smooth & good licoriceness; the Butt Head Bock, waaaay too sweet, at 8.2%, you get all the alcohol; the Jack Wacker Wheat Ale, a filtered American Wheat, citrusy & lemon grass, tasty, I could drink a lot of that, the Ornery Amber Lager, deep color, nice maltiness, the Pick Axe Pale Ale, dry hopped, a decent English Pale Ale, the Cocoa Stout, good cocoaness as that goes and quite tasty, although not so stouty; the Brewer's Bitter IPA, nice hoppiness, "Plinyesque and just as good" says Ed. I liked the Black Powder Stout, Jack Wacker Wheat Ale, Cocoa Stout & Brewer's Bitter IPA the best of 'em. The sampler ran me $15 which I thought was a little steep, and they said it was everything but seemed to have neglected to mention the Imperial Nut Brown or the Cask Pale Ale. (Did you think I wasn't going to find out about them?)
Took a sampler glass or two and went lookin' around some. I wanted to see for myself where all that goddamn noise was coming from. Yep, it's a brewery all right. And down the hallway back there to the rear dining area holding some 2 dozen booths and tables in a room with mining murals, a pressed tin ceiling, spinning fans, and hanging plants & others potted on the sills. At the foot of the room, they've got one of them mining rock blasters displayed (I's gots to get me one of those). And then up front, a banquet room currently occupied by old lady crazies in purple & red; their club, their cult, both or none, I cannot say.
Just comfortable enough for me to get through lunch but did I mention how annoyingly loud and unpleasant is it listening to all that goddamn clammering?!?! You know, a wall of glass between the bar and brewery would do the trick. You do get good views of the mountains through the far windows though, so that's a plus. Absurdly pricey for a brewpub; I did financial damage and it was only lunch. A couple of the beers were real nice, the others weren't too bad, and I don't recall there being any clunkers in the lot. Service was indifferent; just not so good, not so pleasant, and not so prompt in giving me my check so I can leave town forever. Maybe he couldn't hear me over the, oh, forget it.
11-19-2008 04:00:41 |
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Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs, CO