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Tommyknocker Brewery

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Tommyknocker BreweryTommyknocker Brewery
BA SCORE
86
very good

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 4,976
Beer Avg: 3.5
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1401 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, Colorado, 80452
United States
phone: (303) 567-2688

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Reviews by Mitchster:
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3.1/5  rDev -20.3%

Visited here on a brew-crawl across the United States, luckily catching a glimpse of the word "Brewery" out the corner of my eye while traveling down the highway. When I visited, I think they had about 8 beers on tap. I sampled 2 of them and they both tasted like soap. I thought it was the glasses, so I had the waitress make sure the bartender was rinsing them. The next two also tasted like soap, so I mentioned it to the brewer. He tasted some samples and said they tasted normal to him, so I guess that is how they are supposed to taste. My girlfriend also mentioned that they tasted like soap, without me mentioning it first. We got some food which was quite average and overpriced. They offer 12oz bottles, nitros, and kegs out the door, as well as seasonal 6 packs. The waitress was average in her knowledge about their beer. The atmosphere was cozy enough, with lots of colorful mining charicatures on the wall and a few TVs in a dining room seperate from the bar.

Mitchster, Jun 14, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +2.8%

I love visiting this place in Idaho Springs, and the restaurant is as good as the beer. Hard to go wrong with a buffalo burrito and a beer, that's for sure. I liked the old style of label and logo more than the new version, but that's how it goes sometimes. As long as they keep the beer good, right? They could stand to try a few new ideas, but the tried and true are generally successful.

dcscientist, Sep 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

A must everytime we drive out (or back from) the mountains. Every visit has new seasonals/rotators/etc as well as their long time favorites.

Food's also pretty good

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

williamjbauer, Oct 30, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Stopped into the TK on my way to a wedding in Granby. Maybe it's just on weekends, but parking isn't all that great. However, I won't knock off points b/c I like that it's a small community joint.

Not a small place. You can tell they've crept their way into acquiring and expanding into neighboring structures over the years. Bar/brewery on the right, restaurant on the left. Host/ess station seemed overwhelmed, but got seated fairly quickly for lunch.

There really is not separation between bar and brewing operations, maybe a railing. With 20 some fermenters, they can crank out many beers. I had the Munich Amber and Rye Porter, both were decent and easy drinking. Matched my pulled pork sammy pretty well, although the sammich could have been warm. Big deal, I ate that sum'bitch anyway.

They had been brewing their pumpkin beer for several days in a row now, and I think they are ready to move on. A wheat wine was being experimented as well as a BA saison. Not sure if they will make more of each, but they had some interesting characteristics.

Mebuzzard, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of SkiBeerRepeat
4/5  rDev +2.8%

We have been going to TK for quite some time and it has been an adventure to watch it evolve. The atmosphere is not the typical coziness that I like but it works for a larger brewery. We never sit in the main dinning area only because we like more of the brewpub feel of the bar area. The main dinning area is more quite and has TV's around so you can still catch the game while dinning with the family. Of course it is filled with an assortment of old mining memorabilia and photos. The bar/brewpub area is nice and spacious but is usually packed on the weekends. You can sit in full view of the fermenters and watch the brewers work. The quality of the beer is always consistent with proper temps and carbonation and clean proper glassware. The service is hit or miss depending on how busy they are which is to be expected. One thing I do like is they always have a great seasonal selection as well as their regular beers. The food is something that has become tremendously better in the last year or so. I remember in the past thinking that it was all just mediocre bar food and then they hired a new chef or something. Any thing I have tried on the menu in the last year has been great! here are some of my favorites: Pork Enchiladas, Veggie Nachos, Chipotle Wings, California Sandwich, Rubin sandwich and the fish tacos are all great.

SkiBeerRepeat, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

JuicesFlowing, Aug 05, 2012
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4.01/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

bradybeer, Jul 18, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

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

StonedTrippin, Dec 30, 2011
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Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs, CO
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.