Tommyknocker Brewery

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1401 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, Colorado, 80452
United States

(303) 567-2688 | map

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 72
Photo of moosecal
1.91/5  rDev -51.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 1 | service: 1.75 | selection: 3 | food: 1

My wife and I own 2 business in Estes Park, Colorado. We had frequented Tommyknockers three to five times a year for over a decade, making our dinners there the apex to our days of skiing at Loveland Ski Area. Their delicious burgers, sides, appetizers and generous glasses of craft beer so impressed us that we regularly recommend Tommyknockers as a "must stop" to many of our customers and RMNP visitors that were headed west through Colorado. That is why I felt I needed to comment about our most recent experience at Tommy Knockers Brew Pub in Idaho Springs.

Although our last visit in April of 2016 was as great as ever, we stopped for the first time this year on Tuesday, February 14th, and ordered many of our favorite items, only to be stunned by the drop-off in quality and service.

Our draft beers were served in 12 ounce and 8 ounce glasses, whereas they were always served in pint glasses in the past. When we asked if we could get a pint glass, our server told us he had been working there for 6 years and those were the only glass sizes the drafts were ever served in (which I know to be untrue).

One of our previously favorite appetizers, the Spinach Artichoke Dip, tasted like a can of Campbell's Cheese Soup, and contained 2 pieces of spinach and absolutely no artichokes.

The Elk Bleu Burger, which has always been cooked as ordered and deliciously juicy in the past, came out over-cooked, dry and flavorless. The onion rings, which used to be some of the most delicious, flaky onion rings I had ever had, tasted like the rubbery frozen oven-bags of onion rings you get at Safeway. And yet another burger at the table that was ordered seared on the outside and rare on the inside (which their cooks have always done to perfection in the past) came out as a hunk of slightly warmed meet that appeared to have simply been microwaved for a few seconds. And a side of sautéed onions and mushrooms showed up as about a tablespoon of cold, mushy mushrooms and onions - not even enough to cover the top of the burger.

Even more disconcerting was the response I received from their staff. After politely making him aware of our unhappiness with the meal, the manager apologized, then assured us he would "Ask the chef to kick up the flavor a notch for next time" (whatever that means), and offered us a couple free beer coupons for future visits. How exactly was asking the chef to kick the flavor up a notch going to alleviate our undesirable situation? How does not even offering a discount for the poor dishes make us want to come back in the future? I had only eaten a very small portion of my meal and would have been happy to have them take it back and remove it from our ticket, but that wasn't even offered as an option. I understand that there may have been staffing changes in the kitchen or other issues that contributed to the overall poor meal, but the general attitude of the manager to just tell us "sorry, try again next time" was a very unprofessional way to handle unsatisfied customers. If I dealt with my customers in that fashion, I would be out of business.

Additionally, I sent an email detailing our experience to both one of the owners and the general manager, and never received any kind of reply.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Another trip out to CO from NH. This time based around Denver, Idaho Springs and Red Rocks Ampitheatre, July 2015.

Love these old Mining towns, rich in history.
Had a nice selection of draft on tap. Pilsner standing out ad highlight. Food was quality, service o.k vibe decent. But after 900 + mile days on the road from NH. It was a real delight.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Copied form my Trip Advisor review.

Stopped in on the way to RMNP to fill up a growler because they are hard to come by in Iowa. After several tasters I went with the Imperial Nut Brown. I was happy they filled a 32 oz growler from another brewery. The atmosphere is a mountain brew pub that has their act together and cares about their customers. While I was ordering the waitress brought my wife some crayons/paper to keep our 3 year old occupied. She even brought some stickers for him that he loved. Road trip win for Tommyknocker! They're a relatively short drive from Denver so check them out.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.38/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

was here on saturday with my wife for a late lunch/early dinner
it was peak leaf peeper season and a beautiful day
we live about 40 minutes from idaho springs and come here a few times a year
the town is super touristy but at the same time has some authentic mountain elements and an overall decent vibe....the place was packed when we got there but we were seated in 25 minutes in the bar area which we requested. the vibe is classic brewpub and if you sit in the bar area you are basically right in the brewery itself
i wouldnt sit in the dining room
we had an ipa and a half and the imperial nut brown ale. the ipa was decent although not great, the imperial nut brown was excellent strong brown and smoky!
we had duck wings which were good but greasy, and burgers that were fantastic as well as onion rings
service was absolutely spot on and the crowd was entertaining as well
overall vibe at least in the bar areas was great
quality of beers was solid
service was excellent
they had i think 6 or 7 beers on tap and food selection and quality was great
an overall positive and enjoyable afternoon!

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Photo of sudski77
3.91/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

I've been to this brewery about 4-5 times. The brewery really plays well to the location and love all the natural wood and openness to the brewing equipment, however the seating area is rather small in the bar area. I always order the bison burger med-well - solid choice. The seasonal pumpkin beer is tasty, however some of their beer tastes too flavored. I've never had bad service but nothing outstanding - always sit in the bar area.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of Basoos1
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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.

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Photo of SkiBeerRepeat
4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of clarkm04
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of slander
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.05/5  rDev -47.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2.5

Tommyknocker beers make it all the way to my home in Wisconsin, where they aren't well thought of. I ended up at the brew-pub by accident and coincidence, and while the place was OK, the relative lousiness of the beers sort of negatively colored my view of the brewpub.

I don't know much about CO, or about the west in general. But Idaho Springs felt weird to me...on the one hand it was a backwards little WV coal mining town, on the other, it is full of yuppies. The brewery is a bit like the town; a bit run down. Beers were not good. Food was marginal. Service was below average. I will not be returning, and I will be avoiding Tommyknocker beers from here on out.

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Photo of wolffman17
3.56/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Tommyknocker is located on a main strip in Idaho Springs. Much more going on in this little town than I first thought, and I was surprised at the liveliness in and around the brewery. The table we sat at was right next to the brewing operations which seems uncommon and original.

We ordered the huge sampler consisting of 10 samples of their main beers. We also added samples of Imperial Nut Brown and cask Pick Axe. Quality was good with Rye Porter, Butthead, and Imperial Nut Brown standing out as the best. It's nice to see so many choices at a brewpub, but there's a lack of hoppy offerings.

We didn't choose to eat here and opted for BeauJo's pizza (awesome) just down the street, but the menu seemed to be extensive.

Definitely recommended if in the area, and I'll stop by again the next time I'm up in CO.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Tommyknockers is located on the busy mountain streets of Idaho Springs. A kind of tourist trap in the summer, there is easy enough to find parking if you just turn on to a side street or even a block over. Once in side there is a smaller area as you wait to seat where they sell gear and beers to go. Off to the right is a decent size bar over looking a good sized brewing facility. There also is a good sized restaurant area. Funny pictures of miner making beer are good but a little kiddish. I suppose they do sell pops so that is ok.

They had about 10 taps available. They had a pretty good sized sampler that we shared between the 10 of us, but we also got pints as well. A good selection of mostly English & German beers, they had a Lager, Brown, Amber, Porter, Imp Stout, Imp Brown, Porter, Dopplebock, Wheat and one other I'm missing. Most of the beers were from good to decent. But decidedly the favorite was the Imperial Nut Brown. They also had their Root Beer and Cream Soda available, but sadly I was not really interested. Maybe next time.

We went for lunch and although not really busy during the lunch crowd, we had very slow service. Kind of miffed some of our crowd. He was friendly enough and knew about the beers well enough but customer service was lacking. The food selection was great. A large variety of American, Southern, English and a slight German varieties. I ended up having the Buffalo Pulled Sandwhich. Very tasty as the sauce was yummy.

Overall it was a good experience and would like to go back. Before I made it a habit to go to Beau Jo's (awesome pizza) but now it will be a difficult decision on where to eat when I am in Idaho Springs next time.

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Photo of SidSales
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visted this fantastic brewpub whilst on holiday from the UK.

As soon as I entered I was knocked back by the wonderful smell of hops. The mash tun was just being dug out and the smell was great, I couldn't believe how close you could actually sit to the mash tun - about 5 feet with no shield.

The room was quite noisy as the bottling plant was going at full pace.

As for food, we had the Ultimate grilled cheese triple at $7.95.

All beers could be sampled for $1.25 per 4oz glass.
The Imperial Nut Brown was by far the best at 9.8% with Black Powder Stout also being outstanding but all other beers were pretty good too.

The selection on my visit (4 Sept 07) was:-

Maplenut Brown
Ornery Amber
Pick Axe Pale Ale
Jack Whacker Wheat
Black Powder Stout
Alpine Glacier
Imperial Nut Brown Ale
Fitzy's Bitter
Butt Head Bock

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.3/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I stopped by for lunch and sat in the bar area next to the brewery. Most of the brewpubs I've seen put their breweries behind glass. Not here. You can see the brewers working away.

I got there a little before noon on a Thursday, and there were a few people around. More arrived after I ordered. The selection is amazing. I didn't know what to order. I had thought about the rye porter, but they were out, darnit. So I chose a Pale Ale and a Cajun Chicken Sandwich. Great sandwich! I topped it with a little chipotle sauce, and was sure glad I had the pale ale. The hops cut the spice perfectly. My server was friendly and attentive.

It cost me $20 to get out of there. A little more than I wanted to spend, but, oh well, it's on the expense account. Ssh. Don't tell my boss.

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Photo of briman
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Visited Tommyknocker on my yearly trek up to ski country. It was a pretty slow night, so we sat in the bar area basically next to the brew kettles. Pretty basic atmosphere, 3-4 standard issue TV's and one big screen that I could see. The did have a gas log fireplace they turned on next to our table that was unique. I think pretty much their entire line was available on tap, plus a couple of brews that you can only get at the brewery. I tried both of the pub-only offerings, the Rye Porter & Black Powder Stout. Both decent, easily sessionable beers that while not spectacular...I would have been fine to spend the night drinking. The food was interesting, but came up a little short. We started with a Green Chili Con Queso that really was sort of bland and uninspiring. For dinner we had the Biscuit Stew & the Hot Italian sandwich. Both were pretty standard pub fare, reasonable, but nothing to get excited about. We also tried one of the in-house soda offerings which was actually pretty good. Service was pretty average, could have been a little quicker considering there were only about 4-5 tables occupied. All in all I would go back, it was a decent place to go.

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Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs, CO
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