United States > Colorado > Idaho Springs
BeerandBlues2 (846) San Diego, California | June 20, 2007| Updated June 20, 2010
48 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
This is a smallish dark establishment in a mining town. The restaurant was somewhat loud and had patrons of all walks. The service was poor. They had the regular line up plus three additional beers available; I always like to see things other than standard beers on tap. The food was poor and the menu had way too many items; it is clear that they do not do any one item real good. I would not make a special trip to stop here.
Braudog (793) Phoenix, Arizona | June 19, 2005
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Right off I-70 just west of Denver, this is a decent enough brewpub, although really nothing too spectacular. They have some decent beer from time to time.
NachlamSie (668) Denver, Colorado | July 14, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
This old wooden building in tiny Idaho Springs is home to Tommyknocker. I stopped in after hiking Mt. Bierstadt. Man, did I need a beer and food. I like the rustic feel, even though itís more like a restaurant than a bar. TVís hang above the small bar and there is a ton of tables out on the floor. The bartender was efficient and friendly. I got the chicken waffle sandwich. It was okay, a nice departure from the norm. The slaw was not quite up to snuff, but really, who makes good slaw this far outside of the Mason Dixon Line? My only complaint with the brewpub is my long standing beef with Tommyknocker: the beer. Itís not exactly cream of the crop. These days with so many great breweries open for business in Colorado, Tommyknocker is falling behind in that department. Iíd also like to note the irony of arguably their best beer (green chile lager) is rated among the lowest on this site. That was about the only one that I would consider ordering again. The pepper flavor was bold and natural, covering up any flaws that may or may not hide in the base beer. Tommyknocker ends up being a mandatory stop out here because there isnít much else in the area, the beers are definitely not awful for the most part, and the ambiance and service are quite inviting.
adnielsen (420) Fort Collins, Colorado | October 13, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Worth stopping by on the way back from skiing or if you need a stop while driving through the Rockies. I especially enjoy their Imperial Nut Brown. Thereís some pretty decent beers here.
Camons (352) Hasselager, Denmark | March 4, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
Brewpub in the old goldmine town Idaho springs. Very big place, old mining tools and stuff used for decoration. 12 taps, samplers offered, beers is ok, nothing outstanding. Stopped for lunch and got a burger whichwas pretty good.Fast and friendly service, fairly priced. Well worth stopping by
jcnielsen (271) Charlotte, North Carolina | November 8, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice place to stop by on your way back from skiing. Idaho Springs is a cool little mountain town and Tommyknocker has a cool atmosphere as well. They usually have around 8-12 beers on tap. Most of their beers are hit or miss for me. Some good ones and some not so good ones.
RobertDale (266) Lansing, Kansas | August 8, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice place to stop off of I-70. Selection a little limited. Service was decent. Stopped by for lunch. Very crowded by noon. Worthwhile.
KAggie97 (220) Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas | September 23, 2005
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful town, cool brewery. Their beers arenít spetacular, but I love them for some reason. A definite stop after BoJeauís Pizza, which is a couple buildings down.
ads135 (216) Omaha, Nebraska | November 20, 2011
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A good brew pub in an old mining area. Idaho Springs is a quaint little mountain town and this was the main attraction for me. Went here with the Scotts on a trip to Arvada and Denver in 2011.
Atom (175) Minneapolis, Minnesota | July 11, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
I always enjoy stopping in here. All Tommyknocker beers on tap including seasonals. They may not have the best beers but theyíre decent. Idaho Springs is a cool little old mining town worth swinging through on the way to summit county. Honestly I think this was one of my first brewpub experiences on a family ski trip as a teen. Food is decent a little expensive, I recommend the Duck Wings. Service is friendly and down to earth. Make sure not to stop in on the weekends as this place gets crowded with annoying tourist passing through.
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