Idaho Springs Beer Guide: Your Idaho Springs guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Idaho Springs

92 /100 1617 MINER ST
“Large older building on the main drag in a touristy but pleasant town. Nice saloon style bar salvaged from some demolished hotel I believe. Massive L shaped bar and two rooms of restaurant tables. Delicious beers, especially the funky stuff. You can sit inside old foeders out back, or sit on the deck overlooking them. Outstanding service. Street parking was easy at opening time, but the town fills so you might have to use parking lots at the end of the street. Worth going well out of your way for this place.“
Travlr 415 days ago
84 /100 1617 MINER ST
“Place was pretty busy on a Saturday afternoon. Some good IPAs and sours, although was disappointed that the barleywine had kicked. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for their stouts and barleywines but you can tell from the rest that this place does great work.“
WestCoastHawkeye 971 days ago
72 /100 1401 MINER ST
“Came here after rafting. Big location with a lot of beers on tap to try. Most are pretty good and the food was solid as well. A fun place to stop.“
ilovedarkbeer 2109 days ago
70 /100 1617 MINER ST
“Huge bar area, and tons of seating. Even with the parking area full, and the town overrun, it was still roomy inside, and there was plenty of space. The bartenders were pretty quick and friendly, although a little rushed and a bit disorganized. The food was excellent, which was a pleasant surprise. The prices are very high, sadly. $12 for a flight of four, and extra for some of the ’special’ ones. $6-9 for a full pour. Still, this is a really nice place. Worth stopping, and not just because it’s right off the interstate.“
GTAEgeek 2135 days ago
92 /100 1617 MINER ST
“I’ve seen the exterior of the front and back of this building many times before I had a chance to make it inside. Not what I was expecting. It’s very sleek, modern, monochrome, and shiny. I felt like I was in the Lower Highlands in Denver suddenly. It’s such a startling contrast to the rest of Idaho Springs that it’s kind of refreshing. Food is available, but we did not eat. They had some southern items on there. I was very, very impressed with the beer. It’s gonna be some of the best beer in Idaho Springs, even counting bottles and tap handles from outside cities. It was mostly American and/or Belgian beer, but the few we had were expertly made. Very clean and well realized use of hops in the pales. Prices are quite good, particularly for take home stuff. The quality of the beer belongs in the upper tier of breweries in Coloardo.“
NachlamSie 2145 days ago
70 /100 1617 MINER ST
“Modern and polished and comfortable interior. Beer selection is more interesting than is typically found in Colorado, as they are attempting traditional Belgian, German, and Czech styles to go with the typical Anglo-American styles. Beer quality shows promise, though nothing approaches world-class, which is what the server was suggesting, calling their brewer one of the most accomplished or celebrated or something else... more talented than most, but "possibly the best brewer in the world"? No sir, that’s a very high mountain to climb, though you’re higher up than your contemporaries, you’re still below treeline.“
3fourths 2494 days ago
70 /100 1617 MINER ST
“Attached to the Buffalo Tavern this place is going to give the other brewery in town a serious run for their money. The tavern is a clean bright modern western bar and a nice resturant, the attached brewery tap room is bright clean and modern the two rooms really compliment each other. The bartender let us sample a few and they were very decent, I forgot how long he said they’d been brewing. Next time I’m in town I’ll go here instead of down the street.“
Atom 2706 days ago
82 /100 1401 MINER ST
“Ambiance is really nice, like the open brewery setup. The service was good, but a little bit slow. Great selection of their beers, about 15 taps, plus a beer engine. About 4 beers specialties that I have not seen elsewhere. Food was excellent, but a bit overpriced; though there is special for the ski bums out there like me. Overall, pretty impressed considering my limited experience with their beer. Really worth stopping in, even if you have not had the best experience before.“
HIGHB4LL 3035 days ago
64 /100 2325 MINER STREET
“Visited on a Friday on the way up to the Mountains. Liquor store is attached to the Safeway, on your left about 1/2 mile after taking exit 241A for Idaho Springs. The Safeway is a decent stop on the way to the mountains, decently stocked and decent prices (relative to Mountains, higher than Denver). In terms of the Liquor store, the selection is pretty weak - though it does feature some Colorado micros - I picked up a six of Eddyline River Runners Pale Ale, for example. I found the selection in mountain towns to be better, though prices are a bit better here in Idaho Springs.

64 = ★★ (Just ok)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 3048 days ago
78 /100 1401 MINER ST
“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 it’s more like a restaurant than a bar. TV’s 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. It’s 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. I’d 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 isn’t much else in the area, the beers are definitely not awful for the most part, and the ambiance and service are quite inviting.“
NachlamSie 3252 days ago
86 /100 1401 MINER ST
“Cool brewery in Idaho Springs. Sweet old building with a nice pub and bar inside. Stainless fermenters are open to the room and has the aroma of a working brewery, which I LOVE. Beautiful copper clad brew house in the window. The beer is great and the menu is awesome. A lot of green chili in the menu.“
Salmoniform 3292 days ago
74 /100 2812 COLORADO BLVD
“NOt bad place. Some beers from other states in the area but no singles.“
Nekronos 3366 days ago
88 /100 1401 MINER ST
“Very nice palce to drink and to eat too. NIce prices and interesting decoration. I like the sympathy of the waiters and the Welsh memorabilia they have.“
Nekronos 3366 days ago
82 /100 2325 MINER STREET
“Nice place, the liquor store is next door. The have beer from other states next to Colorado. food is reasonable and fresh.“
Nekronos 3366 days ago
58 /100 1617 MINER ST
“As traditional as I think you can get old school miners saloon bar. A small selection of taps including local brews. Friendly service and a pretty decent chilli.“
kermis 3530 days ago
76 /100 1401 MINER ST
“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.“
jcnielsen 3865 days ago
70 /100 1401 MINER ST
“Nice place to stop off of I-70. Selection a little limited. Service was decent. Stopped by for lunch. Very crowded by noon. Worthwhile.“
RobertDale 3957 days ago
82 /100 1401 MINER ST
“I visited with my wife on the way back from the mountains. There wasn’t really a brewery tour available, which was unfortunate. I had a black rye IPA which was quite tasty, and my father in law had a brown ale, which was okay. The ambiance was a little forced with all the miner regalia, but who really cares about that. It was a cool place, much larger than I would have expected and almost had a sports bar feel to it (of course the Broncos were playing that day, so maybe that’s not usual).“
Nocardia 4009 days ago
66 /100 1401 MINER ST
“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“
Camons 4114 days ago
56 /100 1401 MINER ST
“A bit of a dark set location with the brewery open and close to some of the places where you can eat. I like exposure to the brewery, but sometimes the smells that emanate from a brew don’t always go well when you’re eating. Their food was good, friendly staff. I would describe their beers as fair.“
musinj6 4198 days ago
60 /100 1401 MINER ST
“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.“
ads135 4219 days ago
76 /100 1401 MINER ST
“I always enjoy stopping in here. All Tommyknocker beers on tap including seasonals. They may not have the best beers but they’re 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.“
Atom 4351 days ago
80 /100 1401 MINER ST
“The first few times I stopped by this brewery I was driving to one of the amazing mountain towns of Colorado. So naturally a brewery on the way, I stopped in for a taste. I found the service to be up tight, expensive food, and poor beer quality. But on my most recent trip through there I was pleasantly surprised to discover a revamping of their old look and a new selection of beer. The atmosphere was warm and inviting, the server gave up to 3 free beer tastes, and the tap selection and specialty bottle, only at the brewery, was delightful. The price of food is still a little high, but if you have had bad things to say about this brewery in the past you need to stop through again and reevaluate because they are making amazing changes in the right direction.“
Rumple4Skin 4375 days ago
82 /100 1401 MINER ST
“I really like coming to this mountain brewery. service is really great the brewery is right there for everyone to check out. food is good and some decent beer to try. they just started adding some new beers to their lineup and changing their look. hope to see some great new beers from them in the near future“
jc4031 4379 days ago
78 /100 1401 MINER ST
“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. There’s some pretty decent beers here.“
cubs 4622 days ago
80 /100 1401 MINER ST
“I always stop in here on my way to the slopes. The beer is always good, and I think they always have like 10 or so always on tap. The food is just outstanding. One of the best buffalo sandwiches I’ve ever had. Definitely stop in here if your by Idaho Springs.“
dimenhetfield 4805 days ago
40 /100 1401 MINER ST
“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.“
BeerBelcher 5355 days ago
48 /100 1401 MINER ST
“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.“
BeerandBlues2 5833 days ago
66 /100 1401 MINER ST
“Good small town place. service ok but nothing special. beer is better than most places, I would in back any time.“
chadzter 6130 days ago
64 /100 1401 MINER ST
“Nice bar. Small town between the Great Divide and Denver. Nice brewery for its location but their beers are forgetable. That said, they aren’t terrible. Cool place to stop when the ski traffic is too much to take.“
waolsen 6283 days ago
80 /100 1401 MINER ST
“Beautiful town, cool brewery. Their beers aren’t spetacular, but I love them for some reason. A definite stop after BoJeau’s Pizza, which is a couple buildings down.“
KAggie97 6468 days ago
50 /100 1401 MINER ST
“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.“
Braudog 6564 days ago