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.
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.
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
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.
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.