If you’re ever headed into the Rocky Mountains from Denver, Idaho Springs is one of the first towns you’ll come across on the 70. Looking for the best bars in Idaho Springs? Tommyknocker Brewery has our vote.
Who the heck is Tommy Knocker?
Yeah, I wondered the same thing the first time I heard of the brewery. Tommy Knocker isn’t the brewmaster or founder of the business. He’s a mythical, elf-like creature, that would hang out in mines and knock on the walls to warn miners of danger, or cause the mine to cave in (depending on who you ask). In fact, tommyknocker is actually one word. Not two.
Whether this little mythical dude is a nuisance or a good luck charm to finding gold, he’s perfect for a brewery to be named after that resides in Idaho Springs, a small, Colorado mountain town established off the Pikes Peak Gold Rush.
All about the Suds & Snacks
Tommy Knocker Brewery has been brewing in Idaho Springs since 1994. Although prominently known for their Blood Orange IPA, TKB has brewed multiple award winning ales, lagers, and sodas. Yep, you can even have a craft root beer while you’re here. 18 drafts are available in the taproom, ten of which are seasonal rotators or limited releases.
Quality doesn’t stop at the brewing process for Tommy Knocker. They take their food about as serious as their suds, with anything but ordinary pub fare. Having a hard time deciding? Try out the Brewhouse Nachos, Four Cheese + Bacon Grilled Cheese, Mac n Cheese, or Continental Divide Burger.
Grab a flight (of beers) and some food at one of the best Bars in Idaho Springs. Don’t forget to explore the historic town while you’re in the area!
Tommy Knocker sits right on the edge of historic downtown Idaho Springs. Take exit 240 from Interstate 70 and Head North, at the Miner Street stop sign, take a right and you’ll see the brewery almost immediately.
- The Vintage Moose: Motorcycle Friendly bar with cheap drinks friendly service
- Idaho Hot Springs – The hot springs the town’s named after
- Mt. Evans Scenic Byway – Ride it!
- St Mary’s Glacier – Hike it!