Monday, January 21, 2008

The Mash - Tommyknocker Brewery

The Mash
Tommyknocker Brewery Co.

Tommykocker is located high in the Rocky Mountains in Idaho Springs, CO, located just 25 miles west of Denver. Idaho Springs is a historic mining town and somewhat still has the presence of miners and how the town looked back in the mining days in 1890's. the Tommyknocker name comes from the knocking on the mine walls that happens just before cave-ins - actually the creaking of earth and timbers before giving way. To some of the miners, the knockers were malevolent spirits and the knocking was the sound of them hammerings at walls and supports to cause the cave-in. To others, who saw them as essentially well-meaning practical jokers, the knocking was their way of warning the miners that a life-threatning collapse was imminent.

They offer a wide variety of food and many vegetarian plates. They also make their own sodas and many excellent award winning ales and lagers. The head brewer is Steve Indrehus and assistant brewer is Eric Rode.

The five sodas they make are: classic Root Beer, Almond Creme, Strawberry Creme, Orange Creme, Key Lime Creme.

The beer list is plentiful and unique. They make a very complex and multiple award winning Maple Nut Brown ale, and an Imperial Nut Brown ale. Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer, Ornery Amber lager, Jack Wacker Wheat ale, Butt Head bock, Alpine Glacier Lager, Pick Axe Pale Ale, Tundrabeary Ale, Rye Porter, and Black Powder Stout

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