After a long day of whitewater rafting on Clear Creek in Idaho Springs, CO, there are few things that satisfy the pallet more than an ice cold IPA from a local brewery. Luckily for visitors to this unique mining town, there are several small-batch breweries nearby. In fact, within walking distance from Clear Creek, tourists will find two popular beer stops with raving reviews.
Located on 1401 Miner St. in Idaho Springs, Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub has been crafting award winning ales and lagers for over 20 years. Tommyknocker prides itself on receiving over 100 medals from local and national competitions. Year round brew selections include Blood Orange IPA, Maple Nut Brown Ale, Pick Axe IPA, and Butt Head Bock Lager. For those looking for a non-alcoholic selection, Tommyknocker also brews all natural soda with flavors such as root beer, almond crème, orange crème, and strawberry crème. Tommyknocker also has a great burger menu with exciting options such as buffalo, elk, and duck. Guests can easily make this their one stop spot or they can head a bit further down the road to Westbound & Down Brewing Company.
Westbound & Down is known for their “green” brewing process, utilizing wind powered electricity to fuel their machinery. Westbound’s beer selection includes a variation of the classics—a Stout, an IPA, a Brown Ale, a Scotch Ale, and a Belgian Pale Ale. Visitors will swoon over the appetizer menu with options ranging from Reuben Fritters to Green Chili Cheese Fries. With a classy yet relaxed vibe, Westbound & Down is the perfect spot to relax after a long day of Idaho Springs adventures.
For further information on restaurants, breweries, and activities in the Rocky Mountains, contact Arkansas Valley Adventures at 877-RAFTING. With activities such as ziplining, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and fly fishing, AVA is sure to prep your taste buds before visiting a local brewery.