Tommyknocker Brewery gets its name from the tommyknocker, a mythical elf-like creature who was said to live in the cracks of gold and silver mines. Some miners said they could hear the tommyknockers singing and working deep in the dark mine shafts and cracks within the walls. Two legends of the tommyknocker were brought to the U.S. by immigrants from Cornwall, England. One kind was mischievous, dumping out the miners’ lunches, blowing out their candles, and hiding their picks and axes on them. The other kind was friendly, said to knock on the mine walls to show where the richest deposits of gold could be found. Your favorite Beer of the Month Club believes in the GOOD tommyknockers, because they bring you truly great beers!
Originally established in 1859 to meet the needs of the many prospectors and miners of that era, the current Tommyknocker Brewery is well-known for its beer, flavored water and root beer. They distribute their products across the United States and into Canada, and are proud of the distinctive ingredients they use, such as mountain cherry, mountain maple and valerian root.
Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale is most popular in bottles. A delicate amount of maple syrup is added to each barrel of this award-winning ale to impart a roasted sweetness. This addition balances the nut flavor produced by the Munich, caramel and chocolate malts used in the brewhouse. It’s an easy-drinking brown ale with a relatively low alcohol content.
Tommyknocker Pick Axe IPA is a classic American India Pale Ale dominated by pleasant hop bitterness and aroma. Dry hops impart unique aromas and flavors that add to its complexity. A blend of American hops melds it into an award-winning flavor.
Featured Beer from Tommyknocker Brewery:
Pick Axe IPA and Maple Nut Brown Ale
NUT BROWN ALE – Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale – All ales are expressive, top fermented, and complex. This brew is beautifully balanced with maple syrup and malt. This nutty ale is perfect served as an aperitif, or with lamb chops or salmon.
INDIA PALE ALE – Tommyknocker Pick Axe IPA – There is a long snappy finish to this top fermented ale family of “beers of yesteryear.” Full bodied and heavily hopped, serve it at 13 degrees C / 55 degrees F, with hearty main courses of red meats, Cheddar cheese or sharp salad dressings. (Goes well with nachos and wings, too!)