Tommyknocker Brewery Goes International With First Branded American Craft Beer Bar In Europe


Pictured left to right: Heinrik Larkio, TKB Finland brand manager; Steve Indrehus, TKB director of operations, and Teemu Lehto, president of Captol Invest.

Idaho Springs, CO — Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub, maker of numerous award-winning American craft ales and lagers has partnered with Finnish investor group Captol Invest to launch The Tommyknocker Craft Beer Bar in a fashionable section of downtown Helsinki.

After shipping more than 2,200 gallons of its signature quaffs, including TKB’s all natural Root Beer, Brewmaster and Director of Brewery Operations Steve Indrehus traveled to Finland for the March grand opening.

“It’s fun for a little Idaho Springs brewery to do something global,” said Indrehus. “I think part of the draw for them is our distinctive Colorado mountain town image and drinkable American-style products.

To make the two-year project come to fruition, Tommyknocker and Captol Invest embarked on a business model collaboration that began with a visit from the Finnish group in 2013 and has culminated in the launch of the Helsinki Tommyknocker craft beer bar. And according to Indreus, the future looks bright:

  • The first weeks have been so successful that talks of opening a second location by the end of the calendar year are already under way for another location in the Scandinavian region and possibly one on a cruise ship.
  • Tommyknocker and the Finnish investor group’s own craft brewery, Mallaskoski, are working out the details of collaborating on some new craft beer creations in the near future that are planned to be distributed in Finland and parts of North America.

About Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub:

Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub is an American craft brewery and restaurant located in Idaho Springs, Colo., just 30 miles west of Denver right off Interstate 70. Founded in 1994, Tommyknocker has won more than100 medals from a multitude of local, national and international competitions, including 17 Great American Beer Festival medals.

Using pure Rocky Mountain snow melt, the finest malted barley, high quality hops and our exclusive strains of yeast, Tommyknocker beers are sold in 18 state. Executive Chef Brian Omerod has created a food menu of perfect pairings to complement their list of award-winning beers. Known for their jumbo chicken wings, the menu also includes all-natural, never-frozen Angus beef with fresh baked brioche buns, as well as buffalo, elk, lamb and duck.

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