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Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Dry Dock Brewing Co.Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 79
Beer Ratings: 1,439
Beer Avg: 3.8

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Bar, Homebrew Store ]

15120 E Hampden Ave
Aurora, Colorado, 80014
United States
phone: (303) 400-5606

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @drydockbrewing

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2005)
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4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Before my wife and I moved away from the city Dry Dock was one of our go to places to grab an awesome beer and relax.

When you fist pull into the parking lot it is easy to have second thoughts as it is in a strip mall with no real visual indicators of how awesome this place really is. Once you walk in you are greeted with a mood lit large room that resembles a brewery and a sailors tavern. There is a large bar that has seating as well as a special area that is just for walk ups, which I think is a really nice thing to have. The rest of the tap room consists of bavarian style communal seating which seems to becoming more and more popular, so don't be afraid if you see some open seats go ask if they are taken and then sit down and make some new friends. There is a shuffle board table as well. I would describe the the atmosphere as "bustling", it is always lively when we have gone.

As far as service goes you can either order from the bar or there is usually a slew of waitresses running around to the tables. Every employee I have encountered there has been great and supper nice. Even though it appears crowded they do a great job of keeping the service timely.

Dry Dock's selection is always abundant and ever changing. Of course they have their main line up but there is always a variety of seasonals. One thing I did notice is some of the experimental seasonals are not the best but wait before you think this a bad thing. It means that they are always trying allot of new things and more often or not they land on something that is great. So don't be surprised if some of the seasonals don't meet your tastes, you cant find new things if you are not experimenting, plus their main line up is awesome so there is always good beer.

03-06-2014 23:43:16 | More by SkiBeerRepeat
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3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I gotta say the service here was underwhelming. I had high hopes for Dry Dock because I really enjoy their beers, but the two servers didn't greet me, didn't offer any help and were very curt in our interactions when there weren't many people there. We asked for a water to go with our beers because our DD wasn't drinking and it was perceived as a chore to bring it over.

Tap List was pretty standard to their lineup with a couple extras on there...In Colorado, I just may be used to expecting a lot from a tap room.

BUT I will say having the DIPA at the source shows that it is truly a great beer because they don't bottle date the last couple times I gave it a try it tasted super old.

I'd say when in CO, you can find much better watering holes.

08-07-2013 18:50:12 | More by StubFaceJoe
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Visited Dry Dock on a whim last weekend while visiting with family. I'd never been there before. There is no food, they have popcorn freely available and a filtered water tap freely available. They have Dry Dock beers on tap, only. On the one side they are connected to a homebrew shop, as well, which has limited hours. They are super welcoming, and easily accessible. They offer a sampler flight, which is a great way to get to know their beers. I loved the coffee milk stout, probably the best coffee beer I have ever had. They offer a limited selection of cans and bottles for purchase, however the coffee stout was not among the offerings.

There were plenty of tables, plenty of seats and people are friendly and welcoming enough to be willing to share a table with you. (which is unlike other brewpubs throughout the country, in terms of their tasting rooms being spacious enough with ample seating). Service is good, you can order at the bar, and they also have waitstaff, which really helps out if the bar might get clogged.

The noise level was low enough to be able to talk and hear everyone, and like I said plenty of seating, so you can have a chance to get in and taste their offerings. I loved this place. I'd go back again and again. It's simple, unpretentious, and airy, especially with the doors and windows wide open. You could sit outside on their outdoor porch-area, too, and be served there as well.

08-01-2013 14:27:52 | More by Reneejane
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$


Dry Dock Brewing from the back looking
towards the taps near the front door

First round with one of my favorite views
Gloria and I are in town for GALA, but we got a hotel in Aurora to have an evening at Dry Dock Brewing before the singing started. Brewing TV did an episode on Dry Dock before Northern Brewer came out with their Dry Dock brew kits. Between that and hearing about the start of the pub on Basic Brewing Radio, having a pint here was at the top of my drinking list for a trip to Denver.

Today, Dry Dock is the fully expanded version of a tap room of original business on site: The Brew Hut. From the bar, it looks like a pretty cool brew shop, but closed at the moment. Great idea to have the two side by side to support the making and drinking of very local craft beer. Dry Dock is still very much a tap room with limited hours and free popcorn is your only sustenance. Eat ahead of time, bring it along (saw a group with Chinese take-out) and come for the company and the beer. My favorite feature of the pub was a self serve water station to stay hydrated without bothering the bartenders. JL Beers needs to take a lesson from Dry Dock.

I started with the Double IPA, which was very solid. The Urca Vanilla Porter was a strong, extremely sweet porter full of vanilla, like a beer milkshake. My favorite of the night was the U.S.S. Enterprise IPA that reminds me a bit of Masala Mama from my home pub Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. These and a couple of other drafts made for a mellow start to an exciting week in Denver.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/05/dry-dock-brewing-aurora-co.html

05-27-2013 16:32:34 | More by FightingEntropy
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3.44/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I had stopped here with a friend a few years back and what a difference... then it was a homebrew shop first it seemed and the brewery an afterthought (although I know they had awards already). Now a nice big brew pub with open ceilings. I did a sampler and found their lineup to be quite solid, although I was hoping that I could try their barleywine. Maybe because of that I don't feel over the top about this place, but I do intend to stop there again someday.

03-16-2013 00:12:39 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Went in on a Monday evening, yet the crowd was decent. The folks in the place ranged from a 3 year old boy to an 80 yr old hippie & his wife. I liked this. The place is decorated in a loose nautical theme, which I find interesting in land locked Colorado.
The beer was very good, I tried the bounty old ale, which was great. Excellent texture, flavour & taste. The colour was outstanding as well. I also tried the naked porter which was on hand pull. It was very good, the colour was a bit weak, as was the taste. Overall, for a porter it was a touch watery. I would try it again though. as I said it was just a touch watery for my taste. not bad, just not outstanding. My uncle had an apricot brew, he raved about it.
The service was good, but not great. I am from Manhattan, so I am used to exemplary service as standard.
I will be going back, I had a wonderful time.

03-12-2013 15:58:17 | More by aeibrean
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3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | $$

We visited Dry Dock on a Thursday night, it was busy. I was happy we found a parking spot as close as we did. The reviews on beeradvocate and yelp were both so overly positive it was stupid of us (the wife and I) not to stop since our hotel was only a few blocks away.

Nearly every table was full when we arrived. We ending up finding a little table towards the back of the building near the shuffleboard table (sweet!). Once we sat down we could not tell if there was table service as there was so many people milling about. I went to the bar, nice selection of taps. Based on what I read online we ordered the Apricot Ale and Wee Heavy. I thought both were duds. The Wee Heavy was thin and weak and while the Apricot Ale had a great nose it did not deliver on the palate.

Since we were here we might as well have another beer before going to dinner. (A side note: As mentioned in many reviews, no food here. Just popcorn and a binder full of nearby restaurants that deliver.) I walked back to the bar and ordered two more beers, Vanilla Porter and Double IPA (which I read nothing but good things about). When I got back to our table my wife informed me she was chewed out by our “waitress” (who knew we had one) that she should be getting our beers. Hello! We had been there over 20 minutes already and nobody stopped by our table. This attitude was a bit off-putting. The Vanilla Porter was solid, very good. The Double IPA was a joke. It was “IPA-ish” at best.

So after two beers each we decided not to order food in and left for Wing Hut across the street. I failed to see what the hype was about this place. Obviously people like it here as it was busy as hell. Me… meh.

01-20-2013 14:20:55 | More by bditty187
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New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Don't expect to see a dinner menu when yoiu walk into this place because they do not cook and serve their own food. They do however give you the option to order from the delivery menus of several local restaurants while you order a glass of beer brewed on the premises. A wooden rustic look on the inside although the outside looks like something out of a strip mall. There were 6 or 7 beers available on tap or for sale in bottles. I was on a business trip to Colorado because otherwise I was not aware of this place. But I was pleased to find it.

09-06-2012 02:34:03 | More by puboflyons
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $

the value here is awesome. great prices for excellent beers. much larger than i expected, with all bottling being done on site. smallish bar with lots of seat yourself tables, free popcorn, and open atmosphere with lots of loud conversation and barrels just hanging out. maybe ten or twelve beers on tap, and it was firkin friday with a roasted pecan old ale. YUM! all the beers we had were great, some even world class. service wasnt bad for a friday night, real busy, but people were knowledgeable and chatty. a really great place to get the growlers filled up and meet your neighbors. i loved this place and might start frequenting it, only drawback in my eyes is that its in aurora. definitely hit this one up

04-28-2012 23:25:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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5/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

My husband and I frequent this brewery often and have yet to be let down. The staff and owners are extremely friendly and helpful and the beer is excellent.
They recently had a Poppy stout on tap which I can honestly say has been my favorite so far.
Their heffeweizen has a great, unique banana-esque flavoring that I've never experienced before.
Their Vanilla Porter has a great vanilla flavoring that isn't overwhelming and a nice, thick consistency with a smooth finish.
The Apricot blonde is a great beer for anyone who is not necessarily a beer drinker because of its easy drinkability and great apricot taste.
Their Double IPA is also easily one of the best in Colorado.
Every person we have referred to Dry Dock has come away a new fan.
Highly recommended!

02-28-2012 00:28:43 | More by AmberC
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Dry Dock Brewing Co. in Aurora, CO
92 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.