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Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Dry Dock Brewing Co.Dry Dock Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.86/5
Based on:
102 Beers
2,413 Hads
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 28
Visits: 78
Avg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Homebrew Store ]

15120 E Hampden Ave
Aurora, Colorado, 80014
United States
phone: (303) 400-5606 | map
www.drydockbrewing.com

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Reviews: 28 | Visits: 78
Reviews by Domingo:
Photo of Domingo
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is my local brewpub...and it also just happens to be the small brewer of the year award winner from the 2009 GABF. How convenient, huh?

While Dry Dock used to simply be the small area in the back of the Brew Hut (the homebrew shop and sister business), it now has a large tasting room with tons of taps, lots of tables, and a lot of space. There are even 5 picnic tables outside for the summer.
Everything is wood paneled for a cool look. There are 3 HDTV's and a nice railing that runs around the entire bar so that you have a place to sit/stand when it's crowded.
Want to know what's on tap? There are two large chalk boards and taplist/style description lists scattered around.

On to the beer! Dry Dock usually has at least 6-7 beers on tap at any one time. Year round beers include an APA, ESB, weiss, IPA, vanilla porter, "naked" (non-vanilla) porter, UK strong ale, and an apricot blonde. During most seasons there will also be 4-5 limited selections like an alt, pumpkin, brown, doppelbock, honey cream, golden ale, and plenty of others. On some days I've seen upwards of 15 beers ready to go. Pints are $3-4 each and are served in the correct glassware for each style. Are they any good? Absolutely. I've never had anything from DD that I would consider to be less than excellent. The weiss and ESB are among the best I've had anywhere. The Marzen and doppelbock are the best US examples I've ever had. The cask brown, too.
One of the best things about DD is that they're creating great examples of both everyday styles, and unusual ones. While some beers are better than others, I've never picked up anything "off" in any of them. They also never play it safe with boring examples of anything either.
Each Friday they do an experimental single batch of something unusual. It could be everything from a chili-pepper DIPA to a coconut porter. While some of those can get a little zany, you can chalk that up to DD simply creating something fun that may or may not be worth revisiting.
Service? The bartenders knew my name and were running tabs for me without any questions after only a few visits. When new people stop in they're always good about giving recommendations or free tastes of things. They even comp regulars when a new beer is tapped. Can't beat that.

What about food? There's all you can eat popcorn :) Since no food is served (not counting special occasions), they have an old style popcorn machine for snacking and you can bring in any food or snacks you want. Since there are Chinese and Mexican restaurants nearby you'll almost always see people eating inside. You can even get food delivered there if you like.

Dry Dock is my favorite brewpub for a reason. Great beers, great selection, great service, and I can bring in any food I want to pair with any of it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Buannaich
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of legrandfacile74
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Come early, grab a table, order honey beesting wings for delivery, and wash them down with a few pints. This is a crowded, but very friendly bar with a neighborhood feel.

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Photo of daem3384
4.72/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of kingpin1010
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of KLHBB
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

This is my neighborhood brewery. I've been here with friends, I've been here alone with my laptop doing some beer-inspired creative writing. This is a good place for both. Big communal tables, a large selection of beers, friendly staff. No food, but plenty of popcorn and food from the outside is welcome. At least in the outdoor seating which is also friendly to dogs. The samplers are great fun and sometimes hit or miss -- but that's the beauty of a neighborhood brewery. I'm familiar with their solid best-sellers so go for the other stuff in the flights. If you're in Aurora, definitely drop by.

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.89/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Very busy place, shared several flights with friends which were tasty.

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Photo of jacobdunne
4.43/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I really enjoyed this place. I went on a Friday night and it was very busy but very chill. A lot of selection!

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Photo of growlerinhand
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Photo of traviseses
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Some of the best beer you will find.

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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

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4.76/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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Dry Dock Brewing Co. in Aurora, CO
92 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.