Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Dry Dock Brewing Co.Dry Dock Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.84/5
Based on:
78 Beers
1,950 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.25
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

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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Reviews by GilGarp:
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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What a fantastic place - a beer lover / home brewer paradise! I was initially drawn to visit DD because of their recent GABF "small brewer of the year" award. Located in a strip mall, it's hardly a very grand looking place. I went in and had a seat at the bar.

I was greeted by a likeable chap, Shawn, who offered to get me samples or a pint. I told him I had never been there before and wanted to try a variety of things. $1/3oz. sample seemed fair.

So I started with the naked porter, vanilla porter, and pumpkin ale. They were all absolutely outstanding! I was blown away. With so many brewers making bigger, hoppier, high ABV beers these days, it's good to be reminded how excellent the more traditional styles can be. Dry Dock is a great reality check.

Next I went on to try their brown ale and ESB. Again, just phenomenal examples of these classic styles. Not big, over-the-top, style-bending versions but just about the best interpretations of the classics I've had.

From there, I went on to try the Seven Cs DIPA and the wee heavy which were great as well. The 7Cs was just as good or better than any, other than Pliny.

These brewers are making some incredible beers out of a dinky location but, as the saying goes, you can't judge a book by its cover...

The homebrew shop that is attached is just as nice. Great selection of malts, hops, yeasts, and equipment. A nice little library of brewing books is also worth examining. Although the service on this side of the estabilishment was lacking, I could see that they had anything a homebrewer would need, whether just beginning or highly skilled.

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Really enjoyed this place on my trip to Denver in 2011. Very interesting brewery/home brew store situation. Can't wait to come back!

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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.

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