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Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.85/5
BEER STATS
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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
92
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
81
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
6.52%
 
 
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Dry Dock Brewing Co.Dry Dock Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Homebrew Store

15120 E Hampden Ave
Aurora, Colorado, 80014
United States

(303) 400-5606 | map
www.drydockbrewing.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2005

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 81
Reviews by GilGarp:
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4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Joe_Boxer
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Lone downfall of Dry Dock is that the place is insanely busy at nearly all times, which creates a near impossibility to get service.

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Photo of Akeah
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by on a week day afternoon, and left pretty happy about my visit.

Strip mall, and looks it from the outside. But when you go inside, it is very spacious, with a bar upon entry, lots of tall tables, then a nice spacious barrel room towards the back.

Quality was quite good. I tried a Swartzbier first that was solid, then a golden sour that was quite good.

Service was very good. The guy working the bar was both friendly and prompt. He was cool, and a pleasure to deal with.

Selection was also good. They had a dozen+ beers on tap with a good variety.

Overall? My favorite spot in Aurora so far. I'll be back.

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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

Photo of Panama69
4.1/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of DFINE321
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Skinrad
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

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

Photo of Luther
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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Dry Dock Brewing Co. in Aurora, CO
92 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.