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Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

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Dock Street Brewery & RestaurantDock Street Brewery & Restaurant
BA SCORE
87
very good

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Active Beers: 49
Beer Ratings: 609
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

701 S 50th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19143-1658
United States
phone: (215) 726-2337

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(Place added by: Jason on 03-14-2007)
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Photo of slander
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

And a happy new year to you, too. See, you go out to PA to toast one final Victory for Heavyweight, and a little din down in Philly happens. Hard to keep tabs on all the newings open especially beyond my local reach. Hmmn, where to go? Well, with Scotty playing Dock Street, this seemed like a good idea. Mind you, the 'hood's a little dodgy, but I'm not moving in, I'm just here for the beer, so...

Old firehouse of badassness. It's a wide open room with a backwards question mark shaped bar to the rear. Seating for 10 on the straight part with views of the brewroom behind large glass windows, growlers and shelved glassware below on the barback. A break and then seating for another 10 on and around the bend forward a tile front pizza oven in the prep/open kitchen area. A dozen and a half low and raised bar tables out over the floor, and a few couches just inside the front door vestibule. Large arch windows up front where the firehouse doors used to be. Lime green painted walls over brick lowers, framed pics at one end, and a large board listing tap selections, dates, OG's, descriptions, ABV's and status. Down on the other end, a large reverse logo blackboard on the kitchen prep overhang lists taps and available bottles, being the Amber & Illuminator (Did I tell you, did you know? Way back way back when, the Dock Street Amber was my first micro love, it's true). 2 large pillars plastered with Dock Street labels, exposed duct and piping above, and fabric sashes. Drop cone lamps over the bar, track spots and mounted lamps elsewhere.

2 towers of 6 each along different points of the bar. 6 beers available and all on the sampler. The Cranberry Kolsch, 4.5%, had a slight tartness, and was good easy drinking, nice; the Gold Stock Ale, 5.4%, a pleasant enough pale ale; the Winter Warmer, 7.6%, some ginger and vanilla, interesting; the Rye IPA, 6%, nicely balanced, good rye flavor; the Imperial Oatmeal Stout, 8.9%, my kind of licorice, oaty, mmmm; and the Barleywine, 10.5%, fruity, got some caramel, still a bit young. I liked the Cranberry Kolsch and Imperial Oatmeal Stout the most.

And a small food menu. Cold sandwiches, panini, salads, calzones, and a bunch of pizza options. I did the individual pepperoni pizza (it was good but I should have gotten it very well done), and fries (they needed time yet). Overall, the food was pretty good.

Would like to get back down here in the soon. Would've already if the small strange man knew how to pick up the phone...

slander, May 06, 2008
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Dock Street is located in a beautiful former fire station in an area of West Philly where hipsters meet ghetto. The inside has a big kitchen with the pizza oven, a bar and a bunch of tables, but if the weather is nice you should eat outside and enjoy some people-watching in the streets of Philadelphia.

During my visit they had six house beers on tap: Berliner Weisse, Pre Prohibition APA, Amber, Rye IPA, Pimp my Rye, Pumpkin Porter. The Rye IPA and Pimp my Rye the wife and I shared were excellent.

But you're here for the pizza! And it sure is good. We got the flammenkuche (crème fraiche, bacon, gruyere), gently priced at $ 18.95 for a large pie.

Service was a little uneven on a busy, sunny weekend day, but not too bad. The one thing I don't understand is their closing at 4pm on Sunday!

DoubleSimcoe, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Let's start with the beer. I was unfortunate to have missed the beers that Scott Morrison brewed before Julius Hummer took over. I WAS expecting something good however, as Hummer had such a good resume. The beers I tasted were far from spectacular, and were both incompletely attenuated, thus tasting a little like homebrew. That to me, is a very clear sign that the brewer doesn't know what he's doing. Thankfully Hummer got the boot less than two months on the job (a little too much taste testing there???) and Scott has returned. THAT will be the only reason that I'll go back, although I can say that the pizza is excellent. And seeing Jeff making pies behind the counter was great! (Rosemarie was there too, as was Mike Fava, the assistant brewer).

But pizza alone is not enough to drag me into that part of west Philly. And let's cover that now. No, the area's not great, but it's not too bad. Chinese take-outs are the best indicator. Do they have bullet-proof glass protecting them from the customers? Well, the one right down the street headed towards the city does, but that could just be a vestige left over from a worse time some years ago. Right in the area it's not too bad. Stick close though. Don't head any further west (and certainly not north of that) after dark.

So let's see... we should have great beers on (Mr. Morrison has never let me down), and the pizza rocks. But what about the rest of the premesis? Well, the outside of the building is beautiful, there's no denying that. And inside it's kind of cozy, but at the same time kind of not. It's small, but it feels loud and cold. And perhaps more tight than cozy. And the used furniture by the doorway doesn't exactly endear me, but it does fit the neighborhood. Hell, for all I know they might have taken it right off the curb at the end of last year over by Penn. The bar area looks as if it might have been a pizza counter in a past life. It's nice looking, but it's not really as warm or comfortable as a wood topped bar would have been in my opinion. The support beam covered with old labels and stickers, however, is just tacky.

I'm going to head back over to grab some of Scott's beers and a pie. I'll update if there's been any change.

YES!!! What a difference a beer makes. The pizza remains the same beautiful thing that it is, and now the beer is great too! After 4 visits I can say without question that Dock Street has won me over.

NeroFiddled, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of sholland119
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

We made our long overdue first stop to the new brewpub. The long-shuttered original in one of the Logan Square buildings downtown was one of my early craft beer destinations long ago.

I love the location in a converted firehouse in a changing West Philly neighborhood. The inside had a rundown diner feel and could maybe be a little cleaner but it was a bit of a letdown after the very cool exterior.

Six beers on tap, including the Rye IPA, which I have enjoyed many other places. It was just as good here. I also enjoyed the Hop Garden double IPA.

We had the cheese plate (not bad but nothing special) and the trio fries that were a staple of the old place. As in the past, the ratio of (approx.) 60% regular fries, 25% sweet potato fries and 15% fried leeks is perfect for my taste, and something most places don't get right.

Service was pleasant if not particularly knowledgeable.

Not sure I would stop here regularly, maybe just a quick stop on our way to Local 44.

HV

sholland119, Jan 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

InspectorBob, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Cool setting in an old firehouse. A hard core industrial / bohemian atmosphere. Works well with what they have to work with.

While they don't throw a lot of beer choices out there for you, usually 6 choices, I give them a bump up from average due to the interesting and rather eclectic choices. An innovative brewer making interesting and flavourful things for sure. From an alcoholic "root beer" (The Sass), to a lemon/lime Kolsch and a spiced Sorgham brew....nice work.

Food is rather limited but what they have is well done...some of the best wood-fired pizza I have ever had. With a choice selection that will leave you dizzy!

Service has always been good, no complaints.

A quality place that is bordering on a must stop while in Philly. If they could bump up the tap offerings by a few it would certainly become so in my book. Glad to see Dock Street from the ashes....at a firehouse no less!

Deuane, Sep 25, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

acurtis, Oct 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

tobelerone, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

An old firehouse with a seated area to the right and the bar along the middle of the building. The wood fired oven is behind the left side of the bar and the brewing operations are behind the right side of the bar, behind some glass.

The walls are old ceramic tiles, not the best look, and with the two story ceiling, the place kind of has a hollow feel. Some local artwork along the walls add a little flavor. On warmer days, there are tables set up outside.

I have been here twice now and have had pizza both times. Each time they have impressed. The wood fired oven in a nice touch.

They have about 6 beers on tap at any given time. On this visit, I had the Rye IPA and the Satellite Espresso Stout, the former of which I grabbed a growler of. Both were very tasty. I also sampled The Great Pumpkin, and it too was well done.

The service was on point and attentive both times I have been here. This is definitely a place to try out for a pizza and some fresh beer.

ColForbinBC, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

It only took me ten years to come here, Dock Street has been on my radar and there are some cool events and bottle releases that occur throughout the year, but the Flemish Sour on-Tap is what did it.

Located in the University City/West Philly area, Dock Street is pretty easy to get to. Truth be told, in 30 years of living in SEPA, I've only been in West Philly a handful of times. I went to a D'Angelo (Voodoo tour) at that joint on 69th st. years ago. Went to City Tap House for an Deschutes event during beer week and Local 44 at a couple events as well. Dock Street is a brewery within a old Firehouse as noted from the outside look and the two main doors on the front where the trucks go vroom vroom. A nice outside seating area near the main street which was packed on a monday night.

Inside, I was not to drawn to the decor of this place. Im aware of the old building's habitants, but this seemed to me like more of a neighborhood hangout for adolescents back in the 80's, like an arcade of sorts. Summer camp mess hall style. Anywho, some tables off to the right and a oddly shaped bar that was pointy, not str8, ala Ressurection Ale House. I really could not pinpoint the feel of this place in a word, it's different though.

Im here for the beer though so here goes. I came for the Flemish Sour that was aged in a CAB barrel for 2.5 years on tap. It was delicious and oh so lively off the tap, I might have to scoop a bottle or two of this in the future. DS has about six tap offerings and wine for the ladies. Did not see any liquor for sale. I ordered a Rye IPA which I have enjoyed in the past at many locations in SEPA. This particular Rye IPA was awesome and fresh and full of flavor, it went with the pizza so well.

Speaking of the pizza, it was really killer. I was very impressed by it. It took some time to get it after the order was placed but the wait was worth it. Mahragerete was exquisite and the other one I got which I cant remember was banging to. I would come here just for the pizza, and they do it to go as well unlike another brewpub in the area with some great 'flatbread'.

The bartender was cool enough, he was swamped but got to me and ogl in due enough time. Not much time to chit chat. The bar area was really loud and not very inviting for a conversation. The whole place was loud which is a good thing and it usually does not bother me, but in this case I was a bit ticked. My only gripe was that my Rye IPA was served in a 13oz glass instead of a pint which is how I get it all around the city, but thats a minor quabble all of 3oz.

I like this place and will be back, but it's not the type of place I would take a date or anything like that, the atmosphere was a bit drab.

BARFLYB, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +5.5%

hoppymcgee, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

drtth, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

My wife and I and a couple of friend's came here on a Saturday. There was a block party across the street in the park when we came.I believe this was an old firehouse well it sure looked it anyway. Some seating available outside but a nice sized area inside with the bar stretching from one end to the other of the building.The hand drawn poster's on the wall are very unique.This place shocked me it seemed a little dirty, a little unorganized and I didn't think the beers would be that good but boy I was wrong.

I had a sampler of all their beer's and they were all exceptional.I ended up having the amarillo Pale Ale. I was torn between the Amarillo and the Rye IPA.

Sevice was a little off that day I guess but really not from our waitress as we walked in we were greeted and you could sit anywhere. When we sat down a whole bus load of people came in yes a literally a bus load. I believe it was the alien homebrew club.So they kind of took over the place.So service was a little more catered to them.

Update from 11/27. I had to add that I finally had there brick oven pizza and I must say Exceptional. I haven't had anything close to this in any brewpub.Amazing.
I really didn't have any food I thought it would be dirty early on and again I was wrong the food they were bringing out smelled terrific now I am getting aggravated maybe I should have given it a shot.

TheFightfan1, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

When I go to a place like this that serves such an amazing pizza, it makes me want to start pizzaadvocate.com to tell the world where to go for the best in pizza pie. This place's pie is killer, dripping with cheese and sauce, premium/quality ingredients obviously used, and while the dripping mess makes the uber-thin crust soggy, working towards the outer crust you get incredible wood-fired stone oven char flavor, crisp and earthy and man...just a wonderful slice o' heaven. Back in the hall by the bathroom, they've got a huge stack of wood for the brick oven. Fantastic!

Oh, what about the beer? We had the cream ale first, and it was just the right beer for the beginning of the night, and paired great with the food. Solid and serviceable and obviously very fresh...maybe not mindblowing, but worth putting some time into (I'm told the doppelbock is quite excellent). The service was quick and attentive, and the atmosphere is comfortable, unpretentious, even kind of spare but not cold. Just a cool, casual neighborhood-style vibe, with plenty of outside seating too.

I know they're trying to establish themselves with their beers, and those are good, but guest taps would be nice. But overall, a cool, cozy place that is absolutely worth the trip, if not for the beer, then for the amazing pizza.

Metalmonk, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

Visited at opening time (noon) on Saturday. Having never visited the place but made aware of the styles produced had me curious. The place is decently sized. Room for about a dozen or so across the bar and tables fill the void with plenty of seating. A large chalk board displays the tap list as well as a couple paper menus floating around.

A large wood fired oven drew my attention which made the choice of ordering pizza a no brainer. The pizza was banging, I would return again just for that. There was 6 drafts on. Rye IPA, another IPA, a barleywine, RIS, belgian strong and a porter. Bottles for take out sat on a ledge behind the bar sadly in direct fire of the sunlight coming in from the windows. The brewhouse is visible in that same area.

The presence of the brewhouse and possibly open windows allowed for there to be an unacceptable amount of large fruit flies attacking my food and beer. Unfortunately, that was not the biggest gripe of the experience. At one point I had to walk outside for fresh air because they had a propane leak that made the entire place stink. The wait staff stood around and didnt acknowledge something was wrong until I said something. The resolution was "oh is that what that smell is?"

The wait staff was attentive but they had to be since we were the only patrons and were seated at the bar right infront of them. When it came time for the check, I was agitated that they were seemingly playing me for a tip. The reason for my trip was to secure bottles for my friends. The website clearly states there is a discount when buying by the case. Heres a tip, dont play me for a fool and pretend like you are doing me a special favor by giving me a couple dollar discount. Despite the negative aspects of this trip, id still go back for the pizza if they had a really intriguing bottle release.

stakem, Dec 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

IdrinkGas, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

baybum, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.45/5  rDev -9%

Went in on a Friday afternoon. Inside was empty, but the 6 or so seats outside were filled. Interior was hot, wood burning pizza oven gave off a decent amount of heat. black tables and seats. Nothing fancy, cement floors, some fans overhead.

Seemed like pizza was their specialty, so we ordered the Mexican and BBQ chicken. For a small crowd, the food took a long time to come. Worth the wait. Both were really good. Lots of flavor. Tasty crust.

In terms of beer, did the sampler. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Kolsch, Pale Ale, Porter, Coffee infused stout and a few others. All were good, fresh. I liked the stout the best, but went with a pint of the kolsch.

No parking lot, you have to park on the street. Overall, good beers, but the pizzas were actually my favorite part of the trip.

Nutleybeer, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of roan22
4/5  rDev +5.5%

I finally made it to the new Dock St. I went mainly for the rye IPA, which was incredible! The place ain't much to look at but I used to live in the area and I wouldn't expect much. The way the tables are laid out behind the bar is annoying, trying to walk around them/between them to the bathrooms is like weaving through a labyrinth. The bathrooms were clean. I went to high school with one of the bartenders, and it was fun to sort of 'catch up.' The corner upon which Dock St. is located has definitely changed since I lived around here. It's much quieter, and there's no kids 'hanging around' outside. Feels somewhat 'safer' than it used to.

roan22, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Sellen
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Sellen, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of DIM
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

This place has high ceilings and a quasi- industrial feel to it. The bar is a long hunk of formica that looked okay. The tables and chairs were all plastic and kind of uncomfortable. When we walked in, they were a little slow and we were told to sit anywhere. So we picked the nearest dirty table which was cleaned after we asked three times.

The trio fries were something different, white and sweet potatoes along with some leeks. I had a pizza made in a hard wood fired oven that was delicious. My girlfriend had a pear and gorgonzola salad that she liked well enough.

I sampled some beers from others at my table that I didn't like that much, an imperial Bubbly Wit that was too sweet and a red ale that was bland. I had two rye IPAs that I absolutely loved, probably the best I've tried. They won't fill growlers that have another brewerie's logo on it, but the ones they sell are plain. That doesn't make any sense to me.

Overall, the service and location are less than ideal, but I wouldn't rule out a return visit.

DIM, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Located in an old firehouse, Dock Street is very roomy and spacious. The long bar, extending nearly the length of the room.
The pizza is pretty nice here. As a regular foodie, pizza lover, and website host of a local food and beer, I took to this place. The pizza is rustic, and authentic, as it's cooked in a wood fired oven. This style of cooking gives the pizza a crispy, crackly charred underside. Delicious.
The beer was tasty and fresh. The service at the bar was attentive and friendly. Really nice stuff.

weeare138, May 26, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Dock Street may very well be my favorite of the brewpubs in the City of Brotherly Love. I will find any excuse to go to Philly just to swing by and have a few beers and a pizza here.

The brewpub unfortunately isn't established in one of the nicer areas of the city. In other words, I'm not sure I would want to be there alone after midnight. But a lunch-time or early evening dinner visit is fine. There is always plenty of parking right on the street every time we've been there.

The atmosphere is kind of 50's retro mixed with a modern flair... Bohemian, if you will. There's an odd-shaped bar that runs jaggedly through the place with plenty of seating for the beer geeks. There are also a good amount of tables to sit and enjoy some food. Overall, I really like the atmosphere of this place and its eclecticism. The service is always very good, and the bartenders are among the friendliest I've encountered. My only complaint with the atmosphere is that is a pretty big hollow, metallic room that tends to get quite loud, especially when it's crowded.

As for the beer, I've found that everyting I've tried during my visits have all been above average. They are brewing some very unusual beers lately, including a root beer-inspired Brown Ale and a Kolsch with lemon and lime zest. Their Rye IPA is a must-try! The don't have much on tap (only 5-6 house brews), but they always have a very diverse line-up including a lager/pils, a hoppy ale, a dark beer and a few unique concoctions. There is always something for every taste.

As for the food, I would rank their wood oven pizza as among the best I've ever had. They have a wide variety of pizza selections, and everyone I've had has been fantastic. They also have good salads and sandwiches.

Overall, I really like this place a lot and always look forward to return visits. I definitely would recommend a visit to Dock Street... the sooner the better!

ffejherb, Sep 15, 2008
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Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
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