Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 60
Beer Ratings: 633
Beer Avg: 3.72
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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...
05-06-2008 00:36:07 | More by slander
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
11-11-2007 15:42:26 | More by NeroFiddled
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
We made our long overdue first stop to the new brewpub. The long-shuttered original in one of the Logan Square buildings downtown was one of my early craft beer destinations long ago.
I love the location in a converted firehouse in a changing West Philly neighborhood. The inside had a rundown diner feel and could maybe be a little cleaner but it was a bit of a letdown after the very cool exterior.
Six beers on tap, including the Rye IPA, which I have enjoyed many other places. It was just as good here. I also enjoyed the Hop Garden double IPA.
We had the cheese plate (not bad but nothing special) and the trio fries that were a staple of the old place. As in the past, the ratio of (approx.) 60% regular fries, 25% sweet potato fries and 15% fried leeks is perfect for my taste, and something most places don't get right.
Service was pleasant if not particularly knowledgeable.
Not sure I would stop here regularly, maybe just a quick stop on our way to Local 44.
01-15-2009 16:49:07 | More by sholland119
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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!
09-25-2008 09:00:42 | More by Deuane
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
08-28-2011 14:09:17 | More by BARFLYB
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
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.
08-09-2009 15:32:24 | More by TheFightfan1
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
04-04-2010 16:21:40 | More by Metalmonk
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.