Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Dry Dock Brewing Co.Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Dry Dock Brewing Co.Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Homebrew, Beer-to-go

15120 E Hampden Ave
Aurora, Colorado, 80014
United States

(303) 400-5606 | map

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Tdschoenthaler from California

3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I don't know if it's just because we always start with the apricot blonde and it's overwhelming, or Dry Dock's secret ingredient in every beer is actually apricots, but for whatever strange reason, every other beer in our flight always has a hint of the fruit. It's not a bad thing! It's just something that makes every other beer blend together and somewhat of a moot point, I guess. The apricot blonde is still great though! But you already knew that.

Sep 12, 2017
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flexabull from California

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | 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 excellent. 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.

Feb 15, 2016
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legrandfacile74 from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Dec 17, 2015
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Sep 07, 2015
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SkiBeerRepeat from Colorado

4.86/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Mar 06, 2014
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StubFaceJoe from Colorado

3.34/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5

I gotta say the service here was underwhelming. I had high hopes for Dry Dock because I really enjoy their beers, but the two servers didn't greet me, didn't offer any help and were very curt in our interactions when there weren't many people there. We asked for a water to go with our beers because our DD wasn't drinking and it was perceived as a chore to bring it over.

Tap List was pretty standard to their lineup with a couple extras on there...In Colorado, I just may be used to expecting a lot from a tap room.

BUT I will say having the DIPA at the source shows that it is truly a great beer because they don't bottle date the last couple times I gave it a try it tasted super old.

I'd say when in CO, you can find much better watering holes.

Aug 07, 2013
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Reneejane from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited Dry Dock on a whim last weekend while visiting with family. I'd never been there before. There is no food, they have popcorn freely available and a filtered water tap freely available. They have Dry Dock beers on tap, only. On the one side they are connected to a homebrew shop, as well, which has limited hours. They are super welcoming, and easily accessible. They offer a sampler flight, which is a great way to get to know their beers. I loved the coffee milk stout, probably the best coffee beer I have ever had. They offer a limited selection of cans and bottles for purchase, however the coffee stout was not among the offerings.

There were plenty of tables, plenty of seats and people are friendly and welcoming enough to be willing to share a table with you. (which is unlike other brewpubs throughout the country, in terms of their tasting rooms being spacious enough with ample seating). Service is good, you can order at the bar, and they also have waitstaff, which really helps out if the bar might get clogged.

The noise level was low enough to be able to talk and hear everyone, and like I said plenty of seating, so you can have a chance to get in and taste their offerings. I loved this place. I'd go back again and again. It's simple, unpretentious, and airy, especially with the doors and windows wide open. You could sit outside on their outdoor porch-area, too, and be served there as well.

Aug 01, 2013
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25


Dry Dock Brewing from the back looking
towards the taps near the front door

First round with one of my favorite views
Gloria and I are in town for GALA, but we got a hotel in Aurora to have an evening at Dry Dock Brewing before the singing started. Brewing TV did an episode on Dry Dock before Northern Brewer came out with their Dry Dock brew kits. Between that and hearing about the start of the pub on Basic Brewing Radio, having a pint here was at the top of my drinking list for a trip to Denver.

Today, Dry Dock is the fully expanded version of a tap room of original business on site: The Brew Hut. From the bar, it looks like a pretty cool brew shop, but closed at the moment. Great idea to have the two side by side to support the making and drinking of very local craft beer. Dry Dock is still very much a tap room with limited hours and free popcorn is your only sustenance. Eat ahead of time, bring it along (saw a group with Chinese take-out) and come for the company and the beer. My favorite feature of the pub was a self serve water station to stay hydrated without bothering the bartenders. JL Beers needs to take a lesson from Dry Dock.

I started with the Double IPA, which was very solid. The Urca Vanilla Porter was a strong, extremely sweet porter full of vanilla, like a beer milkshake. My favorite of the night was the U.S.S. Enterprise IPA that reminds me a bit of Masala Mama from my home pub Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. These and a couple of other drafts made for a mellow start to an exciting week in Denver.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/05/dry-dock-brewing-aurora-co.html

May 27, 2013
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MilwaukeeCrusher from Wisconsin

3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I had stopped here with a friend a few years back and what a difference... then it was a homebrew shop first it seemed and the brewery an afterthought (although I know they had awards already). Now a nice big brew pub with open ceilings. I did a sampler and found their lineup to be quite solid, although I was hoping that I could try their barleywine. Maybe because of that I don't feel over the top about this place, but I do intend to stop there again someday.

Mar 16, 2013
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aeibrean from Florida

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went in on a Monday evening, yet the crowd was decent. The folks in the place ranged from a 3 year old boy to an 80 yr old hippie & his wife. I liked this. The place is decorated in a loose nautical theme, which I find interesting in land locked Colorado.
The beer was very good, I tried the bounty old ale, which was great. Excellent texture, flavour & taste. The colour was outstanding as well. I also tried the naked porter which was on hand pull. It was very good, the colour was a bit weak, as was the taste. Overall, for a porter it was a touch watery. I would try it again though. as I said it was just a touch watery for my taste. not bad, just not outstanding. My uncle had an apricot brew, he raved about it.
The service was good, but not great. I am from Manhattan, so I am used to exemplary service as standard.
I will be going back, I had a wonderful time.

Mar 12, 2013
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bditty187 from Nebraska

3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75

We visited Dry Dock on a Thursday night, it was busy. I was happy we found a parking spot as close as we did. The reviews on beeradvocate and yelp were both so overly positive it was stupid of us (the wife and I) not to stop since our hotel was only a few blocks away.

Nearly every table was full when we arrived. We ending up finding a little table towards the back of the building near the shuffleboard table (sweet!). Once we sat down we could not tell if there was table service as there was so many people milling about. I went to the bar, nice selection of taps. Based on what I read online we ordered the Apricot Ale and Wee Heavy. I thought both were duds. The Wee Heavy was thin and weak and while the Apricot Ale had a great nose it did not deliver on the palate.

Since we were here we might as well have another beer before going to dinner. (A side note: As mentioned in many reviews, no food here. Just popcorn and a binder full of nearby restaurants that deliver.) I walked back to the bar and ordered two more beers, Vanilla Porter and Double IPA (which I read nothing but good things about). When I got back to our table my wife informed me she was chewed out by our “waitress” (who knew we had one) that she should be getting our beers. Hello! We had been there over 20 minutes already and nobody stopped by our table. This attitude was a bit off-putting. The Vanilla Porter was solid, very good. The Double IPA was a joke. It was “IPA-ish” at best.

So after two beers each we decided not to order food in and left for Wing Hut across the street. I failed to see what the hype was about this place. Obviously people like it here as it was busy as hell. Me… meh.

Jan 20, 2013
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Don't expect to see a dinner menu when yoiu walk into this place because they do not cook and serve their own food. They do however give you the option to order from the delivery menus of several local restaurants while you order a glass of beer brewed on the premises. A wooden rustic look on the inside although the outside looks like something out of a strip mall. There were 6 or 7 beers available on tap or for sale in bottles. I was on a business trip to Colorado because otherwise I was not aware of this place. But I was pleased to find it.

Sep 06, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

the value here is awesome. great prices for excellent beers. much larger than i expected, with all bottling being done on site and a pretty substantial brewing operation. smallish bar with lots of seat yourself tables, free popcorn, and open atmosphere with lots of loud conversation and barrels just hanging out. maybe ten or twelve beers on tap, and it was firkin friday with a roasted pecan old ale. YUM! all the beers we had were great, some even world class. service wasnt bad for a friday night, real busy, but people were knowledgeable and chatty. they have a cool homebrew store sort of attached as well with a great staff over there. a really great place to get the growlers filled up and meet your neighbors. i loved this place and might start frequenting it, only drawback in my eyes is that its in aurora. definitely hit this one up.

edit: this place has grown up nicely, a couple of locations now, beers all over the stores, some staple flavors in affordable cans, but still making the higher end stuff too. their barleywine remains one of my favorites in the style from anyone, and these guys, regardless of reputation, are one of the stronger local denver outfits. still a fantastic taproom experience too.

Apr 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My husband and I frequent this brewery often and have yet to be let down. The staff and owners are extremely friendly and helpful and the beer is excellent.
They recently had a Poppy stout on tap which I can honestly say has been my favorite so far.
Their heffeweizen has a great, unique banana-esque flavoring that I've never experienced before.
Their Vanilla Porter has a great vanilla flavoring that isn't overwhelming and a nice, thick consistency with a smooth finish.
The Apricot blonde is a great beer for anyone who is not necessarily a beer drinker because of its easy drinkability and great apricot taste.
Their Double IPA is also easily one of the best in Colorado.
Every person we have referred to Dry Dock has come away a new fan.
Highly recommended!

Feb 28, 2012
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

We stopped here the other day based on recommendations from our bartenders at the Falling Rock. Cool find and not to far from Denver if you catch every green light or take the highway.

The atmosphere of this place is good. A decent size bar, a bunch of tables inside up front, more outside in a fenced in area, and more tables around the corner right before the entrance to the homebrew store. Yes folks, a homebrew store is attached to the brewery. Wicked cool. They even had a bunch of whiskey barrels available for sale. Plenty of people talking and no music. You also get a view into the brewery in the middle of the bar. Different type of setup, but it worked for us.

The quality of the beer is good since they make everything on site and barrel age some of their beers from a local distillery Stranahans close to the brewery. We actually had the chance to try out a special barrel aged brew and it was deliciously smooth.

Service was great. Once again we found two employees from MA and NH, but I think they found us, so we got over the top hospitality service due to them being big Pats fans and the fact that we all share a common bond that we call New England. We got to try out extra beers that they pulled from out back and got some beer to take home also.

The selection was good for a brewpub given that they only offered their own beers. There were around 12 or so beers to choose from, growlers were available for filling, bombers were ready to go in the fridge, and logs and 1/2 barrels were available for sale.

Just to let other people know, they don't serve food. So eat up and fill your bellies up like we did before we went here.

We would like to thank our bartenders about this place and very happy we hit it up.

Dec 19, 2011
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mactrail from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Remarkable range of beers, all well described on the boards and printed menu. The five seasonal styles tend toward German with some fruit beers and a selection of "normal" styles for the standard house brews. But there is a lot to choose from and they seem to keep several new seasonals coming all the time.

Service was attentive and responsive when you wanted something. One of the bartenders stopped to check on us and gave a dissertation on the style of our beer and the philosophy of the place while he took a breather. And the well-used brewery is right there through the window.

Free popcorn. A group was having a potluck dinner in the big back room, which seems like a great idea for a place like this to promote. I think this is a really interesting variation on how beer businesses are making a go of it these days. Intimacy? no, but it's very jolly and unpretentious, and the noise level is bearable since they skip the all-too-common blare of music-like noise.

Way the hell out in darkest Aurora, so not likely for a quick downtown Denver visit. But totally worth seeking out if you have the time and transportation. Among the most interesting brewpubs in Denver. I'd skip Wynkoop and go here if for some reason you had to choose one.

Dec 18, 2011
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Dogbrick from Ohio

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

(Visited 07/2011): Dry Dock is situated on the southeast side of Aurora on East Hampden Ave at the end of a plaza within a larger plaza. Parking spots are abundant in both but were scarce on my visit.

The building is segmented to a tap room on the left and a homebrew shop on the right. On the tap room side the wavy bar is along the left, looking directly into the brewery. Opposite that are long tables with high chairs. More seating is available on picnic benches between. There is a patio outside as well. The right side is a shop which happened to be packed on my visit as it looked like they were doing some kind of tasting. As such I was not able to do more than poke my head in.

Dry Dock has around 9-10 of their beers on tap, including a couple seasonals. Many have a maritime theme such as HMS Bounty Old Ale or USS Enterprise IPA. They are pretty much all above average with no real standouts. Sampler paddles area available too.

Service on a weekday afternoon was good. I was served by multiple bartenders and they were all friendly and well-versed in their selection.

No food here aside from popcorn, although there is a pretty good rib joint (Revned) a couple doors down.

Overall this is a solid brewery/tap room to visit in the Denver/Aurora area.

Dec 07, 2011
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place has undergone a recent expansion. My first visit years ago, the tap room was very small. Two expansions later, and move, this place is quite the bar.

Corner unit in a shopping mall thingy, corner of Chambers and Hampden. Long bar with windows into the brew room. Tables along the outside windows. Popcorn is all the munchies they have, although you can bring in whatever you want.

Additional room has been made opposite the entry door. More like German beerhaus feel. Barrels racks line the walls. Next door is the home brew shop, and you can take your beer in there and snoop/shop around.

Service is always friendly here, while maybe a bit slow when it's busy. Be patient, you'll get some fine beer.

Aug 25, 2011
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Ragingbull from California

3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

My wife and I stopped in for a flight and a pint at Dry Dock yesterday evening. The atmosphere was decent. It is a tasting room and brewing facility in a strip mall, so they do a great job considering where they are at. There is a nice little "patio" area they have cobbled out front on what would otherwise be the sidewalk. The selection is decent, I think they had 8 or 9 beers available. Maybe more. I can't say for sure as there were multiple lists floating around and some beers were out. The servers were friendly and attentive, but it took a little while for them to get out to us, most likely just because of the hour and the fact that the place was pretty full on a Saturday night. The popcorn machine is a nice touch as there isn't food. Thankfully we knew this and had some dinner first. They do offer the opportunity for you to order food from area restaurants and eat it on their premises which is cool. Pretty good place. We didn't make it here in May when visiting Denver, but I am glad we did this weekend.

Jul 04, 2011
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mulder1010 from Australia

3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

A-- Good atmosphere and a large facility for what is there. Lots of barrels and old wood, that gives it a homey feel. Very clean and tidy though.

Q-- Top notch quality beers. Had the Vanilla Porter and DIPA there. Hard to find fault with the two beers I had.

S-- A little slow and unattentive but that is OK. Got what I needed when ordered.

S-- Just their own offernings. The IPA was out when I was there.

F-- No food, just a popcorn machine. Enough food offerings in the area so that is OK and makes up for it.

V-- Maybe the best tap room in the metro area. Lots of space and a good feel to it. Really good beers from a up and coming player in beer in the Western US. Good prices on the beers and really good growler prices.

Jun 25, 2011
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FrankenBeerStein from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Definitely a "must hit" place when checking out Denver microbrews. It seems to be bigger every time I go in, and now that I have started homebrewing, it's got even more to offer. They don't serve food, but that isn't a bad thing since it is a tap room and all about the beer. I have yet to try one here that I haven't liked. They'll pour you a taste of anything you want to try, and pints are inexpensive ($3-$5) when you find one you want a full glass of. Last time I was there, I got some tubing and an auto siphon AND got to try their Dry Irish Stout (excellent and highly recommended, but it may have been a St Patty's special run). The atmosphere is that of a neighborhood hangout/clubhouse for beer enthusiasts and you can usually get into a brewing conversation fairly easily, either in the bar itself, or in their homebrew shop, The Brew Hut. Plenty of tables and places to sit weekeday afternoons/evenings, though I can't really speak to Fri/Sat nights as that's when I have to work. When out of town friends visit, this is definitely one of the places I try to send/take them to.

Apr 26, 2011
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brewdenver from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A true brewery down to the very core. Before they started winning medals at GABF. They had an area in the back that would only sit about 20 comfortably. I miss those days. Now its changed a lot expanding to the neighbors spots and growing considerably. A true beer drinkers atmosphere. Beer and nothing but beer to drink. with large windows showing their fermenters and boilers. As always next door they have the brew store; selling everything you need to brew your own. Beer quality is exceptional. I have never had a bad beer here. Their Oktoberfest which is very limited is worth even a trip from a neighboring state. It only last the one day it's served. When ordering they write it down and give you the paper. They trust their beer drinkers :). On a side note when you are needing to get your beer supplies and ingredients you can do so while drinking one of their many beers on tap. Always new beers available. I don't think they ever stop brewing at this place. No food is served here. Although within a 2 min walking distance you have a gyro, mexican and chinese restaurant and can bring your food in to eat. If you don't want to walk you can eat the popcorn. Well its beer only so value is awesome.

Mar 24, 2011
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Some important pluses and minuses. A small place, a decent and nice bar. The server was very nice, and one of the brewers just came out, poured me an unfiltered altbier before it was going on line, and disapeared (a plus). Kids around ( a plus), very inexpensive. Hwoever, most of their beers though often flavourful, were overcarbonated. In a nice suburb, so lots of free parking. Most patrons walking around, not unfriendly, but a few just too drunk and loud so not a place for my young daughter. Brew their own rootbeer which I liked but not sweet enough for the designated driver (my wife).

Feb 11, 2011
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mytireisfat from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I love this place! I've been ther twice now. Both time was packed. Hard to find a place to sit tho. They have an extra bar at the window to sit at, but the tables are to close to get in and out. Now with the good stuff! Good selection of beers. And both time had a seasonal beer which were awesome! Saison was my fave. Good selection of beer glasses they serve in. No food. But all u can eat free popcorn. the place has things like boats and sails all over, which is cool. There is a homebrew shop attatched to the place. Out side there is more seating, and they have a huge heater, which does the job of keeping you warm pretty well. You can get growlers. And now they bottle in bombers. But only had one style in bottles last time I was there. Fun place to go. Great beer, which they have won some awards for. I can't wait to go back!

Nov 28, 2010
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brdc from Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I was taken to this place by a local friend, on a Saturday night. Reasonable amount of people, but definitely not packed.

This is a peculiar place, with good service, but also very hard to recommend.
The place itself looks semi-abandoned and somewhat dirty, with a number of merchandise hanging for sale like dirty clothes in a hanger.
Food is not available, other than a few bags of peanuts.
The service, as mentioned, is good, but it is hard to be great when you do not have food to serve, and the beers are limited.
The beers were unfortunately not the best, and interestingly, some of their awarded beers (listed on the wall) are not available.
This was unfortunately a disappointing place.

Nov 01, 2010
Dry Dock Brewing Co. in Aurora, CO
Brewery rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 2830 ratings