Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Dry Dock Brewing Co.Dry Dock Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
3.83/5
2,690 Ratings
Dry Dock Brewing Co.Dry Dock Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Homebrew, Beer-to-go

15120 E Hampden Ave
Aurora, Colorado, 80014
United States

(303) 400-5606 | map
drydockbrewing.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2005

BEER STATS
Beers:
109
Reviews:
720
Ratings:
2,690
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.2/5
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
89
pDev:
11.19%
 
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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Tdschoenthaler
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of crobinso
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Angerhaus
3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of locoformavs
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of coones14
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of blayrelovesbeer
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Apricot Blonde is always a great go too... Firkin Friday is awesome for those who have a taste for experimental fusions.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of shareallthebeer
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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 +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of flexabull
4.16/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Buannaich
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of legrandfacile74
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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 +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of kingpin1010
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of KLHBB
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
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 +16.4%
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 +5.5%
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 +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.03/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Panama69
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of DFINE321
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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Dry Dock Brewing Co. in Aurora, CO
Brewery rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 2,690 ratings
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