Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 77
Beer Ratings: 1,291
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Remarkable range of beers, all well described on the boards and printed menu. The five seasonal styles tend toward German with some fruit beers and a selection of "normal" styles for the standard house brews. But there is a lot to choose from and they seem to keep several new seasonals coming all the time.
Service was attentive and responsive when you wanted something. One of the bartenders stopped to check on us and gave a dissertation on the style of our beer and the philosophy of the place while he took a breather. And the well-used brewery is right there through the window.
Free popcorn. A group was having a potluck dinner in the big back room, which seems like a great idea for a place like this to promote. I think this is a really interesting variation on how beer businesses are making a go of it these days. Intimacy? no, but it's very jolly and unpretentious, and the noise level is bearable since they skip the all-too-common blare of music-like noise.
Way the hell out in darkest Aurora, so not likely for a quick downtown Denver visit. But totally worth seeking out if you have the time and transportation. Among the most interesting brewpubs in Denver. I'd skip Wynkoop and go here if for some reason you had to choose one.
12-18-2011 04:47:18 | More by mactrail
4/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
(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.
12-07-2011 18:51:25 | More by Dogbrick
4.36/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-24-2011 23:45:11 | More by Mebuzzard
3.74/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
07-04-2011 03:52:25 | More by Ragingbull
3.89/5 rDev -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.
06-25-2011 18:21:36 | More by mulder1010
4.39/5 rDev +6%
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.
04-26-2011 00:28:38 | More by FrankenBeerStein
4.36/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-24-2011 16:42:32 | More by brewdenver
3.71/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Some important pluses and minuses. A small place, a decent and nice bar. The server was very nice, and one of the brewers just came out, poured me an unfiltered altbier before it was going on line, and disapeared (a plus). Kids around ( a plus), very inexpensive. Hwoever, most of their beers though often flavourful, were overcarbonated. In a nice suburb, so lots of free parking. Most patrons walking around, not unfriendly, but a few just too drunk and loud so not a place for my young daughter. Brew their own rootbeer which I liked but not sweet enough for the designated driver (my wife).
02-11-2011 04:50:26 | More by Sammy
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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!
11-28-2010 21:50:35 | More by mytireisfat
3.28/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
11-01-2010 22:34:46 | More by brdc
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Dry Dock Brewing Co. in Aurora, CO
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