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Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 77
Beer Ratings: 1,278
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Homebrew Store ]
15120 E Hampden Ave
phone: (303) 400-5606
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is great escpecially since it is attached to the homebrew shop i always go to. It is great I stop by and pick up my ingredients and then I stop over to dry dock for a few pints of inspiration. The always have something new and interesting on tap, as well as, some of the local favorites. Not sure what to try first that's okay, just ask the bartender! They will surely guide into the best possible style of beer for your palate and mood. If you are ever in the area stop in for a quick pint, or do what I do and start bringing growlers.
10-22-2010 17:11:51 |
More by WhatsNewinBooze
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Dry Dock just rules!
Every beer here is top notch. I have never had a beer I thought was just average. I've been at the brewery at least a half dozen times and have always come away impressed by the selection and freshness of Dry Dock. I love all of their beers but I will say the Vanilla Porter is a particular favorite. Very balanced with just vanilla notes in the smell and taste.
I'm always amazed how busy this place is too since I don't think they keg or bottle their beer. Basically you have to show up to drink it or take it home in growlers.
They have fairly generous seating around the bar and lots of tables both in and outside. Every time I stop by here after 5 PM, the place is just packed.
They have a homebrew store (The Brew Hut) right next door to handle your local homebrew needs. They are really cool to homebrewers too. Lots of their recipes are located on their website and my buddy was trying to clone one of their beers and e-mailed them with some questions and they were very forthright regarding their processes and ingredients.
The only negatives:
- It's far from the the action of all the Denver breweries but well worth a trip in my opinion.
- No food
- Since they are so small and doing suck brisk business they tend to run out of beer fairly quickly so it's best to get what you want when you are there.
A must visit place if you are a beer advocate living along the Front Range or a visitor to Denver/Aurora.
07-28-2010 16:17:35 |
More by clarkm04
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is my local brewpub...and it also just happens to be the small brewer of the year award winner from the 2009 GABF. How convenient, huh?
While Dry Dock used to simply be the small area in the back of the Brew Hut (the homebrew shop and sister business), it now has a large tasting room with tons of taps, lots of tables, and a lot of space. There are even 5 picnic tables outside for the summer.
Everything is wood paneled for a cool look. There are 3 HDTV's and a nice railing that runs around the entire bar so that you have a place to sit/stand when it's crowded.
Want to know what's on tap? There are two large chalk boards and taplist/style description lists scattered around.
On to the beer! Dry Dock usually has at least 6-7 beers on tap at any one time. Year round beers include an APA, ESB, weiss, IPA, vanilla porter, "naked" (non-vanilla) porter, UK strong ale, and an apricot blonde. During most seasons there will also be 4-5 limited selections like an alt, pumpkin, brown, doppelbock, honey cream, golden ale, and plenty of others. On some days I've seen upwards of 15 beers ready to go. Pints are $3-4 each and are served in the correct glassware for each style. Are they any good? Absolutely. I've never had anything from DD that I would consider to be less than excellent. The weiss and ESB are among the best I've had anywhere. The Marzen and doppelbock are the best US examples I've ever had. The cask brown, too.
One of the best things about DD is that they're creating great examples of both everyday styles, and unusual ones. While some beers are better than others, I've never picked up anything "off" in any of them. They also never play it safe with boring examples of anything either.
Each Friday they do an experimental single batch of something unusual. It could be everything from a chili-pepper DIPA to a coconut porter. While some of those can get a little zany, you can chalk that up to DD simply creating something fun that may or may not be worth revisiting.
Service? The bartenders knew my name and were running tabs for me without any questions after only a few visits. When new people stop in they're always good about giving recommendations or free tastes of things. They even comp regulars when a new beer is tapped. Can't beat that.
What about food? There's all you can eat popcorn :) Since no food is served (not counting special occasions), they have an old style popcorn machine for snacking and you can bring in any food or snacks you want. Since there are Chinese and Mexican restaurants nearby you'll almost always see people eating inside. You can even get food delivered there if you like.
Dry Dock is my favorite brewpub for a reason. Great beers, great selection, great service, and I can bring in any food I want to pair with any of it.
12-09-2009 18:37:17 |
More by Domingo
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What a fantastic place - a beer lover / home brewer paradise! I was initially drawn to visit DD because of their recent GABF "small brewer of the year" award. Located in a strip mall, it's hardly a very grand looking place. I went in and had a seat at the bar.
I was greeted by a likeable chap, Shawn, who offered to get me samples or a pint. I told him I had never been there before and wanted to try a variety of things. $1/3oz. sample seemed fair.
So I started with the naked porter, vanilla porter, and pumpkin ale. They were all absolutely outstanding! I was blown away. With so many brewers making bigger, hoppier, high ABV beers these days, it's good to be reminded how excellent the more traditional styles can be. Dry Dock is a great reality check.
Next I went on to try their brown ale and ESB. Again, just phenomenal examples of these classic styles. Not big, over-the-top, style-bending versions but just about the best interpretations of the classics I've had.
From there, I went on to try the Seven Cs DIPA and the wee heavy which were great as well. The 7Cs was just as good or better than any, other than Pliny.
These brewers are making some incredible beers out of a dinky location but, as the saying goes, you can't judge a book by its cover...
The homebrew shop that is attached is just as nice. Great selection of malts, hops, yeasts, and equipment. A nice little library of brewing books is also worth examining. Although the service on this side of the estabilishment was lacking, I could see that they had anything a homebrewer would need, whether just beginning or highly skilled.
12-07-2009 20:59:41 |
More by GilGarp
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Well, any brewery that doubles as a home brew shop is worth a stop, at least for those that are home brewers. First, this is not entirely easy to find and is stuck in a retail shopping area. However, once you do wander in, they have around 12 tap handles attached to the cooler wall, along with plenty of maritime swag. The brewer/bar tender is polite and knowledgeable, which is nice considering some are not so polite or knowledgeable. This guy will talk beer almost all day. Once you have sated your thirst, head over to the home brew side of the house and plot your next killer batch. The selection here is adequate for most home brewers. Walk back through the brewery for another pint or two, grab a growler to go and head home for brew day.
11-07-2008 23:30:39 |
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