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Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 77
Beer Ratings: 1,279
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Homebrew Store ]
15120 E Hampden Ave
phone: (303) 400-5606
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2005)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
02-28-2012 00:28:43 |
More by AmberC
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went in on a Monday evening, yet the crowd was decent. The folks in the place ranged from a 3 year old boy to an 80 yr old hippie & his wife. I liked this. The place is decorated in a loose nautical theme, which I find interesting in land locked Colorado.
The beer was very good, I tried the bounty old ale, which was great. Excellent texture, flavour & taste. The colour was outstanding as well. I also tried the naked porter which was on hand pull. It was very good, the colour was a bit weak, as was the taste. Overall, for a porter it was a touch watery. I would try it again though. as I said it was just a touch watery for my taste. not bad, just not outstanding. My uncle had an apricot brew, he raved about it.
The service was good, but not great. I am from Manhattan, so I am used to exemplary service as standard.
I will be going back, I had a wonderful time.
03-12-2013 15:58:17 |
More by aeibrean
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
We stopped here the other day based on recommendations from our bartenders at the Falling Rock. Cool find and not to far from Denver if you catch every green light or take the highway.
The atmosphere of this place is good. A decent size bar, a bunch of tables inside up front, more outside in a fenced in area, and more tables around the corner right before the entrance to the homebrew store. Yes folks, a homebrew store is attached to the brewery. Wicked cool. They even had a bunch of whiskey barrels available for sale. Plenty of people talking and no music. You also get a view into the brewery in the middle of the bar. Different type of setup, but it worked for us.
The quality of the beer is good since they make everything on site and barrel age some of their beers from a local distillery Stranahans close to the brewery. We actually had the chance to try out a special barrel aged brew and it was deliciously smooth.
Service was great. Once again we found two employees from MA and NH, but I think they found us, so we got over the top hospitality service due to them being big Pats fans and the fact that we all share a common bond that we call New England. We got to try out extra beers that they pulled from out back and got some beer to take home also.
The selection was good for a brewpub given that they only offered their own beers. There were around 12 or so beers to choose from, growlers were available for filling, bombers were ready to go in the fridge, and logs and 1/2 barrels were available for sale.
Just to let other people know, they don't serve food. So eat up and fill your bellies up like we did before we went here.
We would like to thank our bartenders about this place and very happy we hit it up.
12-19-2011 17:42:54 |
More by Flounder57
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 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
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
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 |
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