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Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 77
Beer Ratings: 1,276
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Homebrew Store ]
15120 E Hampden Ave
phone: (303) 400-5606
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
(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
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Some important pluses and minuses. A small place, a decent and nice bar. The server was very nice, and one of the brewers just came out, poured me an unfiltered altbier before it was going on line, and disapeared (a plus). Kids around ( a plus), very inexpensive. Hwoever, most of their beers though often flavourful, were overcarbonated. In a nice suburb, so lots of free parking. Most patrons walking around, not unfriendly, but a few just too drunk and loud so not a place for my young daughter. Brew their own rootbeer which I liked but not sweet enough for the designated driver (my wife).
02-11-2011 04:50:26 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
03-16-2013 00:12:39 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Dry Dock Brewing from the back looking
towards the taps near the front door
First round with one of my favorite views
Gloria and I are in town for GALA, but we got a hotel in Aurora to have an evening at Dry Dock Brewing before the singing started. Brewing TV did an episode on Dry Dock before Northern Brewer came out with their Dry Dock brew kits. Between that and hearing about the start of the pub on Basic Brewing Radio, having a pint here was at the top of my drinking list for a trip to Denver.
Today, Dry Dock is the fully expanded version of a tap room of original business on site: The Brew Hut. From the bar, it looks like a pretty cool brew shop, but closed at the moment. Great idea to have the two side by side to support the making and drinking of very local craft beer. Dry Dock is still very much a tap room with limited hours and free popcorn is your only sustenance. Eat ahead of time, bring it along (saw a group with Chinese take-out) and come for the company and the beer. My favorite feature of the pub was a self serve water station to stay hydrated without bothering the bartenders. JL Beers needs to take a lesson from Dry Dock.
I started with the Double IPA, which was very solid. The Urca Vanilla Porter was a strong, extremely sweet porter full of vanilla, like a beer milkshake. My favorite of the night was the U.S.S. Enterprise IPA that reminds me a bit of Masala Mama from my home pub Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. These and a couple of other drafts made for a mellow start to an exciting week in Denver.
Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/05/dry-dock-brewing-aurora-co.html
05-27-2013 16:32:34 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | $$
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.
01-20-2013 14:20:55 |
More by bditty187
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
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. 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. 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
04-28-2012 23:25:43 |
More by StonedTrippin
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: 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
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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