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Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 55
Beer Ratings: 535
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
701 S 50th St
phone: (215) 726-2337
(Place added by: Jason on 03-14-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited Dock Street Brewery on a Friday after work in late June with my wife and two of our friends.
We arrived around 6:30 and were seated immediately. The place was half full; however, it was a sunny day (rare this season) so there were a few parties seated outside. The interior was spacious and comfortable, if a little industrial. No frills in this place. The patrons varied in age. Only two large vessels were visible behind glass which I assumed were fermenters; I was disappointed that more of the guts of the brewery were not visible.
We arrived and sat in the corner. I ordered the sampler of 6 beers - a Bohemian pilsener, American wheat, rye IPA, sorghum beer, amber ale, and an espresso stout. I settled on the rye IPA and determined to try the espresso stout later on for dessert. The rye IPA came and was delightful, although different from any other IPA I have ever had (due to the rye I'm sure). It went very well with the hummus that we ordered. The hummus was fantastic.
I milked the rye IPA until our dinners came out. I had a calzone while everyone else ordered pizzas. I do not remember the gorey details of the food probably because I scarfed it down so fast, but I do remember that the general consensus was that it all was absolutely delicious. Dock Street has the food side of things down pat.
After dinner, my wife and our friends decided to have some dessert. I ordered the espresso stout which I had tasted earlier. It tasted like a carbonated cup of creamy coffee. I have not had many coffee stouts, but I found this to be quite enjoyable. Non-coffee fans need not apply, however.
Overall, the experience was a good one. Price point was not too bad considering the quality of the food. However, I did notice that a growler-fill was $16 (more for a high ABV but I don't remember how much more), which seemed a little steep. Otherwise, everything was pretty good.
06-29-2009 19:04:24 |
More by ljbrisson
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The last time I was at dock street they were in a center city location about 10 years ago.
I drove up to see if they had any bottles left from a recent release, fortunately they did. Rhw neighborhood is good where the bar is, but driving up I did get a bit concerned. The building is an old firehouse, it looks pretty cool from the outside. The inside did not really do it for me. The bar is big and nondiscript, nothing real catchy on the walls. Behind the bar they have a brick pizza oven, which is actually pretty cool.
I got there about 3:30 on a Wed and the place was dead. They have 6 beers on tap, so I ordered the sampler. I enjoyed all of them. I did order a pint of the kolch afterward with some fries. The beer was reasonably priced, the bartender was friendly and the menu looked pretty good. I will have to hit up Dock Street again in the future.
11-24-2011 09:35:09 |
More by bonkers
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
We made our long overdue first stop to the new brewpub. The long-shuttered original in one of the Logan Square buildings downtown was one of my early craft beer destinations long ago.
I love the location in a converted firehouse in a changing West Philly neighborhood. The inside had a rundown diner feel and could maybe be a little cleaner but it was a bit of a letdown after the very cool exterior.
Six beers on tap, including the Rye IPA, which I have enjoyed many other places. It was just as good here. I also enjoyed the Hop Garden double IPA.
We had the cheese plate (not bad but nothing special) and the trio fries that were a staple of the old place. As in the past, the ratio of (approx.) 60% regular fries, 25% sweet potato fries and 15% fried leeks is perfect for my taste, and something most places don't get right.
Service was pleasant if not particularly knowledgeable.
Not sure I would stop here regularly, maybe just a quick stop on our way to Local 44.
01-15-2009 16:49:07 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited at opening time (noon) on Saturday. Having never visited the place but made aware of the styles produced had me curious. The place is decently sized. Room for about a dozen or so across the bar and tables fill the void with plenty of seating. A large chalk board displays the tap list as well as a couple paper menus floating around.
A large wood fired oven drew my attention which made the choice of ordering pizza a no brainer. The pizza was banging, I would return again just for that. There was 6 drafts on. Rye IPA, another IPA, a barleywine, RIS, belgian strong and a porter. Bottles for take out sat on a ledge behind the bar sadly in direct fire of the sunlight coming in from the windows. The brewhouse is visible in that same area.
The presence of the brewhouse and possibly open windows allowed for there to be an unacceptable amount of large fruit flies attacking my food and beer. Unfortunately, that was not the biggest gripe of the experience. At one point I had to walk outside for fresh air because they had a propane leak that made the entire place stink. The wait staff stood around and didnt acknowledge something was wrong until I said something. The resolution was "oh is that what that smell is?"
The wait staff was attentive but they had to be since we were the only patrons and were seated at the bar right infront of them. When it came time for the check, I was agitated that they were seemingly playing me for a tip. The reason for my trip was to secure bottles for my friends. The website clearly states there is a discount when buying by the case. Heres a tip, dont play me for a fool and pretend like you are doing me a special favor by giving me a couple dollar discount. Despite the negative aspects of this trip, id still go back for the pizza if they had a really intriguing bottle release.
12-05-2012 21:24:08 |
More by stakem
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Let's start with the beer. I was unfortunate to have missed the beers that Scott Morrison brewed before Julius Hummer took over. I WAS expecting something good however, as Hummer had such a good resume. The beers I tasted were far from spectacular, and were both incompletely attenuated, thus tasting a little like homebrew. That to me, is a very clear sign that the brewer doesn't know what he's doing. Thankfully Hummer got the boot less than two months on the job (a little too much taste testing there???) and Scott has returned. THAT will be the only reason that I'll go back, although I can say that the pizza is excellent. And seeing Jeff making pies behind the counter was great! (Rosemarie was there too, as was Mike Fava, the assistant brewer).
But pizza alone is not enough to drag me into that part of west Philly. And let's cover that now. No, the area's not great, but it's not too bad. Chinese take-outs are the best indicator. Do they have bullet-proof glass protecting them from the customers? Well, the one right down the street headed towards the city does, but that could just be a vestige left over from a worse time some years ago. Right in the area it's not too bad. Stick close though. Don't head any further west (and certainly not north of that) after dark.
So let's see... we should have great beers on (Mr. Morrison has never let me down), and the pizza rocks. But what about the rest of the premesis? Well, the outside of the building is beautiful, there's no denying that. And inside it's kind of cozy, but at the same time kind of not. It's small, but it feels loud and cold. And perhaps more tight than cozy. And the used furniture by the doorway doesn't exactly endear me, but it does fit the neighborhood. Hell, for all I know they might have taken it right off the curb at the end of last year over by Penn. The bar area looks as if it might have been a pizza counter in a past life. It's nice looking, but it's not really as warm or comfortable as a wood topped bar would have been in my opinion. The support beam covered with old labels and stickers, however, is just tacky.
I'm going to head back over to grab some of Scott's beers and a pie. I'll update if there's been any change.
YES!!! What a difference a beer makes. The pizza remains the same beautiful thing that it is, and now the beer is great too! After 4 visits I can say without question that Dock Street has won me over.
11-11-2007 15:42:26 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$
Dock Street Brewing Company…….Philadelphia
Dock Street is in an interesting location on 50th St, the road it’s on is very nice and jam packed. As you drive around to find parking you will stumble on areas that are…..not nearly as nice. All within minutes of each other, gotta love cities.
In a refurbished firehouse, love the old industrial look. Exposed brick, tough floor. Small tables out in front and in the main part as you walk in. A long horizontal bar houses about 15 stools, the taps and the infamous brick fired pizza.
My wife and I were devastated to find out they had just tapped their keg of Sudan Grass, the gluten free beer that got so many good reviews and was one of our reasons for coming. Rats rats rats.
As she sipped her wine in sorrow I began to try some of their offerings. I had the Summer Session, the Bohemian Pils, and the OMG Pale Ale. All were good, if not quite spectacular.
What was spectacular was the pizza. My god. I had a simple cheese one and it was amazing, the wife ordered a burger and sweet potato fries that were also amazing. Great to see the open kitchen and the food being made right in front of you.
We sat the bar, our bartenders were attentive and helpful. Place filled up quickly.
Overall, cool place to come. Ok beer, dynamite pizza, great vibe. Make it a stop.
08-09-2011 02:48:42 |
More by TheDeuce
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
The most important aspect of a brewpub is, of course, the beer. Our group started with samplers. At $6, the sampler was reasonable. Nice selection of ales (gold, white, red) and seasonals (dark cherry, pumpkin) and a good IPA. All were solid offerings.
The establishment itself is very bohemian. The menu was called the "introductory menu" and was rather limited. Of the four of us there, all of us agreed that the food was pretty average at best.
My biggest complaint was the growler situation. We wanted to share the beer with friends at a party the next day. When we were told that two growlers would be $60, we were a bit shocked. They were charging a steep deposit price on the growlers. The cost to refill is pretty standard, but I'm certainly not accustomed to such a high initial bottle charge (~$16 if memory serves). But like I said, the beer was good enough to want a growler, so I guess we'll try to spread the cost of that growler out over a few additional visits.
09-29-2007 17:19:11 |
More by tmp155
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The wife and I stopped into Dock Street on a recent trip to Philadelphia. First off - I highly recommend going here in daylight as the surrounding neighborhood would be a bit scary at night. I say this in all seriousness. While I hail from a small town now, I have grown up and lived in places like Flint and Detroit, Michigan and was still uneasy at 1-2pm in this part of town. Ok - now about the place: it appears to be located in an old fire station, but the waiter didn't really seem to know exactly. It has a bit of an eccentric feel to the place; perhaps I got this feeling from the wait staff though. The beer in the sampler that we ordered was of decent quality, but nothing really jumped out at me: good or bad. They did have a lot of varieties available though. While I can say that my experience at Dock Street was not an unpleasant one, neither the beer nor the atmosphere were good enough for me to return especially with the current location. I think the proprietors should consider the location and their target market.
06-23-2008 12:19:55 |
More by scoobybrew
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went in on a Friday afternoon. Inside was empty, but the 6 or so seats outside were filled. Interior was hot, wood burning pizza oven gave off a decent amount of heat. black tables and seats. Nothing fancy, cement floors, some fans overhead.
Seemed like pizza was their specialty, so we ordered the Mexican and BBQ chicken. For a small crowd, the food took a long time to come. Worth the wait. Both were really good. Lots of flavor. Tasty crust.
In terms of beer, did the sampler. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Kolsch, Pale Ale, Porter, Coffee infused stout and a few others. All were good, fresh. I liked the stout the best, but went with a pint of the kolsch.
No parking lot, you have to park on the street. Overall, good beers, but the pizzas were actually my favorite part of the trip.
10-17-2011 20:45:44 |
More by Nutleybeer
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This place has high ceilings and a quasi- industrial feel to it. The bar is a long hunk of formica that looked okay. The tables and chairs were all plastic and kind of uncomfortable. When we walked in, they were a little slow and we were told to sit anywhere. So we picked the nearest dirty table which was cleaned after we asked three times.
The trio fries were something different, white and sweet potatoes along with some leeks. I had a pizza made in a hard wood fired oven that was delicious. My girlfriend had a pear and gorgonzola salad that she liked well enough.
I sampled some beers from others at my table that I didn't like that much, an imperial Bubbly Wit that was too sweet and a red ale that was bland. I had two rye IPAs that I absolutely loved, probably the best I've tried. They won't fill growlers that have another brewerie's logo on it, but the ones they sell are plain. That doesn't make any sense to me.
Overall, the service and location are less than ideal, but I wouldn't rule out a return visit.
07-29-2008 10:54:31 |
More by DIM
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