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Aurora beer bar profile: Dry Dock Brewing Co. tasting room


Aurora, Col.
Photo by Tyler Burgei

Dry Dock Brewing Co., located in Aurora offers the true Colorado beer bar experience.

Before one walks into Dry Dock, there are a few things that are inevitably noticeable.  First, the entire front of the establishment is glass, allowing the potential guest a taste of what's to come.  Once entered, the bar greets the visitor with an ambience of good times - and good beer - being had by all.

Dry Dock is a small establishment that was recently name the best small brewery in the U.S. at the Great American Beer Festival. It offers sparse seating but a jovial atmosphere.  Despite the loud music and crowded space, the staff is accommodating, eager to treat its guests with a tasty "appetizer" - a 3 oz. sample of any of the brewery's featured beers - or a pint of their weekly-tapped Firkin - a small-batch brew that has been aged for an unusually long time for the style.

This week's Firkin is a pale ale that is run through dry hops before served.  The color is dark copper, cloudy, with a loose head that dissipates quickly.  The aroma hops take awhile to make a presence.  The flavor is nothing special on this one; no malt backbone supports the overall bitterness from the hops, and the brew tastes very watered-down.  Much more reminiscent of the English-style "session" pale ale, this beer is not one of the brewery's best-tasting; but it is still intriguing as it is not typical for a pale ale.

Despite its unusual firkin, this cozy beer bar is a delightful treat for any zymurgy enthusiast.  When asked about specifics pertaining to the beers, the bartender often defers to a nearby-seated guest.  The bar is inundated with home brewers who know more about beer than almost any given bartender in the U.S.

Attached to Dry Dock is The Brew Hut, a store dedicated to home brewing for the beginner and advanced home brewer.

A haven for beer enthusiasts, Dry Dock offers something special for all tastes.  Its award-winning brews include a nitro-induced Extra Special Bitter, Alt-bier, Old Ale, and Apricot Blonde - the brewery's best-selling beer, according to a Dry Dock bartender.  These special brews are merely compliments to the traditional Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Porter, and India Pale Ale brews that Dry Dock offers.

If you're ever near Aurora, be sure to stop by Dry Dock Brewing Co. and check out The Brew Hut next door.  You may just find a new passion.

Dry Dock Brewing Co.
15110 E Hampden Ave
Aurora, CO 80014-3906
(303) 400-5606