Brewery Snapshot: Dry Dock Brewing South Dock

As one of the more established and medal-winning craft brewers in Denver, Dry Dock Brewing just celebrated their 12th anniversary and while you can find a few of their staple beers in bars and liquor stores throughout Denver, their taproom has a wealth of additional beers. The original South Dock is attached to the Brew Hut, which offers a wealth of home-brewing & winemaking supplies and advice.

BEER LINEUP: As Dry Dock has grown, their beer lineup has matured and today provides something for everyone, from traditional light styles to dark, plus specialty beers like sours, seasonals, and fruit beers including their famous Apricot Blonde

ATMOSPHERE: Over the years Dry Dock has expanded their taproom multiple times from a Brew Hut closet and their mountain-lodge-style taproom generally buzzes with activity. The feeling is comfortable and friendly, with guests hanging out chatting, playing games, and making new friends at the bench-style tables. The only critique is that it can get a bit loud inside, although they also offer a reasonable patio in front of the taproom.

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Medal Scroll of Fame

SERVICE: Always great. The staff seems like they are having fun and the feeling rubs off on the whole environment. They’re always very engaging and informative regarding the beer selection and quick to offer suggestions and opinions.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Tucked on the far side of Cherry Creek Reservoir, the South Dock can be a hike for those not in Aurora or Southeast Denver, with access from I225 and Parker Road. The surrounding area is typical suburbia with single-family homes and strip malls, and the strip-mall-heavy corner where Dry Dock sits provides lots of parking along with restaurants offering takeout or delivery since Dry Dock has no onsite food.  The neighborhood doesn’t offer many reasons to linger unless you also have a few errands to run.

STANDOUT BEER: Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. While some may find this beer a little gimmicky I thought it hit the spot on a cool fall day with rich roast malt combined with dark chocolate and peanut butter. The beer had the appropriate deep-brown color and thickness that one would expect for this type. Truly a well-balanced cold-weather comfort beer!

May Beverage Happenings

May looks like a great month for beer and other drinking experiences!

May 7 is National Homebrew Day. If you’re already a homebrewer or want to give it a try a lot of brewing supply places are doing things to celebrate, such as The Brew Hut which is having brewing demonstrations and sales on equipment on May 6.

Mid-month is American Craft Beer Week from May 15-21 when you can expect 20170101_151519_hdrnumerous breweries to get in on the action with special events.

The Denver Bacon and Beer Festival hits Mile High Stadium on May 13. Bacon + Beer – is any more description needed?

May 20 is a two-fer. Starting at noon Strange Craft celebrates their 7th anniversary with a Backyard BBQ featuring food, bands, and of course beer from 10 different breweries! Then in the evening the Denver Beer and Music Festival kicks in at City Hall on Broadway with bands, DJs, beer, and other alcoholic beverages. Perhaps a good day for Uber, huh?

Thursday May 25th brings Colorado Corks and Cuisine at Four-Mile Park. This event celebrates local food, distilleries, and of course breweries including Comrade and Fermaentra. Tickets are cheaper in advance and coupon code GCCC gets you another 5 bucks off.

Drink On!