South Dock. Photos: Dry Dock Brewery
Dry Dock has long been a Colorado craft favorite, quietly rising in popularity over the year. They got their start in Aurora, just east of Cherry Creek Reservoir.
Some of their more known beers include Apricot Blonde. Seasonal varieties include their Docktoberfest, a classic Märzen.
South Dock & Brew Hut:
The South Dock is the Dry Dock’s first location (they have two). It features a large tasting room with plenty of big tables for everyone. They have a large selection of perfected craft brew, with free popcorn and board games to go along.
The Brew Hut is for home brew hobbyist, with a range of quality brewing supplies and live classes. It’s located next door to South Dock Brewery.
North Dock Canoe Room:
While they still brew at South Dock, the large quantities ferment at North Dock. Their newer production & packaging facility is situated on Tower Road, southwest of DIA. There is another large tasting seating area in the Canoe Room. Tours offered here.
Touring Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing Co
Each Saturday Dry Dock offers brewery tours of their North Dock production and packaging operations. Free beers are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, lasting about an hour.
Tours of this 40 BBL brewhouse run at 2 and 4pm on Saturdays. 19,000 barrels are brewed a year here. There are 12 taps to be enjoyed in the tasting room.
All ages are permitted on the tour. Guests must be 21 and up to drink beer. Tours can be reserved in advance online for groups.
North Dock (brewery tours): 2801 Tower Rd, Aurora
South Dock (taproom): 15120 East Hamden Ave, Aurora