Dry Dock Brewing Company was the first brewery to open in Aurora, Colorado. A decade ago, owners Kevin DeLange and Michelle Reding expanded their homebrew shop, the Brew Hut, by adding a seven barrel (BBL) brewhouse and tasting room in the back room. By word-of-mouth, the 900-square-foot brewery established itself early on as a community gathering place and Aurora’s microbrewery.
Dry Dock’s original location, South Dock, continues to expand. The location has grown to 6,500 square feet and houses a family-friendly tasting room with 180 seats and 16 taps.
To keep up with the high demand for its award-winning beers, Dry Dock opened a second production facility in 2013. This expansion allowed the company to nearly quadruple its production numbers in one year. This additional location, North Dock, contains a state-of- the-art 40 BBL brewhouse, a growing fermentation-tank farm and a Wild Goose canning line.
Not far behind the opening of the North Dock brewhouse came the Canoe Room at North Dock in 2014. This space was previously used to store canoes for The Boy Scouts of America Aurora Chapter, and the nickname stuck. Canoe Room offers nine rotating draft beers and the brewery’s canned Home Fleet. It is also home to one of the state’s first Crowler machines that fill 32-ounce cans on-demand with fresh beer for customers to take home. Canoe Room at North Dock is the closest brewery taproom to the Denver International Airport, conveniently located less than 15 miles away on Tower Road and I-70.
Colorado Freedom Memorial Blonde is the latest seasonal release from Dry Dock Brewing. This light and crisp ale is brewed with a touch of flaked maize for added character. Reminiscent of a refreshing pale lager, it is the perfect porch-pounder for those warm, summer nights.
Colorado Freedom Memorial Blonde is now in six packs and on draft for a limited time across Colorado. It was brewed for the Colorado Freedom Memorial in Aurora, Colorado. The memorial honors the sacrifice of over 6,000 Colorado veterans killed in action since 1876 and is the first memorial in America dedicated to those killed in all U.S. wars, from all branches of service, and containing the names of all those who died from a single state in those wars. Dry Dock is donating a portion of the proceeds from from every colorado Freedom Memorial Blonde case sold to the Colorado Freedom Memorial Fund.
To learn more about Dry Dock Brewing Company, visit www.drydockbrewing.com.
Photos courtesy of Dry Rock Brewing Company