Sunday, January 9, 2011

New beers on tap at Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora

Went to Dry Dock Brewing yesterday and wasn't disappointed at their tap lineup.  They have a Poor Richard's Ale on draft that was on hand pull.  They also have a Farmhouse Saison on tap for those in the mood for a light summer ale.

Poor Richard's Ale
Poor Richard's Ale has a sweet caramel aroma with a slight bitter flavor and aftertaste.  The Farmhouse Saison has earthy yeast tone and aroma that are typical of a Saison style beer.  It has a slight bitter citrus flavor and a slight bitter aftertaste.  I don't have their alcohol percentage but they didn't taste too heavy in alcohol.

My true favorite is one of their flagship ales: Vanilla Porter.  I have tasted other vanilla porters but Dry Dock has the best!  It has a nice vanilla aroma that isn't overwhelming.  It is well balanced with a nice vanilla roasted malt flavor.

Dry Dock is a local favorite in Aurora, especially since it's the only true brewery in town.  They have a BJ's Restaurant but let's face it, it's corporate so let's move on.  The taproom was full and now I see why they are extending their taproom into what was the Beer Hut, homebrew shop next door.  They have acquired the unit next to the homebrew shop and moved it into that unit.  The extension will have a fireplace and more tables, it will also serve as a venue for events.
Brew Hut thru archway
Taproom expansion

They are hosting a beer/dinner pairing at Dry Dock Brewing on Jan. 24. It will be a four-course dinner paired with Dry Dock beers.

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