Aurora’s only brewery a hit with locals

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Posted Sun, Sep 23, 2012

BOTTOMS UP: Kevin DeLange, Bill Eye and their brew masters have a pint. (Photo courtesy of Dry Dock Brewing Company)

AURORA, Colo. – The idea of owning a brewery is the type of thing that most guys dream of at night. Brewing your own beer and being able to share it with the world is an enticing, but difficult prospect. Few people ever fulfill their dream, but Kevin DeLange, owner of the Dry Dock Brewery, 15120 E. Hampden Ave., is one of those select few.

Opened in 2005 the Dry Dock Brewery started off as a modest taproom with four taps, seven bar stools and a few tables. It quickly became the most popular tap house in Aurora and had to expand to the suite next door and added 200 seats.

“Denver brew pups are providing a boost to local economy, providing jobs, but most importantly, turning people on to better beer,” DeLange explains. “It’s easy to get disappointed when you go to other bars, because they don’t have the beer you have grown accustomed to at quality brew pubs.”

The Dry Dock Brewery has won many awards for its finely crafted brew including a gold medal at the 2006 World Beer Championships and a Silver Medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival.

The Denver area ranks first in the nation in beer production per capita, and second in the number of breweries. There are more than 100 breweries statewide, each with its own style and flair.

“You really are in the Napa Valley of beer right here,” says head brewer Bill Eye. The Great American Beer Festival and the Association of Brewers are the main draws of breweries to the Denver area.

With their dedication to producing fine craft beer and introducing it to the masses, the Dry Dock Brewery is bound for greatness.

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4 Responses to “Aurora’s only brewery a hit with locals”

  1. Scott Corbridge Says:

    Nice article, it was interesting to learn about a new brewery that I didn’t know about. It was cool to know about where Denver ranks in the per capita too.

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  2. Spencer Hunt Says:

    Winning a gold medal is huge! i brew beer as well and this story is very interesting to me! Good job!

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  3. moo Says:

    Good story, adding new beer companies to the area is always good for everyone. A great side bar would have been a list of types of beers so I could check them out the next time I feel like drinking a cold one.

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  4. Simone DeAlba Says:

    Very cool about the Gold medal!Brewries are a great way to bring people together, glad to see this one is a success.

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