The Aurora, CO, brewery scene is hopping (pun intended)! So whether you want to learn more about the brewing process or just a new spot to meet up for pints with friends post-skiing, Aurora has a brewery and tasting room you’ve got to try. Check out our picks for the best Aurora breweries to visit below.
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
As Aurora’s first brewery, founded in 2005, we had to tip our hat (and raise a glass) to Dry Dock Brewing Co. As you might guess, being the trendsetter in town takes some serious passion for and knowledge of the art of the brew. A winner of six World Beer Cup awards and the Brewers Association’s esteemed Small Brewery of the Year award, Dry Dock’s unique, flavorful beers have gained national recognition.
Dry Dock’s flagship beer line is served in chilled cans and includes Apricot Blonde, made with “shiploads of fruit”; Amber Ale, a rich malt; Hefeweizen, a traditional German style; Hop Abomination, a super-hoppy IPA; and Vanilla Porter, brewed with real vanilla beans.
Dry Dock’s East Hampden Avenue brewing location, known as South Dock, houses seven brew barrels and a 180-seat tasting room. You can also visit the brewery’s second, smaller location, North Dock, that has its own tasting spot known as the Canoe Room.
Normal hours for South Dock are noon to 9 pm, with extended hours later in the week and the longest hours on Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm. North Dock is open for visits during weekend hours: 2 to 8 pm Thursdays and noon to 8 pm Friday and Saturday.
Coda Brewing Company
Coda Brewing Company has brewing down to a science and a song. Created with the craft beer enthusiast in mind, Coda offers up a (nearly) never-the-same selection of brews. Their ever-expanding list of experimental elixirs gives beer buffs with a hankering for something different a brand new brew experience. A few of their mainstay elixirs currently on tap include Frankenstrat, an experimental IPA-citrus fusion, and Sleepyhead, a passionfruit Kolsch.
Coda’s private tasting room is located on the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus and is partnered with sister restaurant, Cedar Creek Pub, which gives you top-notch brews and chews to test out.
Coda Brewing is open from 3 to 9 pm Monday through Wednesday, noon to 9 pm Thursday through Saturday, and 1 to 7 pm Sunday.
Dad & Dudes Breweria
What goes with freshly brewed beer better than freshly baked pizza in all its hand-tossed glory? The father-son team of Dad & Dudes Breweria thought the same thing when they joined forces five years ago to open their defiant-yet-delicious response to bland beer and grub.
At this fun- and flavor-filled spot, Dude brews tiny batch beers that have plenty of personality—a few names that caught our eye: Leaves of Lemongrass and Chocolate Gourd-geous Pumpkin Porter—while Dad serves up all-from-scratch Italian favorites, including out-of-this-world pizza, cheesy calzones, and hot sandwiches, each of which has their own blissful beer counterpart.
Dad & Dudes Breweria is open daily from 11 am to 11 pm, with extended hours till midnight Friday and Saturday and early closing at 10 pm Sunday and Monday.
Whether you’re a bit of a brewing enthusiast or just on the watch for top beer spots in town, you’ve got to stop by these Aurora brew houses!