BREW NEWS: Dry Dock grabs some hardware, ‘sour’ weekend ahead

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AURORA | If you’ve lifted a pint in Aurora in recent years, you are well aware of the city’s beer-making prowess.

But if you needed more proof, Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing Co. last week took home pretty serious hardware from the 2016 World Beer Cup.

Dry Dock Amber AleThe city’s first brewery won a gold for their Amber Ale and a silver for their Pilsner.

“We are very proud to come away with hardware in European-Style beer categories because we know we are competing against breweries that have been brewing those beers very well for decades,” North Dock Head Brewer Alan Simons said in a statement announcing the wins. “It’s an honor for our team to return Dry Dock Amber Ale to gold status this year.”

The brewery’s Pilsner won a bronze at the 2015 Great American Beer festival, and South Dock Head Brewer Tim Evon said it was nice for the brew to snag another honor.

“Sharing a stage with so many amazing Pilsner brewers that I infinitely admire is such an incredible feeling and is a great testament to the hard work of our whole team,” he said.

Dry Dock also announced this week the release of their Sour Apricot Ale in cans. The cans are available now at both North Dock and South Dock, and should be at liquor stores next week.

Copper Kettle Brewing Co. has some news on the sour front as well. The brewery will release their Oud Bruin Sour on Saturday. The beer is a sour brown ale aged with bacteria in bourbon oak barrels and brewed in December of 2014, according to the brewery.

Mu Brewery has a benefit planned Saturday for people with multiple sclerosis. The event, called MS is Bull, starts at 2 p.m. and $1 from every beer goes to the MS Society.

And Luke Smith, former brewer at Coda Brewing Co. (now Ursula Brewery), has new plans on the other side of town. Check out this Westword story for the details.