Let's rewind about three decades and go grab a beer. Let's find a good beer. Let's find a great beer. Forget local,
we'll settle for domestic. In
1985, amidst a proverbial sea of watered down and adjunct plagued lagers, Dock
Street Brewing Co. was born. As the country slowly but surely started embracing
these full-bodied, full flavored brews, the company grew. A lot. Fast-forward about a decade to 1996 and Dock Street would
become the 26th largest microbrewery in the country, producing over 25,000 barrels
of beer a year, distributing to 24 states, and earning medals in the world's
most prestigious beer competitions.
With great success comes great opportunity; unfortunately, some of these came in the form of multiple takeover attempts from a group of
Dock Street’s investors. After a
few thwarted attempts, Jeffrey Ware and Rosemarie Certo, Dock Street’s
founders, relinquished control and sold their shares. Without the two at the helm, the company quickly folded;
Certo purchased the remains of the company at sheriff’s sale and has dedicated
the last 20 years of her life rebuilding the company.
For a decade or so, Dock Street was producing limited
amounts of their flagship brews, Royal Bohemian Pilsner and their Amber
Ale. In 2007, Certo oversaw the completion
of her new brewpub at the corner of 50th and Baltimore Avenue, in
the beautiful, progressive West Philadelphia.
Finding domicile in a 110-year-old firehouse (with just as
much history), Dock Street crafts artisanal ales & lagers of the highest
quality and integrity. Along with
the lineup of house-brewed libations, patrons savor hand tossed and wood fired
pizza, and an ambience that echoes the brewery’s warm and eclectic home.