Long-running West Philly-based brewery Dock Street is about to open its second location, this one in Point Breeze at 2118 Washington Avenue. The new space, which includes a restaurant serving beer and food, is double the size of the original. It will open on Wednesday, August 14.
At more than 10,000 square feet, Dock Street South is big enough to nearly quadruple the current brewing capacity, Dock Street says. The brewery also plans to host comedy shows, private events, and tours.
Dock Street has also added chef Peter Pray, of Vintage Wine Bar and French Bistro, to serve a menu of rotisserie, Mediterranean, and European small plates with a focus on Sicilian dishes (however, there will be no pizza). There will also be a coffee bar.
Established in 1985, Dock Street calls itself Philly’s first microbrewery and one of the first post-prohibition craft breweries in the country. Twenty years later, it relocated from 18th and Cherry streets to a former firehouse at 50th and Baltimore, where it became known not just for the beers but also as one of the few spots in the neighborhood for good pizza. (The brewery was never on Dock Street — it’s named after the waterfront area where a ton of beer was made in the 1700s.)
In 2017, Dock Street opened a cannery and tasting room next door to the firehouse in a converted garage. And then, last summer, it announced that the Washington Avenue location was in the works, on an industrial stretch that doesn’t have much else in the way of food and drink. Café Ynez is close by, and Chick’s is a couple blocks away.
Update, August 12: This article was updated to reflect the new menu and opening date of August 14.