Philadelphia, PA - Dock Street Brewing Co. jump-started the craft beer revolution in 1985 before brewpubs were ubiquitous, and it was a new addition to the ever-changing West Philadelphia landscape when it opened in a restored firehouse at 50th & Baltimore in 2007. Now, the brand has landed in Point Breeze, a burgeoning neighborhood with a robust and well-established community of residents, but very few businesses that service them.
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Dock Street South is a 10,500 square-foot production facility and taproom situated at 2118 Washington Avenue that serves as an anchor for neighbors in Point Breeze, Graduate Hospital, Grays Ferry, and beyond. Dock Street President and Co-founder Rosemarie Certo says the new location marks a new era of expansion for the beloved brand. “We are quadrupling our brewing capacity, and it also marks Dock Street's return to the east side of the Schuylkill since our original location at Two Logan Square in 1990.
While many breweries in Philadelphia expand - it is one of the brewery capitals of the country - Dock Street is one of the few that are doing it entirely independently. “It’s been over three decades, and we still stand fiercely solo and a little bit quirky,” says Dock Street’s VP Marilyn Candeloro. “In a way that is very much the Philadelphia story, although it’s pretty unique in our industry, which is male-driven and tethered to investors - of which we have none.”
The expansion to Point Breeze was a no-brainer. "There are so many people living here - artists, teachers, nurses, builders, business owners, and baristas - but this Southside stretch of Washington Avenue has remained largely industrial," says Renata Certo-Ware, who heads Dock Street’s Marketing and Events. "We want to be this community space, filled with art, neighbors, beer and food, sunlight and green plants, where everyone from Point Breeze and other parts of the city can gather, enjoy a beer or a cocktail. We want to be a great example of what a brewery can do for a neighborhood and its community."
Dock Street South will be open for both lunch and dinner. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.