Dodge City Brewing is officially open for business

After several setbacks and not much good luck, but just enough, Dodge City Brewing is finally open and excited to serve the community.

“We got delayed mainly because of construction, it just carried on longer than we thought it would,” said owner Larry Cook. “We were hoping to be opened by June 1 so that we had a little bit of time to practice before Dodge City Days, cause it can get pretty crazy. It’s just a relief to finally be open and get some beer flowing.”

Dodge City Brewing is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.. The brewery serves several types of beer and brick-oven pizza. Their grand opening took place on Wednesday.

“The majority of the feedback I’ve heard so far has been positive,” said Cook. “There’s only been a couple minor things, like one guy thought we needed to put more cheese on his pizza. Other than that, the pizza has been getting a lot of positive feedback. It’s nice to see that the people like it.”

With Dodge City Days just around the corner, many locals have been questioning whether Dodge City Brewing will partake in or hold any special events for the two-week-long celebration. Cook confirmed that they will not do any special events for Dodge City Days other than simply providing Dodge City local, quality beer and pizza and possibly open earlier on the day of the parade.

“We’re just trying to get a routine started,” he said. “There are a lot of other things that go into this that people don’t think about, like the last couple days I’ve been up by 7 a.m. or so working on getting cash counter and working on trying to make sure I can get everything reconciled and get all the entries made for the day, it’s a lot of work.”

Though the brewery has only been open for a couple days, Cook says that he can already tell what menu items will be most popular.

“It looks like our Cream Ale is going to be the most popular thing we’ve got as far as beer,” he said. “It’s really approachable and easy to drink. Since it’s been on tap it’s been the biggest selling item. Then the pepperoni pizza has been the most popular as far as pizza.”

Pizza options at the brewery include pepperoni pizza, sausage pizza, sausage and mushroom pizza, a sausage, red onion and roasted red pepper pizza and a three cheese pizza with mozzarella, provolone and asiago cheese on it. According to Cook, DC Brewing cooks their pizza a bit different than most other places.

“We make the sauce and the dough fresh here in the house,” he said. “The dough is  better on day 2, 3 and 4 because that gives time for it to do a little fermentation. There’s enzymes in it that breakdown some of the carbohydrates and sugars that just makes it a bit tastier dough when it cooks. Everything we do uses yeast, so it’s kind of a different perspective.”

Cook says that his personal favorite pizza is the sausage, red onion and red pepper pizza.

“We roast the red peppers because pizza cooks at just over 2 minutes at over 700 degrees, so it comes in and out pretty quick,” said Cook. “If you put just the raw red peppers on there, there’s so much moisture in them that they cause little puddles of water. You’d think it would evaporate, but it doesn’t so we roast the peppers beforehand. But it is so good.”

Dodge City Brewing is located at 3rd Avenue and Spruce Street.

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