featured-food-and-wineIssue 16

Dust Bowl Brews Up New Facility

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 1.33.03 PMBY ALEX CANTATORE

There’s something in the water in Turlock: hops, barley, and malt.

Dust Bowl Brewing Co. broke ground on a massive new facility in early April, expected to dramatically expand the Turlock brewery’s offerings and distribution.

It’s just the latest sign of Turlock’s ongoing craft beer revolution. The city is home to three breweries and many beer-friendly restaurants. Official City of Turlock planning documents have voiced the city’s desire to become a “boutique beer city.”

The new, $12.5 million building is expected to more than triple Dust Bowl’s brewing capability, from 5,400 to 17,000 barrels per year. The 30,000-square-foot facility sits on five acres with plenty of room to grow; Dust Bowl says the facility will eventually produce 100,000 barrels – 3.1 million gallons – of beer annually.

Dust Bowl, owned by Brett Tate and Brett Honoré, has quickly become the region’s most popular and awarded brewery. Renowned Dust Bowl Brewmaster Don Oliver won the Samuel Adams Longshot Homebrew Competition in 2006, attended the University of California, Davis Master Brewers Program, and posted the best score in the world on his graduate exam, earning the John S. Ford Award and a trip to Ireland to retrieve the award. The Beverage Tasting Institute has scored Dust Bowl’s Hops of Wrath IPA at 93 points, “Exceptional,” tied for the third best IPA in the world.

Visitors will be able to tour the new brewery, located just off Highway 99 at 3000 Fulkerth Rd., Turlock, when it opens in December. Beer fans can sample new creations in the tasting room, grab a bite to eat, and purchase packaged product. The facility will host company meetings and special events, as well.

Beer drinkers who can’t visit the new brewery will still benefit from the expansion. Dust Bowl currently distributes three beers in retail locations year-round; with the new brewery, Dust Bowl will sell six year-round 6-packs, four seasonal 4-packs, four seasonal 22 oz. bombers, and packaged specialty releases. And Dust Bowl’s distribution footprint will drastically expand, serving Southern California, the Central Coast, and more of the Bay Area.

For more information, visit dustbowlbrewing.com.

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