Restaurant Review Dust Bowl Brewing Co. Brewery Taproom (Turlock, CA)
September 27, 2017
Dust Bowl Brewing Co. Brewery Taproom
3000 Fulkerth Rd
Turlock, CA 95380
Turlock, California, a small community located in the agriculturally rich Central Valley and home to Brett Tate, a third generation Tate family member. A retired high school teacher and coach of 20 years, Brett was cultivating a passion for brewing and searching for a way to make his dream a reality. His good fortune came in the way of the morning paper, which seemed to deliver just the news he needed.
Tucked between Sports and Weather was an article featuring a young brewer named Don Oliver, winner of the 2006 Samuel Adams Longshot Homebrew competition. Not only was Don an experienced home brewer, he shared Brett’s desire to start a brewery. Pioneers in their own right, Brett and Don came together determined to craft some of the finest brews ever to emerge from Central California – and in May 2009, Dust Bowl Brewing Co. produced its first beer known as Hops of Wrath IPA.
In 2011, Central Valley native Brett Honoré joined in partnership with Brett Tate, and that same August the company opened the Downtown Taproom in the heart of Turlock. After several years of steady success and growing demand, the need for a larger facility and expanded production was clear. The Dust Bowl Brewing Co. team embarked on a new adventure, building a 30,000 square-foot facility to house a new brewery and restaurant to compliment the downtown location. The Brewery Taproom opened in July 2016, and features two 20 tap towers, indoor seating with expansive views into the brewery, patio dining, beer garden with life-size games, brewery tours and more.
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Hilmar Cheese curds fried in our Hops of Wrath beer batter. Served with marinara.
On our way to Sacramento to the International Food Blogger Conference we were making a slight detour of Highway 99 to visit the Hilmar Cheese Company Visitors Center to take the self guided tour and have some cheese. Fortunately for us the address for their production facility was put into the GPS and not the Visitor Center. As we were circling back to the Visitor Center we drove by Dust Bowl Brewing Company Taproom and decided to stop for beer sampling.
This place is huge 30,000 sqft and encompasses the brewery, bottling facility and restaurant. It was a beautiful day in the central valley so we decided to sit outside in the beer garden. I really wasn’t all that hungry although the Hops of Wrath IPA Grilled Mac & Cheese sounded amazing I just wouldn’t be able to eat it. However, since we were on our way to Hilmar Cheese Company and noticed Squeakers on the menu, I had to order them. The Squeakers are Hilmar Cheese Curds dipped in Hops of Wrath IPA beer batter and deep-fried. I also ordered a beer sampling that included the following IPA’s: Hops of Wrath IPA, Dump Truck of the Gods Quadruple IPA, “The Beer” IPA, Forgery IPA and Local Trouble Honey IPA.
All of the IPA’s were very good, but the Dump Truck of the Gods Quadruple IPA was super delicious. While enjoying the IPA’s the Squeakers arrived and they were huge. I was expecting little cheese curd crumbles dip in batter and fried, but NO these were 1 inch cubes of cheese curd deliciousness lightly battered and fried. They were absolutely amazing. If you find yourself traveling through the central valley of California you should stop at the Dust Bowl Brewing Company Taproom, it’s just off the Highway 99.
This place will definably be a detour on my next trip to Northern California, I have got to try the HOPS OF WRATH GRILLED MAC & CHEESE – Gouda, house made mac & cheese, tomato jam, crispy bacon on grilled sourdough. $12
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