June 8, 2018 – After sitting empty for the past three months, the old train depot that formerly housed The Wharf Marketplace has a prospective tenant that would add a new dimension to downtown Monterey’s thriving craft brew scene.
The owners of Dust Bowl Brewing in Turlock have applied for a beer license for the property and are working to assume the lease—which was granted to Tanimura & Antle by the City of Monterey in 2013—so they can open a satellite taproom.
“We’re still trying to get all our ducks in a row and going through the process,” says Dust Bowl founder Brett Tate. “But we’re excited about the possibility of bringing our brand to Monterey.”
“With all the places that John Steinbeck wrote about there, Dust Bowl seems like a natural fit. It’s kind of a no-brainer,” he adds. “It makes total sense.”
Tate says his grandfather was “a snotty-nose Okie kid” who arrived in California with his family of ten during the dust bowl years in the 1930s. He became a real-life hobo and rode the rails in search of work during the Great Depression.
Several of the brewery’s beers have a Steinbeck theme, including Hops of Wrath IPA and Hobo Pilsner.
Dust Bowl Brewery was founded in 2009 and operates a taproom/restaurant in downtown Turlock. In 2016, it opened a 32,000 square foot brewery to handle growing demand for its products, along with a second taproom at the brewery.
Owners say the new taproom—just off Highway 99—has been a big hit, serving one million customers in its first two years of operation.
The brewery crafts all different types of beers from IPAs to sours and last fall won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for its Public Enemy Baltic Porter.