Dust Bowl Brewing Co. was recently named Brewery of the Year at one of the craft industry’s longest-running beer competitions: the California State Fair Commercial Craft Beer Competition. As a regional brewer, Dust Bowl Brewing Co. is coming off record production in 2021 with over 21,000 barrels. The data puts Dust Bowl in the Top 20 at 19 out of 958 craft breweries in the state. California boasts more craft breweries than any other state in the nation
“We are honored to be recognized as Brewery of the Year,” commented Don Oliver, Dust Bowl’s brewmaster since the launch of the company in 2009. “We have learned a lot from competing with a group of amazing brewers in California. We are all operating in a challenging environment these days and it’s spectacular for the team to see their hard work pay off.”
The “Brewery of the Year” accolade was determined by the brewery scoring the highest medal point total in the robust competition that took in over 850 entries from 120 breweries. Dust Bowl Brewing Co. earned gold for Taco Truck Lager (International Lager), California Golden Ale (American Light Ales) and Hobo Pilsner (American or International Style Pilsner), while Therapist (American Imperial IPA) took home a silver.
Dust Bowl Brewing Co. showcased all these great beers at the Best of California Brewfest at the California State Fair on July 23, 2022. The contest is conducted and judged by BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) judges and industry peers. It follows all BJCP competition standards and is BJCP sanctioned.
Dust Bowl products are distributed throughout California, its home state, as well as Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania and Vermont. The brewery also operates three taprooms in California, including its flagship taproom next to the brewery in Turlock, the Tap Depot in the popular destination of Monterey and its latest location, the Old Town Tap House in Elk Grove, just south of Sacramento.