The Dust Bowl Brewing Company of Turlock last month announced plans to open a large taproom in a renovated, century-old brick building at Old Town Elk Grove’s Railroad Street. Features include a 3,000-square-foot barroom and a 7,000-square foot patio that has 30 beer taps. This facility will neighbor the redeveloped Old Town Plaza that the city of Elk Grove will complete this summer.

Dust Bowl runs a 30,000-square-foot brewery in Turlock and they also operate a taproom in Monterey.

The brewery’s co-founder Brett Tate told the Citizen that his staff is aiming to open their taproom in September or October, depending on how well construction goes. He recalled when a real estate agent introduced him to the site at 9676 Railroad St.

“I was caught off-guard, I had no idea the project was going on,” Tate said about the renovation project. “It was kind of like a shock-and-awe.”

He added that he liked how the building’s “industrial chic” look fits his brewery’s rustic brand. The site once stored wine grapes that were transported by trains in the early 20th century.

“All of the work that everybody has done to get (the building) to this point is commendable,” Tate said. “We’re going to come in and do our best to add value and aesthetics to the place.”

Since Elk Grove lies about 78 miles from Turlock on Highway 99, Dust Bowl will be able to deliver fresh beer to the Old Town taproom every week or “however thirsty Elk Grove is, we’ll make it happen,” as Tate put it.

He said that his staff is excited to open a business in the Greater Sacramento area.

“We’re just going to try to add value to an already awesome beer scene in Elk Grove and Sacramento,” Tate said.

Preston Hanford, who co-owns the Hungry Pecker Brewing Company that is a few blocks from the Dust Bowl site, said that he anticipates that the Dust Bowl taproom will draw more customers to Old Town.

“All around I think it’s great,” he said. “It’s that clientele that you want.”

Andrew Mohsenzadegan, co-owner of the Flatland Brewing Company, also admires Dust Bowl’s arrival.

“It’s a cool space that I think will draw more attention to that area, which is what Elk Grove has been trying to do for awhile,” he said.

Tate told the Citizen that he ultimately wants Dust Bowl’s taproom to be a comfortable space that will have the same “vibe” as his company’s Monterey spot.

“It’s exciting to turn the corner on this pandemic and I think people are just ready for a new beginning and we’ll get going with life again,” he said.