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The Wharf Marketplace, as seen from the Rec Trail in 2015. When Dust Bowl takes over the space, the outdoor area will be fenced in. 

The Rec Trail in Monterey is soon to get a new form of recreation: a beer garden and taproom. 

On Nov. 2, Turlock-based Dust Bowl Brewing Co. reached a deal with Tanimura & Antle to take over the lease of the historic train station building in Monterey that, from late 2013 until early this year, was home to T&A's Wharf Marketplace. 

This will be Dust Bowl's third taproom—there are two in Turlock—and Monterey-based architect Henry Ruhnke, who is designing the buildout of the taproom, says Dust Bowl would like to move in as soon as possible, though it's not yet clear if that will happen before the end of the year. 

A statement Dust Bowl sent out Nov. 6 says the taproom will be called the "Dust Bowl Brewing Co. Tap House" and will include 24 taps, and in addition to the 3,600 square foot interior, a fenced outdoor area with heat lamps, fire pits and cornhole. 

“The Monterey Peninsula really got us excited," Dust Bowl founder Brett Tate says in the statement. "There’s a growing craft culture in the area, but it’s not overly saturated."

But beer lovers might be drinking on an empty stomach—Ruhnke says there are no plans for food offerings at the taproom, but that it's possible there could be snacks or that Dust Bowl brings in a food truck. 

Dust Bowl's lease with the city of Monterey, which owns the building, expires in July 2023. 

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