Great beer starts with great people. We’re lucky enough to have both. This is our tight-knit team: Scott Chaffee, Brewery Rep, Founder/Owner, Brett Tate, Brewmaster, Don Oliver, Assistant Brewer, Kevin Becraft and Owner, Brett Honoré. Being small has its advantages. We have the opportunity to work together every day, swapping ideas and planning for the future. No doubt, we’re having a good time along the way!
Brett Tate – Founder/Owner
Born and raised in Turlock, California, Brett is a retired high school teacher and coach of 20 years. Known as “BT” among his friends, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from CSU, Stanislaus and a Masters in Education from Chapman University. As the founder of Dust Bowl Brewing Company, Brett is committed to producing some of the best micro beers available on the West Coast. Brett is responsible for the overall direction of the company, with special emphasis on new beer development and market positioning
Brett Honoré – Owner
Central Valley native, Brett joined in partnership with Brett Tate in 2011. Brett holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. His background in commercial real estate and property management strengthens the company’s resources and vision for expansion. Brett is responsible for facilities oversight and new business development.
Don Oliver – Brewmaster
Don’s industrious career began as a helicopter mechanic for the Marine Corps for five years. He later completed undergraduate studies in Business Administration and course work in the area of math and sciences. As a seasoned home brewer, Don was recognized as the Samuel Adams Longshot National Homebrew Competition winner in 2006 for his rendition of an Old Ale. With Dust Bowl Brewing Company on the horizon, he completed the UC Davis Master Brewers Program in 2008. Don was named the John S. Ford winner in 2008 recognizing his top score worldwide for the Diploma in Brewing Exams administered by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. Since the launch of Dust Bowl Brewing Company, Don was recognized in a Draft Magazine article by Jim Koch, owner of Samuel Adams, as one of “Nine Beer Innovators to Watch” in the growing craft beer industry(Sept./Oct. ‘09). Don is responsible for daily operations at the brewery and recipe development.