Auburn-based Crooked Lane Brewing Company was awarded second place Best of Show in the California State Fair’s 2017 commercial brewing competition. The brewery’s Wobblor, a Doppelbock, placed first in the Strong European Beer category and went on to win second best of show, out of 1,488 total beer entries. “We are so honored and grateful to receivesuch a prestigious award,” said Teresa Psuty, head brewer of Crooked Lane. “We are very proud of our Doppelbock, and are excited to see such a unique style of beer earn a spot in the top three of the competition, alongside two other fantastic beers.”
A steady stream of patrons visited Crooked Lane Brewing last Wednesday during its soft opening.
“A soft opening that wasn’t that soft,” said Kirt Braun, one of three owners who include Paul Schilling and Adrian Psuty. “It was extremely busy.”
Over 400 people flowed through the brewery throughout the evening. They gathered inside, on the covered patio or in the community beer garden.
There is a pass-through window to the beer garden, so people can order from outside.
And there is food.
“We have a food truck right on edge of the beer garden,” said Braun. “You don’t even have to put your beer down.”
Crooked Lane offers five brews with more in store. There are lighter ales, IPAs and a robust porter and an oatmeal stout.
Or you may choose honey wheat, made with the local Miller Farm honey, or mandarin ale, with mandarins from Thundering Herd Ranch in Newcastle.