TRACY, Calif. - A brand new brewery in the city of Tracy took home a gold medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup this month.
Morgan Territory Brewing won first place in the Baltic Porter category for its "Apogee" beer.
"It is very smooth. It has some dark chocolate and light licorice notes to it, " said brewmaster Craig Cauwels, "and it is very full bodied it is a sipping beer at 8 percent."
The award was a surprise for some, especially for such a young and new brewery.
"I get the same response. I never heard of you guys. How are you winning medals already?" said Cauwels.
But Morgan Territory, used to be known as Schooners based in the city of Antioch.
Schooners, under the direction of Cauwels, had previously won three World Beer Cup medals and was named 2014 Brewery of the Year by the California State Fair.
Last September, the owners decided they wanted to expand their operation. They moved to Tracy and changed their label name in the process.
Cauwels laughed and said: "I’ve been told that Schooners, our previous brewery was the best brewery no one ever heard of."
The new facility will help Morgan Territory eventually produce enough beer to bottle and distribute to stores. They hope to begin bottling this summer.
"That’s why the World Beer Cup medal is so exciting, especially winning a gold, because it gets our name out there," said Cauwels.