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‘If you can make soup, you can make beer.’ Turlock business promises to help

One of the best parts of writing this column is meeting people who are pursuing their dreams. I particularly enjoyed meeting Luke and Megan Henslick, because their dream involves beer, wine and coffee: three awesome things.

Renegade Brewing Supplies is set to open in Turlock on Saturday.

The Henslicks got into the brewing supply business almost by accident. Luke Henslick said he grew up in Turlock but since lived in Holland and on the East Coast as a member of the military and, later, a federal law enforcement employee. His taste for beer evolved in Holland to include specialty brews, and he asked Megan for a brewing kit for Christmas one year. She complied. And that’s where things could have gone south.

“It was Christmas night at 9 o’clock,” Luke Henslick said. “I asked Megan, ‘How do you know when water is boiling?’ She said, “Get out of my kitchen’,”

But he kept at it, and Megan joined him. Brewing beer became a hobby the two could enjoy together, spending a couple of hours just talking while the ingredients boiled and melded.

“It became a family hobby,” Luke Henslick said. “And it progressed into an obsession.”

The Henslicks opened a brewing equipment shop in North Carolina, where they lived at the time, and then decided to do the same after moving home. Home brewing is already a big trend on the West Coast, and the Henslicks are hoping to capitalize on its popularity. They envision more than just a specialty store: they hope to have classes and meetings among brewing enthusiasts.

Though they specialize in equipment that typically is only available online, they are happy to welcome new brewers to the fold.

“If you can make soup, you can make beer,” Megan Henslick promises. The wine-making is a new thing, and the Henslicks have tasked store manager Lydia Weedon with perfecting it.

The coffee might seem like an odd fit. But Black Rifle Coffee, which they will sell, is veteran-owned and that made Luke Henslick a fan. Plus, he says, it’s good coffee.

You can find Renegade Brewing Supplies on the corner of North Golden State and West Monte Vista avenues in Turlock. Look for the logo of a smiling skull in a military hat. It was designed by Weedon.

“Our slogan is ‘Special Warfare against Bad Beer’,” Weedon said.

I’ll drink to that.

Call 209-678-9167.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

There’s a new Pizza Factory in town, if the town you’re in is Santa Nella.

It’s the fourth Pizza Factory for Ernie Amorim, his wife Patricia and brother Kevin. They also operate parlors in Gustine, South Salinas and North Salinas.

Ernie Amorim said in a news release that the family knew it wanted to expand after opening its first Pizza Factory in Gustine.

“Whether it’s teammates celebrating a big win, a family wanting a fun dinner out, or a hungry traveler that’s passing through town, Pizza Factory is the place the community can go to be surrounded by good food and great people,” he said in the release.

Find Pizza Factory at 13104 B Highway 33. For more information, visit or call 209-827-2777.