THE BROUWERIJ WEST STORY
The Brouwerij West brand was founded in 2010 by talented brewer Brian Mercer, who, after a career of importing Belgian Candi Sugar for some of the top breweries in the country, spent years as a gypsy/contract brewer traveling throughout California passionately brewing Brouwerij West beers without a home brewery of his own.
In 2016, Mercer, along with friend Dave Holop, partnered up to open one of California’s most unique brewery locations in the port town of San Pedro, California. In February of 2016, our new Brouwerij West location opened its doors in a former Port of Los Angeles Warehouse originally built by the U.S. Navy during World War II.
As a production brewery, tasting room, and beer garden Brouwerij West encompasses 26,000 sq. ft., including 8,000 sq. ft. devoted to visitor use for our tasting room, and 17,000 sq. ft. as an outdoor courtyard/beer garden. The overall tasting room space hosts a multitude of events, including beer festivals, concerts, weddings, conferences and more.
Inspired by the past, we brew our beers using traditional ingredients and methods combined with progressive experimentation to produce our own take on classic Belgian-Style Ales, Pilsners, IPAs and more. Our facility is covered with solar panels and generates more electricity than it uses, and our mash filter-based brewery uses 30% less water than traditional breweries.