Show 183, August 6, 2016: Brian Mercer, Founder, Brouwerij West, San Pedro

Brian MercerBrouwerij West is a unique Belgian-inspired craft brewery and venue located in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles. The company was founded in 2010 by talented brewer Brian Mercer and is now led by Mercer and his partner Dave Holop. Brouwerij West’s new home opened in February 2016 in a former Port Warehouse originally built by the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Brouwerij West’s operation encompasses 26,000 sq. ft. of the Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles facility, including 8,000 sq. ft. devoted to visitor use for its Tasting Room and events, as well as a 17,000 sq. ft. outdoor courtyard / beer garden.

Brouwerij West brews its beers using traditional ingredients and methods mixed with creative inspiration to produce its own take on classic Belgian-style ales. Brouwerij West’s new facility is covered with solar panels and generates more electricity than it uses, and its mash filter-based brewery uses 30% less water than traditional breweries.

On Saturday, August 20th is the 3rd in the series of Summer Popfuji concerts. The family-friendly event features five bands, five food trucks, and a new Brouwerij West beer release. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with music playing from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Parking is free and plentiful. Cover charge is $5.00 for those 12 years of age and older,

 Proprietor Brian Mercer taps the keg on Brouwerij West for us.