One of the most anticipated breweries to set foot in Southern California, Brouwerij West finally opened their doors to the public two weeks ago in San Pedro. Located in a huge warehouse space near the Port of Los Angeles, Brouwerij West has delighted countless craft beer fans for many years with their unique Belgian brews that others simply cannot imitate. Though limited and restricted in how people could obtain Brouwerij West’s brews in the past, all those barriers finally fell when the tasting room opened to the public. During their grand opening celebration, visitors could enter for free to check out the beers, the gourmet food trucks, and the live music in the evening. It appeared that thousands of others had the same idea, as Brouwerij West remained at near full capacity for pretty much the entire day. It took at least half an hour of waiting in a line until finally receiving a beer, showing just how badly the people want to taste Brouwerij West’s brews. Because of the sheer amount of people present at this opening day, I opted not to obtain any beers – I returned the following week after the hype had died down to try their brews.
As their name suggests, Brouwerij West does not brew in the stereotypical west coast brewery sense. Brouwerij West focuses on their Belgian roots and sticks with Belgian styles of beers. As such, they focus heavily on natural flavor rather than how bitter they can make their beers. For my first flight of beers, I stuck with these types of beers instead of choosing the ale styles that most other local microbreweries create. Many of their beers have fruit undertones or other ingredients that give their brews a sweet and/or tart finish. For the most part, their beers go down crisp and dry, eliminating the possibility of any lingering aftertaste.
Looking forward to trying Brouwerij West’s brews? Check out what they have in store coming up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Keep an eye out for them at upcoming beer festivals too – they will likely have the longest line at whatever festival they end up at. Bear in mind that some major beer festivals will take place in Southern California in the next few weeks, and I will post those on my weekly events post every Monday morning.