Adaptive reuse of a historic 1944 warehouse in the Port of Los Angeles into a 26,000 square foot brewery, tasting room and event space.
Brouwerij West is a visionary in the local Southern California brewing scene. Prioritizing art over branding by allowing artists free rein to design their labels, they produce 6,500 bottles (each numbered) of each label, creating limited editions as the norm, rather than the seasonal exception.
After an extensive search, the owners found a historic warehouse in the Port of LA. Larger than their initial needs, it’s location, scale and good bones were too good to pass up on. A masterplan was created for the start-up’s first home. Building upgrades, construction sequencing, agency requests and initial brewery requirements and expansion needs were considered, resulting in a phased construction approach.
The space has been planned and entitled for a brewery, tasting room, bottle shop, offices, a restaurant and event space uses. The masterplan design concept uses shipping containers as a kit of building blocks to define and the various spaces.
Phase 1 was implemented allowing the company to occupy and start brewing. It includes necessary structural upgrades to the warehouse, the brewery infrastructure including a solar farm on the roof to power operations, the initial tanks needed for brewing, a tasting bar and public restrooms.
Informal string lights and utilitarian benches and tables sit alongside brewing tanks creating the authentic ambiance of a European “bierhalle”. A rotating schedule of food trucks park at the loading dock to provide food for tasting room patrons and for special events.
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