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2015 San Pedro Prep Softball Preview -

Friday, May 1, 2015

Art Preview: ‘Non-Native’ by Ingrid Dietrich -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Pedro Prep Baseball 2015 Preview -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recapping The Final Gaffey Street Community Workshop -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiffany Torres Bears Down For Success At POLA High -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

San Pedro’s Rita Fiorenza Is A Basketball Revelation -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

‘No Lane Reductions’ As Gaffey Street Redevelopment Plans Move Forward -

Friday, January 9, 2015

San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

Crafted, Brouwerij West to Transform Warehouse Nine into Beer and Foodie Destination

Brouwerij West hopes to open its 27,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant space by the year's end. (Photo: Brouwerij West)

Since opening almost two years ago, Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles has been a work in progress. With a 35-year lease and the same developers behind Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station, the marketplace has been forging a one-of-a-kind identity on San Pedro’s transforming waterfront.

It hasn’t gone quite as expected. Initial projections anticipated 250,000 visitors in the first year of operation, but by the end of 2013, Crafted saw 117,000. Changes have been made along the way: a parking fee was eliminated and booth rent has gone down.

All the while, Warehouse Nine, the other half of Crafted, sat quietly as ideas were tossed around for its future.

Then last spring, executive director Rachel Waugh heard about a local and growing microbrewery in need of a new home. Owners Brian Mercer and Dave Holop were about to sign a lease in Belmont Shore when she gave them a tour of the 27,000-square-foot warehouse.

“It’s going to be the most beautiful brewery that you’ve ever seen.”

Brouwerij West's conceptual art for their upcoming restaurant and tasting room. (photo Megan Barnes)

Brouwerij West’s conceptual art for their upcoming restaurant and tasting room. (photo: Brouwerij West)

“We walked from the lease the next day,” Mercer recalled at Monday night’s meeting of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, where he and Waugh gave the board an update on their latest plans. “It’s going to be the most beautiful brewery that you’ve ever seen,” he said.

Having grown up in San Pedro, Mercer was already familiar the warehouse on 22nd Street, and says he wants to preserve its exterior when its interior is transformed into the brewery and artisan food marketplace.

He started Brouwerij West four years ago and is now distributing the Belgian-style beer to 30 states. Artists design unique labels for each brew.

Mercer said although the sign currently hanging on Warehouse Nine says the brewery is coming this summer, construction won’t start until September and the brewery will hopefully open in late 2014.

Two-thirds of the warehouse will be production space viewable through a glass dividing wall.

“When you come into the restaurant and kitchen, you are going to see the entire brewing process,” Mercer said. “You’ll see the brewery, the fermentation tanks, the bottling line — we are a full-production brewery.”

The labels will say “brewed and bottled in San Pedro, California.”

The public will be able to take tours of the brewery and try the end result at the tasting bar. Shipping containers will be incorporated into the design of the interior, where there will also be a small bottle shop.

Brendan Collins, the chef behind Culver City’s Waterloo & City, has signed on to be head chef at the brewery’s restaurant.

“Expect amazing food, we can’t wait for this,” Mercer said, adding that the restaurant will hire 40 to 60 employees and the brewery will add 10 jobs.

Waugh then presented plans for the artisan food marketplace.

“We had always talked about doing more food-based stuff at Crafted and initially had more food vendors,” she said, showing images of San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace and Santa Monica Place’s Market for an idea of what’s envisioned for the space.

The market will have 21 retail spaces, a produce market, commercial kitchen space and a possible second location of Sixth Street wine shop Off the Vine, where Waugh first heard about Brouwerij West.

The kitchen will be used for live demonstrations, cooking classes and possibly nonprofit events.

The next step is securing public permits for retailers.