By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon
On September 24, Brouwerij West, the destination brewery in San Pedro, celebrated the end of Summer 2017 with the final installment of their POPFUJI concert series. From 12 to 8 p.m. at their warehouse courtyard located at 110 East 22nd Street, the mostly Belgian-beer brewery presented a fun day of live music, food trucks and of course, delicious beers. Popfuji is the name of their German-style beer, a Pilsner named in honor of the ancient Roman holiday known as Poplifugia.
In addition to the Popfuji pilsner, the brewery poured several of their other tasty selections. We really enjoyed the light and tasty Brilliant But Lazy, a low alcohol table beer. The Saison Extra is a Belgian-style saison ale with hints of fruit and spices. Another tasty treat with more punch is Ask The Dust, an IPA with subtle hops and malty goodness.
A few food trucks were on site to satisfy the hungry guests throughout the day. District Burger had a decadent item they called the Coliseum burger. It was an angus beef burger covered with a generous pile of pastrami, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and thousand island dressing – a real food bomb. Tomski Sausage truck served a variety of cured meat items, but their pork chop sandwich stood out. It was served with grilled onions – a tender and delicious combination.
For the guests craving sweets, Glazed Donut Bar had the goods. The aromas from their diverse lineup of fried dough indulgences spread all over the courtyard. They had a few specialty donuts just for the event – the maple bacon and s’mores donuts were outrageous.
Guests enjoyed the beautiful outdoor setting and live music all day. The lineup of local talent included: DJ Paul-E-Wog who went on early and continued spinning in between sets. He was followed by Steppe Bison from Long Beach who played psych-pop, prog rock; Bombón from San Pedro played surf rock; The Gloomies from San Diego played garage surf-rock; Cutty Flam from Long Beach played prom-punk rock; Sadgirl from Los Angeles played Lo-fi surf-wop; Hearty Har from San Gabriel Valley played psych-rock. Caught A Ghost, from Los Angeles played Electro soul and closed the day’s music festivities.
Brouwerij West may have ended their POPFUJI series with this September event, but their tasting room is open seven days a week and there is a rotating list of food trucks always parked outside. The venue is kid and pet friendly so come by and enjoy this fun destination for beer-loving Southern Californians.
The brewery will also be hosting a free concert by John Doe, the legendary front man of punk rock band X, on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. All ages are invited, but guests must be over 21 to enjoy the beers. Both beer and food will be offered at reasonable rates.