BACK-TO-BACK: By now you may know the news, West O CocO Chocolate Stout™ wins the Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival® 2015 in the category Sweet or Cream Stout. You know, to go along with our Gold Medal win, same category, same festival…last year. It takes a solid, consistent contender to take the top spot two years in a row, and we’re happy to say this is it. Will there be a repeat of the Gold Medal party in the West O tasting room? Yes, please. Details to come. In the meantime…cheers to Iowa Craft Beer!
2ND ANNUAL GREATER FOSTORIA BIKE RIDE
LOCATION: FOSTORIA CITY PARK
Sep 27, 2015, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Riders will begin at the “Greater” Fostoria Park (head west on Fostoria’s Mainstreet) for registration and Door Prize Give-a-ways, beginning at 11AM.
This 20 mile (more or less) ride will travel to The Store in Okoboji for lunch then on to West O Brewery for fun and entertainment (including drawings!)
Registration is $25.00 which includes a dry zone T-shirt and your chance to win “fun” prizes.
To reserve your T-shirt, send your registration
fee and shirt size to:
Clay County Trails Assoc.
127 East 21st Street
Spencer, IA 51301
Sorry, summer, don’t let the door hit you on the way out…because it’s time for Oktoberfest. Yes, our WestOberfest is already on tap, but wait, there’s more! It’s also time for the University of Okoboji Oktoberfest 2015 Bike Ride, and there’s a ton of information to go with it.
First off, early registration ends soon, so save yourself some money and get registered up. Right now. What do you get for participating?
- The ride itself: starts in Arrowwood. It supports Dickinson County Trails, and has raised $26,000 so far. That’s a 26 with three big fat zeros after it. We think that’s impressive.
- West O Beer: we are honored to be associated with such a worthy event, so for you riders the beers are complementary. WestOberfest and more…enjoy.
- Minerva’s: yes, we know of this place, and when they say “simple German meal” we know you can expect the bar to be raised quite a little bit. Like, live acoustic music with Dave Rowley? Yes. Again, enjoy.
- The Famous U of O long sleeve T: famous says it all.
- Perfect weather and no flat tires: we made that up, but we hope for the best.
There you have it. We suggest you do the thing, then come to our own thing, WestOberfest.
Saturdays are often busy; this one’s busier. Today we have four (4!) things to pick from in different parts of the state, so no whining about being bored, kids.
Our friends at Need Pizza in Cedar Rapids are celebrating two Iowa gold medal beers: Lion Bridge Brewing with their Workman’s Compensation, and our own CocO Chocolate Stout. Stop in and pair them with a phenomenal pizza. Iowa beer and Iowa pizza does not get any better than this.
“The Damaged Goods are a rock and roll country/blues band, led by a fella named Jacob. This guy writes fantastic songs that are familiar but not derivative. The tunes are fresh and clearly come straight from Jacob’s heart and head. When I saw the band, the thing that really made me fall in the love was the creative and spirited musicianship, technically impressive but also unique and not entirely safe. This comes through particularly in Jacob’s guitar solos, which are fun and groovy as all get out. The band’s drummer, Dirk Newton, is a true rock and roll lifer, with a lot of years under his belt and the showmanship to prove it. This is the kind of drummer that puts a little heat into his beat. This band will make you want to buy them drinks, and they probably won’t turn them down.” Chris Ford – LBF Band Hype
Jacob County and the Damaged Goods will liven up West O on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 7 til 10pm.
WestOberfest is a beer style, and an event: Saturday, September 26, noon to 10pm at West O. Good things going on in the tasting room and outdoors.
Games! Hammerschlagen and Maßkrugstemmen 2-4pm
Keg Toss 4pm
Bag Toss and Jenga available all day
Tankards $10! Does it get better? Discounts in your tankard all day.
As it always does, summer blew by and unofficially kicks the bucket on Labor Day. The upside: we’re not going straight to Hoth planet winter hours just yet, so set your internal beer calendars to these new days, starting right after Labor Day.
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Friday – Sunday: Noon – 10
Closed Monday (Labor Day)
Tuesday – Friday: 2-10
Discounts on WEST O WEDNESDAY.
Creative Spirits Okoboji returns on Thurs. Sept. 24th at 6:30 to paint Turned Around at West O Beer. Get creative making your masterpiece while enjoying our masterpiece beers. We hope to see you there!
>> Click here to register <<
Honestly. Their bio reads like an entire volume of “Street Cred 101.” And now we’ve got ’em.
From their Reverbnation site: “Over their 27 years together they have opened for such notables as Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Pine Top Perkins, Homesick James, Honeyboy Edwards, Louisiana Red, Al Green, Greg Brown and Iris DeMent. Joe is a member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, The Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was a finalist in the International Blues Challenge in 2008. They won the Independent Music Award for Best Blues CD 2010. The couple was awarded an official showcase at the Far West Folk Alliance Music Conference 2011.”
Joe and Vicki Price perform live at West O Beer on Saturday, August 29, 7-10pm.
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