Eli Dykstra. Live Music.


Eli Dykstra rocks the live music at West O, Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 2-5pm.

All we can say is, we certainly can’t wait for this one. Eli is, yes, 13, and we ask you “what were you accomplishing when you were 13?” From the looks of things, he’s off to a great start in his musical career…he has a very healthy looking YouTube channel here, and he’s opened for Hairball. So there. We’re stoked.


Tammy Hamlin. Live Music.


Tammy Hamlin visits the West O Tasting Room for live music, Friday, July 3, 2015, 7–10pm.

As you know, West O Beer is committed to bringing you quality live music performances, and Tammy Hamlin is no exception. Her next live concert will feature both originals and covers, brought to you with a healthy dose of musical energy.

A singer/songwriter for over 25 years, she explores acoustic rock versions of the great songs of previous decades. Join Tammy as she plays originals and favorite covers from the 60s to today.


Matt Andrews. Live Music.


Matt Andrews visits the West O Tasting Room for live music, Friday, June 26, 7–10pm.

Simple melodic acoustic rock designed to just be listened to. Matt has been playing music for 20 years. His influences include all types of music, from 70’s and 80’s rock to alternative 90’s, punk, and R&B. Every show is unique and enjoyable!

Michael Hope. Live Music.


We welcome Michael Hope to the tasting room on June 20 from 7–10pm.

Michael Hope is a singer/songwriter from the Des Moines area and sings songs by a variety of artists such as Green Day, Counting Crows, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, Plain White T’s, Zac Brown and a lot of songs from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

In Michael’s words: “I play acoustic guitar, harmonica and a little banjo – when appropriate!  I consistently hear from my audiences that they love the variety of music I play and that it appeals to young and old alike.  Whether I’m playing a small venue in Des Moines, a summer beach bar/restaurant in Okoboji or a large county fair in South Dakota – my biggest satisfaction is “two-thumbs up” and tapping toes from the audience!  I hope to see YOU at one of my upcoming shows soon!”

We hope you’ll stop by West O and spend the evening!

Brand Manager. We’re looking for one.

Position: Brand Manager

We are West O Beer, a young GABF award-winning microbrewery. Located in West Okoboji, IA just off the shores of West Okoboji Lake, our brewery is located in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. Okoboji is one of the most well-known vacation destinations of the upper Midwest, and our brewery is proud to be a leader in the fast-growing craft beer scene in the region. The West O brand is strong, our beer is world-class, and our fan base is dedicated.

A successful Brand Manager will increase our visibility, grow our sales volumes within the existing territories of Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota, strengthen distributor/retail relations and bring us further to the forefront of the Iowa beer scene. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Knowledge of West O Beer, our brand, our marketing, our beer styles and our brewing process
  • Be an ambassador for the West O brand, making one-on-one field contacts with resellers and distributors
  • Growing existing accounts (on and off-premise)
  • Securing additional accounts
  • Distributor relations (sales, projections, reports; POS material organization/placement)
  • Retail relations (owners, management, employees; POS material organization/placement, promotions, tastings)

Ready with your cover letter and resume?

NEW BEER: Hello 6 Foot 6.

six-sixThis is 6 Foot 6. Available now.

No surprise to anyone who follows us; head brewer Karl Schmitz is a bar raiser. As in raising the bar. So when he decided to build a new IPA, he went for hops that are not everyone else’s go-to hops. Prepare yourself for a unique approach to an IPA, and a different hop experience than our 10 Foot 10 DIPA, or our Holy L IPL.

In Karl’s words: “Glacier hops, with some Horizon thrown in for a bit of bitterness, 2-Row and Caramel 80L malt, a golden color and white head. Smells of melon and candied fruit, tastes of pineapple and melon.”

6 Foot 6 replaces, temporarily, our 10 Foot 10 Double IPA. It is on tap in the tasting room now, and will likely be distributed out to select retail tap locations.

6.6% ABV, 65-70 IBU.


Chamber Chill.

It’s the Flagfest Kickoff Party on the Spencer Riverfront, right outside of the Bear Coffeehouse on the terrace, and we’re bringing the beer.

Friday, June 12, 2015, 5–8pm

Spencer Chamber of Commerce and the Spencer USA Young Professionals invite you to the “CHAMBER CHILL”, a Spencer Community Social to be held on West Park Street.


Sponsored by The Farmers Bank
Farmers Trust and Savings Bank


Sip and Savor Craft Beer and Food event.


You probably know about Des Moines Beer Week, June 14-20. You should also know about a special event on Thursday, June 18, 2015 – Hosted by Iowa Pints author J. Wilson (Mr. Minister of Iowa Beer himself) and chef Katie Van Dyke at the Renaissance Savery’s Coda Lounge, this beer dinner will feature four courses paired with beers from West O(!) and New American Brewing Company in Ankeny.The restaurant chef and brewmasters from both breweries will be on hand to talk about their beers, the dish and the pairings.

Go here to learn more, buy tickets, and get directions.

#dsmbw FTW.




2015 Summer hours are here. Finally.


When you are this far north of Miami (almost any of them) it often seems like summer will never get here. Well it’s officially here again, and by official we mean by Iowa Great Lakes rules, meaning after Memorial Day. So say hello to our summer hours. Take note: there are three (3!) days per week where we open at noon. Stop in soon (bring the kids!) and let’s carpe some diem.

Sunday: Noon-9
Tuesday – Thursday: 2-10
Friday – Saturday: Noon-10
Closed Mondays.

Discounts on WEST O WEDNESDAY.