Craft Beer 101.

Listen up…Iowa Lakes Community College has a New Year’s resolution you cannot pass up. You know you like craft beer, and you kind of know which way you lean. Hoppy! Strong! Dark! Light! Well, check out this February 2nd event, because your beer journey continues here, grasshopper.

Drink local, friends, because this event is sponsored by Doll Distributing in Spencer and hosted at the Hy-Vee Clubhouse Room in Spencer, and presented by West O and Sierra Nevada. Did we mention there will be samples? Yes, because you can’t learn about the finer points of craft beer without samples.

It’s the best ten bucks you will spend to ring in the new year. Register now: 800-252-5664 or visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce

Ryne Doughty. Live music.

ryne.doughty.1Ryne Doughty is a folk-roots musician out of Des Moines, IA, whose music is deeply rooted in real life stories of love, loss, work, and play. His stripped down, earthy sound is directly influenced by the small, rural town where he was born and raised. The hard-working, simple living, and friendly way of life of the Midwest shines through his music that is understated yet complex and rich with beauty and realness. Playing behind his second studio album, “To the Factory”, Doughty is back in Iowa after a few years in the mountains of Colorado and is starting to make a name for himself in the Midwest scene. Whether he plays small venues or big venues he is turning heads wherever he plays. With solid finger-style guitar picking and a rich baritone voice he brings a dynamic of warmth and richness to the stage. Doughty’s performances are always passionate and full of energy and songs that tell real life stories. His live performance and studio albums alike will not leave you wanting. Doughty’s main passion in life is to share his music with the very people who help influence it; the real, hard working, everyday people that make this beautiful world go around.

Welcome Ryne Doughty back to the West O tasting room on Saturday, December 31(!) from 7–11pm.

Ryne Doughty website.
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Ryne Doughty on Facebook.

Ben Bedford. Live music.

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Photo by Kari Bedford.

“Ben Bedford delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their struggles. Poignant, but never sentimental, Bedford’s portrait-like songs capture the vitality of his characters and draw the listener deep into the narratives.
With his fourth album, The Pilot and the Flying Machine, Ben Bedford takes the listener on a philosophical, poetic, and powerful sonic flight. With his songwriting as erudite as ever and his guitar playing further honed and refined, Bedford enters decidedly new territory in terms of themes, sound, and arrangement with this album.”

Read more about the artist: www.benbedford.com/about/

Video from production of his latest album: YouTube.

Ben Bedford will be live in concert at West O Beer on Saturday, December 17, 7–10pm.

Here’s our path to 270.

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With all the talk about so-and-so’s “path to 270” it seemed only fair for us to jump in. So say hello (if you haven’t already) to the West O 270 Degrees Series.

270logoThe 270° Series is our premium pathway to beers that raise the bar even more than our normal raising of the bar that you are used to. We spare nothing on the ingredients, and spare nothing on the process. The result? Opposite end of the spectrum of, say, a lawnmower beer. These limited seasonals will beg you to relax and savor and share with your friends.

The lineup is growing, and here’s what’s on tap (and bottles):

Punk’d Pie Belgian-style Dubbel: available now, is rich and malty like you expect from a Belgian-style Dubbel, with mild hop bitterness, a medium body, and some right-down-the-middle pumpkin pie spice notes. Available on tap and premium bottles in 4-packs.

10 Foot 10 Double IPA: The big beer you have come to love is back soon. It’s a Double India Pale Ale that is big on bitterness, tall on hop aroma, and, um, double on the alcohol. Complexity and maturity coming through. Available in late November or early December 2016 on tap and premium bottles in 4-packs.

And a December Surprise: Interested in a whiskey-barrel-aged CocO Stout? Compound that interest with cherries. Then picture it in a proper 750ml bottle. That’s just a teaser, and we’re just getting started. Stay tuned.

And whatza 270, you ask? The clues are here, for starters. Think “Directions and Degrees.” Enjoy.

Derek Post. Live music.

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Derek Post was raised in Okoboji, and is a guitar player and singer/songwriter thoroughly saturated in blues, rock and R&B influences. His soulful, talent-infused guitar ability, unique vocal quality, and refreshing, modern approach to the style are what Derek brings to the stage.

Welcome Derek Post to the West O stage on Saturday, Nov. 5th, from 7–10 pm. 

Derek Post website: derekpost.com

 

 

Founder Matt Matthiesen honored as Entrepreneur of the Year.

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is proud to announce the five winners of its 2016 Business Recognition Awards.

This year’s winners are:

  • Young Professional of the Year – Libby Glaser
  • Gold Star Award – TechKnow
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – Matt Matthiesen, West O Beer
  • Small Business of the Year – Zone Home Entertainment
  • Large Business of the Year – Daybreak Foods

“The Iowa Lakes Corridor is delighted to honor and recognize this year’s award winners,” Kiley Miller, Corridor President and CEO, said. “This group demonstrates all of the values held by our region’s business and community leaders.”

The awards were presented Wednesday, October 19th, during the Iowa Lakes Corridor’s annual Business Recognition Luncheon at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer.

J. Jeffrey Messerole. Live music.

J. Jeffrey Messerole is an Iowa based singer, songwriter, storyteller, and working man. We’re proud to have him at West O on a regular basis.

“Self-taught guitarist, J. Jeffery Messerole is a folk music storyteller from Iowa’s Great Lakes region. Messerole masterfully blends the sound of his guitar, with haunting lyrics, and harmonica to tell gritty american tales, bound to evoke emotion from all of his listeners. Each song is a poignant, and sometimes, painful, snapshot of the lives of old souls and modern folk alike. Spanning the country from coast to coast, he’s happy to share his original folk and alternative country music rooted right here, in the heart of the Great Plains. Often playing live shows under the name “J. Jeffrey Messerole and Fire Creek” he is joined by Paul Homstad on the keys and ukulele, and Chris Bern on percussion.”

J. Jeffrey Messerole returns to West O on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, 7-10pm.