Is West O Beer open year round? Of course!

It’s true that some of The Lakes closes up shop during winter…but not us. Our West Okoboji tasting room is open year round, every day* but Mondays, weekends are hopping, and Wednesdays are our famous West O Wednesday.

West O Beer - West Okoboji - Open Year Round

So come visit us! The tasting room is warm, the atmosphere is warmer, and there are plenty of craft brews on tap, including our gold medal-winning CocO Stout. Order in some food. And oh yeah: kids are welcome – games to play – even root beer on tap.

See you soon. Cheers!

Tues–Fri: 2 to 10, Sat: noon to 10, Sun: noon to 8, Closed Mondays. WEST O WEDNESDAY: 2 to 10, Growler/Pint Discounts All Day

(Not to mention that brewing beer is that 24/7 behind-the-scenes thing that laughs at us if we try to put it on a schedule, but that’s another story.)



CocO Barrel #1 to Iowa Taproom!

There is one keg of the very limited release CocO Barrel #1…you know, the barrel-aged-cherry-infused-awesomeness…slipping out our door and headed to the Iowa Taproom.

So if you were bummed because you were closer to Des Moines than West Okoboji Lake when the bottle release sold out in 5 hours flat, here’s your chance to savor. Plan to hang around, because there will also be giveaways and meet-and-greet some of the West O staff, and stuff.

That’s Friday, Feb. 3, 4 to 6pm. Iowa Taproom at 215 East 3rd Street in Des Moines. See you there. Bring your friends…they’ll thank you.

Scottie Miller. Live Music.

And now we have him for a solo show, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

Singer-Songwriter-Pianist Scottie Miller is an international touring artist. In 2008, Scottie was inducted in to the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame for his contributions to blues music and heritage with his instructional book and CD titled; Rock Keyboards published by Hal Leonard Corporation. He has also been the touring keyboardist for three-time Grammy nominated singer Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn Records) since 2008. He is featured on her Blues Music Award winning CD/DVD Live At Antones. He was a finalist in the ‘solo-duo’ category at The International Blues Challenge in 2006.

Link: Scottie Miller website

Winter Games 2017.

New HoodieLet the Winter Games begin! It’s a jam-packed weekend at the Lakes, and we’re all over it. Watch for us at places like Brats & Brews and the Fat Tire Challenge and the Home Brewers Guild. Then chill with us in the tasting room:

  • Live music! Friday with Clint Riedel 7-10, AND Saturday, 7-10 with Midnight Squires.
  • Probably our new hoodie is a must-have.
  • How about beer or root beer floats? Ask us Saturday afternoon…while they last.

Here’s the link to the official University of Okoboji Winter Games website. Plan accordingly, and we’ll see you somewhere, or everywhere.

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

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.
Ryne Dougty on Reverbnation
Ryne Doughty on Facebook.

Ben Bedford. Live music.


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:

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.


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.