Where’s CocO?



Everyone wants that Gold Medal beer, now where will it be? It’s up to our distributors, so time to make some noise, folks. Go to your favorite retail location where you buy beer, and ASK. Then REPEAT. We’ve got plenty of CocO, and there’s more where that came from. Heck, we even have a handy flyer with tear off tabs. Print some off, and hand them out. Now stores will have no excuse for not knowing about CocO Stout. Or where to find it.

Hit the streets. And thank you.

Gift boxes!

Our tasting room manager, Jen, has outdone herself again by whipping up some fantastic gift boxes for the beer lovers on your list. And there’s a boatload of options too, so you’d better just stop by, or give her a call to place an order. We can’t ship beer, but it appears we’re shipping just about everything else.

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Do your thing at West O.

We may be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but we’re hosting a private event here tonight. Why should you care? Because the West O tasting room is the perfect place for nearly any event you are planning. Give us a call at 712-332-8090, or simply stop by...we're good at brainstorming how West O can be a good fit for your group. Hey, you can have the whole brewery to yourselves, and everyone in your group will elevate you to "brilliant idea" status.

Name that Freaking Firkin.

What would YOU call our next firkin? It’s the one that starts with our West O Punk’d Pie, and then we add real cocoa nibs, and then we let it sit and do its thing, and then we all drink it, and then we’re all happy. This Friday, Oct. 25th.

So here’s our fun, creative exercise for the next few days. Name that Freaking Firkin. Whaaa…you’re not creative?? No problem, because the emphasis is on fun. Add your suggestions to the comments below and we’ll be picking some at random to win some random t-shirts (Random Acts of Beer strikes again.)

So you, yes you, get busy and comment. We’re going to belly up to the bar with a bowl of ice cream, wait for the tapping, then throw a handful of nutmeg and cinnamon in the air to celebrate. Around 5-ish, Friday. See you then.

Super Saturday 10/18

Another busy Saturday in the works, so get out and do something, for crying out loud.

All day: Schleswig Wine and Bier Contest, Ida Grove IA (continues Sunday)

9-3: Rocktoberfest, Stuart IA (West O will probably be there early afternoon)

1-4pm: Gary’s on the River Oktoberfest, Spencer IA

7-10pm: Live Music with Ryan Sather in the tasting room

It’s the official CocO Gold Party.


Winner, winner. Chicken dinner.

It’s a CocO GOLD PARTY and you’re invited. This Saturday, October 11 from 7-10pm, we’ll party properly to celebrate the Gold Medal that head brewer Karl Schmitz won for us all. There will be plenty of CocO related things going on, and King of the Tramps returns for live music. The crew from Hey, Good Cookies! is bringing the grilling rig and making chicken marinated in our 10 Foot 10. Good grief. You can’t miss this.

Check back here for details…we’re inventing it as we go.


Winner winner chicken dinner.

GABF winners

Please excuse us for not wiping the smiles off our faces, because we’re pretty freaking happy. On Saturday we received notice (and by notice, we mean about a zillion Twitter messages in a 15 minute time span) that West O CocO Stout had won the Gold Medal in the Great American Beer Festival® 2014 Sweet or Cream Stout Category. Beating 63 other entries.

Of course, “we” is a stretch, because this totally is head brewer Karl Schmitz’ baby. He started with an idea, and finessed it into something amazing (guessing we’ll have to buy him a scooter or snowplow or something.) Also shout outs to Left Hand Milk Stout (silver) and Great Basin’s Outlaw Milk Stout (bronze.) Special kudos to Lion Bridge Brewing Company, the other Iowa brewery to come away with the Gold for their Workman’s Compensation mild ale. Iowa craft beer FTW!

West O CocO is available on tap, and will soon be available in bottles. Watch for it.