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.



RAOB for October 1.

That’s Random Acts of Beer, peeps. We welcome a new month and another West O Wednesday with a POP QUIZ to give more shirts away. This time, just fill out your name and email address below, then comment on this:

What is the name or style of the West O beer that is currently in the label and box approval process for bottling? (Hint: it has been around a while; it’s just never been bottled. Yet.)

First two correct answers win a free West O t-shirt. We’ll turn off comments later in the afternoon. And the beer will be in bottles soon. smiley-yellow

One prize per person per month. Share the beer love.



Big news at Jethro’s.



Jethro’s in Des Moines is THE deal. And they just ordered up Smoked Red kegs for five of their locations (we don’t know which ones…part of the fun.) So time to be social: be the first one of you Smoked Red + Jethro’s fans to post a nice recognizable photo of our tap handle in Jethro’s*, and you’re gonna win. How about a $50 Jethro’s gift card (good at any location) and a Smoked Red hoodie? Look for that tap handle.

*The fine print: it’s gotta be a West O tap handle at one of the Jethro’s joints. Include something in the photo that’s obviously Jethro’s. Shirts, signs, use your creativity. THEN POST IT: either to our Facebook page or Twitter account. Use those writing skills you learned in school and make a comment about the location you’re at. And tell Jethro’s thanks!

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Beer school. You heard us right.

As they say at Beer School at Pounders, “pencils down and pints up.” Recently, Matt and Karl trekked to Aberdeen, SD to speak to the school that trumps all schools. After talking at length about all things beer (and taking over the taps with West O keg,) Pounders even gave Karl an assignment: “fill this firkin with something good and send it back.” Happy to comply.

September Super Saturday.

So much happening today, here’s the condensed list for Sept. 20, 2014:

ICBT in Denison at the Tri City BBQ Fest, Little Giant Beer Summit – el Bait Shop, Des Moines, Taste of History Wine Walk – Dakota City, IA (Humboldt), Rock River Beer Fest – LuVerne, MN, Beervana – Monks- Sioux Falls, and LIVE MUSIC with Byron Kuehl in the tasting room, 7-10. You know where you are, and where you need to be. Go forth and enjoy.