Doing this again, because we can’t get enough. Spend your Saturday night in our tasting room, 7–10pm.
We have a soft spot in our heart for singer-songwriters, because they’re the ones who are actually creating as well as performing. They are telling us their story, rubber meeting the road, and that’s something that resonates with everyone. Join us Friday, March 6 from 7-10 as we welcome Ken Gaines. He’s got street-cred out the wazoo…he’s the real deal and we hope you fill up his tip jar tonight. www.kengaines.com
It’s an exclusive…we are pairing with Little Swan Lake Winery to give you a tasting event to remember. Join us at the winery in Estherville to sample wine, beer, BBQ, and music.
Saturday, March 21, 2015, noon to 4
Little Swan Lake Winery
1350 320th Ave., Estherville, Iowa
Why “Coffee House”? Because if we called it “Beer House Music Night” you’d be expecting polka music. We’ve got nothing against polka; we just wanted a laid-back acoustic-style vibe while showcasing local talent. Like Clint Riedel (Wright County Rambler), J. Messerole, Matt Andrews, Jakob Wittkamp with Karina (from Storm Rising), and Tammy Hamlin.
Our first Coffee House Music Night is Saturday, February 21 from 7 to 10 pm. Come out and support some local talent. Sans coffee.
Yup…we are in need of a full-time assistant brewer. You may think this requires a boatload of previous experience, but you would be wrong.
This is an opportunity for one hard-working individual to learn brewing from Karl “The Gold Medal Master” Schmitz starting at the ground floor, “ground floor” being a metaphor for pushups, of course. Think of it like an apprenticeship or on-the-job-training. Call it what you want, it’s beer, and it’s someone’s dream job (our biased opinion.)
Requirements and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Keeping production area clean
- Following CIP SOPs to clean and sanitize tanks, equipment and kegs
- Filling kegs
- Bottle filling and labeling
- Ability to lift 75 lbs. repeatedly, and move kegs 165 lbs.
- Follow head brewers instructions
- Pushups when you screw up (12 minimum)
- Be a fast learner
- Attention to details
- Ability to work in hot wet environment
- Be passionate about craft beer
- Able to speak to and interact with customers, sometimes in groups
Think you’ve got what it takes? Bonus points for knowing how to research and create an impressive cover letter and resumé. Then email both to
You may not realize this, but we are always looking for ways to make little improvements in our beer. Think of it as micro-tweaking. Or fussed over. Changes so small that maybe only Karl knows the difference. But the point is we don’t cut corners to save a buck…there is a difference, for the better. We go out of our way for quality ingredients for quality beer, and even the packaging that protects it.
And then, sometimes, we have a more noticeable raising of the bar. That has just happened with Karl finding superior hops for Holy L. Again, quite the opposite of corner cutting. We actually think you’ll notice the subtle improvement. Give it a try, especially if you haven’t for a while. We’d like to know what you think.
And a big shout-out to Indy Hops of Portland, Oregon!
Hey, all weekend long: growler discounts in the tasting room. Plus, we are open late on Sunday so you can watch the entire Super Bowl in all its commercial gloriousness. You, yes you.
Running a brewery is not all fun and games, yo. It’s work, and we need help, namely a part-time server. If you think you have the right stuff, stop by to tell us about it. Or our tasting room manager for more details.
Plenty of goodness happening this year, even if the ice is a bit too thin.
Friday 7-10, live music with Chad Elliott with Jeffrey Messerole.
Saturday, Team West O in Broom Ball; here’s the bracket (click to enlarge.)
Saturday 3pm, Frozen Fanny Fat Bike Race (West O is a sponsor and beer will be served 1/2 to 1 hour before the start at the Dickinson County Nature Center.)
Saturday 7-10, more live music with David Zollo.
*Friday and Saturday til 6, free CocO and Punk’d Pie ice cream floats in the tasting room.
What’s it take to promote a beer fest, you ask? Besides beer, lots of behind the scenes ad-buys and social networking and list making. Sausage-making. And then along comes the staff of Results Radio (KIKN, KSOO and KMXC) with a healthy dose of creativity and mountains of sense of humor to promote the Sioux Empire On Tap Craft Beer Festival at The District on February 7, 2015. You probably have a spare minute-seventeen…just watch.