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 to the West O tasting room on Saturday, July 9 from 7–10pm.

Ryne Doughty website.
Ryne Dougty on Reverbnation
Ryne Doughty on Facebook.

Aaron Fowler/Laura Dungan. Live music.

“Aaron Fowler and Laura Dungan combine their areas of musical expertise and empowerment to create a dynamic and rich musical experience in the folk tradition. Their music leads the listener to be attentive and appreciative of one’s place in the world, examine matters of the heart and conscience, and lend courage to take next steps on the journey.”

Website: www.fowlerdungan.com

Aaron Fowler and Laura Dungan will perform live in the West O tasting room on Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 2–5pm.

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: 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, June 11, 7–10pm.

Happy birthday to us. The Big 3.


We keep racking up awards…and birthdays. Time to come out and celebrate with us again, on Saturday, May 28, noon to 10. Here’s the short list of what’s going on:

  • 100 Big 3 commemorative glasses being given away at noon. The line forms early.
  • Rolling out this season’s batch of Honeyblossom Saison. Awesomeness.
  • Firkins: Grapefruit 6 FT 6 at noon, Cherry Chocolate CocO Stout at 5.
  • McCreary’s Food Truck all weekend.
  • Beanbag toss.
  • Live music out the wazoo: Midnight Squires at 2pm, David Lee at 7pm.
  • Strike up conversation with owners, brewers, and staff.
  • Random Acts of Beer: free merch, yo.

Check back often as we update the list, then plan to spend the day with us as we celebrate.


Riley Ann. Live music.



Riley Ann defies the expectations of a female folk musician. As a one-woman band, she conveys the energy and dynamic sound of a full band, towing the line of grit and refinement through her music. Elements of The Black Keys, Neko Case, and Hozier are blended with a modern take on old time, creating a sound that’s truly her own. As stated by one of her musical colleagues, “She’d charge hell with a bucket of water.”
     banjo ~ fiddle ~ electric guitar ~ acoustic guitar ~ looping ~ percussion

West O welcomes Riley Ann to the tasting room on Saturday, April 16, 7–10pm.

Riley Ann website: http://www.rileyannsound.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/RileyAnnSound/

Honeywise. Live music.


Honeywise is a folk duo from Cedar Falls, IA, comprised of Sophia Landis andJason Surratt. Their music blends Jason’s outlaw country influences with Sophia’s piano and Native American flutes. They combine this with the richness of their voices for a truly unique sound.

We welcome Honeywise to the West O tasting room on Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7–10pm.

Honeywise online:
Website: honeywise.us/

CocO wins. Again.


To celebrate, we grabbed a CocO in the test kitchen. Then back to work.

We could say CocO does it again, but actually, beer lovers, you did it. After six rounds of elimination with 64 Iowa beers, West O CocO Chocolate Stout™ has been voted tops by readers in the Des Moines Register’s Beer Brackets. The contest, celebrating the NCAA men’s basketball tourney stopping in Des Moines, featured beers that can all be found at the new Iowa Taproom (a sight to behold in its own right.)

With back-to-back golds at GABF, could there be something bigger? Possibly, because this friendly competition was between Iowa beers, voted on by Iowans, for best in Iowa. We competed head-to-head with Fox Brewing, Firetrucker, Confluence, Lion Bridge, and 515 Brewing (hats off to all of them for their killer lineups) and we think the real winners are Iowa craft beer lovers.

As founder Matt Matthiesen says, “the fact is, Iowa breweries love what they do, and it shows with the wide variety of solid styles available from a number of breweries. Iowans can be proud that we have this kind of quality representing our state. If it’s Iowa beer, everyone wins.”

Read all about it here, and go try yourself some new beers. Iowa Beers, FTW.



Tuesday Teaser.


It’s not every day we find ourselves in the semi-finals, but here we are. We picked up the Dark and Malty category, and now we are in it to win it. So, for the love of beer, get yourself over to the Des Moines Register’s Beer Brackets and vote for us, please (even though this is a friendly competition and we love our rivals and their beers. Really.)

In other news, it’s World Water Day 2016 and we also love water, especially West Okoboji water. And this weekend is the Oak Hill Marina March Madness Mayhem “After Party” at West O (tours and discount pints, yo.) Followed by live music with the Wright County Rambler. The first full weekend of spring is shaping up to be a great one. See you there.

And there’s more: we are scouting for both a Production Assistant, and a Tasting Room Assistant Manager. It all rolls out later on Wednesday from our newsletter. Make sure you are signed up. Cheers, everyone.

Matt Andrews. Live Music.


Matt Andrews returns to the West O Tasting Room for live music, Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7–10pm.

Simple melodic acoustic rock designed to just be listened to. Matt has been playing music for 20 years. His influences include all types of music, from 70’s and 80’s rock to alternative 90’s, punk, and R&B. Every show is unique and enjoyable!

Matt Andrews Reverbnation page with music tracks and more information.

Chad Elliott. Live music.


Chad Elliott returns to West O Beer on Friday, March 12, 2016 from 7–10pm

Averaging close to 200 shows per year, Chad Elliott has been on the road for more than a decade performing a blend of Americana, roots and country music. Along the way he’s collected more than a few interesting stories, many of which end up crafted into lyrics.

“In the wide scope of Americana music live stories timeless as the land. With dynamic swells amid driven and transient melodies, Chad Elliott tells them one song at a time.” – Sam Burrish, Sioux City Journal

Listen to music tracks and find links to his website and social media on his ReverbNation site.