CocO wins. Again.

CocO wins. Again.


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

2017 UPDATE: Time to vote again!

**Vote daily in the 2017 Beer Brackets here.**

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™ was voted tops by readers in the Des Moines Register’s 2016 Beer Brackets. The contest, celebrating the NCAA men’s basketball tourney stopping in Des Moines, featured beers that can all be found at the 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.



  • Jan Kolb
    Posted at 19:03h, 29 March

    Congratulations, Matt and Michaela! This is great news! It was wonderful seeing both of you and Ryan, Mary and Minnie on Easter. That was a great day! It was a special time to spend with all of Bob and Lanette’s family!