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CocO Barrel #1 to Iowa Taproom!

There is one keg of the very limited release CocO Barrel #1…you know, the barrel-aged-cherry-infused-awesomeness…slipping out our door and headed to the Iowa Taproom.

So if you were bummed because you were closer to Des Moines than West Okoboji Lake when the bottle release sold out in 5 hours flat, here’s your chance to savor. Plan to hang around, because there will also be giveaways and meet-and-greet some of the West O staff, and stuff.

That’s Friday, Feb. 3, 4 to 6pm. Iowa Taproom at 215 East 3rd Street in Des Moines. See you there. Bring your friends…they’ll thank you.

Winter Games 2017.

New HoodieLet the Winter Games begin! It’s a jam-packed weekend at the Lakes, and we’re all over it. Watch for us at places like Brats & Brews and the Fat Tire Challenge and the Home Brewers Guild. Then chill with us in the tasting room:

  • Live music! Friday with Clint Riedel 7-10, AND Saturday, 7-10 with Midnight Squires.
  • Probably our new hoodie is a must-have.
  • How about beer or root beer floats? Ask us Saturday afternoon…while they last.

Here’s the link to the official University of Okoboji Winter Games website. Plan accordingly, and we’ll see you somewhere, or everywhere.

Craft Beer 101.

Listen up…Iowa Lakes Community College has a New Year’s resolution you cannot pass up. You know you like craft beer, and you kind of know which way you lean. Hoppy! Strong! Dark! Light! Well, check out this February 2nd event, because your beer journey continues here, grasshopper.

Drink local, friends, because this event is sponsored by Doll Distributing in Spencer and hosted at the Hy-Vee Clubhouse Room in Spencer, and presented by West O and Sierra Nevada. Did we mention there will be samples? Yes, because you can’t learn about the finer points of craft beer without samples.

It’s the best ten bucks you will spend to ring in the new year. Register now: 800-252-5664 or visit www.iowalakes.edu/ce

Here’s our path to 270.


With all the talk about so-and-so’s “path to 270” it seemed only fair for us to jump in. So say hello (if you haven’t already) to the West O 270 Degrees Series.

270logoThe 270° Series is our premium pathway to beers that raise the bar even more than our normal raising of the bar that you are used to. We spare nothing on the ingredients, and spare nothing on the process. The result? Opposite end of the spectrum of, say, a lawnmower beer. These limited seasonals will beg you to relax and savor and share with your friends.

The lineup is growing, and here’s what’s on tap (and bottles):

Punk’d Pie Belgian-style Dubbel: available now, is rich and malty like you expect from a Belgian-style Dubbel, with mild hop bitterness, a medium body, and some right-down-the-middle pumpkin pie spice notes. Available on tap and premium bottles in 4-packs.

10 Foot 10 Double IPA: The big beer you have come to love is back soon. It’s a Double India Pale Ale that is big on bitterness, tall on hop aroma, and, um, double on the alcohol. Complexity and maturity coming through. Available in late November or early December 2016 on tap and premium bottles in 4-packs.

And a December Surprise: Interested in a whiskey-barrel-aged CocO Stout? Compound that interest with cherries. Then picture it in a proper 750ml bottle. That’s just a teaser, and we’re just getting started. Stay tuned.

And whatza 270, you ask? The clues are here, for starters. Think “Directions and Degrees.” Enjoy.

Derek Post. Live music.


Derek Post was raised in Okoboji, and is a guitar player and singer/songwriter thoroughly saturated in blues, rock and R&B influences. His soulful, talent-infused guitar ability, unique vocal quality, and refreshing, modern approach to the style are what Derek brings to the stage.

Welcome Derek Post to the West O stage on Saturday, Nov. 5th, from 7–10 pm. 

Derek Post website: derekpost.com



Founder Matt Matthiesen honored as Entrepreneur of the Year.

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is proud to announce the five winners of its 2016 Business Recognition Awards.

This year’s winners are:

  • Young Professional of the Year – Libby Glaser
  • Gold Star Award – TechKnow
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – Matt Matthiesen, West O Beer
  • Small Business of the Year – Zone Home Entertainment
  • Large Business of the Year – Daybreak Foods

“The Iowa Lakes Corridor is delighted to honor and recognize this year’s award winners,” Kiley Miller, Corridor President and CEO, said. “This group demonstrates all of the values held by our region’s business and community leaders.”

The awards were presented Wednesday, October 19th, during the Iowa Lakes Corridor’s annual Business Recognition Luncheon at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer.

Sportsman’s Tiki Bike Ride.



West O is a sponsor and will be a stop for this ride, so plan to stop in and park it for a bit. We won’t have that Mai Tai you’re jonesing for, but we’re pretty sure a breakfast and/or lunch beer will do the trick. Think Polynesian thoughts, everyone.

Registering? You probably could simply print off this form, fill it out, and mail it in. Or register the day of the ride. Hope to see you here.

Festival of Iowa Beers


Come down to Millstream Brewery on Sunday, September 4, 2016 to taste over 100+ beers that 30+ Iowa Breweries have to offer and meet the brewers who make the magical brews come to life as they serve you. West O will be there…look for our tent!

Live music by Airwaves and food will be available.  Again this year attendance is limited to 1200 people. Tickets will not be available for sale the day of the event this year (unless we have not sold out so don’t take any chances and get yours in advance). Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets go on sale July 15th. $20 preorder. $25 day of the event. You can order your tickets online or you can purchase them up at Millstream Brewery. Sorry check or cash only, no credit cards if picked up at the brewery.

Tickets are available HERE.