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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.



Asana and ales.


CHILL OUT with yoga paired with beer tasting. Join us on Saturday, July 30 at 10am (yes, yogis, doors open two hours early for you.) Mandi King is leading, and for only $15 you get the yoga and the beer tasting. for reservations...hurry, limit 20. #westoyoga

The High Crest. Live music.


From the High Crest website:

The High Crest is the Iowa-grown folk & roll duo of Kat Darling and Aaron Short.  They possess an extensive catalog of original, acoustic guitar-based tunes that come alive with multi-instrumentation, engaging harmonies, hand drum percussion, soulful harmonica, and the steel hum of resonator guitar. Lively performances and impressive musicianship spanning more than a decade are backed by a solid reputation for professionalism and reliability. Always treated to an intimate, one-of-a-kind show, audiences become loyal followers. With their consistency to deliver and their ability to attract a crowd, The High Crest quickly becomes a favorite.”

We welcome The High Crest to the West O Beer tasting room on August 6, 2016 at 7pm.

The High Crest Reverbnation site

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/