#BeerBrackets: And the winning beer is ...
With just under 11,200 votes cast, a winner has been declared in the first-ever, all-Iowa Des Moines Register Beer Brackets.
CocO Stout, a cream stout brewed by West O Beer in West Okoboji, defeated Passé, an American pale ale brewed by 515 Brewing Co. in Des Moines, by a count of 59 to 41 percent.
CocO Stout is a two-time Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner in the sweet or cream stout category. The beer, which represented the "dark and malty" bracket, defeated Lion Bridge Brewing's Workman's Compensation to reach the finals.
The West O website describes the beer as 'creamy and chocolaty.' It registers at 6 percent alcohol-by-volume. Visit westobeer.com for more information on CocO Stout. In a statement to the Register, West O Beer owner Matthew Matthiesen congratulated 515 Brewing, Lion Bridge and the other participants in the brackets.
"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," Matthiesen said. "Iowans can be proud that we have this kind of quality representing our state. If it's Iowa beer, everyone wins."
Beer Brackets launched earlier this month in celebration of the NCAA men's basketball tournament stopping in Des Moines. Each beer found in the bracket can be tasted at the newly opened Iowa Taproom in Des Moines' East Village, which sponsored the brackets. The brackets started on March 9 with 64 beers and readers voted throughout six rounds of elimination to determine the winner.
View the full results at desmoinesregister.com/beerbrackets.