The Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co. launched a fundraising campaign last week to raise $30,000 toward opening a brewery.



Jon and Betsy Newberry resurrected the famous Wiedemann brand in 2012 and have had the beer made on contract. They are now looking for a brewery site.



"While the official Kickstarter target is $30,000, Wiedemann hopes to raise a lot more Ė more money and a demonstration of support to show lenders, beer distributors, bar and restaurant owners and other prospective partners that there are thousands of enthusiastic Wiedie fans willing to take a stand for one of their all-time favorite beers," the brewery wrote in a news release. "Itís a beer for which support goes generations deep throughout Greater Cincinnati and beyond."



As of Wednesday morning, the brewery had $10,058 pledged. To check out the Kickstarter campaign, click here.



To read the full news release, see below:



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Newportís Wiedemann Brewing Co. Launching Kickstarter to Help Fund New Craft Brewery!



NEWPORT, KY--- The Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co. kicked off a $30,000 fundraising campaign today on Kickstarter.com to help generate money, enthusiasm and momentum toward a new local brewery.



To be sure, there are plenty of breweries around these days Ė new ones every week, it seems, not that thatís a bad thing. But thereís only one Wiedemann, the legendary Bohemian-style beer thatís been the pride of Newport, Ky., since 1870. And it needs a home.



Jon and Betsy Newberry resurrected the storied Wiedemann beer brand in 2012 with an outdoor keg-tapping at Pompilioís Italian Restaurant in Newport. They have since been scouring the city for a suitable site for the new Wiedemann craft brewery and seeking to pull together funding for the venture. The Kickstarter campaign is part of an effort to finally bring those plans to fruition in 2016.



While the official Kickstarter target is $30,000, Wiedemann hopes to raise a lot more Ė more money and a demonstration of support to show lenders, beer distributors, bar and restaurant owners and other prospective partners that there are thousands of enthusiastic Wiedie fans willing to take a stand for one of their all-time favorite beers. Itís a beer for which support goes generations deep throughout Greater Cincinnati and beyond.



The former Wiedeman Brewery in Newport was closed by an out-of-town owner in 1983 and later demolished. Another out-of-town owner stopped making Wiedemannís beer altogether in 2006. Wiedemann is back under local control and management for the first time since the 1960s. All it needs now is a local home to make its beer to George Wiedemannís exacting standards.



Wiedemann is creating numerous limited-edition rewards and valuable collectibles for loyal Kickstarter backers. Shirts, ball caps, glasses, steins -- even a Beer Camp and membership in the Wiedemann Army.



Itís also giving Wiedie fans a chance to ride in an historic horse-drawn Wiedemannís Fine Beer wagon in this yearís Findlay Market Parade on Opening Day. The vintage beer wagon, in storage for decades at Wegman Farm in Green Township, is unrestored and still has City-of-Cincinnati license plates from the 1940s. It was used to deliver kegs of Wiedemannís Bohemian Special Brew to downtown saloons and neighborhood taverns during WWII-era gasoline rationing.††



The Kickstarter campaign officially kicks off tonight (Feb. 19) at a Wiedemannís Bock keg tapping and German fish fry at Mecklenburg Gardensí Bier Hall in Corryville. The event starts at 6pm, with a blessing of the keg at 6:30. Live (and always lively) music by the Alpen Echos.