Fans of Wiedemann's Special Lager are in for an early Christmas present: Six-packs of the locally crafted beer are now available at select area retailers.
The lager has gained a following since it was launched in draught
five months ago, and its creators always envisioned bottles and cans
"It feels great. It's a big step, but really it's just kind of the
beginning still," said journalist and beer aficionado Jon Newberry,
developed the new recipe.
Wiedemann's is named for the iconic Bavarian-style brew produced in
Newport for more than a century.
The original disappeared from shelves in 2007, but Newberry and his
wife, Betsy, acquired the rights to the name and developed a new
Working with Listermann Brewing Co. in Evanston, Ohio, they crafted
flavorful, light-bodied Bavarian-style pilsner with hints of the
Wiedemann's Special Lager was launched at Pompilio's in Newport in
July. The lager was well-received by local beer drinkers, and today
is also available on tap at Coach's Corner and The Green Derby in
Newport, as well as Shakey's Pub & Grub in Florence.
"The reaction we've gotten since we launched it at Pompilio's in
has been extremely encouraging. Everybody's been very supportive,"
Newberry said. "I'm surprised how enthusiastic people I don't even
know have been."
Beginning today, six-packs are available at Party Source in Bellevue
and Party Town in Florence. Plans are also in the works to sell the
bottles at other independent retailers, as well as at select bars
The draft Wiedemann's is brewed at Listermann, but the bottled
is brewed and bottled at Stevens Point Brewery, a craft brewery in
Wisconsin. Both are distributed by Chas. Seligman Distributing Co.
In the new year, the Newberrys plan to expand their distribution.
in the long term, they hope to bring the brewing back to Newport.
"Our ultimate goal was to build a Wiedemann brewery again in
and I think that's going to happen a lot sooner than we ever
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