WYOld West Brewery tops crowd funding goal, prepares for opening

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The WYOld West Brewing Company is brewing up success as it prepares to open its doors.

The microbrewery/restaurant/liquor store set a goal of raising $9,000 through an online campaign that ends Friday. It went past that goal last weekend and as of Wednesday had topped $10,000 through the crowd-funding effort.

The business, located in a refurbished 7,000 square foot building at 221 N. Bent St., plans a “rolling open,” according to WYOld West President Matthew Lengfelder, with the retail store, which will sell liquor to go, bar apparel and supplies, opening in January. Kitchen equipment will arrive in January and brewery items in February.

Lengfelder expressed his appreciation in an email.

“Just wanted to thank everyone that has contributed or shared,” he wrote. “Hitting our mark is an

awesome feat, but I think even bigger than that is we have held the #1 spot on Indiegogo’s Trending page for 2 days.”

“That is based on contributions, visits, shares, etc. In the end it is because of everyone else spreading the word,” Lengfelder wrote. “I’ve had a lot of help getting this campaign off the ground, but who would have thought that an idea from Powell would top the trending list on any website, let alone one of the largest crowd funding platforms.

“I speak for everyone affiliated with WYOld West when I tell you how grateful we are in the support we’ve received from everyone.”

Anyone who contributed $25 will have their name placed on the side of kegs the bar will distribute and in the brewery. People who give less will have their names in the brewery.

“It will be a constant reminder of all the helping hands our company received,” he said.

Limited edition glass growlers adorned with one of four local artists’ work are available for a $60 contribution and are available before Christmas, Lengfelder said.

Lengfelder said Powell Economic Partnership Executive Director Christine Bekes deserves “special thanks” for spearheading the crowd funding initiative.

“Her hard work in the community paved the way allowing for WYOld West’s campaign to hit the ground running,” he said.

On Dec. 2, the Powell City Council approved a $27,000 loan for the brewery, with the funds coming from the Wyoming Economic Development Stabilization Board and provided to the city as part of the Community Development Block Grant Program.

To contribute or to learn more, go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/keeping-local-wyold-west-brewing-company.

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