Shawano native helping launch new brewery

Zambaldi Beer will hold local sampling Thursday

The newest brewery on the Green Bay area craft beer scene, Zambaldi Beer, has connections to Shawano.

Co-owners David and Abigail (Zander) Malcolm plan to open a brewery and tap room at 1649 S. Webster Ave. in Allouez early next year.

Abigail is a native of Shawano who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2007 and has spent the past 10 years in hospitality management.

David, who is the head brewer, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2007. He has been in the beer industry for the past 10 years, as a professional brewer in Wisconsin and Montana and as a brand manager for beer distributor.

The Malcolms have launched Beer for Life and Beer for a Year campaigns to raise a portion of the money needed to get up and running.

“We want the community to be as excited about our beer and brewery as we are, and think that is a great way to get them involved,” Abigail said.

To help promote the campaign, the Malcolms will hold a beer sampling from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Luigi’s Pizza and Pasta in Shawano.

With Beer for Life, if you have four pints a week you’ll break even in less than 18 months. With Beer for a Year, four pints a week puts you ahead in less than six months.

“We want to be a community tap room, and are essentially asking our beer-loving community members to help us get our doors open,” David said.

The Malcolms are excited to pool their talents to create the brewery and tap room. Zambaldi will be the first brewery to call the village of Allouez home since the C. Hochgreve Brewing Company closed in 1949.

“I am very excited to welcome Zambaldi Beer to Allouez,” village President Jim Rafter said. “We recently conducted a community survey to identify what types of businesses or services our residents are looking for, and a brewery with a community feel was one of the most popular choices.

“A business is only as good as the people who run it. David and Abby have demonstrated a great knowledge and passion for brewing beer and creating a great experience for their customers. I have no doubt Zambaldi Beer will be a great success, and a great addition to our community.”

Zambaldi will offer a diverse range of beers, some of which are already available in the Green Bay and Fox Valley.

“Our Good Dog Porter was released December 2017 and has been very well-received, and the Dairy Air Belgian Farmhouse Ale released April 2017 is seeing similar success,” David said.

In appreciation for the community support, Zambaldi Beer plans on having a community night once a month with a local nonprofit receiving a portion of the proceeds.

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For more about Zimbaldi Beer, visit www.zambaldi.com or the Zambaldi Beer Facebook page.