Local 5 has been following an Allouez couple with a unique way to raise money for a microbrewery they hope will be open by next year.
Monday night’s village board meeting determined how the project will move forward.
Abby and David Malcolm started professional brewing in 2006, but launched their company Zambaldi brewing in 2016.
Now that Allouez’s Plan Commission and Village board approved a development plan the couple is even more excited that their brewing business is a possibility thanks to the help of the community.
“I knew that we get a lot of attention, but we’ve had a lot more people participating than I expected,” says David Malcolm. People have been fantastic. Turns out when you offer people beer for life they get really excited.”
The Malcoms offered the community free beer for a year for a $500 donation and free beer for life for a $1,500 donation.
Now the entrepreneurs are one step closer to making Zambaldi a reality.
“The next steps will be to be in front of the village board meeting hopefully in the next month and then after that we’re hoping to break ground,” says Abby Malcom.
When completed the brewery will be placed on Webster Avenue next to Huntington.
This is the couple’s first business and it’s been a learning experience.
“The hardest thing I think is bringing all the threads together,” says David. “We’ve got to talk to architects and builders and bankers and equipment manufacturers for different pieces of equipment that come from manufacturers and trying to pull all the threads together.”
There’s only one more village meeting required.
If the site plan is approved, Zambaldi can break ground.
And they’re continuing their crowd funding efforts until they do.
“We are running it until we break ground, so that’s kind of the deal,” says Abby. “You need to believe in us before we break ground and support us and then we pay you back later with free beer.”
The Malcoms say the building expenses will total around two million dollars.
To receive free beer for a year or for life once Zambaldi opens you can visit their site by clicking this link.