Webster Avenue will soon get some life pumped into it–or maybe beer.
The Zambaldi Brewery is finally becoming a reality and this long-vacant lot will get to make something of itself.
“We met with the village of Allouez,” said David and Abby Malcolm, two of the founders at Zambaldi. “The first time we met with them, we knew that it would be in Allouez because they were so supportive and it was going to be a good place to build this brewery.”
The project costs about $2 million to build and that is when the owners knew they had to incentivize investors.
Contributing to the cause granted certain freebies, and one of them was a bit more refreshing than the others.
“It’s been tremendous for getting people interested in it,” they said. “It’s helped us tell our story and we want to support the people who supported us, so beer for life when they’re in the taproom.”
You heard that right–beer for life. And close to 40 people had the tolerance for it.
“Sue and I discussed it and I go, ‘Are you interested?’ and she goes, ‘Yeah, I think so.’ So, we just basically went for it,” said Sue and Brad Weis, who donated funds to make the brewery possible.
It cost $1,500 to get in the (free beer) club.
For a lifetime of liquid gold, the couple decided to take the plunge.
“We decided to do that instead of getting each other Christmas gifts this year,” they said. “Doesn’t our last name say it all, ‘Weis?'”
The Zambaldi brand is being served at places like Mr. Brew’s TapHouse, and the final facility will seat more than 100 people.
The taproom is planned to open late next summer.