Zambaldi Beer has been doing these Community Supported Brewery Boxes for more than a year now. We've bought at least four of them over the course of this program, and we are now into two consecutive boxes for the first time in 2021 because of one simple fact: the offerings in the last two boxes are undeniable. Last week, we got to taste their special beer for Lorelei Inn’s Oktoberfest a week early, along with a great Good Dog Porter brownie. I single handedly annihilated that pan of brownies in a weekend.
This week, we got a sample of their pumpkin spice beer-- along with brats made with their Meatball Man ale and a Good Dog Porter Mustard just in time for a Packers Home game. Their merchandise for the box is also timely for a home game-- a Zambaldi Beer emblazoned football that looks absolutely adorable in our kitchen right now. We may never take it out for a toss, but there are plenty of other patrons that will in the future. This is perhaps my favorite box that we’ve ever purchased given the full blown meal that can be made with the brats this time around.
Zambaldi partnered with local producers Pingel’s Meat Market in Shawano to produce these brats, and you can taste the care that went into them. The flavor of the brats’ namesake beer is light when you eat the brat by itself, but with the caramelized onions and the mustard together, everything sings in a zesty harmony. It was a perfect meal for football and dungeons and dragons.
Toward the end of October, Zambaldi Beer announced their new feature, a community supported brewery box meant to mirror the CSA boxes that have been so popular from local farmers this year. These boxes are to include merchandise, beer, and foodie goodies made by one of the owners that will be made with beer from the brewery. I pre-ordered my November box almost the moment I saw the announcement on Facebook, and I waited for it eagerly until the beautiful weekend of November 7th.
We stopped in, and just by calling the phone number that they email to you when the boxes are ready, the staff can run the box out to your car if you prefer to do pick up. You can also go in and get it yourself, but the crowd there that lovely evening was a bit much to sit and wait through. The box got to us before I could even get my phone put back in my purse, and we took it home straight away. Below is a picture of what we found when we got it home, and after the read break-- our review.
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