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Help us put the final touches on your new neighborhood tasting room, The Bigfoot, serving up local & regional beer, cider and wine!
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The Bigfoot Taproom: “The Missing Link Between Man and Beer"

For thousands of years Bigfoot has wandered the world looking for a place to enjoy a drink. In 2017 while on a walk in the woods of Humboldt, Bigfoot ran into three humans on the trail...

Lisa, Bigfoot, Ray and Neil at the Groundbreaking Ceremony
Lisa, Bigfoot, Ray and Neil at the Groundbreaking Ceremony

Welcome! We’re Ray Noggle, Lisa Jennings and Neil Cheatum, three beer-loving friends living in McKinleyville who wanted to create a space for friends to gather.

What began as an idea over a couple of beers - as all great ideas do - has grown into The Bigfoot Taproom, a tasting room with 32 taps and a 4,000+ square foot dog-friendly beer garden serving a selection of fine local and regional beers, wines and ciders and providing an exceptional location in which to drink them.

Why McKinleyville?

Aside from liking it enough to put down roots and call it home, McKinleyville is one of Humboldt County's prime locations of growth. However, it has few places to enjoy a cold IPA, pilsner, stout, cider or red wine - you get the picture.

We imagined having a spot in our neighborhood with a diverse selection of beer, wine and cider. A place where we could enjoy the glorious sunny days with a great beverage in a great outdoor setting.  We knew we’d frequent such a place, and we didn’t think we were alone.

Our first step was looking for a location. Turns out available commercial spaces in McKinleyville are a rare commodity and none could accommodate the kind of outdoor space we wanted to create for the community to enjoy.

Then we began looking for real estate and that's when a lovely little half-acre came on the market. It was centrally located in McKinleyville and big enough for our needs. We knew if we didn’t act fast it would be gone, so we made the jump and put in an offer.

We secured financing, began designing the building and creating the design for what we’re calling Bigfoot's "Playground" - the outdoor beer garden. Simplicity being a key component, we chose an industrial metal building that could be erected quickly and would last a lifetime. Once the permits went in the building was ordered and now has arrived to be assembled. 

That brings us to the present: We have a location, we have a building, we even have plants ready and growing to adorn our beer garden. And yes, we have a lot of debt...

Bigfoot looks over the plans
Bigfoot looks over the plans

Here’s where you come in:

In order to make it the kind of kick-ass space that you’ll actually want to hang out in, it’s going to take a bit more money for Bigfoot to get his “creature comforts”: cozy chairs, custom tables and TVs. Plus, we could use more plants and trees fit for Bigfoot to make our beer garden an actual garden... just in time to enjoy the actual Humboldt summer.

This Kickstarter was launched in the hopes that you'll want to help be a part of building The Bigfoot Taproom from the literal and figurative ground up - to have some ownership and pride in creating this neighborhood establishment. This is your chance to be an Original Member of our Mug Club or get a sweet special edition T shirt or hoodie. We’re so committed to making this YOUR neighborhood bar, we’re even giving you the opportunity to own your own barstool!

The funds raised will - first and foremost - be allocated to fulfilling the rewards. After that, we will purchase additional chairs, tables and TVs with the remaining amount left to further landscape ‘Bigfoot’s Playground.’


More about The Bigfoot Taproom

With 32 taps, we’ll have ample room to highlight our fine local breweries and bring in some new and interesting regional offerings. The focus will be on local beer, cider, and wine made in the heart of Bigfoot country. Supporting our local community is of utmost importance to us and we look forward to partnering with other businesses and organizations. 

We want to become the gathering spot for socializing with friends, enjoying music, creating memories and admiring the beauty of Humboldt County. 

We hope you are as excited about The Bigfoot as we are! This Kickstarter campaign is dedicated to creating an inviting space with the comforts of home and an unparalleled beer garden. Please join us in building it! 

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More about The Rewards:

T Shirt Designs
T Shirt Designs
Hooded Sweatshirt Designs
Hooded Sweatshirt Designs

A little more about us:

Neil Cheatum

Aside from a brief stint in another part of Bigfoot Country, Neil is a lifelong resident of Northern California. Raised in the backwoods of Redding, Neil moved to Humboldt in 1997 to drink beer (and attend HSU). He graduated in 2002 with a love for beer and cats - and also a degree in Computer Information Systems. After graduation, Neil stayed in Humboldt to work for a small local software company. In 2010, Neil took a position with Green Diamond where he still works today. In between haircuts and beard trims he has been mistaken for a woodland ape.

He shares a home in McKinleyville with his longtime partner, Gini, and very many cats. Did we mention Neil has five cats? An avid music lover, Neil has been known to travel far and wide to see some of his favorite bands. In his spare time (which he will have very little of soon) he enjoys taking his motorcycle out for long rides to take in Humboldt County’s majestic views. Also, you know, cats...

Lisa Jennings

Lisa was born and raised in Northern California, Redding to be exact. She later moved to Humboldt in 2001 to attend and graduate from Humboldt State University with several degrees… and of course to be closer to the ever eluding Bigfoot.

Over the years, Lisa has worked at many local spots serving many beers, to many hairy men, but has yet to serve Bigfoot. Determined to find this mysterious creature and see the wonders of the world, Lisa has traveled to over a dozen countries. Since her far reaching search for Bigfoot was without luck, she decided to make her own "Bigfoot."

Lisa has been an instructor at HSU’s Kinesiology and Recreation Administration Department for the last 13 years. She owns a home in McKinleyville which she shares with her three dogs Tinky Winky, Badger Bear and Chance, aka The Nugs. In her spare time she... wait... she doesn’t have any... but back when she did have spare time she enjoyed painting, photography, and generally creating artwork to beautify homes of friends and family. Her artistic vision has a new home at The Bigfoot where she’s painted custom tabletops that will be used throughout the taproom and beer garden. 


Ray Noggle

Although he wasn't born here, it seems like Ray has been a part of Humboldt County his entire life. A resident since age 4, Ray lived in Manila, McKinleyville, Arcata and Eureka before landing back in McKinleyville for good. He has held quite a few high profile jobs over the years where you've probably seen him: as a mechanic for Opie's Fine Cars, a product developer for Yakima and  a firefighter and eventual Engineer with Arcata Fire District. Most recently he worked as a bartender and sales rep with Mad River Brewing Company, sharing his love of beer with folks all over the state.

That's not to say Ray has a lot of free time, however. Ray has always been active in his community, be it performing improv in community theater in the past, volunteering for projects with local fire departments or most recently serving as the President of Arcata Sunrise Rotary Club.

Dogs are one of Ray's major weaknesses (hence the dog-friendly patio). Big and fluffy, small and scrawny, Ray loves them all. He lives with seven of them at home, which he shares with his patient wife Holly and their gaggle of chickens at 'MacNoggle Ranch.'

Beyond their partnership, Neil, Lisa and Ray travel, take care of each other's pets (so many pets) and homes, work on weekend projects and are always hanging out together. All three have a great love for Humboldt County, our local community, a love of craft beer and wine, and they share a desire to work for themselves.

Risks and challenges

The largest risk factor we see for The Bigfoot is time. At the time of launch we are projecting to be open by late July 2019, but with many factors involved with the actual building process, it is possible that things will be pushed back.

We have already secured our ABC license. We have the funds to get The Bigfoot built, to outfit our bar and to acquire the beer, cider and wine that we’re looking forward to serving you!

We are asking for your help to make it better - faster - so we can all hang out in the beer garden this summer.

Cheers!

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    A Big(foot) Thank You

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    Bigfoot's Starter Kit

    Rep The Bigfoot with a stylish logo sticker and premium foam can koozie - sure to keep your canned beverage as cool as you'll look holding it! Plus, your name will be listed as a Kickstarter backer on our website.

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    Bigfoot: The Pint Glass

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    Bigfoot: The Hat

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    An embroidered Bigfoot cap (cotton/polyester blend front and mesh snap back).
    Plus, everything from the $10 level, a 'Bigfoot Believer' Card - rewarding you with special status and future perks to be announced and your name will be displayed on our Bigfoot Believer's Wall - the higher the level you are as a backer - the larger your name will appear on the wall. For local pick up at The Bigfoot ONLY. Please select other 'Hat' option if shipping is needed.

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    Bigfoot: The Camping Chair (local only)

    A Bigfoot Taproom edition Camping Chair. Black Chair with "The Bigfoot Taproom" in white. Made Of 600D Polyester. 2 Mesh Cup Holders. 600D Polyester Carrying Bag With Shoulder Strap And Drawstring Closure. Steel Tubular Frame.

    Plus, everything from the $10 level, a 'Bigfoot Believer' Card - rewarding you with special status and future perks to be announced and your name will be displayed on our Bigfoot Believer's Wall - the higher the level you are as a backer - the larger your name will appear on the wall. For local pick up at The Bigfoot ONLY. Please select other 'Hat' option if shipping is needed.

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    Bigfoot: The Shirt

    A limited edition Kickstarter backer t shirt - two designs available in men's & women's styles from Extra Small to 5X.
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    A limited edition Kickstarter backer t shirt - two designs available in men's & women's styles from Extra Small to 5X.
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    Bigfoot: The Hoodie

    A limited edition Kickstarter backer hooded sweatshirt - pullover or zip - two designs available in men's & women's styles from Small to 4X.
    Plus, everything from the $10 level, a 'Bigfoot Believer' Card and your name on our Bigfoot Believer's Wall.

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    A limited edition Kickstarter backer hooded sweatshirt - pullover or zip - two designs available in men's & women's styles from Small to 4X.
    Plus, everything from the $10 level, a 'Bigfoot Believer' Card and your name on our Bigfoot Believer's Wall. For local pick up at The Bigfoot ONLY. Please select other 'Hoodie' option if shipping is needed.

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    Bigfoot: The Beer Garden Brick

    Get your name, your group's name or custom message engraved on a 4 x 8 clay brick that will be bonded to the Beer Garden for life!

    Messages must be a maximum size of 3 lines of 18 characters each (and is subject to approval) so please keep that in mind. However, we have an unlimited quantity of bricks available, so by all means, be verbose!

    This reward comes with a 'Bigfoot Believer' Card and your name (or group's name) displayed on the Bigfoot Believer's Wall and our website.

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    Bigfoot: The Canvas

    A limited edition signed canvas print of The Bigfoot logo created by artist, Michael Arneson, owner and tattoo artist at Primate Tatu in Eureka, CA.
    Plus, everything from the $10 level, a 'Bigfoot Believer' Card and your name on our Bigfoot Believer's Wall.

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    Bigfoot: The Canvas (local pick up)

    A limited edition signed canvas print of The Bigfoot logo created by artist, Michael Arneson, owner and tattoo artist at Primate Tatu in Eureka, CA.
    Plus, everything from the $10 level, a 'Bigfoot Believer' Card and your name on our Bigfoot Believer's Wall. For local pick up at The Bigfoot ONLY. Please select other 'Canvas' option if shipping is needed.

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    Bigfoot: Original Mug Club Member

    Be the first to join the club! Perks include: customized 20oz mug, limited edition Original Mug Club Member Shirt, 15% off Merchandise, special admission privileges to in-house events and probably more things we haven't even considered but will want to give you. We won't be opening up mug club membership for a whole year - so get in now! Renews at $175 per year.
    Plus, get everything from the $10 level, a 'Bigfoot Believer' Card and your name on our Bigfoot Believer's Wall.

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    • Bigfoot Original Mug Club Member Shirt
    • Bigfoot Koozie
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    Bigfoot: The Barstool

    Buy your own barstool and you'll always have a seat at The Bigfoot! We'll affix a custom plaque with your name (or group's name) on it. Verbiage is subject to approval.
    Plus, get everything from the $50 level.

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    • Bigfoot T Shirt
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    Bigfoot: Original Mug Club and Bonus Mug

    Get one mug for yourself and make the drinking buddy in your life happy by getting a second mug at a discount!

    Perks include: 2 customized 20oz mugs, 1 limited edition Original Mug Club Member Shirt, 15% off Merchandise, special admission privileges to in-house events and probably more things we haven't even considered but will want to give you. We won't be opening up mug club membership for a whole year - so get in now! Renews at $175 per year.
    Plus, get everything from the $10 level, a 'Bigfoot Believer' Card and your name on our Bigfoot Believer's Wall.

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    • Bigfoot Original Mug Club Member Shirt
    • Bigfoot Hoodie
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    Bigfoot: The Picnic Table

    Sponsor a picnic table in our beer garden and you and your crew will always have a seat at The Bigfoot. We'll affix a custom plaque with your name - or group's name (or message) on it. Verbiage is subject to approval.

    Plus, get 4 T Shirts, 4 Pint Glasses, 4 Koozies, 4 Stickers and 4 'Bigfoot Believer' Cards and your name (or group's name) displayed on the Bigfoot Believer's Wall and our website.

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    Bigfoot: The Private Party

    An all-expense paid 2 hour private party for 10 - including catering and sober rides home for attendees. Plus, everything from the $50 level. If you wish to include additional members to the party they can be added with your additional donation of $250 per person.

    Event to be held on mutually agreed upon date after September 2019.

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Funding period

- (45 days)