[Spotlight] Goofy Foot Taproom and Brewery
By: Jennifer Zeleski
Featuring local and regional brews, soon-to-be serving some of their own from their one-barrel system, Jeffrey and Tiffany Thompson are hoping to create a community with their newly-opened Goofy Foot Taproom and Brewery, located at 2762 NC-68, Unit 109 in High Point.
Jeffrey is a former software engineer and home-brewer of 14 years, and it wasn’t until he felt his creativity through his work dwindling that he thought of a new pathway. The couple was visiting High Wire Brewing in Asheville when the idea dawned on them, but it was sidelined for a while.
“It was very much in the dream-stage then,” Tiffany said. But six months later, Goofy Foot became an idea morphing into reality.
The first thing to come to Jeffrey was the name. It seemed like a given, thanks to a piece of his personality and upbringing that carried its way through his life.
“It started as just something to bring back from my childhood because growing up I skim-boarded and surfed, and I had the goofy foot stance, which is right foot forward,” Jeffrey said. “With that, I was always the odd guy out with my friends, and it evolved into a cool term, but also a way for me to say, ‘it’s okay to be unique, it’s okay to be different.’”
The stance followed him to Appalachian State University, where he met Tiffany and learned to snowboard for the first time. A friend who visited their soft opening on June 22 had saved the original snowboard Jeffrey started with, and it now sits in its new home, at the end of the bar for all to see, featuring a shiny new Goofy Foot Taproom sticker.
Regardless of the Thompson’s unsteadiness with undertaking the journey, they decided to take the leap, relying on each other for support and carefully putting the pieces together to open the taproom. The experience took on a whole new life beyond their love of IPAs. Jeffrey took it in his own hands – literally – to make all of the tables, the bar, and the tap wall’s backdrop with repurposed and reclaimed North Carolina wood.
Tiffany brainstormed ideas for hosting yoga classes upstairs, picked out a variety of wine for its respective shelf, and due to their focus on inclusion of everyone, decided to also host Up Dog Kombucha from Winston-Salem on their tap lineup (coming soon, but bottles are now available).
The couple also hopes to host trivia nights, a running club through Fleet Feet next door, and a variety of other events. In their eyes, the possibilities are endless. But until then, and until their local brews start making their appearance, they challenge their visitors to grab a board game from the shelf, or order some local food only steps away, and enjoy a full or half pour for the evening. Or “pour it forward” and buy a beer for a friend or stranger, giving them a way to spread generosity.
“We want to create a neighborhood place to hang out to bring the kids, a place that has great local beer where people can unplug and have good conversations,” Jeffery said. “It’s not overwhelming, it’s not loud, and everyone is welcome.”
Find more information at Goofy Foot Taproom and Brewery on Facebook or @goofyfoottaproom on Instagram.