We get asked this question often. Answering it is always simple — it began with beer. A mad scientist of sorts creating a machine in the garage that churned out deliciousness. Two housemates that wanted to see beer come out of the wall. And the bubbling desire to create a product and a place the entire community could embrace.
Our location became available at precisely the right time for us to jump in. A team came together to create what people mean when they say “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The legal structure was created, the business plan was written, the sweat and labor were expended, and many cardboard boxes of PBR were dispensed with.
Much of what you see now at 127 Second St. was a part of the vision from the very beginning — the size of the system, the shuffleboard table, the type of beers we liked, even the style of bar stools. And much of it came along as inspiration or happenstance as we continued to push forward. Our bar top? A gentleman happened to be tearing down one of Eagle’s oldest buildings during the summer months we were under construction — our bar is now built completely from reclaimed materials with more history than Wikipedia. The tap box? Born of the same wood and some creative welding.
What has and always will drive us is the overarching goal to create a revolving energy between our place and our product. Beer is a social lubricant and it is intended for consumption in an environment that takes full advantage of that. That concept has remained static since the day in our living room, when we landed on the name “Bonfire.” Each of us enjoyed our first glass of liquid courage around a bonfire with friends — now we’re simply hosting the same sort of fire for a town of 6,000 people.
There are always hurdles to clear (or in our case, incinerate), but our focus remains white-hot and you can feel the warmth every time you step through our doors.