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New Kids at the Beach: The Whet Spot

Tap room and bottle shop ready for summer rush
By Luke Whittaker

The Daily Astorian

Published on June 21, 2018 2:38PM

Last changed on June 21, 2018 2:42PM

The Whet Spot, a tap room and bottle shop, opened at 616 S Holladay Dr. in Seaside in December. “There’s no pool table, video poker, or sports on TV,” said owner Tracy Linder. “This is a place for people to come to socialize, enjoy each others company and try some new beers.”

LUKE WHITTAKER

The Whet Spot, a tap room and bottle shop, opened at 616 S Holladay Dr. in Seaside in December. “There’s no pool table, video poker, or sports on TV,” said owner Tracy Linder. “This is a place for people to come to socialize, enjoy each others company and try some new beers.”

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Tracy Linder considered opening a tap room and bottle shop in a crowded Portland market before seizing an opportunity in Seaside. “Portland has a ton of taprooms and bottle shops, but where do those people go in the summer? A large percentage end up in Seaside because of Highway 26,” Linder said. “It just made sense.”

LUKE WHITTAKER

Tracy Linder considered opening a tap room and bottle shop in a crowded Portland market before seizing an opportunity in Seaside. “Portland has a ton of taprooms and bottle shops, but where do those people go in the summer? A large percentage end up in Seaside because of Highway 26,” Linder said. “It just made sense.”

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The Whet Spot, a tap room and bottle shop at 616 S Holladay Dr. in Seaside, carries more than 150 different brands of bottled and canned beverages.

The Whet Spot, a tap room and bottle shop at 616 S Holladay Dr. in Seaside, carries more than 150 different brands of bottled and canned beverages.

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SEASIDE — The Whet Spot, a tap room and bottle stop, recently marked their six-month anniversary at 616 S. Holladay Drive. The shop offers a wide variety of beer, wine and cider including 20 taps and 150 different bottles.

“We don’t brew our own beer, but we sell everybody else’s basically,” said owner Tracy Linder. “The focus is primarily on Pacific Northwest craft beers.”

Oregon and Washington brews make up about 85 percent of the beers, Linder said. India Pale Ales, or IPAs, are ‘always popular,’ according to Linder, but some peculiar tastes have emerged.

“We have a surprisingly strong porter and stout crowd,” she said. “Even through we’re headed into summer, we’re still going through porters and stouts at a significant pace.”

The tap room offers a different experience than traditional bars.

“There’s no pool table, video poker or sports on TV,” Linder said. “This is a different experience from a bar. This is a place for people to come socialize, enjoy each others company and try some new beers. There’s no requirement to spend or rush to turn a table over. We really want people to come in, chill out, and have a good time.”


Seaside made sense


Roughly six months in, Linder said the first half year of business has gone “pretty good.”

“With any business, there’s a to-do list larger than the hours in the day,” she joked.

The beer-selection process is bittersweet.

“It’s definitely fun, but at times it can be excruciating,” Linder said, because of having so many good choices.

After considering Portland, Linder doesn’t have any regrets about opening in her hometown.

“Portland has a ton of taprooms and bottle shops, but where do all those people go in the summer? A large percentage up in a Seaside because of Highway 26,” she said. “It just made sense.”



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