Taproom@Bayview Corner to bring nightlife, beer variety to town

Two Whidbey Island residents will bring a bit of nightlife to the South End this week.

Tiffany and Damien Cortez will open Taproom@Bayview Corner this Friday

Two Whidbey Island residents will bring a bit of nightlife to the South End this week.

Taproom@Bayview Corner, a new taproom offering both beer and wine, will open its doors to the public on Friday, June 20, at 4 p.m. at the Bayview Cash Store.

Working as an owner/operator team, Damien and Tiffany Cortez plan to offer 12 different craft beers, emphasizing regional brews, and a selection of local red and white wines.

“Our business philosophy is local, friendly, fresh, and fun,” said taproom manager Damien Cortez, in a news release. “We want to create an experience for beer and wine enthusiasts by changing our selections on a regular basis, keeping them exciting and new for both our local regulars and Island visitors. In fact, all of our taps will rotate on a seasonal basis.”

The couple will keep their new business saucy with more than just a fresh menu, however. A “mug club” is being organized, and members will have access to exclusive merchandise and privileges. They also hope to organize live music, host stand-up comedians and have a television that will play mixed martial arts fighting.

Finally, brewery nights with local breweries to showcase their products are also planned. The first will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 27, with Scuttlebutt Brewery from Everett.

Goosefoot, the non-profit owner of the historic Cash Store, couldn’t be more pleased to welcome their newest tenant. “The taproom will bring another fun gathering space to the Cash Store,” said Sandra Whiting, Goosefoot’s executive director. “And, we’ll finally be able to enjoy a beer with the tacos from Tres Gringos.”

Taproom@Bayview Corner will stay open later than most and offer specials that may not start until many places are closed. Food will be available from the Tres Gringos Mexicatessen, located right next door, including a special late night menu available only at the Taproom.

Hours are noon to midnight, Monday through Friday; 10:30 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays; and from noon to 7 p.m., Sundays.

Damien Cortez said he’s excited about opening the business in a location close to his heart — and his house.

“I lived for 10 years in the white farm house across from the food bank, bought hay and horse wormer at Bill’s Feed & Tack, and still live only a mile away,” he said, in the news release. “Needless to say, I have a love for this building and this area.”

Damien Cortez has spent time on stage with Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and the Island Shakespeare Festival, and is a former Good Cheer Food Bank coordinator.

Tiffany Cortez, the owner of Taproom, was born and raised in Oak Harbor, where her family owns Der Kinderhuis Montessori school and where she has played an important part for 10 years.

“I’m excited to become more of a part of this community by owning a local business, and for the opportunity for Damien and I to both fulfill a dream,” she said, in the news release. “This place is everything we could have hoped for.”