Following the success of Fostbites Pub, father and son owners, Jason Fostvedt and Nathan Fostvedt, decided to build a bottle shop. Fostbites Spirits opened on Friday, Sept. 3, for the first time.
The duo noted that material shortages delayed the construction of the new store and pushed back their intended opening date from earlier this summer. But now the store is open and features more than 700 varieties of beer, wine, liquor and cigars, all told. They have more than 100 types of whiskeys and bourbons, more than 100 types of wine and champagne, 34 types of scotch and more than 50 types of vodka.
Fostbites also has unique brands, like gins and whiskeys made in Japan, vodkas made in Poland and Australia and a vodka—made of sugar beets—that is distilled in Minneapolis, Minn.
They also have less expensive brands as well, Jason noted.
Jason says the large, walk-in beer cooler is the coldest in town, at 33 degrees F.
The store name, like the pub, is an homage to a bar that Jason’s grandfather owned that also played on their name, Fostvedt. Many of the beers found at the pub on Knapp Street may be purchased at the bottle store as well.
The store was built new on the lot where the former Sather Family Dental clinic stood. That building was destroyed in a fire in January 2020. Dr. Nik Sather is building a new dental clinic on CTH M north of Chetek.
After a successful soft opening this weekend, they must close for a week and restock. The store will reopen on Monday, Sept. 13. Winter hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. Summer hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., all week.
The Fostvedts plan to have a grand opening event in early October.
The store is located at 118 Douglas St., Chetek, and can be reached at 715-925-1030. The store can be found on Facebook at Fostbites Spirits.