Sagamore Spirit Dumps First Whiskey Barrel, Announces May 13th Launch

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Final-Bottle-ShotToday, Sagamore Spirit, the new Port Covington-based rye whiskey company inspired by the limestone spring at Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Farm, celebrated its first barrel dump. Sagamore’s Spirit Straight Rye Whiskey is an American whiskey that blends two different straight rye whiskies – a high rye and a low rye – with Sagamore Farm spring-fed water to create an 83-proof, Maryland-style rye whiskey.

Sagamore Spirit, which is temporarily based at City Garage, is awaiting the completion of its new four-building campus at 301 E. Cromwell St. This includes a 27,000 sq. ft. distillery building, a 22,000 sq. ft. processing building, a 10,000 sq. ft. restaurant, and a 2,000 sq. ft. support building, all of which will surround a green courtyard space. There will also be a 120-foot water tower which will hold water from the Sagamore Farm spring. The campus is centered around East Waterfront Park and is expected to open this year. Work on the park is also expected to begin this year.

Sagamore Spirit also announced today that the first limited batch of its whiskey will be available in select restaurants, bars, and liquor stores in Maryland and Washington, D.C. on May 13th.

“We couldn’t be more excited to launch and bring the tradition of rye whiskey back to Maryland,” said Brian Treacy, President of Sagamore Spirit. “We are proud to make spirits worthy of our state’s distilling heritage.”

“Our water and our mash bill make us unlike anything else on the market,” said Co-Founder Bill McDermond. “We’ve waited patiently for the spirit to age to perfection. We believe it’s reached a quality that’s both complex and captivating.”

Sagamore Spirit is part of the 266-acre Master Plan for Port Covington proposed by sister-company Sagamore Development. This plan includes a 50-acre Under Armour Campus, more than 50 blocks of real estate development, and more than 40 acres of park space.

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Rendering courtesy of Sagamore Development

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