3,700-Pound Whiskey Still Installed at Sagamore Spirit in Port Covington

| July 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last Thursday, Sagamore Spirit celebrated the installation of its whiskey column still. The American-made still — made of copper, steel, and stainless steel — is 40 ft. tall, weighs 3,700 pounds, and took 12 people approximately 1,200 man-hours to complete.

The plan for Sagamore Spirit distillery includes four buildings that are designed to feel like a part of a waterfront park. 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 design will include many elements from Sagamore Farm including red roofs and gray brick, modeled after the horse stables.

Sagamore Spirit expects to welcome more than 100,000 visitors annually at its retail and visitor center for daily tours and tastings. They are hoping to complete the distillery this year.

Sagamore Spirit will be surrounded by  East Waterfront Park, an eight-acre proposed park that will feature a ribbon path, an eco peninsula, outdoor classrooms, an archaeological pier with a water taxi stop, boardwalk, outdoor classrooms, and ecological elements that could include fish hives, bio huts, vertical wetlands, and oyster infrastructure. They are hoping to begin construction this year.

Sagamore Spirit and East Waterfront Park will be part of the East Waterfront District of Sagamore Development’s 266-acre Port Covington Master Plan. East Waterfront will be highlighted by retail, entertainment, and hotels, and a development called Penny Lane, a cluster of European-style, pedestrian-only blocks with smaller retail foot prints of 1,000 to 1,500 sq. ft.

Photos courtesy of Matt Ryb Pictures

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Renderings via Ayers Saint Gross:

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East Waterfront Park renderings courtesy of Sagamore Development

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