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SPIRITS OF THE EAST END

Walk into any good restaurant or bar in this

area and you ’ ll be greeted with choices of wine and alcohol from literally every corner of the world . But some , and I might say some of the very best , are home-grown . The foundation would have to be wine . For the past 40 years local vineyards on both the North and South Fork have been perfecting the art of growing varieties that take full advantage of the rich soils , prevailing winds and delicate weather that shape ’ s a wine ’ s quality and taste .
Of the many deserving brands none have come to the forefront as much as WOLFFER WINEYARDS 631-537-5106 . Under the steady hand of master wine maker Roman Roth they have developed a wide range of craft-style wines from their original Chardonnays and Merlots to their extremely popular Roses . An essential choice for almost every event and table their “ Summer in a Bottle ” is amongst the single most popular local wine here in the Hamptons . With a beautiful tasting room in Sagaponack and always packed road-side stand on Montauk Highway you can tour , taste and buy any of their offerings daily .
BEER , HERE !!
There ’ s nothing like a cold beer at the end of a summer ’ s day . Or even the middle . Or late into the evening . Heck , there ’ s almost no bad time to have a beer especially when it comes from the folks at MONTAUK BREWING CO . One of the fastest growing beers in the tri-state area what started with as a small batch , micro-brew beer with a single product has become a regionally recognized brand with a half-dozen flavors . It is a tremendous success story for the folks who first thought “ hey , maybe a local beer could do well !” Yea , so well you see it sold in almost every supermarket , package store , deli , bar and restaurant for 500 miles around .
Haven ’ t had one yet ? Take a step into their cozy tasting room just off Main Street in Montauk and treat yourself to a few . Not only will you be in great company , you ’ ll have discovered a taste to enjoy long after you ’ ve left the East End behind .
THE HARDER STUFF
When it comes to harder spirits we also have a number of locally produced up-and-coming brands .
One that ’ s caught fire is the apply named MONTAUK HARD LA- BEL WHISKEY series . Developed by a trio of red-blooded Montaukets this is a full-flavored pour , befitting a village that pulls few punches when it comes to having a good time . Started two years ago with a straight and Blueberry flavored style it quickly found its way into local bars , stores and creatively designed cocktails . This year they ’ ve added a new taste perfect for a summer ’ s enjoyment . Their peach flavored whiskey is sweet , pungent , easy to love and hard to put down no matter how you mix it ! And now available in better stores , bars and restaurants from Montauk to Manhattan you ’ ll find their wares most anywhere you go .
Another that is finding an appreciative audience is SAGAPONACK VODKA . Newly launched it takes full advantage of one of our most abundant products , potatoes , to make award winning vodka . Now we all know the trend in premium vodkas lately has been the use of non-traditional ingredients like olives and grapes , but nothing makes a great vodka like a great potato . And the East End in general and Sagaponack in particular is famous for exactly that .
Local farmer Dean Foster has put some of the almost 300 acres he and his family have farmed for five generations to new use , growing potatoes and wheat for his premium vodka . Distilled in his new , stateof-the-art facility just north of Montauk Highway he and his team have turned out batches that have captured multiple awards in a very short time . This year they won double gold and a silver at the prestigious American Distilling Institute ’ s “ Grain to Glass ” event .
Available in select local stores and restaurants this is a vodka worth asking for by name . Savor it on the rocks or in a custom cocktail it ’ s one strong local spirit you ’ ll want to take home and share with family and friends .
YO-HO-HO
And a bottle of rum ? One of the summer ’ s most dependably pleasing pours rum has been a part of the party scene since man made mollasses into al- chohol ! Of course there are a plethora of brands and flavors to choose , so many it ’ s a bewildering array to navigate . If you ’ re looking for a clean , local solution MONTAUK RUMRUNNERS may just be your ticket to paradise .
Choose from their coconut flavored rum , citrus flavored gin or my personal favorite , the honeyed whiskey . Nothing goes down smoother than that ! Founded by locals who can trace their lines back to the days of Prohibition , this isn ’ t simply a catchy campaign . It is as they say , the “ Real McCoy !”
LAST CALL
As someone with more than a few decades experience with demon rum a last word . Be careful out there , friends . There ’ s nothng worng with having a good time and a few drinks . But be sure to hand the keys to a designated driver and keep an eye on your alchoholic limitations . You may think you can drink anyone under the bar but watch out . It could be you headed for the floor !
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SPIRITS OF THE EAST END W alk into any good restaurant or bar in this area and you’ll be greeted with choices of wine and alcohol from literally every cor- ner of the world. But some, and I might say some of the very best, are home-grown. The foundation would have to be wine. For the past 40 years local vineyards on both the North and South Fork have been perfecting the art of growing varieties that take full advantage of the rich soils, prevailing winds and delicate weather that shape’s a wine’s quality and taste. Of the many deserving brands none have come to the forefront as much as WOLFFER WINEYARDS 631-537-5106. Under the steady hand of master wine maker Roman Roth they have developed a wide range of craft-style wines from their original Chardonnays and Merlots to their extremely popu- lar Roses. An essential choice for almost every event and table their “Summer in a Bottle” is amongst the single most popular local wine here in the Hamp- tons. With a beautiful tasting room in Sagaponack and always packed road-side stand on Montauk Highway you can tour, taste and buy any of their of- ferings daily. There’s nothing like a cold beer at the end of a summer’s day. Or even the middle. Or late into the evening. Heck, there’s almost no bad time to have a beer especially when it comes from the folks at MONTAUK BREWING CO. One of the fastest grow- ing beers in the tri-state area what started with as a small batch, micro-brew beer with a single product has become a regionally recognized brand with a half-dozen flavors. It is a tremendous success story for the folks who first thought “hey, maybe a local beer could do well!” Yea, so well you see it sold in almost every supermarket, package store, deli, bar and restaurant for 500 miles around. Haven’t had one yet? Take a step into their cozy tasting room just off Main Street in Montauk and treat yourself to a few. Not only will you be in great company, you’ll have discovered a taste to enjoy long after you’ve left the East End behind. One that’s caught fire is the apply named MONTAUK HARD LA- BEL WHISKEY series. Devel- oped by a trio of red-blooded Montaukets this is a full-fla- vored pour, befitting a village that pulls few punches when it comes to having a good time. Started two years ago with a straight and Blueberry fla- vored style it quickly found its way into local bars, stores and creatively designed cocktails. This year they’ve added a new taste perfect for a summer’s en- joyment. Their peach flavored whiskey is sweet, pungent, easy to love and hard to put down no matter how you mix it! And now available in better stores, bars and res- taurants from Montauk to Manhattan you’ll find their wares most anywhere you go. Another that is finding an appreciative audience is SAGAPONACK VODKA. Newly launched it takes full advantage of one of our most abundant products, potatoes, to make award winning vodka. 9܁ݔ)܁ѡɕɕմٽ́ѕ䁡́)ѡ͔Ʌѥɕٕ́́)Ʌ̰Ёѡ́ɕЁٽɕ)хѼѡЁɅM)ѥձȁ́́ȁᅍѱѡи)1ɵȁѕȁ́Ёͽѡ)Ѐɕ́́䁡ٔɵȁٔ)Ʌѥ́Ѽ܁͔ɽݥхѽ́ݡ)ȁ́ɕմٽѥ́ܰхє)ѡЁ䁩ЁѠ5хլ!݅䁡)́ѕٔɹЁэ́ѡЁٔ)ɕձѥ݅ɑٕ́͡ЁѥQ́啅)ѡݽՉٕͥȁЁѡɕѥ)ɥѥ%ѥїẽqɅѼϊtٕи)م͕Ёѽɕ́ɕхɅ́ѡ)́ٽݽѠͭȁ䁹MٽȁЁѡ)ɽ́ȁѽхӊéɽɥ)׊e݅ЁѼх͡ɔݥѠ䁅)ɥ̸(llQ!!IHMQUlle