East End land owner Dean Foster hopes to open Sagaponack Spirits vodka distillery
Sagaponack is already known for its potatoes. Soon, it may be known for its vodka.
Dean Foster, an East End land owner, hopes to create "Sagaponack Spirits" on a 13-acre parcel of land in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
His plan includes a 30-liter twin column distillery that would generate an estimated 400 gallons of vodka each year. He hopes to sell his products to stores, bars and restaurants.
Some neighbors say that a distillery could be a problem for groundwater and could create a high-traffic area.
Foster and the concerned residents spoke about the plan during a Southampton Town Board meeting Thursday. Foster is hoping for a "special exception" from the board to get his business up and running.
He told News 12 that the distillery is still in its earliest planning stages.