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The Spirit of Sagamore: Maryland Rye Whiskies with Brian Treacy

  • Pacific Food and Beverage Museum 731 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro, CA 90731 United States (map)

Pacific Taste is an ongoing series of culinary demos, talks, and workshops hosted by the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum in Los Angeles. A wide range of culinary professionals, cookbook authors, PacFAB curators, and others deliver lively lectures and lead tastings and hands-on workshops demonstrating the rich culinary traditions and distinctive cuisines of the American West, Pacific Rim, and beyond.

The Spirit of Sagamore: Maryland Rye Whiskies

with Brian Treacy

H.L. Mencken called Maryland rye whiskey "the most healthy appetizer yet discovered by man." Yes, Maryland was once a leader in American rye whiskey production, a tradition of distilling lost to history until Sagamore Spirit Distillery first fired its stills in 2017 in Baltimore's Port Covington.

On Tuesday, May 14, at Hollywood's Lost Property Bar & Kitchen, join The Museum of the American Cocktail in welcoming Sagamore Spirit President Brian Treacy for a complimentary tasting of his proprietary straight rye whiskies—including Sagamore Port Finish, named "World's Best Rye Whiskey" at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirit Competition—plus a special surprise or two. After the tasting, enjoy the evening's featured pours in three MOTAC Custom Cocktails, courtesy master bartender Rhino Williams, and support The Museum of the American Cocktail!


  • Sagamore Signature Rye Whiskey

  • Sagamore Cask Strength Rye Whiskey

  • Sagamore Double Oak Rye Whiskey

  • Sagamore Port Finish—World's Best Rye Whiskey

  • PLUS a Special Surprise or two!  



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I got dressed in the dark this morning. It’s not unusual for me, having spent the last 20 years leading backcountry camping trips through the Southwestern US. A far cry from tasting whiskey in a Baltimore bar.

But here I am.

It’s been five years since my family and I moved from Flagstaff, Arizona, to Baltimore, Maryland, to help run a start-up whiskey business dedicated to inspiring a global passion for Maryland Rye Whiskey. Despite the obvious differences, the journey of launching a whiskey brand isn’t much different from leading hikes in the Grand Canyon.

It’s about the people.

The young guys still go after the rattle snakes. Everyone picks up extra shifts. Most teammates arrive before 7AM and the last shift ends after midnight. We spend weeks planning for the season and mapping the terrain. There’s a lot of risk, without knowing the reward.

But 35 states later and a shipment to Japan, I can say–we’re trailblazing.

- Brian Treacy, President, Sagamore Spirit Distillery