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Long Island Spirits

The Piccone family owned 80 acres of property on Long Island's North Fork, long an agricultural area most famous for potato farming and more recently a hotbed of vineyards and wineries. For years the family leased the land to local farmers and the historic barn dating to the early 1900s was largely ignored and left to fall into disrepair. After an extended renovation in the early 2000s, Richard Stabile took over the barn (which is still surrounded by potato farmers) and decided to retrofit and modernize the interior to turn it into a craft distillery dedicated to using the best local produce as the ingredients for his spirits.

He started making vodka from the famous local potatoes and has branched out into whiskeys and liqueurs, all hand-made in small batches. He takes pride in supporting his neighbors and sustainable farming whenever possible, and has won a New York State Green Key Award for contributing to the success of local agriculture.

 Maker website: lispirits.com

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