About Us

The Catoctin Creek Family

Great Seal of Catoctin Creek - SIC SEMPER SECALES
SIC SEMPER SECALES®

Founded in 2009

Catoctin Creek® Distilling Company was founded by Becky and Scott Harris in 2009 as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. We are located in Purcellville, Virginia, in the heart of the Loudoun Valley. Loudoun County, often called D.C.'s Wine Country, is home to more than twenty vineyards and wineries, and it now has a distillery.

The name "Catoctin" is a regional name. Pronounced Ka-TOCK-tin, the name derives from the Indian tribal name "Kittocton" which, legend has it, meant "place of many deer". Catoctin describes a range of mountains and the creek which flows picturesquely into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Watershed.

At Catoctin Creek, we believe in high quality food and spirits. Organic means higher quality: grain and fruit, sourced locally when possible, free of pesticides and chemical additives that would come through in the spirits we produce. Sure, it is more difficult to produce organically, but the results speak for themselves.

Sic semper secales! ® Thus always to rye!

 

Scott and Becky Harris, photograph by Mark RhodesBecky Harris, Chief Distiller

Becky graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As a chemical engineer, she worked at companies like Amoco, YDK America, and CIBA, specializing in industrial processes and production systems. Becky brought this knowledge and applied it to something she loved–making the finest distilled spirits in Virginia. Wine, grains, berries, it matters not. If there is a fruit, vegetable, tuber or root with starch or sugar in it, you can bet that Becky will try to distill it.

Scott Harris, Founder and General Manager

Scott graduated with honors from Georgia Tech. He has spent the last twenty years building a software career in telecommunication systems and government IT solutions and traded it all in for the chance to own and run his own distillery. Liquors of all types are his greatest love (besides Becky, of course). Whiskeys from Scotland, Ireland and the United States. Brandy from France and Germany. And an eclectic German bitters called Boonekamp. "It's good for the digestive!" as his old German grandmother used to say.

At Catoctin Creek

Scott and Becky are happy to be doing something together that they love: Producing the finest spirits in Virginia, completely and truly by hand. At Catoctin Creek, high quality spirits are our passion.

Cheers!

Latest News

Catoctin Creek featured in Northern Virg…

Stefanie Gans, writer and food critic for Northern Virginia magazine, does a big article in the July 2016 issue about all the growth in distilleries in the Northern Virginia area.  ...

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Best Local Distilleries, according to to…

Thrillist just came out with their list of top local distilleries, as voted by top DC bartenders.  We're so happy to be included in a list of very fine local...

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Eater: 14 Best Affordable American Craf…

Eater did a story on the best, most affordable American craft whiskey on the market, and we were delighted to be included in such fine company!  But before publishing the list...

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Contact Us

Catoctin Creek Distillery

Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W Main St
Purcellville, VA 20132

Tel (540) 751-8404


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Latest Events

Super Gin Punch-Out at 1905

JUN 26   Super Gin Punch-Out at 1905 3:00pm—6:00pm If you're anything like us, finally getting some sunshine and warmth after the abnormally chilly and rainy May makes us want to drink outside on a...

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Beer, Bourbon and Bacon at The New Bridge

JUN 30   Beer, Bourbon, Bacon and Beyond 6:30pm—9:30pm New Bridge Restaurant is collaborating with Heritage Brewing, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and Whiffletree Farm to bring you a twist on their favorite pairing dinners. Instead...

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Red, White and Booze!

JUL 1   Celebrate all things Americana with this 4th of July weekend party! 7:00pm—9:00pm Catoctin Creek will be celebrating Fourth of July Weekend starting on Friday, July 1st, from 7pm to 9pm! This event...

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