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!

 

Our Founders 

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 with starch or sugar in it, you can bet that Becky will try to distill it.

Scott Harris, General Manager

Scott graduated with honors from Georgia Tech. He 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

Top 10 Unusual Whisky Cask Finishes

In an article that covers unusual cask finishes—everything from fish barrels to Tabasco barrels—it was cool to see The Spirits Business pick up a story on our Maple Finished Cask Proof: One of...

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Top 10 Best Value for Money American Whi…

  Hot on the heels of the American Whiskey Masters, where Catoctin Creek received a gold medal and two silver medals, Nicola Carruthers at The Spirits Business called out ten best...

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Maple Cask Rye Available Once Again!

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "CASK PROOF" - Finished in a Maple Cask Available at the Distillery Once again, our very popular "Maple Cask Finished" Cask Proof Roundstone Rye is available for...

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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

Meet the Distiller at Red's Table in Reston

  SEP 7   Celebrate Red's Table Anniversary with Becky in Reston 5:00pm—9:00pm (Open Seating) Join Becky Harris, Catoctin Creek's chief distiller and co-founder, for an evening of great food and cocktails celebrating the one year...

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Distiller Series at Hugo

  SEP 7   Meet Scott at Hugo for a cocktail competition! 6:00pm—8:30pm Come and enjoy an evening of sips and bites celebrating our local distilling community. Hugo will create three different cocktails using Catoctin Creek...

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Spirits Festival at Belle Grove Plantation

  SEP 10   Enjoy a festival of local music, wine, beer, and spirits 11:00am—5:00pm Celebrate the pleasures of the palate during the Spirits Festival at Belle Grove Plantation presented by the James Madison Belle Grove...

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