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The Art of the Cocktail - An Educational Series by Scott Harris

Monkey GlandEver wonder where the cocktail came from?

What were the primary influences of the early bartenders?

How did Prohibition affect the cocktail?

What spirits were widely available before/during/after Prohibition?

What's the difference between a fizz and a flip?

What exactly are vermouth/bitters/shrubs, anyway?

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, the first in a six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.

Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Here is the schedule of the series:

  • January 8 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s - [Download Class 1 notes here]
  • January 15 - NO CLASS - Scott is on travel
  • January 22 - NO CLASS - due to blizzard
  • January 29 - Vermouth comes of age - Manhattans and Martinis - [Download Class 3 notes here]
  • February 5 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac and its kin - [Download Class 4 notes here]
  • February 12 - Prohibition, or the dawn of Moonshine in American culture - 1920 to present day
  • February 19 - Toddies and warm cocktails
  • February 26 - Early gin cocktails - Punch, Collins, Rickey and Ramos (snow day reschedule)

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is $25 per person and includes drinks.  Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail

What: Art of the Cocktail
Where: 120 W. Main Street
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Every Friday from January 8 to February 26
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price:

Each session:
$25 per person (VIP members 50% off)

(includes four cocktails)

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Info  This class will fill up, so reserve your spot now!  Due to overwhelming demand and the intimate size of our tasting room, space is limited to the first 34 people responding.

Per ABC laws, cocktail samples will be limited to four pours with 0.5 oz of liquor in each pour.

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Dinner at the Distillery, with cocktails and more!

Dinner at Catoctin Creek!
Photo courtesy Whiskey Cats and used with permission.

Catoctin Creek is proudly hosts our regular cocktail dinner at the distillery in Old Town Purcellville.

Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Becky will guide you through the process of making whisky, and Scott will describe for you the wonderful history of our "new" building, which is nearly 100 years old.

Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Chefs Rosati and Aros are formerly of Lansdowne Resort, and have combined talents to provide exquisite dining for our new venue!

Oh, and did I say cocktails? Yes, Scott & Becky Harris will personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!!

Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

What: Dinner at Catoctin Creek
Where: 120 W. Main Street
Purcellville, Virginia
When: About once every two months:
  • Sunday, February 14, 2016
    ♥♥♥ (Valentines Day!) ♥♥♥
  • Friday, April 15, 2016
  • Friday, June 10, 2016
  • Friday, August 12, 2016
  • Friday, October 14, 2016
  • Friday, December 9, 2016
Tour begins at 7:00pm, dinner at 7:30pm
Price:

$99/person, tax and gratuity are additional.
Click the button below to select your date...

Dinner at the Distillery

 

Pre-purchase required, and only 34 seats are available for this exclusive event.  Dress attire is dressy-casual:  collared shirt, jacket optional, tie not required.

Refundable within two weeks of the event, and non-refundable thereafter, since we must purchase food and prepare for your spot after this time. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your ticket to another person and let us know.

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Kings Mountain Malt Whisky Release

Kings Mountain

Our FIRST EVER American Malt Whisky!

Please note:  The original event on January 23rd had to be postponed due to a late vendor delivery.  The updated information about this event is below.

Coming February 20th! Our first ever American Malt Whisky! Brewed in collaboration with Heritage Brewing in Manassas, Virginia, this limited quantity whisky will be available on a special release day along with its sister beer, the Kings Mountain scotch ale, aged in Catoctin Creek whisky barrels! Only 344 bottles of the whisky were made.

This whisky is the purest expression of Heritage's Kings Mountain beer, and it is remarkable to see the close relationship between the whisky and the beer. There is a recognizable barley sweetness in the beer, and that carries through note-for-note in the whisky. The whisky is highly aromatic, and reminds one of fields of lavender on a bright sunny day. After the first sip, the whisky settles in at a very comfortable 92 proof, and the malty goodness lingers forever. It is a fine sipping whisky, made from a fine sipping beer.

The event will kick off at Magnolias in Purcellville, where Heritage will have a tap takeover. There, you can sample the beer, then mosey down the street to Catoctin Creek and pick up your bottle of Catoctin Creek Kings Mountain whisky. Both Scott and Sean, owners of the two companies, will be on hand to sign bottles, visit and answer questions.

What: Catoctin Creek / Heritage Release Day
Where:

Magnolia's at the Mill and Catoctin Creek

N. 21st Street
Purcellville, Virginia

When: Saturday, February 20th
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Price:

The event is free, tastings and drinks are at normal prices.  

Please note, we will not be able to do tastings of the Kings Mountain whisky, due to its extremely limited number of bottles.

 

Each bottle comes signed by the owners in it's own custom made cedar box for $119/bottle.   Not available in stores.  Distillery special release only.  750 mL, 92 proof / 46% ABV.  

Magnolia's at the Mill
Heritage Brewing
Catoctin Creek

 

Catoctin Creek Bottling Workshop

Catoctin Creek DistilleryCatoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, February 27, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. We'll buy breakfast for all that attend.  This is always such a fun workshop, and you get a special tour from Scott and Becky Harris, recently named by Southern Living as one of the top 50 people in changing the South in 2015!

Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!

This is a fun and informative day! We'll start the morning off with breakfast and a tour from the owners, Scott and Becky, explaining how we make our hand-crafted spirits, then for about 60 minutes, we bottle whisky, and wrap up the morning with a tasting of our spirits!  How cool is that?

You can even purchase a signed bottle that you filled yourself... what a perfect gift idea!

What: Catoctin Creek Bottling Day
Where: 120 W. Main Street
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Saturday, February 27, 2016
10:00am - 12:00pm

Info  Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly. Use the button below to reserve your spot.

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Due to overwhelming demand, space is limited to the first 30 people responding.

St. Patrick's Day Whisky Dinner at the Wine Kitchen, Frederick

St. Patrick's Day Pug

Frank says... Join Scott and Becky in celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the Wine Kitchen in Frederick!

We'll have a sumptuous five course dinner paired with whiskey and drinks from Catoctin Creek.  Scott and Becky Harris, the founder and chief distiller of the distillery, will be on hand for casual conversation and to talk more about how we make our unique artisan spirits from hand!  Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all food and drinks.  Taxes and tips extra.

What: St. Patrick's Dinner at Wine Kitchen Frederick
Where: 50 Carroll Creek Linear Park
Frederick, Maryland
When: March 17, 2016, 6:30pm
Price: $99/person, tax and gratuity are additional.

 

Contact the restaurant at (301) 663-6968 to make your reservation now!

Photograph via Flickr user Gerald Brazel, and used with permission.

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Read more

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Read more

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Our FIRST EVER American Malt Whisky! Please note:  The original event on January 23rd had to be postponed due to a late vendor delivery.  The updated information about this event is...

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