Last month, Catoctin Creek was beyond thrilled to be included with a small list of Virginia's rising star chefs at the James Beard Dinner in New York City. The event was a resounding success, so everybody decided it was time to do it again... but this time, back home in Virginia!
Catoctin Creek and six phenomenal Virginia chefs will gather again on October 9th at Trummer's on Main to present this epic collaboration and showcase of Virginia agricultural cuisine for local diners and imbibers.
A rare opportunity to experience spirits and cuisine from Virginia's most talented young chefs and distillers in one evening, tickets for this exciting cocktail reception and six-course dinner are now available. Tickets must be purchased in advance, here. This is a small venue dinner, so purchase your tickets now, before it's too late!
It's that time of year again! Our newest expression of Roundstone Rye CASK PROOF will be released this month. We're releasing Roundstone Rye CASK PROOF "Brandy Finished Rye" on Oct. 19 for VIP members, and Nov. 1 for the general public. (Immediately following the 100 Year Whiskey Tasting, 7pm.)
This expression of cask proof is very special. At 59.8% ABV (119.6 proof), it is a big, huge rye! Our classic Roundstone Rye, using organic 100% rye, and as always, MADE BY US, it was aged first in Minnesota white oak and then finished in a red wine Bordeaux barrel that previously aged our 1757 Virginia Brandy. This expression, batch B14E3, is dark, almost reddish in color, with a deep woody, caramel taste with that characteristic rye snap, and a noticeably fruity nose from the presence of the grape. Truly spectacular, and only 283 bottles of this one were produced. It. Will. Not. Last!!!
Info on VIP Club, here: http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/vip-club
Before Scotch, before bourbon, there was rye whiskey! Many people don't realize the important history that rye whiskey played in the United States. Before the Revolutionary War, rum was the predominant spirit of the colonies, but after the revolution, the British cut the colonists from sources of sugar cane. America had to look internally for a source for distilled spirits, and rye grain was abundant and easily available. George Washington distilled rye whiskey at Mount Vernon, and the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania was fought over rye whiskey. Bourbon and Scotch came much, much later. Rye was king!
We love this history, so we are thrilled to have obtained exactly one bottle of rye whiskey that was bottled in 1914. An anonymous donor has requested that we open and taste the contents of this bottle of whiskey that has been in his family since before Prohibition. The whiskey is called "Bridgewater Rye Whiskey", distilled in 1906 at the Eagle Distillery in Standley, KY, and bottled in bond in 1914, exactly 100 years ago! This 8 year old spirit is still sealed with its tax stamp. We'll open it and share tastes of this one of a kind spirit this one night only.
You will never have an event like this again. Do not miss this!
There is no fee to participate, but you must be a VIP member to receive an invitation to this event. For more details on the VIP club, please click here.
|Date:||Sunday, October 19|
|Where:||Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St
|Price:||Free, for VIP members only|
Eagle Distillery, Stanley, Kentucky
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!!
|What:||Dinner at Catoctin Creek|
|Where:||120 W. Main Street
|When:||One Friday each month, listed below
Tour begins at 6:30pm, dinner at 7:00pm
Pre-purchase required, and only 30 seats are available for this exclusive event.
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.
Nestled in the distillery, enjoy a one-of-a-kind event with great music in a fantastic venue.
|What:||BUNCEAROO Presents! Pat McGee|
|Where:||Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
|When:||Friday, November 14, 2014
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Must be 21 years old to attend or with a guardian. Advanced tickets may be purchased online here.
Pat McGee, fresh out of studio time in Los Angeles, California as well as locally here in Virginia, makes his Buncearoo debut at Catoctin Creek Distilling. Even though Pat has headlined Wolf Trap 7 times, he feels right at home with these intimate performances in alternative venues, giving music fans something truly unique. After 20 years of touring and in the finishing stages of his 10th album, there are many songs to be sung and stories to be told.
Pat has had one heck of a 2014! He started off the year with roaring success--a 200% funded Kickstarter campaign to record songs that he wrote while being inspired by the early 1970s singer-songwriter movement.
Then in May, his Down The Hatch OBX festival was a massive success hosting over 250 hardcore music fans and many of the nations finest artists (Luke Brindley, Tony Lucca, Matt Duke, Michael Tolcher, Keaton Simons, Stephen Kellogg, Ellis Paul and more!).
In June he headed to LA to record his 10th album with his dream band, the same players who shaped a majority of the music being recorded in Southern California in the 70's. Pat was joined in a legendary Hollywood studio for one week with Russ Kunkel on drums, Leland Sklar on bass, Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel & Jeff Pevar on guitars along with many surprise guests. With this amazing team, Pat has created his best work to date. Look for a release towards the end of the year as well as a full fledged documentary about the entire process.
Pat is a local NOVA guy--starting his career back in high school playing area Battle of the Bands competitions and has since gone on to perform for The President as well headline Wolf trap, as well as Jiffy Lube (back when It was called Nissan!), with Allman Brothers Band, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac and Jimmy Buffett. For all you Rock Boat fans, Pat McGee Band sailed on nine straight cruises!
Fresh-eclectic-mature-melodic-magical. These are just a few of the words used to describe angels and ferris wheels, the debut album by Patrick McAloon, a twenty-four-year-old, Providence, RI based singer/songwriter. Released in July 2002, angels and ferris wheels, a full-band electric offering, appeals to a wide audience because of the variety, authenticity, and energy of the songs. Tracks range from rock to blues and folk, all performed with amazing vocal and musical power. Patrick's fan base reflects the eclectic nature of his songs: "When I look out to the crowd, I see loyal fans from ages 15 to 50 and everywhere in between." It is this ability to appeal to a variety of people coupled with Patrick's masterful talent that make his new album and his live shows incredible experiences.
Patrick can't remember a time when music wasn't an essential part of his life. "My mother always said that I was singing as soon as I could talk. My dad played guitar, taught me some chords, and I was hooked." Patrick got his first guitar when he was in junior high school, and by the age of 15, he was playing in clubs and had already begun to form what would become the band "dahlia".
From 1996 to 1998, "dahlia" was widely embraced throughout the New England region, and during part of this time, Patrick was also attending Boston's Berklee College of Music. With 200 or more shows a year, sometimes three or four shows a week, Patrick found his life as a full-time student in a full-time band challenging but inspiring.
After a successful two-and-a-half year stint, "dahlia" came to an end as members decided to pursue their own interests. For Patrick, this split brought about a time of change and growth in both his personal and professional lives. He married his long-time love Robin, and together, they started a family with their beautiful baby Ruby. Meanwhile, Patrick was using his creativity and collaborating with other musicians, especially songwriter and Patrick's musical partner, Don Jutras. Patrick's love of the energy he gets from performing brought him back out to clubs soon enough. "I agreed to play at a local Irish pub, and I saw it as an opportunity to get my feet wet again. We didn't really publicize the gig, but when I got there, the place was packed with old fans of dahlia's and new people who had heard about me through others. The feeling was just amazing."
Patrick's musical artistry, both in terms of his vocal range and tone and his masterful guitar work, is what keeps bringing fans back for more. This passion and energy have been captured in the studio as well. His debut album was recorded between February 2001 and June 2002 while Patrick balanced his family life and a full-time job as an art director. "I worked on the album for a few hours after work when I could and on weekends. The album was mainly created in the studio in terms of the arrangements. We had vague ideas of how we wanted the songs to sound, and we let them take shape in the studio. Sometimes I would spend a day banging my head against the wall, but then on other days, everything would just click," says Patrick.
Patrick's patience and his collaboration with other musicians definitely paid off. This album is an eclectic and original group of tracks that reflects Patrick's variety of influences that include Counting Crows, Sting, David Gray, Peter Gabriel, Dave Matthews Band, Sarah McLachlan, Jeff Buckley, Willy Porter, and Aimee Mann. "I like so many different kinds of music. I can listen to almost anything and get excited about it. Inspiration is everywhere." angels and ferris wheels is receiving high praise from fans who have known Patrick's work for years and from those who are just becoming exposed to this young artist's extraordinary talent.
With the debut album, Patrick McAloon Band will continue playing in the New England area with some occasional solo performances by Patrick. They are also planning tours that will find them throughout the United States. Patrick's humble, passionate songs interlaced with haunting hooks and mature, socially-conscious lyrics are sure to catch the attention and devotion of many new fans as he begins the next stage in his astounding musical career.
Sponsored by BUNCEAROO Presents!
Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.
|What:||Jim Malcolm at Catoctin Creek|
|Where:||Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
|When:||Sunday, November 16, 2014
7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25, advanced tickets may be purchased here.
Only 50 tickets will be available. This concert WILL sell out!