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September 2015 News

September is Brandy Month!

Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy 

At Catoctin Creek, brandy is a spirit that we've enjoyed making since we started the distillery in 2009.  And although other spirits such as whiskey, mezcal, rum, and even cachaça have seen much interest in high-end cocktail bars, brandy remains relatively unknown by the general public.  

Therefore, it was very cool to see the article in Eater on a "Beginner's Guide to Brandy."  The fabulous Jake Emen does a great story breaking down the types of brandy found worldwide.  A wonderful Brandy 101 for beginners:

"The only times I really hear brandy referenced, it's the most generic, cliché image of a stuffy old white man in a smoking jacket with a snifter by a fireplace drinking some unpronounceable French brandy," says Chad Robinson, an all-around brandy enthusiast, and brand ambassador for Catoctin Creek, a Virginia distillery which produces a range of brandies, in addition to whiskey and gin. Yes, brandy can be enjoyed in that form and fashion. But no, that's not all there is to it.

Read the full story, here.  

Autumn is brandy season, so come on by the distillery, and pick up a bottle of any one of our available types of brandy:  1757 Virginia Brandy (from grapes), Pearousia pear brandy, Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy, and Quarter Branch Apple Brandy.  Presently, we have all four varieties available for sale today.  Come and see us soon!

 

Epicurience Weekend!  Join us in the VIP tent or at Patowmack Farm.

Cork Wine Bottle

Catoctin Creek will be participating in two wonderful events this year at Epicurience.  We hope to see you at one of them!

Epicurience Virginia Opening Night Chefs Dinner - September 4th

Enjoy an idyllic setting with country cuisine, a selection of award-winning beverages and live music at the "State Fair" event that marks the start of Epicurience Virginia 2015, which celebrates the best in food and wine.  The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, one of Loudoun's Destination Restaurants and farms, will be your host. Meet and enjoy the offerings of these nationally and regionally celebrate chefs: Tarver King, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm - Loudoun County, VA Bryan Voltaggio, Volt and Family Meal - Frederick County, MD & Loudoun County, VA Justin Severino, Cure - Pittsburgh, PA Tim Ma, Water & Wall - Arlington, VA Jason Lage, Market Table Bistro & Market Burger - Loudoun County, VA Scott Harris, Catoctin Creek Distillery - Loudoun County, VA Loudoun Wine Award Gold Medal Winners   Get tickets here

VIP Chef's Plates and Cocktail Pairings by Catoctin Creek - September 5th

Catoctin Creek Distillery will be offering VIP Guests an exclusive cocktail sampling in the VIP tent all day long!  Stroll through the vendors at the Grand Tasting, and when you're ready, pop into the VIP tent for live music, a sampling of great fare from local Virginia chefs, wines from Virginia wineries, and cocktails by Catoctin Creek!  The VIP tent is an exclusive ticket, so you must get that ticket in advance, here.  The complete schedule of events is here.

Epicurience

 

Catoctin Creek Week in New York City!  September 8-11

Hey, New York!  Scott Harris, the founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek Distillery, will be touring around New York the second week in September!  If you live in the New York City or Brooklyn areas, please be sure not to miss a chance to meet Scott and chat with him.  He's super nice, and is happy to spend some time over a dram (or two, or three!) talking about how he and Becky started the distillery, what it's like to be a craft distiller, what goes into the making of our products, and just about anything else you'd like to ask!  (Why do we spell whisky without an 'e'?  What's the deal with being organic?  How did the name Roundstone come to be?) 

For the full schedule of events during the week, click here.  Be sure to check out at least one of these, and spread the word!!  And if you're a restaurant, bar, liquor store, or other such venue, please reach out to us and let us know if you'd like Scott to stop by for a visit!  He'll have time during the day to make some visits, so let us know ASAP if you'd like to see him!

 

In the News...

We have a nice profile of the distillery at The Dominion Collective.  Joe Fitzpatrick does a pretty comprehensive piece, for example, this quote on why we chose to be organic:

For us, organic really is the starting point of historical accuracy. One hundred years ago, they didn’t have herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. It was organic production; they just didn’t call it that. We felt that organic was more historically accurate with the way the spirit would  taste, and it helps support sustainable farming and, generally speaking, gives smaller farmers that are seeking a high-value means of income for their crops. So we like the whole circle of life, crunchy granola kind  of message too. But when it comes down to it, we like the taste, and the taste of the organic grain is super clean and doesn’t have any of the residues or off notes you would taste in a spirit that has been treated with these chemicals.

Read the full story, here.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a few really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

  • September 4 - Marie Miller and Jesse Ruben, LIVE! - The fun continues with Buncearoo in September!
  • September 4 - Epicurience Market at Patowmack Farm - Join Scott and Becky with local wineries, and James Beard nominated chefs like Tim Ma, Bryan Voltaggio, Jason Lage, and Tarver King for a sampling of wonderful Virginia fare.
  • September 5 - Epicurience Grand Tasting VIP Tent - Join Scott and Becky as we pour signature cocktails in the VIP tent.
  • September 8-11 - Catoctin Creek Week in New York - Scott will be touring around New York City and Brooklyn.  Come meet him while he's there!
  • September 12 - Whiskey Dinner at Aldie Mill - Now in our fifth year, by the time you read this, it's probably already sold out, but CHECK AND SEE!!  It is a must do bucket-list event!
  • September 18 - Dinner at the Distillery - Now in our second year, join us for a delicious four-course seasonal dinner and paired cocktails.
  • September 19 - Bottling Workshop - Another great opportunity to bottle whisky, get a personal tour from Scott & Becky, and get breakfast and a free tasting too!
  • September 25 - Alanna Royale and friends, LIVE! - Wow, the Buncearoo fun just keeps on keeping on!  Seriously, if you've not checked out a concert at Catoctin Creek, you're truly missing out!

For the full list of events, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Cucumber Collins

 

Cucumber Collins

DrinkTonight is an absolutely amazing Instagram account based in DC, and featuring fantastic cocktail recipes with various local spirits.  They really enjoy our Watershed Gin, and have featured it four times int he recent past.  I am grateful too that they have graciously allowed me to cross post their beautiful photos and cocktail recipes here for you so share.  Find them on Instagram at www.instagram.com/drinktonight.

A simple juice + spirit drink is necessary after a long, hot draining DC weekend. This is not a strong cocktail at all, and just a touch of gin is needed to cut some of the sweetness of the apple juice.

1 oz Watershed Gin
Juice of one entire granny smith apple
Juice of half a cucumber
Juice of half a lime

Combine the juices and gin, and serve over ice.  Garnish with slices of lime and cuke.

Recipe and photo by DrinkTonight, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

The Dominion Collective Profile

We have a nice profile of the distillery at The Dominion Collective.  Joe Fitzpatrick does a pretty comprehensive piece, for example, this quote on why we chose to be organic:

For us, organic really is the starting point of historical accuracy. One hundred years ago, they didn’t have herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. It was organic production; they just didn’t call it that. We felt that organic was more historically accurate with the way the spirit would  taste, and it helps support sustainable farming and, generally speaking, gives smaller farmers that are seeking a high-value means of income for their crops. So we like the whole circle of life, crunchy granola kind  of message too. But when it comes down to it, we like the taste, and the taste of the organic grain is super clean and doesn’t have any of the residues or off notes you would taste in a spirit that has been treated with these chemicals.

Read the full story, here.

Brandy: A Beginner's Guide on Eater

The fabulous Jake Emen does a great story breaking down the types of brandy found worldwide.  A wonderful Brandy 101 for beginners:

"The only times I really hear brandy referenced, it's the most generic, cliché image of a stuffy old white man in a smoking jacket with a snifter by a fireplace drinking some unpronounceable French brandy," says Chad Robinson, an all-around brandy enthusiast, and brand ambassador for Catoctin Creek, a Virginia distillery which produces a range of brandies, in addition to whiskey and gin. Yes, brandy can be enjoyed in that form and fashion. But no, that's not all there is to it.

Read the full story, here.

Washingtonian's "Great Small Towns Near DC: Purcellville"

Catoctin Creek Skyline

Washingtonian recently ran a story on the greatest small towns near Washington, DC.  Our happy hamlet of Purcellville made the cut, and I'd like to think that Catoctin Creek had a little something to do with that!  From the story:

In 2009, before microbreweries set up tanks, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company opened in the historic downtown.  You can try whiskey flights for $10; be sure to sample Mosby's Spirit, a white rye.  Down the street, Magnolias at the Mill serves tasty burgers, steaks, and sandwiches in a converted 1905 mill.

You can read the Purcellville story, here, and check out the other towns that made the list, here.

Catoctin Creek ships first spirits to Australia

Arriving Autumn 2015 in Australia.

August 17, 2015, Purcellville, Virginia / Gold Coast, Australia – Catoctin Creek has expanded its international distribution into Australia and New Zealand through Challenger Beverages Pty Ltd. The products available in Australia will be:

  • Roundstone Rye, 80 proof (40% ABV), 750 mL
  • Roundstone Rye, 92 proof (46% ABV), 750 mL
  • Roundstone Rye, CASK PROOF (58% ABV), 750 mL
  • Watershed Gin, 92 proof (46% ABV), 750 mL
  • and limited quantities of Catoctin Creek's line of brandies and Mosby's Spirit

Catoctin Creek's products will initially launch in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Distribution into other regions of the country is available through Challenger Beverages' network of preferred partners.

"We are delighted to have our spirits reach the continent of Australia, and we are thrilled to be partnered with Challenger Beverages," remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery. "Catoctin Creek continues to grow our international export business, as American craft spirits continue to be very hot abroad. Our hand-crafted, small batch products have received numerous international awards, and this order is further proof of the excellence of our products."

Challenger Beverages is a specialty supplier of premium liquor products in Australia and New Zealand. "We are excited to have the range of Catoctin Creek products in our portfolio," remarked Scott Garnett, founder of Challenger Beverages. "We've tasted a lot of whiskey in our search for the brand we’d like to represent, and Catoctin Creek's Roundstone Rye is amazing and clearly stood above the crowd. We knew we had a winner! The Watershed Gin, not to be outdone, adds a dynamic new American style gin, which we are confident will be of great appeal across the bars and liquor stores of Australia."

The Catoctin Creek products are in transit by sea, and expected to be in country by mid-September 2015.

About Challenger Beverages: Challenger Beverages is a wholesale liquor distribution company whose aim is to create and represent brands which redefine the categories in which they operate. Challenger Beverages is the exclusive distributor of Ron de Jeremy Rum, Purity Vodka, Hedonist Cognac, Diplôme Dry Gin, Origenes Rum, SX Tequilas and now the Catoctin Creek portfolio. Contact Challenger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.challengerbeverages.com.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and organic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Scott Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for more information on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company please visit www.catoctincreek.com.

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September 2015 News

September is Brandy Month!   At Catoctin Creek, brandy is a spirit that we've enjoyed making since we started the distillery in 2009.  And although other spirits such as whiskey, mezcal, rum...

Read more

The Dominion Collective Profile

We have a nice profile of the distillery at The Dominion Collective.  Joe Fitzpatrick does a pretty comprehensive piece, for example, this quote on why we chose to be organic: For us...

Read more

Brandy: A Beginner's Guide on Eater

The fabulous Jake Emen does a great story breaking down the types of brandy found worldwide.  A wonderful Brandy 101 for beginners: "The only times I really hear brandy referenced, it's...

Read more

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Purcellville, VA 20132

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Latest Events

Epicurience Weekend! Chef's Dinner and VIP Tent!

Catoctin Creek will be participating in two wonderful events this year at Epicurience: Epicurience Virginia Opening Night Chefs Dinner - September 4th Enjoy an idyllic setting with country cuisine, a selection of...

Read more

BUNCEAROO Presents! Marie Miller and Jesse Ruben! Live at Catoctin Creek!

An Intimate Evening with Marie Miller and Jesse Ruben! Nestled in the distillery, enjoy a one-of-a-kind event with great music in a fantastic venue. What: BUNCEAROO Presents! Marie Miller and Jesse Ruben Where: Catoctin Creek...

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Catoctin Creek Week in New York - September 8-11

Hey, New York!  Scott Harris, the founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek Distillery, will be touring around New York the second week in September!  If you live in the New...

Read more