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The 2015 Catoctin Creek Art Contest

Loudoun County distillery sponsors its first Art Contest for local artists - $1000 Grand Prize!

Catoctin Creek Art CollageJanuary 28, 2015, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek is proud to announce its first ever art contest.  Intended as a way to support and promote the diverse local art community of Loudoun County, Virginia and surrounding areas, Catoctin Creek will accept submissions of art, with a grand prize of $1000 for the winning piece!

"Becky and I have always loved art, and live in a county rich with local artists," remarked Scott Harris.  "We wanted to see what kind of art is out there, and give local artists a platform to show off their work."

Submissions will be accepted until March 13, 2015, at 5:00pm.  The contest will be judged by the employees of the Loudoun distillery, and a winner will be chosen on March 20th.

  • Grand Prize:  $1000
  • Second Place:  $500
  • Third Place:  $250

All submitted entries will be eligible for display in our tasting room for the entire month of April. 

Submissions should reflect some aspect of Catoctin Creek (the distillery or the creek), life in Virginia, Maryland or Washington DC, and reflect revelry, culture, enjoyment of life, whiskey, drinking, etc.  We give wide latitude for the maximum artistic creativity.  Nearly any submission will be acceptable, including, but not limited to:

  • Landscapes
  • Still Lifes
  • Portraits
  • Sculpture
  • Music
  • Jewelry
  • And any media types:  Watercolors / Mixed Media / Photography / Painting / Ink / etc.

Submissions may be made in person at the distillery, or electronically in a high-quality file TIFF, AI, PDF, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pictured above, clockwise from top left, art by Andrew Spell, Jay Cliburn, David Buchanan, and Firefly Imageworks.

Rules of the Contest

All entries become the property of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, LLC.   Don't want to submit the original?  That's cool!  We get that.  Then just submit a digital image or a print of the artwork.  That's fine with us!  That's what we'll keep, and you can keep the original if you like.

We may elect to use your art in national promotions (even non-winning entries), and in all such cases, the artist will be given credit for their work.

All artwork must be 100% original, and artists must verify that their work is unique through a provided affidavit. 

For fairness, Catoctin Creek employees will select the winning pieces through a blind process (artist name is unknown during the selections). 

For further information, or questions, please contact the distillery at the address provided below.

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 Kyle Schmitz 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.

Southern Living: 50 People Who Are Changing the South in 2015

Scott and BeckyNothing makes a Monday quite so fine as being named by Southern Living as one of the 50 people changing the South in 2015! Booyah! (Question is, do Becky and I count as one or two people?!) 

This is a magazine that my mother has read since I was a baby, and now, what an honor to be included in it!

We surveyed the region to find the movers-and-shakers who are shaping the South with community-minded ideas and projects. From groundbreaking chefs to designers with a voice, these are the people you’ll want to keep an eye on this year. 

In the middle of Virginia’s wine country, Becky and Scott Harris are making what may be the most Southern of spirits. While many craft spirits claim the title of “handmade,” Catoctin walks the walk with its line of whiskeys, gins, and brandies that are made start-to-finish in [Loudoun] County using locally sourced fruits and rye. Other materials, such as boxes and services, also come from the area, and the team gives back to the land by donating its spent rye mash for cattle farmers to use as livestock feed. Expanding its regional reach, Catoctin creates specialty products for top bartenders and hotels in the Virginia and D.C. area.

Read the full story, here.

January 2015 News

Happy New Year! 2015 is here!!

Catoctin Creek Team Photo 2014

From the entire team at Catoctin Creek (pictured above), we say:  "Happy New Year!!"

Wowee!  What a year it's been for us!  2014 had so many wonderful accomplishments, many more than we could list, but some of the highlights were:

  • Our first full year on Main Street in downtown Purcellville — Our new home has proven to be a functional and beautiful setting for making whisky in a town that was once known as a center for Temperance education!  Historic irony at its best!
  • Launch of Catoctin Creek into new markets — Delaware, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
  • A great season of concerts at the distillery — Amazing talent like Pat McGee, The Alternate Routes and Jim Malcolm.  And some exciting ones for 2015!
  • Delicious monthly dinners featuring Wandering Chef — If you haven't treated yourself to dinner, you're missing a really wonderful experience!
  • Amazing press from national sourcesJim Murray's Whisky Bible, Men's Journal, Daily Beast, Washington Post [1], [2], [3], and National Public Radio.
  • Wonderful support from our restaurant, bar, and off-premise partners — We are overjoyed at the continued support we receive from those retailers and restaurants who take the extra step to support small-batch artisanal spirits like ours.  It means everything to us!!  Thank you!
  • Wonderful support from our customers — People just like you!  We wouldn't be here without your support too!  Thank you!!

So, from our family to yours, we wish you the very best for 2015:  Peace, Joy, and Prosperity in the New Year!!
 

Ladies in Whiskey – Becky Harris featured on NPR's Morning Edition!

Becky at the distilleryThank you Allison Aubrey for working Becky Harris into your story on women in whiskey:

Well, now history is coming full circle. There's a vanguard of new female distillers, blenders and tasters.

From Becky Harris, co-founder of Catoctin Creek distillery in Virginia, to Meredity Grelli of Wigle Whiskey in Pittsburgh, these women are finding success as grain-to-bottle distillers.

Harris says the demand for her organic, rye whiskey is so strong, she's selling every drop she can produce.

Listen or read the full story, here.

 

Upcoming Events

January is one of our quieter months, but even so, we have a couple really cool events planned at the distillery:

If you're making plans for Valentine's Day weekend, be sure to check out our special dinner and a concert:

  • February 13 - Dinner and a concert featuring Andrew McKnight - We'll host one of our regular dinner events at the distillery, but you'll also dine with Andrew McKnight and the whole band from Beyond Borders.  After dinner, it's a concert!  This one will sell out, so be sure to get your tickets now!

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Mulled Cider with Rye

Mulled Cider and RyeThis cocktail comes to us from Sonja Bradfield, author of Ginger and Toasted Sesame.  Sonja has some amazing photographs and a delicious recipe for cider and rye, perfect for a warm winter beverage:

One of my favorite things to drink when the weather gets cold is something warm with a kick like a nice chai tea or a hot toddy. On Thanksgiving my family brewed an impromptu pot of mulled apple cider and for a little extra warmth we added a nip of whiskey. For this recipe I used some apple cider pressed in Virginia and some rye whiskey distilled in Virginia.

...

[This] rye is great in this mulled cider recipe. It’ll warm you right down through your toes. This recipe makes a half gallon but you can easily double that for a bigger group gathering for the holidays. Just let the spices and fruit simmer long enough to get the cider nice and spicy. For an extra kick, you can add a few black peppercorns and maybe a bit more rye.

½ gallon of apple cider
2 satsuma oranges
1 honey crisp apple
3 cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye whisky

Thinly slice the oranges and apple horizontally.

Pour the cider in a large pot and add the slices of fruit, the cinnamon sticks and cloves.

Bring to a boil over high heat then lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes until fragrant.

Fill up mugs about three quarters full and add about an ounce of rye whiskey to each mug.

Garnish with an apple or orange slice, half a cinnamon stick and cloves.

Recipe and photo by Sonja Bradfield, 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 do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Going Out Guide: Purcellville

Holley Simmons, the dining editor at the Washington Post, does a story on day-tripping out to Purcellville:

You may want to have a good cure for the hiccups — and a designated driver — before venturing into Purcellville, Va.: The bucolic town, 50 miles west of Washington in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is full of wineries, breweries and an organic distillery. But if booze is not your thing, there’s easy access to the scenic Washington & Old Dominion bike trail for cyclists.

The story highlights our distillery as one of the great reasons we love downtown Purcellville!

Last year, Becky and Scott Harris moved their certified organic distillery from a 2,000-square-foot warehouse to a 6,000-square-foot facility (a Buick dealership in the 1920s). Now more than 10,000 visitors a year witness the production of gin, white whiskey and - their flagship product - rye whiskey aged in charred Minnesota white oak barrels. "About 60 percent of the flavoring comes from the barrels," Becky says. There's a 30-minute tour ($5) and a tasting room ($5-$10).

You can read the entire story, here.

Women and Whiskey: Becky on NPR's Morning Edition

Becky at the distilleryThank you Allison Aubrey for working Becky Harris into your story on women in whiskey:

Well, now history is coming full circle. There's a vanguard of new female distillers, blenders and tasters.

From Becky Harris, co-founder of Catoctin Creek distillery in Virginia, to Meredity Grelli of Wigle Whiskey in Pittsburgh, these women are finding success as grain-to-bottle distillers.

Harris says the demand for her organic, rye whiskey is so strong, she's selling every drop she can produce.

Listen or read the full story, here.

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Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W Main St
Purcellville, VA 20132

Tel (540) 751-8404

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