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Scott Harris on the Kojo Nnamdi Show

Scott and Kojo Nnamdi
Pictured: Garrett Peck, Kojo Nnamdi, and Scott Harris

In the continuing coverage of the Virginia ABC spirits tax raise, Scott was invited as a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi show on WAMU 88.5. From the show description:

If you live in Virginia, the state’s budget woes will hit you in the liquor cabinet next week. That’s when the price of wine and spirits goes up to help close a projected $2.4 billion revenue shortfall. The price hike is one more reminder that in jurisdictions like the Commonwealth and Maryland’s Montgomery County, where government agencies operate all the liquor stores, consumers often pay higher taxes and levies for their alcohol. We explore the economic forces—seen and unseen—that impact the selection and price of liquor around our region.

The other guest for the show was Garrett Peck, author of "The Prohibition Hangover: A Social History of Alcohol After Prohibition" and "Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.".

It was a great show! You can see the original show site, here, or listen to the podcast, here.

December 2014 News

Welcome to December!  Happy Holidays!!

Christmas Bokeh by Scott Harris

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happiest of Holidays to you all!!  May your every wish come true this holiday season, and may your glass never be empty! 

We have some wonderful gift ideas in our tasting room this holiday season.  Of course, we have a full supply of Roundstone Rye, Mosby's Spirit, Watershed Gin, and our line of fruit brandies (1757 Virginia Brandy, Pearousia Pear Brandy, and Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy).  But we've also got some nice box sets of the brandy, with signed and dated, individually numbered bottles, and ready-to-give gift baskets, including all you need for a ready-made cocktail kit (like our Gin & Tonic gift basket, and our Roundstone and cocktail book basket).

Come on in this month and see what's in store... and enjoy a tasting while you're there!

And from our family to yours, we wish you Peace on Earth and Good CHEERS!!


Join us for dinner this December!

We have a very special holiday dinner planned in December.  We'll enjoy a scrumptious four course dinner, paired with seasonal cocktails.  If you've never been to one of our dinners, they truly are a magical experience.  Check out the video below for a little taste of what dinner at the distillery is all about.

To learn more, or reserve your spot, click here.

Dinner Video


FREE Holiday Concert by the Songbirds

The Songbirds

To get you in the holiday spirit, the Songbirds will perform in our tasting room on December 7th, from 1pm - 3pm.  This concert is free, so come enjoy a tasting, bring the kids (they are always welcome), and enjoy this holiday concert from five very talented young ladies!

Click here for more information.


Solar Event

Holiday Mixer and Karaoke

Do You Hear What I Hear? The Purcellville Business Association is Stepping into Christmas with Karaoke Karols, a Mixer to celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and to raise money for Western Loudoun charities. Come to O Little Town of Purcellville on Wednesday, December 17th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, at Catoctin Creek Distillery, 120 West Main Street. There is a $10 Admission to join the Jingle Bell Rock. If you would like to join in the fun and participate as a solo or group performer to sing about Mistletoe, Holly, Winter, Snow or just Cold Weather, please let us know. Also an Ugliest Christmas Sweater contest will be held on this not-so Silent Night. Mixer guests will vote with for their favorite crooners and the ugliest sweater. All proceeds will be donated by PBA toward Happy Holidays for local charities. PBA is not a charitable organization and donations are not tax deductible as charitable contributions.

Click here for more information.


Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

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


Cocktail of the Month – Balsamic Berry Old-Fashioned

Balsamic Berry Old FashionedThis cocktail uses balsamic vinegar as a shrub. The vinegar provides nice tartness along with the fruitiness of the berry juices.

1½ oz Roundstone Rye
½ oz aged Balsamic vinegar
½ oz Cranberry juice
½ oz berry syrup
2 raspberries for garnish

Combine all ingredients over ice and stir in a rocks glass. Garnish with two raspberries.

Berry Syrup

6 oz blackberries
6 oz raspberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Bring mixture to a simmer for 10 mins, puree and strain.

Courtesy Hannah Blymier.

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!

Scott & Becky

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Holds Steady Virginia Pricing; Lowers Prices on White Spirits

Loudoun County distillery absorbs Virginia ABC mark-up; Mosby's Spirit and Watershed Gin prices will drop

November 25, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Despite the increase in mark-ups recently announced by the Virginia ABC board, Catoctin Creek will hold steady its retail pricing, essentially absorbing the cost of the mark-ups at the wholesale level and shielding the consumer from the price mark-up for its own products.  The retail price on Watershed Gin and Mosby's Spirit, the distillery's "white" spirits category, will be further reduced.

"We felt it was unfair to push another price increase to the consumers in a state that already sees the third highest liquor mark-up in the country," remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery.  "This time, we've decided to absorb the mark-up increases to hold our prices essentially steady so our customers do not feel this pain."

The distillery will still see minor changes in their pricing due to the Virginia ABC's new policy of "rounding to the nines," which means all pricing within the ABC system will be rounded up to nine cents in the last digit.  (For example, a product that once cost $34.15 would become $34.19.)

Catoctin Creek's new per-bottle retail pricing in Virginia, will be as follows:

  • Roundstone Rye "80 proof" - $44.99
  • Roundstone Rye "92 proof" - $52.79
  • Mosby's Spirit - $29.49 (new lower price)
  • Watershed Gin - $34.19 (new lower price)
  • 1757 Virginia Brandy - $49.99
  • Pearousia Pear Brandy - $42.49
  • Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy - $42.49

As required by law, the pricing at the distillery store will match the Virginia ABC system pricing.  New pricing becomes effective December 8, 2014.

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

Distillery Dinners Reviewed in MicroShiner

Distillery DinnerRichard Barry recently attended one of our distillery dinners for the Autumn 2014 issue of MicroShiner magazine.  The article gives a great window into the sumptuousness of the evening of history, whisky, cocktails, and fine seasonal dining.  The story is further brought to life by the gorgeous photos of DJ Glisson.  The issue even includes cocktail recipes from the evening's drinks.

Each month, Catoctin collaborates with catering mavens Chef Wes Rosati and Chef Maria Aros of the Wandering Chef to create a menu of seasonal dishes that draw on the flavors of local ingredients and Catoctin spirits.  The marriages produced are happy ones like the perfect pairing of Pan Roasted Tenderloin and BBQ Rubbed Brisket with a smooth Boulevardier made with Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof".

Enjoy the full article here or here, and please join us for one of our future dinners by clicking here.

Latest News

Scott Harris on the Kojo Nnamdi Show

Pictured: Garrett Peck, Kojo Nnamdi, and Scott Harris In the continuing coverage of the Virginia ABC spirits tax raise, Scott was invited as a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi show on...

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December 2014 News

Welcome to December!  Happy Holidays!! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happiest of Holidays to you all!!  May your every wish come true this holiday season, and may your glass never be...

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Coverage on our decision to hold pricing…

Both major local newspapers covered our story on our decision to hold prices steady despite a liquor mark-up announced by the ABC. Read more coverage in: Leesburg Today Loudoun Times-Mirror The Whiskey Reviewer

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Catoctin Creek Distillery

Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W Main St
Purcellville, VA 20132

Tel (540) 751-8404

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