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.

November 2014 News

Welcome to November!

Greetings, Catoctin Creek fans!  We hope you are enjoying the cooler weather with a nice dram of Roundstone Rye or a snifter full of 1757 brandy.  As we approach Thanksgiving, I can think of nothing better to accompany that autumn chill than a nice glass of Catoctin Creek!  (Read on for a really good recipe for Thanksgiving!)

Green Biz Platinum The Fifty Best Gold Artisan Awards Gold

In October, we were very happy to receive two gold medals for Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" from The Fifty Best and the Artisan Awards, and we also received the Platinum Award from the Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge!  We don't make whisky just to receive awards, but it is nice to be recognized now and then for the efforts that go into the products.  It's not easy, but we love what we do, so we continue to do it... for you!

We have lots of great things lined up for you this month, so please stay tuned and come join us for something!


Cask Proof Release on SATURDAY!!

Cask Proof

The Roundstone Rye Cask Proof will be released at the distillery on Saturday at noon.  This is a once-a-year release, and this year's expression 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!!!

As of today, only eight cases or so are still available, so be sure to show up early.  I expect it to sell out in a couple of hours.


Virginia Oysters and Virginia Cocktails, a perfect pairing!

War Shore Oyster Company

War Shore Oyster BarJoin us at the distillery on Wednesday, November 19, from 6:30pm to 8pm as Brad Blymier, founder of War Shore Oyster Company, and Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek, team up to pair the best local oysters with the best local cocktails!

The evening will include six oysters per person, paired with three cocktails.  We'll also tour the distillery, and each guest will receive a souvenir shot glass.  The cost is only $30 per person.  Space is limited, so purchase your tickets now!

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 – Boozy Apple Drunken Raisin Pie

Kitchen ThymeThis month's "cocktail" is not a cocktail. It's a recipe! But why not?!

This recipe comes to us from Melissa Krumbein of Kitchen Thyme, Richmond, Virginia. Check her out at What better time of the season to make pie than November? And to use Roundstone Rye in the recipe is simply being smart!

Drunken Raisins:
1 cup golden raisins
Pour Roundstone Rye to cover raisins let sit overnight in sealed, air tight container.

Flambé raisins until flame has dissipated.
Remove remaining liquid for pie crust and filling.
Set raisins aside to cool.

Pie Crust Ingredients:
Yield: two 9 inch crusts
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
8 teaspoons granulated sugar
8 tablespoons cold salted butter (1 stick), cut into small pieces
2-3 tablespoons bourbon

Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and stir briefly until the mixture is aerated. Using your fingers, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it’s in pea-size pieces that are slightly yellow in color, about 4 to 5 minutes. Then take 2 tablespoons of the bourbon and mix just until the dough comes together. (Add the last tablespoon of bourbon, if necessary, but don’t overwork the dough or it’ll become tough.) Shape the dough into a flat disk, cover it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Once cooled, roll out 1 disk to cover bottom of pie pan and trim dough over the edge of the pan.

Pie filling Ingredients:
2 tablespoons flambéd Roundstone Rye
6 Stayman apples
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

Peel, quarter, and core apples; cut into 1/4-inch slices (should have 6 cups). Combine sugars, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, apples, raisins and bourbon. Spoon apple filling into the chilled pastry shell; cut butter into very small pieces and sprinkle over the apples. Roll out remaining pastry. Cut slits in pastry dough and lightly brush egg wash around edge of pie. Cover pie and trim overhang. Turn edges under flush with the rim; crimp all around to make a stand-up edge. Bake pie at 425 ̊ for 40 minutes, or until top is golden brown and juices are bubbling up. Cool on wire rack.

Kitchen ThymeRecipe courtesy Melissa Krumbein of Kitchen Thyme, Richmond Virginia. Check her out at 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 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

Coverage on our letter to the Governor

Last week, Catoctin Creek, along with 12 other distillers in Virginia sent the Governor a letter asking him to reconsider his proposal to raise spirits taxes yet again.  We got some very good press coverage on the letter.  We still await the Governor's reply on this issue.

Richmond Times Dispatch: Distillers draft letter opposing McAuliffe price hikes

AP: Virginia distilleries ask Gov. Terry McAuliffe to pull back on plan to raise liquor prices

Fox 5 Segment: Proposed liquor tax in Virginia

WTOP Radio: Distillers sour about planned spike in liquor prices

Wash Post letter to the editor: A spiritless proposal to raise taxes

Richmond Times Dispatch: ABC to use liquor markup to modernize the system

AP: Booze price hike irks Va. consumers, restaurants

Richmond Times Dispatch: Va. to cut 565 jobs, shut Powhatan prison to close money gap

Wash Post: McAuliffe announces budget cuts, layoffs to address revenue shortfall

Wash Biz Journal: Virginia distillers urge McAuliffe to nix liquor price increase

Wash Biz Journal: Three ways Virginia could raise the price of liquor, per McAuliffe's budget

Northern Virginia Magazine: Hungry for Linkage: Distillers Oppose Governor's Alcohol Markup

Loudoun Times Mirror: Distilleries ask McAuliffe to nix booze price hike

Winchester Star: Area distiller joins protest over Va. liquor price hike

Modern Distillery Age, November 14, 2014 issue

Richmond Times Dispatch: ABC raises liquor prices between 24 and 29 cents a bottle

AP: Cost of booze rising in Virginia after board vote

WNEW: Va. Alcohol Board Approves Price Increases

Thirteen Distillers Unanimously Opposed to Virginia Spirits Tax

October 30, 2014 — Today, thirteen Virginia Distillers sent a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe, in opposition to the Governor's proposal to raise spirits taxes in the Commonwealth of Virginia yet again. The Virginia Distillers signing the letter are:

Scott Harris
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
Purcellville, VA

Brian Prewitt
Master Distiller
A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Fredericksburg, VA

Scott Schumaker
Appalachian Mountain Spirits LLC
Marion, VA

Charles Miller
President and Founder
Belmont Farms of Va., Inc
Culpeper, VA

Chris Richeson
Chesapeake Bay Distillery
Virgina Beach, VA

Rick Wasmund
Copper Fox Distillery
Sperryville, VA

Michael E. Bowles
Managing Member
Montdomaine Wines & Spirits
Albemarle County, VA

Dick Garofalo
Garofalo Artisan Liqueurs
Winchester, VA

Kristi Croxton
Business Manager
James River Distillery
Richmond, VA

Marc Chretien
Mount Defiance Cidery and Distillery
Middleburg, VA

Christine Riggleman
Silverback Distillery
Nellysford, VA

Gareth H. Moore
The Virginia Distillery Company
Lovingston, VA

Alex Wotring
Belle Isle Craft Spirits
Richmond, VA

Read the entire letter that was sent to the governor by clicking the image below.

Letter to the Governor

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Receives Platinum Award in the Green Business Challenge

Green Business Challenge PLATINUMOctober 30, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek has been awarded the Platinum Award, the highest level achievable, in the Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge.

The Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge is an alliance between the Loudoun County and Dulles Chambers of Commerce to promote businesses that make direct efforts to improve sustainability:

We are Sustainability@Work. The double meaning is intended! We are Loudoun Dulles Businesses saving energy, conserving water, reducing waste, combating congestion, protecting native habitat and reaching out to our employees, customers, communities and each other.  We are also Loudoun and Dulles Businesses putting environmental sustainability to work to help us save money and grow our sales.

We are a diverse bunch, ranging from businesses that are new to environmental sustainability through leaders and innovators in sustainability. We range from home-based businesses through Fortune 100 corporations. What we have in common is that we enjoy challenging ourselves and each other to become more environmentally and financially sustainable. For us, the Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge is a fun way to measure our accomplishments, identify new ways to save money and grow, meet one another and show customers, employees and our communities that we’re green.

Among Catoctin Creek's unique innovations for achieving this award, were the following:

  • Installation of a 41kW solar array, which offsets 80% of the company's electrical needs
  • Partial reclamation and reuse of waste water for cooling and cleaning purposes
  • Recycling of distillery by-products into cattle feed, alcohol cleansers and gasoline additives for automobiles.  Zero-waste in the production of our products!

"We are very pleased to be rewarded with the Platinum Level award from the Green Business Challenge," remarked Scott Harris, who attended the awards ceremony on behalf of the company.  "Every day we come into the office, we consider our impact on the planet, and how we can make delicious whisky in a responsible and sustainable manner.  It's very important to us!"

Learn more about Catoctin Creek's green initiatives, including a video tour of their solar plant, on their website, at

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

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November 2014 News

Welcome to November! Greetings, Catoctin Creek fans!  We hope you are enjoying the cooler weather with a nice dram of Roundstone Rye or a snifter full of 1757 brandy.  As we...

Read more

Coverage on our letter to the Governor

Last week, Catoctin Creek, along with 12 other distillers in Virginia sent the Governor a letter asking him to reconsider his proposal to raise spirits taxes yet again.  We got...

Read more

Thirteen Distillers Unanimously Opposed …

October 30, 2014 — Today, thirteen Virginia Distillers sent a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe, in opposition to the Governor's proposal to raise spirits taxes in the Commonwealth of Virginia yet...

Read more

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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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