31-03-2014

Welcome to April! – Expanded Hours at the Tasting Room – Sundays are back!

No foolin' here!  Spring is (maybe) finally here, and hopefully here to stay!!  Now that the winter weather is (dare-I-say-it?) behind us, we are re-introducing Sunday hours.  All our other hours remain the same:

Monday - Friday, 1 - 5pm

Saturday, 12 - 7pm

Sunday, 12 - 5pm - NEW starting April 6th.

Please note, however, that we will be closed for EASTER Sunday (April 20), so that our employees may spend time with family.

If you wish to have a special event (rehearsal dinner, private party, concert, etc.), we remain available for those, including on Sunday.  Contact us for more details.

 

Dinner and Cocktails at the Distillery

Cocktails at Catoctin CreekCheck out the menu for our April dinner!  We have a superb menu this month!

Herb and Prosciutto Gougeres, Risotto of Spring Vegetables, Sautéed Prince Edward Island Mussels, Pan Seared Game Hen Breast with Sweet Potato Puree, Ragout of Cured Leg, Bacon and Caramelized Onions, Garlicky Spinach, and finishing off with Coconut, Lime and Ginger Crème Brulee with Fresh Berries.

If you haven't yet joined us for one of our intimate cocktail dinners, please sign up!  Scott and Becky invite you for dinner at our place:  a sumptuous five course meal expertly paired with cocktails.  Our chefs for the evening are Chef Wes Rosati and Chef Maria Aros, of Wandering Chef (both formerly chefs at Lansdowne Resort).  Scott and Becky will personally pour you cocktails that will pair beautifully with each course.  Dinner includes a private tour of the distillery and dining in our tasting room.

Price is $125 per person, all inclusive.  Space is limited to thirty people, so to reserve your space, please visit our event page now!

Please let us know any dietary needs that you have.  We can easily accommodate most requests, including vegetarian/vegan, gluten/seafood allergies, and kosher.

 

Guest Bartender Series - Brett Robison from Republic

Brett Robison

After being well praised by Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post, we are very happy to have Brett Robison of Republic join us for our fourth in the guest bartender series.  Brett will be mixing his own unique cocktail creations in our tasting room for our Second Saturday tradition.  Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and Brett will be available most of the day for people to meet him and chat with him.

On Saturday, April 12th, during our normal business hours, Brett Robison will be with us in the Catoctin Creek tasting room.  Brett will only be here this one time, so don't miss this!!

What a way to kick off spring break!

 

Catoctin Creek Nominated for RAMMY's "Beverage Producer of the Year"

Rammy'sWe were thrilled to be named a finalist for ‘Regional Food & Beverage Producer of the Year’ at the RAMW’s 2014 RAMMYS Nominations event hosted at The Hamilton in Washington D.C.

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) added the new ‘Regional Food & Beverage Producer of the Year’ award category to its line-up this year to celebrate some of the regions most respected artisans. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was included in this high-profile collection of nominees amongst other notable artisans including: Port City Brewing Company, DC Brau Brewing Company, Rappahannock Oyster Co., and Red Apron Butchery.

"We are extremely honored to be nominated for this prestigious award and would to thank RAWM for creating this award category this year showcasing hard-working artisans throughout the metropolitan area” said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery.

The annual RAMMY Awards Gala is the signature annual fundraiser for Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) recognizing the best and brightest in the area’s vibrant restaurant industry. On Sunday, June 22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, winners from 21 categories will be announced and awarded, including four to be chosen by public vote. 2014 will serve as the 32nd Annual Gala.

 

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 – Gone A Rye

Gone-A-Rye1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¾ oz Benedictine
¾ oz Dry Sherry
¾ oz Lemon juice
2 dashes Aromatic bitters
Egg white

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

Courtesy Matthew Palumbo, La Tagliatella

See this cocktail and over one hundred 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!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

20-03-2014

Single Cask Nation LabelMarch 21, 2014, Purcellville, VA –  Jewish Whisky Company’s Single Cask Nation today announced it will release its first American whisky bottling, a special cask of Catoctin Creek rye whisky aged over two years.

Jewish Whisky Company built the Single Cask Nation community so that whisky enthusiasts can meet and advance their mutual affinity for finely crafted single cask spirits. Single Cask Nation is dedicated to independently bottling the best and most unique single casks for its membership.

"We sat down together a few months ago and together selected a very special whisky," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery. "The chosen barrel contained a very unique distillation from August 2011. It was aged in a bourbon barrel for just over a year, and after that, we moved the whisky to a used white wine cask, where it has aged for almost another year and a half. The result is a whisky unlike anything we've offered to date."

The tasting notes on the whisky mention an intense rye profile, yellow and red fruits intertwined with herbal notes, a beguiling oily texture and warm toffee flavors.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to partner with Catoctin Creek on this whisky," commented Jason Johnstone-Yellin, co-founder of Jewish Whisky Company. "Becky and Scott produce some gorgeous spirits; we'd been pouring alongside them for years at various whisky festivals, and over the years we've become friends. We are delighted to bottle Catoctin Creek as the first American offering for Single Cask Nation."

The Single Cask Nation Catoctin Creek expression will be bottled at cask strength with approximately 200 bottles available. While the bottles will only be available to the members of Single Cask Nation, anyone can join via their website (www.singlecasknation.com).

About Single Cask Nation:  Single Cask Nation is the creation of the Jewish Whisky Company. The Jewish Whisky Company is faithfully dedicated to independently bottling the world's finest and rarest single cask whiskies for the diverse members of Single Cask Nation. For more information, contact Jason Johnstone-Yellin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company 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. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and organic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact Kyle Schmitz at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 703-794-7713.

19-03-2014

Rammy'sMarch 19, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Award-winning Catoctin Creek Distilling Company – based in historic Purcellville, VA in Loudoun County, celebrated for its premium spirits including Roundstone Rye, Watershed Gin, 1757 Brandy, and Mosby’s Spirit, amongst others – was announced as a finalist for ‘Regional Food & Beverage Producer of the Year’ last night at RAMW’s 2014 RAMMYS Nominations event hosted at The Hamilton in Washington D.C. amidst hundreds of high-profile hospitality industry professionals.

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) added the new ‘Regional Food & Beverage Producer of the Year’ award category to its line-up this year to celebrate some of the regions most respected artisans. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company – the first legal distillery to open in Loudoun County since before Prohibition – was included in this high-profile collection of nominees amongst other notable artisans including: Port City Brewing Company, DC Brau Brewing Company, Rappahannock Oyster Co., and Red Apron Butchery.

"We are extremely honored to be nominated for this prestigious award and would to thank RAWM for creating this award category this year showcasing hard-working artisans throughout the metropolitan area, who absolutely love what we do,” said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery. “We’re celebrating our 5 year anniversary this year, just opened the doors to our new distillery and tasting room this past summer, and this nomination adds a whole new level of excitement and recognition for all of us at the distillery as we move forward in 2014. We’re also thrilled to share this nomination with such a talented group of fellow artisans and we wish everyone the best of luck as we prepare for the 2014 RAMMY Awards Gala in Washington D.C. on June 22nd.”

The annual RAMMY Awards Gala is the signature annual fundraiser for Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) recognizing the best and brightest in the area’s vibrant restaurant industry. On Sunday, June 22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, winners from 21 categories will be announced and awarded, including four to be chosen by public vote. 2014 will serve as the 32nd Annual Gala.

About the RAMMYS:  Presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), The RAMMY Awards Gala honors the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the region’s restaurants and foodservice community. Named the #1 Food & Restaurant event by BIZBASH Magazine for four consecutive years, The RAMMYS celebrate one of Metropolitan Washington’s greatest assets: its restaurants. For more information on the 2014 RAMMY Awards click here.

About the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW):  The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is the regional trade association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Established in 1920, RAMW is an advocate, resource and community for its members. The Association works to promote and sustain the growth and development of the industry while providing its members legislative and regulatory representation, marketing and small business support, programming and events. RAMW strives to serve its members with professionalism and integrity, and provide them the training, education and support they need to grow a successful business. For additional information please visit www.RAMW.org.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 703-794-7713; 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.

01-03-2014

Barrels in ReposeWelcome to March!

It has been a crazy, long winter!  We are so tired of the polar vortex!  How about some warmer weather, daffodils and tulips?  Soon, very soon, we hope!

In the meantime, a little glass of Roundstone Rye or Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy will warm you up!  Join us this month also for some great events to distract you from the cold.

 

Changing Hours at the Tasting Room

We are modifying our hours at the distillery tasting room.  In order to set aside more working time in the distillery (our main job, making whisky), and to give our employees more time with family, we have decided to close on Sundays.  Therefore, starting this weekend, our new hours are:

Monday - Friday, 1 - 5pm (Nobody really drinks before noon, right?  Right??)

Saturday, 12 - 7pm (Stock Up Saturday!)

Sunday, Closed (Chill with the family this day...)

If you wish to have a special event (rehearsal dinner, private party, concert, etc.), we remain available for those, including on Sunday.  Contact us for more details.

 

Dinner and Cocktails at the Distillery

Trout with RisottoIf you haven't yet joined us for one of our intimate cocktail dinners, March is a great time to get out of the cold and grab your sweetie for a wonderful date-night experience!  Join Scott and Becky for dinner for the evening: a sumptuous five course meal expertly paired with cocktails.  Our chefs for the evening are Chef Wes Rosati and Chef Maria Aros, of Wandering Chef (both formerly chefs at Lansdowne Resort).  The chefs will ensure this meal ranks in the top ten of your lifetime best meals, and Scott and Becky will personally pour you cocktails that will pair beautifully with each course.  Dinner includes a private tour of the distillery and dining in our tasting room.

Price is $125 per person, all inclusive.  Space is limited to thirty people, so to reserve your space, please visit our event page now!

Menu

Small Bites
Chicken Liver Mousse:
Caramelized Onions and Pearousia Gelee, Fresh Baguettes and Apple Slices

Cocktails at Catoctin Creek1st Course
Brown Sugar, Citrus and Ginger Rubbed Atlantic Salmon
Soy-Ginger Gastrique, Pickled Vegetable and Glass Noodle Salad
Paired with Catoctin Creek’s “Rye Lion”

2nd Course
Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Tarragon Oil
Roasted Fennel, Tomatoes and Mushrooms on Creamy Mascarpone Polenta
Paired with Catoctin Creek’s “White Manhattan”

3rd Course
Herb and Peppercorn Rubbed Strip Steak
Butter Beans, Garlic Braised Green Beans, Dijon and Herb Butter
Paired with Catoctin Creek’s “Thyme Gimlet”

4th Course
Lemon and Ricotta Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries

Please let us know any dietary needs that you have.  We can accommodate most requests, including vegetarian/vegan, gluten/seafood allergies, and kosher.

 

Guest Bartender Series - Alexandra Bookless from The Passenger

Alexandra BooklessWe've been having so much fun with this series.  Alex Bookless will be our third bartender to join us in the tasting room for our Second Saturday tradition.  Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and the bartender will be on hand to chat and chill and discuss her creations.

Alex is the general manager and chief cocktail shaker for probably the coolest bar in Washington DC, so we are absolutely thrilled to have her as a guest in our tasting room!  If you've always wanted to go to the Passenger, and never gotten a chance, you gotta come by the distillery on Saturday, March 8th.

Don't miss this!!

 

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 – In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

This month, it's a two-fer... this winter has sucked, so we feel you need a double dose this month!

These cocktails are an homage to the month of March, when they say the weather comes "in like a lion, and out like a lamb."  We've certainly seen that with this year of 2014 weather.  Spring can't come soon enough after endless bouts of Polar Vortex snow-assaults.  We are ready for some tulips and crocuses, please!

The Rye Lion cocktail is our take on a sour, non-sweet, assertive cocktail made with Roundstone Rye.  The up-front citrus and strong ginger taste would provide salve after the coldest day of snow-shoveling.  And as winter passes into spring, we begin to enjoy the first blooms in the garden. Which brings us to the Spring Lamb, a floral, delicate cocktail, subtle and sweet.  Just like spring!

Rye LionRye Lion

2 oz Roundstone Rye
½ oz fresh lime juice
Dash of orange bitters
Ginger beer
Lime slice for garnish

Add Roundstone Rye, lime juice and orange bitters to a shaker with small pieces of ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a slice of lime.

 

 

Spring LambSpring Lamb

2 oz Mosby's Spirit
½ oz honey syrup*
¼ oz grenadine
2-3 drops rosewater, more if needed
Seltzer
Rose petal garnish

Add Mosby's Spirit, honey syrup, grenadine, and rosewater to a shaker with small pieces of ice and shake well. Strain & pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with seltzer and garnish with a rose petal.

*To make the honey syrup use equal parts honey and water in any quantity. Store in a container in the refrigerator.

Cocktails by Scott Harris and Emily Landsman.  Photos by Emily Landsman.

See this cocktail and over one hundred 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!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

14-02-2014

E-man Booze (follow him on Twitter at @emanbooze) does a pretty hilarious, but very insightful review on Roundstone Rye.  Check it out, y'all:

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