If you're in Los Angeles tonight, September 19th, come out and meet Scott Harris, the founder of Catoctin Creek at Everson Royce Bar. Scott will be pouring Roundstone Rye, our distillers reserve--Roundstone Rye 92 Proof, plus our Watershed Gin, and even our very special Old Tom style Watershed Gin. All four plus cocktails for only $15. Don't miss it! 6-8pm tonight at Everson Royce Bar!
Four Spirits from Catoctin Creek With A Bonus Cocktail For A Mere $15 in DTLA's Arts District
Two Rye Whiskies & Two Gins from Virginia!
In 2009, Scott and Becky Harris founded Catoctin Creek in Purcellville, Virginia. Its was the first legal distillery in their part of Virginia since before Prohibition. In early 2010, I visited a friend who lives in Washington, DC. Our conversation went like this:
Me: What are we doing Saturday morning?
Friend: Driving out to Virginia to help a new distillery bottle some whiskey.
Me: Are they paying us? (hopeful voice)
Friend: No. (said with no little amount of reproach)
Me: So why are we doing this? (confused)
Friend: Because they're super nice people who make great whiskey and they need a little bit of help since they're just starting out. (now said with full on annoyance towards me)
Me: Ok. (in the most skeptical voice imaginable)
As it turned out, I had a blast. The whiskey was awesome and Scott & Becky were great and super nice. Becky is a scientist (chemical engineer) with a ton of applicable experience and quite clearly the brains of the outfit. Scott ditched a 20 year software career to start Catoctin Creek and tries his best to pull his own weight. Both loved whiskey in the way that people who make whiskey for a living should.
Over the years I reached out to Scott & Becky asking if we could please have some of their stuff for us folks here in California. Until last year they just never had enough. Super small production coupled with incredible demand kind of does that. Finally, they had a little extra and agreed to send some our way, which is how our shop in Pasadena became the first place in California to ever have Catoctin Creek Rye Whiskey on the shelf. We were super honored and people have been crushing them both in Pasadena and at E.R.B. for over a year.
Since my visit six years ago, Scott & Becky have added Gin and a few other things to their repertoire. Everything that I've tried has been just as good as their Rye. Tomorrow night Scott will be behind the bar from 6 until 8 pm and pouring both of his Rye Whiskies and both of his Gins for you.
Othon, our super-talented Bar Manager at E.R.B. and all around awesome guy, has been making cocktails with Catoctin Creek Ryes and Gins since the first day that he walked through our door. He wanted to include a Gin-based cocktail, so what could we say other than "yes" and "thank you".
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye - 80 proof Rye Whiskey made from 100% rye
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye - 94 proof Rye Whiskey made from 100% rye
Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin - 94 proof Gin made from rye & wheat
Catoctin Creek Old Tom Watershed Gin - 94 proof Old Tom Gin made from rye & wheat & aged in Pearousia barrels
As a side note, tomorrows tasting overlaps with our regular Monday through Friday Happy Hour which features $10 burger & fries combos and a bunch of other great deals too.
$15/person, 6-8 pm, meet the founder & owner, no reservations required!
1936 E. 7th Street, LA, CA 90021 (corner of 7th & Mateo w/a huge parking lot right next door)