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Adroit Beer/Whisky Collaboration in Washington City Paper

Our second beer collaboration, this one with Adroit Theory Brewing Company and called Día de los Muertos, will be available on November 12 (November 2 for VIP members).  Warren Rojas does the full backstory at Washington City Paper:

Next to scrutinize the end result was Becky Harris, Scott’s wife and Catoctin Creek’s chief distiller. As she siphoned the resulting whiskey from its cask, she couldn’t help gush about the collaboration. “I’ve been waiting for this one for two years,” she says as she pulls a dram of the experimental beverage they dubbed “Día de los Muertos” American Malt Whisky.

“The name of the original beer was Día de los Muertos. So it made sense to name the whiskey the same,” [Mark] Osborne [founder of Adroit Theory Brewing Company] says of the ominous moniker he came up with.

The whiskey smells of roasted malt and shines as brightly as copper. It’s less forceful on the palate than traditional rye whiskey, but still has a rich mouthfeel, conveying definitive hoppiness balanced by caramel notes.

You can read the full story, here.

Scott Harris at Everson Royce Bar in Los Angeles


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!

A little bit from Joe Capella, founder of 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".

The Spirits:

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)

For more information, contact Everson Royce Bar.

Press Release: Roundstone Rye receives FIVE STARS in Pacult's Spirit Journal

Roundstone Rye Cask ProofF. Paul Pacult's highest recommendation!

Now in the September 2016 Issue

Purcellville, Virginia (September 6, 2016) – Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof received a rating of five stars (★★★★★ / Highest Recommendation) from the September 2016 issue of F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal, the publication's highest recommendation.

From the article:

Gorgeous new copper/henna appearance; impeccably clean and clear.  Initial whiffs encounter sturdy aromas rife with dry rye cereal, black pepper, oak sawdust, lead pencil, newly tanned leather, honey... a vibrant, animated bouquet that pleases... almost oloroso sherry-like, and amazingly not in the least aggressive with the abv. ... This supple, distinctive rye is Catoctin's pinnacle achievement, thus far.  Do what you have to do to buy a bottle...or two. 

A quarterly newsletter, F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal is considered one of the most definitive guides to reviews in the spirits industry.  It is mailed to U.S. and overseas subscribers each March, June, September, and December. It is the supreme consumer buying guide giving Paul’s unbiased opinions and keen insights on all types of spirits, wines, and beers available in the marketplace. For more information, visit: www.spiritjournal.com

Other spirits recommended in this issue were Mosby's Spirit (★★★★ / Highly Recommended), Roundstone Rye (★★★ / Recommended), and Roundstone Rye 92 Proof (★★★ / Recommended).  

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 Scott Harris 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. 

Top 10 Coolest American Distilleries to Visit

Holiday Lettings is a branch of TripAdvisor from the United Kingdom.  They recently listed the top ten coolest distilleries to visit in America.  Catoctin Creek came in at number TWO!  

From the article:

Although Prohibition put a damper on America’s ability to drink in the 1920s and 1930s, the recent emergence of craft distilleries has put drinking spirits back on the map. We searched high and low to find the coolest distilleries across the country to sip top-notch beverages. The distilleries on our list pride themselves on using organic and locally-sourced (when possible) ingredients to produce high-quality spirits ranging from classic whiskies to off-the-wall flavoured vodkas. Each can be savoured in the form of a tasting flight or mixed into a craft cocktail. No matter what you order, there’s nothing like tasting spirits straight from their source.

Read the full article, here.

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