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July 2015 News

Happy 4th of July from Catoctin Creek!!!!

American Flag Spirits

Catoctin Creek would like to wish each and every one of you a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!  We will be OPEN FOR BUSINESS during the holiday.  Tours and tastings are from 12pm to 7pm on Saturday.  Please stop by to get out of the heat and grab some refreshments before heading out to your favorite fireworks show or holiday cookout!  To reserve your spot, click here!

What better way to celebrate our nation's independence than with a bottle of hand-crafted Virginia rye whisky or gin?!  God Bless America, indeed!

 

Announcing the Catoctin Creek Music Festival — Sunday, July 19!

 Catoctin Creek Music Festival

We are thrilled to announce our first ever music festival at Catoctin Creek!  Four amazing bands will perform throughout the day on Sunday, July 19th, from 12pm to 8pm.  Tickets are only $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and give you access to the entire day of music!  The tasting room will be open during the show, so you can get tastings at the bar for normal prices.  You'll be seated in the distillery for the shows, and free to come and go with your CCDC wristband.

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We'll also have food available for the day from Sexi Mexi food truck ... So really, what else were you planning on doing that's as cool as this on a Sunday afternoon?!

Here's the line-up of artists:

This concert will prove to be one of the best in local music to hit Western Loudoun, featuring styles ranging from Bluegrass, Rock, Indie-Goth-Bluegrass (seriously?! yeah!!), and New Orleans/Dixieland Jazz.  Don't miss this great day to get out of the heat, slip into the cool AC, sip a delicious cocktail, and enjoy the show!

 

Roundstone Rye Reviewed in Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast July 2015

We were delighted to receive a review in the recent issue of Wine Enthusiast for Roundstone Rye. The bottle reviewed was submitted over 2 years ago, so we almost forgot completely about it. Since then, the whisky has gotten older and more complex, having the benefit of aging in our off-premise barn/rickhouse. The newest bottles being sold today... well, we just keep getting better!

89 - Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye (USA; Catoctin Creek Distilling, Purcellville, VA). This single-barrel whiskey is made from 100% rye and aged for less than two years. In the glass, it has an orange-amber hue and aroma that melds oak, malt and vanilla. On the palate, vanilla leads, with oakiness winding into a baking-spice finish. A good match for Manhattans.

You can read the full review, here, or click the image at right.

 

Guest Bartender of the Month — Chad Robinson

Chad Robinson

Join us in welcoming Chad Robinson as our guest bartender in July!  Chad will be slinging the cocktail shakers behind the bar on Saturday, July 11, from noon til dusk.  If you don't already know, Chad is the Catoctin Creek brand ambassador, usually traveling up and down the east coast to represent Catoctin Creek.  On the side, he loves to do a bit of bartending.  An expert on cocktails, Chad has been a vital part of educating the public on old classics like punches, toddies, and fizzes.  This month, Chad will be doing various takes on the classic highball (a basic mixture of soda and spirits).  

Cocktail tastings will be served all day, and Chad will be on hand to chat and answer questions about his creations.  While you're there, be sure to ask him about the history of cocktails and soak up some of that massive drinking knowledge that he has!  It's an opportunity you don't want to miss!

Chad behind the bar

 

Catoctin Creek wins 2015 RAMMY for Best Food and Beverage Producer in DC!

Rammys Winner

Catoctin Creek got big news in June as we were awarded the RAMMY for best regional food and beverage producer in Washington DC.  The RAMMYS are the Washington DC area's biggest food awards, with the awards selected each year by a panel of judges at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.  Also nominated in the category were finalists: DC Brau Brewing Company, Dolci Gelati, Early Mountain Vineyards, and New Columbia Distillers.

"We are so incredibly honored by this award," said Scott Harris, co-founder of the distillery.  "The first person I must thank is my wife, Becky, who gets up every morning to make the whisky.  Just as importantly, I wish to thank all of the restaurants in the DC area who support what we do by buying our products.  There's no place quite like DC for supporting local liquor!  We are truly thankful!"

Scott and Becky at the RAMMY Awards

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a bunch of really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Founder's Julep

Founder's Julep

This cocktail was the second of two created for the History of Drinking lectures at the National Archives.

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ Smith & Cross Jamaica Rum
¾ oz Henriques & Henriques Finest Dry Madeira
½ rich simple syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters
5 sprigs fresh mint

Gently muddle the leaves of 3 mint sprigs with the simple syrup in a julep cup. Drag leaves around the cup to coat the inside, then discard leaves. Add other ingredients and fill halfway with crushed ice, jiggle. Finish by heaping crushed ice into a rounded cone sticking out of the top of the cup. Garnish with 2 fulsome sprigs of mint sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Courtesy JP Fetherston, bartender at Southern Efficiency.

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 are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Roundstone Rye reviewed in Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast July 2015We were delighted to receive a review in the recent issue of Wine Enthusiast for Roundstone Rye.  The bottle reviewed was submitted over 2 years ago, so we almost forgot completely about it.  Since then, the whisky has gotten older and more complex, having the benefit of aging in our off-premise barn/rickhouse.  The newest bottles being sold today... well, we just keep getting better!

89 - Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye (USA; Catoctin Creek Distilling, Purcellville, VA).  This single-barrel whiskey is made from 100% rye and aged for less than two years.  In the glass, it has an orange-amber hue and aroma that melds oak, malt and vanilla.  On the palate, vanilla leads, with oakiness winding into a baking-spice finish.  A good match for Manhattans.

 You can read the full review, here, or click the image at right.

Catoctin Creek cited as example of exporter benefiting from EX-IM policies

EX-IM Bank (The Export-Import Bank of the United States) is a government-supported bank that provides lending for US companies doing exports.  Normally, an organization like this is mostly ignored by the general public, but for small businesses like ours, it is a crucial tool for encouraging US exports.  In particular, the bank makes low cost insurance policies to guarantee invoices from foreign suppliers.  This is important because it is usually necessary to extend credit terms to our foreign suppliers, but we cannot bear the risk if one of those suppliers fails to pay us for our goods.  EX-IM fills in the gap with a low-cost insurance policy that allows us to extend terms, and vets for us the foreign company for credit-worthiness.

The EX-IM Bank is one of the organizations that could be de-funded by a lackluster, do-nothing congress.  Luckily for Catoctin Creek, our senators from Virginia are helping to fight the good fight:

“At a time when U.S. exporters and manufacturers are already suffering from substantial economic uncertainty in Europe, they should not be subjected to additional uncertainty manufactured by Washington. The Export-Import Bank supports hundreds of thousands of American jobs tied to exports and helps businesses across Virginia export hundreds of millions of dollars in goods and services each year,” said Sens. Warner and Kaine. “The Export-Import Bank levels the playing field for U.S. exporters – many of them small businesses – by matching the financing that other governments provide to their exporters, and it does so at no cost to the taxpayer. In fact, over the last two decades, the Ex-Im Bank has actually helped reduce the deficit by generating nearly $7 billion more than it costs to operate.”

The Senators noted, “The Bank has operated for more than 80 years and has been reauthorized 16 times with bipartisan support under 13 different Presidents, Republican and Democrat. Congressional leadership should be ashamed for allowing this important job-creating tool to expire for the first time in its history.”

Read the full story, here, and be sure to voice your support with your local congress and senators.

Coverage of the 2015 RAMMYS

We got some lovely coverage in the news regarding our RAMMY award last night.  Seems a man in a kilt always makes a good impression.  Writing for the Washington Post, Becky Krystal writes:

The black-tie event brought out its share of dresses long and short, tuxes and, oh, yeah, that tie-dyed suit we spotted behind the Atlas Brew Works table. And kilts! We spied multiple examples of this traditional Scottish apparel, including the one worn by Scott Harris, whose Catoctin Creek distillery, run with his wife, Becky, collected the award for regional food and beverage producer of the year.

Meredith Bethune, writing for Eater DC, also enjoyed the kilted men:

It seemed like anyone who wore a kilt automatically won this year. Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek said he spent a good chunk of money on one during a trip to Scotland, so he wears it whenever possible. Harris was the first to accept an award in Scottish gear, followed by Mark Benson from Bar Pilar and Neil Blackwood from Mintwood Place. Sue Palka of FOX 5 DC told the crowd, "I’m so buying my husband a kilt! I love ‘em!"

Here are some of the Washington DC area news outlets covering the 2015 RAMMY awards last night:

Press Release: Catoctin Creek wins RAMMY award at industry gala

CATOCTIN CREEK DISTILLING COMPANY WINS REGIONAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE PRODUCER AT PACKED INDUSTRY GALA

Scott and Becky at the RAMMY AwardsJune 7, 2015, Washington DC – Top foodservice industry professionals and their fans gathered tonight at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 33rd Annual RAMMY Awards as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced and celebrated winners in 21 award categories. The selection process for the winners involved two esteemed groups, the voting public and an anonymous panel of volunteer judges, consisting of food and dining journalists, educators and foodservice industry professionals.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company won in the category of Regional Food and Beverage Producer.  Noted in the program for the evening, the RAMW highlighted the following about the Purcellville distillery:

A recent distribution expansion to Europe after half a decade of wowing the DMV ensures that soon the world will also appreciate these top shelf organic spirits distilled in Purcellville, Virginia.

Also nominated in the category were finalists: DC Brau Brewing Company, Dolci Gelati, Early Mountain Vineyards, and New Columbia Distillers.

"We are so incredibly honored by this award," said Scott Harris, co-founder of the distillery.  "The first person I must thank is my wife, Becky, who gets up every morning to make the whisky.  Just as importantly, I wish to thank all of the restaurants in the DC area who support what we do by buying our products.  There's no place quite like DC for supporting local liquor!  We are truly thankful!"

For more information regarding the winners of these awards, visit therammys.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

About 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.

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 Virginia spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, and seasonal brandy from Virginia wines. 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.

Photo courtesy Elaine Chon-Baker via Instagram and used with permission.

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