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Press Release: Constellation Brands Invests in Virginia's Catoctin Creek Distillery

Investment provides capital for growth in production and marketing in 2017

PURCELLVILLE, VA, January 5, 2017 - Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, LLC, a distillery operating in Purcellville in Loudoun County, Virginia, announced today that Constellation Brands acquired a minority stake in the Virginia distillery. This investment provides the company with new capital to grow production, marketing, and to provide more jobs in Virginia.

Catoctin Creek is a craft distillery producing their flagship, award-winning Roundstone Rye whisky, among other products.  The distillery's products have received numerous medals and awards, most recently receiving gold medals from the 2016 American Whisky Masters in London and the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, along with a five star "Highest Recommendation" from F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal.

"We created Catoctin Creek to produce award-winning 100% rye single-barrel whisky entirely from grain to glass," remarked Becky Harris, the president and chief distiller of Catoctin Creek.  "In order to expand our production and portfolio, we needed the right partner for the next level of growth. Constellation has a strong commitment to this category, and with their expertise and support, we look forward to bringing our Virginia whisky to the world with the same team and exceptional product quality."

"As we continue to invest in and explore the high-end craft whisky segment, we are excited to partner with Catoctin Creek - producers of authentic and award-winning products that provide us with deeper knowledge of emerging opportunities,” said Ben Dollard, chief growth officer, Constellation Brands. “Working with passionate entrepreneurs like Becky and Scott Harris allows Constellation Brands to support and accelerate their growth while staying at the forefront of the evolving alcoholic beverage landscape.”

"We are excited about our future in craft spirits," remarked Scott Harris, founder and general manager of the distillery.  "When we started, our core mission was to produce the finest rye whisky possible.  Constellation understands that core mission, and shares our business values."

Fisher & Company, of Menlo Park, California, initiated the transaction and advised Catoctin Creek in closing the deal with Constellation.  The core management team of Scott and Becky Harris, who founded the distillery in 2009, will remain the same.  The company expects to begin expansion in early 2017, and will continue to operate out of its 120 W. Main St., Purcellville location.  

About Constellation Brands:  Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world’s leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila, and High West Whiskey.

Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, about 40 facilities and approximately 8,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Twitter: @catoctincreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, and brandy from Virginia wines. For media-related inquiries, please contact Hannah Watson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-964-0004 ext. 19, or for more information please visit www.catoctincreek.com.

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin wins gold medal in Chicago

Watershed Gin gets 92 points "Exceptional" rating at the 2016 Beverage Testing Institute tastings.

2016 BTI  

Watershed Gin

Chicago, IL (December 2, 2016) – The 2016 Beverage Testing Institute has awarded Catoctin Creek a gold medal for their Watershed Gin.

The awards won are as follows:

Tasting notes for the Watershed Gin describe a "Clear color. Attractive, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of fresh baked fruitcake, gingerbread, dried pear, and candied violets with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a licorice, brown spices, honeyed raisin rye-safflower toast, and floral honey finish. A rich, flavor packed gin for craft cocktails."

The gold medal for Watershed Gin comes on the heals of three other awards recently won from the same organization in October.

Watershed Gin is available where ever fine spirits are sold in VA, DC, MD, DE, and NY.

About the Beverage Testing Institute:  The International Review of Spirits is America's oldest annual international Spirits competition and has been operated objectively for decades by the Beverage Testing Institute & Tastings.com. It is a blind tasting, medal-based competition that awards based on a 100-point scale. Spirits are judged by the Beverage Testing Institute's trained staff joined by top Spirits professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University. The International Review of Spirits distributes its monthly results to consumers and the trade through our publication Tastings.com, a free consumer website with tens of thousands of unique users a month on its searchable databases and via social media @tastingsbti.

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. 

Press Release: Catoctin Creek wins gold and two silver medals in Chicago

Catoctin Creek hauls in more medals at the 2016 Beverage Testing Institute tastings.

2016 BTI 2016 BTI 2016 BTI

Roundstone Rye

Chicago, IL (October 6, 2016) – The 2016 Beverage Testing Institute has awarded Catoctin Creek one gold and two silver medals for their flagship single barrel whiskies.

The awards won are as follows:

Tasting notes for the Braddock Oak Rye reveal a "Golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried fruits and tomato, toffee, leather and sandalwood, and latte with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long rye grain and flour, peppery spices, minerals, and tobacco finish. A dry, poised rye with nice gain character."

On Roundstone Rye, our flagship spirit, the BTI notes, "Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of frosted raisin bran, caramelized nuts, spiced fruits, and putty with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length vanilla custard, sweet and peppery spices, and rye toast finish. A round and lively rye with a spry, peppery finish."

More details about the reviews may be found at the links above.

Roundstone Rye and Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" are available where ever fine spirits are sold.  Braddock Oak is available throughout the United States through Total Wine.  For more information, please see www.totalwine.com.

About the Beverage Testing Institute:  The International Review of Spirits is America's oldest annual international Spirits competition and has been operated objectively for decades by the Beverage Testing Institute & Tastings.com. It is a blind tasting, medal-based competition that awards based on a 100-point scale. Spirits are judged by the Beverage Testing Institute's trained staff joined by top Spirits professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University. The International Review of Spirits distributes its monthly results to consumers and the trade through our publication Tastings.com, a free consumer website with tens of thousands of unique users a month on its searchable databases and via social media @tastingsbti.

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. 

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. 

Press Release: Virginia ABC approves direct sales to restaurants

SPECIAL ORDERING IS OBSOLETE!

Restaurants and mixed-beverage licensees can now purchase spirits directly from the distillery!

Purcellville, Virginia (August 4, 2016) – The Virginia ABC has approved direct sales from distilleries to Virginia restaurants, bars, and other mixed-beverage licensees.  This process will operate exactly the same as it does when restaurants purchase from their designated ABC stores:  the spirits will be priced at the same ABC prices as in the stores, sales tax will not be charged at the sale, and the bottles will be marked with a sticker to ensure compliance with ABC rules.

"This is a great step forward!" remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery.  "We have—for some time now—received numerous requests from restaurants, especially for our special releases, which have not been feasible to deliver through the ABC special order system.  Too many times, special orders were lost, unfulfilled or rerouted, so the system just didn't work well for small-batch special releases."

Beginning this month, restaurants desiring special releases need only to contact the distillery to get what they want.  A simple one-page form is filled out, and the products are delivered or picked up.

Current listed products already in the ABC system will still be available from their local ABC stores, including:

  • Roundstone Rye (27030)
  • Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" (27018)
  • Watershed Gin (29760)

Special releases now available through direct ordering are:

  • Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" (seasonal availability)
  • Rabble Rouser 4yo Straight Rye Whisky (seasonal availability)
  • 1757 Virginia Brandy
  • Pearousia Pear Brandy
  • Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy
  • Quarter Branch Apple Brandy (seasonal availability)
  • Private barrel releases (inquire for more details)
  • Old Tom Watershed Gin (seasonal availability)
  • Single Malt Releases (e.g. Kings Mountain, seasonal availability)
  • Mosby's Spirit

Mr. Harris added, "I'd just like to thank the entire team at the Virginia ABC for listening to the growing industry of craft distillers and coming up with a solution that works great for everyone.  As of today, we'll have greater selection at Virginia restaurants, more revenue for the state of Virginia, and more revenue for the craft distillers in Virginia, with very little additional cost of administration.  It is truly a win-win for all involved, including the end customer desiring more variety."

To Order:

If you are a restaurant in Virginia, and wish to learn more or place an order, please contact our Virginia Brand Ambassador, John Shope, 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 (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. 

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