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December 2016 News

December is here! 

Happy Holidays to you all!  Christmas and Hanukkah are quickly approaching, and our thoughts turn to unwinding from the stress of our daily lives and spending more time with friends and family this month.  It is such a gift to be alive, and to be with the ones we love.  We at Catoctin Creek are particularly blessed to be doing what we love, and to have customers like yourselves who enjoy our craft.  

So, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and may there be peace on Earth in our lifetime!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  

Roundstone at Christmas

 

Gift Items This Holiday Season

Stop by our tasting room this holiday season and pick up one of our exciting gift items for the holiday.  Spirits are the perfect gift for those fussy relatives who already have everything!  Give them something local, hand-crafted, and totally unique this year!

We have three-set gift packs of our flagship products:  Roundstone Rye, Mosby's Spirit, and Watershed Gin in cute little 200 mL bottles, all displayed in a handsome custom gift box.  We also have hand-wrapped gift baskets with your choice of spirits, glassware, and bar accessories like bitters and cocktail books.  We'll gladly make you a custom basket while you wait.  Finally, if you just can't decide, you can pick up a gift card for any amount at our store (or call us, we'll mail it to you).

There's pretty much something for anyone on your list!  Stop by soon and see for yourself!

Gift Ideas from Catoctin Creek

 

Brandy Seminar at the Smithsonian

BrandyJoin us December 12 in Washington DC at the Smithsonian Castle

Nothing warms a December evening like brandy. Whether you're sipping it by the fire or enjoying it in a glass of your favorite eggnog, brandy gives an added glow to the holidays. The venerable distilled wine is produced and enjoyed the world over, with cognac from France leading the way, but other varieties include the German label Asbach, pisco from Peru, and even brandy made here in the Washington area.

Scott Harris is a distiller and brandy evangelist, as well as the man responsible for a new local spirit, Catoctin Creek’s 1757 Brandy from Loudoun County. Enjoy a lively evening as Harris explains production methods around the globe, offers expert tips for enjoying your brandy, and shares some of his favorite bottles.

The cost is $65 or $50 for Smithsonian members.

BOOK NOW

 

 

The Art of the Cocktail - An Educational Series for January

Monkey GlandOur second year -- presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery 

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our second year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  This is a reprise of last year's content, so if you missed this very popular series last year, we highly encourage you to make your reservation now!

Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Here is the schedule of the series, which starts in 2017:

  • January 6 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 13 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 20 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • January 27 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Scott is on vacation
  • February 3 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 10 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Our Distillery Dinner instead
  • February 17 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 24 - Toddies and warm cocktails

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is $30 per person and includes drinks.  Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail

For more information, click here: http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/art

 

Our Final Dinner of the Year - A Holiday Feast!

Dinner at Catoctin Creek!Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef.  This month's menu will highlight a holiday theme.  

Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Becky will guide you through the process of making whisky, and Scott will describe for you the wonderful history of our "new" building, which is nearly 100 years old.

Oh, and did I say cocktails? Yes, Scott & Becky Harris will personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!!

Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.  Reserve your space now, while there is still space available!  Click here for more details. 

 

Upcoming Events

Wow!  We have a ton of events this month!

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

This one comes to us from our friends at Element Shrub:

Keep the big bad wolves away with this shrub and bitters twist on a Boulevardier, another one of our cocktail collaborations with @dcembitterment.

1½ oz Roundstone Rye whisky
1 oz Campari
½ oz Blueberry Rosemary Element Shrub
Several dashes of DC Embitterment orange bitters

Add all ingredients of a shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with bitters.

Recipe and photo courtesy Charlie Berkinshaw of Element Shrub, and used with permission.

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

November 2016 News

Coming in November!

Apple Brandy is back!

 Apple Brandy

Catoctin Creek "Quarter Branch" Apple Brandy is back in stock!  Made from heritage apples in collaboration with Blue Bee Cidery in Richmond, Virginia, this apple brandy is perhaps my favorite of the fruit brandies we offer.  It is now in stock in the tasting room and select locations throughout the DC area.  If you're a restaurant in Virginia, please feel free to contact us to get it in your bar or on your menu.  (We deliver!)  375mL, 80 proof, $29.19.

 

IT'S HERE!  Adroit / Catoctin Malt Whisky Collaboration!

Adroit / Catoctin Dia de los Muertos Malt Whisky

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).  Bottles come in individual cedar boxes, hand numbered and signed by the distiller and brewer on opening day.   These are beautifully packaged, and will make an excellent gift for the holidays.  

$119.99 per bottle, 750 mL, 92 proof.

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.

 

Distiller Dinner Series at Brookland's Finest in DC

Brookland's Finest

Each Tuesday in the month of November, Chef Shannon Troncoso of Brookland's Finest will feature Catoctin Creek cocktails alongside an excellent three course menu. Our brand ambassadors will be on hand to tell you all about the distillery and the special spirits during each dinner.  Seating anytime during the normal dinnertime hours, no special reservation required.  Only $35 for a three course menu with drinks!

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The Rogue Gentlemen from Richmond take over our Tasting Room!

Rogue Gentlemen

November 19th, from noon til about 4pm!  Join the crew from the Rogue Gentlemen, a fantastic bar in Richmond, VA, as they descend on the distillery, bringing with them some amazing cocktails of their own.  Scott and Becky will be on hand along with Chef/Owner Johnny Maher.  Taste some of the best of what Richmond has to offer, and learn why the food and drink scene in Richmond is booming!

We'll have drink specials all day, as well as tours, tastings and bottle sales.  Come on by, Saturday, November 19th!

 

Enjoy Free Tastings at Virginia ABC Stores!

John Shope, Brand Ambassador 

​Stock up for the holidays! ​Virginia Ambassador, John Shope, will be hosting tastings at your local ABC stores on Fridays at these selected locations. Try a sample of award winning Virginia made spirits as well as take home some buttons, stickers, brochures and other cool giveaways.

Pouring Roundstone Rye 80 Proof, Roundstone Rye "Distiller's Reserve" 92 Proof and Watershed Gin on:

  • ​11/4/2016 - Store 260 from 3-5 p.m. located at 6284 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church 22044
  • 11/4/2016 - Store 212 from 6-8 p.m. located at 167 Hillwood Avenue, Falls Church 22046-2913
  • 11/25/2016 (BLACK FRIDAY) - Store 231 from 12-2 p.m. located at 436 East Maple Avenue, Vienna 22180-4721
  • 11/25/2016 (BLACK FRIDAY) - Store 388 from 3-5 p.m. located at 8150 Leesburg Pike Suite 110, Vienna 22182
  • 11/25/2016 (BLACK FRIDAY) - Store 219 from 6-8 p.m. located at 8413 Old Courthouse Road, Vienna 22182

  

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month and through summer.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Caprese

Caprese

A great "sophisto' alternative for Bloody Mary fans!

​​6 cherry tomatoes​, sliced​
4 fresh basil leaves​, broken up
​ ​Cracked black pepper​
ICE
¾ oz distilled white vinegar
¼ oz simple syrup
​​2 oz ​Catoctin Creek ​Mosby's Spirit
​​ ​4 drops of Balsamic Vinegar

​Glass Type: Martini Glass
Garnish: Fresh Mozzerella, basil and a tomato slice skewered on a stick
Method: Muddle tomatoes, basil and black pepper in a shaker until fully crushed and infused together, add vinegar, simple syrup and Mosby's then shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled Martini glass, add drops of balsamic vinegar on top, crack pepper on surface of drink, garnish with caprese stick then serve.

Recipe and photo courtesy John Shope, and used with permission.

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

October 2016 News

Welcome to October!

Fall is here, and we start the blessed season of whisky!  Curl up by the fire as the days get colder and enjoy a warming glass of Roundstone Rye!  

For as you know... Winter is coming!  But so too are some great Catoctin Creek releases... 

 

Coming in October and November!

Rabble Rouser is back!

 Rabble Rouser

rab•ble-rous•er

noun

a person who speaks with the intention of inflaming the emotions of a crowd of people, typically for political reasons.
synonyms: agitator, troublemaker, instigator

The Rabble Rouser whisky is aged for four years, making it among the oldest craft whiskey in the United States presently, and twice the legal age requirement for "straight rye whiskey." It will be available on October 29.

(For VIP members, we will take PRE-ORDERS and save your bottles for pickup at your convenience after October 29.)  

If you didn't get batch one, don't delay on batch two!  Last year, batch one sold out in one hour in our tasting room!

More info, here.

 

Adroit / Catoctin Malt Whisky Collaboration!

Adroit / Catoctin Dia de los Muertos Malt Whisky

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).  Bottles come in individual cedar boxes, hand numbered and signed by the distiller and brewer on opening day.  $119.99 per bottle.

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.

 

Salute America's Heroes with a special bottling workshop fundraiser

Salute our HeroesJoin us for an exclusive whiskey event like no other. This event will celebrate and raise money to support our US veterans wounded in action.  Hear from American heroes, including our special guest speakers Sgt. Matthew Pennington and Sgt. Robert Bartlett.

Scott & Becky Harris will provide guests a private tour of the distillery and share on the history of whiskey. Then host a bottling workshop, giving guests the opportunity to bottle, cap, seal, and label a bottle of Roundstone Rye to take home with them.

The evening will conclude with a tasting of Catoctin Creek’s finest whisky. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and cocktails and bottled spirits will be available for purchase.

Reserve Now | Read More

 

Enjoy Free Tastings at Virginia ABC Stores!

John Shope, Brand Ambassador 

Virginia Brand Ambassador, John Shope, will be hosting tastings at your local ABC stores on Fridays at these selected locations. Try a sample of award winning Virginia spirits as well as take home some buttons, stickers, brochures and other cool giveaways.

Pouring Roundstone Rye 80 Proof, Roundstone Rye "Distiller's Reserve" 92 Proof and Watershed Gin on:

  • 10/7 - Store 182 from 3pm-5pm at 1217-19 West Broad Street, Richmond 23220
  • 10/7 - Store 102 from 6pm-8pm at 1901 West Main Street, Richmond 23220
  • 10/21 - Store 50 from 3pm-5pm at 325 Four Leaf Lane Suite 3, Charlottesville 22903
  • 10/21 - Store 202 from 6pm-8pm at 1902 Emmet Street, Charlottesville 22903
  • 10/28 - Store 208 from 3pm-5pm at 44110 Ashburn Village Boulevard Unit 154, Ashburn 20147
  • 10/28 - Store 73 from 6pm-8pm at 43150 Broadlands Center Plaza, Ashburn 20148

 

Enjoy Free Tastings in Maryland and DC too!

Chad Robinson, Brand Ambassador 

International Brand Ambassador, Chad Robinson, will be hosting tastings at selected locations:

  • 10/1 - from 4pm-7pm at North Charles Wines and Spirits (Baltimore, MD)
  • 10/7 - from 8pm-10pm - Whiskey Tasting at Fado Irish Pub (DC) - Free samplings of Roundstone Rye for their Friday Night Features.
  • 10/12 - from 6pm-8pm - Whiskey Wednesday at Boss Shepherd's (DC)
  • 10/13 - from 4:30pm-7:30pm at S & R Liquors (DC)
  • 10/14 - from 6pm-8pm at Batch 13 (DC)
  • 10/15 - from 12pm-3pm at Bay Ridge Wines and Spirits (Annapolis, MD)

  

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month and through summer.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Mulled Cider with Rye

Mulled Cider and RyeThis cocktail comes to us from Sonja Bradfield, author of Ginger and Toasted Sesame.  Sonja has some amazing photographs and a delicious recipe for cider and rye, perfect for a warm winter beverage:

One of my favorite things to drink when the weather gets cold is something warm with a kick like a nice chai tea or a hot toddy. On Thanksgiving my family brewed an impromptu pot of mulled apple cider and for a little extra warmth we added a nip of whiskey. For this recipe I used some apple cider pressed in Virginia and some rye whiskey distilled in Virginia.

...

[This] rye is great in this mulled cider recipe. It’ll warm you right down through your toes. This recipe makes a half gallon but you can easily double that for a bigger group gathering for the holidays. Just let the spices and fruit simmer long enough to get the cider nice and spicy. For an extra kick, you can add a few black peppercorns and maybe a bit more rye.

½ gallon of apple cider
2 satsuma oranges
1 honey crisp apple
3 cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye whisky

Thinly slice the oranges and apple horizontally.

Pour the cider in a large pot and add the slices of fruit, the cinnamon sticks and cloves.

Bring to a boil over high heat then lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes until fragrant.

Fill up mugs about three quarters full and add about an ounce of rye whiskey to each mug.

Garnish with an apple or orange slice, half a cinnamon stick and cloves.

Recipe and photo by Sonja Bradfield, and used with permission.

 

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

Maple Cask Rye Available Once Again!

Roundstone Rye Cask Proof

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "CASK PROOF" - Finished in a Maple Cask Available at the Distillery

Once again, our very popular "Maple Cask Finished" Cask Proof Roundstone Rye is available for sale in the tasting room.  Dark and lovely, with just a touch of maple in mid-palate, and a long lingering finish of sweet maple, this is one of our most popular expressions!  Bottled at nearly 120 proof, she'll knock your socks off!  Now you too can purchase the spirit that won a GOLD MEDAL at the American Whiskey Masters competition in London, England.  

Limited quantities are available, so get yours today!  Retail price $89.

Virginia ABC restaurant licensees may purchase this product legally and directly from the distillery! Contact us to arrange a purchase.  

July 2016 News

Red White and Booze


Welcome to July!

In the past month, there’s been a whirlwind of activity here at Catoctin Creek, and we are excited to share that we have been featured in several local and national magazines, even winning another award for our Roundstone Rye! We’re hoping to make July even better by kicking off with our first ever Red, White & Booze event, featuring live music, signature red, white, and blue cocktails, and hot dogs from our friends at Windy City Red Hots. We hope to make this a yearly tradition to celebrate the true spirit of America: whisky.

 

Catoctin Creek in Northern Virginia Magazine

Northern Virginia Magazine

As the beginning of an exciting month of press coverage, Catoctin Creek was covered in the July issue of Northern Virginia Magazine, sharing the humble beginnings of our company and detailing our inventory and future projects, including the release of Rabble Rouser Straight Rye Whisky, available this October, and a collaboration with a local brewery in an event similar to our previous King’s Mountain release with Heritage Brewing. The profile of our company includes breathtaking photos of our tasting room and spirits, as well as a where to buy section. Pick up your copy of the magazine at your newsstand today!

 

Roundstone Rye Named as one of the “Best Affordable Craft Whiskies” by Eater

Eater, an online platform for foodies nationwide, paid tribute to craft distilleries and named our flagship spirit as number one on the short list of affordable craft whiskies, highlighting our unique mash bill of 100% rye. The article praises the true craft nature of Catoctin Creek and the other distilleries, where the whisky is made from scratch in-house—from the mash tank to the still, to the bottling, all on site here. We thank Eater for this distinction and their dedication to helping true craft distilleries share our artisan spirits.

 

DC Bartenders Vote CCDC as one of “Best Local Distilleries”

Catoctin Creek Building

Thrillist also flattered us, calling us a “household name” and providing tasting notes on our Roundstone Rye, Mosby’s Spirit, and Rabble Rouser. We were excited that bartenders enjoyed serving our products as much as we love making them, and believe that it is a testament to our quality and dedication to true craft.

 

Join us for dinner in August!

Dinner at Catoctin Creek!
Photo courtesy Whiskey Cats and used with permission.

Once every two months, we host a dinner with seasonal offerings and specially paired cocktails. The June dinner was an immense success, and we thank everyone that joined us for an evening of boozy fun. Our next dinner will be in August, complete with a tour from Becky, a delicious four-course dinner made by The Wandering Chef, and signature cocktails handcrafted by Scott to complement the dinner menu. Bottles will be available for sale, and the price is $99/person. Special dietary needs can be accomodated if required.

This will fill up fast, so book your spot today here!

 

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month and through summer.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • July 1 - Red, White and Booze - Celebrate all things American with whisky, hot dogs, and live music!  FREE to attend!
  • July 19-23 - Tales of the Cocktail - Becky, Scott and Chad will be there.  Will you?  Definitely not free to attend.
  • August 12 - Dinner at the Distillery - Join us for a delicious four-course dinner with cocktails.  Now in our third year!  $99/pp
  • September 17 - Dinner at Historic Aldie Mill - Our sixth annual dinner at the oldest running mill in Loudoun County!  Extremely limited space!  $105/pp

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Pour Some Citrus On Me

Pour Some Citrus On Me

This is another great punch from Chad Robinson, and was the featured punch at the "Super Gin Punch Out" held recently at 1905 Restaurant in DC, along with fellow distillers Caledonia Spirits (makers of Barr Hill gin), and Green Hat.

25 oz Watershed Gin (one 750mL bottle)
12 oz strong green tea
8 oz Capillaire syrup*
6 oz Curaçao
6 oz fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wheels for garnish
6 oz fresh lime juice, plus lime wheels for garnish
32 oz sparkling water (or sparkling wine for more punch in your punch)

Combine all in a punch bowl and float slices of lemon and lime on top.

*Capillaire syrup
(courtesy David Wondrich, Punch)

1 cups of water
⅛ oz orange blossom water
2 cups sugar

Bring water and sugar to boil. Let stand for 30 minutes. Add the orange blossom water. Will keep in the fridge for a couple months.

Courtesy Chad Robinson.

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

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