Welcome to April! – Expanded Hours at the Tasting Room – Sundays are back!

No foolin' here!  Spring is (maybe) finally here, and hopefully here to stay!!  Now that the winter weather is (dare-I-say-it?) behind us, we are re-introducing Sunday hours.  All our other hours remain the same:

Monday - Friday, 1 - 5pm

Saturday, 12 - 7pm

Sunday, 12 - 5pm - NEW starting April 6th.

Please note, however, that we will be closed for EASTER Sunday (April 20), so that our employees may spend time with family.

If you wish to have a special event (rehearsal dinner, private party, concert, etc.), we remain available for those, including on Sunday.  Contact us for more details.

 

Dinner and Cocktails at the Distillery

Cocktails at Catoctin CreekCheck out the menu for our April dinner!  We have a superb menu this month!

Herb and Prosciutto Gougeres, Risotto of Spring Vegetables, Sautéed Prince Edward Island Mussels, Pan Seared Game Hen Breast with Sweet Potato Puree, Ragout of Cured Leg, Bacon and Caramelized Onions, Garlicky Spinach, and finishing off with Coconut, Lime and Ginger Crème Brulee with Fresh Berries.

If you haven't yet joined us for one of our intimate cocktail dinners, please sign up!  Scott and Becky invite you for dinner at our place:  a sumptuous five course meal expertly paired with cocktails.  Our chefs for the evening are Chef Wes Rosati and Chef Maria Aros, of Wandering Chef (both formerly chefs at Lansdowne Resort).  Scott and Becky will personally pour you cocktails that will pair beautifully with each course.  Dinner includes a private tour of the distillery and dining in our tasting room.

Price is $125 per person, all inclusive.  Space is limited to thirty people, so to reserve your space, please visit our event page now!

Please let us know any dietary needs that you have.  We can easily accommodate most requests, including vegetarian/vegan, gluten/seafood allergies, and kosher.

 

Guest Bartender Series - Brett Robison from Republic

Brett Robison

After being well praised by Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post, we are very happy to have Brett Robison of Republic join us for our fourth in the guest bartender series.  Brett will be mixing his own unique cocktail creations in our tasting room for our Second Saturday tradition.  Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and Brett will be available most of the day for people to meet him and chat with him.

On Saturday, April 12th, during our normal business hours, Brett Robison will be with us in the Catoctin Creek tasting room.  Brett will only be here this one time, so don't miss this!!

What a way to kick off spring break!

 

Catoctin Creek Nominated for RAMMY's "Beverage Producer of the Year"

Rammy'sWe were thrilled to be named a finalist for ‘Regional Food & Beverage Producer of the Year’ at the RAMW’s 2014 RAMMYS Nominations event hosted at The Hamilton in Washington D.C.

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) added the new ‘Regional Food & Beverage Producer of the Year’ award category to its line-up this year to celebrate some of the regions most respected artisans. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was included in this high-profile collection of nominees amongst other notable artisans including: Port City Brewing Company, DC Brau Brewing Company, Rappahannock Oyster Co., and Red Apron Butchery.

"We are extremely honored to be nominated for this prestigious award and would to thank RAWM for creating this award category this year showcasing hard-working artisans throughout the metropolitan area” said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery.

The annual RAMMY Awards Gala is the signature annual fundraiser for Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) recognizing the best and brightest in the area’s vibrant restaurant industry. On Sunday, June 22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, winners from 21 categories will be announced and awarded, including four to be chosen by public vote. 2014 will serve as the 32nd Annual Gala.

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Gone A Rye

Gone-A-Rye1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¾ oz Benedictine
¾ oz Dry Sherry
¾ oz Lemon juice
2 dashes Aromatic bitters
Egg white

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

Courtesy Matthew Palumbo, La Tagliatella

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Published: 31 March 2014

Barrels in ReposeWelcome to March!

It has been a crazy, long winter!  We are so tired of the polar vortex!  How about some warmer weather, daffodils and tulips?  Soon, very soon, we hope!

In the meantime, a little glass of Roundstone Rye or Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy will warm you up!  Join us this month also for some great events to distract you from the cold.

 

Changing Hours at the Tasting Room

We are modifying our hours at the distillery tasting room.  In order to set aside more working time in the distillery (our main job, making whisky), and to give our employees more time with family, we have decided to close on Sundays.  Therefore, starting this weekend, our new hours are:

Monday - Friday, 1 - 5pm (Nobody really drinks before noon, right?  Right??)

Saturday, 12 - 7pm (Stock Up Saturday!)

Sunday, Closed (Chill with the family this day...)

If you wish to have a special event (rehearsal dinner, private party, concert, etc.), we remain available for those, including on Sunday.  Contact us for more details.

 

Dinner and Cocktails at the Distillery

Trout with RisottoIf you haven't yet joined us for one of our intimate cocktail dinners, March is a great time to get out of the cold and grab your sweetie for a wonderful date-night experience!  Join Scott and Becky for dinner for the evening: a sumptuous five course meal expertly paired with cocktails.  Our chefs for the evening are Chef Wes Rosati and Chef Maria Aros, of Wandering Chef (both formerly chefs at Lansdowne Resort).  The chefs will ensure this meal ranks in the top ten of your lifetime best meals, and Scott and Becky will personally pour you cocktails that will pair beautifully with each course.  Dinner includes a private tour of the distillery and dining in our tasting room.

Price is $125 per person, all inclusive.  Space is limited to thirty people, so to reserve your space, please visit our event page now!

Menu

Small Bites
Chicken Liver Mousse:
Caramelized Onions and Pearousia Gelee, Fresh Baguettes and Apple Slices

Cocktails at Catoctin Creek1st Course
Brown Sugar, Citrus and Ginger Rubbed Atlantic Salmon
Soy-Ginger Gastrique, Pickled Vegetable and Glass Noodle Salad
Paired with Catoctin Creek’s “Rye Lion”

2nd Course
Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Tarragon Oil
Roasted Fennel, Tomatoes and Mushrooms on Creamy Mascarpone Polenta
Paired with Catoctin Creek’s “White Manhattan”

3rd Course
Herb and Peppercorn Rubbed Strip Steak
Butter Beans, Garlic Braised Green Beans, Dijon and Herb Butter
Paired with Catoctin Creek’s “Thyme Gimlet”

4th Course
Lemon and Ricotta Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries

Please let us know any dietary needs that you have.  We can accommodate most requests, including vegetarian/vegan, gluten/seafood allergies, and kosher.

 

Guest Bartender Series - Alexandra Bookless from The Passenger

Alexandra BooklessWe've been having so much fun with this series.  Alex Bookless will be our third bartender to join us in the tasting room for our Second Saturday tradition.  Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and the bartender will be on hand to chat and chill and discuss her creations.

Alex is the general manager and chief cocktail shaker for probably the coolest bar in Washington DC, so we are absolutely thrilled to have her as a guest in our tasting room!  If you've always wanted to go to the Passenger, and never gotten a chance, you gotta come by the distillery on Saturday, March 8th.

Don't miss this!!

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

This month, it's a two-fer... this winter has sucked, so we feel you need a double dose this month!

These cocktails are an homage to the month of March, when they say the weather comes "in like a lion, and out like a lamb."  We've certainly seen that with this year of 2014 weather.  Spring can't come soon enough after endless bouts of Polar Vortex snow-assaults.  We are ready for some tulips and crocuses, please!

The Rye Lion cocktail is our take on a sour, non-sweet, assertive cocktail made with Roundstone Rye.  The up-front citrus and strong ginger taste would provide salve after the coldest day of snow-shoveling.  And as winter passes into spring, we begin to enjoy the first blooms in the garden. Which brings us to the Spring Lamb, a floral, delicate cocktail, subtle and sweet.  Just like spring!

Rye LionRye Lion

2 oz Roundstone Rye
½ oz fresh lime juice
Dash of orange bitters
Ginger beer
Lime slice for garnish

Add Roundstone Rye, lime juice and orange bitters to a shaker with small pieces of ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a slice of lime.

 

 

Spring LambSpring Lamb

2 oz Mosby's Spirit
½ oz honey syrup*
¼ oz grenadine
2-3 drops rosewater, more if needed
Seltzer
Rose petal garnish

Add Mosby's Spirit, honey syrup, grenadine, and rosewater to a shaker with small pieces of ice and shake well. Strain & pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with seltzer and garnish with a rose petal.

*To make the honey syrup use equal parts honey and water in any quantity. Store in a container in the refrigerator.

Cocktails by Scott Harris and Emily Landsman.  Photos by Emily Landsman.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Published: 01 March 2014

Catoctin Creek Turns FIVE!!

Wow!  We can hardly believe it!  Five short years ago, years which seem like a lifetime, we started our little distillery!  In that time, we've grown from a small, mom-n-pop distillery in an unglorified warehouse space, to a beautiful distillery in a historic building, employing 20 people, and distributing across the east coast and internationally!

PassengerTherefore, we must celebrate!  And who better to help us celebrate than our first customers in Washington DC... The Passenger!

Festivities start on Saturday, February 15th, around 8pm.  We'll have cool Catoctin Creek cocktails on the board, some cool freebies to give away to the first 30 people showing up, and what's more, the Passenger will release their special Catoctin Creek Passenger Private Label Roundstone Rye!!

That's right, folks! In collaboration with Alex, Jade and the gang, we've selected a single barrel whisky and bottled it at 100 proof, just for the Passenger!  This Roundstone Rye is a little different from our normal rye, both in its higher proof, but also in that we used a Black Swan cooperage.  You'll have to taste it and see if you can tell a difference!

So, join us!  It will be a blast!!

 

Guest Bartender Series - Andrew Shapiro from the Green Pig

Andrew ShapiroAfter the successful launch of our new Second Saturday tradition, we now welcome Andrew Shapiro from the Green Pig Bistro in Arlington.  Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and the bartender will be on hand to chat and chill and discuss his creations.

Think of it as a way of bringing the coolness of the city out to little ol' Purcellville!

On Saturday, February 8th, during our normal business hours, we have the honor of hosting Andrew Shapiro, who tends bar at the Green Pig Bistro in Arlington. Andrew has a real knack with spirits, so don't miss this!!

 

Book Your Event at the Distillery

Make your next event special!

Facility RentalDid you know Catoctin Creek is available to rent for special events?  What would it be like to have your next event in our gorgeously restored space?!  Imagine yourself among the gleaming copper equipment, in the beautiful brick "industrial chic" 1920's-era Case Building.  It will be an event that your guests will remember forever!

Here's a short sampling of what we can do:

  • Weddings
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Turning 30/40/50 Parties
  • Corporate Functions
  • Fundraisers
  • Cocktail Parties
  • and much much more!

We can put together unique functions tailored to your group, including:

  • Catering
  • Private behind-the-scenes tours
  • Private bottling workshops - take home whiskey that you bottle yourself at our distillery!
  • Bartending services
  • Music, bands, concerts and more!
  • Sit-down dinners, from three to five courses, with cocktail pairings crafted for your menu.

Just contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more details.  A valid ABC banquet license will be required for all events.

Click the individual photos below to enlarge:

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Tony Lucca at Catoctin Creek!

Tony Lucca

Dinner, Cocktails, and a Concert! - A St. Valentine's Day Special!

This special St. Valentine's Day evening starts with an exquisite five-course dinner paired expertly with cocktails from Catoctin Creek.  Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of Wandering Chef will take you on a culinary tour of St. Valentine's Day, while Scott Harris slings the cocktail shaker to pour the freshest local ingredients in your beverage. 

After the leisurely dinner, we'll adjourn to the distillery to enjoy an intimate concert from Tony Lucca, the award winning finalist from NBC's "The Voice".  Not only will you get the chance to hear Tony play, but he'll even join us for dinner before the show!  What a chance to really get to know the artist!

Click here to purchase tickets:

http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/events/770-valentine-s-day-tonny-lucca-and-dinner-at-catoctin

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Catoctin Caipirinha

CaipirinhaScott recently completed a trip to Brazil to explore the cultural heritage of food, drinks, and of course, cachaça—Brazil's national spirit. Cachaça is made from raw green sugar cane, as opposed to rum, which is made from molasses. Cachaça is therefore fresher, greener, and totally unlike rum. The Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail. You will see it in every restaurant, every bar, and every beachside food stand. It is so refreshing and delicious!

Sometimes, you will see Caipirinhas made with vodka, and we thought it would be fun to make it with Mosby's Spirit, which shares many of the fresh green qualities of cachaça.

½ lime, quartered
1 tsp white sugar
2½ oz Mosby's Spirit
1 cup ice cubes

In a large rocks glass squeeze and drop in 2-4 eighths of lime. Add sugar, crush and mix with a spoon. Pour in the Mosby's Spirit and plenty of ice. Stir well. Garnish with remaining lime slices.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Published: 01 February 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!!

2013 was surely wonderful to us!  We are very thankful for all our blessings in 2013.  During the year, we moved our business to our wonderful new home on Main Street in Purcellville, grew our production, opened our gorgeous new tasting room, and even shipped our first spirits internationally!  It was a very good year.

As we look to 2014, we wish each and every one of you a wonderful and prosperous year.  We hope the year will bring you, your friends and your family many good wishes!

Best of LoudounVote for Catoctin in Best of Loudoun

If you have a moment, please go out and vote for us in the Leesburg Today's "Best of Loudoun" competition.  We're in the dining section, under "Breweries and Distillery".

Here's the link: http://va.secondstreetapp.com/Leesburg-Todays-Best-of-Loudoun-2013/Ballot/Dining

Thanks for your vote!

Guest Bartender Series - Julien Bourgon from PX and TNT

Julien BourgonWe're starting a new tradition in 2014!  Each month, we will have one guest bartender from around the area join us for a day to highlight two special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits.  Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for no extra charge, and the bartender (or Mixologist if you're fancy!) will be on hand to chat and chill and discuss his creations.

Think of it as a way of bringing the coolness of the city out to little ol' Purcellville!

On Saturday, January 11th, during our normal business hours, we have the honor of hosting Julien Bourgon, who tends bar at the PX and TNT bars in Alexandria.  Julien's cocktails will be sure to please, so don't miss it!

Julien Bourgon

Three Cool Concerts at the Distillery

We have three very cool concerts lined up for January and early February.  You don't want to miss these!  There is nothing cooler than catching these great artists in such a cool venue as the distillery.  Scroll down for more information on each artist!

Paul Pfau and Pretty Gritty playing at Catoctin Creek

HURRY!  Only six seats left!!

Paul PfauPretty GrittyThis will be the fifth of the Buncearoo concert series at the distillery.  If you're looking for a tres-cool date-night experience, why not bring your sweetheart over to the distillery for cocktails and a concert?  The lights will be low, the music will be sublime, and the cocktails will put everything in just the right mood.  Originally from the Washington/Baltimore area, Paul Pfau is touring nationally and couldn't pass up the chance to sing in our distillery.  Opening for Paul is Pretty Gritty, from Maryland, playing their unique mix of country, rock, blues, and soul.

If you've been to these concerts before, you'll know what a wonderful and intimate experience it is!  Spread the word!

Click here to purchase tickets:

http://www.buncearoo.com/event/406833-paul-pfau-pretty-gritty-purcellville/

 

Chelsea McBee and the Random Assortments

Chelsea McBeeStraight outa West-By-God-Virginia!

Playing one night only at Catoctin Creek Distillery! January 25th!

"Chelsea McBee's style of voice plays wonderfully into her roots-sounding mantra, all while maintaining her loyalty to a clear country music-bred background. Or, in other words, think about what it would be like if Norah Jones and Dolly Parton could have a daughter and that daughter just happened to grow up in West Virginia."
– Colin McGuire, Frederick News Post

Dinner and a Concert with Tony Lucca (from NBC's "The Voice")

ONLY TWELVE SPOTS REMAINING!  BETTER GET THIS ONE NOW BEFORE IT'S GONE!!

Tony Lucca

Dinner, Cocktails, and a Concert! - A St. Valentine's Day Special!

This special St. Valentine's Day evening starts with an exquisite five-course dinner paired expertly with cocktails from Catoctin Creek.  Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of Wandering Chef will take you on a culinary tour of St. Valentine's Day, while Katie Morrison slings the cocktail shaker to pour the freshest local ingredients in your beverage. 

After the leisurely dinner, we'll adjourn to the distillery to enjoy an intimate concert from Tony Lucca, the award winning finalist from NBC's "The Voice".  Not only will you get the chance to hear Tony play, but he'll even join us for dinner before the show!  What a chance to really get to know the artist!

Click here to purchase tickets:

Cocktail of the Month – El Bombero

El BomberoThis cocktail is in honor of our favorite distiller and volunteer fire fighter, Greg Moore, aka El Bombero.  Hot and spicy and sweet at the same time.

1.25 oz vanilla bean infused Roundstone Rye *
0.5 oz roasted hot pepper simple syrup **
0.25 oz raspberry vinegar
Chocolate mole bitters
Cocoa powder
Whole fresh raspberries

Add Roundstone Rye, hot pepper syrup, and vinegar to a shaker with plenty of ice and shake for 10 seconds. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Add several drops of chocolate mole bitters. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a few dashes of cocoa powder.

* To make the infused Roundstone Rye:
Split a whole vanilla bean down the center and scrape the seeds. Add all of it to a bottle of Roundstone Rye. Later, when you've run out of whisky, you can throw the bean into a jar with white sugar to make vanilla sugar.

** To make the hot pepper simple syrup: (best to use a gas stove top if you can. If not, go make a fire...somewhere safe!)
Roast two chili peppers (I used Fresno) over low flame, using tongs to turn every few seconds. You can also put a metal steamer basket over a gas stovetop so you can cook two or three at a time. Once all of the skin has turned black, place the peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to steam for about 5 minutes. Then, wearing latex gloves, remove the skins from the peppers, cut off the stem and place the pepper in a small blender, including seeds. Add one cup of simple syrup (3/4 cup water, 3/4 sugar, gently boiled just until the sugar dissolves. Cool.) and pulse a few times to chop up the pepper. Strain it several times to remove all of the pulp and discard. Label and store in a container in the fridge for up to a month.

Courtesy Emily Landsman, Greg Moore's biggest fan.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Published: 01 January 2014
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