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!
Vote 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
We'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!
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!!
This 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:
Chelsea McBee and the Random Assortments
Straight 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!!
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
This 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
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.
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
Scott & Becky