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April 2016 News

Welcome to April!

Several Amazing Events This Month!

We have so many great events planned for April—there is bound to be one near you!  

In April, we'll be doing a dinner at Bastille in Alexandria to raise money for US Vets starting new careers as farmers.  We'll be at Monk's BBQ in Purcellville for a couple whisky events, one featuring oysters from War Shore Oyster Company (if you're local, this will be a not-to-miss!).  In western Faquier County, Scott will be bartending at the Ashby Inn (this should be amusing!).  

We'll also have our usual dinner at the distillery in April.  We're almost sold out on this ever-popular four-course dinner, so if you want to go in April, you'd probably want to get those reservations now.  This Saturday, Ron Barker, proprietor of Panacea/Cigar Volante is in the tasting room educating customers about his excellent cigars, a perfect pairing with Roundstone Rye whisky!

And yet, our biggest events in April are with Black's Restaurant Group...

 

April is Black's Restaurant Group Month!

Black's Restaurant Group

Republic, Black Salt, Black's Bar and Kitchen, Pearl Dive...

Black's Restaurant GroupIf you live in the DC area, you've probably been to one of the Black's Restaurant Group (BRG) properties. You'll find their restaurants all over Maryland and DC. In April, the good folks from BRG are coming to us!  And then, we're going to them!  The whole month will be a celebration of this wonderful collaboration between Catoctin and Black's.

To kick things off, the team at Black's Bar and Kitchen came out to the distillery on a frosty Monday morning and helped us bottle an entire barrel of their own private label whisky.  They hand-selected a barrel from our barn, and we bottled it as their house whisky. You can get this one-of-a-kind whisky starting in April.  If you're drinking rye at a restaurant in the Black's group, you're enjoying the finest local, organic, single-barrel whisky!  Black's really puts their money where their mouth is, and focus their entire menu, including the beverage menu, on sourcing from the finest local purveyors.  From oysters to rye, from swiss chard to gin, you can be assured at Black's that your food and drinks represent the rich bounty of agriculture of the Mid-Atlantic.

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Black's Restaurant Group

The fun begins on Saturday, April 23rd.  The bartenders of Black's Bar and Kitchen will be taking over the tasting room in an ultimate Bartender Brawl! Each bartender will be showcasing one of their own hand-crafted cocktails, and you, the voting public, will get to choose which drink is best! Try all four and make your decision! We'll also be showcasing bar-bites from the chefs at Black's, so you can enjoy the day of fine cocktails and small bites. No cost to attend. Tastings and cocktails will be at normal prices. Come by and join in the fun! Reservations recommended for all that attend.

Then, on April 26th, Catoctin Creek takes over at Black's Bar and Kitchen!!  Scott, Becky and Chad will be on hand to pour tastings of Mosby's Spirit, 1757 Virginia Brandy, and the new private barrel Roundstone Rye!  There will be food from the Chefs, drinks from the bar, and lots of great raffles and prizes.  We'll even have some Kings Mountain on hand, and you might get a chance to get some of that too!  The entire event will raise money for the Black's Foundation, which supports food programs for undernourished kids in Washington DC.  Eat good, drink good, and do good at the same time!  

Come join us!!  Click here to reserve your spot now!

 

Upcoming Events

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, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Dude, Who Stole My Bikeshare?

Dude, Where's My Bikeshare?

This cocktail wins in the category of "Best Name Ever!"  The drink is the creation of Fabian Malone, bartender at Alfie's on Georgia Avenue in the Petworth neighborhood in DC.  With a name like "Alfie's," you might expect an old-school Italian family restaurant, or even an American burgers and fries joint.  What you don't expect is a place with Thai food so authentic, you'd think you were on the streets in Bangkok. (The bartenders will cheerfully help you through the menu, if needed.)  Mix that with totally hip modern cocktails, a culturally diverse staff (just minutes north of Howard University), and banging Reggae on the house speakers, and you have a place that is quintessentially DC.  

Fabian's cocktail is as diverse as it's environs:  mixing cachaça, cardamom pods, pineapple, and of course, Roundstone Rye in a cocktail-- you get the feel of a tropical night in Phuket, where the rye actually plays the leading role as a replacement for rum!

I dunno, but after drinking a few of these, my head was spinning as fast as the Reggae.  God Bless the District!

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Avua Cachaça Prata
½ oz simple syrup
4 crushed cardamom pods
½ oz lime juice
2 dashes Bitter Truth aromatic bitters
1 oz pineapple juice
Pineapple wedge to garish

Combine the Roundstone Rye, Cachaça, lime and pineapple juices over ice in a shaker.  Break and crumble the cardamom pods into the shaker and cover with the simple to infuse them a little into the sugar.  Shake vigorously until foamy, and then double strain into a coupe, garnish with a wedge of pineapple.

Recipe courtesy Fabian Malone, 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

March 2016 News

Welcome to March!

Celebrating Seven Years!

Family Shot at Catoctin CreekFebruary was a great month!  That's because seven short years ago, in February, our little Harris family began making whisky... at the very dawn of the craft spirits movement.  We were the first in Loudoun County, and still one of the best in Virginia!  Our spirits have been recognized the world over for their smooth and authentically hand-crafted quality.

I thank God for our blessings and successes along the way, and for being able to do what we love... bringing the finest in Virginia craft spirits to you! My how we've grown!

March means more Roundstone Rye for Down-Under!

March is here, and we now eagerly turn our eyes to Spring!  Daffodils, tulips, and cherry blossoms are all right around the corner!  

And as we look forward to the coming warmth, our good friends in Australia are hunkering down for autumn and the coming Australian winter.  In other words... whisky season!  In late January, we shipped a container full of whisky to our importer, Challenger Beverages.  For the past five weeks, the Spirit of Sydney cargo ship has been traversing the broad expanse of the Pacific Ocean (making its way through the Panama Canal at one point).  And after dodging a particularly nasty hurricane near Fiji, our whisky has landed in Sydney!

It's funny to think about it, but if you sit in a bar on the Gold Coast in Australia, you'll be just as able to get a dram of Roundstone Rye as if you were here in our native Virginia!

Cheers to Thinking Global!

Container bound for Australia 

Celtic Crowns + Cocktails - A Workshop for Makers

Alicia with crown

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, join us to create flower crowns with a Celtic vibe using both local and sourced blooms.  Julie Abrera of Beaumont House Design will be guiding you through making your own flower crown.  No flower experience needed. Julie will walk you through every step of transforming luscious flowers into a magnificent crown. All flowers, tools and supplies will be provided.

Scott Harris from Catoctin Creek Distillery will be serving up cocktails for the evening. Two are included in your ticket, but you've always got the option to purchase more - or just take home a delicious bottle for later!

Alicia Bruce of Love Knot Photo will be there taking photos of the event and providing a photo booth for you and your lassies to jump in and show off your creations!

All of the photos will be available for download within one week of the event, and are included in your ticket.

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St. Patrick's Day Whisky Dinner at the Wine Kitchen, Frederick

St. Patrick's Day Pug

Frank says... Join Scott and Becky in celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the Wine Kitchen in Frederick!

We'll have a sumptuous five course dinner paired with whiskey and drinks from Catoctin Creek.  Scott and Becky Harris, the founder and chief distiller of the distillery, will be on hand for casual conversation and to talk more about how we make our unique artisan spirits from hand!  Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all food and drinks.  Taxes and tips extra.

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Upcoming Events

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:

  • March 2 - Whisky Wednesday - Join us this Wednesday at Jack Rose for free tastings of King's Mountain American Malt Whisky! FREE to attend
  • March 9 - Whisky Wednesday - Join us at Boss Shepherd's for more free tastings and whisky fun! FREE to attend
  • March 16 - Celtic Crowns + Cocktails - This workshop will teach you how to make crowns of flowers, plus two cocktails $45/pp
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Dinner at the Wine Kitchen - Celebrate St. Paddy's day with us at a five course meal at the Wine Kitchen ! $99/pp
  • March 19 - Bottling Workshop - Another great bottling workshop.  Learn to bottle and label your own bottle of Roundstone Rye! FREE to attend

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Killing Me Softly

Killing Me Softly

This cocktail was the feature dessert cocktail at our 2016 Valentine's Day Dinner at the distillery. It is sweet and bubbly, and perfect for a final night-cap.

1-2 oz of Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy (or Pearousia Pear Brandy, 1757 Grape Brandy, or Quarter Branch Apple Brandy, to taste)
1 oz of raspberry syrup (steep raspberries in equal parts sugar and water for several hours)
Sparking apple cider, Prosecco, Champagne, or Cava
Raspberries for garnish

Add one or two ounces of brandy to the bottom of a Champagne flute, along with an ounce of raspberry syrup. Top with chilled sparkling wine or cider, and garnish with one or two raspberries.

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

February 2016 News

Join us for dinner on St. Valentine's Day!

Creme brulee

Bring that someone special in your life to an evening they'll not soon forget.  The evening begins with 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.

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. 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.  For more details, click here.

 

Kings Mountain Malt Whisky Release!

Kings Mountain

Coming February 20th! Our first ever American Malt Whisky! Brewed in collaboration with Heritage Brewing in Manassas, Virginia, this limited quantity whisky will be available on a special release day along with its sister beer, the Kings Mountain scotch ale, aged in Catoctin Creek whisky barrels! Only 344 bottles of the whisky were made.

This whisky is the purest expression of Heritage's Kings Mountain beer, and it is remarkable to see the close relationship between the whisky and the beer. There is a recognizable barley sweetness in the beer, and that carries through note-for-note in the whisky. The whisky is highly aromatic, and reminds one of fields of lavender on a bright sunny day. After the first sip, the whisky settles in at a very comfortable 92 proof, and the malty goodness lingers forever. It is a fine sipping whisky, made from a fine sipping beer.

The event will kick off at Magnolias in Purcellville, where Heritage will have a tap takeover. There, you can sample the beer, then mosey down the street to Catoctin Creek and pick up your bottle of Catoctin Creek Kings Mountain whisky. Both Scott and Sean, owners of the two companies, will be on hand to sign bottles, visit and answer questions.

For more information, click here.

 

Catoctin Wins at 2016 Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards 2016

January was very good to us! What a way to kick off 2016!  Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" was named a winner in the 2016 Good Food Awards.

The winners harken from 33 states, having risen to the top amongst 1,937 entries in a blind tasting with 203 judges held in September. The highest scoring entries were submitted to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Awards – with over two dozen ultimately disqualified. This year’s winners represent the forefront of American craft food, making products that are delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.

Accepting the award for Catoctin Creek was founder and chief distiller, Becky Harris.  "We are so happy to receive this Good Food Award," said Becky Harris. "This award is so special:  Not only are the products judged for taste and quality, but they are also judged for sustainability and how they're produced. We are thrilled to win on both taste and sustainability."

To read the full press release, click here.

 

Catoctin Creek Named in Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky America 2016

Icons of Whisky Awards 2016

Also in January, Whisky Magazine recently announced their Icons of Whisky awards, and in the American division, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was shortlisted for three of the awards:

  • Craft Producer of the Year
  • Master Distiller of the Year (Becky Harris)
  • Brand Ambassador of the Year (Chad Robinson)

"While we weren't ultimately selected for the final awards," remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery, "to be included in the shortlist among such great industry names is an honor indeed for which we're very proud!"

To read the full press release, click here.

  

Upcoming Events

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:

  • February 5 - Art of the Cocktail - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac and its kin $25/pp
  • February 12 - Art of the Cocktail - Prohibition, or the dawn of Moonshine in American culture - 1920 to present day $25/pp
  • February 14 - Valentine's Day Dinner - Bring that special someone to dinner at the distillery.  Four courses with cocktails! $99/pp
  • February 19 - Art of the Cocktail - Toddies and warm cocktails $25/pp
  • February 20 - Kings Mountain Release - Get yours, only 344 bottles produced of our first ever malt whisky! FREE to attend
  • February 26 - Art of the Cocktail - Early gin cocktails - Punch, Collins, Rickey and Ramos $25/pp
  • February 27 - Bottling Workshop - Another great bottling workshop.  Learn to bottle and label your own bottle of Roundstone Rye! FREE to attend

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Catoctin Cocktail!

Catoctin Cocktail

This is a variant on the classic "Canadian Cocktail" but is so much better when made with a 100% rye whisky. Mmmmm..... delicious, eh!

2 oz Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye Whisky
1/2 oz Cointreau or triple sec
1/2 tsp superfine sugar
1 dash bitters (Peychauds is a good one)

In a shaker half filled with ice cubes, combine all the ingredients. Shake well, strain and pour into a cocktail glass.

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

January 2016 News

Happy New Year!! 2016 is here!

The Team at Catoctin Creek

From the entire team at Catoctin Creek, we say:  "Happy New Year!!"

Wowee!  What a year it's been for us!  2015 had so many wonderful accomplishments, many more than we could list, but some of the highlights were:

  • Release of Rabble Rouser — Our four year old straight rye whisky sold out in an hour!  Don't worry, we'll have more in 2016.
  • Launch of Catoctin Creek into new markets — North Carolina, New Jersey, and Australia!
  • Delicious distillery dinners featuring Wandering Chef — If you haven't treated yourself to dinner, you're missing a really wonderful experience!
  • Amazing press from national sourcesFox News, ForbesWine Enthusiast, Foodable, Zagat and winning the RAMMY for Beverage Producer of the Year.
  • Wonderful support from our restaurant, bar, and off-premise partners — We are overjoyed at the continued support we receive from those retailers and restaurants who take the extra step to support small-batch artisanal spirits like ours.  It means everything to us!!  Thank you!
  • Wonderful support from our customers — People just like you!  We wouldn't be here without your support too!  Thank you!!

So, from our family to yours, we wish you the very best for 2016:  Peace, Joy, and Prosperity in the New Year!!

 

Vote for us in Best of Loudoun!

Best of Loudoun

It's that time of year when selections are made for the Best of Loudoun presented by the Loudoun Times-Mirror.

May we count on your vote and support?

Click on "Dining/Distillery" and Vote for Catoctin Creek Distillery. It's that easy!

Your support is appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Vote

 

Art of the Cocktail - An Educational Series

Monkey GlandEver wonder where the cocktail came from?

What were the primary influences of the early bartenders?

How did Prohibition affect the cocktail?

What spirits were widely available before/during/after Prohibition?

What's the difference between a fizz and a flip?

What exactly are vermouth/bitters/shrubs, anyway?

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, the first in a six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.

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:

  • January 8 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 15 - NO CLASS - Scott is on travel
  • January 22 - Gin is in! Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 29 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • February 5 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 12 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 19 - 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 $25 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.

Please click here to register.

 

War Shore Oysters and Catoctin Creek Cocktails!

War Shore Oyster Company

Virginia Oysters and Virginia Cocktails, a perfect pairing!


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!

Join us at the distillery on Saturday, January 9th, from 7pm to 9pm as Brad Blymier, founder of War Shore Oyster Company, and Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek, team up to pair the best local oysters with the best local cocktails!

The evening will include six oysters per person, paired with three cocktails. We'll also tour the distillery, and each guest will receive a souvenir shot glass. The cost is only $30 per person. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets now!

Please click here to register.

War Shore Oysters

 

Kings Mountain Whisky - Our first ever American Malt Whisky Release!

Kings Mountain

Our FIRST EVER American Malt Whisky!

Coming January 23rd! Our first ever American Malt Whisky! Brewed in collaboration with Heritage Brewing in Manassas, Virginia, this limited quantity whisky will be available on a special release day along with its sister beer, the Kings Mountain scotch ale, aged in Catoctin Creek whisky barrels! Only 344 bottles of the whisky were made.

This whisky is the purest expression of Heritage's Kings Mountain beer, and it is remarkable to see the close relationship between the whisky and the beer. There is a recognizable barley sweetness in the beer, and that carries through note-for-note in the whisky. The whisky is highly aromatic, and reminds one of fields of lavender on a bright sunny day. After the first sip, the whisky settles in at a very comfortable 92 proof, and the malty goodness lingers forever. It is a fine sipping whisky, made from a fine sipping beer.

The event will kick off at Magnolias in Purcellville, where Heritage will have a tap takeover. There, you can sample the beer, then mosey down the street to Catoctin Creek and pick up your bottle of Catoctin Creek Kings Mountain whisky. Both Scott and Sean, owners of the two companies, will be on hand to sign bottles, visit and answer questions.

Please click here for more information.

 

Upcoming Events

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:

  • January 1 - NEW YEARS DAY - We will be CLOSED.
  • January 8 - February 19 - Art of the Cocktail - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating classic cocktails of ages past. $25/pp
  • January 9 - War Shore Oysters & Cocktails - Join Scott and Brad for an evening of oysters and expertly paired cocktails! $30/pp
  • January 23 - Kings Mountain Release - Join us for a release party at Magnolia's at the Mill and Catoctin Creek for this first ever malt whisky release! FREE to attend
  • January 23 - Burns Dinner at Oatlands - Celebrate with us as we celebrate the National Poet of Scotland, Robert Burns, with whisky, great food, and song! $99/pp
  • January 30 - Bottling Workshop - Another great bottling workshop.  Learn to bottle and label your own bottle of Roundstone Rye! FREE to attend

And in February...

  • February 14 - Valentine's Day Dinner - Bring that special someone to dinner at the distillery.  Four courses with cocktails! $99/pp

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Vermilion Cocktail!

Vermilion #2

This cocktail was the featured Watershed Gin cocktail at Vermilion for their Catoctin Creek Autumn Cocktail Tasting event.  Head mixologist Jeff Faile created the cocktails to pair with small tapas bites for a wonderful evening of food and cocktails.

1 oz Watershed Gin
½ oz salted honey syrup
½ oz Yellow Chartreuse
½ oz fresh lemon juice
Lemon peel garnish

Combine the Watershed Gin, honey syrup, Chartreuse, and lemon in a shaker of ice.  Stir and strain into a coupe glass and garnish with lemon peel.

Cocktail courtesy Jeff Faile of Vermilion in Alexandria, Virginia.

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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  APR 30   Bottling Workshop 10:00am—12:00pm Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, April 30, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your...

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Oysters, Beer, and Bloody Mosby's

  MAY 21   Oysters, Beer and Bloody Mosby's at the Grilled Oyster in DC 12:00pm—4:00pm So excited for this event! Join us for our Springtime Oyster Shellabration! War Shore Oyster Company will be shucking, beer...

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