Welcome to August! A note about 'craft' spirits.

There was a rather large flurry this week when The Daily Beast broke a story on how much of the craft whisky in the market today comes from a single mega-factory in Indiana.  Not usually ones to wade into controversy, we did receive a ton of questions, and if you're interested, you can read my statement on this controversy, here.

Suffice it to say that Catoctin Creek has always been a made-from-scratch brand, and always will be!  Why?  Because that's what we love to do:  making the finest craft organic spirits, from scratch, just for you!

 

Big news month! New bottling line and we're now in Massachusetts!

Bottling Line July was a great month for us!  We finally received our new bottling line, which will allow us to bottle a heck of a lot more (that's a scientific amount) of whisky, brandy and gin.  Why?  Because we are continuing to expand our markets, and our newest foray is into Massachusetts.  We see lots of opportunity in New England, and felt that now was the right time to enter the state.

Rest assured, dear Catoctin Creek fans, we will still continue the much beloved bottling workshops!  They are so much fun, and people enjoy them so much, that we'll continue to do them on a quasi-monthly basis.  Just stay tuned to our newsletters, and you'll always be in the know!

 

Come and learn about our super popular barrel-aged maple syrup!

Langdon WoodIf you've been to our tasting room, you've almost certainly sampled that divine barrel-aged maple syrup. Well, now you can come and meet the maker of this wonderful syrup, the wonderful Art Drauglis!

Art lives and works in DC, but will be with us one day to meet and greet with the customers, and answer questions about his wonderful maple syrup. He'll be in the tasting room on Sunday the 23rd of August, from 1-6pm. We'll have maple-syrup based cocktails and all syrup will be 10% off that day!

See you Sunday!!!

What: Meet the Maker - Art from Langdon Wood
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Sunday, August 23, 2014
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Price:

Regular tasting room prices

10% off Langdon Wood Syrup bottles

 

August is Epicurience Month!

We have three AWESOME events lined up at the end of August for you!  Here they are:

Cork Wine Bottle

Grand Tasting at Morven Park

Click here to learn more and register!

At the very heart of Epicurience Virginia, the Grand Tasting is a culinary adventure like no other. This day-long edible showcase brings farm-to-table food, award-winning wines, notable chefs, live bands, and lots of other delicious diversions to the grounds of gorgeous Morven Park.  Guests of the Grand Tasting will experience a whirlwind of activity options in Leesburg’s picturesque garden estate, from chef demos and wine seminars and pop-up wine shops.  (Pssst! Catoctin will be there with a GORGEOUS specialty cocktail for the day!)

  • Sip! There’ll be a multitude of unique Virginia wines to sample from boutique producers and master winemakers.
  • Taste! From cheese makers to pie bakers, celebrated chefs to artisanal producers, the grand tasting tent will feature delectable samples of perfectly paired local cuisines.
  • Learn! Seminars will run throughout the day in the Education Tent, schooling visitors on all things Virginia wine – grape varietals, growing conditions, tasting notes, and more.
  • Watch! Some of the region’s best chefs will slice, dice, and showcase their talents in the Chef Demonstration Tent. Talented toques from 2013′s event included Chef Kazuhiro Okochi of KAZ Sushi Bistro and Chef Roberto Donna of Al Dente Ristorante demonstrating their kitchen prowess.
  • Shop! There’ll be glasses, bottles, and other wine swag for sale so tasters can take some Virginia wine home or share a bottle with friends and family on the lawn.

The Fab 40's at Oatlands

1940's Party at Oatlands

Click here to learn more and register!

$95 per person for Fabulous 1940s themed, tented party at Oatlands!  Featuring Doc Scantlin's Palmettos, cocktails by Catoctin Creek, wines by Fabbioli Cellars, and food by Magnolias at the Mill.  Ticket includes an evening of music and dancing, two drink tickets, and heavy hors d'oeuvres.  1940s style attire welcome, but not required.

Magnolia's

Catoctin Creek Cocktail Dinner at Magnolia's

Click here to learn more and register!

Please join Catoctin Creek as we invite you to a delicious four course dinner at Magnolia's at the Mill.  Our dinner will begin at 6:30pm at Catoctin Creek Distillery, as Scott and Becky, founders of the distillery, greet you with warm smiles and cool cocktails.  We'll tour the distillery and describe for you the magic behind the whisky business.  This sets the stage perfectly for the second part of the evening:  dinner!

After your private tour of the distillery, we'll walk together a short stroll to Magnolia's, where the table will be set for a delicious four course dinner, expertly paired with Catoctin Creek cocktails designed by Magnolia's.  Scott and Becky will join you for dinner, as we describe for you the intricacies of pairing cocktails with meals.  It will be a wonderful August evening!

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • August 15 - Buncearoo Concert - Come and see Callaghan, a beautiful artist from the UK.
  • August 16 - Guest Bartender Series - Josh McCabe from the Hamilton mixes it up with cool, seasonal fruit cocktails.
  • August 22 - Dinner at the Distillery - Another wonderful Wandering Chef dinner, with awesome cocktail pairings.
  • August 23 - Meet the Maker - Art Drauglis of Langdon Wood Maple Syrup is in our tasting room!
  • August 30 - Epicurience Grand Tasting - Catoctin will be pouring at Morven Park at this festival of food!
  • August 30 - 1940's Party at Oatlands - After the Morven Park event, join us for an evening of dancing and cocktails, 1940's style!
  • August 31 - Catoctin Dinner at Magnolia's - Chef Carp and the gang at Magnolia's have cooked up a lovely menu with cocktails too!

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

 

 

Cocktail of the Month – Pêche de Mode

Peche de modeThis cocktail was our feature cocktail at Tales of the Cocktail 2014 in New Orleans.  Another creation of our wonderful brand ambassador, Chad Robinson, this is a new take on an old fashioned.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92-proof
1/2 barspoon molasses (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1/2 barspoon superfine sugar
4 dashes Fee Brothers peach bitters
Lemon peel for garnish

Add molasses and sugar to the bottom of a mixing glass. Add bitters and stir to start to incorporate the bitters, sugar and molasses. Add rye whiskey and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir until cold. Strain into a double old fashioned or rocks glass with a large cube of ice. Peel a strip of lemon and express the oils over the top of the cocktail and discard the lemon peel.

Courtesy Chad Robinson.

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Published: 31 July 2014

Fireworks

Welcome to July!  Happy Birthday, America!

And WHAT could be more American than hand-crafted whisky?  We go together like Mom and apple pie! (And both Mom and apple pie could use a slug or two of Roundstone Rye from time to time-- am I right?)

We're very happy to have summer fully upon us.  We have so many events planned this month, it's almost hard to keep up!  Have a look below and join us at the distillery soon!

Great Reviews in June for Roundstone Rye and Mosby's Spirit

In June, we received two FANTASTIC reviews from Whisky Bible and Whisky Advocate, two of the world's leading authorities on all things whisky.

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 (10th Anniversary Edition), reviewed Roundstone Rye Cask Proof (batch B12E1), and scored it an 88.5!  The review, as these tend to be, was all over the place, like a big happy golden retriever puppy:  The rye is chaotic, unexpected, youthful, crazy, and yet, still totally loveable:

"A truly huge rye... Through a combination of sheer delicious belligerence and chutzpah has your taste buds swooning. Great fun!"

Lew Bryson, in the summer 2014 issue of Whisky Advocate, (re-)reviews Mosby's Spirit, our beautiful unaged rye spirit, and gives it a score of 82:

"The second craft rye I'm revisiting. Mosby's is still 100% organic rye and unaged, but the nose is more fun: some green pear and melon esters in there with the grassy rye spice. It's nicely smooth on the tongue, delivers exactly what the nose promised, plus a shot of fresh-cracked black pepper...and a much longer finish these days. Greatly improved; a good white whisky."

Dinner at Catoctin Creek

DessertHave you seen this dinner for a while now, and thought about coming?  Now's the time to join us!  Everyone who's ever come has an amazing time and is delighted with the dinner and cocktail pairings.  Here is the menu to tempt you further (yes, there will also be cocktails!):

Summer Roll of 5 Spice Roasted Duck and Shrimp,
Rice Noodle and Summer Vegetable Salad, Sweet Soy and Ginger Gastrique
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Our Panzanella Salad with Fresh Baked Foccacia:
Red Onions, Arugula, Roasted Red Peppers, Local Tomatoes and Basil Puree
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Cajun Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Wild Rice Pilaf with Lothar’s Andouille Sausage and Fresh Corn, Slow Roasted Pork Belly in Fennel Chutney Glaze
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Rustic Tart of Roasted Local Peaches,
With Ricotta and Lemon, Cinnamon-Vanilla Chantilly Cream

Find out more at http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/events/820-catoctin-cocktail-dinner.

Guest Bartender Series - Donato Alvarez from Sixth Engine

Donato AlvarezIn July, we welcome Donato Alvarez of Sixth Engine to our tasting room.  We are now in our seventh month of this 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 Donato will be available most of the day for people to meet him, ask him questions, and generally have a great time!

What: Guest Bartender Series - Donato Alvarez
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Saturday, July 12, 2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm-ish
Price: $10 for a flight of three cocktail tastings

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • July 12 - Guest Bartender - We welcome Donato Alvarez from Sixth Engine to our tasting room!
  • July 14 - Sip & Sew - Local artisans team up, or "sewing under the influence!"
  • July 18 - Loudoun Chamber Mixer - Meet fellow businesses while sipping a cocktail and enjoying light snacks in our tasting room.
  • July 18 - Buncearoo Concert - We present Taylor Carson!  Live!
  • July 25 - Dinner at the Distillery - Our ever popular monthly dinner!  Join us!

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

Cocktail of the Month – Rye Tye

Rye TyeThis was the feature cocktail by Catoctin Creek at the RAMMYS 2014.  We were honored to have been named finalists in the Best Producer category, and to celebrate, Chad Robinson created a specialty cocktail just for the event.  Think Mai Tai but with rye!   You'd never guess there wasn't rum in this drink!

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
¾ oz lime juice
½ oz Pierre Ferrand dry Curaçao
¼ oz Fee Brothers Orgeat syrup
¼ part rich simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
Mint and lime garnish

Shake ingredients together and strain into an ice filled glass.  Garnish with lime and a sprig of mint.

Courtesy Chad Robinson.

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Published: 30 June 2014

Welcome to June!

Roundstone Rye 92We've had a very busy May at Catoctin Creek.  We shipped more in May than we've ever shipped before, especially since our new Roundstone Rye 92 Proof has been released.  The response to the new spirit has been fantastic, and we're really excited to be bringing this one to you on a regular basis!

The new Roundstone Rye 92 Proof is very much a sibling to its 80 proof version, but the newest expression comes from barrels carefully chosen from our rickhouse.  The tasting notes combine the typical caramel, flan and leather notes with a distinct flavor of citrus (grapefruit, perhaps?).  Whether you enjoy it neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail, we're sure the Roundstone Rye 92 Proof is sure to be a favorite!

 

Guest Bartender Series - Trevor Frye from Jack Rose

Trevor FryeIn June, we welcome Trevor Frye from Jack Rose to our tasting room.  We are now in our sixth month of this series, and the response it as hot as ever! 

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 Trevor will be available most of the day for people to meet him, ask questions, and generally have a great time!

More coolness of the city coming out to visit us in Loudoun County!

On Saturday, June 21st, during our normal business hours, Trevor will be with us in the Catoctin Creek tasting room.  He will only be here one time, so don't miss this!!

What: Guest Bartender Series - Trevor Frye
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Saturday, June 21, 2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm-ish
Price: $10 for a flight of three cocktail tastings

 

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 – Ginger Martini

Ginger Martini2 oz Mosby’s Spirit
1 oz Ginger syrup*
½ oz lemon juice
½ oz lime juice
½ oz pineapple juice
Red wine of your choice (use a pour spout)

Combine Mosby’s Spirit, ginger syrup, & juices in a shaker with ice. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish by slowly rimming the glass with the red wine.

*Ginger syrup

1 cup sugar
1 ½ cups water
½ cup ginger, peeled, diced & muddled.

Combine all ingredients in a small pot & bring to a boil, remove from heat & let steep for 30 minutes. Strain. Keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Cocktail courtesy Jamie Imhof, Wildwood Kitchen.

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

(Images courtesy S. Harris, E. Landsman, and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company)

Published: 31 May 2014

Spring is HereWelcome to May!

Oh, happy day!  Snow is finally gone, and gone for good!!  Bring on the warm weather, outdoor picnics, frisbee weather, and some cool Catoctin Creek cocktails.

We've got spring fever here, and got it bad!  If you do too, come on out to the tasting room and join us for a tasting and a tour!  And take home a bottle or two for that picnic at your own place!

 

Cocktail Course to Benefit the Arcaida Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Sazeracs at Catoctin CreekThe simple cocktail is a mixture of spirits, sugar, fruit and water. Following a private tour through Catoctin Creek's historic, nearly 100 year old building and newly expanded distillery, you'll learn the art of mixology first with classic cocktails, then more contemporary and unusual ones, paired with simple, elegant eats. And, we'll show you how to make bitters -- the latest darling of bartenders everywhere. The class will be led by Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek, and Emily Landsman, brand ambassador who together will man the shakers to produce some lovely cocktails for the evening.

What: Arcadia Master Course: Cocktail Culture
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main Street
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: Arcadia members: $58/person
Non-members: $65

 

 

Guest Bartender Series - Jamie Imhoff from Wildwood Kitchen

Jamie ImhoffIn May, we welcome Jamie Imhoff of Wildwood Kitchen to our tasting room.  We are now in our fifth month of this 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 Jamie will be available most of the day for people to meet her, ask her questions, and generally have a great time!

More coolness of the city coming out to visit us in P'ville!

On Saturday, May 10th, during our normal business hours, Jamie Imhoff will be with us in the Catoctin Creek tasting room.  Jamie will only be here one time, so don't miss this!!

What: Guest Bartender Series - Jamie Imhoff
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Saturday, May 10, 2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm-ish
Price: $10 for a flight of three cocktail tastings

 

 

Announcing... Roundstone Rye 92 Proof!

Distillery Pushes to Diversify Portfolio with Raised Proof Option from Hand-Selected Barrels

Roundstone Rye 92Beginning in May, Catoctin Creek has announced that it will release a new higher-proof expression of Roundstone Rye at 92 proof.  Unlike the cask proof variant which is released only a few times per year, Roundstone Rye 92 will be a new regular offering from the celebrated Purcellville distillery.

"The release of a premium, 92-proof version of their award-winning 80-proof Roundstone Rye Whisky, hitting shelves in May, is recognizably Roundstone but intensified, with the caramel, maple, and spice tones highlighted and pumped up into something richer," noted M. Carrie Allan, spirits writer for the Washington Post. (See the full article in the Post, here.)

This whisky is the culmination of several years of planning.  "For a few years now, we've been putting whisky away for storage," remarked Becky Harris, Chief Distiller and President of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "We pulled some of the more interesting barrels from the back of the barn and decided to release these at a higher proof:  a whisky specially curated for flavor, while still being remarkably smooth, as is our existing 80 proof Roundstone."

"We are very excited about this new product," said Scott Harris, Founder and General Manager of Catoctin Creek.  "We discussed this new product with customers like Jack Rose Whisky Saloon, The Passenger, and our distributors, and all agreed that this would be a great new product for the distillery.  And what's cool, since we're a small distillery, we can be responsive to this kind of market input."

At 92 proof (46% ABV), "Roundstone Rye 92" will be available in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and New York in May.  As with all the whisky at Catoctin Creek, Roundstone Rye 92 is certified organic and kosher.  Suggested retail price is $52.99 for a 750 ml bottle.  Though an exact date hasn't been set, bottles will be available at the distillery approximately May 17th.

 

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 – Virginia Coffee

Virginia Coffee1½ oz Roundstone Rye
1½ oz coffee concentrate* (We recommend using beans from local roaster Lucas Roasting Company, available at the distillery too!)
1½ oz milk (2% works best. You can use whole, but I'd avoid 1% or skim)
½ to ¾ oz rich turbinado syrup**

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with whole coffee beans.

*Coffee concentrate

2 cups of water
3½ oz ground coffee

Gently stir water and coffee in a jar with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate for 12-15 hours. Strain through 3 layers of cheesecloth and allow it to drip for several minutes. Next, strain a second time through a coffee filter. Keep refrigerated.

(To use as coffee, add equal amounts of boiling water and room temperature concentrate in a coffee mug.)

*Rich syrup

2 cups turbinado sugar, like Sugar in the Raw, or demerara sugar
1 cup water

Gently bring to a boil so the sugar dissolves and then allow to cool. Keep refrigerated.

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

(Images courtesy S. Harris, E. Landsman, and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company)

Published: 01 May 2014
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