Media Coverage

The Dominion Collective Profile

We have a nice profile of the distillery at The Dominion Collective.  Joe Fitzpatrick does a pretty comprehensive piece, for example, this quote on why we chose to be organic:

For us, organic really is the starting point of historical accuracy. One hundred years ago, they didn’t have herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. It was organic production; they just didn’t call it that. We felt that organic was more historically accurate with the way the spirit would  taste, and it helps support sustainable farming and, generally speaking, gives smaller farmers that are seeking a high-value means of income for their crops. So we like the whole circle of life, crunchy granola kind  of message too. But when it comes down to it, we like the taste, and the taste of the organic grain is super clean and doesn’t have any of the residues or off notes you would taste in a spirit that has been treated with these chemicals.

Read the full story, here.

Brandy: A Beginner's Guide on Eater

The fabulous Jake Emen does a great story breaking down the types of brandy found worldwide.  A wonderful Brandy 101 for beginners:

"The only times I really hear brandy referenced, it's the most generic, cliché image of a stuffy old white man in a smoking jacket with a snifter by a fireplace drinking some unpronounceable French brandy," says Chad Robinson, an all-around brandy enthusiast, and brand ambassador for Catoctin Creek, a Virginia distillery which produces a range of brandies, in addition to whiskey and gin. Yes, brandy can be enjoyed in that form and fashion. But no, that's not all there is to it.

Read the full story, here.

Washingtonian's "Great Small Towns Near DC: Purcellville"

Catoctin Creek Skyline

Washingtonian recently ran a story on the greatest small towns near Washington, DC.  Our happy hamlet of Purcellville made the cut, and I'd like to think that Catoctin Creek had a little something to do with that!  From the story:

In 2009, before microbreweries set up tanks, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company opened in the historic downtown.  You can try whiskey flights for $10; be sure to sample Mosby's Spirit, a white rye.  Down the street, Magnolias at the Mill serves tasty burgers, steaks, and sandwiches in a converted 1905 mill.

You can read the Purcellville story, here, and check out the other towns that made the list, here.

Watershed Gin featured in Boise Weekly

Boise WeeklyTara Morgan of Boise Weekly, along with a panel of tasters, reviewed three small batch gins, and Watershed Gin was one of them:

Distilled in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Catoctin Creek is crafted from organic rye and wheat. It has a fair amount of heat on the nose, with spicy notes of cardamom and cinnamon followed by a waft of juniper and mild hint of chlorine. With a full body and a substantial boozy bite, tasters claimed this gin "will put hair on your chest."

Read the entire story, here.

Watershed Gin featured in Modern Luxury DC

Modern Luxury DCThanks to Nevin Martell for the callout on gins in Modern Luxury DC magazine!  He's picked up all the gins in the local area and described a little tasting note on each:

Juniper takes center stage, though cinnamon, coriander and anise seed are all strong co-stars.  Simply swirled with Schweppes tonic and a lemon slice, it's refreshment incarnate.

Read the full article, here.

Roundstone Rye reviewed in Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast July 2015We were delighted to receive a review in the recent issue of Wine Enthusiast for Roundstone Rye.  The bottle reviewed was submitted over 2 years ago, so we almost forgot completely about it.  Since then, the whisky has gotten older and more complex, having the benefit of aging in our off-premise barn/rickhouse.  The newest bottles being sold today... well, we just keep getting better!

89 - Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye (USA; Catoctin Creek Distilling, Purcellville, VA).  This single-barrel whiskey is made from 100% rye and aged for less than two years.  In the glass, it has an orange-amber hue and aroma that melds oak, malt and vanilla.  On the palate, vanilla leads, with oakiness winding into a baking-spice finish.  A good match for Manhattans.

 You can read the full review, here, or click the image at right.

Catoctin Creek cited as example of exporter benefiting from EX-IM policies

EX-IM Bank (The Export-Import Bank of the United States) is a government-supported bank that provides lending for US companies doing exports.  Normally, an organization like this is mostly ignored by the general public, but for small businesses like ours, it is a crucial tool for encouraging US exports.  In particular, the bank makes low cost insurance policies to guarantee invoices from foreign suppliers.  This is important because it is usually necessary to extend credit terms to our foreign suppliers, but we cannot bear the risk if one of those suppliers fails to pay us for our goods.  EX-IM fills in the gap with a low-cost insurance policy that allows us to extend terms, and vets for us the foreign company for credit-worthiness.

The EX-IM Bank is one of the organizations that could be de-funded by a lackluster, do-nothing congress.  Luckily for Catoctin Creek, our senators from Virginia are helping to fight the good fight:

“At a time when U.S. exporters and manufacturers are already suffering from substantial economic uncertainty in Europe, they should not be subjected to additional uncertainty manufactured by Washington. The Export-Import Bank supports hundreds of thousands of American jobs tied to exports and helps businesses across Virginia export hundreds of millions of dollars in goods and services each year,” said Sens. Warner and Kaine. “The Export-Import Bank levels the playing field for U.S. exporters – many of them small businesses – by matching the financing that other governments provide to their exporters, and it does so at no cost to the taxpayer. In fact, over the last two decades, the Ex-Im Bank has actually helped reduce the deficit by generating nearly $7 billion more than it costs to operate.”

The Senators noted, “The Bank has operated for more than 80 years and has been reauthorized 16 times with bipartisan support under 13 different Presidents, Republican and Democrat. Congressional leadership should be ashamed for allowing this important job-creating tool to expire for the first time in its history.”

Read the full story, here, and be sure to voice your support with your local congress and senators.

Coverage of the 2015 RAMMYS

We got some lovely coverage in the news regarding our RAMMY award last night.  Seems a man in a kilt always makes a good impression.  Writing for the Washington Post, Becky Krystal writes:

The black-tie event brought out its share of dresses long and short, tuxes and, oh, yeah, that tie-dyed suit we spotted behind the Atlas Brew Works table. And kilts! We spied multiple examples of this traditional Scottish apparel, including the one worn by Scott Harris, whose Catoctin Creek distillery, run with his wife, Becky, collected the award for regional food and beverage producer of the year.

Meredith Bethune, writing for Eater DC, also enjoyed the kilted men:

It seemed like anyone who wore a kilt automatically won this year. Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek said he spent a good chunk of money on one during a trip to Scotland, so he wears it whenever possible. Harris was the first to accept an award in Scottish gear, followed by Mark Benson from Bar Pilar and Neil Blackwood from Mintwood Place. Sue Palka of FOX 5 DC told the crowd, "I’m so buying my husband a kilt! I love ‘em!"

Here are some of the Washington DC area news outlets covering the 2015 RAMMY awards last night:

RAMMYs Finalists on Foodie and the Beast

Federal News Radio

Foodie and the BeastLast weekend, we were invited back to appear on Foodie and the Beast on Federal News Radio.  Nycci and David had the finalists in the Beverage Producers category (ourselves, DC Brau, New Columbia, and Early Mountain Vineyards) on the show to talk about the RAMMYs and what it meant to each of us to be nominated for the award.

We slung the cocktail shaker to pour our signature cocktail for the gala, The Devil and His Wife.  It was a great show! You can hear the show on their site, here, or download the podcast, here.

Latest News

September 2015 News

September is Brandy Month!   At Catoctin Creek, brandy is a spirit that we've enjoyed making since we started the distillery in 2009.  And although other spirits such as whiskey, mezcal, rum...

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The Dominion Collective Profile

We have a nice profile of the distillery at The Dominion Collective.  Joe Fitzpatrick does a pretty comprehensive piece, for example, this quote on why we chose to be organic: For us...

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Brandy: A Beginner's Guide on Eater

The fabulous Jake Emen does a great story breaking down the types of brandy found worldwide.  A wonderful Brandy 101 for beginners: "The only times I really hear brandy referenced, it's...

Read more

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Epicurience Weekend! Chef's Dinner and VIP Tent!

Catoctin Creek will be participating in two wonderful events this year at Epicurience: Epicurience Virginia Opening Night Chefs Dinner - September 4th Enjoy an idyllic setting with country cuisine, a selection of...

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