Garden and Gun is a really cool magazine. Think Southern Living for the hipster generation. Honestly, when I first heard of it, I was intrigued by the name/ Upon closer inspection, I found more and more cool articles within its pages. I couldn't put it down.
In the December 2010/January 2011 issue, Catoctin Creek was named as a winner in their Made in the South awards. As the cover states, "20 craftsmen, entrepreneurs, and artists who are making things right"! Heck, yeah!
Thanks to Donovan Webster and Haskell Harris (no relation), who wrote the article and supervised the competition.
Read the online G&G story, or our excerpt below from the magazine:
A brief article in today's Leesburg Today:
A little paragraph highlighting our distillery on the Loudoun County Farm Tours this weekend:
One such newbie is Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, located off East Richardson Lane in Purcellville. Catoctin Creek is the first family-owned distillery to be established in Loudoun since before Prohibition and has already made quite a name for itself in the community. Visitors will see the distillery in production, including the 400-liter custom-made Kothe still and condenser, and will learn all about the art of making distilled spirits.
Read the full story in the Leesburg Today.
And more, here: Leesburg Today.
It was nice to be featured in the Washington Jewish Week, an article highlighting the little known fact that our distillery, apart from being certified organic, is also kosher:
Becky and Scott Harris, are not Jewish, but a segment of their target audience certainly is. Hence the hearty Hebrew salutation and the official certificate declaring the business kosher -- making Catoctin [Creek] one of the world's few distilleries with that status, according to Rabbi Tzvi Rosen of Star-K, which supervises kashrut at the operation.
Hands down the best white dog/white whiskey/moonshine I have ever tasted, and considering I taste more of these than most people will ever get a chance to…damn. The fruity nose is near majestic, like a local orchard shop, its clean concrete floors and white walls wafting with the scent of apples, pears, and peaches, all in full ripeness just beneath their skins — amazing – and like those shops, it fills a long noisy room with the anticipation of its flavors. But then the palate makes its own statement: again, more fruit and this time, candy in concentrate, like a carefully crafted eau-de-vie, but with a bready, yeasty, rounder body for balance. This isn’t spicy like the big bruising ryes we’re accustomed to, but rather its flavors focus on the body of the spirit itself, the pure essence of the rye which comes when the alcohol is rendered out by a true craftsman. The finish reminds you again that this is grain, which helps to balance out some of the earlier, more fruity moments and makes this more than a just a one trick pony. If you are a fan of craft spirits, you’ve got to seek this out. This is a cult product from some producers who aren’t huge on the scene right now, but deserve to be. Scott and Becky Harris are working magic in their little shop in Purcellville, Virginia. Find their bottles, buy two, drink one, and own what’s sure to become a legend.
We had a nice interview on Chwisgi.com, a whisky lover's web site (from Sweden, no less). Some insight into the distillery and how and why we started Catoctin Creek:
I love to see experimentation and new ideas. While I value the traditional approach, without experimentation, nothing wonderful and new would ever be discovered.
Read the full interview at Chwisgi.com.
Hannah Hager of the Loudoun Times-Mirror reports on the demonstration distillation of George Washington's peach brandy at the historic Mount Vernon distillery. Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, describes the process of distilling this peach brandy at the historic distillery.
The spirits he produces are the same as the one’s George Washington once cultivated, but the technology used to beget it has come a long way.
Read the story in the Loudoun Times-Mirror.