Single Cask Nation LabelMarch 21, 2014, Purcellville, VA –  Jewish Whisky Company’s Single Cask Nation today announced it will release its first American whisky bottling, a special cask of Catoctin Creek rye whisky aged over two years.

Jewish Whisky Company built the Single Cask Nation community so that whisky enthusiasts can meet and advance their mutual affinity for finely crafted single cask spirits. Single Cask Nation is dedicated to independently bottling the best and most unique single casks for its membership.

"We sat down together a few months ago and together selected a very special whisky," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery. "The chosen barrel contained a very unique distillation from August 2011. It was aged in a bourbon barrel for just over a year, and after that, we moved the whisky to a used white wine cask, where it has aged for almost another year and a half. The result is a whisky unlike anything we've offered to date."

The tasting notes on the whisky mention an intense rye profile, yellow and red fruits intertwined with herbal notes, a beguiling oily texture and warm toffee flavors.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to partner with Catoctin Creek on this whisky," commented Jason Johnstone-Yellin, co-founder of Jewish Whisky Company. "Becky and Scott produce some gorgeous spirits; we'd been pouring alongside them for years at various whisky festivals, and over the years we've become friends. We are delighted to bottle Catoctin Creek as the first American offering for Single Cask Nation."

The Single Cask Nation Catoctin Creek expression will be bottled at cask strength with approximately 200 bottles available. While the bottles will only be available to the members of Single Cask Nation, anyone can join via their website (www.singlecasknation.com).

About Single Cask Nation:  Single Cask Nation is the creation of the Jewish Whisky Company. The Jewish Whisky Company is faithfully dedicated to independently bottling the world's finest and rarest single cask whiskies for the diverse members of Single Cask Nation. For more information, contact Jason Johnstone-Yellin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and organic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact Kyle Schmitz at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 703-794-7713.

Published: 20 March 2014

Rammy'sMarch 19, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Award-winning Catoctin Creek Distilling Company – based in historic Purcellville, VA in Loudoun County, celebrated for its premium spirits including Roundstone Rye, Watershed Gin, 1757 Brandy, and Mosby’s Spirit, amongst others – was announced as a finalist for ‘Regional Food & Beverage Producer of the Year’ last night at RAMW’s 2014 RAMMYS Nominations event hosted at The Hamilton in Washington D.C. amidst hundreds of high-profile hospitality industry professionals.

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) added the new ‘Regional Food & Beverage Producer of the Year’ award category to its line-up this year to celebrate some of the regions most respected artisans. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company – the first legal distillery to open in Loudoun County since before Prohibition – was included in this high-profile collection of nominees amongst other notable artisans including: Port City Brewing Company, DC Brau Brewing Company, Rappahannock Oyster Co., and Red Apron Butchery.

"We are extremely honored to be nominated for this prestigious award and would to thank RAWM for creating this award category this year showcasing hard-working artisans throughout the metropolitan area, who absolutely love what we do,” said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery. “We’re celebrating our 5 year anniversary this year, just opened the doors to our new distillery and tasting room this past summer, and this nomination adds a whole new level of excitement and recognition for all of us at the distillery as we move forward in 2014. We’re also thrilled to share this nomination with such a talented group of fellow artisans and we wish everyone the best of luck as we prepare for the 2014 RAMMY Awards Gala in Washington D.C. on June 22nd.”

The annual RAMMY Awards Gala is the signature annual fundraiser for Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) recognizing the best and brightest in the area’s vibrant restaurant industry. On Sunday, June 22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, winners from 21 categories will be announced and awarded, including four to be chosen by public vote. 2014 will serve as the 32nd Annual Gala.

About the RAMMYS:  Presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), The RAMMY Awards Gala honors the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the region’s restaurants and foodservice community. Named the #1 Food & Restaurant event by BIZBASH Magazine for four consecutive years, The RAMMYS celebrate one of Metropolitan Washington’s greatest assets: its restaurants. For more information on the 2014 RAMMY Awards click here.

About the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW):  The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is the regional trade association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Established in 1920, RAMW is an advocate, resource and community for its members. The Association works to promote and sustain the growth and development of the industry while providing its members legislative and regulatory representation, marketing and small business support, programming and events. RAMW strives to serve its members with professionalism and integrity, and provide them the training, education and support they need to grow a successful business. For additional information please visit www.RAMW.org.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 703-794-7713; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and organic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Kyle Schmitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for more information on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company please visit www.catoctincreek.com.

Published: 19 March 2014

Distilled Spirits Council Elects Eight-Member Advisory Council

February 4, 2014, Washington, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) announced that an eight-member Advisory Council has been elected by the Small Distiller Affiliate Members for a term through the 2015 Annual Policy Conference.

New Advisory Council members include Andrew Auwerda of Philadelphia Distilling, Philadelphia, PA; John Dannerbeck of Anchor Distilling Co., San Francisco, CA; Kent Fleischmann of Dry Fly Distilling, Spokane, WA; Dan Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery, Hye, TX; Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., Purcellville, VA; Wes Henderson of Louisville Distilling Co., Louisville, KY; Paul Hletko of Few Spirits, Evanston, IL; and Lance Winters of St. George Spirits, Alameda, CA.

“Today’s announcement enhancing the governance structure of DISCUS’ Small Distiller Affiliate group will help advance the public policy interests of distillers of all sizes in our nation’s capital, in the states, and around the globe,” Distilled Spirits Council CEO Peter H. Cressy said. “It is critically important to work together in addressing the ongoing challenges of market modernization and blocking job-killing hospitality taxes, while promoting social responsibility and moderation.”

The Small Distiller Affiliate Membership, which was originally launched in 2010, now numbers over 80 members in 30 states. Its purpose is to organize the growing number of small distilled spirits producers across the nation and to give them a voice in public policy issues affecting the industry at every level of government. In addition to public policy matters, the members have many opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities from export promotions abroad to high-level meetings and events with top legislative and policy leaders and major associations from the other industry tiers.

"Catoctin Creek has been a member of the Small Distiller Affiliate group since its inception in 2010," remarked Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek.  "We felt from the beginning it was important to play a proactive role with policy issues for small producers, and DISCUS more than any other organization, has been very effective in giving us a voice in DC and around the world.  I am thrilled to be elected by a group of my peers, and I am ready to get to work!"

About DISCUS:  The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) is the national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States. For more information, contact Frank Coleman at www.distilledspirits.org or 1250 Eye Street, NW, Suite 400. Washington, D.C. 20005. Tel: 202-682-8840.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and organic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact Kyle Schmitz at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 703-794-7713.

Published: 04 February 2014

October 29, 2013, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek Distillery has shipped its first order internationally.  A pallet of the popular Roundstone Rye whisky, made from 100% organic rye grain, left Purcellville, Virginia today bound for Singapore.  The buyer, Liberty Spirits Asia Pte. Limited, will distribute the whisky throughout its tasting rooms in southeast Asia.

"This is a very important day for us at the distillery," said Scott Harris, founder and General Manager at Catoctin Creek.  "We have always sold our spirits throughout the East Coast, highlighting what great local spirits they are, and we have had lots of interest because they're locally made.  But today, we can safely say, 'We're not just local, but world-class!' I cannot wait to see how this new Asian market develops."

Harris recently returned from business exploration trips to Shanghai and Germany, sponsored in part by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), and the small family-run distillery is now ramping up production to allow for international exports while meeting the demands at home.  "We're adding jobs and making more product," said Harris.  "Our distillery now employs seventeen people, and we're very proud of that in this economy."

"Based on their sustainable approach to production and pride in their spirits, we knew immediately that Catoctin Creek was a special distillery that we wanted to partner with," said Tyler Hendrie, co-founder of Liberty Spirits Asia.

"We're especially privileged to be bringing Catoctin Creek’s 100% organic Roundstone Rye whisky to the Asian market,” said Howard Lo, co-founder of Liberty Spirits Asia. “Catoctin Creek’s popularity and participation in the mid-Atlantic spirits community is inspiring, and we hope to bring that level of engagement to Asia."

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and organic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

About Liberty Spirits Asia: Liberty Spirits Asia Pte. Limited was established in 2013 with a mission to bring American craft spirits to Asia. Co-founded by Howard Lo and Tyler Hendrie, two Americans living in Singapore, Liberty Spirits Asia aims to increase appreciation of craft spirits in the region and be a trusted partner for American artisanal distilleries looking to Asia. Through The Secret Mermaid, their tasting room slated to open December 2013 in the heart of Singapore’s financial district, Liberty Spirits Asia is looking forward to bring the American craft spirit movement to the region.  For more information, contact Liberty at 141 Middle Road, 04-04B GSM Building, Singapore 188976. Tel: +65 9363 7641.

Published: 29 October 2013

1757 Virginia BrandyShort Hill Peach BrandyOctober 24, 2013, Purcellville, VA – Just in time for the holidays, Catoctin Creek is thrilled to announce the seasonal releases of is Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy and 1757 Virginia Brandy.  Last year, both of these brandies sold out in a very short period of time.  This year, we have increased our production and will have more bottles to offer.

On November 2 at noon, Catoctin Creek will release the Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy from their tasting room on Main Street in Purcellville.  The peach brandy is made entirely from Bluemont peaches, fermented and distilled and then aged in white oak barrels, bottled at 40% ABV.  The peach brandy is not a sweet liqueur, but rather a dry brandy done in the style of something one would find in Germany or France.  There are less than 1000 total bottles of the peach brandy this year, and will be sold exclusively at the distillery tasting room.

On November 16 at noon, Catoctin Creek will release its 1757 Virginia Brandy from the tasting room.  This brandy is made from Seyval blanc and Chambourcin wine grapes from Tarara and Fabbioli Cellars, aged in Bordeaux red wine casks for a minimum of two years, and bottled at 40% ABV.  1757 is the first commercial grape brandy ever produced in the Commonwealth, and around 1100 bottles will be available this year.

"We are always excited to put out our hyper-local fruit brandies," said Becky Harris, owner and chief distiller at Catoctin Creek. "These brandies are collaborations with some of Loudoun's great wineries, like Bluemont, Tarara and Fabbioli, and the results are always wonderful."

Catoctin Creek Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy - 40% ABV, 375ml, SRP $42.30. Star-K certified.

Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy - 40% ABV, 750ml, SRP $49.80.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and organic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Published: 24 October 2013

The Solar Array at Catoctin CreekAugust 27, 2013, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek Distillery has installed a large solar array covering the roof of its new facility on Main Street in Purcellville, Virginia.  The solar array, installed by Prospect Solar of Sterling, Virginia, will offset nearly 85% of the distillery's energy usage, and on very sunny days will return energy into the public grid.

"We are thrilled to have our new solar plant," said Scott Harris, owner and general manager of the distillery. "Since we began the distillery, we always looked for ways to improve our sustainability and green footprint.  We already recycle all of our waste from the distilling process by making alcohol cleanser and certified organic cattle feeds. With the new solar plant, we are able to continue this process by reducing our energy footprint.  Prospect Solar has been an excellent partner in this project."

The Case Building, which the distillery now calls home, is a nearly perfect site for solar because of its southern-facing, gently sloping roof.

"We are honored to work with Catoctin Creek Distillery, a small business leading by example in terms of sustainability," said Jim Stamer, President of Prospect Solar.  "The majority of their operation will be powered by a 41kW rooftop solar array that is large enough to offset the electricity of about five average households. Their business will benefit from lower operating costs, and hedge against rising utility rates for at least 25 years. All of the solar equipment to be used in the installation has been manufactured in the U.S.A.  Not only does Catoctin Creek produce local spirits, but they will also be producing local renewable energy for generations to come."

About Prospect Solar:  Prospect Solar, LLC was established in 2010 as the professional's choice for design/build solar photovoltaic energy system installation. We draw from the construction industry experiences of our sister company, Prospect Waterproofing Company. A foundation of over 20 years of roofing and waterproofing expertise allows us to provide our clients exceptional quality and value.  Our turn-key service is as sustainable as our business model by making continual investments in solar training, certifications, and oversight, to ensure the safest possible installations. Prospect Solar's services include engineering, economic analysis, financing, monitoring, and custom installations. For more information, contact us at www.prospectsolar.com or 18 Acacia Lane Sterling, VA 20166. Tel: 703-450-2387.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and organic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Published: 27 August 2013
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