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Press Release: Catoctin Creek now available in California

Arriving in March, 2015 in the Golden State.

February 23, 2015, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek expanded its distribution into California through JVS Imports, a wine and spirits importer and wholesaler located in South San Francisco.  Initially, the Purcellville distillery will ship its award winning Roundstone Rye and Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" into the California market.

"This is a watershed day for us, since California is one of the biggest and most significant markets in the US," said Scott Harris, founder of the distillery.  "We've waited quite some time before feeling like we were ready for the west coast again. We feel JVS will be an excellent partner in distribution into the state."

This marks the return of the Virginia distillery into the California market.  Originally in California in 2010, the company later pulled back from the state to focus on local markets like Virginia, DC, and Maryland.  "Now, with the expanded capacity of the new distillery on Main Street in Purcellville, we feel we have the product supply to move into California more confidently," said Mr. Harris.

"We at JVS Imports are delighted to be adding the Catoctin Creek selection of products to our existing portfolio of American Craft Spirits," said Sam Filmus, president of JVS Imports.  "This multi-award winning distillery offers the finest spirits available. The JVS Team is excited to introduce the line to California's fine spirits consumers."

Initial distribution will start around the southern California area before moving into the rest of the state.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; 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 Virginia spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, and seasonal brandy from Virginia wines. 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.

About JVS Imports: JVS Wine and Spirit Imports (360 Swift Ave. Block B Suite 9, South San Francisco, CA 94080; Phone: 650-869-5555) was started over 10 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1997 Sam Filmus and his family began the business of importing and distributing wines from Eastern Europe. The business grew in two important directions. The first was the development of JVS as an importer with a national network of distributors for its products. The second was the growth of JVS as a wholesaler in California.  For more information, please visit www.jvsimports.com.

Press Release: Catoctin Creek releases Barrel "Rested" Gin

Announcing Pearousia Barrel "Old Tom" Style Watershed Gin!

Chad and the Old Tom gin!February 12, 2015, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek is pleased to announce the limited release of our Pearousia Barrel "Old Tom" style Watershed Gin.  We took our regular, award-winning Watershed Gin, and set some aside for a time to rest in a re-used Pearousia pear brandy barrel.  The result is a golden, rich, and surprisingly fruity gin which gleams in those cocktails made for Old Tom gins, like the famous Ramos Gin Fizz.*

"This entire product is the work of our brand ambassador, Chad Robinson," said Scott Harris, founder of the distillery.  "Chad came to us with the idea, and begged us to reserve a couple spent Pearousia barrels for him.  We filled them with gin, let them rest, and when the time was right--and the flavors were at their peak--we pulled the gin from the barrel to bottle it.  The result is very exciting!"

There will only be 344 bottles available for sale, which will be evenly divided between Catoctin Creek Distillery's tasting room, and the Maryland / Washington DC market served by Bacchus Importers, Ltd.  "Obviously, we expect this to sell out very quickly," added Mr. Robinson. "If you're in the DC area, I'll be pouring tastings at Weygandt Wines in Cleveland Park on March 14th."

Each 750 mL bottle is bottled at 92.4 proof (46.2% ABV).  The Virginia ABC price is $50.90.

The formal release schedule for the "Old Tom" Watershed Gin is:

At the Distilery:

  • Sunday, March 1 -- Available for purchase to VIP members
  • Sunday, March 8 -- "Ramos Gin Fizz" Shake Off Event -- For VIP members, a cocktail party celebrating the new gin with classic cocktail fun!
  • Sunday, March 15 -- Available for purchase to the general public

At Weygandt Wines in DC:

  • Saturday, March 14 -- Chad will be pouring tastings at Weygandt Wines with the new gin, among other Catoctin Creek products

At Hank's on the Hill in DC:

  • Monday, March 16 -- Launch party at Hanks on the Hill from 5pm - 7pm, featuring a $5 happy hour punch and special cocktail menu at $10 apiece.

The new Catoctin Creek Pearousia Barrel "Old Tom" Watershed Gin will only be available in limited release, and each bottle is hand numbered.  Look for this and more exciting releases to come in 2015.

*Need that recipe for a Ramos Gin Fizz?  Happy to oblige:

Old Tom ginRamos Gin Fizz

3 oz Catoctin Creek "Old Tom" Watershed Gin
1/2 oz parts fresh lime juice
1/2 oz fresh fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
4 oz cream
1 egg white
3 dashes Orange flower water
2 drops Vanilla extract
Soda water

Pour all ingredients except soda in a mixing glass, dry shake (no ice) for two minutes, add ice and hard shake for another minute.

Strain into a highball glass without ice, top with soda.

Recipe courtesy Wikipedia.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; 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, and seasonal brandy from Virginia wines. 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.

Press Release: Catoctin Creek wins GOLD and SILVER in UK Whisky Competition

CATOCTIN CREEK DISTILLERY’S ROUNDSTONE RYE CASK PROOF & ROUNDSTONE RYE 92 PROOF AWARDED GOLD & SILVER MEDALS AT THE 3RD ANNUAL ‘WIZARDS OF WHISKY’ WORLD AWARDS IN THE UK

February 5, 2015, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek Distillery’s critically acclaimed Roundstone Rye “Cask Proof” and Roundstone Rye “92 Proof” each took home medals at the 3rd Annual Wizards of Whisky World Awards for 2015, hosted in the UK. The Roundstone Rye “Cask Proof” secured the gold medal for the ‘World’s Best Other/Grain Whisky’ category and the Roundstone Rye “92 Proof” received the silver medal for the same category.

The international awards – founded by whisky connoisseur Dominic Roskrow – has become one of the most talked about and respected competitions celebrating the best whisky from all across the globe. Entries for the international competition were due on October 30th, the judging process took place in two stages throughout November and December, and winners were selected and announced in January 2015. The awards were judged by two panels of experts made up of bloggers, writers, retailers, and members of Wizard’s founder Dominic Roskrow’s VIP club, which have been tasting whisky from around the world for over 10 years.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded with two medals as a result of entering our Roundstone Rye products into this prestigious international whisky competition," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. "It’s such an honor that the Wizards of Whisky World Awards, after performing blind tastings of hundreds of spirits from around the world, named Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" its #7 whisky in the grain whisky spirits category, and earning it a gold medal. That's beating out some pretty big names in the whisky world right now, like Whistlepig, Bushmills, Redbreast, and Greenspot, just to name a few! And Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" came in at a very respectable #18 in the same category, earning silver.”

2015 Wizards of Whisky Categories:

  • World’s Best Whisky
  • World’s Best Single Malt
  • World’s Best Blend
  • World’s Best Other/Grain Whisky
  • American Whiskey of the Year
  • African/Asian Whisky of the Year
  • Canadian Whisky of the Year
  • European Whisky of the Year
  • Irish Whisky of the Year
  • Japanese Whisky of the Year
  • World Distiller of the Year
  • American Distiller of the Year
  • African/Asian Distiller of the Year
  • Canadian Distiller of the Year
  • European Distiller of the Year
  • Irish Distiller of the Year
  • Japanese Distiller of the Year
  • Independent Bottler of the Year
  • World's Top 20 Whiskies
  • Next Big Thing Award

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; 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.

The 2015 Catoctin Creek Art Contest

Loudoun County distillery sponsors its first Art Contest for local artists - $1000 Grand Prize!

Catoctin Creek Art CollageJanuary 28, 2015, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek is proud to announce its first ever art contest.  Intended as a way to support and promote the diverse local art community of Loudoun County, Virginia and surrounding areas, Catoctin Creek will accept submissions of art, with a grand prize of $1000 for the winning piece!

Just announced:  Awards Event - March 29, 7pm.  Details here.

"Becky and I have always loved art, and live in a county rich with local artists," remarked Scott Harris.  "We wanted to see what kind of art is out there, and give local artists a platform to show off their work."

Submissions will be accepted until March 13, 2015, at 5:00pm.  The contest will be judged by the employees of the Loudoun distillery, and a winner will be chosen on March 20th.

  • Grand Prize:  $1000
  • Second Place:  $500
  • Third Place:  $250

All submitted entries will be eligible for display in our tasting room for the entire month of April. 

Submissions should reflect some aspect of Catoctin Creek (the distillery or the creek), life in Virginia, Maryland or Washington DC, and reflect revelry, culture, enjoyment of life, whiskey, drinking, etc.  We give wide latitude for the maximum artistic creativity.  Nearly any submission will be acceptable, including, but not limited to:

  • Landscapes
  • Still Lifes
  • Portraits
  • Sculpture
  • Music
  • Jewelry
  • And any media types:  Watercolors / Mixed Media / Photography / Painting / Ink / etc.

Submissions may be made in person at the distillery, or electronically in a high-quality file TIFF, AI, PDF, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pictured above, clockwise from top left, art by Andrew Spell, Jay Cliburn, David Buchanan, and Firefly Imageworks.

Rules of the Contest

All entries become the property of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, LLC.   Don't want to submit the original?  That's cool!  We get that.  Then just submit a digital image or a print of the artwork.  That's fine with us!  That's what we'll keep, and you can keep the original if you like.

We may elect to use your art in national promotions (even non-winning entries), and in all such cases, the artist will be given credit for their work.

All artwork must be 100% original, and artists must verify that their work is unique through a provided affidavit. 

For fairness, Catoctin Creek employees will select the winning pieces through a blind process (artist name is unknown during the selections). 

For further information, or questions, please contact the distillery at the address provided below.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; 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.

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Holds Steady Virginia Pricing; Lowers Prices on White Spirits

Loudoun County distillery absorbs Virginia ABC mark-up; Mosby's Spirit and Watershed Gin prices will drop

November 25, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Despite the increase in mark-ups recently announced by the Virginia ABC board, Catoctin Creek will hold steady its retail pricing, essentially absorbing the cost of the mark-ups at the wholesale level and shielding the consumer from the price mark-up for its own products.  The retail price on Watershed Gin and Mosby's Spirit, the distillery's "white" spirits category, will be further reduced.

"We felt it was unfair to push another price increase to the consumers in a state that already sees the third highest liquor mark-up in the country," remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery.  "This time, we've decided to absorb the mark-up increases to hold our prices essentially steady so our customers do not feel this pain."

The distillery will still see minor changes in their pricing due to the Virginia ABC's new policy of "rounding to the nines," which means all pricing within the ABC system will be rounded up to nine cents in the last digit.  (For example, a product that once cost $34.15 would become $34.19.)

Catoctin Creek's new per-bottle retail pricing in Virginia, will be as follows:

  • Roundstone Rye "80 proof" - $44.99
  • Roundstone Rye "92 proof" - $52.79
  • Mosby's Spirit - $29.49 (new lower price)
  • Watershed Gin - $34.19 (new lower price)
  • 1757 Virginia Brandy - $49.99
  • Pearousia Pear Brandy - $42.49
  • Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy - $42.49

As required by law, the pricing at the distillery store will match the Virginia ABC system pricing.  New pricing becomes effective December 8, 2014.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; 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.

Thirteen Distillers Unanimously Opposed to Virginia Spirits Tax

October 30, 2014 — Today, thirteen Virginia Distillers sent a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe, in opposition to the Governor's proposal to raise spirits taxes in the Commonwealth of Virginia yet again. The Virginia Distillers signing the letter are:

Scott Harris
Founder
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
Purcellville, VA

Brian Prewitt
Master Distiller
A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Fredericksburg, VA

Scott Schumaker
Founder
Appalachian Mountain Spirits LLC
Marion, VA

Charles Miller
President and Founder
Belmont Farms of Va., Inc
Culpeper, VA

Chris Richeson
Founder
Chesapeake Bay Distillery
Virgina Beach, VA

Rick Wasmund
Founder
Copper Fox Distillery
Sperryville, VA

Michael E. Bowles
Managing Member
Montdomaine Wines & Spirits
Albemarle County, VA

Dick Garofalo
Founder
Garofalo Artisan Liqueurs
Winchester, VA

Kristi Croxton
Business Manager
James River Distillery
Richmond, VA

Marc Chretien
Founder
Mount Defiance Cidery and Distillery
Middleburg, VA

Christine Riggleman
CEO
Silverback Distillery
Nellysford, VA

Gareth H. Moore
Chairman
The Virginia Distillery Company
Lovingston, VA

Alex Wotring
Founder
Belle Isle Craft Spirits
Richmond, VA

Read the entire letter that was sent to the governor by clicking the image below.

Letter to the Governor

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