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Press Release: Catoctin Creek Awarded 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Recognized as a Top Performing Attraction as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Trip Advisor 2015 Certificate of ExcellencePurcellville, Virginia – May 20, 2015 – Catoctin Creek Distillery today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Catoctin Creek, and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Hannah Blymier, Tasting Room Manager at Catoctin Creek. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s own customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.

"TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

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 TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014
**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2015

Press Release: Becky Harris Honored in New York City by Women Chefs and Restaurateurs

CATOCTIN CREEK DISTILLERY’S BECKY HARRIS WINS WCR: WOMEN CHEFS & RESTAURATEUR ‘GOLDEN GOBLET’ AWARD AT “WOMEN WHO INSPIRE” AWARDS GALA IN NYC ON APRIL 20TH

April 22, 2015, Purcellville, VA – On Monday, April 20th, amongst a sea of hundreds of some of the most celebrated women in the hospitality industry nationwide, Becky Harris, co-owner and chief distiller at Catoctin Creek Distillery, received the WCR Golden Goblet Service Award at the 2015 WCR: Women Chefs & Restaurateurs’ “Women Who Inspire” Awards Gala hosted in New York City. The award recognizes excellence in the beverage profession and honors a woman whose making or serving of beer, wine, spirits, coffee or tea enhances the dining experience.

Becky and husband and business partner Scott Harris launched the award-winning Catoctin Creek Distillery – the first distillery to open in Loudoun County, Virginia since before prohibition – in 2009.  Becky Harris is one of less than a dozen female distiller-operators in the United States. A chemical engineer and graduate with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Becky has worked at companies like Amoco, YDK America, and CIBA, specializing in industrial processes and production systems. Eventually after her husband brought the idea of opening a distillery to the table several years ago, Becky’s background has since played a major role in taking her knowledge and applying it to something she loved – making the finest distilled spirits in Virginia.

"It was such an honor not only attend the awards gala surrounded by some of the most talented and respected women in the food and beverage industry, but to receive the Golden Goblet award honoring my work in the spirits industry. I’m just so humbled and grateful to be recognized for such a prestigious award!" said Ms. Harris.

Becky and Carla Hall at WCR 2015

Becky Harris receives the "Golden Goblet" award from Chef Carla Hall at the 2015 WCR "Women Who Inspire" Awards Gala.  Photo credit WCR.

About WCR: Established by Barbara Tropp and seven pioneering women chefs and restaurateurs, WCR is an active resource for women seeking to advance culinary education and gain recognition in various areas of the food and beverage industry. Through invaluable experiences and opportunities, WCR helps leverage the voice of talented women, helping to elevate their position while building a strong connection of industry peers. These connections have influenced the careers of many notable chefs today. For more information on WCR: Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, please visit www.WomenChefs.org.

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.

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Press Release: Catoctin Creek ships first order to Europe

Arriving in Spring 2015 in Germany, the United Kingdom, and surrounding EU countries.

April 6, 2015, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek has expanded its international distribution into Europe through Haromex Development GmbH.  The products available in the EU will be:

  • Roundstone Rye, 80 proof (40% ABV), 700 mL
  • Roundstone Rye, 92 proof (46% ABV), 700 mL
  • Roundstone Rye, CASK PROOF (58% ABV), 700 mL
  • Roundstone Rye "Haromex bottling" (58% ABV), 700 mL
  • Watershed Gin, 92 proof (46% ABV), 700 mL

Catoctin Creek's products will initially launch in the countries of Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, and the Czech Republic. Distribution into other EU countries is available through Haromex's exclusive network of preferred partners.

"Welcome to Europe! We are happy to have our spirits reach the great people of Europe!" remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery. "Catoctin Creek has been visiting Europe for a few years now, both in Germany and in the UK, and we've always had such great reception to our products. We are very happy, therefore, to finally reach this deal and begin importing into the continent."

Owned by the van Soest family, Haromex Development GmbH is one of the leading alcohol niche suppliers in Germany, but also to numerous other EU countries through subsidiaries and a loyal network of partners. Located in the small German town of Brüggen, near the Dutch border, Haromex employs two generations of van Soests. The Company's founder and CEO is John van Soest. John has almost 50 years of experience as a spirits supplier and still enjoys life at the company helm. Harald van Soest is in charge of all commercial activities and his brother Roger is responsible for company finances & administration.  Each year Haromex sells a staggering amount of some of the world's highest quality spirits to European shops and restaurants. Haromex provides drinks manufacturers worldwide with a specialized distribution channel for high-quality products.

About Haromex: Haromex Development GmbH (Weihersfeld 45, D-41379 Brüggen, Germany; Phone: +49 2163-95 73 0, Fax: +49 2163-95 73 25, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is one of the largest specialty importers of spirits products into Europe. The company's cooperation partners include top quality outlets and specialists in the target areas. For this reason, the portfolio contains over 5,000 of the finest spirits. For more information, please visit www.haromex.com.

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.

Announcing the Winners of the Catoctin Creek Art Contest

Purcellville, VA, March 29, 2015 — On a crisp Sunday evening, Catoctin Creek held their event to announce the winners in the 2015 Catoctin Creek Art Contest.  A large crowd of artists were present to witness the results:

  • In first place:  "Party at Catoctin Creek", by Randy Krinkles, winning $1000.
  • In second place:  "Case Building Etching in Black", by Paige Ulvi, winning $500.
  • In third place:  "Distillery Vats", by Dora Ramirez, winning $250.

The winning entries were selected from among 141 entrants to the contest.  The selection process was done using blind ballots by the employees of the Purcellville distillery, and the results were tabulated to find the winners.  Also attending the event were representatives for the Loudoun Arts Council and the Round Hill Arts Center, both of whom received donations from the distillery and patrons of the event.

"Choosing the winning entries was really difficult," remarked founder and president, Becky Harris.  "There were so many styles and so many wonderful pieces; honestly, I wish we could have chosen ten or twelve winners!"

The contest was created to foster arts in the community, and the distillery received a diverse set of entries, including photography, paintings, mixed-media, charcoal drawings, etchings, pottery, and watercolors.  All entries in the contest will be on display at the distillery now and throughout the month of April.  Now that the contest voting period is over, the artists' names will be placed on each piece so that they may receive recognition for their work.  The general public is invited to view the pieces at Catoctin Creek's Main Street location in Purcellville.

"We were really pleased with the results of this contest," said Scott Harris, founder and general manager of the distillery.  "The art we received is top notch, showing we live in a county rich with the arts."  During the evening event, Scott spoke further about the need for arts in the community: "There is so much discussion today in our news and in politics, both on the left and the right, about the need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) based-education and job-training.  In the process, arts and humanities are being cut back and removed from our public curricula.  I think it does our country and our people a disservice to focus solely on STEM without the respect and time due to the humanities.  Humanities enrich our lives in ways far beyond mere physical wealth.  That is one reason that we wanted to hold this contest, to encourage those out there who don't fit into the typical STEM philosophy."

After the success of Catoctin Creek's first art contest, look for it to return in 2016.

The Winning Entries

Show below, left to right, art by Randy Krinkles (1st place), Paige Ulvi (2nd place), and Dora Ramirez (3rd place).

Randy Krinkles Art Paige Ulvi Art Dora Ramirez Art

The Winning Artists:

Show below, left to right, posing with Scott Harris, are artists Randy Krinkles (1st place), Paige Ulvi (2nd place), and Dora Ramirez (3rd place).

Randy Krinkles Paige Ulvi Art Dora Ramirez Art

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.

Catoctin Creek Receives Awards from San Francisco and New York

Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" receives Silver Medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and 87 point rating at Ultimate Spirits Challenge

SFWSC Silver  USC 87 Points

Purcellville, VA, March 28, 2015 — In the same week, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has been awarded two medals for its Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" whisky from two of the top international spirits judging contests:  a silver medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and an 87 point rating (Very Good, Strong Recommendation) from F. Paul Pacult's Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) in New York City.  Both competitions are very well regarded as some of the most impartial and well attended competitions in the world.

From the USC review:

Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" - Very pretty pale gold color. Big, bright, floral aromas followed in the mouth by a huge blast of sweet grain and spice. This one goes to 11! The finish leans toward bitter almond and spice, and then the floral elements return. 87 points - Very Good, Strong Recommendation

"We are very excited by this happy news:  two medals in one week!" remarked Scott Harris, founder and general manager at Catoctin Creek.  "These two competitions are the gold standards for spirits judging, receiving thousands of entrants from across the industry worldwide.  To be selected for these medals, in competitions that perform completely blind tastings, shows that our spirits truly stand up to the international standard and are truly among the best in the world!"

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is regarded as the most respected spirits competition in the world. The Competition was the first comprehensive, international spirits judging ever held in the United States on an annual basis. Products are evaluated by top spirits professionals and are judged in a blind, consensual procedure ensuring competitive integrity and making this annual competition the most reputable and recognized competition in the spirits industry.

Ultimate Beverage Challenge is the definitive spirits and wine evaluation company today. Its two world-class competitions Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Challenge provide unparalleled value, offering results that are reliable and easily understandable in today’s marketplace, creating opportunities for the industry, and establishing the platinum standard that defines what beverage evaluation should be. 

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.

Catoctin Creek Receives Silver Medal from BTI

Purcellville, VA, March 6, 2015 — Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has been awarded a silver medal from the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" was awarded 87 points (Highly Recommended) and won silver in the category of rye whiskey.

From the review:

Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" - Amber color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of spumoni gelato, beeswax candle, cedar spice rack, and burnt sugar with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-long nutmeg, pink pepper, dried fruits, and chili pepper finish. A very spice forward rye that will pop in cocktails. 87 points - Highly Recommended - Silver

The Beverage Testing Institute was founded in 1981 with the objective of producing fair and impartial wine reviews for consumers. Today, this philosophy still holds true. Over the years, their buying guides have appeared in the Wine Enthusiast, Restaurant Hospitality, The New Yorker Magazine, Wine & Spirits, International Wine Review, Epicurious.com, All About Beer, and many others.

"We are very glad to receive these awards," said founder and co-distiller Scott Harris. "BTI is one of the most respected names in beverage reviews, and we're very happy to get this praise for our whisky." Mr. Harris is the Vice President and General Manager at Catoctin Creek, a family run "mom and pop" operation he and his wife, Becky Harris, started in 2009.

For more information about the Beverage Testing Institute, see http://www.tastings.com.

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.

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