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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

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Receives Platinum Award in the Green Business Challenge

Green Business Challenge PLATINUMOctober 30, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek has been awarded the Platinum Award, the highest level achievable, in the Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge.

The Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge is an alliance between the Loudoun County and Dulles Chambers of Commerce to promote businesses that make direct efforts to improve sustainability:

We are Sustainability@Work. The double meaning is intended! We are Loudoun Dulles Businesses saving energy, conserving water, reducing waste, combating congestion, protecting native habitat and reaching out to our employees, customers, communities and each other.  We are also Loudoun and Dulles Businesses putting environmental sustainability to work to help us save money and grow our sales.

We are a diverse bunch, ranging from businesses that are new to environmental sustainability through leaders and innovators in sustainability. We range from home-based businesses through Fortune 100 corporations. What we have in common is that we enjoy challenging ourselves and each other to become more environmentally and financially sustainable. For us, the Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge is a fun way to measure our accomplishments, identify new ways to save money and grow, meet one another and show customers, employees and our communities that we’re green.

Among Catoctin Creek's unique innovations for achieving this award, were the following:

  • Installation of a 41kW solar array, which offsets 80% of the company's electrical needs
  • Partial reclamation and reuse of waste water for cooling and cleaning purposes
  • Recycling of distillery by-products into cattle feed, alcohol cleansers and gasoline additives for automobiles.  Zero-waste in the production of our products!

"We are very pleased to be rewarded with the Platinum Level award from the Green Business Challenge," remarked Scott Harris, who attended the awards ceremony on behalf of the company.  "Every day we come into the office, we consider our impact on the planet, and how we can make delicious whisky in a responsible and sustainable manner.  It's very important to us!"

Learn more about Catoctin Creek's green initiatives, including a video tour of their solar plant, on their website, at www.catoctincreek.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 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 Announces Commemorative Pear Brandy Bottle

Pearousia Pear Brandy with Pear in the Bottle to Commemorate Five Year Anniversary!

PearousiaOctober 14, 2014, Purcellville, VA – To commemorate the five year anniversary of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, the Purcellville distillery is releasing twenty four hand-filled, hand-numbered bottles of seasonal "Pearousia" pear brandy with a full pear in each bottle.

"This bottling is very special," says Catoctin Creek founder, Scott Harris.  "In 2009, Becky and I established the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since Prohibition, and the first alcohol we produced was pear brandy.  The day our equipment was operational, we reached out to Doug Fabbioli, proprietor of Fabbioli Cellars, and asked him for help in obtaining something to distill.  He graciously offered us some of his pear wine, which ultimately became Catoctin Creek's Pearousia pear brandy.  Pearousia was the first distillate ever produced at Catoctin Creek. Our success was only possible through the pioneering work already done in Loudoun County by Doug Fabbioli."

Pearousia"If it weren't for Doug, we wouldn't be where we are today," said Becky Harris, chief distiller and founder of the distillery. "His generosity of spirit and can-do attitude inspired us and helped get us over the hump in starting our business!"

"Working with Becky and Scott at Catoctin Creek Distillery has been a great experience," said Doug Fabbioli, owner of Fabbioli Cellars.  "Our collaboration has helped both our businesses as well as created a model for other operations to expand the rural economy and continue using locally grown crops in more products."

PearousiaThis release of Pearousia pear brandy, each bottle containing an Asian pear, is released at 750ml.  Early in the spring, each bottle was attached to the pear trees at Patent House Farm Orchard in Lovettsville, Virginia, where the pollinated blossom inside the bottle was allowed to grow into a full-grown pear.  Fast forward to summer, when the ripened pears were cut from the trees and the bottles filled with Pearousia pear brandy.  Each bottle is individually numbered and signed by Scott and Becky Harris, and also signed by Doug Fabbioli.

Catoctin Creek Pearousia "Pear in the Bottle" will be available for $149 only at the Purcellville distillery starting October 14th.  No call in orders will be accepted.  Only customers arriving at the distillery will have the opportunity to purchase this rare release.

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.

About Fabbioli Cellars:  Fabbioli Cellars is a small, family owned and operated vineyard and winery. We focus on growing and making high quality red wines using traditional methods and 21st century knowledge. Through hard work, good decisions and great relationships with customers, family and friends, we have been able to succeed at this dream.  For more info contact them at 15669 Limestone School Road, Leesburg, Virginia, phone 703-771-1197, www.fabbioliwines.com.

Catoctin Creek Now Available in Connecticut

ConnecticutSeptember 24, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek is now available in Connecticut through Craft Beer Guild of CT, a division of Blueprint Brands.  Catoctin Creek will soon be available at fine restaurants, bars, and retail stores throughout the state.

"We are thrilled to continue our expansion on the east coast of the United States.  Distribution in Connecticut is a natural market in our efforts to grow our brand from its current mid-Atlantic region,"  said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "We've had so much interest in our spirits in the New York region, that our distributor was anxious to get us into Connecticut as well!"  Blueprint Brands now distributes Catoctin Creek products in three of their territories: New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

"We are pleased to add Catoctin Creek to our Connecticut portfolio of beverages," says Jay Frary, General Manager for Blueprint Brands, a division of L. Knife and Sons. "The spirits from Catoctin Creek are well-recognized for their organic and boutique quality. Recent press in the Daily Beast, Men's Journal, and the Washington Post have also highlighted how special these truly hand-crafted products are in the marketplace!"

Currently, the following spirits will be available in Connecticut:

  • Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye
  • Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye "92 Proof"
  • Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" (based on seasonal availability)
  • Catoctin Creek Organic Mosby's Spirit
  • Catoctin Creek Organic Watershed Gin

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.

2014 Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Release - Brandy Barrel Rye

September 18, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek is proud to announce the release of our newest expression of Roundstone Rye Cask Proof!  Bottled at 59.8% alcohol by volume, or 119.6 proof, this is one seriously strong dram of whisky!

This expression of cask proof is very special. Starting with our classic single-barrel Roundstone Rye, using 100% organic rye, and as always, made by us, this expression was aged first in Minnesota white oak and then finished in a Bordeaux red wine barrel that previously aged our 1757 Virginia Brandy. This expression, batch B14E3, is dark, almost reddish in color, with a deep woody, caramel taste with that characteristic rye snap, and a noticeably fruity nose from the presence of the grape. Truly spectacular, and only 283 bottles of this one were produced. It will not last!

Roundstone Rye Cask Proof will be released at the Purcellville distillery on Oct. 19 for VIP members and Nov. 1 for the general public.  Information on VIP Club may be found here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/vip-club

Catoctin Creek Cask Proof was called a “huge rye” and “great fun” in the 2014 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

Limited amounts of this expression will also be released into our markets in New York, Maryland, DC, Massachusetts.

What: Catoctin Creek Cask Proof Release
Where:

Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia

When:

VIP ONLY:  Oct. 19, 7pm

General Public: Nov. 1, 12pm

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" Whisky, 59.8% ABV, whisky distilled from 100% rye, 750ml, SRP $85.65.  While supplies last!

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.

 

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company expands capacity with new bottling line

Distillery expands bottling capacity ten-fold to allow future growth and new opportunities.

Bottling LineJuly 28, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has installed a new semi-automated bottling line.  The system, manufactured by Liquid Packaging Solutions of LaPorte, Indiana, is 100% American-made and will allow the distillery to greatly increase their bottling capacity.

"This is a big improvement in our overall production process," said Becky Harris, President, Distiller, and Chief of Production.  "While we have spare production capacity in our potstills and fermenters, our bottling capacity was quickly becoming an issue.  It was literally the bottleneck in our process."

The new bottling system will allow the distillery to bottle approximately 10,000 or more bottles per month, a dramatic increase over current production.  Further, the distillery will now have the capacity to offer bottling services to local beverage producers (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

The award-winning distillery has become known for its community volunteer bottling days, and while the new equipment will allow the distillery to bottle the majority of their products more quickly, they still plan to host bottling workshops on a quasi-monthly basis.

Bottling Line

"Since we started five years ago, the bottling workshops have been a fun way to connect with customers and to provide a hands-on experience for our fans," said Scott Harris, Founder of the distillery. "For that reason, we will continue to do them.  The workshops are so much fun, and we get a lot of positive feedback from people when we do them."

The bottling line should be fully operational by the end of the month.  Look for the new bottling line to be included on tours starting this weekend.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 202-827-4595; 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.

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