Richmond, VA, August 1, 2012 – A growing number of Virginia's agricultural products were highlighted this month at the Executive Mansion as distilled spirits products from two local craft distilleries, Catoctin Creek and Copper Fox, were poured at several Mansion receptions. Virginia gift sets including Catoctin Creek and Copper Fox distilled spirits products were also presented to honor distinguished Virginians.
"Virginia has a rich history of distilled spirits dating back to George Washington’s successful whiskey distillery at Mount Vernon, and with the emergence of craft distilling, the Commonwealth is once again taking its place as a top producer of premium spirits products," Governor McDonnell commented.
"We are very proud to have our products served at the Executive Mansion," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery. "Virginia has been a rising star in the wine industry, and we aim to prove that the Commonwealth is also a top producer of whiskey, gin and brandy."
The pour list at the Executive Mansion included Catoctin Creek's Roundstone Rye, an aged rye whiskey; Mosby's Spirit, an un-aged spirit reminiscent of traditional Virginia whiskeys before Prohibition; and Watershed Gin, one of the only gins produced in the Commonwealth. Copper Fox Distillery’s gold medal award winning Wasmund’s Rye Whisky was also served, along with its single malt whisky.
"We are thankful for this opportunity to share our handcrafted products," said Rick Wasmund, owner and master distiller of Copper Fox Distillery "From the beginning, we have set out to make a whisky that is not only the best in Virginia but also among the best in the world. We are very proud to use all Virginia products in making our whisky including locally harvested grain, apple wood, cherry wood and oak."
In collaboration with Governor McDonnell’s "Choose the Commonwealth" initiative that he introduced during his inauguration in 2010, the Executive Mansion and First Lady continue to bring new Virginia products into the Mansion each week. The Executive Mansion is almost exclusively using Virginia products, including food and beverage daily. Sarah Scarbrough, Director of The Executive Mansion, thanked the Distilled Spirits Council for facilitating the donation of the craft distiller products.
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and organic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.
Copper Fox Distillery is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Sperryville, Virginia. The distillery’s primary products are Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky and Copper Fox Rye Whisky. Copper Fox is the only distillery in North America that malts its own barley. They are also the only the distillery in the world that flavors its malt with apple and cherry wood smoke. For more information, contact www.copperfox.biz or The Copper Fox Distillery, 9 River Lane Sperryville, VA 22740