Catoctin Creek founder Scott Harris on All Things Loudoun podcast

If you've ever wanted to learn what it was like starting the distillery, and what were some of the biggest challenges we faced, this podcast is a great in-depth interview with Scott Harris, our founder:


All Things Loudoun Podcast


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May 2016 News

Welcome to May!

 Sara Brown from Oakland Green

It is so wonderful to have May here!  I like winter, but I'm always glad when it's over, and now we're undeniably into spring!  Dogwoods are blooming, and down by our creek, the spring peepers are singing!  

As you may or may not know, since we started the distillery, we give all of our spent rye mash to farmers like Sara Brown, from Oakland Green farm in Lincoln, Virginia (pictured above).  We were very pleased to learn from Sara that spring has brought her eleven new calves (and counting)!  These babies and their mamas are fed on the nutritious by-product of our whisky production, which means we'll need to keep working to make that whisky and feed those babies!  Congrats, Sara!

Great News this Month!

Last month, we also received so much great press, I just had to share it.  Please join me in celebrating the following stories:

Becky named as a top female distiller in the Spirits Business

Catoctin Creek named in the Huffington Post

Becky named in Top 100 Women of Loudoun County

Catoctin Creek receives GOLD for best distillery in Virginia


Barrels for Sale!

Barrels for Sale

We have a few of our spent-whisky barrels for sale now to the public.  If you're interested in getting a barrel, give us a call or come on by the distillery.  They are $195/ea and are of good quality for making into furniture/novelty pieces for your home bar, but they're also still moist with whisky, having been freshly dumped.  So if you are a brewer or a winemaker, these work perfectly for barrel aging your brews.

If you're a large-scale brewer, please contact us for discounted bulk pricing.


May Bottling Workshop

Bottling Workshop

If you've never joined us on a bottling workshop, you're missing out on a great fun morning.  We start each workshop with coffee, donuts and bagels.  Relax and get breakfast in our tasting room.  After breakfast, we go into the distillery, where Scott gives a fantastic tour of the process of making whisky.  Then, after the tour, we begin the workshop, where we teach you and you bottle your own whisky.  It is great fun, and a chance to see behind-the-scenes action at the distillery.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we end with a tasting of our Mosby's Spirit, Roundstone Rye, and Watershed Gin.  (We've learned that it best to do the tasting at the end of the workshop!)

If you'd like to learn more, and join us (the cost is FREE), please click here for more information

Dinner in June

Dinner at the Distillery

One of our most elegant events is our Dinner in the Distillery, where we serve a delicious four-course seasonal menu carefully paired with seasonal cocktails.  We've received nothing but rave reviews from the dinner, and know you'll enjoy it too.  It is a perfect setting for celebrating an anniversary, birthday, engagement, or just a great dinner with a group of friends.  Whatever the event, please come and celebrate with us!

Our next dinner is in June, and space is limited.

if you'd like to learn more, please click here for more information.


Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • May 14 - Meet the Maker - Vitick's Switchel - Jill Vitick will be in our tasting room telling us about the history of switchel, the original farmer's Gatorade! FREE to attend
  • May 21 - Oyster Fest at Grilled Oyster - Join us in DC for great beer, great cocktails, and all you can eat oysters!  $35/pp
  • May 28 - Bottling Workshop - Enjoy a morning of coffee, bottling your own Roundstone Rye, and tasting your way through our spirits! FREE to attend
  • June 10 - Dinner at the Distillery - Enjoy our sumptuous four course dinner with seasonal cocktails.  $99/pp

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.


Cocktail of the Month – Some Call It Work

Some Call It Work

This cocktail was a favorite at our Whisky Wednesday event at the Ashby Inn last month.  This cocktail is a creation of Tony Burke, who tends bar at Mason Social in Alexandria, Virginia.  The basil syrup can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for future cocktails. 

2 oz. Watershed Gin
¾ oz. lemon
¾ oz. Thai basil syrup*
1 oz. egg white
basil leaf garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake heavily, and strain into a martini glass or coupe.  Garnish with a basil leaf.

*Thai basil syrup: Mix together 1 cup of sugar and 1 of water in a 1 qt saucepan. Bring the mixture to about 170 degrees and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Let the mixture simmer and steep the about 12 leaves of thai basil in the sugar syrup for about 30 mins. Remove the basil leaves and store the syrup in a closed container for up to two weeks in a refrigerator.

Recipe courtesy Tony Burke, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.


In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Scott & Becky

Catoctin Creek in Huffington Post Travel

Scott and the barrels at Catoctin Creek

Northern Virginia got special attention in this month's travel section of The Huffington Post.  Malorie Yolen-Cohen lists the top 27 things to do while in our area, and calls us out at #4:

This territory just west of our Nation’s Capital, encompassing the growing-hipper-by-the-day towns of Leesburg and Purcellville, is touted as “DC’s Wine Region.” But though Loudoun County claims over 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries are also opening at fast pace. Many, not surprisingly, are owned and operated by former government contractors - engineers and scientists who wish to apply their knowledge of physics and chemistry to the spirits world.


4. Try out a slew of spirits at the source in Catoctin Creek Distillery’s repurposed 1921 garage (Purcellville). Engineers Becky and Scott Harris now apply their brainpower towards making incredibly good small batch whisky, gin and brandy. The world is slowly taking notice.

You can read the full article and check out the other fun places that were mentioned, here.

The Spirits Business, Top Female Distillers: Becky Harris

Becky Harris

Becky enjoyed more press coverage this week, getting featured in The Spirits Business infographic on top female distillers:

Becky Harris founded the first distillery in Loudoun County, Virginia, since Prohibition with her husband Scott in 2009. Becky’s experience in manufacturing control, as well as her Chemical Engineering degree, made her a natural fit for the role of chief distiller, while Scott, a computer engineer, manages the business. Previously, Becky worked at companies such as Amoco, YDK America, and CIBA, specialising in industrial processes and production systems. At Catocin, a certified organic and kosher distillery, the couple creates a range of whiskeys, ryes, gins and brandies.

Read the full story, here.

Becky Harris named in Top 100 Women in Loudoun County

Thanks to the Loudoun Business Journal for naming Becky Harris, our chief distiller and founder (and my loving wife!), in their 100 Women in Loudoun County in the Spring 2016 issue.  Becky's hard work has gotten her a place, literally, right alongside Madeleine Albright!  She's obviously in fine, and well-deserved company!

Congrats to Becky and to all the other wonderful ladies who shared the honor!

Becky Harris, Loudoun Business Journal

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Purcellville, VA 20132

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