One of my favorite weekend rituals is pulling out the Washington Post weekend magazine and browsing through it on a leisurely Sunday morning. And one of my favorite sections in the magazine is Closer Inspection by Kris Coronado. How thrilling, then, is it to be featured in the magazine ourselves? (Very thrilling, I must tell you!)
Kris explores the distillery process, from grain to glass. Here she is talking about the bottling operation:
The staff likes to call the distillery's Enolmaster bottling machine 'the whisky cow.' The hand-operated system fills four bottles at once. "We usually have a group of volunteers that come in and help us bottle," Harris says.
Read the full story online, here.
The May 2013 issue of Northern Virginia magazine has a wonderful story on our efforts to build a "green" distillery on Main Street in Purcellville. They highlight several of the aspects of the production that will result in a very efficient and energy saving production plant, one of the only of its kind! Melissa J. Lyden reports:
Catoctin architect Dieter Meyer: "Re-purposing one typical existing downtown building is the equivalent of recycling 1.34 million aluminum cans. A very strong case has been made, that the greenest building is the one that already exists."
Read the entire story, here.
Maggie Wolff Peterson wrote a nice article in Valley Homes & Style featuring our distillery. There are some gorgeous photos of the process and the products as well, courtesy some of our favorite photographer friends.
Open the front door to the Catoctin Creek distillery in Purcellville, Va., and enter a wave of fragrance: the tang of fermenting grain. In a nearly nondescript industrial park, a good half-mile from the historic and lovely center of town, Scott and Becky Harris are doing something that nobody has done, at least legally, in Loudoun County since Prohibition. They’re making whiskey.
Read the full article, here.
Purcellville, VA – On Monday, April 1, Catoctin Creek® began construction on their new facility, located at 120 W. Main Street in Purcellville, Virginia. The four year old distillery has recently outgrown its space on Richardson Lane, and last year purchased the historic Case Building on Main Street to begin its expansion.
The construction process was bid out to five contractors throughout the region. Ultimately, Mullally Construction Company, Inc. (MCCI) was chosen as the general contractor for the more than $500,000 expansion and restoration project. The project has become quite complex, with renovation of the historic building becoming one of the primary goals of the construction project.
"What we have is a historic building that was built in the second year of Prohibition," notes Scott Harris, founder of the distillery. "The building has been neglected through the years, and we would like to rejuvenate this jewel on Main Street."
Improvements to the building include a completely new electrical system, new plumbing, a sprinkler system, masonry repairs, roofing repairs, and new HVAC systems.
"In addition to that, it is still our goal to place a solar array on the roof to reduce our energy consumption," says Mr. Harris. "What we aim to build is the greenest building in the Town of Purcellville."
Other green efforts include installing a new glycol system to reduce water consumption, LED lights, and other energy saving innovations.
"Mullally Construction are ready to get started on this exciting project," said Peter Mullally, CEO of MCCI. "This is a win for the County, Town, MCCI and Catoctin Creek!"
Construction should last from April to mid-June, with an expected opening in late-June, provided there are no big surprises in the building. During the construction phase, normal production and touring operations will continue at the company's present facility at 37251C East Richardson Lane in northern Purcellville.
About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and organic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.
About Mullally Construction Company, Inc: From its inception, Mullally Construction Company, Inc. has had a mission to provide superior project management and general contracting service by delivering quality construction projects of exceptional value. Mr. Mullally has over 30 years of experience constructing quality facilities in the Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. MCCI's experience includes base building construction and additions for hotels, churches and health institutions as well as historic renovations, build outs for retail operations, commercial interiors and restaurants. For more information, contact MCCI at www.mullallyconstruction.com or 16929 Simpson Circle, Paeonian Springs, VA 20129. Tel: 540-882-4664.
Modern Luxury DC does a fascinating article, tracing the life of a barrel from oak grove, through whisky, syrup, and finally to its end. This is a great insight to a different kind of recycling program.
Under federal law, the casks can only be used once for the whiskey, so Harris sells them to anyone who's interested.
Read the full article, here.
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