About Us

Becky Harris, Chief Distiller

Roundel of Catoctin Creek Distillery, Purcellville, Virginia®

Founded in 2009

Catoctin Creek® was founded by Becky and Scott Harris in 2009 as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. We are located in Purcellville, Virginia, in the heart of the Loudoun Valley.  Virginia is the birthplace of American whiskey, and at Catoctin Creek, we faithfully dedicate ourselves to that tradition, producing Virginia's most awarded whisky—Roundstone Rye!

The name "Catoctin" is a regional name. Pronounced Ka-TOCK-tin, the name derives from the Indian tribal name "Kittocton" which, legend has it, meant "place of many deer". Catoctin describes a range of mountains and the eponymous creek which flows picturesquely past the distillery and into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Watershed.

At Catoctin Creek, we believe in high quality food and spirits. We source our grain and fruit from local and organic sources, free of pesticides and chemical additives that would come through in the spirits we produce. The results are the finest, cleanest spirits possible, with the greatest attention to detail in every single bottle we produce.

True Craft, Inspired by Tradition.

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Our Founders 

Scott and Becky Harris, photograph by Mark RhodesBecky Harris, Chief Distiller

Becky graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As a chemical engineer, she worked at companies like Amoco, YDK America, and CIBA, specializing in industrial processes and production systems. Becky brought this knowledge and applied it to something she loved–making the finest distilled spirits in Virginia. Wine, grains, berries, it matters not. If there is a fruit, vegetable, tuber with starch or sugar in it, you can bet that Becky will try to distill it.

Scott Harris, General Manager

Scott graduated with honors from Georgia Tech. He spent the last twenty years building a software career in telecommunication systems and government IT solutions and traded it all in for the chance to own and run his own distillery. Liquors of all types are his greatest love (besides Becky, of course). Whiskeys from Scotland, Ireland and the United States. Brandy from France and Germany. And an eclectic German bitters called Boonekamp. "It's good for the digestive!" as his old German grandmother used to say.

At Catoctin Creek

Scott and Becky are happy to be doing something together that they love: Producing the finest spirits in Virginia, completely and truly by hand. At Catoctin Creek, high quality spirits are our passion.

Cheers!

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More about our logos 


The Roundel

Our Roundel represents the land from which we hail—the land that infuses every bottle we produce—the great Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginians were among the first in our nation to begin making rye whisky, and not least of which was George Washington, who distilled rye whisky commercially at his Mt. Vernon farm. And when people started distilling corn into Bourbon whiskey in modern-day Kentucky, yes, that land was still called "Virginia." (Kentucky didn't become a state until 1792.)

And so, Virginia is the birthplace of American whiskey, and we're extremely proud of her. As an homage to Virginia, we've adorned our Roundel with her state flower, the flowering dogwood.

Catoctin Roundel®


The Monogram

Monograms are a very old tradition, dating back even to Roman times.  The oldest known monograms were found on early 6th century BCE Roman coins, which were marked with the ruler's initials to authenticate and legitimize them.  Throughout the middle ages, a wax seal with a monogram was a mark of authenticity.  Our Catoctin Creek monogram is our mark of quality. Where ever you find it stamped, rest assured that we take pride in and vouch for the quality of the products contained therein.. 

If you look closely at the monogram, you can make out the fanciful script letters "C C D Co", for Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, with all the letters intertwined as to become a single meaningful unit.

Catoctin Monogram®

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Catoctin Creek Distillery

Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W Main St
Purcellville, VA 20132

Tel (540) 751-8404


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Summer Seafood Boil

  JUL 14   Shake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia's 1:00pm—4:00pm Summertime means seafood, so we're doing our second seafood boil with Magnolia's at the Mill!  Great local vendors like War Shore Oyster Company and Winchester Brew Works are...

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Catoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen Cocktail Dinner

  JUL 16   Catoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen Cocktail Dinner 7:00pm—10:00pm Join Catoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen in downtown Leesburg for another wonderful spirits pairing dinner.  We'll have delicious fare pared with cocktails from...

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Dinner at the Distillery, with cocktails and more!

  AUG 17   Dinner at the Distillery 7:00pm—9:30pm Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private...

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