About Us

The Catoctin Creek Family

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SIC SEMPER SECALES®

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 today—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 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. Organic means higher quality: grain and fruit, sourced locally when possible, free of pesticides and chemical additives that would come through in the spirits we produce. Sure, it is more difficult to produce organically, but the results speak for themselves.

Sic semper secales! ® Thus always to rye!

 

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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Latest News

We made the New York Times TOP TEN Young…

Absolutely stunning!  It is like a dream come true!   Eric Asimov, writing for the New York Times, does an amazingly in-depth story on the scarcity of old rye whiskey and...

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Local Distillers Highlighted in the Wash…

We've been in the Washington Post "Going Out Guide" before.  It's always super nice to be covered in this esteemed newspaper. This month, Fritz Hahn did a fantastic story on the...

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Press Release: Catoctin Creek Watershed…

Watershed Gin gets 92 points "Exceptional" rating at the 2016 Beverage Testing Institute tastings.    Chicago, IL (December 2, 2016) – The 2016 Beverage Testing Institute has awarded Catoctin Creek a gold medal for their Watershed Gin. The awards...

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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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Latest Events

Brookland's Finest

DEC 6, 13, 20, 27   Distiller Dinner Series at Brookland's Finest in DC Evening Dinner November was such a hit, we're going to keep it going in December!  Each Tuesday in the month of...

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Bacon and Bourbon

DEC 8   Bacon and Bourbon Festival in DC 6:00pm—9:30pm Join Washington City Paper at Bacon & Bourbon: A Whiskey Festival for an evening of bacon, bourbon, beer, bites, and bluegrass at the Former Residence...

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Virginia ABC Tastings with John Shope (3)

DEC 9   Free Catoctin Creek Tastings at ABC Stores in Kingstowne / Alexandria, VA 3:00pm—8:00pm Join our Virginia Ambassador, John Shope, at select Virginia ABC stores to enjoy complimentary tastings of our award winning...

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