Events

The Art of the Cocktail - 2022 Summer Series

As featured in the Washington Post

Art of the Cocktail photos

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our EIGHTH year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  We are continuing the tradition of this being an online class for two good reasons:  (1) The online class was introduced during COVID, but worked really well, including our ability to reach a national audience, and (2) with four drinks per person, doing this one from home seems better.  Here are the logistics of the online class format:

  • Just $15 per person to sign up.
  • Each week before the class, we will give you a shopping list of items to purchase, including our spirits.  All of our spirits and much of the mixers will be available for purchase on our website for pickup or delivery.
  • The day of the class, I will email you a ZOOM link for the class.
  • Then, comfortably ensconced in your home, you can follow along with your ingredients and equipment.  Keep your camera on so I can see your faces, and feel free to ASK QUESTIONS!  I still want this to be an interactive experience!
  • We did this online class three times last year during the COVID pandemic, and it worked out really well.  We had lots of people mention that they really enjoyed the escape for an hour or two each Friday evening, and it had even become like a date night for them.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

The Class:

Starting on Friday, July 22, 2022, John Shope, our Virginia Sales Manager, will appear online via Zoom every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, John will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktails, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  Bottles will be available for sale on our ONLINE SHOP so you can get what you need for the workshops.

In this series, we will explore various regional and seasonal aspects of the cocktail with fresh made ingredients.

Here is the schedule for the series:

  • July 22 - Dog Days of Summer
  • July 29 - State Cocktails Surrounding Virginia
  • August 5 - Celebrating Virginia Agriculture
  • August 12 - Celebrity Cocktails
  • August 19 - Evolution of the Old Fashioned
  • August 26 - The Comeback Kids

Ingredients will be easy to obtain, and the lessons will be fun as ever. This will be via Zoom, so I still expect lots of interaction and questions and good times. It's a drinks class, after all! As I mention in many of my classes, this class will be equal parts, cocktail how-to, education, and fun.

Tickets are ONLY $15 per person for the lessons, which leaves you room to purchase the ingredients. You can purchase our spirits in our online store.

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.

 

Each session:
$15 per person

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GET IN ON THE FUN!

Zoom image of 30 people having fun in the cocktail class

1757 Bottled in Bond Virginia "XO" Brandy

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A special release of our "XO" (extra old!) grape brandy!

Coming Monday, August 3rd, at 8:00 AM, we will release our newest expression of 1757 Virginia Brandy. This one is seven years old and bottled in bond!

We will release this ONLINE ONLY for shipping directly to you, or pickup at the distillery.  We purposely put the release day on a Monday, when we are closed to the public, so that people will NOT form long lines outside the distillery.  Why line up with all that trouble? Skip the line and pick-up at your leisure!  Sales are online only in our online shop.  Please note that the product will show "Out of Stock" or "Unavailable" until August 3rd at 8am.  We will not be accepting pre-orders, sorry.

These are EXTREMELY LIMITED.  Only 272 bottles were produced from this single barrel.  There will be a two bottle per person limit on this product.  Restaurant partners should contact their sales representative now to ensure they get a bottle for their establishment.

About the release:

1757 7yo XO Brandy Bottle in Bond

Distilled in 100-gallon batches, the 1757 Virginia XO Brandy has been aging since 2013 in a single 53-gallon Bordeaux red-wine casks, making it Catoctin Creek’s 2nd oldest release to date. This particular brandy is something special - a one time only experiment that we did years ago.  Instead of our normal 50/50 blend of Seyval blanc and Chambourcin grapes, sourced from Tarara Vineyards in Leesburg, Virginia, this one is equal parts Seyval blanc, Chambourcin, and Norton grapes from Chrysalis Winery in Middleburg, only 10 minutes from the distillery. The Norton grape is a native of Virginia, and adds a delicate floral note to the otherwise rich brandy character of our normal brandy.  It is sublime!!

Named after the year Virginia’s Loudoun County was founded, the seven-year-old XO brandy is soothing and warm, featuring rich hints of grape, raisin, date, fig, bread pudding, cherry and stone fruit, overlaid with alpine meadows of columbine, edelweiss, and chamomile. 1757 Virginia Brandy Bottled in Bond (100 proof/50% ABV) is a very limited release that will be available for $89.99 / 750mL at the distillery and through a limited number of select fine retailers across the Catoctin Creek distribution footprint.

Rabble Rouser 2020 Release

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This year's release of Rabble Rouser -- Lots more available to the public!

Coming February 15th! This release will offer much more product due to growing reserves and better planning.  It will be available for pick-up at the distillery tasting room starting Saturday, February 15th at noon. 

These are EXTREMELY LIMITED.  Less than 900 bottles were produced for nationwide distribution.  Once they are sold, they are gone until next year.  There will be a two bottle per person limit on these products on the first day.  After that, if anything is left, the limits will be removed.  Restaurant partners should contact their sales representative now to ensure they get a bottle for their establishment.

About the release:

Rabble Rouser 4yo Rye Whisky Bottled in Bond

Catoctin Creek’s four-year-old Rabble Rouser will make its fifth debut in February. One of the craft distillery’s most sought-after whiskies, it offers a rustic flavor profile of clover honey, uncured bacon, deep earthy spice, sandalwood, white peaches, nectarines, peanuts and a hint of mesquite. Although bottled at 100-proof, the 100% rye mash is distilled to a lower proof, which captures many of the extra flavors typically lost to the distillation.

The name and meaning behind Rabble Rouser, referring to a person who inflames the emotions of a crowd of people, pays homage to the rowdy history that rye whisky played in the state of Virginia. Rabble Rouser Bottled in Bond Rye Whisky (100 proof/50% ABV) $95.99 / 750mL will also be available for purchase at the distillery and through a limited number of select fine retailers across the distillery’s distribution footprint.

What:

Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser Release Day

Where:

Catoctin Creek
N. 21st Street
Purcellville, Virginia

When:

Saturday, February 15th
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Price:

The event is free, tastings and drinks are at normal prices.  

Please note, we will not be able to do tastings of the Rabble Rouser, due to their extreme rarity.


 

The Art of the Cocktail - Our 5th Year - Tour through the "Bartender's Canon"

As featured in the Washington Post

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Catoctin Creek is pleased to present, our FIFTH year of this six-part educational series on the art of the cocktail.  This year, we have all new content exploring the canonical books of each generation of bartending since the beginning of cocktails through modern times.

Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the construction of several cocktails, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

This year, we will also have the books used in the class available for sale to take home at discounted prices.

Here is the schedule of the series:

  • January 3 - Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide, How to Mix Drinks, Receipts for Mixing..., published 1862.
  • January 10 - Harry McElhone & Wynn Holcomb, Barflies and Cocktails, 300 Recipes, published 1927.
  • January 17 - Harry Craddock, The Savoy Cocktail Book, published 1930.
  • January 24 - Leo Cotton, ed., Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender's Guide, published 1960.
  • January 31 - Gary Regan, The Bartender's Bible, 1001 Mixed Drinks..., published 1991.
  • February 7 - NO CLASS THIS DAY.  We are otherwise occupied this evening.
  • February 14 - Kara Newman, Shake. Stir. Sip., published 2016.

NOTICE ON SNOW DAYS:  If we have to cancel a class because of weather, we will reschedule the date to February 21, February 28, etc.  Your reservation will be honored for the snow date, or you may get a refund if you are unable to make the new date.

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is $35 per person and includes drinks.  Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses. 

What: Art of the Cocktail
Where: 120 W. Main Street
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Every Friday from January 3 to February 14
(some exceptions, see above)
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price:

Each session:
$35 per person (VIP members 20% off)

(includes four cocktails)

Book Now

Info  This class will fill up, so reserve your spot now!  Due to overwhelming demand and the intimate size of our tasting room, space is limited to the first 30 people responding.

Per ABC laws, cocktail samples will be limited to four pours with 0.5 oz of liquor in each pour.

Bartender's Canon

Two Bottled in Bond Releases: Rabble Rouser & 1757 Brandy

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Celebrating Ten Years!  Our FIRST EVER Bottled in Bond Releases!

Coming February 16th! To celebrate our tenth anniversary, we will release not one, but TWO amazing bottled in bond releases. These will be released into distribution and available for pick-up at the distillery tasting room starting Saturday, February 16th at noon. 

These are EXTREMELY LIMITED.  Less than 500 bottles were produced for nationwide distribution.  Once they are sold, they are gone until next year.  There will be a one bottle per person limit on these products on the first day.  After that, if anything is left, the limits will be removed.  Restaurant partners should contact their sales representative now to ensure they get a bottle for their establishment.

About the releases:

Rabble Rouser 4yo Rye Whisky Bottled in Bond

Catoctin Creek’s four-year-old Rabble Rouser will make its fourth debut in February. Although previously meeting the qualifications, February will mark the first time it’s labeled as “bottled in bond.” One of the craft distillery’s most sought-after whiskies, it offers a rustic flavor profile of clover honey, uncured bacon, deep earthy spice, sandalwood, white peaches, nectarines, peanuts and a hint of mesquite. Although bottled at 100-proof, the 100% rye mash is distilled to a lower proof, which captures many of the extra flavors typically lost to the distillation.

The name and meaning behind Rabble Rouser, referring to a person who inflames the emotions of a crowd of people, pays homage to the rowdy history that rye whisky played in the state of Virginia. Rabble Rouser Bottled in Bond Rye Whisky (100 proof/50% ABV) $95.99 / 750mL will also be available for purchase at the distillery and through a limited number of select fine retailers across the distillery’s distribution footprint.

1757 8yo XO Brandy Bottle in Bond

Distilled in 100-gallon batches, the 1757 Virginia XO Brandy has been aging since 2010 in 53-gallon Bordeaux red-wine casks, making it both Catoctin Creek’s oldest release to date. The 50/50 blend of Seyval blanc and Chambourcin grapes used in the brandy is sourced from Tarara Vineyards in Leesburg, Virginia, only 10 minutes from the distillery. Although this is not the first time Catoctin Creek’s founding husband-and-wife-duo, Scott and Becky Harris have produced their 1757 Virginia Brandy, it will be the oldest release and the first as a Bottled in Bond product.

Named after the year Virginia’s Loudoun County was founded, the eight-year-old XO brandy is soothing and warm, featuring rich hints of grape, raisin, date, fig, bread pudding, cherry and stone fruit. 1757 Virginia Brandy Bottled in Bond (100 proof/50% ABV) is a very limited release that will be available for $89.99 / 750mL at the distillery and through a limited number of select fine retailers across the Catoctin Creek distribution footprint.

What:

Catoctin Creek Anniversary Release Day

Where:

Catoctin Creek
N. 21st Street
Purcellville, Virginia

When:

Saturday, February 16th
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Price:

The event is free, tastings and drinks are at normal prices.  

Please note, we will not be able to do tastings of the Rabble Rouser and 1757 XO, due to their extreme rarity.

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Catoctin Creek - Best of Virginia 2022

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