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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.

Brandy 

Battle of the Bartenders - Richmond Edition!

Black Iris GalleryWho will reign supreme in RVA?

Join us for a memorable evening in the stunning Black Iris Gallery. Witness six bartenders battle for the title of RVA's finest and enjoy commentary from the bartenders, hosts and judges. Have a chance to experience the Black Iris venue while sampling each cocktail entry, enjoy a Catoctin Creek Distillery portfolio tasting and bar takeover and vote for your favorite bartender for the coveted People's Choice award!

Where: Black Iris Gallery - 321 West Broad St, Richmond VA 23220
When: February 25th 2019 starting at 5pm
Tickets: $25 at the door. Early Bird online purchases $20. $10 for Black Iris Club Members. Ticket's available on EventBrite.
Participants: TBA

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Think you got what it takes and want to be a contender? Here's how you can earn your chance to be crowned RVA's Finest!

  1. EMail your entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Be sure to put "BATTLE OF THE BARTENDERS" in the subject of the email.
  2. Let us know who you are, what restaurant/bar you represent and share a number and email in which to contact you at in the event of being selected.
  3. Come up with an original name and recipe for your Catoctin Creek cocktail
  4. All cocktails must be made with either the Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 80 Proof or Watershed Gin 92 Proof
  5. Catoctin Creek must be the predominant based ingredient to qualify.
  6. It must be something that can be fairly easily recreated at Black Iris and at the Catoctin Creek Distillery to comply (i.e. homemade shrubs, tinctures, infusions, syrups, waters, charcoal, butterly pea flower, salts, peppers, other spices and smokes are fine, but I would avoid drinks that call for a 2 year house barrel aged, homemade vermouth, centrifuge separated, gastromolecular modified, dry iced ash from Oaxaca shamans, etc. You get the idea). Make it something spectacular but you'd make at your bar that you would allow your fellow bartenders to recreate again and again when you are not there.
  7. Send a high quality photo of the cocktail with the bottle of Catoctin Creek used to make the drink with a detailed breakdown of the recipe.

The contenders will be contacted and details of event protocol will follow.

There is a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place cash prize. 1st place also wins the Catoctin Creek swag basket, get's their winning cocktail featured for the month of March at Black Iris and Catoctin Creek Distillery—plus bragging rights. People's Choice Award TBA.

The Art of the Cocktail - Our 4th Year - Flavors of the World

Monkey Gland

Catoctin Creek is pleased to present, our FOURTH year of this five-part educational series on the art of the cocktail.  This year, we have all new content exploring various flavors from around the world.

Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this five-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.

Here is the schedule of the series:

  • January 4 - Italy - vermouth, amari, digestivs, noccino, 'cellos.
  • January 11 - Iberia - flavors of Spain and Portugal, sherry, brandy, port, and saffron.
  • January 25 - France - vermouth, Amer Picon, brandy, many liqueurs and more.
  • February 1 - USA - whiskey, Martinez, Sazerac, Old Fashioned, and punch.
  • February 8 - Latin America - molasses, limes, agave, cacao, chiles, hibiscus, and coffee.

NOTICE ON SNOW DAYS:  If we have to cancel a class because of weather, we will reschedule the date to February 22, March 1, 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 and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail

What: Art of the Cocktail
Where: 120 W. Main Street
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Every Friday from January 4 to February 8
(some exceptions, see above)
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price:

Each session:
$35 per person (VIP members 50% off)

(includes four cocktails)

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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.  Certain mixer limitations will apply.

White Manhattan

By popular demand, back from Scotland! Jim Malcolm Concert at the Distillery!

The 2019 Tour!  Playing One Night Only!  Live at Catoctin Creek!

We are delighted for the third visit from Jim Malcolm to Catoctin Creek! 

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

What: Jim Malcolm at Catoctin Creek
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Sunday, November 17, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price:

$25, advanced tickets may be purchased here.

Only 50 seats for this show!  Get yours now!

Jim Malcolm at Catoctin Creek

 

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The Art of the Cocktail - An Educational Series by Scott Harris

Monkey GlandEver wonder where the cocktail came from?

What were the primary influences of the early bartenders?

How did Prohibition affect the cocktail?

What spirits were widely available before/during/after Prohibition?

What's the difference between a fizz and a flip?

What exactly are vermouth/bitters/shrubs, anyway?

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our THIRD year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  This is a reprise of last year's content, so if you missed this very popular series last year, we highly encourage you to make your reservation now!

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 history and construction of several cocktail styles, 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.

Here is the schedule of the series:

  • January 5 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 12 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 19 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • January 26 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 2 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 9 - Toddies and warm cocktails

NOTICE ON SNOW DAYS:  If we have to cancel a class because of weather, we will reschedule the date to February 23, March 2, 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 and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail

What: Art of the Cocktail
Where: 120 W. Main Street
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Every Friday from January 5 to February 9
(some exceptions, see above)
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price:

Each session:
$35 per person (VIP members 50% 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 34 people responding.

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

White Manhattan

Whisky Wednesday

Whisky Wednesday

For the folks at Catoctin Creek, every Wednesday is #WhiskyWednesday, so we figured all of you should have the same luxury. Last fall, we had a couple tastings at some of our favorite DC whiskey bars. This time, we're going anywhere and everywhere!

Join us each and every Wednesday for a different wild whisky experience around the DMV. Join us for a spirits dinner at a great neighborhood spot one week, a tasting of a rare Catoctin Creek spirits another and a fun cocktail event another! Stay tuned to our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on other #WhiskyWednesday events by following #wwccdc. Post your own Catoctin Creek #WhiskyWednesday experiences using the hashtag #wwccdc. We wanna see how you do #WhiskyWednesday!

For March:

  • March 2 - Jack Rose
  • March 9 - Boss Shepherd's
  • March 16 - Celtic Crowns + Cocktails
  • March 23 - Captain Gregory's
  • April 6 - Monk's BBQ
  • April 27 - The Ashby Inn
What: Whisky Wednesdsay
Where: A different location each week in the DMV
When: Every Wednesday
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: Generally FREE to attend!
(Some exceptions, sometimes)
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