Events

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

As featured in the Washington Post

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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)

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.  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 4th 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 ONLINE Event with Scott Harris

As featured in the Washington Post

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 SIXTH year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  This year, we are offering the class as an ONLINE class since we can't have classes in person in the distillery.  Here are the logistics of the online class format:

  • Lower price for the class (Just $10 per person)
  • 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!
  • This is our first attempt at this as an online course, so everything is subject to change!

The Class:

Starting in September, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear online via Zoom 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!  Bottles will be available for sale on our ONLINE SHOP so you can get what you need for the workshops.

Here is the schedule of the series:

  • September 4 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • September 11 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • September 18 - Vermouth cocktails, mahattans, martinis, etc.
  • September 25 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • October 2 - Continental American cocktails
  • October 9 - Toddies and warm cocktails

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 $10 per person. Sign up for all six and receive a special gift.

What: Art of the Cocktail
Where: 120 W. Main Street
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Every Friday from Sept. 4 - Oct. 9
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price:

Each session:
$10 per person

Book Now

 

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The Art of the Cocktail - Our 3rd ONLINE Event with Scott Harris

As featured in the Washington Post

Art of the Cocktail photos

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our SEVENTH year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  This year, we are offering the class as an ONLINE class since we can't have classes in person in the distillery.  Here are the logistics of the online class format:

  • Lower price for the class (Just $10 per person)
  • 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 last summer 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 it can provide you some much needed social life during these last months (hopefully) of COVID.

The Class:

Starting on March 12th, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear online via Zoom every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott 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, I will be focusing on various cocktails from books I'm enjoying. These are not cocktail recipe books, per se, but actual books on either history or some other topic, which have a prodigious amount of cocktails inside. Think of this season's class as a cocktail-infused book club. If you want to get the books and review them beforehand, that's fine, but this is not required. We'll mostly be making drinks and having fun, so don't sweat the details too much here!

But if you do get the books, please reach out and support your local independent bookstore if at all possible. They're little guys, like us, and appreciate your business. They'll also mail your books to you, so you don't have to travel far. Here are a couple we recommend:

Here is the schedule for the series:

  • March 12 - Behind Bars, High Class Cocktails Inspired by Lowlife Gangsters by Shawn McManus, Vincent Pollard, Paul Sloman
  • March 19 - Give Me Liberty and Give Me a Drink! by C. Jarrett Dieterle
  • March 26 - Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters by Derek Brown with Robert Yule
  • April 2 - Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt, The Complete History of Presidential Drinking by Mark Will-Weber
  • April 9 - A Drinkable Feast, A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris by Philip Greene
  • April 16 - Shaking Up Prohibition in New Orleans, Authentic Vintage Cocktails from A to Z by Olive Leonhardt and Hilda Phelps Hammond

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 $10 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.  The cost is only $10 per person.

 

Each session:
$10 per person

Book Now

 

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

As featured in the Washington Post

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)

Burns Night Dinner at Oatlands

Oatlands

Save the date!  Burns Night is a tradition dating back a hundred years or more celebrating Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns.  If you've been to one, you'll know what a rousing good time it is, and if you've not been before, you're in for a real treat.  Dinner will be a formal Scottish affair, with roasted lamb, neeps and tatties (potatoes and turnips), and of course, the traditional haggis!  (Be brave, young soul, and try some!)  Oh, and lest we forget, there will be whisky flowing, provided by Catoctin Creek Distillery.

Menu

Haggis (a must for tradition!)
Stuffed local leg of lamb with spinach, garlic, and brioche crumbs
Tatties (whipped potatoes)
Neeps (mashed turnips)
Family style mixed greens with white balsamic vinaigrette
Authentic Trifle
Non alcoholic drinks (iced tea, coffee, and tea)
Whisky and wine for purchase by the drink

Kilted attire is strongly encouraged but not required. Bring a favorite poem or song to share.  The night will not soon be forgotten!

The event will take place on January 25, at 6:30pm at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Virginia.

Reservations are required.  Book your spot HERE today.

Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae let the Lord be thankit.

The Selkirk Grace

Robert Burns

 

 Oatlands

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