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Becky Harris, The Collaborator - Wine Enthusiast

Becky Harris, Chief DistillerFantastic article in Wine Enthusiast magazine about how Becky Harris, our president and chief distiller, loves to collaborate with local wineries and breweries.  This article, by Kara Newman, highlights our various beer collaborations to produce an interesting range of limited edition, hard-to-find single malt whiskies.  Also highlighted a several other great American distilleries pumping out some great single malt whiskey.

Ms. Newman writes:

To describe her thrifty approach to American single-malt production, Harris references a winemaker’s quip: “We don’t let the fruit hit the ground.” She’s determined not to let raw materials go to waste. “You try to make something out of it, try to salvage it.”

You can read the full article here.

Happy February from Catoctin Creek!

Catoctin Creek with cool sports car

Photo Credit: Emily Degn, @thewanderroute

Winter Greetings!

February is here, which means that 2018 is well underway!  And what a start to the new year it's been!  We've been so extremely busy, all thanks to the great folks out there like you, who continue to buy our products and support our brand.  We couldn't be more grateful!  Thank you!!

Product Shot

A BOLD new look is here!

We're finally rolling out our new labels, and we hope you will like them!  We spent most of 2017 doing a refresh on our branding, and like the way things turned out.  Here are some highlights of the new branding:

  • A new "masthead", which updates the old font with some new details while keeping to the same general typeface
  • Our new monogram at the bottom of the label
  • Our new logo, a dogwood blossom, for the state flower of Virginia
  • A new color scheme to readily differentiate product types
  • Lots of beautiful gold-foil, spot enamel, emboss and deboss details on the label
  • An old prohibition style "ticket" on the bottom of the front label, with particular information for each brand listed
  • The shape of the label, the top of which mirrors the roof line of our building in Purcellville
  • Updated capsules that coordinate with each brand, with our building ghosted in the background
  • And if you look hard enough, still the same map of Loudoun County which has been on every label since the beginning!

Hope you will enjoy these as much as we do!  A special thanks to Thoroughbred Spirits Group of Chicago, Illinois, for the brand consulting and development.

 

National MapNational Expansion Announced

In January, we announced our national expansion plans – 10 new states, bringing us to 25 states and the District of Columbia.  New states include:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • South Carolina
  • Texas

If you are in one of these new states, you are now able to get our spirits!  For full details, check out our information page:  https://catoctincreekdistilling.com/wheretobuy

 

Alice Waters at the Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards Winner 2018Along with all our other good news, we received a Good Food Award in San Francisco for our Roundstone Rye!

The winners were chosen among 2,057 entries in a blind tasting with judges held in September. The highest scoring entries were submitted to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Awards. This year’s winners represent the forefront of American craft food, making products that are delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.

Lauren Barrett, our Assistant General Manager, was in San Francisco to receive the award from Alice Waters, former chef-owner of Chez Panisse and noted farm-to-table advocate.

"We are thrilled to once again be receiving recognition for our flagship Roundstone Rye whisky," said Ms. Barrett. "There's no other award quite like the Good Food Awards medal. We won on the taste of the product, but also on the sustainability."

 

Old Tom Gin

Old Tom Gin on the Tasting Room Shelves

In January, we released our ever popular, seasonal release of Old Tom Gin!  This is a style of gin that was popular in the mid-1800's, and went out of style around 1890.  This particular gin is our regular Watershed Gin rested in our peach brandy barrels, giving it a fruity quality, then with a touch of sweetness added.  It works perfectly in old pre-prohibition cocktails like the Martinez, the Turf Club, or a French 75!

While supplies last!

  

Cool events this Winter!

There are some amazing events planned for winter!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Art of the CoclktailArt of the Cocktail - A six week series!

Concluding in February, every Friday night at 7pm. Come to one, or come to all of them!  You're sure to learn about the history and construction of the cocktail, plus enjoy several cocktails while you're there!  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.

Feb 2 - Moonshine

Feb 9 - Toddies

  

Dinner at the DistilleryValentine's Dinner at the Distillery

February 16, 7pm. 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 tour of the distillery, while we personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

March 17, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, March 17, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Cocktail of the Month – Apple Brandy Crusta

Apple Brandy Crusta

This cocktail comes to us from Magnolia's at the Mill, a great farm-to-table restaurant in Purcellville, Virginia.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Apple Brandy
½ oz Maraschino liqueur
1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
1-2 dash Baked apple bitters
½ oz Lemon juice
½ oz Cointreau

Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice, stir, strain into a glass with a sugar-crust rim.  Garnish with an apple slice or an orange peel.

Recipe courtesy Matt Perkins.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Catoctin Creek announces major national expansion

Award-winning craft distillery will be available in 10 new states starting in February 2018

Total Wine to carry Catoctin Creek products nationwide

Catoctin Creek National Distribution Map

PURCELLVILLE, VA—Catoctin Creek Distilling Company announces a major expansion of the brand nationally, adding 10 new states to the distribution map for the company, growing the footprint for the company to 25 states and the District of Columbia. The craft distillery’s growth comes, in part, because of the decision by Total Wine to carry the entire line of Catoctin Creek products in their retail stores nationwide.

Located in northern Virginia’s scenic Loudoun Valley, Catoctin Creek uses local and organic ingredients to produce a variety of small-batch craft spirits, including Roundstone Rye, which holds distinction as Virginia’s most-awarded whisky, and Braddock Oak Rye, available at Total Wine stores nationwide.

In addition, Total Wine, the country’s largest independent retailer of fine wine, will carry three additional products in Catoctin Creek’s portfolio: Roundstone Rye – 92 Proof, Roundstone Rye – Cask Proof, and Watershed Gin.

"We are very glad to be expanding into new markets because of this Total Wine opportunity," remarked Scott Harris, founder and general manager of the Virginia distillery. "We're very grateful to Total Wine, and super excited to launch into 2018 with a host of new states—some markets we've had our eyes on for a long time now."

Becky Harris, Chief DistillerIn March, Catoctin’s chief distiller and founder Becky Harris will be a featured guest of the Total Wine Livestream, where customers of 61 Total Wine stores across the country will have the opportunity to meet Becky, hear her speak about Catoctin Creek products, and enjoy a tasting. Becky is being highlighted for her role as one of the very few female chief distillers in the spirits industry.

"Over the past few years, we've significantly grown our barrel inventory," remarked Becky Harris. "Along with the acquisition of a new warehouse space in 2017, we have been planning this expansion for quite some time now. Our improvements in production are now fully online, so we're absolutely ready for this move into new states."

The following new markets will now be part of the Catoctin Creek distribution map:

  • Arizona - Pacific Edge Wine & Spirits of Arizona
  • California - Pacific Edge Wine & Spirits of California
  • Florida - Cavalier Distributing
  • Illinois - Burke Beverage
  • Kentucky - Heidelberg Distributing Company
  • Minnesota - Phillips Wine & Spirits
  • Missouri - Vintegrity Wine & Spirits
  • Nevada - Pacific Edge Wine & Spirits of Nevada
  • New Mexico - National Distributing Company
  • South Carolina - LKN Distributors
  • Texas - Virtuoso Wine & Spirits

Full information about where Catoctin Creek products are sold may be found here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/wheretobuy

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Twitter: @catoctincreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, and brandy from Virginia wines. For media-related inquiries, please contact Hannah Watson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-964-0004 ext. 19, or for more information please visit www.catoctincreek.com.

2017 Bottle Re-Design

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye wins Good Food Awards in San Francisco

Good Food Awards Winner 2018Roundstone Rye

San Francisco, CA (January 19, 2018) – In San Francisco this weekend, the Good Food Awards named Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye a winner in spirits category of the 2018 awards.

Over 1000 people gathered to pay tribute to all Good Food Award Winners of 2018. Seated in the San Francisco Opera House, numerous farmers, makers, chefs, journalists, and activists united to celebrate the exceptional artisan food craft including craft food luminary Alice Waters.

The winners were chosen among 2,057 entries in a blind tasting with judges held in September. The highest scoring entries were submitted to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Awards. This year’s winners represent the forefront of American craft food, making products that are delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.

Accepting the award for Catoctin Creek was Assistant General Manager, Lauren Barrett.  "We are thrilled to once again be receiving recognition for our flagship Roundstone Rye whisky," said Ms. Barrett. "There's no other award quite like the Good Food Awards medal. We won on the taste of the product, but also on the sustainability."

The full list of 2018 Good Food Award winners can be found here. Photographs from the evening, click here:

About the Good Food Awards: The Good Food Awards celebrates the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. We grant awards to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients. Seedling Projects 501 (c) 3 organizes the Awards in collaboration with a broad community of food producers, food writers and passionate food-lovers. Find more information at: seedlingprojects.org and goodfoodawards.org.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Twitter: @catoctincreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, and brandy from Virginia wines. For media-related inquiries, please contact Hannah Watson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-964-0004 ext. 19, or for more information please visit www.catoctincreek.com.

Fodor's list of 11 cool boozy experiences

The equipment at Catoctin Creek

Pretty awesome when Fodor's names Catoctin Creek one of 11 cool boozy experiences, along with Maker's Mark, Bombay Sapphire, Jameson and other distilling heavyweights! We are super delighted to be included for our extremely fun--and always free--bottling workshops. Learn more on our web site or book your spot today.

Fill, seal, cap, and label spirits during monthly bottling workshops at Catoctin Creek Distillery, a Virginia craft producer which makes award-winning spirits in Purcellville, including Roundstone Rye Whiskey and Watershed Gin. Held on a Saturday morning from 10am to noon, the workshops are free, and also start with complementary coffee and doughnuts. After a brief lesson from co-owners Scott and Becky Harris, the volunteer workforce heads to the station of their choosing (not surprisingly, filling the bottles with the “whiskey cow” is always the most popular.) If you want to, follow an empty bottle through all the stations until you’ve capped and sealed it, then sign it and purchase it for yourself or as a gift.

You can book your spot in the bottling workshops, here. And you can read the full Fodor's story, here.

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Women Who Mix It Up: Distillers and Brewers

  MAR 3   Women Who Mix It Up: Distillers and Brewers 4:00pm—5:00pm Women have worked hard to win some of the most rewarding and difficult jobs in a male- dominated industry – distilling fine spirits...

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Winchester Brew Works Collaboration Dinner

  MAR 4   Winchester Brew Works + Catoctin Creek at Bright Box 5:00pm—8:00pm Bright Box has joined delicious forces with Winchester Brew Works AND Catoctin Creek Distilling Company for our next Dinner. Join us at...

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We the Women at National Archives

  MAR 9   We the Women at the National Archives 7:00pm—9:00pm Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Speakeasies, specialty cocktails and tasting stations from women-owned and led businesses including Drink Company, Columbia Room...

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