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News and Press Releases - 2021

Ragnarok Rye from Catoctin Creek

Best New American Rye Whiskeys of 2021 - Maxim

| News 2021
Recent coverage in Maxim magazine was quite good: Catoctin Creek teams up with metal maestros of havoc, gore and monstrosity GWAR for their highly limited edition Ragnarök Rye release. The intergalactic monsters apparently traveled to Purcellville, Virginia to destroy Planet Earth, as they are wont to do. “We were quite surprised when GWAR showed up at our distillery,” Catoctin Creek founde...

GWAR enjoying some Ragnarok Rye whisky by Catoctin Creek.

Yes, Heavy-Metal Band GWAR Has a Rye Whiskey and It’s Good - Daily Beast

| News 2021
The Daily Beast has the round-up on the history of our collaboration with the heavy metal band, GWAR.  Max Watman, who has been writing about craft spirits for well nigh twenty years now, has the whole backstory on the band, and even about Catoctin Creek in the early days.  He also manages to make the history damn fun to read: At first, the marriage of Catoctin Creek and GWAR would seem unli...
Scott Harris inspects a glass of whisky

Castaway with Scott Harris - American Whiskey

| News 2021
American Whiskey magazine featured our founder and general manager, Scott Harris, in their recurring "Castaway" article, where they ask industry people what five whiskeys and one luxury item would they take if they were stranded on a desert island.  Scott's opinions tend toward Scottish malts, with a few exceptions.  When asked for a luxury item to bring to the island, he responds: "I suppos...
Catoctin Creek Bottle in the rain

Best American whiskeys: Eight bottles to try - Decanter

| News 2021
Decanter does a roundup of American whiskey, with a particular focus on rye - America's first whiskey.  Nice to be the lead-off batter in the lineup.  Richard Woodard writes: Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Distiller's Edition 92 Proof This whisky (yes, they omit the ‘e’) from Virginia is a great example of Catoctin Creek’s rye expertise. The higher proof helps to carry its classically rich, ...
The new Ragnarok Rye lineup from Catoctin Creek and GWAR

Ragnarök Rye collaboration with GWAR - Forbes

| News 2021
Very cool to get coverage in Forbes this week on our collaboration with GWAR.  Claudia Alarcón writes: In the latest, and perhaps the coolest partnership between a distillery and a celebrity, Virginia’s Catoctin Creek and outrageous metal band GWAR will finally release their infamous Ragnarök Rye on May 28. The award-winning distillery known for its rye whisky, was set to launch the collabor...
GWAR and Catoctin Creek on Fred Minnick's show

This Whiskey Brand Threatened to Kill Me - Fred Minnick

| News 2021
It's not every day that we commit high crimes and felonies.  But on April 28th, we did just that, to one of the most influential whiskey personalities in the industry today.  Probably not good policy, but in practice, I think it worked out pretty well this time, all things considered.  Here's our interview with Fred Minnick, with the members of GWAR, reviewing Ragnarök Rye.
Becky Harris, Chief Distiller, Catoctin Creek

Profile of Becky Harris - Chilled

| News 2021
"Women are taking the stage of spirits by storm, and Rebecca Harris of Catoctin Creek Distilling is one of many bold women leading the way."  So says, the folks at Chilled. Is there any one person or event that you feel made an impact in your path to becoming a master distiller? I would say that the people in the distilling industry have been incredibly welcoming. Early in our distilling bu...
Becky and Scott Harris selected to the Imbibe 75

Becky & Scott Harris named to Imbibe 75 - Imbibe

| News 2021
2020 was a difficult year; nobody will argue that point.  For us at Catoctin Creek, we had several restaurants return their barrel select rye whisky because they didn't know if they would be able to continue business in the face of the pandemic.  We turned this situation around and released our #InThisTogether rye whisky, the proceeds of which were given to local restaurant charities. As a resu...