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News and Press Releases - 2022

Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser Bottled-In-Bond Rye Whisky

The Best New American Rye Whiskeys of 2022 - Maxim

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Maxim is our FIFTH national publication to come out with a "rye whiskey roundup" that includes Catoctin Creek!  How amazing to be considered worthy in all these national publications.  Here's Maxim leading off the article: With an explosion of thousands of craft distilleries opening across America in recent years—from Vermont to Washington, Nantucket to San Luis Obispo—there are a lot of bottl...

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 80 Proof

These warming whiskeys are like a hug in a rocks glass - Men's Journal

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Men's Journal does a roundup of the best warming whiskeys for winter.  Nice to land squarely on this list once again, along with some excellent friends on the list. Summer’s balmy embrace is long gone. Winter and the holidays are barreling toward us like an out-of-control locomotive. And while a crackling fire can replace the warmth of the sun on your skin, we prefer to warm up from the inside...
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BOTLD brings impossible-to-find spirits to market in Pennsylvania - The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Something exciting is happening in Pennsylvania.  A bold new start-up founded by Bluecoat Gin alumni, Andrew Auwerda, is offering spirits not available in the PLCB system: BOTLD — a new pop-up store at 119 S. 18th St. as well as an e-commerce site offering free shipping in Pennsylvania — bottles and sells spirits that cannot be found in Fine Wine & Good Spirits’ inventory, even on the sp...
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 80 Proof

Experts Tell Us The Absolute Best Rye Whiskeys For Beginners - Uproxx

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Yet another article in the vein of "So you think you don't like rye?" Uproxx surveys a bunch of industry people, and comes up with the list of ryes for beginners. Andy Nelson, co-founder and head distiller at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery in Nashville gives us the shout out: The best beginner rye is Catoctin Creek’s Roundstone Rye. It has some really beautiful Bourbon-like notes in the begi...
The Catoctin Creek family of rye whiskies.

The Hands-Down Best Rye Whiskey to Drink in 2022 - Esquire

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Jonah Flicker at Esquire does his own yearly roundup of rye whiskey in America. Having made Kara Newman's list at Wine Enthusiast, we are overjoyed to also be included in Esquire. Jonah leads off the article with this intro: Once upon a time, rye whiskey was extremely popular in America, particularly before the buzzkill that was Prohibition. But in the years that followed the dry spell, rye...
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American Rye Whiskey is Having a Moment - Wine Enthusiast

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Kara Newman at Wine Enthusiast does her yearly roundup of rye whiskey in America. This is a great article diving into the concepts of terroir and regionality, as well as some of the crazy stuff happening in the category. Case and point: Ragnarök Rye. Kara writes: Luckily, sometimes these attention-catchers are more than just gimmicks. For example, Catoctin’s latest Ragnarök bottling focused on...
Scott and Becky (and Otto) on WUSA9

The founders of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company share how to make a fall cocktail - WUSA9

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Scott and Becky Harris are the founders of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Purcellville, Va. They share how to make a fall cocktail called a 'Ric Flair.' You can see the full video, here.
GWAR and Ragnarok Rye on Fred Minnick's show

GWAR Returns for Ragnarök Review - Fred Minnick

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The ghouls at GWAR are back, and this time, for Fred Minnick's review of THIS YEAR'S batch of Ragnarök Rye. There's lots of filthy talk about various things that only GWAR knows about, so we recommend starting the video at minute 10:00, where the real meat of the review begins. You can see the full review, here.
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Catoctin Creek Whiskies Reviewed - The Whiskey Wash

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We received two stellar reviews from The Whiskey Wash this month. The team at WW sampled both the Roundstone Rye 80 Proof and the Roundstone Rye 92 Proof "Distiller's Edition." Highlights from the reviews: Roundstone Rye 80 Proof - A highly complex rye whisky with a pleasant long finish. (4.5 / 5) Roundstone Rye 92 Proof - This is a smoky, woody, and hearty rye overall, with a well-balanced...
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Catoctin Creek: Virginia's rye revivalists - Whisky Magazine

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We were very fortunate to be featured in Whisky Magazine's latest issue, an in-depth piece on Catoctin Creek and our commitment to rye whisky by Susannah Skiver Barton. Susannah writes: American whiskey culture had largely forgotten that rye, not bourbon, was the nation’s first native style. And Virginia, where the Harrises lived, had once been a thriving hotbed of rye distillers. “Rye was ...
Roundstone Rye Cask Proof

6 Cask Strength Whiskies - Whisky Advocate

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Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Strength Hickory Syrup Barrel Finish was recently included in the Whisky Advocate Summer Buying Guide, receiving 90 points! Ted Simmons provides the review: The nose up front conveys a certain austerity, like dusty antique furniture, with notes of grape Kool-Aid, honey cake, and vanilla icing emerging over time. With water, Golden Grahams and citronella ca...
Best of the City Winner 2022

Catoctin Creek - Best of the City 2022

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We are happy to report that Catoctin Creek has been awarded BEST OF THE CITY for Distillery in DCModern Luxury magazine! The DC Magazine team is excited to officially announce the release of our annual Best of City July/August 2022 Issue (linked here). This year, the reader response and voting was overwhelming and we are so excited to say that this is our biggest issue since 2015. You ca...
GWAR enjoying some Ragnarok Rye whisky by Catoctin Creek.

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and GWAR release second annual Ragnarök Rye nationwide

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Virginia natives roll out 1,000 more cases of intergalactic whisky featuring new collectable bottle toppers and label artwork PURCELLVILLE, Va. (June 24, 2022) - - - Mayhem! Panic! Chaos! Gore! GWAR has returned from their intergalactic journey and they’re thirsty! Aliens are back in the distillery, and all hell has broken loose! Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., The Virginia Rye Whisky℠ and h...
Scott and Becky Harris receive the DISCUS Craft Member of the Year award, 2022.

Press Release: Scott and Becky Harris receive DISCUS Dave Pickerell Memorial Craft Member of the Year Award

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Catoctin Creek Distillery owners recognized as industry leaders by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and fellow craft distillery members at annual conference PURCELLVILLE, Va. (June 13, 2022) - - - Scott and Becky Harris, husband-and-wife co-owners of Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., The Virginia Rye Whisky℠, were honored to accept the Dave Pickerell Memorial Craft Member of t...
Becky Harris, Chief Distiller, Catoctin Creek in a field of rye.

Profile on Catoctin Creek - American Whiskey

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Maggie Kimberl of American Whiskey magazine recently caught up with Becky Harris for an update on the distillery: MK: Catoctin Creek whiskeys have garnered some major accolades over the years. What are you most proud of? RH: This is a really challenging question: if we are talking about the whiskies, they’re like my children, and I love them all! As for the accolades, I am most proud of the...
Becky Harris, Chief Distiller, Catoctin Creek

Ten female-founded spirits brands - The Spirits Business

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Nice to see Becky included in The Spirits Business roundup of ten female-founded spirits brands on International Women's Day. Becky Harris co-founded Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Virginia with her husband Scott in 2009. Based in Loudoun County in the north of Virginia, Catoctin Creek produces whiskey, gin and brandy. With a degree in chemical engineering, Harris also serves as the...