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Press Release: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company Announces Packaging Redesign

Award-winning craft distillery partnered with Thoroughbred Spirits Group to create new label design

2017 Bottle Re-Design

PURCELLVILLE, VA—Catoctin Creek Distilling Company announces new packaging design on labels of its premium craft spirits. The new look, which will be found on all bottles throughout the Catoctin portfolio by the end of the year, was created in partnership with Thoroughbred Spirits Group.

Anchored by a new monogram and dogwood rondel, the rustic yet refined design signifies the distillery owners’ commitment to honoring the heritage of distilling in Virginia and the agrarian character of their surroundings in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located in northern Virginia’s scenic Loudoun Valley, Catoctin Creek was founded in 2009 by the husband and wife team of Becky and Scott Harris. With Scott running business operations as general manager and Becky crafting the finest spirits in the Commonwealth as chief distiller, 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.

“We started Catoctin Creek because we wanted to make something by hand that put us closer to the land at home in Virginia,” says Scott Harris. “We’re extremely excited that our new label design speaks to that sense of place, offering a look that perfectly complements the craft spirits in our bottles.”

Tasked with refreshing the Catoctin Creek brand, the team at Thoroughbred Spirits Group, a consulting firm that assists distilleries with product development, business planning, branding and distribution, focused on the key elements of Catoctin’s rural identity, building a more succinct branding hierarchy and refined packaging concept.

“Throughout the project, our vision was a clean and refined brand that feels modern, yet carefully crafted,” says Benjamin Carr creative director of Thoroughbred Spirits Group. “We couldn’t be any prouder of the brand we have developed and have truly appreciated the journey with such like-minded clients as Scott and Becky.”

Adds Jason Griffin, Thoroughbred Spirits Group’s Director of Brand Development: “We knew from the beginning of this project that we wanted to amplify Catoctin Creek’s Virginia heritage and tie together the entire portfolio with a stronger brand identity across the range.  Thoroughbred’s interpretation of the new packaging tells more than just a story; it successfully creates a strong sense of place.”

The redesigned packaging will be available on shelves in the United States and Europe by the end of the year across five widely distributed products in Catoctin Creek’s portfolio: Roundstone Rye, Roundstone Rye – 92 Proof, Roundstone Rye – Cask Proof, Watershed Gin and Rabble Rouser.

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.

About Thoroughbred Spirits Group: Since 2009, Thoroughbred has assisted the launch of 17 physical distilleries and launched over 75 brands. Our diversified team of experts offers a full suite of services for the industry, including concept and product development, financial and business planning, branding and packaging design, distillery planning, distribution and sales management, and marketing strategy. Whether you bring us on board for a single short project or a long-term partnership, Thoroughbred is committed to helping you succeed at every step along the way. For more information please visit www.tbspirits.com.

Company statement on "Mosby's Spirit" in light of recent events

In light of recent events in Charlottesville, our "Mosby's Spirit" product will be discontinued. The product has been discontinued from Virginia ABC shelves (it's on closeout), and we will be depleting it in the tasting room for an ultimate discontinue of the product.

This was a difficult decision, partly because the Mosby's Spirit is a very fine product, and John S. Mosby, the product's namesake, was not an egregious character. (More on that here.)  However, if his moniker causes any of our customers discomfort, that is not what we desire. So we have decided to phase out the product.

Catoctin Creek strongly supports inclusion, equality, diversity, and community, and we strongly and clearly condemn white supremacy, ethnic nationalism, Nazis and all other forces of evil which seek to divide us.

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company Spirits to Enter Pennsylvania in September

Initial launch to feature award-wining Roundstone Rye, a pre-Prohibition style rye whisky made from 100-percent rye grain

Virginia-based craft distillery sources regional grain, including rye grown in Pennsylvania

PURCELLVILLE, VA, July 24, 2017 – Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has announced plans to begin selling its award-winning spirits in Pennsylvania in September. Upon launch this fall, premium spirits made by the craft distillery based in northern Virginia’s Loudoun Valley will be available throughout the state with concentration in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Founded in 2009 by the husband and wife team of Becky and Scott Harris, Catoctin Creek uses regional, organic ingredients to produce a variety of premium spirits, including its flagship Roundstone Rye, which holds distinction as Virginia’s most-awarded whisky. A substantial amount of the grain used to make Roundstone Rye and other Catoctin products is sourced from Pennsylvania farms. Catoctin Creek’s bottles also come from Pennsylvania, made at Anchor Hocking Company in Monaca, near Pittsburgh.

“Every bottle we produce at Catoctin Creek is crafted by hand from the best organic grains,” says Scott Harris. “We have a great working relationship with many producers in Pennsylvania, so we can’t wait for the spirits we make with careful attention to detail to be enjoyed by people across the state.”

Catoctin Creek’s expanded distribution into Pennsylvania will start with its flagship product, Roundstone Rye, a pre-Prohibition style rye whisky made from 100-percent rye grain. Lauded across the globe with gold medals in London, New York and San Francisco, Roundstone Rye is one of very few organic whiskeys available today. After being aged in new Minnesota white oak casks for just under two years, it is bottled at an approachable 80 proof, ultimately offering a smooth whisky that blends flavors of the wood with the spice of rye’s true grain character. A superb sipping whisky, Roundstone Rye also features notes of caramel, rich butter toffee, and just a hint of lemon in the nose.

Roundstone Rye will be carried in bars, restaurants and package stores where premium spirits are sold. The bottle retail price in Pennsylvania is $39.99. Additional Catoctin products are available on a special-order basis from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB).

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.

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Announces Acquisition of 15,000 sq. ft. Facility

New facility in Virginia will push award-winning craft distillery towards goal of doubling production by next year

PURCELLVILLE, VA, June 1, 2017 – The owners of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company are happy to announce the acquisition of an additional 15,000-square-foot building in Virginia. The new facility will initially be used for warehouse storage, but could serve as an additional base for future operations as business grows for the award-winning craft distillery, which produces premium spirits from organic grains in northern Virginia’s Loudoun Valley.

Catoctin Creek will continue to operate the business and perform distilling operations at its headquarters on 120 W. Main St., Purcellville, Va., where a very popular tasting room and distillery store is open to the public six days a week.

“The new facility is a first step towards much greater expansion,” says Catoctin Creek co-owner Scott Harris. “As we continue to craft spirits by hand from the best organic grains, our goal is to double production by next year.”

Founded in 2009 by Scott and his wife, Becky Harris, Catoctin Creek uses local and organic ingredients to produce a variety of premium spirits, including its flagship Roundstone Rye, which holds distinction as Virginia’s most-awarded whisky. With Scott running business operations as general manager and Becky focused on the art of crafting the finest spirits in the Commonwealth as chief distiller, the couple leads a small team of employees that are proudly making a variety high-quality products in an historic building in Purcellville’s quaint downtown.

In a relatively short time Catoctin Creek has garnered many accolades and critical acclaim and expanded distribution across the country. Earlier this year, Catoctin Creek won four awards at the prestigious the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, including a Double Gold medal for the cask proof version of its popular Roundstone Rye Whisky that was finished in premium French Bordeaux oak barrels used to make the distillery’s 1757 Virginia Brandy.

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.

Catoctin Creek Wins Double Gold at San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company Wins Multiple Medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Awards include Double Gold Medal for Roundstone Rye Whisky – Cask Proof, a pre-Prohibition style rye whisky made from 100-percent rye grain and finished in Catoctin’s 1757 Virginia Brandy barrels

Additional honors include a sweep of Silver medals for the entire line of Catoctin Creek whisky

SFWSC 2017 Double Gold SFWSC 2017 Silver SFWSC 2017 Silver SFWSC 2017 Silver

PURCELLVILLE,VA, May 9, 2017—Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has won multiple awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), including a Double Gold medal for the cask proof version of its popular Roundstone Rye Whisky that was finished in premium French Bordeaux oak barrels used to make the distillery’s 1757 Virginia Brandy. Released just a twice a year, Roundstone Rye – Cask Proof is a strong and dark pre-Prohibition style rye whisky made from 100-percent rye grain. The rarely given Double Gold is awarded when all members of the esteemed competition’s judging panel give a Gold medal designation.

Catoctin Creek was also awarded three Silver medals. Winners include the flagship original version of Roundstone Rye, a smooth single-grain whisky that features notes of caramel and rich butter toffee and is bottled at an approachable 80 proof, as well as the specially curated Roundstone Rye – 92 Proof and Braddock Oak Single Barrel Rye Whisky.

"We are honored to be recognized by the judges at the world's most prestigious and recognized spirits competition,” says Catoctin’s co-founder and general manager Scott Harris. “Our team at Catoctin Creek continues to make the best handcrafted Virginia whisky available today–made by us and never sourced."

Founded in 2009 by the husband and wife team of Becky and Scott Harris, Catoctin Creek uses local and organic ingredients to produce a variety of premium spirits, including Roundstone Rye, which holds distinction as Virginia’s most-awarded whisky. With Scott running business operations and Becky focused on the art of crafting the finest spirits in the Commonwealth as chief distiller, the couple leads a small team of employees that are proudly making a variety high-quality products in an historic building in the quaint downtown of Purcellville, Virginia.

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is considered one of the most influential spirits competitions in the world. Started in 2000 with the purpose recognizing top products in the craft spirits industry, the 2017 SFWSC received 2,100 entries, the most in the competition’s history, and spirits were judged by a panel of 43 experts in the industry, including acclaimed critics, mixologists, and restaurateurs. For more information about the SFWSC visit www.sfspiritscomp.com.

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.

Double Gold for Roundstone Rye Cask Proof

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