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Press Release: Catoctin Creek Awarded 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Fourth Year Recognized as a Top Performing Attraction as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Trip Advisor 2018 Certificate of ExcellencePurcellville, Virginia – May 25, 2018 – Catoctin Creek Distillery today announced that, for the fourth year in a row, it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Catoctin Creek, and we’d like to thank all of our guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Denise Petty, Tasting Room Manager at Catoctin Creek. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s own customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.

"With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County, Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium Virginia spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, and seasonal brandy from Virginia wines. For media-related inquiries, please contact Scott Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for more information on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company please visit www.catoctincreek.com.

About TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site**, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors***, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.

**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, February 2016
***Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2016

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.

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.

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