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Press Release: Virginia resort offers first legal whisky made from grain grown in Loudoun County since Prohibition

Catoctin Creek Distilling Produces Private Label Rye Whisky for Virginia Resort and Tavern

LEESBURG, VA, February 17, 2017Lansdowne Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company are excited to release a private label rye whisky for the resort’s quintessential Virginia tavern, Coton & Rye. This is the first legal batch of alcohol made from grain grown in Loudoun County since Prohibition.

As a part of Coton & Rye’s overall celebration of the land, Coton farm and Virginia lifestyle, Director of Culinary Operations Marcus Repp and his Culinary Team are working closely with local farmers, artisans, vintners and distillers to offer guests the opportunity to connect with the community in simple but meaningful ways while at the resort. To make this connection to the local community deeper, the resort has selected a local batch of rye to produce their own private label rye whisky. The rye was grown at Morven Park through the historic estate’s farming co-op program. Trent Tebbe, Proprietor of Three Monkeys Farm farmed the rye and provided it to Catoctin Creek, which became Barrel 609.

“When we tasted Barrel 609 and learned about the rye’s conception in Loudoun County, it was a natural choice for Lansdowne,” said Michael Stephens, Managing Director, “Our commitment to the local community and staying true to our roots in Loudoun County is unwavering.”

The Catoctin Creek 'Coton & Rye' Private Barrel Whisky is only available on the Coton & Rye menu. Feature cocktails on the Coton & Rye menu include Cherry Blossom Julep (Catoctin Creek Rye, Ginger Ale and Tamarind Soda) and The Boulevardier, a cocktail invented during Prohibition (Catoctin Creek Rye Whisky, Aperol, Carpano Sweet Vermouth, and Orange Twist).

“The birthplace of American Whisky was Virginia. People made whisky out of necessity when Great Britain cut off ties with America,” explains Scott Harris, owner of Catoctin Creek, “We are beyond ecstatic to have the first batch of legal alcohol made from grain grown in the county since Prohibition.”

The Catoctin Creek 'Coton & Rye' Private Barrel Whisky is slated to make its debut to the public on Thursday, March 23rd at Coton & Rye. The Catoctin Creek Launch Party at Coton & Rye will take place on Thursday, March 23rd and is open to the public. Tickets are $35/each and available for purchase on Eventbrite.com.

About Lansdowne Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel: Slip into the good life, the Lansdowne Life. Lansdowne Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel sprawls across 476 acres along the banks of the Potomac River in Leesburg, VA. Rich in history and at the Gateway of Virginia wine country, the resort creates an environment that enriches lives. Lansdowne Resort and Spa cultivates an atmosphere deeply connected to nature and the destination. The resort features exquisite cuisine, recreation and experiences tied to the destination, leaving guests feeling inspired with a new sense of purpose and perspective. The resort is the ultimate sanctuary of sophistication and renewal, perfect for families, romantic getaways, business travelers and private events. Just miles away from Washington, D.C., Lansdowne is heir to a cherished tradition of Virginia hospitality and is the only full-service, four-diamond resort in the area that provides authentically immersed experiences that are true to its place. Visit www.destinationhotels.com/lansdowne-resort to learn more or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter #LansdowneLife.

About Destination Hotels: Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 19 indigenous spas, and 105 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

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: Constellation Brands Invests in Virginia's Catoctin Creek Distillery

Investment provides capital for growth in production and marketing in 2017

PURCELLVILLE, VA, January 5, 2017 - Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, LLC, a distillery operating in Purcellville in Loudoun County, Virginia, announced today that Constellation Brands acquired a minority stake in the Virginia distillery. This investment provides the company with new capital to grow production, marketing, and to provide more jobs in Virginia.

Catoctin Creek is a craft distillery producing their flagship, award-winning Roundstone Rye whisky, among other products.  The distillery's products have received numerous medals and awards, most recently receiving gold medals from the 2016 American Whisky Masters in London and the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, along with a five star "Highest Recommendation" from F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal.

"We created Catoctin Creek to produce award-winning 100% rye single-barrel whisky entirely from grain to glass," remarked Becky Harris, the president and chief distiller of Catoctin Creek.  "In order to expand our production and portfolio, we needed the right partner for the next level of growth. Constellation has a strong commitment to this category, and with their expertise and support, we look forward to bringing our Virginia whisky to the world with the same team and exceptional product quality."

"As we continue to invest in and explore the high-end craft whisky segment, we are excited to partner with Catoctin Creek - producers of authentic and award-winning products that provide us with deeper knowledge of emerging opportunities,” said Ben Dollard, chief growth officer, Constellation Brands. “Working with passionate entrepreneurs like Becky and Scott Harris allows Constellation Brands to support and accelerate their growth while staying at the forefront of the evolving alcoholic beverage landscape.”

"We are excited about our future in craft spirits," remarked Scott Harris, founder and general manager of the distillery.  "When we started, our core mission was to produce the finest rye whisky possible.  Constellation understands that core mission, and shares our business values."

Fisher & Company, of Menlo Park, California, initiated the transaction and advised Catoctin Creek in closing the deal with Constellation.  The core management team of Scott and Becky Harris, who founded the distillery in 2009, will remain the same.  The company expects to begin expansion in early 2017, and will continue to operate out of its 120 W. Main St., Purcellville location.  

About Constellation Brands:  Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world’s leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila, and High West Whiskey.

Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, about 40 facilities and approximately 8,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.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.

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin wins gold medal in Chicago

Watershed Gin gets 92 points "Exceptional" rating at the 2016 Beverage Testing Institute tastings.

2016 BTI  

Watershed Gin

Chicago, IL (December 2, 2016) – The 2016 Beverage Testing Institute has awarded Catoctin Creek a gold medal for their Watershed Gin.

The awards won are as follows:

Tasting notes for the Watershed Gin describe a "Clear color. Attractive, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of fresh baked fruitcake, gingerbread, dried pear, and candied violets with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a licorice, brown spices, honeyed raisin rye-safflower toast, and floral honey finish. A rich, flavor packed gin for craft cocktails."

The gold medal for Watershed Gin comes on the heals of three other awards recently won from the same organization in October.

Watershed Gin is available where ever fine spirits are sold in VA, DC, MD, DE, and NY.

About the Beverage Testing Institute:  The International Review of Spirits is America's oldest annual international Spirits competition and has been operated objectively for decades by the Beverage Testing Institute & Tastings.com. It is a blind tasting, medal-based competition that awards based on a 100-point scale. Spirits are judged by the Beverage Testing Institute's trained staff joined by top Spirits professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University. The International Review of Spirits distributes its monthly results to consumers and the trade through our publication Tastings.com, a free consumer website with tens of thousands of unique users a month on its searchable databases and via social media @tastingsbti.

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 spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and organic spirits. 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. 

Press Release: Catoctin Creek wins gold and two silver medals in Chicago

Catoctin Creek hauls in more medals at the 2016 Beverage Testing Institute tastings.

2016 BTI 2016 BTI 2016 BTI

Roundstone Rye

Chicago, IL (October 6, 2016) – The 2016 Beverage Testing Institute has awarded Catoctin Creek one gold and two silver medals for their flagship single barrel whiskies.

The awards won are as follows:

Tasting notes for the Braddock Oak Rye reveal a "Golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried fruits and tomato, toffee, leather and sandalwood, and latte with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long rye grain and flour, peppery spices, minerals, and tobacco finish. A dry, poised rye with nice gain character."

On Roundstone Rye, our flagship spirit, the BTI notes, "Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of frosted raisin bran, caramelized nuts, spiced fruits, and putty with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length vanilla custard, sweet and peppery spices, and rye toast finish. A round and lively rye with a spry, peppery finish."

More details about the reviews may be found at the links above.

Roundstone Rye and Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" are available where ever fine spirits are sold.  Braddock Oak is available throughout the United States through Total Wine.  For more information, please see www.totalwine.com.

About the Beverage Testing Institute:  The International Review of Spirits is America's oldest annual international Spirits competition and has been operated objectively for decades by the Beverage Testing Institute & Tastings.com. It is a blind tasting, medal-based competition that awards based on a 100-point scale. Spirits are judged by the Beverage Testing Institute's trained staff joined by top Spirits professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University. The International Review of Spirits distributes its monthly results to consumers and the trade through our publication Tastings.com, a free consumer website with tens of thousands of unique users a month on its searchable databases and via social media @tastingsbti.

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 spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and organic spirits. 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. 

Press Release: Roundstone Rye receives FIVE STARS in Pacult's Spirit Journal

Roundstone Rye Cask ProofF. Paul Pacult's highest recommendation!

Now in the September 2016 Issue

Purcellville, Virginia (September 6, 2016) – Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof received a rating of five stars (★★★★★ / Highest Recommendation) from the September 2016 issue of F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal, the publication's highest recommendation.

From the article:

Gorgeous new copper/henna appearance; impeccably clean and clear.  Initial whiffs encounter sturdy aromas rife with dry rye cereal, black pepper, oak sawdust, lead pencil, newly tanned leather, honey... a vibrant, animated bouquet that pleases... almost oloroso sherry-like, and amazingly not in the least aggressive with the abv. ... This supple, distinctive rye is Catoctin's pinnacle achievement, thus far.  Do what you have to do to buy a bottle...or two. 

A quarterly newsletter, F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal is considered one of the most definitive guides to reviews in the spirits industry.  It is mailed to U.S. and overseas subscribers each March, June, September, and December. It is the supreme consumer buying guide giving Paul’s unbiased opinions and keen insights on all types of spirits, wines, and beers available in the marketplace. For more information, visit: www.spiritjournal.com

Other spirits recommended in this issue were Mosby's Spirit (★★★★ / Highly Recommended), Roundstone Rye (★★★ / Recommended), and Roundstone Rye 92 Proof (★★★ / Recommended).  

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 spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and organic spirits. 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. 

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