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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 local 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.

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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 kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from local sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality 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.

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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 kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from local sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality 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 kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from local sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality 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: Virginia ABC approves direct sales to restaurants

SPECIAL ORDERING IS OBSOLETE!

Restaurants and mixed-beverage licensees can now purchase spirits directly from the distillery!

Purcellville, Virginia (August 4, 2016) – The Virginia ABC has approved direct sales from distilleries to Virginia restaurants, bars, and other mixed-beverage licensees.  This process will operate exactly the same as it does when restaurants purchase from their designated ABC stores:  the spirits will be priced at the same ABC prices as in the stores, sales tax will not be charged at the sale, and the bottles will be marked with a sticker to ensure compliance with ABC rules.

"This is a great step forward!" remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery.  "We have—for some time now—received numerous requests from restaurants, especially for our special releases, which have not been feasible to deliver through the ABC special order system.  Too many times, special orders were lost, unfulfilled or rerouted, so the system just didn't work well for small-batch special releases."

Beginning this month, restaurants desiring special releases need only to contact the distillery to get what they want.  A simple one-page form is filled out, and the products are delivered or picked up.

Current listed products already in the ABC system will still be available from their local ABC stores, including:

  • Roundstone Rye (27030)
  • Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" (27018)
  • Watershed Gin (29760)

Special releases now available through direct ordering are:

  • Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" (seasonal availability)
  • Rabble Rouser 4yo Straight Rye Whisky (seasonal availability)
  • 1757 Virginia Brandy
  • Pearousia Pear Brandy
  • Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy
  • Quarter Branch Apple Brandy (seasonal availability)
  • Private barrel releases (inquire for more details)
  • Old Tom Watershed Gin (seasonal availability)
  • Single Malt Releases (e.g. Kings Mountain, seasonal availability)
  • Mosby's Spirit

Mr. Harris added, "I'd just like to thank the entire team at the Virginia ABC for listening to the growing industry of craft distillers and coming up with a solution that works great for everyone.  As of today, we'll have greater selection at Virginia restaurants, more revenue for the state of Virginia, and more revenue for the craft distillers in Virginia, with very little additional cost of administration.  It is truly a win-win for all involved, including the end customer desiring more variety."

To Order:

If you are a restaurant in Virginia, and wish to learn more or place an order, please contact our Virginia Brand Ambassador, John Shope, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from local sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality 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 silver medals in London

Roundstone Rye wins a gold and two silver medals at the 2016 American Whiskey Masters

2016 American Whiskey Masters2016 American Whiskey MastersRoundstone Rye Cask Proof

London, United Kingdom (August 2, 2016) – The 2016 American Whiskey Masters, a spirits contest run by The Spirits Business, awarded Catoctin Creek one gold and two silver medals for their flagship single barrel whiskies.

"The Rye Single Barrel flight hauled in even more medals," remarked Kristiane Sherry, editor of The Spirits Business, "with Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye and Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92 Proof both winning Silvers.  But it was sibling spirit Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof which really caught the attention of the panel and was accordingly awarded a Gold."

"It's very balanced and opened well with water," said Nagesh Balusu, general manager at Salt Whisky Bar and Dining Room. "It's a very good example of a rye whiskey.  On the nose, it's sweet but it's got those rye characteristics."

Elated with the news, Scott Harris, founder of the distillery remarked, "We are so grateful for the medals from the United Kingdom.  Our distillery is still quite small, so we've always focused first and foremost on quality.  I'm extremely proud of the excellent quality whiskey that Becky (Scott's wife and chief distiller) produces, and thrilled that the world has noticed."

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Single Barrel Whisky is made from 100% rye, certified kosher, and retails at $39 for 750mL, or in the UK, £45 for 70cL.

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" retails for $52 for 750mL, or in the UK, £55 for 70cL. Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" retails for $89 for 750mL, or in the UK, £90 for 70cL.

Catoctin Creek products are available in the UK and Europe through Haromex.  Distribution details here:  http://catoctincreek.com/wheretobuy-eu

Full details about the awards may be found in the August issue of The Spirits Business:  http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/issue/august-2016/

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 kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from local sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality 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 silver medal in Los Angeles

Roundstone Rye wins while competing head-to-head against larger international brands

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Los Angeles, CA (June 13, 2016) – The 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition has awarded Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye a silver medal in the overall category of Whiskey/Whisky.

"The 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition received 401 Spirits entries from 149 producers," according to the competition's web site.  "This year's competition received spirits from 29 different countries, Austria, Bahamas, Britain, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Holland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Martinique, Mexico, Myanmar, Poland, Puerto Rico, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA, and Virgin Islands. We had 20 prestigious judges from all over the United States from on and off-premise as well as Southern Wine & Spirits, Young's Market and Wine Warehouse."

"Becky and I are so happy to receive this award!" remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery.  "It is really great to see our spirits taking hold in the Los Angeles market. We're especially proud that when our hand-crafted single barrel whisky competes against larger brands, that we do very, very well.  We are now the most highly awarded whisky in Virginia and the world is noticing!"

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Single Barrel Whisky is made from 100% rye, certified kosher, and retails around $39 for 750mL.

The full list of 2016 competition winners can be found here.

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 kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from local sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality 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 Awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

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

Trip Advisor 2016 Certificate of ExcellencePurcellville, Virginia – May 25, 2016 – Catoctin Creek Distillery today announced that, for the second 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 Addie Rodgers, 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 kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium Virginia spirits: rye whisky and gin from local 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

Press Release: Catoctin Creek coming to Military bases this month

Catoctin Creek will be available beginning at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, this Memorial Day weekend

Purcellville, VA (May 19, 2016) – We are very pleased to announce that Catoctin Creek products will soon be available at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) "Class Six" liquor stores beginning this Memorial Day weekend.  The following products will be available at the Fort Belvoir Class Six:

  • Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, 80 Proof
  • Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, 92 Proof "Distiller's Reserve"
  • Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
  • Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy

As part of a military appreciation weekend, Catoctin Creek will have a brand ambassador on post giving away free tours and tastings to the distillery for all who come by and visit.  We'll also be offering tastings of the spirits, so you can sample our fine spirits before you purchase.

Excited by the new development, Scott Harris, founder of the distillery remarked, "My first ever visit to a liquor store was accompanying my dad (a career soldier) in a Class Six store in Germany. In some small way, this is where it all began for me, so I'm extremely proud to be offering our products to the men and women of the US military."

Depending on the success at Ft. Belvoir, look for the products to appear in other Class Six stores and Navy Exchanges throughout Virginia.

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 kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from local sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality 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 named in Icons of Whisky 2016

Catoctin Creek receives honors for Craft Producer, Master Distiller and Brand Ambassador of the Year

Icons of Whisky Awards 2016

Purcellville, VA (January 29, 2016)Whisky Magazine recently announced their Icons of Whisky awards, and in the American division, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was shortlisted for three of the awards:

  • Craft Producer of the Year
  • Master Distiller of the Year (Becky Harris)
  • Brand Ambassador of the Year (Chad Robinson)

"While we weren't ultimately selected for the final awards," remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery, "to be included in the shortlist among such great industry names is an honor indeed for which we're very proud!"

From the Icons of Whisky web site:

The Icons of Whisky Awards are an internationally recognized set of awards covering all aspects of the whisky industry, from retail to production.  Whisky Magazine celebrated the finest companies and individuals in the whisky industry with our annual Icons of Whisky awards, a highlight in the whisky calendar.

With new categories for this year, including Master Distiller / Master Blender, Travel Retailer and World Whisky Ambassador to name a few, there is no doubt that some new names will come in to the mix. 2015 saw the launch of a new nominations and voting process where we invited producers, retailers, distributors and importers to have their say and help our editorial panel identify those deserving of an Icons title. Now familiar with the online process, the industry has once again spoken and left us with the unenviable task of making the final decision. 

You may read more about the awards and the results from the competition at the following link:  http://www.iconsofwhisky.com/2016/america/

Pictured below, Becky Harris, Chief Distiller, and Chad Robinson, Brand Ambassador at Catoctin Creek.  Photos may be used, please credit Catoctin Creek.

Becky Harris, Chief Distiller, Catoctin Creek Chad Robinson, Brand Ambassador, Catoctin Creek

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 kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from local sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality 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 Roundstone Rye wins Good Food Awards in San Francisco

Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" named winner in 2016 Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards 2016Roundstone Rye

San Francisco, CA (January 15, 2016) – The Good Food Awards named Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" a winner in the 2016 Good Food Awards.

Over 800 people gathered tonight to pay tribute to 176 Good Food Award Winners of 2016. By the majestic Golden Gate Bridge on the San Francisco Bay numerous farmers, chefs, journalists, and activists united to celebrate the exceptional food crafters including luminaries Alice Waters, Nell Newman and Slow Food Founder, Carlo Petrini, who presented the awards.

The winners harken from 33 states, having risen to the top amongst 1,937 entries in a blind tasting with 203 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 – with over two dozen ultimately disqualified. 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 founder and chief distiller, Becky Harris.  "We are so happy to receive this Good Food Award," said Becky Harris. "This award is so special:  Not only are the products judged for taste and quality, but they are also judged for sustainability and how they're produced. We are thrilled to win on both taste and sustainability."

As Good Food Awards founder Sarah Weiner noted in her closing remarks: “Twenty years ago, it took travelling across the globe to encounter something so exquisite that it jolted me into seeing the world with new eyes. Now, you are giving people a taste of how good life can be right here on our own soil…changing America’s definition of Good Food.”

The full list of 2016 Good Food Award winners can be found 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; Phone: 540-751-8404; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from local sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality 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. 

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye receives national recognition from USA Today

Flagship Roundstone Rye® receives national honor.


November 10, 2015, Purcellville, VA
– Catoctin Creek received national press this week as it's flagship product, Roundstone Rye whisky–a small-batch, single barrel, hand-crafted whisky made from 100% rye–was named one of the ten best whiskeys to be produced outside of Kentucky.

"We were very pleased that Roundstone Rye was included on a list of the 10 best whiskeys to be produced outside of Kentucky," said Scott Harris, founder and distiller from Catoctin Creek. "Once again, Roundstone Rye is being recognized for it's excellence alongside some of the best craft spirits in America today."

From the article:

"Roundstone Rye is made from 100% rye, and unlike many craft brands, we make it from scratch here in Purcellville (never bought from larger company liquor stocks). Each batch is lovingly made from 100% rye, fermented on site, distilled and then aged in Minnesota white oak. This care to the craft ensures we deliver a gorgeous single-barrel whisky that emulates pre-Prohibition style rye whisky of the early 1900s."

Read the full story, here.  Learn more information on Roundstone Rye, here.

Roundstone Rye

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 kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from local sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality 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.

Catoctin Creek announces release of Rabble Rouser 4 year old straight rye whisky

This is the one you've been waiting for!

October 19, 2015, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek is proud to announce the release of its oldest whisky to date:  Rabble Rouser® 4 year old straight rye whisky.  

Rabble Rouser is the latest rye whisky offering from Catoctin Creek.  Distilled from 100% rye, and like the other whisky from Catoctin Creek, Rabble Rouser is a single barrel, hand-crafted whisky.  The Rabble Rouser differs from its cousin, Roundstone Rye, in that it is distilled at a lower proof, allowing lots of earthy goodness from the grain to come through in the spirit.  The whisky is aged for four years in Minnesota white oak barrel, twice the legal age requirement for "straight rye whiskey."  It is bottled at 100 proof.

"Where Roundstone Rye is sort of restrained, with lots of fruit and elegance, Rabble Rouser is more unruly and vivacious," says Scott Harris, founder of the distillery, "There's a burst of rich rye spice and sweet woodiness that dominates this whisky." 

"At four years old, Catoctin Creek is one of just a few craft distilleries producing rye whiskey of that age," says Jake Emen, who writes for Washington City Paper.

Rabble Rouser

The Rabble Rouser straight rye whisky will be released in limited quantities into the Virginia, Maryland, DC, and New York markets.  

It will be released at the Purcellville distillery on October 19 for VIP members and Sunday, Nov. 1 for the general public.  Information on VIP Club may be found here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/vip-club

What: Catoctin Creek Cask Proof Release
Where:

Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia

When:

VIP ONLY:  October 19, 12pm

General Public: Nov. 1, 1pm

Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser Straight Whisky, 50% ABV, single barrel whisky distilled from 100% rye, 750ml, SRP $61.59.  While supplies last!

This whisky is dedicated to Allan Guy, who designed its label.  Allan was a treasured colleague and will be missed.

Aboutc 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 kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from local sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality 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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