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Thirteen Distillers Unanimously Opposed to Virginia Spirits Tax

October 30, 2014 — Today, thirteen Virginia Distillers sent a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe, in opposition to the Governor's proposal to raise spirits taxes in the Commonwealth of Virginia yet again. The Virginia Distillers signing the letter are:

Scott Harris
Founder
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
Purcellville, VA

Brian Prewitt
Master Distiller
A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Fredericksburg, VA

Scott Schumaker
Founder
Appalachian Mountain Spirits LLC
Marion, VA

Charles Miller
President and Founder
Belmont Farms of Va., Inc
Culpeper, VA

Chris Richeson
Founder
Chesapeake Bay Distillery
Virgina Beach, VA

Rick Wasmund
Founder
Copper Fox Distillery
Sperryville, VA

Michael E. Bowles
Managing Member
Montdomaine Wines & Spirits
Albemarle County, VA

Dick Garofalo
Founder
Garofalo Artisan Liqueurs
Winchester, VA

Kristi Croxton
Business Manager
James River Distillery
Richmond, VA

Marc Chretien
Founder
Mount Defiance Cidery and Distillery
Middleburg, VA

Christine Riggleman
CEO
Silverback Distillery
Nellysford, VA

Gareth H. Moore
Chairman
The Virginia Distillery Company
Lovingston, VA

Alex Wotring
Founder
Belle Isle Craft Spirits
Richmond, VA

Read the entire letter that was sent to the governor by clicking the image below.

Letter to the Governor

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Receives Platinum Award in the Green Business Challenge

Green Business Challenge PLATINUMOctober 30, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek has been awarded the Platinum Award, the highest level achievable, in the Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge.

The Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge is an alliance between the Loudoun County and Dulles Chambers of Commerce to promote businesses that make direct efforts to improve sustainability:

We are Sustainability@Work. The double meaning is intended! We are Loudoun Dulles Businesses saving energy, conserving water, reducing waste, combating congestion, protecting native habitat and reaching out to our employees, customers, communities and each other.  We are also Loudoun and Dulles Businesses putting environmental sustainability to work to help us save money and grow our sales.

We are a diverse bunch, ranging from businesses that are new to environmental sustainability through leaders and innovators in sustainability. We range from home-based businesses through Fortune 100 corporations. What we have in common is that we enjoy challenging ourselves and each other to become more environmentally and financially sustainable. For us, the Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge is a fun way to measure our accomplishments, identify new ways to save money and grow, meet one another and show customers, employees and our communities that we’re green.

Among Catoctin Creek's unique innovations for achieving this award, were the following:

  • Installation of a 41kW solar array, which offsets 80% of the company's electrical needs
  • Partial reclamation and reuse of waste water for cooling and cleaning purposes
  • Recycling of distillery by-products into cattle feed, alcohol cleansers and gasoline additives for automobiles.  Zero-waste in the production of our products!

"We are very pleased to be rewarded with the Platinum Level award from the Green Business Challenge," remarked Scott Harris, who attended the awards ceremony on behalf of the company.  "Every day we come into the office, we consider our impact on the planet, and how we can make delicious whisky in a responsible and sustainable manner.  It's very important to us!"

Learn more about Catoctin Creek's green initiatives, including a video tour of their solar plant, on their website, at www.catoctincreek.com.

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 eco-ganic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and eco-ganic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Kyle Schmitz 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 Announces Commemorative Pear Brandy Bottle

Pearousia Pear Brandy with Pear in the Bottle to Commemorate Five Year Anniversary!

PearousiaOctober 14, 2014, Purcellville, VA – To commemorate the five year anniversary of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, the Purcellville distillery is releasing twenty four hand-filled, hand-numbered bottles of seasonal "Pearousia" pear brandy with a full pear in each bottle.

"This bottling is very special," says Catoctin Creek founder, Scott Harris.  "In 2009, Becky and I established the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since Prohibition, and the first alcohol we produced was pear brandy.  The day our equipment was operational, we reached out to Doug Fabbioli, proprietor of Fabbioli Cellars, and asked him for help in obtaining something to distill.  He graciously offered us some of his pear wine, which ultimately became Catoctin Creek's Pearousia pear brandy.  Pearousia was the first distillate ever produced at Catoctin Creek. Our success was only possible through the pioneering work already done in Loudoun County by Doug Fabbioli."

Pearousia"If it weren't for Doug, we wouldn't be where we are today," said Becky Harris, chief distiller and founder of the distillery. "His generosity of spirit and can-do attitude inspired us and helped get us over the hump in starting our business!"

"Working with Becky and Scott at Catoctin Creek Distillery has been a great experience," said Doug Fabbioli, owner of Fabbioli Cellars.  "Our collaboration has helped both our businesses as well as created a model for other operations to expand the rural economy and continue using locally grown crops in more products."

PearousiaThis release of Pearousia pear brandy, each bottle containing an Asian pear, is released at 750ml.  Early in the spring, each bottle was attached to the pear trees at Patent House Farm Orchard in Lovettsville, Virginia, where the pollinated blossom inside the bottle was allowed to grow into a full-grown pear.  Fast forward to summer, when the ripened pears were cut from the trees and the bottles filled with Pearousia pear brandy.  Each bottle is individually numbered and signed by Scott and Becky Harris, and also signed by Doug Fabbioli.

Catoctin Creek Pearousia "Pear in the Bottle" will be available for $149 only at the Purcellville distillery starting October 14th.  No call in orders will be accepted.  Only customers arriving at the distillery will have the opportunity to purchase this rare release.

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 eco-ganic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and eco-ganic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Kyle Schmitz 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 Fabbioli Cellars:  Fabbioli Cellars is a small, family owned and operated vineyard and winery. We focus on growing and making high quality red wines using traditional methods and 21st century knowledge. Through hard work, good decisions and great relationships with customers, family and friends, we have been able to succeed at this dream.  For more info contact them at 15669 Limestone School Road, Leesburg, Virginia, phone 703-771-1197, www.fabbioliwines.com.

Catoctin Creek Now Available in Connecticut

ConnecticutSeptember 24, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek is now available in Connecticut through Craft Beer Guild of CT, a division of Blueprint Brands.  Catoctin Creek will soon be available at fine restaurants, bars, and retail stores throughout the state.

"We are thrilled to continue our expansion on the east coast of the United States.  Distribution in Connecticut is a natural market in our efforts to grow our brand from its current mid-Atlantic region,"  said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "We've had so much interest in our spirits in the New York region, that our distributor was anxious to get us into Connecticut as well!"  Blueprint Brands now distributes Catoctin Creek products in three of their territories: New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

"We are pleased to add Catoctin Creek to our Connecticut portfolio of beverages," says Jay Frary, General Manager for Blueprint Brands, a division of L. Knife and Sons. "The spirits from Catoctin Creek are well-recognized for their eco-ganic and boutique quality. Recent press in the Daily Beast, Men's Journal, and the Washington Post have also highlighted how special these truly hand-crafted products are in the marketplace!"

Currently, the following spirits will be available in Connecticut:

  • Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
  • Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof"
  • Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" (based on seasonal availability)
  • Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
  • Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin

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 eco-ganic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and eco-ganic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Kyle Schmitz 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.

2014 Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Release - Brandy Barrel Rye

September 18, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek is proud to announce the release of our newest expression of Roundstone Rye Cask Proof!  Bottled at 59.8% alcohol by volume, or 119.6 proof, this is one seriously strong dram of whisky!

This expression of cask proof is very special. Starting with our classic single-barrel Roundstone Rye, using 100% eco-ganic rye, and as always, made by us, this expression was aged first in Minnesota white oak and then finished in a Bordeaux red wine barrel that previously aged our 1757 Virginia Brandy. This expression, batch B14E3, is dark, almost reddish in color, with a deep woody, caramel taste with that characteristic rye snap, and a noticeably fruity nose from the presence of the grape. Truly spectacular, and only 283 bottles of this one were produced. It will not last!

Roundstone Rye Cask Proof will be released at the Purcellville distillery on Oct. 19 for VIP members and Nov. 1 for the general public.  Information on VIP Club may be found here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/vip-club

Catoctin Creek Cask Proof was called a “huge rye” and “great fun” in the 2014 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

Limited amounts of this expression will also be released into our markets in New York, Maryland, DC, Massachusetts.

What: Catoctin Creek Cask Proof Release
Where:

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

When:

VIP ONLY:  Oct. 19, 7pm

General Public: Nov. 1, 12pm

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" Whisky, 59.8% ABV, whisky distilled from 100% rye, 750ml, SRP $85.65.  While supplies last!

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 eco-ganic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and eco-ganic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Kyle Schmitz 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 Now Available in Massachusetts

July 31, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek is now available in Massachusetts through Blueprint Brands and the Craft Beer Guild and will soon be available at fine restaurants, bars, and retail stores throughout the state.

"We are thrilled to expand our distribution on the east coast of the United States.  Distribution in Massachusetts is a great next step in our efforts to grow our brand from its current mid-Atlantic region,"  said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "We've had so much interest in our spirits in the New York region, that our distributor was anxious to get us into Massachusetts as well!"

"We are pleased to add Catoctin Creek to our portfolio of craft beer, spirits, and beverages," says Jay Frary, General Manager for Blueprint Brands, a division of L. Knife and Sons. "The handmade spirits from Catoctin Creek are well-recognized for their eco-ganic and boutique quality. They have done well in New York, and we were delighted to now take them into Massachusetts."

Currently, the following spirits will be available in Massachusetts:

  • Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
  • Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof"
  • Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" (based on seasonal availability)
  • Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
  • Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin

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 eco-ganic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and eco-ganic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Kyle Schmitz 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 Distilling Company expands capacity with new bottling line

Distillery expands bottling capacity ten-fold to allow future growth and new opportunities.

Bottling LineJuly 28, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has installed a new semi-automated bottling line.  The system, manufactured by Liquid Packaging Solutions of LaPorte, Indiana, is 100% American-made and will allow the distillery to greatly increase their bottling capacity.

"This is a big improvement in our overall production process," said Becky Harris, President, Distiller, and Chief of Production.  "While we have spare production capacity in our potstills and fermenters, our bottling capacity was quickly becoming an issue.  It was literally the bottleneck in our process."

The new bottling system will allow the distillery to bottle approximately 10,000 or more bottles per month, a dramatic increase over current production.  Further, the distillery will now have the capacity to offer bottling services to local beverage producers (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

The award-winning distillery has become known for its community volunteer bottling days, and while the new equipment will allow the distillery to bottle the majority of their products more quickly, they still plan to host bottling workshops on a quasi-monthly basis.

Bottling Line

"Since we started five years ago, the bottling workshops have been a fun way to connect with customers and to provide a hands-on experience for our fans," said Scott Harris, Founder of the distillery. "For that reason, we will continue to do them.  The workshops are so much fun, and we get a lot of positive feedback from people when we do them."

The bottling line should be fully operational by the end of the month.  Look for the new bottling line to be included on tours starting this weekend.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 202-827-4595; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and eco-ganic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Kyle Schmitz 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 Distilling Company announces launch of 92-proof Roundstone Rye – Available May 2014

Distillery Diversifies Portfolio with Raised Proof Option from Hand-Selected Barrels

Roundstone Rye 92April 30, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Beginning in May, Catoctin Creek has announced that it will release a new higher-proof expression of Roundstone Rye at 92 proof.  Unlike the cask proof variant which is released only a few times per year, Roundstone Rye 92 will be a new regular offering from the celebrated Purcellville distillery.

"The release of a premium, 92-proof version of their award-winning 80-proof Roundstone Rye Whisky, hitting shelves in May, is recognizably Roundstone but intensified, with the caramel, maple, and spice tones highlighted and pumped up into something richer," noted M. Carrie Allan, spirits writer for the Washington Post. (See the full article in the Post, here.)

This whisky is the culmination of several years of planning.  "For a few years now, we've been putting whisky away for storage," remarked Becky Harris, Chief Distiller and President of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "We pulled some of the more interesting barrels from the back of the barn and decided to release these at a higher proof:  a whisky specially curated for flavor, while still being remarkably smooth, as is our existing 80 proof Roundstone."

"We are very excited about this new product," said Scott Harris, Founder and General Manager of Catoctin Creek.  "We discussed this new product with customers like Jack Rose Whisky Saloon, The Passenger, and our distributors, and all agreed that this would be a great new product for the distillery.  And what's cool, since we're a small distillery, we can be responsive to this kind of market input."

At 92 proof (46% ABV), "Roundstone Rye 92" will be available in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and New York in May.  As with all the whisky at Catoctin Creek, Roundstone Rye 92 is certified eco-ganic and kosher.  Suggested retail price is $52.99 for a 750 ml bottle.  Though an exact date hasn't been set, bottles will be available at the distillery approximately May 17th.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 202-827-4595; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and eco-ganic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Kyle Schmitz 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.

Single Cask Nation releases first American whisky: Catoctin Creek Rye

Single Cask Nation LabelMarch 21, 2014, Purcellville, VA –  Jewish Whisky Company’s Single Cask Nation today announced it will release its first American whisky bottling, a special cask of Catoctin Creek rye whisky aged over two years.

Jewish Whisky Company built the Single Cask Nation community so that whisky enthusiasts can meet and advance their mutual affinity for finely crafted single cask spirits. Single Cask Nation is dedicated to independently bottling the best and most unique single casks for its membership.

"We sat down together a few months ago and together selected a very special whisky," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery. "The chosen barrel contained a very unique distillation from August 2011. It was aged in a bourbon barrel for just over a year, and after that, we moved the whisky to a used white wine cask, where it has aged for almost another year and a half. The result is a whisky unlike anything we've offered to date."

The tasting notes on the whisky mention an intense rye profile, yellow and red fruits intertwined with herbal notes, a beguiling oily texture and warm toffee flavors.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to partner with Catoctin Creek on this whisky," commented Jason Johnstone-Yellin, co-founder of Jewish Whisky Company. "Becky and Scott produce some gorgeous spirits; we'd been pouring alongside them for years at various whisky festivals, and over the years we've become friends. We are delighted to bottle Catoctin Creek as the first American offering for Single Cask Nation."

The Single Cask Nation Catoctin Creek expression will be bottled at cask strength with approximately 200 bottles available. While the bottles will only be available to the members of Single Cask Nation, anyone can join via their website (www.singlecasknation.com).

About Single Cask Nation:  Single Cask Nation is the creation of the Jewish Whisky Company. The Jewish Whisky Company is faithfully dedicated to independently bottling the world's finest and rarest single cask whiskies for the diverse members of Single Cask Nation. For more information, contact Jason Johnstone-Yellin 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 is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact Kyle Schmitz at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 703-794-7713.

Catoctin Creek Distillery Announced as Finalist for RAMW's 2014 RAMMY Award for Regional Food & Beverage Producer of the Year

Rammy'sMarch 19, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Award-winning Catoctin Creek Distilling Company – based in historic Purcellville, VA in Loudoun County, celebrated for its premium spirits including Roundstone Rye, Watershed Gin, 1757 Brandy, and Mosby’s Spirit, amongst others – was announced as a finalist for ‘Regional Food & Beverage Producer of the Year’ last night at RAMW’s 2014 RAMMYS Nominations event hosted at The Hamilton in Washington D.C. amidst hundreds of high-profile hospitality industry professionals.

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) added the new ‘Regional Food & Beverage Producer of the Year’ award category to its line-up this year to celebrate some of the regions most respected artisans. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company – the first legal distillery to open in Loudoun County since before Prohibition – was included in this high-profile collection of nominees amongst other notable artisans including: Port City Brewing Company, DC Brau Brewing Company, Rappahannock Oyster Co., and Red Apron Butchery.

"We are extremely honored to be nominated for this prestigious award and would to thank RAWM for creating this award category this year showcasing hard-working artisans throughout the metropolitan area, who absolutely love what we do,” said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery. “We’re celebrating our 5 year anniversary this year, just opened the doors to our new distillery and tasting room this past summer, and this nomination adds a whole new level of excitement and recognition for all of us at the distillery as we move forward in 2014. We’re also thrilled to share this nomination with such a talented group of fellow artisans and we wish everyone the best of luck as we prepare for the 2014 RAMMY Awards Gala in Washington D.C. on June 22nd.”

The annual RAMMY Awards Gala is the signature annual fundraiser for Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) recognizing the best and brightest in the area’s vibrant restaurant industry. On Sunday, June 22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, winners from 21 categories will be announced and awarded, including four to be chosen by public vote. 2014 will serve as the 32nd Annual Gala.

About the RAMMYS:  Presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), The RAMMY Awards Gala honors the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the region’s restaurants and foodservice community. Named the #1 Food & Restaurant event by BIZBASH Magazine for four consecutive years, The RAMMYS celebrate one of Metropolitan Washington’s greatest assets: its restaurants. For more information on the 2014 RAMMY Awards click here.

About the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW):  The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is the regional trade association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Established in 1920, RAMW is an advocate, resource and community for its members. The Association works to promote and sustain the growth and development of the industry while providing its members legislative and regulatory representation, marketing and small business support, programming and events. RAMW strives to serve its members with professionalism and integrity, and provide them the training, education and support they need to grow a successful business. For additional information please visit www.RAMW.org.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 703-794-7713; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and eco-ganic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Kyle Schmitz 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.

Founder of Catoctin Creek elected to DISCUS advisory council

Distilled Spirits Council Elects Eight-Member Advisory Council

February 4, 2014, Washington, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) announced that an eight-member Advisory Council has been elected by the Small Distiller Affiliate Members for a term through the 2015 Annual Policy Conference.

New Advisory Council members include Andrew Auwerda of Philadelphia Distilling, Philadelphia, PA; John Dannerbeck of Anchor Distilling Co., San Francisco, CA; Kent Fleischmann of Dry Fly Distilling, Spokane, WA; Dan Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery, Hye, TX; Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., Purcellville, VA; Wes Henderson of Louisville Distilling Co., Louisville, KY; Paul Hletko of Few Spirits, Evanston, IL; and Lance Winters of St. George Spirits, Alameda, CA.

“Today’s announcement enhancing the governance structure of DISCUS’ Small Distiller Affiliate group will help advance the public policy interests of distillers of all sizes in our nation’s capital, in the states, and around the globe,” Distilled Spirits Council CEO Peter H. Cressy said. “It is critically important to work together in addressing the ongoing challenges of market modernization and blocking job-killing hospitality taxes, while promoting social responsibility and moderation.”

The Small Distiller Affiliate Membership, which was originally launched in 2010, now numbers over 80 members in 30 states. Its purpose is to organize the growing number of small distilled spirits producers across the nation and to give them a voice in public policy issues affecting the industry at every level of government. In addition to public policy matters, the members have many opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities from export promotions abroad to high-level meetings and events with top legislative and policy leaders and major associations from the other industry tiers.

"Catoctin Creek has been a member of the Small Distiller Affiliate group since its inception in 2010," remarked Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek.  "We felt from the beginning it was important to play a proactive role with policy issues for small producers, and DISCUS more than any other organization, has been very effective in giving us a voice in DC and around the world.  I am thrilled to be elected by a group of my peers, and I am ready to get to work!"

About DISCUS:  The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) is the national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States. For more information, contact Frank Coleman at www.distilledspirits.org or 1250 Eye Street, NW, Suite 400. Washington, D.C. 20005. Tel: 202-682-8840.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact Kyle Schmitz at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 703-794-7713.

Catoctin Creek ships first international shipment to Singapore

October 29, 2013, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek Distillery has shipped its first order internationally.  A pallet of the popular Roundstone Rye whisky, made from 100% rye grain, left Purcellville, Virginia today bound for Singapore.  The buyer, Liberty Spirits Asia Pte. Limited, will distribute the whisky throughout its tasting rooms in southeast Asia.

"This is a very important day for us at the distillery," said Scott Harris, founder and General Manager at Catoctin Creek.  "We have always sold our spirits throughout the East Coast, highlighting what great local spirits they are, and we have had lots of interest because they're locally made.  But today, we can safely say, 'We're not just local, but world-class!' I cannot wait to see how this new Asian market develops."

Harris recently returned from business exploration trips to Shanghai and Germany, sponsored in part by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), and the small family-run distillery is now ramping up production to allow for international exports while meeting the demands at home.  "We're adding jobs and making more product," said Harris.  "Our distillery now employs seventeen people, and we're very proud of that in this economy."

"Based on their sustainable approach to production and pride in their spirits, we knew immediately that Catoctin Creek was a special distillery that we wanted to partner with," said Tyler Hendrie, co-founder of Liberty Spirits Asia.

"We're especially privileged to be bringing Catoctin Creek’s 100% eco-ganic Roundstone Rye whisky to the Asian market,” said Howard Lo, co-founder of Liberty Spirits Asia. “Catoctin Creek’s popularity and participation in the mid-Atlantic spirits community is inspiring, and we hope to bring that level of engagement to Asia."

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

About Liberty Spirits Asia: Liberty Spirits Asia Pte. Limited was established in 2013 with a mission to bring American craft spirits to Asia. Co-founded by Howard Lo and Tyler Hendrie, two Americans living in Singapore, Liberty Spirits Asia aims to increase appreciation of craft spirits in the region and be a trusted partner for American artisanal distilleries looking to Asia. Through The Secret Mermaid, their tasting room slated to open December 2013 in the heart of Singapore’s financial district, Liberty Spirits Asia is looking forward to bring the American craft spirit movement to the region.  For more information, contact Liberty at 141 Middle Road, 04-04B GSM Building, Singapore 188976. Tel: +65 9363 7641.

Catoctin Creek releases Peach and Grape Brandy

1757 Virginia BrandyShort Hill Peach BrandyOctober 24, 2013, Purcellville, VA – Just in time for the holidays, Catoctin Creek is thrilled to announce the seasonal releases of is Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy and 1757 Virginia Brandy.  Last year, both of these brandies sold out in a very short period of time.  This year, we have increased our production and will have more bottles to offer.

On November 2 at noon, Catoctin Creek will release the Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy from their tasting room on Main Street in Purcellville.  The peach brandy is made entirely from Bluemont peaches, fermented and distilled and then aged in white oak barrels, bottled at 40% ABV.  The peach brandy is not a sweet liqueur, but rather a dry brandy done in the style of something one would find in Germany or France.  There are less than 1000 total bottles of the peach brandy this year, and will be sold exclusively at the distillery tasting room.

On November 16 at noon, Catoctin Creek will release its 1757 Virginia Brandy from the tasting room.  This brandy is made from Seyval blanc and Chambourcin wine grapes from Tarara and Fabbioli Cellars, aged in Bordeaux red wine casks for a minimum of two years, and bottled at 40% ABV.  1757 is the first commercial grape brandy ever produced in the Commonwealth, and around 1100 bottles will be available this year.

"We are always excited to put out our hyper-local fruit brandies," said Becky Harris, owner and chief distiller at Catoctin Creek. "These brandies are collaborations with some of Loudoun's great wineries, like Bluemont, Tarara and Fabbioli, and the results are always wonderful."

Catoctin Creek Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy - 40% ABV, 375ml, SRP $42.30. Star-K certified.

Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy - 40% ABV, 750ml, SRP $49.80.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Catoctin Creek installs solar array

The Solar Array at Catoctin CreekAugust 27, 2013, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek Distillery has installed a large solar array covering the roof of its new facility on Main Street in Purcellville, Virginia.  The solar array, installed by Prospect Solar of Sterling, Virginia, will offset nearly 85% of the distillery's energy usage, and on very sunny days will return energy into the public grid.

"We are thrilled to have our new solar plant," said Scott Harris, owner and general manager of the distillery. "Since we began the distillery, we always looked for ways to improve our sustainability and green footprint.  We already recycle all of our waste from the distilling process by making alcohol cleanser and eco-ganic cattle feeds. With the new solar plant, we are able to continue this process by reducing our energy footprint.  Prospect Solar has been an excellent partner in this project."

The Case Building, which the distillery now calls home, is a nearly perfect site for solar because of its southern-facing, gently sloping roof.

"We are honored to work with Catoctin Creek Distillery, a small business leading by example in terms of sustainability," said Jim Stamer, President of Prospect Solar.  "The majority of their operation will be powered by a 41kW rooftop solar array that is large enough to offset the electricity of about five average households. Their business will benefit from lower operating costs, and hedge against rising utility rates for at least 25 years. All of the solar equipment to be used in the installation has been manufactured in the U.S.A.  Not only does Catoctin Creek produce local spirits, but they will also be producing local renewable energy for generations to come."

About Prospect Solar:  Prospect Solar, LLC was established in 2010 as the professional's choice for design/build solar photovoltaic energy system installation. We draw from the construction industry experiences of our sister company, Prospect Waterproofing Company. A foundation of over 20 years of roofing and waterproofing expertise allows us to provide our clients exceptional quality and value.  Our turn-key service is as sustainable as our business model by making continual investments in solar training, certifications, and oversight, to ensure the safest possible installations. Prospect Solar's services include engineering, economic analysis, financing, monitoring, and custom installations. For more information, contact us at www.prospectsolar.com or 18 Acacia Lane Sterling, VA 20166. Tel: 703-450-2387.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Catoctin Creek announces Grand Opening weekend

Catoctin Creek DistilleryAugust 19, 2013, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek Distillery announces the Grand Opening weekend of their new distillery and tasting room at 120 West Main Street in Old Town Purcellville.  The distillery will celebrate its grand opening with a weekend of specials and festivities starting Friday, August 23rd and going through Sunday.  Patrons will enjoy the opportunity to tour, taste, and purchase bottles of the spirits from the new store.

"On Friday, we celebrate the opening of our new distillery with tastings, tours and 15% off all non-alcohol merchandise," said Scott Harris, owner of the distillery.  "On Saturday, Eric Buckland, author of the Mosby Men series and Mosby's Keydet Rangers, will be on hand in period dress to sign and sell his books. We are also very happy to have Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders, who will begin playing a free concert from 6pm until close on Saturday night.  And on Sunday, Laissez Foure, a popular jazz swing band from Washington DC will play from 3pm until close."

Catoctin Creek Distillery recently moved its operations from the industrial park on Richardson Lane, to the historic Case Building in downtown Purcellville.  The building underwent a $500,000 renovation and historical preservation, and the distillery is now in full operation in its new location.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Catoctin Creek wins best mountain-made spirit by Blue Ridge Country Readers

Blue Ridge CountryJune 12, 2013, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek Distillery has been voted Gold Best Mountain-Made Spirit by the readers of Blue Ridge Country magazine in the 2013 Best of the Mountains poll.

Catoctin Creek Distillery was founded in 2009 and offers both grain distilled and fruit distilled products.  Catoctin Creek is the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since prohibition and offers both eco-ganic and kosher certified products.

"Our readers voted in record numbers this year," said Blue Ridge Country Editor in Chief Kurt Rheinheimer.  "We conduct Best of the Mountains voting only every five years, and we're so pleased that our knowledgeable, mountain-loving readership turned up a few real surprises to go along with recognizing many of the classic sites and sights of the region."

This year, the Best of the Mountains poll features a variety of other reader selections, ranging from the best waterfall to best southern cooking.  Readers submitted their votes online over a two-month period, producing a list of almost 250 platinum, gold, and silver awards for cities, attractions, people and activities in the Blue Ridge Mountain region.

The 2013 Best of the Mountains award winners can be found in the July/August 25th Anniversary Edition of Blue Ridge Country. The magazine is available on newsstands throughout the region, as well as on the new Inaugural Digital Edition at blueridgecountry.com/online.

About Blue Ridge Country: Blue Ridge Country is an award-winning bimonthly regional magazine with a readership of 325,000.  The magazine covers the mountain regions of nine southern states and explores history, food, festivals, travel, the outdoors and the environment.   Blue Ridge Country is produced by LeisureMedia360 (formerly Leisure Publishing), located in Roanoke, VA.  LeisureMedia360 is the official publisher of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia is for Lovers Travel Guide and several other publications.  For more information about LeisureMedia360, visit www.leisurepublishing.com.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Catoctin Creek Awarded "Virginia's Finest" Designation

May 15, 2013, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek was awarded "Virginia's Finest®" designation for flagship line of spirits, including Roundstone Rye, Mosby's Spirit, and Watershed Gin.

Virginia's FinestThe Virginia’s Finest program promotes the development of Virginia agriculture and specialty food products. Virginia's Finest highlights top quality Virginia-produced and processed products, including snacks, candy, nuts, cider, meats, and produce. The Virginia's Finest Program is one of the most highly regarded marketing vehicles in the Commonwealth and really gives Virginia companies an added advantage in the marketplace. Consumers recognize the familiar Virginia's Finest "checkmark" and trust that Virginia's Finest products have been deemed the best of the best.

"The Virginia’s Finest Trademark Program will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014, and adding a celebrated Virginia distilling company such as Catoctin Creek to the list of Virginia’s Finest® product offerings is a win for everyone. I commend Catoctin Creek for their commitment to providing high quality locally made products," said Matt Lohr, Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Only Virginia products that meet or exceed quality standards are part of the Virginia's Finest Program. Specific industries recommend, create and update the quality standards. All Virginia's Finest products must be approved by the Virginia's Finest Review Committee. The Committee reviews product packaging and labels to ensure products meet state and federal regulations. The Committee verifies that products meet or exceed the standards established by the industry. In the case of many products, the company must be inspected by Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).

"Virginia is a great place to live and work, and we are proud that our products rank in the top with the rest of Virginia's Finest," said Scott Harris, owner of the Catoctin Creek Distillery.  "People recognize the Virginia's Finest brand, and we are thrilled to associate that brand with our spirits."

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Catoctin Creek Begins Construction of New Facility

Purcellville, VA – On Monday, April 1, Catoctin Creek® began construction on their new facility, located at 120 W. Main Street in Purcellville, Virginia.  The four year old distillery has recently outgrown its space on Richardson Lane, and last year purchased the historic Case Building on Main Street to begin its expansion.

Construction at the Case BuildingThe construction process was bid out to five contractors throughout the region.  Ultimately, Mullally Construction Company, Inc. (MCCI) was chosen as the general contractor for the more than $500,000 expansion and restoration project.  The project has become quite complex, with renovation of the historic building becoming one of the primary goals of the construction project.

"What we have is a historic building that was built in the second year of Prohibition," notes Scott Harris, founder of the distillery. "The building has been neglected through the years, and we would like to rejuvenate this jewel on Main Street."

Improvements to the building include a completely new electrical system, new plumbing, a sprinkler system, masonry repairs, roofing repairs, and new HVAC systems.

"In addition to that, it is still our goal to place a solar array on the roof to reduce our energy consumption," says Mr. Harris. "What we aim to build is the greenest building in the Town of Purcellville."

Other green efforts include installing a new glycol system to reduce water consumption, LED lights, and other energy saving innovations.

"Mullally Construction are ready to get started on this exciting project," said Peter Mullally, CEO of MCCI. "This is a win for the County, Town, MCCI and Catoctin Creek!"

Construction should last from April to mid-June, with an expected opening in late-June, provided there are no big surprises in the building.  During the construction phase, normal production and touring operations will continue at the company's present facility at 37251C East Richardson Lane in northern Purcellville.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

About Mullally Construction Company, Inc: From its inception, Mullally Construction Company, Inc. has had a mission to provide superior project management and general contracting service by delivering quality construction projects of exceptional value. Mr. Mullally has over 30 years of experience constructing quality facilities in the Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. MCCI's experience includes base building construction and additions for hotels, churches and health institutions as well as historic renovations, build outs for retail operations, commercial interiors and restaurants. For more information, contact MCCI at www.mullallyconstruction.com or 16929 Simpson Circle, Paeonian Springs, VA 20129. Tel: 540-882-4664.

Catoctin Creek Now Available in Georgia

Purcellville, VA Catoctin Creek® is now available in Georgia through Savannah Distributing Company, Inc.  The following small-batch, hand-crafted spirits are registered for sale in the state of Georgia:

  • Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
  • Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
  • Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
  • Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye CASK PROOF (limited release)
  • Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy (limited release)

"Distribution in Georgia continues our goal to be a dominant east-coast brand," said Scott Harris, founder and general manager of the distillery.  "Atlanta and Savannah are great markets for craft spirits, and we are so excited to begin selling our products through Savannah Distributing Company. Since I'm also an alumnus of Georgia Tech, it is particularly cool to be back in my home state."

"We are thrilled to team up with Catoctin Creek in Georgia," said Henry Monsees, President and CEO of Savannah Distributing Company. "Catoctin Creek is producing fantastic hand-crafted spirits, and we are sure they will do outstanding in the state of Georgia."

Catoctin Creek recently started an expansion project to move their distillery to 120 W. Main Street in Purcellville, and this project will quadruple the production size of their distillery.  Picking up new markets like Georgia are key to the growth of the company with this expansion in 2013.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

About Savannah Distributing Company: Savannah Distributing Company is one of the largest distributors of craft beer, wine and spirits in the state of Georgia, servicing Atlanta, Savannah, and the entire state. For more information, contact them at gawine.com or 2860 Bankers Industrial Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30360. Tel: 800-551-0777.

Catoctin Creek Now Available in Pennsylvania

PA LCBPurcellville, VA Catoctin Creek® is now available in Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB).  The following craft spirits are registered in the PLCB special order catalog, and are now available to restaurants, bars and consumers alike:

  • Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
  • Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
  • Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
  • Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye CASK PROOF (limited release)
  • Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy (limited release)

"Distribution in Pennsylvania is critical in achieving our goal to be a dominant east-coast brand," said Scott Harris, founder and general manager of the distillery.  "Being able to offer our spirits in key cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh fills the gap between Maryland and New York. With our increased production this year, these markets will be significant to our future growth plans."

Customers interested in ordering Catoctin Creek spirits may consult the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board web site at http://www.lcb.state.pa.us, the Catoctin Creek Pennsylvania ordering page at http://catoctincreek.com/wheretobuy-pa, or by calling the PLCB Special Order hotline directly at 1-800-332-7522 and selecting Option 1.

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About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from local sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and local spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye obtains GOLD at the 2013 Good Food Awards

Gold Seal at the Good Food Awards 2013Roundstone RyeSan Francisco, CA (January 18, 2013) – The Good Food Awards has awarded Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye a gold seal in their 2013 spirits category, one of 182 finalists across nine industries, from 31 states, chosen from among 1,366 entries.  Awards were presented by Alice Waters, famed chef of Chez Pannise and prominent activist for the local food movement.

"The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced," said Christina Skonberg, operations manager for the Good Food Awards.  "For a long time, certifications for responsible food production and awards for superior taste have remained distinct—one honors social and environmental responsibility, while the other celebrates flavor. The Good Food Awards recognize that truly good food—the kind that brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities—contains all of these ingredients."

Gold Seals were given to producers whose winning products are either certified ọṙḡạṇịc themselves or are 100% comprised of certified ọṙḡạṇịc ingredients.  Accepting the award in person, at San Francisco's historic Ferry Building, were Scott and Becky Harris, the founders of Catoctin Creek.

Scott and Becky Harris with Alice Waters"We are honored and delighted to receive this award," said Becky Harris. "This award is unlike many others, in that first, the products are judged for taste and quality.  Once evaluated for quality, a determination is made on the sustainability of the products and the companies that produce them. We are thrilled to win on both factors."

In geographic trends this year, Washington, D.C. is emerging as a hub of Good Food, with 14 Finalists hailing from its food shed of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Colorado (10), Washington state (10), Wisconsin (9) and Texas (9) all had strong showings. California had the largest number of finalists (43), followed by Oregon (22) and New York (16).

 

About the Good Food Awards: Now in its third year, Good Food Awards are given to winners in nine categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserves and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good. The Good Food Awards Gold Seal marks the products of winners who have also obtained certified ọṙḡạṇịc status while also leading in taste and social responsibility. For more information on the Good Food Awards, contact Christina Skonberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 415-447-3268.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified kosher, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from local sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

 

Catoctin Creek Named Small Business of the Year

Purcellville, VA, November 9, 2012 — Catoctin Creek Distillery was awarded Small Business of the Year at the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Awards, receiving the top honor at the Loudoun Chamber awards ceremony.  The awards were celebrated at the annual Small Business Gala held at the National Conference Center.

Becky and Scott HarrisThe Loudoun County Chamber received a record 347 nominations for the 2012 Small Business Awards, an annual event that celebrates the achievements of small business, entrepreneurs and non profit organizations in Loudoun County.

“The Small Business Awards is Loudoun County’s most prestigious honor that a local small business or non-profit can earn, and this record number of nominations is evidence of the remarkable level of enthusiasm in our community for these Awards,” Chamber President Tony Howard said.

The Awards' most prestigious honors – The Small Business of the Year and The Entrepreneur of the Year – were decided by a Blue Ribbon Panel of select Loudoun County business leaders.  Stephen Mackey, of Mesh Multimedia and Notaviva Vineyards, was named Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012.

"I want to thank one person tonight," said Scott Harris at the ceremony, "the one lady who made this all possible, the President of our company: my boss, my wife, and my best friend," he said, speaking of Becky Harris, who sits at the head of the Loudoun-based distillery. Ms. Harris acknowledged her gratitude to the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, county government, and the other finalists of the evening.

In the 2011 Loudoun Chamber Small Business Awards, Catoctin Creek was selected as Rural Business of the Year, and Scott Harris was named Entrepreneur of the Year.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Photograph courtesy Therese Howe.

Press Release: Washington DC's J&G Steakhouse Partners with Virginia's Award-Winning Catoctin Creek Distillery to Unveil Exclusive Handcrafted Custom Whiskey Blend '515'

Catoctin CreekJ+G Steakhouse

One-of-a-Kind Whiskey Marries Award-winning Spirits – Mosby’s Spirit & Roundstone Rye – Available Exclusively at J&G Steakhouse

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Washington DC (October 10, 2012) – Beginning in October, just in time for fall and winter whiskey lovers to enjoy, two of the most celebrated brands in the DC area – J&G Steakhouse at the W Washington DC and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, Loudoun County’s first distillery since before prohibition – have announced the debut of ‘515’ – a custom handcrafted whiskey produced by Catoctin Creek and made exclusively for J&G Steakhouse. This is the first collaboration of this caliber for either notable brand.

Great minds think alike and that’s exactly how the story goes when it comes to J&G Steakhouse and Catoctin Creek’s recent collaboration to create the one-of-a-kind proprietary whiskey blend. Following an exclusive event hosted by J&G Steakhouse’s Sommelier Guy Golan and Catoctin Creek owner Scott Harris, Golan and Harris began to brainstorm and experiment with the possibility of crafting a private label whiskey. The name – 515 – represents J&G Steakhouse’s prominent and historic address – one of which places it within steps from one of the country’s most famous landmarks - the White House. Showcasing two of Catoctin Creek’s most popular and award-winning eco-ganic and kosher spirits – Mosby’s Spirit and Roundstone Rye – Harris and Guy decided to begin testing and tasting results by combining both of these products. Each bottle of ‘515’ is aged under two years in new oak barrels, and distilled and bottled by hand. Each bottle then comes numbered revealing glimpses of just how much time, care and energy went into crafting this rare product.

“The 515 blend was created to pay homage to the historic location of 515 15th Street NW, Washington DC”, says J&G Steakhouse Sommelier Guy Golan. “During a recent exclusive event we hosted at J&G Steakhouse with Catoctin Creek, we blended Mosby’s Spirit and Roundstone Rye to the approval of an intimate bar crowd, until we achieved the results we wanted; an exclusive whiskey showcasing the unique quality of Catoctin Creek’s eco-ganic spirits.” "This was an exciting and creative opportunity to look at our products in a whole new way", said Scott and Becky Harris, founders and master distillers at Catoctin Creek Distillery. “The tasting notes of this 100% rye blend reveals rich flavors of stone fruit, sugar cane, and leather. It is a truly lovely spirit!"

Catoctin Creek’s 515 custom blend is available only at J&G Steakhouse served in the picturesque main dining room, the cozy Wine Bar, on the patio – recently named as one of the Best Outdoor Dining venues by FoodandWine.com, and also in POV – the W Hotel’s sky-high lounge with beautiful bird’s eye views of the White House. Taking the intricate flavors of the custom blend to the next level, Belinda Chang, Beverage Director for Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group, will be creating and launching a series of handcrafted cocktails showcasing 515. Executive Chef Philippe Reininger is also looking forward to experimenting with 515 to further enhance his impressive line-up of sweet and savory fall dishes of which intertwine French and Asian flavors.

As Catoctin Creek Distillery says … “Think Global … Drink Local!”

Additional information, images, and interviews with both J&G Steakhouse’s Guy Golan and Catoctin Creek’s Scott and Becky Harris are available upon request.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group (CCHG) is a New York City-based restaurant management group, which operates and licenses internationally-acclaimed restaurant brands such as Spice Market, J&G Steakhouse, Market, and J&G Grill, each of which was created by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Additionally, CCHG has several concepts many of its restaurants in partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Existing properties include Kauai Grill at the St. Regis Princeville Resort; J&G Grill at St. Regis Hotels in Deer Valley, Bal Harbour and Mexico City; Spice Markets in New York City and at W Hotel locations in Doha, Atlanta-Midtown and London; Lagoon at the St. Regis Bora Bora; J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician, Scottsdale and W Washington DC, Market at W Boston, W Buckhead and the Shangri-La Vancouver; and Fern at the St. Regis Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico. For more information please visit www.CulinaryConcepts.com or www.JGSteakhouseDC.com

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Press Release: Gold Medal for Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye

The Fifty BestThe Fifty Best GoldNew York, NY (September 21, 2012) – TheFiftyBest.com recently hosted an American Rye Tasting, where 19 contenders were voted for “Best Rye” awards for 2012.  TheFiftyBest.com is very pleased to announce that Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye was awarded a Gold medal.

Using professional criteria, the ryes were served “blindly” to the 18 pre-qualified judges, and rated on a 1-5 point scoring system with 5 being the best. After totaling up the scores, the rye whiskies were ranked based on the impressions of the judges, and awarded medals based on a set range of final point scores received.

The complete ranking results, along with tasting notes, are published on TheFiftyBest.com website: www.thefiftybest.com/spirits/best_rye/

TheFiftyBest.com is an award-winning online guide to fine living, featuring rated listings from on unbiased surveys and proprietary tastings judged by food, wine/spirits journalists, and connoisseurs. Adhering to strict tasting rules and rigorous methodology, TheFiftyBest.com achieves the highest standards of spirits evaluation. For more information, visit: www.TheFiftyBest.com, Twitter: twitter.com/thefiftybest, Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefiftybest

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Press Release: Catoctin Creek to Expand Operations with Purchase of Historic Purcellville Property

Catoctin Creek Conceptual DrawingPurcellville, VA, September 3, 2012 – Catoctin Creek is in the final stages to purchase the historic Sam Case Building at 120 West Main Street in Purcellville, Virginia.  This building will allow the distillery to expand their operations with a new 300 gallon Kothe still, in addition to their existing 100 gallon Kothe still, providing a quadrupling of production capacity for the 3½ year old distillery.

"The Case Building was built in 1921 and first used as a Buick dealership," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek.  "We initially looked at it and saw all this gorgeous unpainted brick, large windows and high ceilings and thought it would make a perfect distillery."  At 5,800 square feet, the building offers almost triple the floorspace of their existing facility on Richardson Lane.  Additionally, the distillery will be able to grow their retail and tourism operations with a much expanded retail store at the new facility.

"We are very excited to have Catoctin Creek Distillery on Main Street in Purcellville," said Mayor Bob Lazaro. "This will be a great attraction for our historic downtown.  Catoctin is a great local business, and will be a destination for years to come."

Financed through John Marshall Bank, the distillery plans to launch a nearly half-million dollar construction effort to renovate the building and create a modern distillery with a strong link to the past.  Enhancements planned include a new tasting room, public bathrooms, solar energy collectors, and dressing up the frontage on Main Street.

"John Marshall Bank is very pleased to have the opportunity to help fund the Case Building for Catoctin Creek Distillery," said James Bowman, Senior Vice President at the bank. "In a relatively short period of time, Scott and Becky have taken an idea and turned it into an exciting business. With this purchase, Catoctin Creek Distillery will be a destination location that will not only benefit Catoctin Creek, but the Town of Purcellville and the business community as a whole. We’re thrilled to be a part of it."

The purchase contract will close this month, with renovations beginning in early 2013.  The company is expected to complete their move from Richardson Lane to Main Street by summer of 2013.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Press Release: Virginia Craft Distilled Spirits Served at Governor’s Mansion

Richmond, VA, August 1, 2012 – A growing number of Virginia's agricultural products were highlighted this month at the Executive Mansion as distilled spirits products from two local craft distilleries, Catoctin Creek and Copper Fox, were poured at several Mansion receptions. Virginia gift sets including Catoctin Creek and Copper Fox distilled spirits products were also presented to honor distinguished Virginians.

"Virginia has a rich history of distilled spirits dating back to George Washington’s successful whiskey distillery at Mount Vernon, and with the emergence of craft distilling, the Commonwealth is once again taking its place as a top producer of premium spirits products," Governor McDonnell commented.

"We are very proud to have our products served at the Executive Mansion," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery. "Virginia has been a rising star in the wine industry, and we aim to prove that the Commonwealth is also a top producer of whiskey, gin and brandy."

The pour list at the Executive Mansion included Catoctin Creek's Roundstone Rye, an aged rye whiskey; Mosby's Spirit, an un-aged spirit reminiscent of traditional Virginia whiskeys before Prohibition; and Watershed Gin, one of the only gins produced in the Commonwealth. Copper Fox Distillery’s gold medal award winning Wasmund’s Rye Whisky was also served, along with its single malt whisky.

"We are thankful for this opportunity to share our handcrafted products," said Rick Wasmund, owner and master distiller of Copper Fox Distillery "From the beginning, we have set out to make a whisky that is not only the best in Virginia but also among the best in the world. We are very proud to use all Virginia products in making our whisky including locally harvested grain, apple wood, cherry wood and oak."

In collaboration with Governor McDonnell’s "Choose the Commonwealth" initiative that he introduced during his inauguration in 2010, the Executive Mansion and First Lady continue to bring new Virginia products into the Mansion each week. The Executive Mansion is almost exclusively using Virginia products, including food and beverage daily. Sarah Scarbrough, Director of The Executive Mansion, thanked the Distilled Spirits Council for facilitating the donation of the craft distiller products.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Copper Fox Distillery is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Sperryville, Virginia. The distillery’s primary products are Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky and Copper Fox Rye Whisky. Copper Fox is the only distillery in North America that malts its own barley. They are also the only the distillery in the world that flavors its malt with apple and cherry wood smoke. For more information, contact www.copperfox.biz or The Copper Fox Distillery, 9 River Lane Sperryville, VA 22740

Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Release

Cask Proof Release

Roundstone Rye Cask ProofPurcellville, VA Catoctin Creek is THRILLED to announce the release of Roundstone Rye Cask Proof!  Bottled at 116 proof, or 58% alcohol by volume, this is one seriously strong dram of whisky!

"For a while now, we have had numerous requests to release our Roundstone Rye at cask proof," said Scott Harris, distiller and owner of Catoctin Creek Distillery, "and we finally gave in to the pressure. Now, by popular demand, you can pick up your very own bottle at the distillery on July 7th, the one year anniversary of our distillery store."

Please note, we expect Roundstone Rye Cask Proof to be very popular, and with only 100 bottles being released in this first batch, it won't last long! Come get yours, available only at the distillery.

What: Catoctin Creek Cask Proof Release
Where:

Catoctin Creek Distillery
37251C East Richardson Lane
Purcellville, Virginia

When: Saturday, July 7, 11am-4pm

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye - Cask Proof, 58% ABV, whisky distilled from 100% rye, 750ml, SRP $64.75.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Catoctin Creek Now Available in New York

Purcellville, VA Catoctin Creek® is now available in New York through Blueprint Brands. and will soon be available at fine restaurants, bars, and retail stores throughout the New York area.

"Distribution in New York has been a major goal since we started our distillery, and we are absolutely thrilled to begin selling our spirits through Blueprint Brands,"  said Scott Harris, owner of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "We've had so much interest in our spirits from New York retailers; it is wonderful to finally achieve this milestone.  In anticipation of our growth into this market, we have expanded our current production capacity by running two shifts per day, and are now in the process of an equipment expansion to triple our present production capacity."

"We are pleased to add Catoctin Creek to our portfolio of craft beer, spirits, and beverages," says Jay Frary, VP of Sales & Marketing for Blueprint Brands, a division of Union Beer Distributors. "The handmade spirits from Catoctin Creek are well-recognized for their eco-ganic and boutique quality. They will be well-received in the New York marketplace."

Currently, the following spirits will be available in New York:

Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit®
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye®
Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin®

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

In 1996, L. Knife & Son acquired Union Beer Distributors which grew dramatically in the next decade as the primary distributor of Anheuser-Busch products for Brooklyn, New York. In 2003, Union Beer obtained a powerful catalog of both domestic and imported craft beer brands. Union Beer has since expanded into the realm of spirits by developing Blueprint Brands, a division focusing on the sale of artisanal craft spirits to 14 counties of New York. Blueprint is continuously supplementing their growing portfolio to reach the highest level of stylistic breadth with the most sought-after brands available. For more information on Blueprint Brands, contact Jay Frary at 1213 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Tel: 718-497-2407.

Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin receives silver medal in New York

Watershed Gin takes silver medals at the NYISC in 2010New York, NY, November 28, 2011 — Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was awarded a silver medal in the 2011 New York International Spirits Competition for its Watershed Gin®.

"Gin is a product in a very competitive market," said founder and distiller Becky Harris. "so we are very happy to do well in a major competition like the NYISC."  Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin is a formulation based on the distillery's eco-ganic rye spirits, with a maceration of ten herbs and spices, including juniper, coriander, anise, cinnamon, and orange peel.  Ms. Harris describes the gin as a "modern style" gin that realizes her expression of the greenness of Loudoun County, Virginia, where the gin is made.

The New York International Spirits Competition is the first major international spirits competition to be judged solely by members of the trade who have purchasing power through their stores, bars, distribution networks and their resulting ability to make a direct impact on brand sales. This year’s judging panel included buyers from the top retail stores, restaurant and bar owners, distributors and importers who all donated their time and palates without hesitation or compensation.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

For more information about the New York International Spirits Competition, see http://nyispiritscompetition.com.

Catoctin Creek Wins Twice in Small Business Awards

Purcellville, VA, November 3, 2011 — Only a few days after winning an Innovation Award in the Loudoun County Green Business Challenge, Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. received two awards at the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Awards.

2011 Small Business AwardsScott Harris was named the Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Purcellville distillery was also named Rural Business of the Year at the awards banquet Wednesday night at the National Conference Center. In his speeches, he thanked other rural business owners such as Doug Fabbioli of Fabbioli Cellars and Jim and Lori Corcoran of Corcoran Vineyards, as well as his wife and business partner, Becky Harris.

"We work our tails off in this business but we love every single minute of it," he told the 400 banquet attendees. "If you love it then you should do it. You only live once, go live your dream."

"Competition for the Small Business Awards is fierce," Chamber President and CEO Tony Howard said in his opening remarks. "This year we had 182 businesses that were nominated for an award. From that number, it was narrowed down to 76 companies and individuals."

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Photograph courtesy David Galen Photography.

Catoctin Creek Wins Green Innovation Award

Green Business Challenge 2011 - SilverPurcellville, VA, October 28, 2011 — Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has been named a Silver-level certified green business and awarded the Innovation Award in the 2011 Green Business Challenge.  The awards were received at the Green Gala, celebrated at the National Conference Center on Thursday evening.  Over 60 Loudoun county businesses participated in this year's challenge.

"We are thrilled by this," says Scott Harris, Vice President and General Manager at Catoctin Creek. "The Green Business Challenge affirms our commitment to sustainable practices, while producing the finest rye whisky, gin, and brandy in the area. Going green means we are simultaneously preserving our environment and saving big on energy and waste expenses."

As an example, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company recycles all by-products of their whisky production process. Waste alcohol is recycled into fuel-grade ethanol for blending into gasoline, and the spent rye mash is given away freely to local farms as a nutritious and eco-ganic-certified cattle feed. "This means that nothing in our production process ends up in landfill," says Harris. "We're really proud of that!"

The Green Business Challenge is a partnership between the Loudoun County Government and the Chamber of Commerce to encourage Loudoun businesses to adopt environmentally sound business practices. The Green Business Challenge has identified a number of actions businesses and organizations can take to become more energy efficient, implement more sustainable practices, and improve their bottom line. By making this commitment, businesses and organizations will help Loudoun County ensure a healthy and sustainable quality of life for all its citizens.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Catoctin Creek Gets a New Look

Purcellville, VA, October 24, 2011 — Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has updated their labels providing a fresh new look on the shelves.  Catoctin Creek's three signature products, Roundstone Rye, Mosby's Spirit, and Watershed Gin have each received revised labels.

"We felt that the new labels would help differentiate the products on the shelf, adding some new creative design elements, while staying true to the classic 'saloon' feel that we enjoyed on the first labels," said Scott Harris, Vice President and General Manager of the distillery. "Nothing has changed in the products; just the labels are new."

Apart from the decorative changes, each new label also highlights that the products are hand crafted and small batch, produced in the distillery's 100 gallon copper pot still.  Look for the new labels to begin appearing on bottles around the end of the year, as existing labels are depleted.

The new labels:

Roundstone RyeMosby's SpiritWatershed Gin

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin receives Gold Medal from BTI

Purcellville, VA, August 3, 2011 — Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has been awarded a gold medal from the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin was awarded 91 points (Exceptional) in the category of gin.

From the review:

Watershed Gin - Aromas of tropical citrus and melon, Swedish caraway herb bread and delicate spices with supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with a nice juniper, anise seed, mint and white pepper snap. Will make bold cocktails. 91 points - Exceptional - Gold

"This is our first medal for Watershed Gin, and we are delighted to learn it is gold!" said founder and chief distiller Becky Harris.  "We're so happy to have this award from BTI."

The Beverage Testing Institute was founded in 1981 with the objective of producing fair and impartial wine reviews for consumers. Today, this philosophy still holds true. Over the years, their buying guides have appeared in the Wine Enthusiast, Restaurant Hospitality, The New Yorker Magazine, Wine & Spirits, International Wine Review, Epicurious.com, All About Beer, and many others. For more information about the Beverage Testing Institute, see http://www.tastings.com.

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Catoctin Creek Distillery Begins In-Store Tastings

Purcellville, Virginia Catoctin Creek Distilling Company today began offering tastings at their Purcellville, Virginia distillery store in compliance with Virginia state law (section 4.1-119.G) which was approved in the 2010 session (HB 952).  Tastings will be offered at scheduled and pre-arranged times, a listing of which are available on the company web site.

"Tastings will become an important part of our business at the distillery store," said co-founder and Vice President Scott Harris.  "Along with the recent change allowing us to have a store, and now this ability to offer tastings, we're really able to fully serve our customers looking to try, and then potentially buy, our local-made spirits."

By Virginia law, tastings are limited to no more than three half-ounce samples per person. For more information on tours and tastings, please see the company web site (below).

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Catoctin Creek Distillers Awarded Top Innovators Award

Falls Church, Virginia Catoctin Creek Distilling Company co-founders, Scott and Becky Harris, have been awarded as Northern Virginia Top Innovators for 2011 by NOVAEXEC magazine and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.  The couple received their award at the Fairfax Chamber annual awards ceremony today.

"NOVAEXEC sees innovation as creation," says the magazine article highlighting the award, "Scott and Becky Harris followed in the footsteps of one of Northern Virginia's most famous innovators, George Washington, when they took up his past-time of producing spirits."

The magazine further highlights, "Catoctin Creek hit 10,000 bottles of production by the end of 2010 and their bottles were flying off the shelves.  They surpassed their $100,000 revenue target for 2010 and are on track to exceed their $200,000 goal for 2011."

"It is very exciting to be singled-out in an area like Northern Virginia with such a vibrant entrepreneurial culture," says Becky Harris, President and Chief Distiller at Catoctin Creek.  "We really are in the best of both worlds here in NOVA.  We have access to farms and vineyards in western Loudoun and, in the rest of the region, a growing cosmopolitan market that appreciates premium spirits."

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

NOVAEXEC magazine is a publication focused on the business and economics of Northern Virginia.  The periodical is published by Times Community Media, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.  For more information, contact them at: www.novaexec.com or 9 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176. Tel: 703-777-1111.

Catoctin Creek Distillery Store Grand Opening

Purcellville, Virginia Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will celebrate the grand opening of their distillery store starting Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3.  Due to a recent change in the Virginia state law, the distillery is now able to sell their spirits on-site, much in the same way as a Virginia ABC store.  (Tastings at the distillery are still not allowed.)

The distillery will open its doors on Friday morning at 6am to begin receiving customers.  Tours will be given throughout the day and all weekend, and a live band will perform at the distillery on Saturday afternoon.  The distillery will be open Friday from 6am - 4pm, Saturday from 10am - 4pm, and Sunday from 1pm-4pm.

"We're hoping for a very festive atmosphere for the weekend," says Scott Harris, co-founder and Vice President of the distillery.  "We've worked very hard to get this change to the Virginia law, and this weekend, we just want to celebrate a little, and maybe sell a few bottles!  It will be a great way to kick off July 4th weekend."

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Two More Medals from American Distilling Institute

Portland, OR – Catoctin Creek was awarded two more medals in the 2011 American Distilling Institute Whiskey Competition in Portland, Oregon.

Mosby's Spirit received another bronze medal and was named "Best In Category" for un-aged rye whiskey. Roundstone Rye picked up a silver medal at the competition and was also named "Best In Category" for aged rye whiskey.

Mosby's Spirit and Roundstone Rye are both certified eco-ganic and kosher, and made from 100% eco-ganic rye.  Scott Harris, owner of Catoctin Creek remarked, "We're very happy again for more kudos for our whiskey.  This is the fifth award for Mosby's Spirit in just over a year of producing it, and the third for Roundstone Rye.  And though the awards are nice, we're really glad that people are enjoying our spirits and this revival of interest in rye whiskey--Virginia's true historical spirit."

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first family-owned distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Producing high quality eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs: Rye spirits and whisky from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion.

For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com

New Law Allows Bottle Sales at Catoctin Creek Distillery

Richmond, VA With the passage of Virginia Senate Bill 1249, signed by Governor Bob McDonnell this morning at the State Capitol, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will now be permitted under Virginia law to sell its spirits at its distillery in Purcellville. The law, in effect, allows the distilling company to operate a state ABC store, selling their products directly to the consumer.

"This is a great opportunity for us at the distillery," said Rebecca Harris, co-founder and chief distiller.  "We have tourists and visitors stopping by the distillery, and often, they would like to purchase a bottle or two of our spirits.  It has been frustrating to tell them, 'Sorry, you cannot buy them here.'  Now we'll have the same ability to sell our products as all of the Virginia farm wineries."

The bill, titled "ABC; designates distillery licensee certified as an eco-ganic distillery to be an agent of ABC Board", was sponsored by Senator Jill Vogel (R), District 27, and co-sponsored by Delegate Joe May (R), District 33.

"I am delighted to have the Governor act on the measure," said Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel. "The bill is intended to support eco-ganic agriculture in Loudoun, which is an emerging economy that I am eager to grow and sustain in my district. It was a pleasure to work with Scott and his team and I hope that the bill assists them in continuing to build a successful enterprise."

"I'd really like to thank Sen. Vogel and Del. May for their support on this bill, and the Governor for signing it," said Scott Harris, co-founder of the distillery.  "Supporting eco-ganic production in Virginia will help grow sustainable practices and local eco-ganic farming in the state, which will provide small family-run farms with a higher-margin crop to sell to local producers like us.   This is a small step in the right direction."

The law goes into effect July 1, 2011.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Catoctin Creek Receives Two More Silver Medals

Purcellville, VA, March 11, 2011 — Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has been awarded two silver medals from the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Catoctin Creek eco-ganic Roundstone Rye was awarded 87 points (Highly Recommended) and won silver in the category of rye whiskey, and Catoctin Creek eco-ganic Mosby's Spirit was awarded 85 points (Highly Recommended) and also won silver in the category of unaged whiskey.

From the reviews:

Mosby's Spirit - Clear with a platinum hue. Bright aromas of toasted pumpernickel rye, powdered sugar and tarragon with a white pepper high note with a supple, round dryish medium-to-full body and a grainy, safflower oil, starfruit, and peppery alcohol finish. A gentleman's moonshine. 85 points - Highly Recommended - Silver

Roundstone Rye - Pale amber color. Aromas of burnt marshmallow, banana yogurt, roasted walnut, mace, and rye bread dough with a round, spry dryish medium body and Naugahyde, vanilla, and peppercorn finish. Wild and wooly, but entertaining. 87 points - Highly Recommended - Silver

The Beverage Testing Institute was founded in 1981 with the objective of producing fair and impartial wine reviews for consumers. Today, this philosophy still holds true. Over the years, their buying guides have appeared in the Wine Enthusiast, Restaurant Hospitality, The New Yorker Magazine, Wine & Spirits, International Wine Review, Epicurious.com, All About Beer, and many others.

"We are absolutely tickled to be receiving these awards," said founder and co-distiller Scott Harris. "BTI is one of the most respected names in beverage reviews, and we're very happy to get any praise for our little whiskys." Mr. Harris is the Vice President and General Manager at Catoctin Creek, a family run "mom and pop" operation he and his wife, Becky Harris, started in 2009.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

For more information about the Beverage Testing Institute, see http://www.tastings.com.

Catoctin Creek Now Available in Tennessee

Purcellville, VA Catoctin Creek is now available in Tennessee through Lipman Brothers, Inc. and will soon be available at fine restaurants, bars, and retail stores throughout the Nashville and Chattanooga markets.

"We are thrilled to have Lipman Brothers as a distribution partner in Tennessee," says Scott Harris, owner of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "The Nashville/Chattanooga area is a growing and vibrant cosmopolitan area, deep in the heart of traditional whiskey country, and we are thrilled to be there with Lipman Brothers."

Currently, the following spirits will be available through Lipman Brothers:

Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin

"We are pleased to add Catoctin Creek to our portfolio of fine wines, spirits and beverages," says Robert Lipman, President and CEO of Lipman Brothers. "The handmade spirits from Catoctin Creek are well-recognized for their eco-ganic and boutique quality. They will be well-received in the Tennessee marketplace."

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

Established in 1939, Lipman Brothers is the oldest distributor of wine and spirits in Middle Tennessee. Partnered with the R.S. Lipman Company, a distributor of beer, bottled water, mixers, crystal and cigars, Lipman is the leading name in Tennessee’s beverage alcohol distribution market. The company services restaurant and retail accounts and serves as an educational resource for both trade and consumer markets. For more information: www.LipmanBrothers.com or 411 Great Circle Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37228. Tel: 615-244-2230.

Catoctin Creek Receives Two Silver Medals

New York, NY, November 22, 2010 — Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has been awarded two silver medals in the 2010 New York International Spirits Competition. Catoctin Creek eco-ganic Roundstone Rye won silver in the category of aged craft spirit less than two years and under $40, and Catoctin Creek eco-ganic Mosby's Spirit won silver in unaged craft spirit under $40.

The New York International Spirits Competition, which welcomed 187 submissions from 28 countries in 47 categories had only 1 Double Gold, 13 Golds, 36 Silver and 45 Bronze Medals. This was the first major international spirits competition to be judged solely by members of the trade who have purchasing power through their stores, bars, distribution networks and their resulting ability to make a direct impact on brand sales. Held at the Brandy Library earlier this month this year’s judging panel included buyers from the top retail stores, restaurant and bar owners, distributors and importers who all donated their time and palates without hesitation or compensation.

"We are thrilled to be receiving these awards," said founder and distiller Becky Harris. "We work really hard on our spirits, and it is very nice to know that others like them too." Ms. Harris is the master distiller at Catoctin Creek, a family run "mom and pop" operation she and her husband, Scott Harris, started in 2009.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion. For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 540-751-8404.

For more information about the New York International Spirits Competition, see http://nyispiritscompetition.com/?p=165.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company Receives Award for Business Plan

Leesburg, Va., November 16, 2010 — Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was named second place winner for the Scalable Business Model in the second annual Loudoun Small Business Development Center (SBDC) business plan competition. Prize winnings include $750 to help start the business. The Loudoun SBDC Business Plan Competition and Awards Gala was sponsored by board member Eric Major of K2M, Inc. Presiding over the competition were Michael C. Matteson of PNC Bank and President of the Loudoun SBDC Board of Directors, Robin Suomi, Executive Director of the Loudoun SBDC, and Eric Major, President and CEO of K2M, Inc.

"Loudoun SBDC is thrilled to have Catoctin Creek Distilling Company as our second place winner in the scalable business category this year," said Ms. Suomi.  "When the economy is tough, that's when entrepreneurship kicks in. Scott and Becky have taken their dream, added large doses of passion, family and community, and have grown that dream into a scalable, sustainable business. Their personalities come to life through their spirits! I can't wait to see what the next 12 months brings for them!"

Speaking for the distillery, Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, noted, "We were thrilled and honored to be selected among the finalists.  The Loudoun SBDC is a great incubator for small businesses and is an important engine for the growth of small business in Loudoun County. There are always so many amazing companies in the competition, so it is truly an honor to be selected."

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first family-owned distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion.  For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132.  Tel:  540-751-8404.

The Loudoun County Small Business Development Center, a not-for-profit organization consisting of a full-time staff, Board of Directors and a strong core of volunteers, has been aiding small businesses since 1987.  We are proud of our contributions to sustaining Loudoun County's vibrant economy.  And our dedication to serving small business continues today.  For more information, contact www.loudounsbdc.org or 21145 Whitfield Place, Suite 104, Sterling, Virginia 20165.  Tel:  703/430-7222.

Further coverage from the Leesburg Today - SBDC Celebrates Best Business Plans.

Catoctin Creek Pearousia Now Available

Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek Pearousia™ is now available from Virginia ABC and retail stores in Maryland and the District of Columbia through Bacchus Importers, LTD.

PearousiaPearousia is a very special collaboration between Fabbioli Cellars and Catoctin Creek. "Doug Fabbioli, owner and vintner at Fabbioli Cellars, produced a lovely pear wine, and we distilled it into brandy," says Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek. "After being casked in oak for a time, this pear brandy has emerged as a truly lovely and unique offering, and our first fruit spirit."

Pearousia is an extremely limited release local pear brandy, produced from seasonal fruit, and will be sold in 375 ml bottles so that it is accessible to more people. Only 600 bottles will be made this season, just in time for Christmas and Hanukkah.

In Virginia, use Virginia ABC ordering code 952556 to order by the bottle or the case. In Maryland or the District of Columbia, contact your local retailer. Suggested retail price $42.30 per bottle, 40% ABV, 375 ml.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first family-owned distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: Rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion.  For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132.  Tel:  540-751-8404.

Fabbioli Cellars is incredibly proud of our network of family, friends, employees, and volunteers that contribute year-round to our endeavors. To us, all of these people comprise our extended family. From planting to pruning, crushing to bottling, and delivering to pouring, our team is the key to the success of our rapidly growing business. Bound by a common passion for fine wines, earth-friendly farming, and lasting friendships, we revel in the challenges that each day brings. Confident that our efforts will not only bring us closer together, but will positively impact the experiences of our customers and our community while showcasing the best in Loudoun's rural economy. For more information, contact them at: www.fabbioliwines.com or 15669 Limestone School Road, Leesburg, VA 20176. Tel 703-771-1197.

A member of the Charmer Sunbelt Group, Bacchus Importers, Ltd. is a premier distributor of fine wine and spirits in Maryland and the District of Columbia. For more information, contact them at: www.bacchusimportersltd.com or 1817 Portal Street, Baltimore, MD 21224. Tel: 1-800-525-9699.

Catoctin Creek Now Available in Northern California

Purcellville, VA Catoctin Creek is now available in stores and restaurants in Northern California through Mussetter Distributing.  Mussetter will now distribute Catoctin Creek products in the Greater Sacramento counties of Placer, Nevada, Sierra, Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, and Solano.

"We are thrilled to have Mussetter Distributing as a distribution partner in California," says Rebecca Harris, president of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "Like our own company, Mussetter is a family-owned business with an exciting list of brands.  We look forward to bringing our eco-ganic spirits into the markets around Sacramento and Lake Tahoe."

Currently, the following spirits will be available through Mussetter:

Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first family-owned distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: Rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion.  For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132.  Tel:  540-751-8404.

With more than 34 years of experience, Mussetter Distributing is now an “up & coming” Craft Beer & Specialty Product distributor that covers the entire Greater Sacramento area. Mussetter distributes numerous products including craft/micro beers, imported beers, gluten-free beer, value beer, cider, PABs (progressive adult beverages), eco-ganic distilled spirits, all-natural mixers, wine, energy drinks, new age beverages, relaxation beverages, soft drinks, good-for-you beverages, water, protein drinks and bars, green teas, and RTD coffee. For more information, contact them at:  www.mussetterdistributing.com or 12979 Earhart Ave, Auburn, CA 95602.  Tel: 530-885-4913.

Catoctin Creek Now Available in Maryland, District of Columbia

Purcellville, VA Catoctin Creek is now available in stores and restaurants in Maryland and the District of Columbia through Bacchus Importers, LTD.

"We are thrilled to have Bacchus as a distribution partner in Maryland and DC," says Rebecca Harris, president of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "Our goal has always been to grow as a regional brand, and Bacchus enables us to bring our products to consumers on the other side of the Potomac River."

Currently, the following spirits will be available through Bacchus:

Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first family-owned distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: Rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion.  For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com or 37251C East Richardson Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132.  Tel:  540-751-8404.

A member of the Charmer Sunbelt Group, Bacchus Importers, Ltd. is a premier distributor of fine wine and spirits in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  For more information, contact them at:  www.bacchusimportersltd.com or 1817 Portal Street, Baltimore, MD 21224. Tel: 1-800-525-9699.

Mosby's Spirit Takes Bronze in Whiskey Competition

Mosby's Spirit Bronze Medal Winner

Louisville, KY – Catoctin Creek has been awarded a bronze medal in the category of un-aged whiskey for their Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit.  The Mosby's Spirit is an un-aged rye whisky made completely from 100% eco-ganic rye.  Scott Harris, owner of Catoctin Creek remarked, "We are pleased and overwhelmed to be highlighted in this category among such a distinguished list of distillers from across the country. We greatly appreciate the honor given by people in the craft distilling business."

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first family-owned distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Producing high quality eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs: Rye spirits and whisky from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits and liqueurs are our passion.

For more information, contact us at www.catoctincreek.com

Two Virginia Craft Distillers Appointed to National Advisory Body

Washington, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) has appointed two Virginia distillers to its Craft Distillers Advisory Council.  The two are Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in [Loudoun] County and Richard Wasmund of Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville.

The 13 member Advisory Council of small distillers is part of the Distilled Spirits Council’s (DISCUS) new Craft Distiller Affiliate Membership program for distillers producing under 40,000 nine-liter cases annually.

“It’s crucial that distillers of all sizes work together to highlight the important and positive role we play in our communities,” said Wasmund.  “Small distillers are excited to help ensure fair treatment of our products at all levels of government.”

Harris added: “The Craft Distiller Membership program provides a terrific voice for small distillers to engage in public policy discussions with legislators.  We're proud to be a part of the Advisory Council and excited to help foster this craft distilling movement on a national level.”

As a leadership body, the Advisory Council’s role will be to coordinate communications with the Washington, D.C.-based DISCUS policy teams, and engage and activate small distillers in their respective regions.  The Craft Distiller Affiliate Membership was created to organize the growing number of small distilled spirits producers across the nation and alert them to public policy issues affecting the industry at every level of government.

In the last decade, the number of small distillers in the U.S. grew from a few dozen to more than two hundred today, now making an array of products from white spirits such as vodka and gin to wide varieties of liqueurs, aged whiskeys and brandies.

“The rapidly growing number of craft distillers in states across the nation represents an important grassroots base for communicating substantive messages about industry modernization, our strong marketing code and the important role distillers play in the hospitality industry,” said DISCUS President Peter Cressy. “Together, we can educate public officials and pursue positive public policies that advance the interests of the hospitality industry and the jobs we create.”

In addition to the two Virginia distillers, other members of the Advisory Council include: Scott Bush, Templeton Rye (IA); Robert Cassell, Philadelphia Distilling, (PA); Jess Graber, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey (CO); Ted Huber, Huber Starlight Distillery, (IN); Brett Joyce, Rogue Spirits, (OR); Marko Karakasevic, Charbay Distillery (CA); Brian McKenzie, Finger Lakes Distilling (NY); Phil Prichard, Prichards’ Distillery (TN); Guy Rehorst, Great Lakes Distillery (WI); Jorg Rupf, St. George Spirits (CA); and the group is chaired by Fritz Maytag of San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling.  Other craft distiller affiliate members include: Lindsey Cotton, Thirteenth Colony Distilleries (GA); and, Bill Smith, Treasure Island Distillery.

Craft distiller members will also participate in an annual Public Affairs Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington including briefings, Congressional visits and a reception featuring their products.

 

DISCUS is the trade association representing producers and

marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States.

Website: http://www.distilledspirits.org

 

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CONTACT:  Frank Coleman (202) 682-8840

March 29, 2010

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye... In Virginia ABC stores May 1

Purcellville, Va., March 15, 2010 — Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, LLC has received its first order for Roundstone Rye whisky from the Virginia ABC.  The first product will appear on May 1, 2010 in eighty stores in the northern Virginia suburbs around Washington DC.

Stay tuned for specific store listings, which we will be posted on the company website in the "Where To Buy" section.

Catoctin Creek Joins DISCUS

Purcellville, Va., March 2, 2010 — Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, LLC has been granted membership in the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Inc. (DISCUS). Additionally, Scott Harris, Vice President and General Manager at Catoctin Creek, has agreed to serve in a leadership role as a member of the Craft Distiller Advisory Council.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States has long worked for ensuring fair and equitable treatment for distillers, while upholding the strong commitment to responsible consumption of our products, and promoting our proud heritage.

"We are thrilled to become members of DISCUS," said Mr. Harris. "We look forward to helping to shape new public policy, both at the state and federal level, to help spur the growth of this exciting new industry and bring our products to more consumers looking for high quality and hand-crafted spirits."

More info about DISCUS at www.discus.org

Catoctin Creek Obtains Kosher Certification

We are very pleased to announce that our first three products, Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit, Roundstone Rye Whisky, and Watershed Gin, have all achieved Kosher certification by the Star-K certification agency. Kosher certification is performed under the rabbinical supervision of Rabbis Moshe Heinemann and Eliyahu Shuman, who are among the world's foremost experts on Jewish law and kashrus, and Rabbi Tzvi Rosen, editor of Star-K’s quarterly journal, Kashrus Kurrents, and an expert on liquors and industrial kashrus.

We are proud to offer one of the nation’s only lines of Kosher spirits, and we are honored to be affiliated with Star-K who share our philosophies concerning quality eco-ganic and kosher foods, and stewardship of the planet we all share. If you have any questions concerning our Kosher certification, please contact us.

Kosher certificates can be downloaded here.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company Receives Award for Business Plan

Leesburg, Va., October 23, 2009 Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was selected as a finalist and third place winner in the First Annual Loudoun Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Plan Competition. The competition and awards ceremony was sponsored by the Loudoun SBDC, the SBA, and hosted by K2M, Inc.  Presiding over the competition were Michael C. Matteson of Wachovia Bank and President of the Loudoun SBDC Board of Directors and Eric Major, President and CEO of K2M, Inc.

Judges were Cheryl Beebe of Cardinal Bank, Sayeh Behnam of Design4Future, LLC, Marantha Edwards of the Town of Leesburg, Tony Howard of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Lackey of Main Street Bank, O. Leland Mahan of Hall, Monahan, Engle, Mahan, and Mitchell, Attorneys at Law, Eric Major of K2M, Inc., J. Ann Sallgren, CPA of Yount, Hyde and Barbour, PC, Jen Sterling of Hinge, Keith Troxel of Artwill, Troxel and Leigh, PC, Mark Turbyfill of Soxpert, and Chu Yi of Wachovia Bank.

"We were thrilled an honored to be selected among the eight finalists," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. "There were some fine companies comepeting in this competition, and we're just humbled to be a part of it."

Prize winnings include $500 to help start the business, plus a number of items contributed by local businesses. Learn more about the Loudoun SBDC at www.loudounsbdc.org.

Further coverage from the Leesburg Today - SBDC Issues First Business Plan Award.

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