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.