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.