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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.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified ọṙḡạṇịc and kosher, Catoctin Creek produces high quality spirits and liqueurs: rye whisky and gin from ọṙḡạṇịc sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal specialty liqueurs. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and ọṙḡạṇịc 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 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.

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