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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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

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