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Spring is blooming! Announcing our Flower Sour Power Hour!

Greetings, Catoctin Creek Nation!

Flower Sour Power Hour

Welcome to May!  We are glad for the warmer weather and all the blooms.  In the spirit of the season, we're happy to announce our Flower Sour Power Hour.  

During the month of April, our sales team were canvasing the various Catoctin Creek territories with a contest for all the bartenders:  Come up with the coolest flower-based whisky sour cocktails, hashtag it on social media using the hashtag #flowerpowersours.  In May, we'll be choosing a winner from all the entries received.  Now it is time for you, the drinking public, to decide the winners.

But first, a little background:   The whisky sour is a classic cocktail which has not received enough acclaim.  It is super simple to make, delicious during warmer weather months, and totally perfect with Catoctin Creek.  (What's more, with all that citrus, you'll never get scurvy!)

And as for the flower, our roundel logo (seen below) represents the land from which we hail—the land that infuses every bottle we produce—the great Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginians were among the first in our nation to begin making rye whisky, and not least of which was George Washington, who distilled rye whisky commercially at his Mt. Vernon farm. And when people started distilling corn into Bourbon whiskey in modern-day Kentucky, yes, that land was still called "Virginia." (Kentucky didn't become a state until 1792.)

And so, Virginia is the birthplace of American whiskey, and we're extremely proud of her. As an homage to Virginia, we've adorned our Roundel with her state flower, the flowering dogwood.  So we created a contest to honor both!  The Flower Sour Power Hour!

Join us! On May 23, come to the Passenger in DC to help Catoctin Creek pick the winner of our Flower Power Sour Competition!

Every 10 minutes you'll visit with one of the five finalists, try their cocktail and talk to them about the inspiration behind their flowery creation. Sample the finalists' different floral-influenced takes on the quintessential classic, the whiskey sour, made with Virginia's most-awarded whiskey, Catoctin Creek's Roundstone Rye, and then vote on your favorite one to help decide which one will be crowned the most powerful Flower Power Sour.  More details, here.

 

Catoctin Roundel®

Roundstone Rye Distiller's EditionCatoctin Creek featured in Better Homes and Gardens

A wonderful little call-out in the May 2018 issue of Better Homes and Gardens:

A spice-forward tribute to-and from-Virginia, the birthplace of American whiskey.

Absolutely could not have said it better myself!

 

Catoctin Creek receives 90 point review from WhiskyCast

It was very nice to receive a 90 point review from WhiskyCast this week! We definitely enjoy seeing other people's tasting notes. Palates can be very subjective and vary from person to person, but it's always nice when they like our whisky! From the review:

Score: 90 points

This edition is bottled at 46% ABV, compared to the 40% strength of the standard Roundstone Rye, and the difference clearly shows. The nose is very aromatic with notes of honey, butterscotch, bitter lemon, linseed oil, and muted spices. The taste is tart and spicy with cinnamon and clove balanced by lemon zest, honey, vanilla, and a nice touch of butterscotch that comes out late and sticks around through the finish, along with muted spices and a touch of lemon zest. Nice!

You can read the full review, here.

 

Becky Harris profiled in CRAFT magazine

Check out the cool interview with our "badass maker," Becky Harris! (quoting the magazine here!). Her latest interview is in CRAFT magazine, here.

 

Cool events this month!

There are some amazing events planned for spring!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Starving Artist ShowStarving Artist Show

May 10, 6:00pm. Join us for our Starving Artist Show, featuring local artists Amy Walton, Randy Krukles, Rachelle Windle, and our own distiller artist, Addie Rodgers. The evening will offer local art for sale, live music, food by the Wine Kitchen, and one cocktail included in your ticket price.

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Union Street Public House Dinner + CigarsUnion Street Public House Dinner + Cigars

May 17, 6:00pm. Join us for a delicious Catoctin Creek pairing dinner at Union Street Public House. We will have a four course dinner with pairings, plus for only $20 more, you can enjoy a cigar and a dram of the impossible-to-find Rabble Rouser! Book early to reserve a table by calling 703-548-1785.

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Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

May 19, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, May 19, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

Book Now

 

Flower Sour Power HourFlower Sour Power Hour

May 23, 7pm. The cherry blossoms may be past peak bloom, but the dogwoods are looking magnificent!

On May 23, come to the Passenger to help Catoctin Creek pick the winner of our Flower Power Sour Competition!

Every 10 minutes you'll visit with one of the five finalists, try their cocktail and talk to them about the inspiration behind their flowery creation. Sample the finalists' different floral-influenced takes on the quintessential classic, the whiskey sour, made with Virginia's most-awarded whiskey, Catoctin Creek's Roundstone Rye, and then vote on your favorite one to help decide which one will be crowned the most powerful Flower Power Sour.

Book Now

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

June 15, 7:00pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Scott & Becky Harris will also personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

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Cocktail of the Month – Crackbrained Poet

Crackbrained Poet

This cocktail comes to us from Italy, through bar manager Mario Farulla of Baccano in Rome! It is so cool to be selling our products in Italy, the land of vermouths, bitters and amaro. Mario writes:

La lucida follia di Schmidt, è pura arte, genio ed improvvisazione; estro di cui siamo tutti figli. La sua visionaria via di accostamenti e presentazione dei drink è l’eredità di cui dobbiamo far tesoro senza però fermarci mai alla superficialità. Per questa rivisitazione del “Pleasant Surprise” ho voluto utilizzare il Catoctin Creek, che con le sue note vanigliate e di pellame ben sia accostano al mix di vini liquorosi e spezie presenti nel drink.


Translation: Schmidt's lucid madness is pure art, genius and improvisation; inspiration of which we are all children. His visionary way of combinations and presentation of drinks is the legacy we must treasure always maintaining the superficiality. For this version of the "Pleasant Surprise" I wanted to use Catoctin Creek, which with its hints of vanilla and leather, well match the mix of liqueur, wines and spices present in the drink.

The "Schmidt" referenced here is William Schmidt, a pre-prohibtion bartender and author of The Flowing Bowl.

1 tsp caster sugar
40ml (1⅓ oz) Catoctin creek Roundstone Rye Whisky 92 Proof
20ml (⅔ oz) Lustau Almacenista Sherry
20ml (⅔ oz) Madera Cossart 5 y.o.
1 dash orange bitters
3 dashes Angostura bitters

Garnish: Essentia vaporized nutmeg

Grated black pepper crusta

Glass: Sherry Goblet

Tecnique: Savoy/Throwing

Courtesy of Mario Farulla, Baccano, Rome, Italy, @mariofarulla on Instagram.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

No Foolin'! April is a great month for Catoctin Creek!

Greetings, Catoctin Creek Nation!

Welcome to April! We are so glad finally to be in spring! This is a great time to enjoy some whisky (see whisky sour recipe below!) and kick off your shoes and enjoy the warmer weather!

The tasting room is open all month, so if you wish to come by and see our distillery, take a drink or two, and enjoy the informative tour, we hope you will!

And if you're out of state, stop by your favorite local liquor store and pick up a bottle or two from them!

Catoctin Creek Distillery named Best in NOVA 2018!

Best of NOVA 2018You eat, live and breathe this region. Who better to judge which restaurant has the best bite to eat, which store delivers the greatest products and which venue offers the most entertaining events? So, Northern Virginians, tell us the local spots that make living here all worth your while.

Thank you to all the great readers of Northern Virginia Magazine who voted Catoctin Creek as Best Distillery for 2018! We are delighted with the news!

Look for more in the upcoming June issue of the magazine!

Cool events this month!

There are some amazing events planned for spring!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Special LoveSpecial Love's Casino Royale

April 13, 7:30pm. Join us for gaming fun and enjoy food, live entertainment, and hundreds of items just waiting to be won! Catoctin Creek will be pouring to VIP guests their Roundstone Rye line up before the event starting at 6PM.

This fundraising event promoted by Special Love will donate all proceeds towards helping pediatric cancer patients "just be kids" and supporting those families going through it to remind people they are not alone in these struggles.

About Special Love: Cancer knows no boundaries. For more than three decades, Special Love has helped children with cancer to “just be kids,” through camps, emergency financial assistance, college scholarships – and, most important, a community of support that assures these struggling families they’re not alone in their battle.

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Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

April 14, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, April 14, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

Book Now

 

Loudoun Hunt Point to Point RacesLoudoun Hunt Point to Point Races

April 15, 10:30am. A Virginia Steeple Chase Racing Tradition. Held each year at the historic Oatlands Plantation, the Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Races feature some of the most challenging timber and hurdle courses available in Virginia. Riders from across the state and the globe travel to test their mettle in a thrilling contest that always has the crowds gasping to take in that final, thrilling run to the finish line. This rain or shine event features something for everyone. Catoctin Creek will be on hand for some great cocktails if you're in the Oatlands tent.

For ticket information contact Cathy Spicer at 703-728-0545.

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Union Street Public House Dinner + CigarsUnion Street Public House Dinner + Cigars

May 17, 6:00pm. Join us for a delicious Catoctin Creek pairing dinner at Union Street Public House. We will have a four course dinner with pairings, plus for only $20 more, you can enjoy a cigar and a dram of the impossible-to-find Rabble Rouser! Book early to reserve a table by calling 703-548-1785.

Call Now

 

Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

May 19, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, May 19, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

Book Now

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

June 15, 7:00pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Scott & Becky Harris will also personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

Book Now | Read More

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Whisky Sour

Whisky Sours

The whisky sour is one of the simplest drinks you can make.  It is easy and refreshing, and unlike many complicated drinks, the simple ingredients really highlight the whisky and allow it to shine through. 

The humble whisky sour is one of the basic spirit+citrus+sugar cocktail recipes that serve as the backbone to American cocktails.  For those interested, here are the basics on this theme:

  • whisky+citrus+sugar - The whisky sour
  • gin+citrus+sugar - The gimlet
  • vodka+citrus+sugar - The lemon drop [sometimes, the lemon drop martini]
  • rum+citrus+sugar - The daquiri
  • tequila+citrus+sugar - The margarita [with orange liqueur]
  • brandy+citrus+sugar - The sidecar [with orange liqueur]

It is said that the whisky sour is the precursor to the margarita.  Back in the 1800's the whisky sour was often called the whisky daisy, and when whisky for this popular cocktail was hard to find in Mexican resorts, they switched to using local agave spirits (tequila).  The name "Margarita" happens to be the Spanish word for "daisy".

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¾ oz simple syrup
¾ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice (Never ever use sour mix!  It is nasty!)

Combine the ingredients in a shaker of ice, strain and pour into rocks glasses with ice.  Garnish with a lemon wedge and a cherry on a bamboo skewer.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy March from Catoctin Creek!

Catoctin Creek Distribution MapCatoctin Creek Distribution MapCatoctin Creek available nationwide, and in Europe!

Greetings, Catoctin Creek nation! 

We have so many exciting things happening right now!  First, let's give a big hello and "welcome to the family" to all the new customers in a bunch of new states!  If you live in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida or South Carolina, you may now purchase Catoctin Creek spirits much more easily!  In most new states and the ones we're already in, you'll find us at any Total Wine store -- assuming your state has Total Wine stores that sell spirits (sadly, Virginia does not).

In Illinois, we are now sold in every Binny's store in the state as well.  Further, we are in Astor's in NYC, BevMo in California, as well a whole host of mom-and-pop independent liquor stores (WE LOVE YOU!) in other states in the US.  Of course, in PA, VA, and NC, you'll see us in your state-run liquor stores.

If you don't see it where you live, be sure to check our Where To Buy page and feel free to contact your local state's distributor.

Our latest shipment for Europe is on the high seas on the vessel MOL GLIDE, sailing for our warehouse in the Netherlands.  If you live pretty much anywhere in Europe, we can get you Virginia's finest spirits in your home country.  Again, simply consult the Where To Buy page for more information.

Remember, folks:  A great Manhattan begins in Virginia!

A Great Manhattan Begins in Virginia!℠

 

Becky Harris, Chief DistillerEmployee of the Month: Becky Harris!

We've always been very proud of our hard-working, super chic chief distiller, but the world is starting to notice what we knew all along!  She's kinda awesome.

In February, Wine Enthusiast magazine wrote about how Becky Harris, our president and chief distiller, loves collaborating with local wineries and breweries.  This article, by Kara Newman, highlighted her various beer collaborations to produce an interesting range of limited edition, hard-to-find single malt whiskies.  Also highlighted a several other great American distilleries pumping out some great single malt whisky.  You can read the full article here.

And in March, we have two separate events celebrating women in the alcohol business. The first, on March 3, is the Total Wine Livestream called "Women Who Mix It Up" featuring Lesley Gracie of Hendrick's, Allison Parc of Brenne Whisky, Hollie Stephenson of Guinness North America, and our own Becky Harris.  Sample from all these fine purveyors and learn from them what challenges they faced as women in this very male-dominated business.  Find out more, here.

Then, on March 9, the National Archives is highlighting various women around the district with their "We the Women" celebration at the archives building!  There will be cocktail stations, live jazz and swing music, and even dance lessons.  You'll also get after-hours access to the museum exhibits.  Learn more about that, here.

If you come in for a tour sometime soon, and you see Becky working hard in the distillery, give her an "Atta Girl!" for us!

   

Cool events this March!

There are some amazing events planned for winter!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Women Who Mix It UpWomen Who Mix It Up

March 3, 4pm. Women have worked hard to win some of the most rewarding and difficult jobs in a male- dominated industry – distilling fine spirits and brewing beer. Join our conversation and sampling with four women who’ve blazed trails to craft acclaimed spirits and world-famous beers: Lesley Gracie, Master Distiller for Hendrick’s Gin, Becky Harris, Chief Distiller for Catoctin Creek, Allison Parc, creator of Brenne Single Malt Whisky, Hollie Stephenson, Head Brewer for Guinness North America.

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Bright Box EventWinchester Brew Works + Catoctin Creek at Bright Box

March 4, 5pm. Bright Box has joined delicious forces with Winchester Brew Works AND Catoctin Creek Distilling Company for our next Dinner. Join us at Bright Box for 5 savory courses expertly paired with locally crafted beers and cocktails. Representatives from Winchester Brew Works and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will be present to discuss the drink pairings with guests. Learn about the local beverages that you are drinking as well as the establishments that craft them – and have lots of fun with fellow fine beverage aficionados! And to top it off, we'll be featuring great live music from Green Leaf Society!

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We the WomenWe the Women

March 9, 7pm. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Speakeasies, specialty cocktails and tasting stations from women-owned and led businesses including Drink Company, Columbia Room, Denizens Brewing Company, Chaia, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, and Lyon Distilling Company. Light hors d'oeurves, historic suffragist documents on view Live jazz and swing music, dance lessons including the "Charleston" by GottaSwing. Make your own suffragist-themed buttons and sashes. Chat with Archives curators and historians. After-hours access to museum exhibits. Themed photo booth.

Cocktail attire, suffragist white -- or come in 1920's era theme (suffragist, Gatsby, etc.). There will be stations and props to help you get in character.

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Weddings Open HouseWeddings in Loudoun Open House

March 11, 11am. Whether you are starting to plan your dream wedding or just looking for those last little details, the Weddings in Loudoun Open House is just for you. The Open House is free, county-wide and self-guided, letting you choose which wedding venue(s) to visit. While at each stop, meet with service professionals such as caterers, photographers, florists and more. The Open House allows you to choose your stops and set the pace as you explore Loudoun’s beautiful countryside. As an added bonus, venues and vendors will be offering prizes at each stop!

The Visit Loudoun Visitor’s Center in downtown Leesburg will be available throughout the Open House, providing information, maps and “to-go” bags with snacks and water for you to enjoy while you drive to find your perfect wedding location.

Register Now

 

Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

March 17, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, March 17, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

Book Now

 

St. Patrick's Day BrunchSt. Patrick's Day Brunch

March 17, 11am-3pm. You might be wondering, why a French restaurant is celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Well, one of the owners, Celeste, is totally Irish and felt it fitting to celebrate and start a new tradition here at L’Auberge Provençale. We will be serving an Irish brunch from 11:30-3:00 featuring Irish fare and a few things French. We have John Friant and his Irish band The Brogue Rogues will be playing some lyrical tunes. And guest Bartender, Peter from Catoctin Distillery in Purcellville, Va. Come sing along and dance a jig. Have some great food and camaraderie. Book early to reserve a table by calling 540-837-1375.

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Meet the DistillersMeet the Distillers

March 17, 10am. Join us for the Spring Soirée, an evening of spirits, cocktail tasting, and hors d'oeuvres. Catoctin Creek will be taking over Brabo's brasserie to pour tastes of spirits presented side by side with Brabo's cocktail expression and Chef's food pairing to highlight the award-winning craft whiskies and brandies perfect for the spring season. Catoctin Creek will be on hand to present each spirit and answer all your questions! Head bartender Brett Oye will show the depth and versatility of each spirit in a cocktail and Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier will show how food-friendly these spirits are.

$70/ticket includes four courses of spirit tastes, cocktail tastes, and hors d'oeuvres pairings.

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Cocktail of the Month – The Negroni

Negronis

The Negroni is one of those classic cocktails that is easy to make, and so easily enjoyed. Created by Count Camillo Negroni and bartender Fosco Scarselli in Italy in 1919, the contrasting flavors of the spirit, bitters, and vermouth combine perfectly for something totally refreshing and quite sophisticated. We use equal parts of each spirit for easy remembering, but some recipes will suggest slightly more spirit. Do as you wish. Try substituting rye whisky for gin in this recipe, you have yourself a new cocktail, the Boulevardier! Or, with the whisky, try dry vermouth, and you have the Old Pal.

1 oz Watershed Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Carpano Antica (or your favorite) sweet vermouth

Combine all three ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass, or over a large rock in a rocks glass. Garnish with citrus peel.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy February from Catoctin Creek!

Catoctin Creek with cool sports car

Photo Credit: Emily Degn, @thewanderroute

Winter Greetings!

February is here, which means that 2018 is well underway!  And what a start to the new year it's been!  We've been so extremely busy, all thanks to the great folks out there like you, who continue to buy our products and support our brand.  We couldn't be more grateful!  Thank you!!

Product Shot

A BOLD new look is here!

We're finally rolling out our new labels, and we hope you will like them!  We spent most of 2017 doing a refresh on our branding, and like the way things turned out.  Here are some highlights of the new branding:

  • A new "masthead", which updates the old font with some new details while keeping to the same general typeface
  • Our new monogram at the bottom of the label
  • Our new logo, a dogwood blossom, for the state flower of Virginia
  • A new color scheme to readily differentiate product types
  • Lots of beautiful gold-foil, spot enamel, emboss and deboss details on the label
  • An old prohibition style "ticket" on the bottom of the front label, with particular information for each brand listed
  • The shape of the label, the top of which mirrors the roof line of our building in Purcellville
  • Updated capsules that coordinate with each brand, with our building ghosted in the background
  • And if you look hard enough, still the same map of Loudoun County which has been on every label since the beginning!

Hope you will enjoy these as much as we do!  A special thanks to Thoroughbred Spirits Group of Chicago, Illinois, for the brand consulting and development.

 

National MapNational Expansion Announced

In January, we announced our national expansion plans – 10 new states, bringing us to 25 states and the District of Columbia.  New states include:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • South Carolina
  • Texas

If you are in one of these new states, you are now able to get our spirits!  For full details, check out our information page:  https://catoctincreekdistilling.com/wheretobuy

 

Alice Waters at the Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards Winner 2018Along with all our other good news, we received a Good Food Award in San Francisco for our Roundstone Rye!

The winners were chosen among 2,057 entries in a blind tasting with judges held in September. The highest scoring entries were submitted to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Awards. This year’s winners represent the forefront of American craft food, making products that are delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.

Lauren Barrett, our Assistant General Manager, was in San Francisco to receive the award from Alice Waters, former chef-owner of Chez Panisse and noted farm-to-table advocate.

"We are thrilled to once again be receiving recognition for our flagship Roundstone Rye whisky," said Ms. Barrett. "There's no other award quite like the Good Food Awards medal. We won on the taste of the product, but also on the sustainability."

 

Old Tom Gin

Old Tom Gin on the Tasting Room Shelves

In January, we released our ever popular, seasonal release of Old Tom Gin!  This is a style of gin that was popular in the mid-1800's, and went out of style around 1890.  This particular gin is our regular Watershed Gin rested in our peach brandy barrels, giving it a fruity quality, then with a touch of sweetness added.  It works perfectly in old pre-prohibition cocktails like the Martinez, the Turf Club, or a French 75!

While supplies last!

  

Cool events this Winter!

There are some amazing events planned for winter!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Art of the CoclktailArt of the Cocktail - A six week series!

Concluding in February, every Friday night at 7pm. Come to one, or come to all of them!  You're sure to learn about the history and construction of the cocktail, plus enjoy several cocktails while you're there!  Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Feb 2 - Moonshine

Feb 9 - Toddies

  

Dinner at the DistilleryValentine's Dinner at the Distillery

February 16, 7pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

March 17, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, March 17, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Cocktail of the Month – Apple Brandy Crusta

Apple Brandy Crusta

This cocktail comes to us from Magnolia's at the Mill, a great farm-to-table restaurant in Purcellville, Virginia.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Apple Brandy
½ oz Maraschino liqueur
1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
1-2 dash Baked apple bitters
½ oz Lemon juice
½ oz Cointreau

Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice, stir, strain into a glass with a sugar-crust rim.  Garnish with an apple slice or an orange peel.

Recipe courtesy Matt Perkins.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy New Year from Catoctin Creek!

We wish each and every one of you all the happiness and prosperity for 2018!  Taking a cue from our friend, Andrew McKnight, this time of year, we prefer to "count our blessings, not our gold."  In 2018, we were very blessed to continue making the very best whisky in Loudoun County, and stay tuned for some major expansion in the new year. So, let toast this new year with a healthy dose of whisky to stave off the cold and any evil spirits lingering about! 

Christmas 2017

  

The Art of the Cocktail – An Educational Series for January

Monkey GlandOur third year – presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery 

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our third year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  This is a reprise of last year's content, so if you missed this very popular series last year, we highly encourage you to make your reservation now!

Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Here is the schedule of the series, which starts in 2018:

  • January 5 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 12 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 19 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • January 26 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 2 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 9 - Toddies and warm cocktails

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is $35 per person and includes drinks.  Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail

For more information, click here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/art

  

Cool events this Winter!

There are some amazing events planned for winter!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Art of the CoclktailArt of the Cocktail - A six week series!

Starting in January, every Friday night at 7pm. Come to one, or come to all of them!  You're sure to learn about the history and construction of the cocktail, plus enjoy several cocktails while you're there!  Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

  

Wine Kitchen DinnerCocktail Dinner at WK Hearth in Purcellville

January 29, 7pm. Join Catoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen in downtown Purcellville for another spirits pairing dinner.  We'll have delicious fare pared with cocktails from our spirits, while our founders, Scott & Becky Harris, describe the journey of starting the distillery, making organic spirits from scratch, and how to pair cocktails with meals.

The Wine Kitchen in Purcellville is a beautiful location off Main Street, so do be sure to come out and join us! Telephone the restaurant for reservations at (540) 751-9919.

  

Dinner at the DistilleryValentine's Dinner at the Distillery

February 16, 7pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

March 17, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, December 9, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Cocktail of the Month – Rye-lent Night (Holiday Eggnog)

Rye-lent Night

This cocktail comes to us from one of our holiday dinners. A delicious take on eggnog. This recipe is complicated, but worth it!

12 large eggs (divided into yolks and whites)
1½ cups sugar
8 cups whole milk
vanilla extract
nutmeg
cinnamon
heavy cream/whipping cream (either works)
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye

First off separate your eggs into whites and yolks, then in a kitchen aid or other large mixer whip the yolks with the 1½ cups of sugar until they form what are called "soft peaks", I'm not sure how much baking you do, but this is just when the yolk starts to adhere to the side of the bowl more noticeably, it's pretty much just thickening it.

Next: add in the whole milk, cream, your selection of spices (I used nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla, but you could also add allspice or other holiday spices, be sure to taste while doing this and find a flavor profile that you like) as well as adding your alcohol (to the whole mixture which made about 2 quarts i used 10 oz of 80 proof, again this is a kind of to taste preference). Let that mixture fully homogenize and then empty it into a large bowl.

Next, whip the eggs whites with about a table soon or two of sugar, whip until they form "stiff peaks". then "fold" that into the mixture you previously separated into a large bowl. by "fold", it's pretty much just gently pouring the second mixture into the first, and mixing slowly.

[Optional] This is where my recipe will deviate from others. After I completed these steps, the eggnog wasn't quite thick enough for my liking, so i put it over heat, at a very low simmer temperature and let the whole concoction heat until it hits 160 degrees F. Then, I quickly take it off heat and let it cool. Leave it to cool uncovered in the fridge over night. in the morning there will likely be a congealed layer of fat on top of the eggnog, Separate this off and then run the eggnog through a fine strainer to get out any unappetizing chunks. I then grated fresh nutmeg and cinnamon on top before it served it. That's it!

Scott's note: For full potency, add the alcohol AFTER the heating stage.

Recipe courtesy Peter Nelson.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

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