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August 2017 News

Happy August!   

Catoctin Creek in Pennsylvania!

Catoctin Creek in Pennsyvania

We are very pleased to announce Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye has been chosen by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to be a regular "listed" item.  This means it will appear on the shelves of all the local liquor stores in the Commonwealth, including major markets in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.  We are very pleased by this, and little do most people know, but quite a lot of Pennsylvania goes into our Virginia rye whisky!  A good deal of our grain comes from farms near Lancaster (which we consider local, just a couple hours away), and our bottles are made by Anchor Hocking in Monaca, PA, supporting about 100 jobs in that area. So when you buy Catoctin Creek, you're not just supporting us here in Virginia, but our kin in Pennsylvania too!

Remember, as we said when we started in 2009, Think Global, Drink Local!

Roundstone Rye 80 Proof will be available in PA at $39.99, available this autumn.

 

Welcome Denise Petty!

Denise Petty at Catoctin Creek

We'd like to welcome Denise Petty to our team. Denise is joining us as a tasting room manager, and will be in charge of lots of great cocktails and customer service we're bringing to you all!  Here's a few words from her, by way of an introduction:

Hi, I'm Denise Petty, I grew up here in Loudoun County but have spent most of my life right on the edge of it, in Sterling and Purcellville. Each side of the county much different to the other but ultimately the same mindset in regards to fresh, local and artisinal products/produce. I've been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 10 years now and my knowledge is ever growing. My passion for gardening, the arts and of course, libations has made mixing cocktails a marvelous outlet for my creativity. I'm so fortunate to live in an area where so many artists are expressing themselves through food and drink, the inspiration is never lacking. So, cheers to you artists, keep on dreaming!

 

Cool events in August!   

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

Seafood BoilPolo in the Park

Every Saturday in August, 7pm. Each Saturday night in July and August, join us at Morven Park for Polo in the Park! Catoctin Creek is the official whiskey and gin sponsor for Morven Park! Join us for cool summer cocktails as you sit on the lawn and enjoy Loudoun's best polo. Fun for all ages! Gates open at 6pm and the party continues til 11pm.

 

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

August 12, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, Aug. 12, 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!

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

August 18, 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.

  

Cocktail of the Month – That Rye Nectar

That Rye Nectar

This cocktail comes to us from our new Tasting Room Manager, Denise Petty. Denise is a Loudoun County native and joined our team in July. She's a food and beverage pro, and we're so grateful to have her on our team.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¼ oz fresh lime juice
¼ oz local honey
​1 oz​ fresh, fine strained orange juice
3-4 drops of orange blossom water
garnish with orange peel and honey comb

Stir together fresh squeezed lime juice, local honey and Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye until honey is even throughout. Add fresh squeezed orange juice, use a fine strainer to remove all pulp and seeds. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into glass, top with 3 to 4 drops of orange blossom water. Garnish with orange peel around honey comb.

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty

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

July 2017 News

Happy July!   

Catoctin Creek in London!

Last week, we were very pleased to take part in Governor Terry McAuliffe's trade mission to London in the UK last week. The highlight of the week was being part of the governor's celebration at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre on the Thames, where the governor and Virginia Tourism saluted the makers of the Jamestown series on Sky1, and extolled all the virtues of Virginia agriculture.  Not least of which were some fine drams of Catoctin Creek being passed around to all the guests.  Also present were our Virginia friends at Hardywood, Reservoir, and Belle Isle.

Scott spent the rest of the week in London meeting with various bars, restaurants, retailers and distributors.  Here's hoping we land some UK distribution soon!

Shown below are several photos during the visit, including a couple of the retailers: Amathus and Milroy's, a delicious sazerac prepared at Swift's of Soho, and our bottle positioned on the windowsill at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre with St. Paul's Cathedral in the distance.

Amathus Amathus Milroy's Milroy's Swift St. Paul's Cathedral

 

Cool events in July!   

There are some amazing events planned for July!  Be sure to join us for all the fun!  

Seafood BoilSeafood Boil at Catoctin Creek - ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!

July 7, 7pm. Summertime means seafood, so War Shore Oyster Company and Magnolia's at the Mill are teamed up with us to do a good ol' fashioned crab and seafood boil!  We'll have an amazing menu (see below) with an endless amount of locally harvested seafood and locally crafted cocktails.  Becky and Scott will be there so you can meet them and enjoy learning about the distillery.  Brad, the owner of War Shore Oyster Company, will also be there talking about how they do a sustainable harvest from the Chesapeake Bay. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your ticket now!

 

Speakeasy PartySpeakeasy Party at Catoctin Creek

July 15, 8pm. What's the secret password?  If you don't know it, we don't know you!  If you do know it... you're in on Loudoun's hottest Speakeasy Party!  We'll have amazing cocktails by Sam from WK Hearth, period music, and a professional dance instructor from King Dance Studios to lead us on the dance floor. Bring your favorite dancing and drinking partner and let's have some fun!

When you make your reservation, we'll send you the secret password.  Don't forget it!  You'll need the password to get in the door.  Ticket price includes dance lessons and one drink. Prohibition period dress is encouraged but not required.

  

Cocktail of the Month – The Roffiniac

Last April, Magnolia's hosted our Catoctin Creek cocktail dinner, and featured five excellent Prohibition-era and pre-Prohibition cocktails.

Roffignac
Roffignac

1/3 Catoctin Creek 1757 Brandy
1/3 Raspberry shrub
1/3 Soda

Mix to taste and serve on ice.  Garnish with a berry.

Recipes courtesy Matt Perkins, Magnolia's at the Mill, and used with permission.

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

June 2017 News

Happy June!   

Old Tom Gin is back!!!

Old Tom GinWe are very pleased to announce the return of our "Old Tom" style of Watershed Gin!  Available starting June 1st, until it runs out.  Quantities are limited.

This gin is a very special version of our Watershed Gin, rested in Pearousia pear brandy barrels for over six months to give it a characteristic golden hue.  

Old Tom style gin is a recreation of a historic gin.  Before 1890, most gin sold in the United States was a sweet gin (as opposed to the common "London Dry" today).  Because gin was made in Europe and shipped to the United States on boats, it would rest in barrels during the several month journey across the sea.  The resulting "rest period" of the voyage would cause the gin to age in the barrels ever so slightly, giving them a characteristic golden color, no dissimilar to the color of a fine oaked Chardonnay.

The result is a gin that has all the spice and herbal flavor of our standard Watershed Gin, but with a sweetness, fruitiness, and a touch of oak to make this one a very smooth sipper.  You can use our Old Tom Watershed Gin in lots of those historic cocktail recipes, like the Ramos Gin Fizz and the Martinez for a classic and authentic flavor.

 

Catoctin Creek is expanding!

We are happy to announce the acquisition of an additional 15,000 square foot building in Virginia.  The new facility will initially be used for warehouse storage, but could serve as an additional base for future operations as the business grows.  Catoctin Creek will continue to operate the business and perform distilling operations at its headquarters on 120 W. Main St., Purcellville, Virginia, where it operates a very popular tasting room and distillery store

 

ICYMI:  Catoctin Creek wins double gold in San Francisco!

Double Gold!

 

Cool events in June and July!   

There are some amazing events planned for June and July!  Be sure to join us for all the fun! 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

June 9, 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.

 

Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop at Catoctin Creek

June 10, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, June 10, 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!

 

Father's Day

Celebrate Father's Day with us!

June 18, 7pm. Celebrate Father's Day with us with a very special Master Class on Brandy. The venerable distilled wine is produced and enjoyed the world over, with cognac from France leading the way, but other varieties include the German label Asbach, pisco from Peru, and even brandy made here in the Washington DC area. Your ticket includes four samples of Catoctin Creek’s brandy:  1757 Virginia Brandy, along with our peach, pear and apple brandy.  You even get a cigar to enjoy when you get home!

 

Seafood BoilSeafood Boil at Catoctin Creek

July 7, 7pm. Summertime means seafood, so War Shore Oyster Company and Magnolia's at the Mill are teamed up with us to do a good ol' fashioned crab and seafood boil!  We'll have an amazing menu (see below) with an endless amount of locally harvested seafood and locally crafted cocktails.  Becky and Scott will be there so you can meet them and enjoy learning about the distillery.  Brad, the owner of War Shore Oyster Company, will also be there talking about how they do a sustainable harvest from the Chesapeake Bay. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your ticket now!

 

Speakeasy PartySpeakeasy Party at Catoctin Creek

July 15, 8pm. What's the secret password?  If you don't know it, we don't know you!  If you do know it... you're in on Loudoun's hottest Speakeasy Party!  We'll have amazing cocktails by Sam from WK Hearth, period music, and a professional dance instructor from King Dance Studios to lead us on the dance floor. Bring your favorite dancing and drinking partner and let's have some fun!

When you make your reservation, we'll send you the secret password.  Don't forget it!  You'll need the password to get in the door.  Ticket price includes dance lessons and one drink. Prohibition period dress is encouraged but not required.

  

Cocktail of the Month – The Martinez

Martinez

A classic cocktail that predates the martini.  This one is really good with our Old Tom style Watershed Gin, if you can find it!

2 oz Watershed Gin
¾ oz Sweet vermouth
¼ oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
2-3 dashes aromatic bitters
Cherry garnish

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Stir and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with a cherry.

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

May 2017 News

Happy May!   

Our visit to Monaca, Pennsylvania

Monaca manufacturing videoLast month, Becky and I had the privilege to visit our bottle supplier, Anchor Hocking, in Western Pennsylvania.  We drove over four hours early one weekday morning to see our Catoctin Creek bottles being manufactured. (Click on the image to the right to see how they're made.)

Eight years ago, when we started the company, it was part of our mission to use all American and local content, not just in the grain and fruits we source, but in every component of the product, including labels, closures, and yes, even bottles.  This proved most difficult in glass, as most commercial glass today is made in China.  However, we worked hard to find a local supplier, and came upon Anchor Hocking.  Anchor Hocking has had a glorious and beleaguered past, so much so that a book was written about their rise and fall, a book which illustrates much of the decline in manufacturing in middle America today.  Happily, though, Anchor Hocking is turning the corner, and we are very proud to be using Pennsylvania glass for the past four years now!  Our efforts to use local glass help employ over 300 people at the Anchor Hocking plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania.

We're proud to source locally!  Money spent locally gets invested locally, and the economy grows locally.  Good American jobs are created and maintained.  Kids are sent to school. Groceries are bought. Purposeful life happens.

Becky and I sincerely hope all this is good Pennsylvania karma for us, as we are this month heading up to Harrisburg, PA, to present our Roundstone Rye to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) for consideration to list it within their system!  With luck, you may see Roundstone Rye on Pennsylvania store shelves very, very soon!  (fingers crossed!)

So, to that I say, CHEERS this month from VA to PA!  A little "Virginia Love" to the Keystone State!

--Scott

 

Mother's Day

Celebrate Mother's Day with us!

Catoctin Creek loves Mom!  Isn't she amazing? She works so hard, and love us so much, even when we don't deserve it!  So we're giving back to all those moms on Mother's Day. Order a tasting for your mom (egad, don't make her pay!), and we'll throw in a free chocolate truffle pairing!  She can choose any three from our delectable selection of Perfect Truffle seasonal chocolates.  Come on in, Mom, we miss you!  Sunday, May 14th only.

 

Game NightGame Night at Catoctin Creek

We're starting a new tradition! Third Thursdays are Game Night at Catoctin Creek.  Each week, we'll enjoy house cocktails with some old school games!  This month, Alexa is our host, as we kick off several rounds of charades!  "Sounds like... FUN!"  Come and enjoy some drinks and some lively entertainment!  This event is FREE to attend.  May 18th, 6pm. 

 

Upcoming Events

We have some great events coming up in April.  Join us for one of these!

  • May 14 - Mother's Day - Celebrate Mom with free chocolates with any tasting.  FREE for mom!
  • May 18 - Game Night - Alexa kicks off this Third-Thursday tradition with charades!  FREE
  • May 22 - Dinner at WK Hearth - $95 gets you four courses and five cocktails at this always fun event! $95pp all inclusive
  • May 27 - Bottling Workshop - This is our most popular event! Join us for breakfast, a free tasting, and a lot of fun! FREE

For the full list of events, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Monkey Gland

 

Monkey Gland

This is a delicious old standard with a rather dubious name. It is one of the cocktails invented by Harry McElhone, circa 1927, from Harry's New York Bar in Paris, France. The ingredients produce a wickedly lurid, but very tasty drink!

1¼ oz Catoctin Creek Organic Watershed Gin
1¼ oz freshly squeezed orange juice
¼ oz grenadine
1 dash absinthe
orange slice for garnish (opt)

Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain and pour into the chilled glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

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

April 2017 News

Happy April!   

Catoctin Creek... True Craft, inspired by tradition.

Made by HandThere are a lot of craft whiskies on the market today, and you may ask, what's so special about Catoctin Creek?  What makes us different?  Scott Harris, our founder, explains:

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye is an exceptional single barrel whisky, faithfully reproduced using 19th century methods, and accurately capturing what rye whisky tasted like from Virginia at that time.  We start with fresh, organic 100% rye grain.  Why organic?  Because organic grain is not only cleaner, giving a better taste with no harsh chemicals like pesticides, but it is also more historically accurate.  The world didn't have industrial fungicides and pesticides in the 1800's.

This grain is mashed in small 300 gallon batches, and then fermented at room temperature—again for historical accuracy.  In the "old days", they would not have had super efficient, glycol-chilled fermenters.  True, the modern fermenters can squeeze every drop of alcohol out of a potent potable, but we're not looking for efficiency.  We're looking for flavor and historical accuracy. Higher levels of alcohol in our mash would dilute the flavor of the native grain. 

Made by HandThe next step is the distillation, and again, we use old-fashioned pot stills, and cook for over nine hours during the distillation.  You can think of it in terms of a coffee analogy.  Most American whisky made today is made on a column still, where you have steam in contact with the mash or wash for about 5 minutes, where the extraction of the flavor occurs—cogeners (that is, flavor molecules) are pulled out with the steam and captured in the condenser.  This is like a drip coffee, where the hot water passes over the coffee grounds for a very short time.  In a pot still, the grains cook in the pot with the alcoholic vapors for the entire batch distillation time, over nine hours.  Therefore we get a lot more of the flavor compounds (cogeners) with each distillation, yielding a super-flavorful raw spirit.  So, continuing that coffee analogy, this is like a french-press, where the grounds are steeping in the coffee during the entire brew time.  

After distillation, we age in new Minnesota white oak barrels, which is the fourth step in making this gorgeous whisky.  The Virginia climate is the big factor here, and in Virginia, we are blessed with hot summers, cold winters, and crazy fluctuations during spring and autumnall of which drives that whisky in and out of the wood extracting amazing flavor from the barrel.

We bottle at either 80 or 92 proof, never chill filtering, so that we can preserve that delicious flavor, just as it was in the barrel.  

At Catoctin Creek, we are PROUD TO BE OBSTINATELY INEFFICIENT!

Made by Hand

Now Hiring!

We need a couple good people in our tasting room!  Want to earn $15-20 per hour (including tips) working in a fun and dynamic environment?  Get in on the ground floor!  Contact Jon Coate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Upcoming Events

We have some great events coming up in April.  Join us for one of these!

  • April 6 - Dinner at Magnolias - $90 gets you four courses and five cocktails at this always fun event! $90pp all inclusive
  • April 14 - Dinner at the Distillery - Miss the dinner at Magnolia's? Join Scott & Becky at the distillery for this lovely four course dinner. $99pp
  • April 22 - Bottling Workshop - This is our most popular event! Join us for breakfast, a free tasting, and a lot of fun! FREE
  • April 29 - Cocktail Class at Catoctin - Learn how to craft some cocktails for this SlowFood DC event - $33pp

For the full list of events, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Ric Flair

Ric Flair

Last night, Becky and I had dinner and drinks at Dino's Grotto in Shaw in DC.  Not only do they have amazing Italian food, but a cocktail menu that features tons of local distillers--like us! Ric Newton, head bartender there, has a cocktail he invented called the Ric Flair.  It's a great drink, the woodsy flavor of the amaro and vermouth blends perfectly with the cherry liqueur and bouncy rye.  Absolutely delicious!  Be sure to ask for it with the Catoctin Creek rye!

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ Cherry Heering
½ Nardini Amaro
½ Cinzano sweet vermouth
Dash of aromatic bitters
Dash of orange bitters

Combine, stir, strain over fresh ice. Orange twist.

Courtesy Ric Newton, Dino's Grotto bar.

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

Latest News

August 2017 News

Happy August!    Catoctin Creek in Pennsylvania! We are very pleased to announce Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye has been chosen by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to be a regular "listed" item...

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Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W Main St
Purcellville, VA 20132

Tel (540) 751-8404


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Latest Events

Polo in the Park

  JUL-AUG SAT   Polo in the Park with Catoctin Creek 7:00pm—11:00pm Each Saturday night in July and August, join us at Morven Park for Polo in the Park! Catoctin Creek is the official whiskey and...

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Dinner at the Distillery, with cocktails and more!

  AUG 18   Dinner at the Distillery 7:00pm—9:30pm 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...

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Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

  AUG 21   Solar Eclipse Viewing Party 1:00pm—4:00pm This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!  On August 21st, between 1pm and 4pm (peaking at 2:41pm), the sun will be almost completely eclipsed by the...

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