July Greetings! Phase III – Getting out a little more while staying safe.
We've been carefully easing back into a more normal life since the governor announced his Phase I, II, and now III plans. There is nothing more important to us than your safety of our guests and employees. In that mindset, we've been tip-toeing back into normal life.
Phase III of the re-opening was announced today, and while other places in the country are seeing back-sliding in COVID cases, we prefer to approach with caution.
Largely speaking, to our business, Phase III will be very similar to Phase II. Although we are allowed to have full capacity in the tasting room, we choose not to do so. Here are the details how we will implement Phase III:
- Cocktail service continues with all tables socially distant. We will still maintain only 50% capacity indoors.
- Sidewalk service with up to six tables outside continues. We still believe the safest place for drinking is outside.
- Masks are absolutely required inside. No exceptions. It is our business; our rules. Wear your mask or stay in your car and we'll bring bottles to you curbside.
- Masks are not required when you are seated at your tables (inside or outside) enjoying your cocktails.
- Our servers will continue to wear masks 100% of the time.
- We will continue to sanitize everything at least hourly per CDC guidelines.
- Tours will resume July 1st on the hour. Masks must be worn during the tours.
- Obviously, space is limited, so reservations are highly recommended. Walk-ups will be seated only as space is available. Make your reservations online at https://catoctincreekdistilling.com/tours
- Curbside, pickup, and shipping are still available through the online shop.
- Children and underage participants are allowed to return, when accompanied by an adult.
Buy Your Spirits ONLINE for Delivery or Curbside Pickup
Virginia residents may buy your whisky, gin and brandy online! The Virginia ABC now allows direct-to-consumer shipping! We are now taking orders in our Online Shop.
ORDER NOW - https://catoctincreekstore.com/s/order
If you are outside of Virginia, you may also order for online shipping, here.
You can also place curbside orders using the online shop, or simply call in your order at 540-751-3294.
Visit to our rye farmer in June - Harvesting soon!
A couple weeks ago, we visited our rye farmer along the Rappahannock River in Virginia. About three hours from the distillery, Timmy's farm sits on 73 acres, where he grows corn, beans and three different types of rye for us. It's all a bit of an experiment, because he's playing with grains that haven't been grown in this area for (in some cases) a hundred years. We're figuring out together what grains do best here, taste best, and have the best yield.
We are about one week away from the harvest now, and Timmy invited us down to take a look at the grain before he gets REAL BUSY. The grain is nearly as tall as Becky.
This is the essence of terroir. This grain, grown in this sandy soil near this old Virginia River, baking in this summer heat, getting sweeter and sweeter in the rye berry, is totally unlike rye grown in Canada or the Midwest. The grain in this field is the first aspect of flavor that we introduce into our whisky. And we're proud to have it coming from Virginia!
Sunday Zoom Chats on Facebook Live
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Join us this Sunday at noon on Facebook Live as our next guest will be the incomparable John Shope, Virginia sales manager and brand ambassador extraordinaire! In July, we're celebrating SEVEN YEARS with John as one of our CCDC family. (When we met him, he was just a pup!) John will be mixing up one of his favorite cocktails, and Edward Harris, our son, and national brand ambassador based in Texas, will be featuring a cocktail in his honor.
Plus, we'll have a special guest, Johnny Warbux, throwing down some of his freestyle rap! Don't miss it!! Jump on Facebook Live to see the show: https://facebook.com/catoctincreek/live/
Cocktail of the Month – Blood and Sand
This cocktail comes to us from Eddie Harris, our son and national brand ambassador currently living in Texas. You can follow Eddie and his cocktail exploits on Instagram at @theboozygay.
Eddie writes about this cocktail:
This cocktail first appeared in 1922 as a promotional recipe for a Rudolph Valentino movie of the same name. It first appeared in the Savoy cocktail book in 1933. The film was later remade twice with the second remake starring Tyrone Power, Rita Hayworth, and Linda Darnell winning an academy award for cinematography.
So grab a glass and raise a toast!
1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92 Proof
½ oz Old Pultney Maritime (or your favorite Scotch)
1½ oz Sweet Vermouth
1½ oz fresh orange juice
1½ oz Pratt Standard Cranberry Orange Syrup (or to taste)
Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled stemmed coup. Garnish with orange peel.
Recipe and photo courtesy Eddie Harris.
See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.
Proudly supporting WhiskyCast
Catoctin Creek is proud to be one of the sponsors of WhiskyCast, and if you’re not familiar with Whisky’s longest-running podcast series, we encourage you to check it out. Each week, Mark Gillespie brings you the latest whisky news from all over the world, along with in-depth interviews, tasting notes, and much more. You can listen to WhiskyCast on most podcast apps, smart speakers, and at WhiskyCast.com.
As always, there are lots of fun and information on 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!
Scott & Becky