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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

March 2017 News

Happy March! 

Welcome to Spring!!  Bring on the flowers!

Greetings from the entire team at Catoctin Creek. February has come and gone, and now we turn our eyes to some great events in March!  Be sure to check us out and come on into the tasting room for some wonderful spring cocktails!

  

In the NewsAddie Rodgers adjusts a label on a bottle of Roundstone Rye at Catoctin Creek

Sports and Spirits Podcast
I hope you'll enjoy this little podcast with our founder, Scott Harris.  A little history about Catoctin Creek starts around minute 53:00.

Listen to the full podcast, here.

The podcast is also located on iTunes, here.

Loudoun Now
Our local newspaper did a great article on our recent growth and the investment by Constellation Brands.  From the story:

“With the advent of increased competition even locally, it really takes more resources to support your brand,” she said. “We were trying to grow organically but it gets more and more difficult to see sales consistently stay level when you don’t have the support that you need. We were looking for a strategic partner.”

You can read the full story, here.  Photo credit: Douglas Graham, Loudoun Now.

 

Private Label Whisky Release Party at Coton & Rye

Rye Cherry JulepLansdowne Resort and Spa and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company are excited to release a private label rye whisky for the resort’s quintessential Virginia tavern, Coton & Rye. This is the first legal batch of alcohol made from grain grown in Loudoun County since Prohibition.

As a part of Coton & Rye’s overall celebration of the land, Coton farm and Virginia lifestyle, Director of Culinary Operations Marcus Repp and his Culinary Team are working closely with local farmers, artisans, vintners and distillers to offer guests the opportunity to connect with the community in simple but meaningful ways while at the resort. To make this connection to the local community deeper, the resort has selected a local batch of rye to produce their own private label rye whisky. The rye was grown at Morven Park through the historic estate’s farming co-op program. Trent Tebbe, Proprietor of Three Monkeys Farm farmed the rye and provided it to Catoctin Creek, which became Barrel 609.

“When we tasted Barrel 609 and learned about the rye’s conception in Loudoun County, it was a natural choice for Lansdowne,” said Michael Stephens, Managing Director, “Our commitment to the local community and staying true to our roots in Loudoun County is unwavering.”

The Catoctin Creek 'Coton & Rye' Private Barrel Whisky is only available on the Coton & Rye menu. Feature cocktails on the Coton & Rye menu include Cherry Blossom Julep (Catoctin Creek Rye, Ginger Ale and Tamarind Soda) and The Boulevardier, a cocktail invented during Prohibition (Catoctin Creek Rye Whisky, Aperol, Carpano Sweet Vermouth, and Orange Twist).

“The birthplace of American Whisky was Virginia. People made whisky out of necessity when Great Britain cut off ties with America,” explains Scott Harris, owner of Catoctin Creek, “We are beyond ecstatic to have the first batch of legal alcohol made from grain grown in the county since Prohibition.”

The Catoctin Creek 'Coton & Rye' Private Barrel Whisky is slated to make its debut to the public on Thursday, March 23rd at Coton & Rye. The Catoctin Creek Launch Party at Coton & Rye will take place on Thursday, March 23rd and is open to the public. Tickets are $35/each and available for purchase on Eventbrite.com.

  

Upcoming Events

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – A lovely flower in the middle of the pond

A Lovely Flower in the Middle of the Pond

A Lovely Flower in the Middle of a Pond

2 oz rose and lavender tea infused Mosby's Spirit
½ oz honey syrup (1 part honey, 1 part boiling water)
½ oz lemon juice
¼ oz Luxardo
¼ oz El Guapo (rose syrup)
3 dashes lavender bitters
candied rose for garnish

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

February 2017 News

Happy February! 

Greetings from the entire team at Catoctin Creek. We’re staying warm this winter by keeping the stills running, crafting fresh batches of our signature spirits. As always, we invite you to join us at our tasting room in downtown Purcellville, Virginia, where we’re open for tours, tastings and cocktails six days a week. Keep reading to learn about our recent news coverage, some special events we’re hosting at the distillery and a cocktail recipe that will get you in the mood for Mardi Gras.

 

In the News

Virginia Living
Catoctin Creek was highlighted in a recent piece by Virginia Living about the growing craft spirits movement in Virginia. Specifically, we were mentioned in a section of the story about the numerous awards Virginia distilleries having been winning. We’re happy to be in such good company. Read more here.

Paste Magazine
We also garnered a spot in Paste Magazine’s list of “5 Craft Ryes You Need to Drink Now.” Writer Richard Thomas specifically took a liking to our “grain-forward, spicy” Roundstone Rye – 92 Proof. Check out the story here.

 

The Art of the Cocktail  An Educational Series for January

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

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our second 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!

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 2017:

  • January 6 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
    January 13 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
    January 20 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
    January 27 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Scott is on vacation
    February 3
     - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 10 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Our Distillery Dinner instead
  • February 17 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 24 - 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 $30 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

  

Upcoming Events

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – La Louisiane

This cocktail is cross-posted from the fantastic Instagram account @spiritedla, Hannah Chamberlain, who features amazing cocktails with stunning photography. Also check out her BuzzFeed pages.

What do you call a New Orleans resident who takes their civic and drinking responsibilities seriously?
...An absinthe-ee voter.

I'm officially ready to be a dad. 🤓

This New Orleans classic cocktail has experienced less of a resurgence than its sisters (the Sazerac and Vieux Carré) but it's a beautiful use for your Benedictine and Absinthe if you like the other two. Less bold than a Sazerac, but less subtle than a Vieux Carre, it's recently become one of my nightly go-tos.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¾ oz sweet vermouth
½ oz Benedictine
2 dashes St. George absinthe
3 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Luxardo cherry (not pictured due to casualties – RIP to our fallen garnish)

Combine all in a shaker of ice, and strain into a coupe.

Recipe and photo courtesy of @spiritedla.

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

June 2017 News

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

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Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W Main St
Purcellville, VA 20132

Tel (540) 751-8404


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Summer Seafood Boil at Catoctin Creek

  JUL 7   Summer Seafood Boil at Catoctin with War Shore Oyster Co. & Magnolia's 7:00pm—9:00pm Summertime means seafood, so War Shore Oyster Company and Magnolia's at the Mill are teamed up with us to do...

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Catoctin Creek Bottling Workshop

  JUL 8   Bottling Workshop 10:00am—12:00pm Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, July 8, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your...

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Speakeasy Night at Catoctin Creek

JUL 15   Speakeasy Night at Catoctin Creek 8:00pm—11:00pm 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...

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