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Dinner at the Distillery and Battle of the Bartenders - Our August News

Welcome to Catoctin Creek!

Summer is in full swing, but gosh, before you know it, fall will be here!  Kids are getting ready to go back to school, and before you know it, the leaves will be changing! Hot or cold, rainy or dry, there's always something fun at Catoctin Creek!  We've got some great events lined up for late summer and fall... check them out below! 

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

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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CCDC MonogramBattle of the Bartenders!

One night only! Local bartenders will compete for the title of Loudoun's BEST bartender. You'll get to sample each cocktail, and vote on the winner! Including food from Monk's BBQ. Book now because space is limited.

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Cocktail of the Month – Peach Smash

Peach Smash

Nothing says summer in the south quite like peaches. The juicy ripe fruit, dripping with sweetness, just begs to be in a cocktail!

This one comes to us from Instagram personality @jonpenndorf.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 peach slice, muddled
½ oz thyme simple syrup
1-2 dashes Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters

Muddle the peach in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add ice, and other ingredients. Shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass.

Recipe and photo courtesy Jon Penndorf via 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

Catoctin Creek in the Summertime - Our July Newsletter

Summer Cocktail Flight

Summertime is cool with Catoctin Creek.

Now that the heat of summer is here, don't forget about those lovely summertime cocktails!  Citrus and fruit are abundant, and make delicious chill mixers with Catoctin Creek whisky and gin.  In July, we roll out a new cocktail menu featuring some classics as well.  A recent change in the ABC law means that you'll be seeing more creativity and variety in our cocktail offerings in the tasting room!  If you haven't been in a while, this is a great time to stop by and check it out!

 

Scott Harris in the press regarding trade tariffs

Scott Harris, Founder of Catoctin CreekBecause we're one of the few American craft distillers that already exports to Europe, we found ourselves in the position of explaining how the current trade tariffs have made American whiskey and unintended victim of the mounting trade war.  Regardless of what side of the aisle you're on (we consider ourselves firmly independent!), a 25% rise in our prices in Europe is bad for business.  We've been working hard to meet with the administration—we had a meeting with Dept. of Commerce Secretary Ross just last week—to explain our positions and encourage all sides of the trade battle to get to the table and begin negotiations in earnest.  Let's bring this nascent trade war to an end before it begins.

If you're interested in the topic, here is a roundup of the news we've seen so far:

 Photo courtesy New York Times and used with permission.

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Cool events this month!

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

Shake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia'sShake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia's

July 14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Summertime means seafood, so we're doing our second seafood boil with Magnolia's at the Mill! Great local vendors like War Shore Oyster Company and Winchester Brew Works are teaming up with Chef Erik at Magnolia's and Catoctin Creek to do a good ol' fashioned crab and seafood boil! Guests will arrive at Catoctin Creek Distillery for a tour and welcome cocktail at 1:00pm. Then we will stroll down 21st Street to Magnolia's patio space by 2:00pm for the seafood boil and festivities. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your ticket now!

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Wine KitchenCatoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen

July 16, 7:00pm. Join Catoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen in downtown Leesburg for another wonderful spirits pairing dinner. We'll have delicious fare pared with cocktails from our spirits, while our founder, Becky Harris, will describe the journey of starting the distillery, making organic spirits from scratch, and how to pair cocktails with meals.

The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg is a beautiful location off South King Street, so do be sure to come out and join us! Telephone the restaurant for reservations at (703) 777-9463.

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Hamilton EventA Vintage Evening:  Toast Hamilton

July 19, 6:00pm. Toast Alexander Hamilton at this Vintage Evening inspired by the original bartender’s bill from a meeting of the New York State Society of the Cincinnati in 1789. Learn about the spirits served to Hamilton and his fellow Society members, and enjoy brandy tastings offered by Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. Executive Director Jack Warren and George Washington University professor Denver Brunsman will highlight truths and lies about Alexander Hamilton in a brief but lively presentation.

$25 per person; $20 Society members and Associates. Reservations required.

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Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

August 17, 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 – Almost Red Lips Rye

Almost Red Lips Rye

This cocktail was inspired by the "Red Lips Rye" cocktail currently featured in the cocktail book at the Savoy American Bar in London. The original cocktail features rye whisky, a raspberry port cordial, Campari and Kummel. Not having the exact measurements and original ingredients, I endeavored to re-create this cocktail, in color, flavor, and sweetness, with ingredients in my home bar. I do believe this comes pretty close to the original, and is pretty damn delicious!

2 oz Roundstone Rye 92 Proof
1 oz Port
⅓ oz Garofalo Blueberry liqueuer, Chambourd, or Cherry Heering
⅓ oz Aquavit
⅓ oz Aperol or Campari
2 dashes Peychauds bitters

Combine all in a cocktail mixer with ice, stir well, and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.

Recipe by Scott Harris, inspired by the American Bar, Savoy Hotel, London.

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

Welcome to Summer - Our June Newsletter

Dinner at the distillery

Stepping into Summer with Catoctin Creek.

We are heading full on into summer, and couldn't be happier with the warmer weather. Whisky sours, gin and tonics, gimlets, and brandy slushes.  Yes, please!

Just to highlight a couple of the cool events we have coming in June:  

  • June 1 (Friday) - Cask Proof Hickory Finish is released in the tasting room!  This is a once a year type offering.
  • June 15 (Friday) - Dinner at the distillery.  Come join us for an elegant four course dinner with a chance to dine with Scott & Becky in our luxurious setting. Many excellent cocktails will be enjoyed.
  • June 16 (Saturday) - Father's Day at Catoctin - Bring dad in for tastings and enjoy some of our cask proof hickory syrup and meet the makers from Falling Bark Farm, who make that syrup.

We've got lots of cool news and updates to tell you about, so read on for more information!

 

Becky Harris in Food and Wine Magazine

Becky HarrisFood and Wine recently wrote about "6 Women in Whiskey to Watch," including a profile of our own president and chief distiller, Becky Harris. Becky's fresh approach to whisky is the underlying reason why we introduced Roundstone Rye nine years ago, to bring a new type of whisky to a lot of people who didn't consider themselves whisky drinkers. Quoting Becky in the article, Ceil Miller Bouchet writes:

Harris encourages new whiskey drinkers – especially women, she says – to trust their taste and not the experts. “Your body chemistry and your individual experience is just as valid as everyone else’s,” she says. “When you like something, that is the one for you. Who cares what the others think?”

This thought follows from our way of thinking at Catoctin Creek: If everybody is making and consuming the same thing... well, where's the fun in that?

You can read the full article, including profiles of the other women in the story, here.

 

Scott Harris on Fox 5 News making whisky sours

Scott Harris on Fox 5 NewsOn Wednesday night, Scott Harris, founder and general manager of Catoctin Creek, appeared on Fox 5 evening news to talk taxes, economic development, and whisky sours. Key points raised during the quick interview:

  • The reduction in Federal Excise Tax has allowed small businesses like ours to invest in jobs--good high paying jobs--that improve our local community.
  • We also invest in other businesses like farms and other suppliers, further boosting the local economy.
  • The tax savings allow us to invest in our own business with about $1M more of equipment coming online in the next year, allowing us to get more of our product to more people.
  • And finally, May is whisky sours month at Catoctin Creek, and a hibiscus, strawberry, lime whisky sour is a beautiful thing!

Watch the full clip, here.

 

Catoctin Creek Cask Proof named EDITOR'S CHOICE in American Whiskey magazine

American Whiskey MagazineHuzzah! Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof was named the Editor's Choice, 9.0/8.9 points and the highest rated whiskey in the premier issue of American Whiskey magazine! A highlight from the review by Rob Allanson:

9.0 Points.
Palate:
Big sweetness, vanilla and toffee, caramel coated apples. Snickers bars in liquid form, peanut, caramel and milk chocolate. The savory edge of dusty books.
Comments: Just what you want from a rye - spice punch, tannins and a dusty sweetness.

Get your copy of the magazine, here.

 

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018

Trip Advisor 2018 Certificate of ExcellenceWe were elated to once again be given the Certificate of Excellence for 2018 from TripAdvisor!  This is our fourth year running as the #1 events venue in Purcellville, and we couldn't be more thrilled.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Catoctin Creek, and we’d like to thank all of our guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Denise Petty, Tasting Room Manager at Catoctin Creek. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s own customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.

Read the full press release on our website, here

 

Bourbon Paddy reviews Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Distillers Edition

Bourbon PaddySo very cool to have a great review from Bourbon Paddy, who reviews whiskey from his home near Dublin, Ireland. As we are just starting our entrance into the UK market (not Ireland just yet, unfortunately), it's great to see Paddy's detailed review. From the review, he writes:

This is a very nice easy drinking rye whisky; it’s smooth, flavourful, well-balanced, and not just an over-oaked fiery wall of young rye spice and barrel char. What stands out for me is despite coming across young and grain forward on the nose, those bold and spicy rye grain notes are very well balanced by the rest of the flavours as you sip giving a spicy rye with a fruity edge. At times it is hard to believe that this is a 100% rye mashbill because of all the beautiful flavour notes that emerge as you chew this; however, I put this down to the fact that this isn’t sourced (so no familiar MGP notes here) and Catoctin’s considerate approach when making this whisky.

You can read the full review, which includes detailed notes on nose, palate, finish, as well as production notes, here.

Photo courtesy Bourbon Paddy.

 

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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!   

Cask Proof Hickory Finish Whisky ReleaseCask Proof Hickory Finish Whisky Release

Beginning Friday, June 1st, when we open at 1pm, we will release the Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Hickory Finish whisky! Just in time for Father's Day!!

The Roundstone Rye Cask Proof is our DOUBLE GOLD winning expression of Roundstone Rye, released at its natural cask proof, near 120 proof (60% ABV). Finished in the hickory syrup barrel, this one is slightly more tangy, a wee touch smoky, and very, very rich. This is a rare bottling. The last time we released this was a few years ago, and we probably won't have more of this for a few years to come. So come on in and get it while you can! Limited hand-numbered bottles -- when they're gone, they're gone!

 

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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Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

June 16, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, June 16, 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!

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Father's Day at Catoctin CreekFather's Day at Catoctin Creek

June 17, 1pm - 6pm. We have some amazing things in store for Father's Day! Our Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Hickory Finish whisky will be on sale in the tasting room! Travis and Joyce Miller of Falling Bark Farm will be present sampling tastes of their award-winning hickory syrups, so you'll have a chance to meet the makers and taste the syrup that went into the making of our Hickory Finish Cask Proof. Come by and get your bottles of syrup and whisky!

We'll also have a putting green competition with some cool prizes for winning putts!

Sunday, Father's Day: Catoctin Creek is the place to be! Bring dad and have some fun!!

 

Paint & CocktailsPaint & Cocktails

June 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm. An exclusive Catoctin Creek Distillery event! Join Amy Walton, renowned local artist, as she leads a course on painting at the distillery. The price includes hors d'oeuvres, all painting materials, and one cocktail.

About our artist: Amy Walton has 40+ years of experience painting all over the east coast. Now calling Virginia home, she pulls inspiration from the beautiful landscapes of Loudoun County. She specializes in oil, watercolor, and pastel paintings.

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Shake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia'sShake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia's

July 14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Summertime means seafood, so we're doing our second seafood boil with Magnolia's at the Mill! Great local vendors like War Shore Oyster Company and Winchester Brew Works are teaming up with Chef Erik at Magnolia's and Catoctin Creek to do a good ol' fashioned crab and seafood boil! Guests will arrive at Catoctin Creek Distillery for a tour and welcome cocktail at 1:00pm. Then we will stroll down 21st Street to Magnolia's patio space by 2:00pm for the seafood boil and festivities. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your ticket now!

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Cocktail of the Month – Strawberry Hibiscus Sours

Strawberry Hibiscus Sours

Ahhhh.... summer is unofficially here. And with it, strawberries! This take on a traditional whisky sour is refreshing and just about as pretty as a rose blooming on a summer evening.

1.5 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon
1 oz strawberry-hibiscus simple syrup*
Lemon wheel garnish

Combine all three ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake, then strain into coupes. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

*Strawberry-hibiscus simple syrup

In a mixing pot or a crock pot, combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water, along with a 15 oz package of sliced and mashed strawberries and 4 oz of dried hibiscus blossoms. (If hibiscus blossoms are unavailable, you can use pre-packaged hibiscus tea, like "Red Zinger".) Steep the syrup mixture until fully dissolved, then for another 30-60 minutes. Strain out the solids and bottle. Will keep for 1-2 months in the fridge.

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

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.

 

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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!

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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!

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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

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Catoctin Creek in Kentucky

Louisville Business First did a story on our launch into Kentucky last week.  David Mann writes: [Scott] and his wife, Becky Harris, started a rye whiskey distillery, Catoctin Creek Distillery, in Purcellville, Va...

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Catoctin Creek Nominated in USA Today's …

Catoctin Creek has been nominated in USA Today's "10 Best" awards, in the category of "Best Brandy".  Please go to the link below and VOTE for us every day!  From the...

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Becky Harris featured on Great Day Live…

Becky Harris was featured today on Great Day Live! on WHAS TV in Louisville, Kentucky.  This week, we're launching Catoctin Creek into the Kentucky market, and today's show was celebrating that...

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Catoctin Creek Distillery

Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W Main St
Purcellville, VA 20132

Tel (540) 751-8404


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Captain Gregory's Cocktail Collaboration

  SEP 12   Captain Gregory's Cocktail Collaboration with Catoctin Creek 6:15pm—10:30pm Experience an intimate collaboration between award-winning Virginia distillery Catoctin Creek and Captain Gregory's. Enjoy four distinct cocktails featuring Catoctin Creek's full lineup (Gin, Brandy...

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  SEP 15   Bottling Workshop 10:00am—12:00pm Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct one of our famous Bottling Workshops!  Here's your chance to volunteer and learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get...

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