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September Greetings from Catoctin Creek

Welcoming September with our Art of the Cocktail Class - Online Edition 

Cocktail ClassCatoctin Creek is pleased to present, our SIXTH year of this six-part educational series on the art of the cocktail. This year, we have to adapt ourselves to the "new normal" of COVID, and thus, the classes will all be online via Zoom.  Each week, we will send out a shopping list of items for you to pick up, plus the course materials.  Then, every Friday night, get yourself comfortably placed behind your bar, with your computer on and ready to go, and we will enjoy the class interactively just as if we were together in person.

Scott will reprise his first year material with a class studying the chronology of the cocktail from the early 1800's through modern day.  Ingredients will be easy to obtain, and the lessons will be fun as ever.  This will be via Zoom, so I still expect lots of interaction and questions and good times.  It's a drinks class, after all! 

As I mention in many of my classes, this class will be equal parts, cocktail how-to, history, and fun.

Tickets are reduced to $10 per person for the lessons, which leaves you room to purchase the ingredients.  You can purchase our spirits in our online store.

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Online Shop

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

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.

 

 

Introducing Cocktail Kits from Catoctin Creek

Cocktail KitThis one-stop shopping cocktail kit will give you everything you need to make excellent cocktails at home! The kit contains one bottle of Catoctin Creek spirits, and all the bitters, mixers, and instructions needed to make at least eight cocktails at home! Plus, it is in a very handsome gift box, suitable for gifting!

Each month, we will feature a new cocktail, so save the recipe cards and collect them all!

The September feature cocktail is the Virginia Old Fashioned, including:

  • one bottle of Roundstone Rye 80 Proof
  • one bottle of Roundstone bespoke Virginia bitters
  • one orange
  • six sugar cubes
  • collectable recipe card

You can purchase in our online store, here.

 

 

Cocktail of the Month – Peach Berry Smash

Italian Greyhound

This cocktail comes to us from Facci Ristorante at Turf Valley Town Square.  Find them and their delicious food and cocktails on Instagram at @facci_turf_valley.

Cocktails are always a good idea.... Who's in?

Our "Italian Greyhound" is a grapefruit cocktail made with craft gin, fresh grapefruit juice, crushed rosemary, aperol liquor and a sparkling sugar rim.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
1 oz Aperol
Grapefruit Juice
Fresh rosemary
1 tsp sugar (crystalized/granulated)

Muddle the sugar and fresh chopped rosemary.  Add the gin and the Aperol and shake lightly with ice.  Strain over fresh ice in a collins glass with a sugar rim.  Top with grapefruit juice and give it a stir.

Recipe and photo courtesy Facci Ristorante and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

WhiskyCast

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.

 

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy August from Catoctin Creek! BIG release this month!

August Greetings! 

1757 XO BrandyWe have a big release this month, and we don't want you to miss it!!

Coming Monday, August 3rd, at 8:00 AM, we will release our newest expression of 1757 Virginia 'XO' Brandy. This one is seven years old and bottled in bond!

We will release this ONLINE ONLY for shipping directly to you, or pickup at the distillery. We purposely put the release day on a Monday, when we are closed to the public, so that people will NOT form long lines outside the distillery. Why line up with all that trouble? Skip the line and pick-up at your leisure! Sales are online only in our online shop, link below. Please note that the product will show "Out of Stock" or "Unavailable" until August 3rd at 8am. We will not be accepting pre-orders, sorry.

These are EXTREMELY LIMITED. Only 272 bottles were produced from this single barrel. There will be a two bottle per person limit on this product. Restaurant partners should contact their sales representative now to ensure they get a bottle for their establishment.

 

Online Shop

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

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.

 

 

#InThisTogether Rye Whisky

The Whiskey Wash reviews #InThisTogether Rye Whisky!

We received a really wonderful review from Carin Moonin at The Whiskey Wash, regarding our #InThisTogether Rye Whisky that was done for charity.  We scored a very rare 5 out of 5 stars!  Yet, such a funny and insightful review. What's coolest is how much Carin seemed to enjoy the product:

Palate: Honey. Wonderful. Like how mead has always been described to me, versus how it actually tastes (i.e., mead is disgusting). But this is not. This is fantastic. It marries together all sorts of weird influences and makes it work, like a beautiful child from sexy parents. All the genetics of this whiskey are there and the outcome is marvelous. The mouthfeel is thinner than some but not at all tinny.

It is really delicious. I could drink this, neat, over and over again. It doesn’t need a damn thing. I want to try more of their whiskeys under better circumstances and it’s evident why they have received so many accolades. Well done.

You can read the full review, here.

 

Fun times with the Whiskey and Kicks Show!

If you want to get to know some of our people a little better, John and Avalon, a couple of our regional sales ambassadors, do a really entertaining interview with the Whiskey and Kicks Show on YouTube.  Check this out to learn a little behind the scenes gossip and walk through a tasting of the spirits. 

This was a really fun interview, with an interesting insight into the life of these two wonderful sales employees.  Enjoy!

 

Cocktail of the Month – Peach Berry Smash

Peach Berry Smash

This cocktail comes to us from Allison Barger Eddy, aka @tiptoeingthrujuleps on Instagram.  Allison writes:

For these hot summer days, I have fully embraced the pre-batched-mason-jar-cocktail trend. Just combine your cocktail ingredients in a mason jar and store it in the fridge until go time. Then add ice, shake it up, and enjoy! It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

Today’s #frontporchsipper took advantage of a strawberry-peach simple syrup I made last week and some of the fresh fruit that we can’t get enough of these days. The sweet, tart, fruity flavors at play here still allow the rye to shine... and what a good rye it is! (So good that I used my “backup” bottle for these photos rather than the almost-empty bottle that’s sitting on my bar shelf.)

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92-proof Rye Whisky
½ oz Grand Marnier / Orange Liqueur
¾ oz Lemon Juice
½ oz Strawberry-peach simple syrup
Approx. 3 strawberries, hulled and halved
Approx. 4 slices of fresh peach
Mint sprig, for garnish

In a mason jar, combine all ingredients except garnish. Screw on the lid to the mason jar and store in fridge until ready to drink. When you’re ready to have your cocktail, add ice to the mason jar, screw on the lid, and shake everything together. Remove the lid, insert the mint sprig and a straw, and enjoy!

Cocktail and photo courtesy of Allison Barger Eddy.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

WhiskyCast

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.

 

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy July from Catoctin Creek!

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.

If you have any questions, please call us at 540-751-8404 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Online Shop

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

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.

 

 

Becky in the rye field

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

John Shope and Johnny WarbuxSunday! 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

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.

 

WhiskyCast

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.

 

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Catoctin Creek Reopening Plans - June is around the corner!

June Greetings!  We can't wait to see you!!

Starting May 29th, new sidewalk "bistro" service!

Phase I of the re-opening has come to Northern Virginia:

  • We will begin re-introducing cocktail service starting Friday, May 29th, featuring cocktails from our friends Sense of Thai Street.
  • We are establishing a NEW sidewalk service in front of the distillery: bistro tables that will be socially distant, per the governor's orders.
  • Masks are not required at socially distant tables while outside.
  • 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.
  • Other rules and guidelines, in accordance with the governor's orders are below:
    • Masks must be worn inside the building at all times. No exceptions.
    • No one under 21 permitted in the distillery or at the tables out front.
    • We will be sanitizing the space as per the guidelines of both Virginia and the CDC.
    • There is still a two person limit on the people coming in to buy bottles.
    • We are still unable to seat people for inside service in the distillery tasting room, nor can we do tours yet.  That will come perhaps in Phase II of the re-opening.

If you have any questions, please call us at 540-751-8404 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Online Shop

Buy Your Spirits ONLINE for Delivery or Curbside Pickup

Virginia residents may now buy your whisky, gin and brandy online!  The Virginia ABC has relaxed its rules and is now allowing direct-to-consumer shipping!  We are now taking orders in our Online Shop.

       ORDER NOW  -  https://catoctincreekstore.com

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.

 

 

#InThisTogether Infinity Barrel goes on sale June 1st!

#InThisTogether Infinity Barrel

We are excited to release its Infinity Barrel #InThisTogether Rye Whisky on Monday, June 1st.

Please note, we are CLOSED that day!  This is an ONLINE SALE!  No lining up down the street!  Simply place your order in our online shop, and pick up your whisky when it suits you.  Two bottle limit per customer, please.

Aged in leftover casks from the distillery’s barrel select program, all profits from this limited 80-proof release will go to charities supporting struggling restaurants and bars. Catoctin Creek’s barrel select program allows area restaurants to bottle and sell custom-made whisky from the distillery’s more experimental barrels. When the pandemic hit, many restaurants in the D.C. Metro Area came under enormous financial hardship. As a result, they could not sustain the private barrel selections they had chosen. Catoctin Creek owners Scott and Becky Harris are easing their burdens by taking back the barrels.

“This was difficult for us to do, but we decided to spin this hay into gold by creating a rye whisky that is unlike anything you will ever see again,” said Scott. “During this difficult time, we are truly all #InThisTogether, which is why 100% of the profits will go to our neighbors, friends and community members in need.” The Harrises aged the leftover whiskey in various barrels, including an American Chardonnay oak cask; an apple brandy cask; and an American Imperial Stout cask from Stablecraft Brewery in Virginia. After blending, re-barreling and blind tasting at different proofs, the Infinity Barrel Rye Whisky was born, a complex, spicy and fruity combination.

This new expression costs $45.09 and goes on sale Monday, June 1, at Catoctin Creek’s tasting room for curbside pickup, at liquor stores in D.C., Delaware, and Maryland through distributor Prestige-Ledroit; and online for direct shipping in Virginia only. Profits will benefit charities including Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers; USBG’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program; Ayuda DMV, which provides social services and language access services to low-income immigrants; and Southern Smoke, a crisis relief organization for people in the food and beverage industry.

 
 

Events - Netflix and Ca-Tock-Tails with John, Denise and Avalon

Netflix & Ca-Tock-TailsThis whole quarantine thing got you down? Clawing at the walls? Perhaps, you, like me, have been shamelessly bingeing Netflix and drinking a lot of homemade cocktails. If so, have we got an event for YOU!!

Every Thursday at 5pm on Facebook Live, it's Netflix & Ca-TOCK-tails happy hour? (We've had a few already, you see.) We will be doing fun, silly, and definitely entertaining cocktail "classes" devoted to our favorite binge-worthy series from Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. You can pick up the spirits and ingredients online before the live event, and then follow along as John, Avalon, Denise, Scott or Becky guide us through a few Catoctin cocktails dedicated to our favorite shows. Here are some of the iconic shows we'll be doing:

  • Tiger King (done!)
  • Parks and Rec (done!)
  • The Office (done!)
  • Community (done!)
  • Stranger Things (done!)
  • Sopranos
  • Outlander
  • ... what's more???

Always FREE to attend! Pre-purchase your spirits online and grab your shaker!  Jump on Facebook Live to see the show:  https://facebook.com/catoctincreek/live/

 

Cocktail of the Month – Senior Chang

Senior Chang

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Distiller's Edition
½ oz Sriracha pineapple syrup*
3 dashes Roundstone Rye bitters

*Sriracha Pineapple Syrup - 1 cup freshly juiced pineapple (or store bought unsweetened Pineapple Juice), honey (or sugar), 1 tablespoon of real sriracha - Bring to a boil then allow to cool to room temp. Transfer to glass container and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. If you want to increase the heat, use AR’s Southern Hot Honey instead of traditional honey.

Add all ingredients into an ice filled shaker, stir until very cold, then fine strain into glass with a large cube, garnish and serve.

Recipe courtesy John Shope.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

May 2020 - Getting Back to Normal... baby steps

LOTS of Information this month!!

We have SO much to report this month, and I want to be sure you see it all, so here's a quick table of contents, so you can read on if interested!

  • The Flurry... and then the End of Hand Sanitizer
  • Online Shop is open and taking orders!
  • More Rabble Rouser goes on sale today!
  • Bottled cocktails on sale starting today!
  • Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Hickory Finish on sale starting today!
  • Rabble Rouser highly rated in American Whiskey magazine
  • Netflix & Ca-Tock-Tails Facebook Live event every Thursday!
  • Cocktail of the Month - That Peach, Carol Baskins

Read on for more details!

 

Hand Sanitizer Production at Catoctin Creek

The Flurry... and then the End of Hand Sanitizer

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis and a subsequent shortage on sanitizing products in March, we shifted some of our production operations to provide free sanitizing alcohol to over 100 families, six police stations, two emergency services, two hospitals, one senior center, and the FAA in Leesburg, Virginia. Instead of laying people off, we brought our regional sales staff in to help on the production line, while we worked with elected officials to distribute bottles to organizations in need.

After producing, bottling and selling bulk hand sanitizer to first responders at the end of March, we were proud to announce the release of Catoctin Creek’s FDA approved 6 oz. hand sanitizer bottles to the general public in early April, which sold out in no time. Unfortunately, the availability of raw materials to produce the sanitizer became impossible to obtain at reasonable prices, and ingredients have more than tripled in price since March. In the end, Catoctin Creek made over 2,050 gallons of sanitizer available to the public, first responders, front-line workers and others in need.

We also raised and donated over $12,000 to local charities, including hospitality relief funds, clinics and food banks in Baltimore, Washington DC, and Virginia. All of that money was money we received from YOU the community through your gracious tips and donations, and we are humbled and blessed by your generosity!!  THANK YOU!  🙏

Today, we are still producing and selling our award-winning rye whisky, gin and brandy in the online shop for curbside pickup or delivery.

 

Online Shop

Buy Your Spirits ONLINE for Delivery or Curbside Pickup

Virginia residents may now buy your whisky, gin and brandy online!  The Virginia ABC has relaxed its rules and is now allowing direct-to-consumer shipping!  We are now taking orders in our Online Shop.

       ORDER NOW  -  https://catoctincreekstore.com

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.

 

 

More Rabble Rouser available to sell TODAY

Rabble RouserDuring the COVID crisis, unfortunately, a lot of restaurants that had reserved Rabble Rouser for their bars came back and told us that they would have to sit this one out.  It breaks our hearts, but we certainly understand the need to conserve cash and preserve their business.  With their release of the reserved bottles of Rabble Rouser, we are able to put those bottles back into the public.  So...

I am happy to announce the release of more award-winning Rabble Rouser Bottled-in-Bond Rye Whisky, which will ONLY be sold through our online shop (button above).

This. Will. Not. Last.

Get yours, now!

 

 

Denise and Ross

Bottled Cocktails in collaboration with Sense of Thai

We are very happy to announce a collaboration with Jeremy Ross of Sense of Thai in One Loudoun.  Ross is making cocktails which we are selling in our online shop for pickup only.  (They don't ship well, because they need to be kept cold.)  There will be three cocktails available in 12 oz bottles.  You simply top off with Catoctin Creek liquor and serve!  The cocktails are specifically designed such that if you add any non-Catoctin Creek liquor, they will immediately explode.  You have been warned.

(just kidding)

We will have the GOLD RUSH with wildflower honey, ginger juice and lemon juice; a NEGRONI / BOULEVARDIER with Cappelletti amaro and Cocci vermouth; and a WESTSIDE DERBY with pomegranate, orange and lime juices, and Catoctin Roundstone bitters.  Just add rye or gin to make them wonderful!

 

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Hickory FinishRoundstone Rye Cask Proof "Hickory Finish" on Sale Now!

We are proud to announce the release of our Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof "Hickory Barrel Finish".  The cask proof version of our ever-popular Roundstone Rye is a very special expression. Released at approximately 58% ABV (it varies depending on the individual barrels), this is seriously strong whisky! Delicious, dark, complex and ridiculously smooth for the proof, Roundstone Rye Cask Proof is released only about twice per year. This expression is finished in a hickory syrup barrel from Falling Bark Farm, which gives the whisky a pleasant smoky and acidic palate.  Available in the online shop.

 

 

Speaking of Award Winning...!

Hooray! Another great review from American Whiskey magazine.  Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser was recommended, 8.6/8.9 points by Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler, and again the highest rated whiskey in the issue!  A highlight from the review by Susan Reigler:

8.9 Points.
Nose:
  Rye grass partners with floral notes.  The woods after a spring rain with wildflowers underfoot.  Subtle for 100 proof.
Palate: Sweet spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice.  Then the flowers blossom.  This is all balanced with vanilla and rye spice.
Finish: Very long, though the flowers fade and the spice is persistent.
Comments:  Unexpectedly, water brings out morerye rather than the fruit.  But this doesn't do enough to upset the balance.

Get your copy of the magazine, here, or click the images below.

American Whiskey Magazine American Whiskey Magazine

 

Events - Netflix and Ca-Tock-Tails with John, Denise and Avalon

Netflix & Ca-Tock-TailsThis whole quarantine thing got you down? Clawing at the walls? Perhaps, you, like me, have been shamelessly bingeing Netflix and drinking a lot of homemade cocktails. If so, have we got an event for YOU!!

Every Thursday at 5pm on Facebook Live, it's Netflix & Ca-TOCK-tails happy hour? (We've had a few already, you see.) We will be doing fun, silly, and definitely entertaining cocktail "classes" devoted to our favorite binge-worthy series from Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. You can pick up the spirits and ingredients online before the live event, and then follow along as John, Avalon, Denise, Scott or Becky guide us through a few Catoctin cocktails dedicated to our favorite shows. Here are some of the iconic shows we'll be doing:

  • Tiger King (done!)
  • Parks and Rec (done!)
  • The Office
  • Sopranos
  • Stranger Things
  • Outlander

Always FREE to attend! Pre-purchase your spirits online and grab your shaker!  Jump on Facebook Live to see the show:  https://facebook.com/catoctincreek/live/

 

Cocktail of the Month – That Peach, Carol Baskins

That Peach Carol Baskin

2 oz Catoctin Creek Peach Brandy
1 oz raspberry peach syrup (2:2 sugar:water, 1:2 frozen raspberries:frozen peaches)
1 oz lemon juice
3 dashes tiger blood (Peychaud bitters)

Shake and strain into a coup. Top with 3 dashes of tiger blood (Peychauds bitters), garnish with a flower crown.

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

April 2020 - COVID-19 Woes

Being a Distiller in the time of COVID-19

This is a tough month to write this update for you all. My natural tone is one of optimism and expectations at all the cool things we're planning.  Since COVID-19 came along, the whole rug has been pulled from our feet, and we're now trying to adjust to the changes, as I'm sure every single one of you is also.  It is a confusing, sometimes terrifying time now, but I rest assured knowing that we will all get through this by working together.  As you may know, we have taken major steps to do our part in the battle against COVID-19.  Here is a brief summary of what we know so far:

First Wave of Sanitizer

Scott & PoliceEarly in this crisis, we realized that we could help.  A distillery is a business in a unique position to help:  we already have permits and equipment for dealing with alcohol.  We, therefore, had a moral responsibility to turn our business upside down and begin providing hand sanitizer.  So we did.

As the crisis unfolded in the first days, we were sitting on about 60 gallons of disposal alcohol.  That is, we had 60 gallons of the accumulation of waste alcohol from the production of whisky and gin--alcohol that we normally use for cleaning or send to an alcohol-recycler who processes it as ethanol that gets into your gasoline.  This non-drinkable waste alcohol was the accumulation of six months of production, so we began giving this away for free. 

In doing so, we were able to give free sanitizing alcohol to over 100 families, six police stations, two emergency services, two medical clinics, a senior care facility, and the FAA operations center in Leesburg, Virginia.  Sadly, sixty gallons only goes so far, so we quickly shifted our production again...

 

Second Wave - Sanitizer for Purchase

Bottling SanitizerRealizing the dire need in the community, we immediately ordered 1,000 gallons of bulk alcohol.  Why not make it ourselves, you ask?  Our production is for making craft whisky, and we cannot make alocohol fast enough, cheap enough, nor high enough proof to meet FDA standards.  But, we do have alcohol permits to buy bulk alcohol and the vendors from whom to order, and that's what we did.  Having received the alcohol, Becky worked around the clock with the American Craft Spirits Association, our national association of craft distillers, to define the formulation from the World Health Organization and the FDA that would work for providing sanitizer to the public, and shared that work with over 300 craft distillers nationwide.  Scott spent the week getting our sanitizer approved by the FDA, and then shared that work with those same 300 craft distillers nationwide so they could get their sanitizers approved as well. Our goal was not competition, but cooperation in the face of this epidemic, and stomping this out as quickly as we can.

Having received all the bulk ingredients by last Thursday, we finally started bottling last week.  We are bottling today on BATCH ONE of the hand sanitizer, with BATCH TWO already on order. 

The first priority for BATCH ONE is the first responders.  We have an overwhelming demand from them, and will fill their orders first.  But I'm happy to say that we will have some from this first batch for the general public. We will have the following available in a few days:

  • 6 oz bottles (plastic) at $9.49 - limit four per family

SantizerWE ARE NOT ABLE TO TAKE PRE-ORDERS AT THIS TIME. We're too busy working on the sanitizer to answer the phones and emails on this.  I'm sorry, because I know you all are anxious about this.  We will announce soon when these are ready for pickup at our Purcellville location.  Keep an eye on our website (www.catoctincreek.com) for latest details.

(I understand that the website has been down for some people due to high volume traffic.  That is nothing I can control easily, so please just keep checking back.)

 

Still Open for Bottle Sales - Curbside

Scott CurbsidePlease don't forget about us!!  Our business is down considerably with the loss of almost every single restaurant customer we had.  We pray and hope they will be back up and running soon.  But until the state allows them to do "Cocktails to Go," which is currently illegal in Virginia, our business is getting CRUSHED.  Do not believe the stories you see about liquor store sales through the roof.  It is not the case.  During this crisis, our regular business is down 90%.

Quarantining at home is hard... wouldn't a nice bottle of whisky, gin or brandy make that life a little bit easier?  Yes, that's why we're an essential business!

So please call us at 540-751-3294 to place your order for curbside pickup at the distillery, or head to your favorite liquor store, which is still open!

 

How Can You Help?

The sanitizer project, apart from doing a community good, is helping us keep the lights on.  So far during this crisis, we have not laid off a single full-time employee.  All of our employees have all been refocused to producing hand sanitizer.  But this is really hard on the organization, so if you'd like to help, since people are asking, you can donate to our hand sanitizer project here:

Another way to show you care is pick up some of our whisky, gin and brandy, either at the distillery curbside, or at your local liquor store.  That really gives us a morale boost as well.

 

Getting Through This Together...

The rest of my newsletter usually focused on events in the future, but those are suspended until further notice, so we'll just end with a #QuarantineCocktail from my son, Edward, who is holed up in his tiny apartment in Houston, Texas.  To keep people entertained, he's making cocktails from ingredients he finds in his pantry.  Enjoy this one as a brief bright spot in your day.

Stay safe, y'all.  Wash your hands, and check on your neighbors.

Love, Scott & Becky

1 Peter 5:7

 

Cocktail of the Month – Quarantine Cocktail #1 - The Orange Blossom

The Boozy Gay

This cocktail comes to us from Eddie Harris, son of Scott & Becky, the founders of the distillery. Since Eddie, like the rest of us, is holed up in his tiny apartment in Houston, Texas, he decided to publish videos of cocktails he's making with stuff he's found in his pantry. He's calling them his #QuarantineCocktails. Give him a follow on Instagram at @theboozygay.

3 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
Honey
Orange bitters

Without ice, mix the honey with the rye until well combined. Now add the ice and the bitters. Stir to combine, then strain into a rocks glass with a nice big chunk of ice. And then wash your hands and wash it down!

Recipe courtesy Edward Harris.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

March Greetings from Catoctin Creek

Welcome to March!

Really hard to believe that St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner!  We've never been one for the green beer thing, so this year all month long in our tasting room will be cocktails with green-inspired ingredients.  Try the "Green Fiend", the "Sour Clover", or you could be a lucky duck to try the "Lucky Buck!"  Come on in, and we'll toast to the Irish, your health, or whatever else yer heart desires!

 

Otto the Pug

Catoctin Creek welcomes new Distillery Dog:  Otto the Pug!

Canine named "Head of Security" and "Minister of Cuteness"

Many of you who have visited the distillery in the past may have met our old distillery dog, Frank, a lovable sweet old man who lived for 16.5 years.  Sadly, Frank passed away a few months ago.  It took us some time to deal with that loss, but we are happy to say that we have a new distillery dog in our lives now:  Otto the pug!

Otto is a lively little critter, hopping around like a rabbit until he passes out from puppy-exhaustion, sleeping like a dead thing six hours at a time.  You will find him most likely ensconced in a baby-wrap with our tasting room manager, Denise.  If you're really nice to Denise, she may let you see him!

Men, be warned, he loves to chew on bearded chins, and ladies, watch those dangly earrings!

Welcome, Otto!!

 

Bottling Workshops are back!

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 your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette" and "Terry", our fancy French labeling machines! These bottles make great gifts for those special loved ones in your life, and you can tell them you bottled it yourself! Bring a friend!

Always FREE to attend! Click here to sign up!

Read more about the workshop, here.

Bottling Workshops

 

Old Tom Gin Release in March!

On Saturday, at noon, we will release our next offering of the Watershed Gin barrel rested in pear brandy barrels, our "Old Tom" style gin. This one is perfect for those classic era cocktails like the Martinez, Ramos Gin Fizz, and the French 75. This is a once a year release. Doors open at noon on Saturday, March 21. Bottles are $50.89. More details about the product are in the original press release from 2015, below.

Rye Society™ members may contact us at 540-751-3294 to obtain their bottles anytime before the release date.

Old Tom Gin

 

Upcoming Events

We have some great events in the coming months. Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this season.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • March 14 - Bottling Workshop - Join us in this hands-on workshop as we bottle Roundstone Rye with a free breakfast and a grand tour of the distillery! FREE!
  • March 21 - Old Tom Release - Come to the distillery to get your yearly bottles of Old Tom Gin!
  • April 10 - Dinner at the Distillery - Join us for our spring dinner!  Fresh local seasonal produce and an amazing menu! $99/pp

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Green Fiend

March means St. Patrick's Day, so naturally, our March tasting room cocktails are a little on the greenish side of things.

1½ oz Watershed Gin
1 oz matcha tea
½ oz lemon juice
Dash of Iki bitters
Lemon twist garnish

Stir all together in a Nick and Nora glass with a ice cubes.

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

February Greetings from Catoctin Creek

Welcome to February!

Last month, Scott & Becky spent some time in Richmond working with the Virginia Distillers Association.  On January 28th, it was "lobbying day," when distillers from across the commonwealth descended on the state capitol to lobby for modernization in ABC liquor laws.  This year, the bill that stands out is SB 824, which would allow distillers in Virginia to directly ship to consumers in the state.  This would be HUGE for us, in that it would allow "wine club" type operations and direct shipping of "onesy-twosy" items to customers without having to go through the onerous state special order process.  If you would like to see this bill passed, you should call your state delegate and senator today!

Virginia Distillers Association

 

Wine Enthusiast Awards

Catoctin Creek earns impressive accolades from Wine Enthusiast tasting panel

All five rye whiskies receive consistent scores of 90 or above

Catoctin Creek has been awarded five scores not lower than 90 out of 100 points for all five rye whiskies submitted to Wine Enthusiast’s tasting panel for the magazine’s upcoming February/March 2020 issue. Catoctin Creek’s Roundstone Rye Whiskey “Distiller’s Edition” was the craft distillery’s highest scoring product, earning a “superb” rating of 94 on the panel’s 100-point scale. The other four products received “excellent” scores of either 90 or 91. Not only are these accolades outstanding, they show the consistency of Catoctin Creek’s brand portfolio across the entire lineup.

“As a distillery dedicated to producing Virginia’s most awarded rye whisky, these are some of the most exciting accolades we've received in our eleven year history. We’re thrilled to be adding additional accolades to our list by the revered Wine Enthusiast panel,” said founder Scott Harris. “The consistent scoring of our rye whisky product line is not only a win for us, but also a win for the Commonwealth of Virginia, where we source our ingredients and hand-craft each product daily.”

The Wine Enthusiast ratings include:

  • 94 points for Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky “Distillers Edition” 92 Proof
  • 91 points for Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser Rye Whisky 2018 Bottled in Bond
  • 91 points for Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky Cask Proof
  • 90 points for Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky 80 Proof
  • 90 points for Braddock Oak Rye Single Barrel (available only through Total Wine)

Wine Enthusiast hosts the tasting panel annually, reviewing wine, beer and spirits from across the globe. The publication will include Catoctin Creek in their digital tasting panel database starting in February and will release the February/March issue on Feb. 18, 2020.

 

Two New Malt Whisky Releases - TODAY!!

Today, February 1st, at noon, we will release not one, but TWO new whisky expressions. Both of these, first two in this series, are distilled from Beltway Brewing in Sterling, Virginia. The OctoMalt American Malt Whisky began as their OctoIPA, while the Farmhouse Pale Malt started life as their Farmhouse Pale Ale. Each one is totally delicious and a wonderful capture of the beer from the still. Aged two years in charred new oak, they are dark, sumptuous, and with a distinctive floral note from the malts and hops. Members of the Beltway Brewing team will be present at the release, along with Becky Harris, to sign bottles and do Q&A. Bottles are $69.99 each at 92 proof.

Rye Society™ members may contact us at 540-751-3294 to obtain their bottles anytime before the release date.

Malt whisky releases

 

Rabble Rouser Release

On Saturday, February 15, at noon, we will release the Rabble Rouser Bottled in Bond Rye Whisky. Due to better growing reserves, we are happy to report that we have more available to sell! For some of you, this may be the first time you've had a chance to purchase this extremely rare whisky. Of this year's release, only 143 cases have been made, 25 of which will be released in our tasting room (the rest going nationally). Please plan to arrive before noon if you absolutely must have a bottle. Based on previous events, there is no guarantee we will have anything left after Saturday. Bottles are $99 for Rabble Rouser. Due to the extreme rarity of these releases, there will be no tastings offered. More details in the link, here.

Rye Societymembers may call us at 540-751-3294 to obtain a bottle anytime before the release date.

Rabble Rouser

 

Upcoming Events

We have some great events in the coming months. Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this season.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • February 1 - Two Malt Whisky Releases - Come to the distillery to get your limited edition bottles of American Malt Whisky!
  • February 14 - Art of the Cocktail - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating the bartenders canon! $35/pp
  • February 15 - Rabble Rouser Release - Come to the distillery to get your extremely rare bottles of our Bottled in Bond Rabble Rouser!
  • April 10 - Dinner at the Distillery - Join us for our spring dinner!  Fresh local seasonal produce and an amazing menu! $99/pp

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Sunflower

The Sunflower

This cocktail comes to us from Kara Newman's newest book, Shake. Stir. Sip., featuring easy cocktails done in equal parts. What I love about this cocktail, besides its refreshing taste, is that the four (five, really) ingredients combine in such a pleasant way, while being individually unidentifiable in the final drink. In other words, they blend so well into something wholly new, you'd never know that there was (for instance), St. Germain in the beverage. I guess the word I'm looking for here is "synergy," where the end result is greater than the sum of its parts. Regardless of how you analyze it, this drink has been our staple drink through the winter this season.

¾ oz Watershed Gin
¾ oz St. Germain
¾ oz Curaçao or orange liqueur
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
Absinthe rinse

Rinse a chilled coupe with absinthe, then combine the ingredients into a shaker of ice. Shake well, strain into the coupe, and serve with a lemon peel garnish.

Recipe courtesy Kara Newman, Shake. Stir. Sip.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy New Year from Catoctin Creek

Hooray! 2020 is here!

Now in our eleventh year!

Now that 2019 is over and behind us, we hope that 2020 will be prosperous and joyful for you! As we look back, we are grateful for the ability to do what we love, making Virginia's most awarded whisky, and grateful for you, our customers who enjoy what we take so much care to craft.  We have a lot of things in store for 2020.  We will have two new malt whisky releases on February 1st, and later in February, our much anticipated Rabble Rouser release!!  We will also have lots of fun events throughout the year.  Stay tuned!

From our family to yours...

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

Two New Malt Whisky Releases

On Saturday, February 1st, at noon, we will release not one, but TWO new whisky expressions. Both of these, first two in this series, are distilled from Beltway Brewing in Sterling, Virginia. The OctoMalt American Malt Whisky began as their OctoIPA, while the Farmhouse Pale Malt started life as their Farmhouse Pale Ale. Each one is totally delicious and a wonderful capture of the beer from the still. Aged two years in charred new oak, they are dark, sumptuous, and with a distinctive floral note from the malts and hops. Members of the Beltway Brewing team will be present at the release, along with Becky Harris, to sign bottles and do Q&A. Bottles are $69.99 each at 92 proof.

Rye Society™ members may contact us at 540-751-3294 to obtain their bottles anytime before the release date.

Malt whisky releases

 

The Art of the Cocktail - Tour through the "Bartender's Canon"

Our fifth year of this popular class -- presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery 

Monkey Gland

Catoctin Creek is pleased to present, our FIFTH year of this six-part educational series on the art of the cocktail. This year, we have all new content exploring the canonical books of each generation of bartending since the beginning of cocktails through modern times.

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 construction of several cocktails, 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.

This year, we will also have the books used in the class available for sale to take home at discounted prices.

Here is the schedule of the series:

  • January 3 - Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide, How to Mix Drinks, Receipts for Mixing..., published 1862.
  • January 10 - Harry McElhone & Wynn Holcomb, Barflies and Cocktails, 300 Recipes, published 1927.
  • January 17 - Harry Craddock, The Savoy Cocktail Book, published 1930.
  • January 24 - Leo Cotton, ed., Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender's Guide, published 1960.
  • January 31 - Gary Regan, The Bartender's Bible, 1001 Mixed Drinks..., published 1991.
  • February 7 - NO CLASS THIS DAY. We are otherwise occupied this evening.
  • February 14 - Kara Newman, Shake. Stir. Sip., published 2016.

NOTICE ON SNOW DAYS: If we have to cancel a class because of weather, we will reschedule the date to February 21, February 28, etc. Your reservation will be honored for the snow date, or you may get a refund if you are unable to make the new date.

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.

Each session is $35 per person (VIP members 20% off), and includes four cocktails.

Book Now

Info This class will fill up, so reserve your spot now! Due to overwhelming demand and the intimate size of our tasting room, space is limited to the first 30 people responding.

Per ABC laws, cocktail samples will be limited to four pours with 0.5 oz of liquor in each pour. Certain mixer limitations will apply.

White Manhattan

 

Robert BurnsBurns Dinner at Oatlands

Burns Night is a tradition dating back a hundred years or more celebrating Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns. If you've been to one, you'll know what a rousing good time it is, and if you've not been before, you're in for a real treat. We'll be hosting the annual tradition at Oatlands on Jan. 25, 6:30pm.

Dinner will be a formal Scottish affair, with roasted lamb, neeps and tatties (potatoes and squash), and of course, the traditional haggis! (Be brave, young soul, and try some!) Oh, and lest we forget, there will be whisky and poetry flowing, provided by Scott Harris and Catoctin Creek Distillery. (Bring a poem to share!) Kilted attire suggested, but not required. Tie and jacket suggested.

For more information or to make your reservation, click here.

 

Upcoming Events

Wow!  We have some great events in the coming months. Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • January 3 - February 4 - Art of the Cocktail - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating flavors of the world! $35/pp
  • January 25 - Burns Dinner at Oatlands - A Scottish tradition! Great food, song, drink, whisky, and even haggis! $120/pp
  • February 1 - Two Malt Whisky Releases - Come to the distillery to get your limited edition bottles of American Malt Whisky!

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Cranberry Spiced Old Fashioned

Cran Spiced Old Fashioned

Here's a new account for you to follow: @theboozygay from Spring, Texas. Eddie Harris is the owner of the account, and also happens to be the son of the founders. When he's not full-time ambassador for Catoctin Creek in Texas, he enjoys walks on the beach, piña coladas, and making cocktails. This one is his latest: "This week's cocktail of the week says Merry Christmas in a very boozy way!"

1 oz Copper and Kings Brandy (or Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy, if you prefer)
1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
⅔ oz of cranberry syrup*
Dash of bitters

Stir and enjoy over a big rock in a rocks glass. Garnish with cranberries on a toothpick.

Cranberry syrup
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 bag of cranberries
1 tsp nutmeg

Combine all over low heat until mixed, at least one hour. Strain and remove the cranberries. Keep syrup in refrigerator for up to three months.

Recipe and photo courtesy @theboozygay and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Seasons Greetings from Catoctin Creek

December is here! 

Happy Holidays to you all!  Christmas and Hanukkah are quickly approaching, and our thoughts turn to unwinding from the stress of our daily lives and spending more time with friends and family this month.  It is such a gift to be alive, and to be with the ones we love.  We at Catoctin Creek are particularly blessed to be doing what we love, and to have customers like yourselves who enjoy our craft.  

So, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and may there be Peace on Earth in our lifetime!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  

Photo credit: @justinccdc 

 

Gift Items This Holiday Season

Stop by our tasting room this holiday season and pick up one of our exciting gift items for the holiday.  Spirits are the perfect gift for those fussy relatives who already have everything!  Give them something local, hand-crafted, and totally unique this year!

We have gift packs of our flagship products:  Roundstone Rye, Watershed Gin, and a Glencairn glass in cute little 200 mL bottles, all displayed in a handsome custom gift box.  We also have hand-wrapped gift baskets with your choice of spirits, glassware, and bar accessories like bitters and cocktail books.  We'll gladly make you a custom basket while you wait.  Finally, if you just can't decide, you can pick up a gift card for any amount at our store (or call us, we'll mail it to you).

There's pretty much something for anyone on your list!  Stop by soon and see for yourself!

Gift Ideas from Catoctin Creek

 

The Art of the Cocktail - Tour through the "Bartender's Canon"

Our fifth year of this popular class -- presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery 

Monkey Gland

Catoctin Creek is pleased to present, our FIFTH year of this six-part educational series on the art of the cocktail. This year, we have all new content exploring the canonical books of each generation of bartending since the beginning of cocktails through modern times.

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 construction of several cocktails, 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.

This year, we will also have the books used in the class available for sale to take home at discounted prices.

Here is the schedule of the series:

  • January 3 - Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide, How to Mix Drinks, Receipts for Mixing..., published 1862.
  • January 10 - Harry McElhone & Wynn Holcomb, Barflies and Cocktails, 300 Recipes, published 1927.
  • January 17 - Harry Craddock, The Savoy Cocktail Book, published 1930.
  • January 24 - Leo Cotton, ed., Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender's Guide, published 1960.
  • January 31 - Gary Regan, The Bartender's Bible, 1001 Mixed Drinks..., published 1991.
  • February 7 - NO CLASS THIS DAY. We are otherwise occupied this evening.
  • February 14 - Kara Newman, Shake. Stir. Sip., published 2016.

NOTICE ON SNOW DAYS: If we have to cancel a class because of weather, we will reschedule the date to February 21, February 28, etc. Your reservation will be honored for the snow date, or you may get a refund if you are unable to make the new date.

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.

Each session is $35 per person (VIP members 20% off), and includes four cocktails.

Book Now

Info This class will fill up, so reserve your spot now! Due to overwhelming demand and the intimate size of our tasting room, space is limited to the first 30 people responding.

Per ABC laws, cocktail samples will be limited to four pours with 0.5 oz of liquor in each pour. Certain mixer limitations will apply.

White Manhattan

 

Upcoming Events

Wow!  We have some great events in the coming months. Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • December 13 - Holiday Dinner at the Distillery - Fine dining at the distillery.  Join Scott and Becky for a four-course dinner with cocktail pairings. $99/pp SOLD OUT
  • December 21 - Bottling Workshop - Always free to public, and a fun morning of breakfast, bottling and tastings!  FREE!
  • December 25 - CHRISTMAS DAY - We will be CLOSED to be with friends and family.
  • January 1 - NEW YEARS DAY - We will be CLOSED due to massive hangovers.
  • January 3 - February 4 - Art of the Cocktail - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating flavors of the world! $35/pp
  • January 25 - Burns Dinner at Oatlands - A Scottish tradition! Great food, song, drink, whisky, and even haggis! $120/pp

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Bucky Barnes

Bucky Barnes

This cocktail is a modification of one that was in Whisky Advocate. The original recipe had a rather complicated pear/persimmon/clove brown simple syrup, which I'm sure is lovely, but I just finished canning a dozen cans of fresh persimmon jam, and so I wanted to use that instead. I've tweaked things around a bit while still honoring the original ingredients and proportions. And honestly, it came out great!!

This cocktail is the embodiment of November. You can serve it as a sling (cold, with an ice cube), or warm it gently and serve as a toddy.

3 oz Roundstone Rye 92 Proof
1 oz Nonino amaro
½ oz brown sugar syrup or molasses syrup
½ oz persimmon jam
2 oz pear juice
dash of vanilla extract
dash of woodland bitters

Vigorously shake all the ingredients in a shaker of ice. Double-strain and serve with a big rock in a rocks glass. Serves two.

Recipe and photo courtesy Scott Harris, variation on a recipe in Whisky Advocate.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

November News from Catoctin Creek

Autumn at Catoctin Creek Distillery

Moving into November.

Perfect for the coming holiday season

ANNOUNCING!  20% off on Black Friday! - One day only, the Virginia ABC will be offering 20% off on most liquor products in our tasting room!  Come in on Friday, November 29 or miss out forever! Tasting room only.

As we finally move into the cooler days and nights of autumn, don't forget, Catoctin Creek is a perfect companion.  A glass of whisky is a delightful treat after a long day of raking leaves on those blustery evenings!  You could serve your Thanksgivings guests a wonderful cocktail party before the big feast, or grab a bottle or two for those hard-to-shop-for friends and relatives.  Roundstone Rye is a gift sure to please!

For more gift ideas, be sure to check out our list of events below, and bring your friends and family to something fun and truly one-of-a-kind.

Happy November, all!

 

Catoctin Creek included in Loudoun Virginia's top 40 business moments 1979-2019

Scott & Becky Harris

We are so honored to be included in Loudoun County's history timeline of top 40 business moments from 1979 - 2019:

Catoctin Creek, Loudoun’s First Distillery Since Prohibition, Opens in Purcellville

Scott and Becky Harris started Loudoun’s first post-Prohibition distillery during the heart of the recession, with funding from personal finances, an SBA loan, and help from neighbors and friends in the community. Now sold in 26 U.S. states and in Europe and Asia, Catoctin Creek has won the most awards of any whiskey made in Virginia.

You can read the full story, here. Photograph courtesy Kristen Dill.

 

The Art of the Cocktail - Our 5th Year - Tour through the "Bartender's Canon"

Monkey Gland

Catoctin Creek is pleased to present, our FIFTH year of this six-part educational series on the art of the cocktail. This year, we have all new content exploring the canonical books of each generation of bartending since the beginning of cocktails through modern times.

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 construction of several cocktails, 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.

This year, we will also have the books used in the class available for sale to take home at discounted prices.

Here is the schedule of the series:

  • January 3 - Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide, How to Mix Drinks, Receipts for Mixing..., published 1862.
  • January 10 - Harry McElhone & Wynn Holcomb, Barflies and Cocktails, 300 Recipes, published 1927.
  • January 17 - Harry Craddock, The Savoy Cocktail Book, published 1930.
  • January 24 - Leo Cotton, ed., Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender's Guide, published 1935.
  • January 31 - Gary Regan, The Bartender's Bible, 1001 Mixed Drinks..., published 1991.
  • February 7 - NO CLASS THIS DAY. We are otherwise occupied this evening.
  • February 14 - Kara Newman, Shake. Stir. Sip., published 2016.

 

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.

What: Art of the Cocktail
Where: 120 W. Main Street
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Every Friday from January 3 to February 14
(some exceptions, see above)
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price:

Each session:
$35 per person (VIP members 50% off)

(includes four cocktails)

Book Now

Info This class will fill up, so reserve your spot now! Due to overwhelming demand and the intimate size of our tasting room, space is limited to the first 30 people responding.

Per ABC laws, cocktail samples will be limited to four pours with 0.5 oz of liquor in each pour.

Bartender's Canon

 

Upcoming Events

We have some great events coming up. Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • Nov 4 - Battle of the Bartenders - Northern Virginia's ultimate cocktail competition! $65/pp
  • Nov 16 - Bottling Workshop - Join us for this always fun, always free workshop and bottle your own whisky! FREE
  • Nov 17 - Jim Malcolm Concert - Scotland's troubadour back for another concert!  $25/pp
  • Nov 22 - Lighting of the Vines - Join us at Bluemont Vineyard for this once a year collaborative event!  $139/pp
  • Dec 13 - Dinner at the Distillery - Join us for our Christmas dinner at the distillery. $99/pp SOLD OUT
  • Dec 21 - Bottling Workshop - Join us for this always fun, always free workshop and bottle your own whisky! FREE
  • Jan - Feb - Art of the Cocktail - This year, we will be studying the original books in cocktail history. $35/pp
  • Jan 25 - Burns Dinner at Oatlands - A Scottish tradition, we'll celebrate the life of Robert Burns with a wonderful feast! $120/pp

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Virginia Commonwealth

The Virginia Commonwealth

This cocktail comes to us from Nathan Wilkinson, @jollybartender on Instagram. It is a wonderful celebration of Commonwealth featuring two of its best distilleries:

This cocktail shows off Catoctin Creek’s Distillers Edition Roundstone Rye with Mt. Defiance Sweet Vermouth—two great Virginia distilleries.

3 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Distiller's Edition
½ oz Mt. Defiance Sweet Vermouth
½ oz Ramazzotti amaro
3 dashes Hella orange bitters
Lemon zest garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice. Stir and strain into a coupe and garnish.

Cocktail and photo courtesy Nathan Wilkinson, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

October is here! - Catoctin Creek News

Sourcing products locally is important to us.

Our visit to Anchor Hocking in Monaca, Pennsylvania

Back in May 2017, Becky and I had the privilege to visit our bottle supplier, Anchor Hocking, in Western Pennsylvania, pretty close to Pittsburgh. We drove four hours early one weekday morning to go see our Catoctin Creek bottles being manufactured. If you have never been in a glass factory, you should go.  It is one of the most amazing factory experiences I've ever seen.  (Click on the image to the right to see how they're made.)

Ten years ago, when we started Catoctin Creek, our mission was to use all American and local content, not just in the rye grain and fruits we source, but also 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 or Latin America. However, we worked really hard to find a local supplier, and came upon Anchor Hocking. Anchor Hocking has 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. Fortunately, Anchor Hocking has turned the corner, and we are very proud to be using Pennsylvania glass for the past six years now! Our efforts to use local glass help employ over 300 people at the Anchor Hocking plant in Monaca.

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.

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

 

Battle of the Bartenders!

Battle of the BartendersNorthern Virginia's Ultimate Cocktail Competition

Back for it's second year!!  One night only!  Local bartenders will compete for the title of Northern Virginia's BEST bartender.  This a "Chopped" secret ingredient style competition, where bartenders will be given a challenge to construct a drink with ingredients revealed through the night.  You'll get to sample each cocktail, and vote on the winner! 

Your entry includes appetizers from Ahso.  Proceeds go to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 

Bartenders competing in the competition:

  • Jon Schott - The People's Drug, Alexandria
  • Nikki Drake - 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church
  • Eric Bowers - Magnolia's at the Mill, Purcellville
  • Erin Robertson - Ahso Restaurant, Brambleton
  • Alex Moreno - Circa at Clarendon, Clarendon
  • Chris West - The Wine Kitchen, Leesburg

Celebrity judges for the night:

  • Michael Saccone, Thrashers Rum & Tiki TNT
  • Stefanie Gans, Northern Virginia Magazine
  • Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery

Last year's champion, Phil Duong of Ahso Restaurant, will welcome everybody with a starter cocktail to get the night flowing!

Book now because space is limited, and tickets are almost sold out! $65 per person, includes all cocktails, appetizers, etc.

 

Now Available in Mexico!

Roundstone Rye to be sold in Guadalajara, Mexico City and Cabo San Lucas

Last month, we shipped our first pallet of rye whisky to Mexico!  This marks our entry into the Latin American market, partnering with Viparmex, a company that has sold premium wines and spirits in Mexico for over a generation.

"We are very proud and excited to start our partnership in Mexico with Catoctin Creek Distilling Company," said Wesley Alejandro Rodriguez, CEO and partner of Viparmex. "We think the superb quality of their products, along with the Virginia whisky distilling tradition, will be an immediate success in our market. Mexico is experiencing an important increase of mixologists looking for quality products, especially in companies focused on quality with a true craft identity."

More information can be found in the press release, here.

 

Upcoming Events

We have some great events coming up. Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Blueberry Sour

Blueberry Sour

Blueberries are under-appreciated in cocktails.  Their flavor is unique, but one thing you can always count on from blueberries is a gorgeous natural color.  In this recipe, to preserve that beautiful deep violet hue, we opted to use citric acid water instead of lemon juice.  The flavor will be nearly the same, but the citric acid is clear, whereas the lemon would be cloudy and dull the color in the blueberries.  You can get citric acid (as with most things) online in granulated form.

2 oz Roundstone Rye 80 Proof
1 oz citric water (6 tsp citric to 4½ cups of water, more or less to taste)
½ oz honey simple (1:1 honey with hot water)
½ oz blueberry simple syrup (steep blueberries in simple syrup for at least an hour, remove solids)
lemon wedge garnish

Combine the ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake, and strain into a Nick and Nora glass with ice.  Garnish with lemon.

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

September is Virginia Spirits Month! - Catoctin Creek News

It's 5 o'clock for the whole month of September!

Virginia Spirits Month

September is VIRGINIA SPIRITS MONTH! Join us for the month-long party! We're talking special discounts with Virginia ABC, in-store tastings, spirits festivals, the launch of our new Virginia Spirits Trail and MORE, happening near you and beyond!

  • Catoctin Creek TastingsVirginia Spirits Day is Sept. 5 - 20% Discount! - All across the Commonwealth, online, and in every ABC store including our tasting room, Roundstone Rye 80 Proof is 20% off (a savings of over $9 per bottle).  One day only!! - Details here.
  • Discounts all month long - 5% off Roundstone Rye 92 Proof "Distiller's Edition" and Watershed Gin.
  • Launch of the Virginia Spirits Trail - In partnership with Virginia Tourism, we have some cool new maps, and if you visit 10 or more distilleries, you'll get a free t-shirt!  Pick up your free map at any participating distillery, or get one online, here.
  • ABC store tastings throughout the state - Visit with one of our friendly ambassadors at your local ABC store. Take a taste; buy a bottle!  Full schedule of stores, here.
  • Virginia Spirits Roadshows - We'll offer samplings and a chance to speak with local distillers:

For full information, click: http://www.virginiaspirits.org/september-2019/

Cheers to September!!

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Roundstone Rye Cask Proof - HICKORY SYRUP BARREL FINISH

Cask Roof Hickory FinishThis month, we have the Roundstone Rye Cask Proof - Hickory Syrup Barrel finished whisky on sale in the tasting room.  This whisky was aged for two years in our regular white oak barrels, and then finished in a barrel used to age hickory syrup from Falling Bark Farm.  The resulting whisky is a full, rich, smoky, whisky with chewy chocolate toffee flavors, sour apple, honey, leather and raw tobacco.  This is decadent and perfect for sipping.  Come in and try a sample in the tasting room and pick up a bottle while they last!

(The Falling Bark syrup is amazing too, and we sell that in the tasting room as well! Perfect for Sunday morning pancakes!)

$89.90 per 750mL bottle, 58% ABV.

 

Upcoming Events

We have some great events in May. Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

And a sneak peak at November:

  • Nov 4 - Battle of the Bartenders! - Back for our 2nd year, local area bartenders battle in this "Food Network style" competition, and you are the judge!  $65/pp

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Lumber Yard

This one comes to us from Nightcap Cocktail Company, which you can find on Instagram at @nightcapcocktailco or on their web site.

The air is misty. You just woke up. Your flannel shirt is exuding the smell of last night’s campfire. You leave the log cabin that you built by hand, pick up your axe, and head out for a day’s work.

or... it’s five o’clock on a Thursday and one sip of Catoctin Creek’s cask-proof edition rye has you literally dreaming. Spec below, so you can dream, too.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Cask Proof Roundstone Rye
¼ oz black birch syrup
2 dashes star-anise bitters

Stir over ice. Smoke glass with applewood, anise, and cinnamon. Strain into old fashioned glass with large block of clear ice. Garnish with torched orange wedge.

Recipe courtesy Nightcap Cocktail Company; photo by Hilary Hyland and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

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