Happy New Year from Catoctin Creek
Hooray! 2019 is here! Catoctin Creek celebrates 10 years!
Well, now that 2018 is over and behind us, we hope that 2019 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 2019. For starters, on February 14, 2019, we celebrate our TENTH ANNIVERSARY! We will have lots of fun events and special releases (including our coveted Rabble Rouser Bottled in Bond, and our 8 year old XO brandy - 1757 Bottled in Bond). Stay tuned for more fun this year!
And from our family to yours...
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Last Dance with Mosby's Spirit Dinner at West End
Join us for a "Last Dance with Mosby's Spirit" at the West End Bistro. In 2018, we discontinued our beloved moonshine, and West End has the last supply of Mosby's Spirit in the entire world. They're sharing it for a one time dinner event featuring infused Mosby's Spirit cocktails and food both uniquely designed to pair with each other.
Foie Gras & Chicken Liver Mousseline - Fig Balsamic Gelee / Apple Scented Toast Points with Rosemary infused Mosby’s with fig simple syrup, balsamic vinegar and apple cider foam
Fresh Sea Scallop Crudo - Habanero-Kumquat Emulsion / Lemon Mosto / Vanilla Salt with Vanilla infused Mosby’s with fresh grapefruit, agave and a coriander salted rim
House-made Gin Herb Pastrami - Date Mostarda / Caraway Seed Sauerkraut / Rye Dust with Thyme + red wine glaze infused Mosby’s with an atomized beef jus, old vine Zinfandel and black pepper ice cube.
Mosby's Infused Poached Pear - Distiller's Grain Ice Cream / Mosby's Caramel with a trio of mini Mosby's dessert cocktails.
Reserve your spot now by calling the restaurant at 540-441-7896. Limited space is available!
The Art of the Cocktail - Back with a Journey through the World!
Our fourth year -- presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery
Catoctin Creek is pleased to present, our FOURTH year of this multi-part educational series on the art of the cocktail. This year, we have all new content exploring various flavors from around the world.
Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this five-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.
Here is the schedule of the series:
- January 4 - Italy - vermouth, amari, digestivs, noccino, 'cellos.
- January 11 - Iberia - flavors of Spain and Portugal, sherry, brandy, port, and saffron.
- January 25 - France - vermouth, Amer Picon, brandy, many liqueurs and more.
- February 1 - USA - whiskey, Martinez, Sazerac, Old Fashioned, and punch.
- February 8 - Latin America - molasses, limes, agave, cacao, chiles, hibiscus, and coffee.
NOTICE ON SNOW DAYS: If we have to cancel a class because of weather, we will reschedule the date to February 22, March 1, 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 and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail.
Each session is $35 per person (VIP members 50% off), and includes four cocktails.
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.
Celebrating Our Tenth Anniversary: Rabble Rouser - Coming in February!
We have begun seeing some of the sneak-preview reviews of our forthcoming Rabble Rouser Bottled In Bond Rye Whisky Release. Graham Averill, writing for Paste, gives us stunning marks on the new dram:
"Rabble Rouser doesn’t need any fancy stamp to be great, though. It just is. The 100% rye is aged for four years and bottled at 100 proof. It pours a deep mahogany and has an incredibly enticing nose full of cherries and toasted marshmallows. There’s nothing but rye in the bottle, so you’ve got plenty of spice to contend with, with notes of pepper and ash, but also a hell of a lot of caramel, like from the center of your favorite candy bar. There’s some stone fruit in there, maybe some figs and something nutty, like cashews. A layer of heat underscores all of it so you realize you’re drinking a relatively high-proof rye."
You can read the full review, here.
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 4 - Art of the Cocktail - Italy - vermouth, amari, digestivs, noccino, 'cellos. $35/pp
- January 11 - Art of the Cocktail - Iberia - flavors of Spain and Portugal, sherry, brandy, port, and saffron. $35/pp
- January 25 - Art of the Cocktail - France - vermouth, Amer Picon, brandy, many liqueurs and more. $35/pp
- January 28 - Mosby's Dinner - Join us at West End Bistro for a dinner featuring Mosby's Spirit cocktails. $75/pp
- February 1 - Art of the Cocktail - USA - whiskey, Martinez, Sazerac, Old Fashioned, and punch. $35/pp
- February 8 - Art of the Cocktail - Latin America - molasses, limes, agave, cacao, chiles, hibiscus, and coffee. $35/pp
- February 25 - Battle of the RVA Bartenders - Join Richmond's coolest bartenders for a great cocktail competition. $20/pp
For the full list of events, check our events page.
Cocktail of the Month – French 120
This cocktail was one of our featured cocktails for a distillery dinner in 2018.
2 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
¾ oz Lemon Juice
¾ oz Butterfly Pea Tea & Basil Simple Syrup
Top with Cava
Garnish with Yellow Cherry Tomato & Purple Basil Leaf
Serve in Champagne flute.
See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.
As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!
Scott & Becky