June Greetings from Catoctin Creek - The story behind our logos
A little backstory on our logos...
Our roundel, the circular medallion which sits atop our full logo, symbolizes the land that infuses every bottle we produce—the Commonwealth of Virginia. We love our home: her picturesque mountains, beaches, horse-farms, and beautiful Appalachian woods. Virginia was one of America's original thirteen colonies, and Virginians were among the first in our nation to make rye whiskey. Not least of which was George Washington, who distilled rye whiskey commercially at his Mt. Vernon farm. In fact, when people started distilling corn into Bourbon whiskey in what is today called Kentucky, yes, that land was still called "Virginia." (Kentucky didn't become a state until 1792.)
So, we proudly celebrate Virginia as the birthplace of American whiskey. As an homage to Virginia, we've adorned our logo with her state flower, the flowering dogwood.
Monograms are a very old tradition, dating back even to Roman times. The oldest known monograms were found on early 6th century BCE Roman coins, which were marked with the ruler's initials to authenticate and legitimize them. Throughout the middle ages, a wax seal with a monogram was a mark of authenticity. Our Catoctin Creek monogram is our mark of quality. Where ever you find it stamped, rest assured that we take pride in and vouch for the quality of the products contained therein..
If you look closely at the monogram, you can make out the fanciful script letters "C C D Co", for Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, with all the letters intertwined as to become a single meaningful unit.
Three AMAZING national news stories in May!
Sometimes, when it rains, it pours, and we had a flood of national press last month! Check out these great articles:
- Rabble Rouser featured as one of 10 best in Maxim- "You can make a good cocktail with Rabble Rouser, but maybe save this one for sipping on its own." - link here.
- Becky Harris featured in American Whiskey magazine - An interview with Becky on starting the distillery - link here.
- Becky Harris featured in Rachel Ray magazine - 10 female pioneers in the spirits industry - link here.
Go check out more of our news, here.
Private Barrel Select Whisky
Did you know that we offer private barrel select whisky to the public? Whiskey writer Fred Minnick in his Bourbon Pursuit podcast recently said, "Catoctin Creek is putting out some of the most interesting barrel picks today." We agree! We look for unusual barrels to finish our whisky, or make available experimental grain runs and other differences in distillation, and the results of all those efforts find their way into the barrel select program. So, if you, or your club, restaurant or liquor store are looking for 30-60 cases of delicious and totally unique single barrel rye whisky, this program may be for you!
The Catoctin Creek® Barrel Program allows you to own a one of a kind whisky expression. What you get:
- Approximately 30 cases of whisky (180 bottles) of your own private, hand chosen stock
- VIP tour of the distillery
- Four 50 ml barrel samples to choose the flavor of your choice, specially chosen from our rickhouse
- One 30 gallon Catoctin Creek barrel for your location
- Alcohol proof of your choice (final price will vary by proof)
- Custom bottle label with your logo on it!
- Invitation to be part of the bottling process at the distillery! A great thing for staff training, team building, or special VIP customers.
- Product staff training available
Pricing varies depending on proof selected, available through select distributors. Wholesale pricing may be available for some retailers. Please contact us if you are interested.
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:
- June 22 - Bottling Workshop - Ever popular, always free and lots of fun! FREE!
- June 23 - Nose to Tail Cooking Workshop - Long Stone Farm and Chef Tim Rowley of the Wine Kitchen provide a private culinary tour of the pig. $50-65/pp
- Sept 20 - Dinner at the Distillery - Join us for our spring dinner at the distillery. $99/pp
For the full list of events, check our events page.
Cocktail of the Month – Summertime Rooftop Cocktails
This month, we had a fabulous inaugural "Dinner on the Rooftop" in collaboration with the Wine Kitchen and Loudoun Mobile Hope. Among the treats for the night were two amazing cocktails that the team at Catoctin Creek created. These are fantastic summer cocktails, especially if made into a punch (just multiply everything by 25 for punch).
Hope on the Rooftop
1 oz strawberry-infused Watershed Gin
¼ oz strawberry-rhubarb syrup
¼ oz sour water (¼ tsp citric acid + 1½ oz water), or lemon juice as a substitute
Soda to top
Black locust blossoms to garnish
Macerate the strawberries in the gin for at least two days. Strain and remove the fruit. To make the syrup, macerate chunks of strawberry and rhubarb in equal parts sugar and water. Heat over medium heat until well dissolved. Then strain the fruit from the syrup. In a shaker, add the sour water, gin and syrup and combine well. Pour into a rocks glass full of ice and top with soda and garnish.
Lay Me "Doun"
1 oz Roundstone Rye 80 Proof
¼ oz Rose Garden Tea (available from Dominion Tea) made into a simple syrup
Lemon peel garnish
Combine the ingredients into a rocks glass with ice and garnish.
Cocktail recipes courtesy Denise Petty.
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