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!
Northern 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.
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:
- Oct 12 - Bottling Workshop - Join us for this always fun, always free workshop and bottle your own whisky! FREE
- Nov 4 - Battle of the Bartenders - Northern Virginia's ultimate cocktail competition! $65/pp
- Nov 17 - Jim Malcolm Concert - Scotland's troubadour back for another concert! $25/pp
- Dec 13 - Dinner at the Distillery - Join us for our Christmas dinner at the distillery. $99/pp SOLD OUT
For the full list of events, check our events page.
Cocktail of the Month – The 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.
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