December 2010 Update
Give him strong drink until he wink,
That is sinking in despair;
And liquor good to fire his blood,
That is pressed with grief and care:
There let him drink deeply, and deep carouse,
With bumpers flowing over,
Till he forgets his loves or debts,
And minds his griefs no more.
— Solomon's Proverbs, xxxi. 6, 7
(as transcribed by Robert Burns)
News for November
As December brings its chill winds, we now see the closure of 2010 approaching. What an incredible year it has been for us. This year was our first full year in production, and now, as we look forward to the holidays, we smile and think back gratefully on the start of our business and how fortunate we were.
Yes, November has come and gone, and, good heavens, what a busy month it was! We received so much good news last month that it seems unbelievable! We are so lucky and blessed to be enjoying this great new career we've made for ourselves. Becky and I are so thankful for each and every one of you out there who enjoy our products. This holiday season, we raise a glass to you!
In a single overwhelming week last month, we received three very big pieces of news. The first was winning two silver medals at the New York International Spirits Competition! Up against some 150 spirits from around the world, we came away with silvers for both of our whiskies (Roundstone Rye and Mosby's Spirit). We now have a growing list of awards and accolades that we can proudly publish on our web site. Secondly, we received a great review from the Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society, and finally, we found ourselves as a winner in Garden and Gun magazine's "Made in the South" awards. Any one of these would have been a great boost to the week, but all three in one week? Whew! Thank you, all!
Also in November, MyJoogTV released their video episode about Catoctin Creek with musician Andrew McKnight performing one of his songs. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out. It has some neat history about establishing the distillery and some enjoyable music from Andrew McKnight–a real friend of the distillery.
Great Gift Idea for the Holidays
As we turn our minds to the holidays, and gifts for Christmas and Hanukkah, don't forget those hard-to-buy-for folks on your list. Every year, it seems I never know what to buy my father for Christmas. If you are like me, why not buy a bottle of Roundstone Rye, Mosby's Spirit or Pearousia? There are still about 100 bottles of Pearousia left, so order yours today!
(Did you know it is perfectly OK to mail liquor in the US mail, UPS, or Fed-Ex? Although our distillery cannot ship directly to consumers, person-to-person shipments have always been legal.)
Check out our web site for details on where to buy our products locally. The list grows more and more every month.
And did you know you can now buy Catoctin Creek products nationwide? YES! Just call the good folks at Schneider's of Capitol Hill and ask for Catoctin Creek. We're new at the store, so we're not appearing in their online store yet, but just call them at 1-800-377-1461, and Schneider's can take care of packing and shipping for any destination you choose.
Keep an eye out for these cool events in December and January:
- Dec. 2 - Charity Dinner at Patowmack Farm Restaurant
- Dec. 4 - Bottling Workshop (Now full)
- Jan. 15 - Distilling Workshop - Learn how to make whisky! Hands on workshop!
As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. Tours are always free, so stop by and see us sometime!
Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM
Scott & Becky