February 2015 News
BRRRR!!!!!!! It's cold out there! Better stay warm with a nice glass of Catoctin Creek!
We wouldn't want any of you getting frostbite, now would we?!
To warm you up, at right is a photo of Roundstone Rye sent to us from Anish in Mumbai, India. Great to have fans far and wide on this little blue planet of ours!
Catoctin takes GOLD and SILVER in the UK, and Forbes reviews Watershed Gin!!
We are very happy to announce that Roundstone Rye took home the bling-bling in the United Kingdom! The Wizards of Whisky World Awards, after performing blind tastings of hundreds of spirits from around the world, named Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" its #7 whisky in the grain whisky spirits category, and earning it a gold medal. That's beating out some pretty big names in the whisky world right now, like Whistlepig, Bushmills, Redbreast and Greenspot, just to name a few! Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" came in at a very respectable #18 in the same category, earning silver.
And on the same day, we learn that Forbes magazine, in their Food & Wine section, does a spectacular review of our Watershed Gin! Quoting Adam Morgenstern:
While gins can be all over the map these days, Watershed comes across with clear focus. Beautiful juniper nose and taste, with practically no alcohol harshness; amazing considering it’s bottled at 100 proof, higher than most gins. There’s pepper and cinnamon on the finish and it’s incredibly balanced. Sipping it took me out of detective mode — rather than try and figure out the mystery botanicals, I just wanted to sit back and enjoy it.
We couldn't be more pleased!!
Announcing - Our First Ever Art Contest!
Art Contest for local artists - $1000 Grand Prize!
We are proud to announce our first ever art contest. Intended as a way to support and promote the diverse local art community of Loudoun County, Virginia and surrounding areas, we will accept submissions of art, with a grand prize of $1000 for the winning piece!Submissions will be accepted until March 13, 2015, at 5:00pm. The contest will be judged by the employees of the Loudoun distillery, and a winner will be chosen on March 20th.
- Grand Prize: $1000
- Second Place: $500
- Third Place: $250
All submitted entries will be eligible for display in our tasting room for the entire month of April.
Submissions should reflect some aspect of Catoctin Creek (the distillery or the creek), life in Virginia, Maryland or Washington DC, and reflect revelry, culture, enjoyment of life, whiskey, drinking, etc. We give wide latitude for the maximum artistic creativity. Nearly any submission will be acceptable, including, but not limited to:
- Still Lifes
- And any media types: Watercolors / Mixed Media / Photography / Painting / Ink / etc.
For full details, entry information, and rules of the contest, please click here.
Pictured above, clockwise from top left, art by Andrew Spell, Jay Cliburn, David Buchanan, and Firefly Imageworks.
Scott and Becky named in Southern Living's "50 People Changing the South in 2015"
Our big news story of the month of January: being named by Southern Living as one of the 50 people changing the South in 2015! Booyah! (Question is, do Becky and I count as one or two people?!)
This is a magazine that my mother has read since I was a baby, and now, what an honor to be included in it!
"We surveyed the region to find the movers-and-shakers who are shaping the South with community-minded ideas and projects. From groundbreaking chefs to designers with a voice, these are the people you’ll want to keep an eye on this year.
In the middle of Virginia’s wine country, Becky and Scott Harris are making what may be the most Southern of spirits. While many craft spirits claim the title of “handmade,” Catoctin walks the walk with its line of whiskeys, gins, and brandies that are made start-to-finish in [Loudoun] County using locally sourced fruits and rye. Other materials, such as boxes and services, also come from the area, and the team gives back to the land by donating its spent rye mash for cattle farmers to use as livestock feed. Expanding its regional reach, Catoctin creates specialty products for top bartenders and hotels in the Virginia and D.C. area."
Read the full story, here.
Here are a couple really cool events planned at the distillery:
- February 9 - Local Mondays at Stone's Cove Kitbar - Have dinner, some cocktails, and get cool stuff from Catoctin Creek!
- February 13 - Valentine's Dinner and Concert at the Distillery - Dinner, Concert, and Cocktails! Treat yourself and that someone special for Valentine's Day!
- February 19 - Edible DC Drinks Invitational - Join us as we pour at DC's newest spirits festival!
For the full list of events, check our events page.
Cocktail of the Month – Chad's Port Punch
Chad came up with this cocktail for a private party for the RAMMY nominations in DC last month. Easily batched and poured for the masses, it is reminiscent of a sangria or a grog.
6-8 oranges, peeled (peels saved), 2 sliced, and the rest juiced
8-10 lemons, peeled (peels saved), 2 sliced, and the rest juiced
2-3 cups of sugar
1 bottles of Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 bottles of Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy
1 bottles of port
Place the sugar and citrus peels in the punchbowl and stir roughly to infuse the sugar with the citrus oil in the peels. Juice the citrus into the punchbowl. You should have enough juice that the sugar dissolves completely. Keep juicing until the sugar is dissolved.
Add the booze to the punch and stir to combine. Remove most of the citrus peels. Float the remaining punch with slices of citrus and top with ice until completely full.
Serves at least 30-40 people.
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 do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!
Scott & Becky