Happy Spring, everybody! We've made it through March, and sidestepped what was a pretty mild winter. With flowers blooming and warmer weather, we're looking forward to some great events in April and the coming spring months. Read on for more information...
New York... Here we Come!
Our biggest news in March was signing the deal to get into New York City. Yes, very very soon, Catoctin Creek products will be available throughout New York City. Available through Blueprint Brands, a subsidiary of Union Beer Distributors, you should be able to start ordering our products in your favorite stores and restaurants in April.
We've expanded our production to handle the anticipated demand. (We certainly don't want to lose out any product here in the DC region to take on this new market.) We're now working two shifts every day and putting away almost twice as much spirit as we build up for New York.
Ah, New York! If we can make it there...
Cask Proof Roundstone Rye... Coming Soon
In the next few months, we should have a new version of Roundstone Rye available. By popular demand, we're releasing a limited set of cask proof Roundstone Rye, bottled at 58% ABV, or 116 proof. Seriously strong rye, this stuff will be gorgeous for those aficionados who prefer a little stronger dram.
As with every bottle of Roundstone Rye, each bottle is small batch and single barrel whisky. Look for news on how to get yours in the next month or so.
Washingtonian: "Hidden Gem of DC"
We were thrilled to be chosen as one of the "Hidden Gems of DC" by Washingtonian magazine. The magazine highlighted visiting our distillery for tours and tastings.
As a reminder, we are open Monday through Saturday each week, and tours are only $5 per person, with tastings at prescribed times through the day. Check our website for full details.
There are a variety of great events planned for April that should prove entertaining and educational:
- April 13 - Happy Hour at Boundary Stone - Join Catoctin Creek, DC Brau, and the guys at Boundary Stone Public House for a great happy hour on Friday the 13th.
- April 14 - Catoctin Creek Distilling Workshop - If you are interested in the art, science and business of distilling, then this is the seminar for you, plus you'll get to see hands-on distillation in progress from beginning to end.
- April 21 - Partners Since Prohibition - Join us at Lansdowne Resort for a great evening of food, wine, beer, and spirits, celebrating local producers throughout Loudoun County.
- April 22 - Oysterstock - April 22 is Earth Day, and we're joining up with Poste restaurant this year to sponsor their Earth Day party, with proceeds going to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
For the full list of events, check our events page.
Cocktail of the Month - Catoctin Creek Margarita
Warren Bobrow did a very nice review of our Mosby's Spirit on Foodista, and this cocktail was his inspiration after the tasting. We so often hear that people taste silver tequila when they taste our Mosby's, so why not a margarita? Delicious!
3 oz Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
1 oz Cynar
½ oz raw Agave syrup
1 oz Tuaca Vanilla/Orange liqueur
4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
Mexican Molé Bitters from Bitter End
In a cocktail shaker filled ½ with ice, add the liquors, the Agave syrup and the lime- juice.
Shake and strain into a short cocktail glass with a hunk of lime as a garnish. Add one-two drops of the Mexican Mole’ bitters to each glass at the end and give a quick stir to complete.
Courtesy Warren Bobrow, and used with permission.
Photograph courtesy Ralph and Jenny on Flickr and used under Creative Commons Attribution license.
See this cocktail and over sixty others on our cocktails page.
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. We do tours and tastings every day except Sunday, so stop by and see us sometime!
Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM
Scott & Becky