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Dinner at the Distillery and Battle of the Bartenders - Our August News

Welcome to Catoctin Creek!

Summer is in full swing, but gosh, before you know it, fall will be here!  Kids are getting ready to go back to school, and before you know it, the leaves will be changing! Hot or cold, rainy or dry, there's always something fun at Catoctin Creek!  We've got some great events lined up for late summer and fall... check them out below! 

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Scott & Becky Harris will also personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

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CCDC MonogramBattle of the Bartenders!

One night only! Local bartenders will compete for the title of Loudoun's BEST bartender. You'll get to sample each cocktail, and vote on the winner! Including food from Monk's BBQ. Book now because space is limited.

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Cocktail of the Month – Peach Smash

Peach Smash

Nothing says summer in the south quite like peaches. The juicy ripe fruit, dripping with sweetness, just begs to be in a cocktail!

This one comes to us from Instagram personality @jonpenndorf.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 peach slice, muddled
½ oz thyme simple syrup
1-2 dashes Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters

Muddle the peach in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add ice, and other ingredients. Shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass.

Recipe and photo courtesy Jon Penndorf via Instagram.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Catoctin Creek in the Summertime - Our July Newsletter

Summer Cocktail Flight

Summertime is cool with Catoctin Creek.

Now that the heat of summer is here, don't forget about those lovely summertime cocktails!  Citrus and fruit are abundant, and make delicious chill mixers with Catoctin Creek whisky and gin.  In July, we roll out a new cocktail menu featuring some classics as well.  A recent change in the ABC law means that you'll be seeing more creativity and variety in our cocktail offerings in the tasting room!  If you haven't been in a while, this is a great time to stop by and check it out!

 

Scott Harris in the press regarding trade tariffs

Scott Harris, Founder of Catoctin CreekBecause we're one of the few American craft distillers that already exports to Europe, we found ourselves in the position of explaining how the current trade tariffs have made American whiskey and unintended victim of the mounting trade war.  Regardless of what side of the aisle you're on (we consider ourselves firmly independent!), a 25% rise in our prices in Europe is bad for business.  We've been working hard to meet with the administration—we had a meeting with Dept. of Commerce Secretary Ross just last week—to explain our positions and encourage all sides of the trade battle to get to the table and begin negotiations in earnest.  Let's bring this nascent trade war to an end before it begins.

If you're interested in the topic, here is a roundup of the news we've seen so far:

 Photo courtesy New York Times and used with permission.

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Cool events this month!

There are some amazing events planned for summertime!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!    

Shake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia'sShake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia's

July 14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Summertime means seafood, so we're doing our second seafood boil with Magnolia's at the Mill! Great local vendors like War Shore Oyster Company and Winchester Brew Works are teaming up with Chef Erik at Magnolia's and Catoctin Creek to do a good ol' fashioned crab and seafood boil! Guests will arrive at Catoctin Creek Distillery for a tour and welcome cocktail at 1:00pm. Then we will stroll down 21st Street to Magnolia's patio space by 2:00pm for the seafood boil and festivities. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your ticket now!

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Wine KitchenCatoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen

July 16, 7:00pm. Join Catoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen in downtown Leesburg for another wonderful spirits pairing dinner. We'll have delicious fare pared with cocktails from our spirits, while our founder, Becky Harris, will describe the journey of starting the distillery, making spirits from scratch, and how to pair cocktails with meals.

The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg is a beautiful location off South King Street, so do be sure to come out and join us! Telephone the restaurant for reservations at (703) 777-9463.

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Hamilton EventA Vintage Evening:  Toast Hamilton

July 19, 6:00pm. Toast Alexander Hamilton at this Vintage Evening inspired by the original bartender’s bill from a meeting of the New York State Society of the Cincinnati in 1789. Learn about the spirits served to Hamilton and his fellow Society members, and enjoy brandy tastings offered by Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. Executive Director Jack Warren and George Washington University professor Denver Brunsman will highlight truths and lies about Alexander Hamilton in a brief but lively presentation.

$25 per person; $20 Society members and Associates. Reservations required.

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Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

August 17, 7:00pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Scott & Becky Harris will also personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

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Cocktail of the Month – Almost Red Lips Rye

Almost Red Lips Rye

This cocktail was inspired by the "Red Lips Rye" cocktail currently featured in the cocktail book at the Savoy American Bar in London. The original cocktail features rye whisky, a raspberry port cordial, Campari and Kummel. Not having the exact measurements and original ingredients, I endeavored to re-create this cocktail, in color, flavor, and sweetness, with ingredients in my home bar. I do believe this comes pretty close to the original, and is pretty damn delicious!

2 oz Roundstone Rye 92 Proof
1 oz Port
⅓ oz Garofalo Blueberry liqueuer, Chambourd, or Cherry Heering
⅓ oz Aquavit
⅓ oz Aperol or Campari
2 dashes Peychauds bitters

Combine all in a cocktail mixer with ice, stir well, and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.

Recipe by Scott Harris, inspired by the American Bar, Savoy Hotel, London.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Welcome to Summer - Our June Newsletter

Dinner at the distillery

Stepping into Summer with Catoctin Creek.

We are heading full on into summer, and couldn't be happier with the warmer weather. Whisky sours, gin and tonics, gimlets, and brandy slushes.  Yes, please!

Just to highlight a couple of the cool events we have coming in June:  

  • June 1 (Friday) - Cask Proof Hickory Finish is released in the tasting room!  This is a once a year type offering.
  • June 15 (Friday) - Dinner at the distillery.  Come join us for an elegant four course dinner with a chance to dine with Scott & Becky in our luxurious setting. Many excellent cocktails will be enjoyed.
  • June 16 (Saturday) - Father's Day at Catoctin - Bring dad in for tastings and enjoy some of our cask proof hickory syrup and meet the makers from Falling Bark Farm, who make that syrup.

We've got lots of cool news and updates to tell you about, so read on for more information!

 

Becky Harris in Food and Wine Magazine

Becky HarrisFood and Wine recently wrote about "6 Women in Whiskey to Watch," including a profile of our own president and chief distiller, Becky Harris. Becky's fresh approach to whisky is the underlying reason why we introduced Roundstone Rye nine years ago, to bring a new type of whisky to a lot of people who didn't consider themselves whisky drinkers. Quoting Becky in the article, Ceil Miller Bouchet writes:

Harris encourages new whiskey drinkers – especially women, she says – to trust their taste and not the experts. “Your body chemistry and your individual experience is just as valid as everyone else’s,” she says. “When you like something, that is the one for you. Who cares what the others think?”

This thought follows from our way of thinking at Catoctin Creek: If everybody is making and consuming the same thing... well, where's the fun in that?

You can read the full article, including profiles of the other women in the story, here.

 

Scott Harris on Fox 5 News making whisky sours

Scott Harris on Fox 5 NewsOn Wednesday night, Scott Harris, founder and general manager of Catoctin Creek, appeared on Fox 5 evening news to talk taxes, economic development, and whisky sours. Key points raised during the quick interview:

  • The reduction in Federal Excise Tax has allowed small businesses like ours to invest in jobs--good high paying jobs--that improve our local community.
  • We also invest in other businesses like farms and other suppliers, further boosting the local economy.
  • The tax savings allow us to invest in our own business with about $1M more of equipment coming online in the next year, allowing us to get more of our product to more people.
  • And finally, May is whisky sours month at Catoctin Creek, and a hibiscus, strawberry, lime whisky sour is a beautiful thing!

Watch the full clip, here.

 

Catoctin Creek Cask Proof named EDITOR'S CHOICE in American Whiskey magazine

American Whiskey MagazineHuzzah! Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof was named the Editor's Choice, 9.0/8.9 points and the highest rated whiskey in the premier issue of American Whiskey magazine! A highlight from the review by Rob Allanson:

9.0 Points.
Palate:
Big sweetness, vanilla and toffee, caramel coated apples. Snickers bars in liquid form, peanut, caramel and milk chocolate. The savory edge of dusty books.
Comments: Just what you want from a rye - spice punch, tannins and a dusty sweetness.

Get your copy of the magazine, here.

 

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018

Trip Advisor 2018 Certificate of ExcellenceWe were elated to once again be given the Certificate of Excellence for 2018 from TripAdvisor!  This is our fourth year running as the #1 events venue in Purcellville, and we couldn't be more thrilled.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Catoctin Creek, and we’d like to thank all of our guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Denise Petty, Tasting Room Manager at Catoctin Creek. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s own customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.

Read the full press release on our website, here

 

Bourbon Paddy reviews Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Distillers Edition

Bourbon PaddySo very cool to have a great review from Bourbon Paddy, who reviews whiskey from his home near Dublin, Ireland. As we are just starting our entrance into the UK market (not Ireland just yet, unfortunately), it's great to see Paddy's detailed review. From the review, he writes:

This is a very nice easy drinking rye whisky; it’s smooth, flavourful, well-balanced, and not just an over-oaked fiery wall of young rye spice and barrel char. What stands out for me is despite coming across young and grain forward on the nose, those bold and spicy rye grain notes are very well balanced by the rest of the flavours as you sip giving a spicy rye with a fruity edge. At times it is hard to believe that this is a 100% rye mashbill because of all the beautiful flavour notes that emerge as you chew this; however, I put this down to the fact that this isn’t sourced (so no familiar MGP notes here) and Catoctin’s considerate approach when making this whisky.

You can read the full review, which includes detailed notes on nose, palate, finish, as well as production notes, here.

Photo courtesy Bourbon Paddy.

 

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Cool events this month!

There are some amazing events planned for spring!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Cask Proof Hickory Finish Whisky ReleaseCask Proof Hickory Finish Whisky Release

Beginning Friday, June 1st, when we open at 1pm, we will release the Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Hickory Finish whisky! Just in time for Father's Day!!

The Roundstone Rye Cask Proof is our DOUBLE GOLD winning expression of Roundstone Rye, released at its natural cask proof, near 120 proof (60% ABV). Finished in the hickory syrup barrel, this one is slightly more tangy, a wee touch smoky, and very, very rich. This is a rare bottling. The last time we released this was a few years ago, and we probably won't have more of this for a few years to come. So come on in and get it while you can! Limited hand-numbered bottles -- when they're gone, they're gone!

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

June 15, 7:00pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Scott & Becky Harris will also personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

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Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

June 16, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, June 16, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

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Father's Day at Catoctin CreekFather's Day at Catoctin Creek

June 17, 1pm - 6pm. We have some amazing things in store for Father's Day! Our Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Hickory Finish whisky will be on sale in the tasting room! Travis and Joyce Miller of Falling Bark Farm will be present sampling tastes of their award-winning hickory syrups, so you'll have a chance to meet the makers and taste the syrup that went into the making of our Hickory Finish Cask Proof. Come by and get your bottles of syrup and whisky!

We'll also have a putting green competition with some cool prizes for winning putts!

Sunday, Father's Day: Catoctin Creek is the place to be! Bring dad and have some fun!!

 

Paint & CocktailsPaint & Cocktails

June 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm. An exclusive Catoctin Creek Distillery event! Join Amy Walton, renowned local artist, as she leads a course on painting at the distillery. The price includes hors d'oeuvres, all painting materials, and one cocktail.

About our artist: Amy Walton has 40+ years of experience painting all over the east coast. Now calling Virginia home, she pulls inspiration from the beautiful landscapes of Loudoun County. She specializes in oil, watercolor, and pastel paintings.

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Shake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia'sShake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia's

July 14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Summertime means seafood, so we're doing our second seafood boil with Magnolia's at the Mill! Great local vendors like War Shore Oyster Company and Winchester Brew Works are teaming up with Chef Erik at Magnolia's and Catoctin Creek to do a good ol' fashioned crab and seafood boil! Guests will arrive at Catoctin Creek Distillery for a tour and welcome cocktail at 1:00pm. Then we will stroll down 21st Street to Magnolia's patio space by 2:00pm for the seafood boil and festivities. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your ticket now!

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Cocktail of the Month – Strawberry Hibiscus Sours

Strawberry Hibiscus Sours

Ahhhh.... summer is unofficially here. And with it, strawberries! This take on a traditional whisky sour is refreshing and just about as pretty as a rose blooming on a summer evening.

1.5 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon
1 oz strawberry-hibiscus simple syrup*
Lemon wheel garnish

Combine all three ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake, then strain into coupes. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

*Strawberry-hibiscus simple syrup

In a mixing pot or a crock pot, combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water, along with a 15 oz package of sliced and mashed strawberries and 4 oz of dried hibiscus blossoms. (If hibiscus blossoms are unavailable, you can use pre-packaged hibiscus tea, like "Red Zinger".) Steep the syrup mixture until fully dissolved, then for another 30-60 minutes. Strain out the solids and bottle. Will keep for 1-2 months in the fridge.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Spring is blooming! Announcing our Flower Sour Power Hour!

Greetings, Catoctin Creek Nation!

Flower Sour Power Hour

Welcome to May!  We are glad for the warmer weather and all the blooms.  In the spirit of the season, we're happy to announce our Flower Sour Power Hour.  

During the month of April, our sales team were canvasing the various Catoctin Creek territories with a contest for all the bartenders:  Come up with the coolest flower-based whisky sour cocktails, hashtag it on social media using the hashtag #flowerpowersours.  In May, we'll be choosing a winner from all the entries received.  Now it is time for you, the drinking public, to decide the winners.

But first, a little background:   The whisky sour is a classic cocktail which has not received enough acclaim.  It is super simple to make, delicious during warmer weather months, and totally perfect with Catoctin Creek.  (What's more, with all that citrus, you'll never get scurvy!)

And as for the flower, our roundel logo (seen below) represents the land from which we hail—the land that infuses every bottle we produce—the great Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginians were among the first in our nation to begin making rye whisky, and not least of which was George Washington, who distilled rye whisky commercially at his Mt. Vernon farm. And when people started distilling corn into Bourbon whiskey in modern-day Kentucky, yes, that land was still called "Virginia." (Kentucky didn't become a state until 1792.)

And so, Virginia is the birthplace of American whiskey, and we're extremely proud of her. As an homage to Virginia, we've adorned our Roundel with her state flower, the flowering dogwood.  So we created a contest to honor both!  The Flower Sour Power Hour!

Join us! On May 23, come to the Passenger in DC to help Catoctin Creek pick the winner of our Flower Power Sour Competition!

Every 10 minutes you'll visit with one of the five finalists, try their cocktail and talk to them about the inspiration behind their flowery creation. Sample the finalists' different floral-influenced takes on the quintessential classic, the whiskey sour, made with Virginia's most-awarded whiskey, Catoctin Creek's Roundstone Rye, and then vote on your favorite one to help decide which one will be crowned the most powerful Flower Power Sour.  More details, here.

 

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Roundstone Rye Distiller's EditionCatoctin Creek featured in Better Homes and Gardens

A wonderful little call-out in the May 2018 issue of Better Homes and Gardens:

A spice-forward tribute to-and from-Virginia, the birthplace of American whiskey.

Absolutely could not have said it better myself!

 

Catoctin Creek receives 90 point review from WhiskyCast

It was very nice to receive a 90 point review from WhiskyCast this week! We definitely enjoy seeing other people's tasting notes. Palates can be very subjective and vary from person to person, but it's always nice when they like our whisky! From the review:

Score: 90 points

This edition is bottled at 46% ABV, compared to the 40% strength of the standard Roundstone Rye, and the difference clearly shows. The nose is very aromatic with notes of honey, butterscotch, bitter lemon, linseed oil, and muted spices. The taste is tart and spicy with cinnamon and clove balanced by lemon zest, honey, vanilla, and a nice touch of butterscotch that comes out late and sticks around through the finish, along with muted spices and a touch of lemon zest. Nice!

You can read the full review, here.

 

Becky Harris profiled in CRAFT magazine

Check out the cool interview with our "badass maker," Becky Harris! (quoting the magazine here!). Her latest interview is in CRAFT magazine, here.

 

Cool events this month!

There are some amazing events planned for spring!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Starving Artist ShowStarving Artist Show

May 10, 6:00pm. Join us for our Starving Artist Show, featuring local artists Amy Walton, Randy Krukles, Rachelle Windle, and our own distiller artist, Addie Rodgers. The evening will offer local art for sale, live music, food by the Wine Kitchen, and one cocktail included in your ticket price.

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Union Street Public House Dinner + CigarsUnion Street Public House Dinner + Cigars

May 17, 6:00pm. Join us for a delicious Catoctin Creek pairing dinner at Union Street Public House. We will have a four course dinner with pairings, plus for only $20 more, you can enjoy a cigar and a dram of the impossible-to-find Rabble Rouser! Book early to reserve a table by calling 703-548-1785.

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Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

May 19, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, May 19, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

Book Now

 

Flower Sour Power HourFlower Sour Power Hour

May 23, 7pm. The cherry blossoms may be past peak bloom, but the dogwoods are looking magnificent!

On May 23, come to the Passenger to help Catoctin Creek pick the winner of our Flower Power Sour Competition!

Every 10 minutes you'll visit with one of the five finalists, try their cocktail and talk to them about the inspiration behind their flowery creation. Sample the finalists' different floral-influenced takes on the quintessential classic, the whiskey sour, made with Virginia's most-awarded whiskey, Catoctin Creek's Roundstone Rye, and then vote on your favorite one to help decide which one will be crowned the most powerful Flower Power Sour.

Book Now

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

June 15, 7:00pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Scott & Becky Harris will also personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

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Cocktail of the Month – Crackbrained Poet

Crackbrained Poet

This cocktail comes to us from Italy, through bar manager Mario Farulla of Baccano in Rome! It is so cool to be selling our products in Italy, the land of vermouths, bitters and amaro. Mario writes:

La lucida follia di Schmidt, è pura arte, genio ed improvvisazione; estro di cui siamo tutti figli. La sua visionaria via di accostamenti e presentazione dei drink è l’eredità di cui dobbiamo far tesoro senza però fermarci mai alla superficialità. Per questa rivisitazione del “Pleasant Surprise” ho voluto utilizzare il Catoctin Creek, che con le sue note vanigliate e di pellame ben sia accostano al mix di vini liquorosi e spezie presenti nel drink.


Translation: Schmidt's lucid madness is pure art, genius and improvisation; inspiration of which we are all children. His visionary way of combinations and presentation of drinks is the legacy we must treasure always maintaining the superficiality. For this version of the "Pleasant Surprise" I wanted to use Catoctin Creek, which with its hints of vanilla and leather, well match the mix of liqueur, wines and spices present in the drink.

The "Schmidt" referenced here is William Schmidt, a pre-prohibtion bartender and author of The Flowing Bowl.

1 tsp caster sugar
40ml (1⅓ oz) Catoctin creek Roundstone Rye Whisky 92 Proof
20ml (⅔ oz) Lustau Almacenista Sherry
20ml (⅔ oz) Madera Cossart 5 y.o.
1 dash orange bitters
3 dashes Angostura bitters

Garnish: Essentia vaporized nutmeg

Grated black pepper crusta

Glass: Sherry Goblet

Tecnique: Savoy/Throwing

Courtesy of Mario Farulla, Baccano, Rome, Italy, @mariofarulla on Instagram.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

No Foolin'! April is a great month for Catoctin Creek!

Greetings, Catoctin Creek Nation!

Welcome to April! We are so glad finally to be in spring! This is a great time to enjoy some whisky (see whisky sour recipe below!) and kick off your shoes and enjoy the warmer weather!

The tasting room is open all month, so if you wish to come by and see our distillery, take a drink or two, and enjoy the informative tour, we hope you will!

And if you're out of state, stop by your favorite local liquor store and pick up a bottle or two from them!

Catoctin Creek Distillery named Best in NOVA 2018!

Best of NOVA 2018You eat, live and breathe this region. Who better to judge which restaurant has the best bite to eat, which store delivers the greatest products and which venue offers the most entertaining events? So, Northern Virginians, tell us the local spots that make living here all worth your while.

Thank you to all the great readers of Northern Virginia Magazine who voted Catoctin Creek as Best Distillery for 2018! We are delighted with the news!

Look for more in the upcoming June issue of the magazine!

Cool events this month!

There are some amazing events planned for spring!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Special LoveSpecial Love's Casino Royale

April 13, 7:30pm. Join us for gaming fun and enjoy food, live entertainment, and hundreds of items just waiting to be won! Catoctin Creek will be pouring to VIP guests their Roundstone Rye line up before the event starting at 6PM.

This fundraising event promoted by Special Love will donate all proceeds towards helping pediatric cancer patients "just be kids" and supporting those families going through it to remind people they are not alone in these struggles.

About Special Love: Cancer knows no boundaries. For more than three decades, Special Love has helped children with cancer to “just be kids,” through camps, emergency financial assistance, college scholarships – and, most important, a community of support that assures these struggling families they’re not alone in their battle.

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Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

April 14, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, April 14, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

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Loudoun Hunt Point to Point RacesLoudoun Hunt Point to Point Races

April 15, 10:30am. A Virginia Steeple Chase Racing Tradition. Held each year at the historic Oatlands Plantation, the Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Races feature some of the most challenging timber and hurdle courses available in Virginia. Riders from across the state and the globe travel to test their mettle in a thrilling contest that always has the crowds gasping to take in that final, thrilling run to the finish line. This rain or shine event features something for everyone. Catoctin Creek will be on hand for some great cocktails if you're in the Oatlands tent.

For ticket information contact Cathy Spicer at 703-728-0545.

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Union Street Public House Dinner + CigarsUnion Street Public House Dinner + Cigars

May 17, 6:00pm. Join us for a delicious Catoctin Creek pairing dinner at Union Street Public House. We will have a four course dinner with pairings, plus for only $20 more, you can enjoy a cigar and a dram of the impossible-to-find Rabble Rouser! Book early to reserve a table by calling 703-548-1785.

Call Now

 

Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

May 19, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, May 19, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

Book Now

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

June 15, 7:00pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Scott & Becky Harris will also personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

Book Now | Read More

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Whisky Sour

Whisky Sours

The whisky sour is one of the simplest drinks you can make.  It is easy and refreshing, and unlike many complicated drinks, the simple ingredients really highlight the whisky and allow it to shine through. 

The humble whisky sour is one of the basic spirit+citrus+sugar cocktail recipes that serve as the backbone to American cocktails.  For those interested, here are the basics on this theme:

  • whisky+citrus+sugar - The whisky sour
  • gin+citrus+sugar - The gimlet
  • vodka+citrus+sugar - The lemon drop [sometimes, the lemon drop martini]
  • rum+citrus+sugar - The daquiri
  • tequila+citrus+sugar - The margarita [with orange liqueur]
  • brandy+citrus+sugar - The sidecar [with orange liqueur]

It is said that the whisky sour is the precursor to the margarita.  Back in the 1800's the whisky sour was often called the whisky daisy, and when whisky for this popular cocktail was hard to find in Mexican resorts, they switched to using local agave spirits (tequila).  The name "Margarita" happens to be the Spanish word for "daisy".

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¾ oz simple syrup
¾ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice (Never ever use sour mix!  It is nasty!)

Combine the ingredients in a shaker of ice, strain and pour into rocks glasses with ice.  Garnish with a lemon wedge and a cherry on a bamboo skewer.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy March from Catoctin Creek!

Catoctin Creek Distribution MapCatoctin Creek Distribution MapCatoctin Creek available nationwide, and in Europe!

Greetings, Catoctin Creek nation! 

We have so many exciting things happening right now!  First, let's give a big hello and "welcome to the family" to all the new customers in a bunch of new states!  If you live in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida or South Carolina, you may now purchase Catoctin Creek spirits much more easily!  In most new states and the ones we're already in, you'll find us at any Total Wine store -- assuming your state has Total Wine stores that sell spirits (sadly, Virginia does not).

In Illinois, we are now sold in every Binny's store in the state as well.  Further, we are in Astor's in NYC, BevMo in California, as well a whole host of mom-and-pop independent liquor stores (WE LOVE YOU!) in other states in the US.  Of course, in PA, VA, and NC, you'll see us in your state-run liquor stores.

If you don't see it where you live, be sure to check our Where To Buy page and feel free to contact your local state's distributor.

Our latest shipment for Europe is on the high seas on the vessel MOL GLIDE, sailing for our warehouse in the Netherlands.  If you live pretty much anywhere in Europe, we can get you Virginia's finest spirits in your home country.  Again, simply consult the Where To Buy page for more information.

Remember, folks:  A great Manhattan begins in Virginia!

A Great Manhattan Begins in Virginia!℠

 

Becky Harris, Chief DistillerEmployee of the Month: Becky Harris!

We've always been very proud of our hard-working, super chic chief distiller, but the world is starting to notice what we knew all along!  She's kinda awesome.

In February, Wine Enthusiast magazine wrote about how Becky Harris, our president and chief distiller, loves collaborating with local wineries and breweries.  This article, by Kara Newman, highlighted her various beer collaborations to produce an interesting range of limited edition, hard-to-find single malt whiskies.  Also highlighted a several other great American distilleries pumping out some great single malt whisky.  You can read the full article here.

And in March, we have two separate events celebrating women in the alcohol business. The first, on March 3, is the Total Wine Livestream called "Women Who Mix It Up" featuring Lesley Gracie of Hendrick's, Allison Parc of Brenne Whisky, Hollie Stephenson of Guinness North America, and our own Becky Harris.  Sample from all these fine purveyors and learn from them what challenges they faced as women in this very male-dominated business.  Find out more, here.

Then, on March 9, the National Archives is highlighting various women around the district with their "We the Women" celebration at the archives building!  There will be cocktail stations, live jazz and swing music, and even dance lessons.  You'll also get after-hours access to the museum exhibits.  Learn more about that, here.

If you come in for a tour sometime soon, and you see Becky working hard in the distillery, give her an "Atta Girl!" for us!

   

Cool events this March!

There are some amazing events planned for winter!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Women Who Mix It UpWomen Who Mix It Up

March 3, 4pm. Women have worked hard to win some of the most rewarding and difficult jobs in a male- dominated industry – distilling fine spirits and brewing beer. Join our conversation and sampling with four women who’ve blazed trails to craft acclaimed spirits and world-famous beers: Lesley Gracie, Master Distiller for Hendrick’s Gin, Becky Harris, Chief Distiller for Catoctin Creek, Allison Parc, creator of Brenne Single Malt Whisky, Hollie Stephenson, Head Brewer for Guinness North America.

Book Now | Read More

 

Bright Box EventWinchester Brew Works + Catoctin Creek at Bright Box

March 4, 5pm. Bright Box has joined delicious forces with Winchester Brew Works AND Catoctin Creek Distilling Company for our next Dinner. Join us at Bright Box for 5 savory courses expertly paired with locally crafted beers and cocktails. Representatives from Winchester Brew Works and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will be present to discuss the drink pairings with guests. Learn about the local beverages that you are drinking as well as the establishments that craft them – and have lots of fun with fellow fine beverage aficionados! And to top it off, we'll be featuring great live music from Green Leaf Society!

Book Now

 

We the WomenWe the Women

March 9, 7pm. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Speakeasies, specialty cocktails and tasting stations from women-owned and led businesses including Drink Company, Columbia Room, Denizens Brewing Company, Chaia, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, and Lyon Distilling Company. Light hors d'oeurves, historic suffragist documents on view Live jazz and swing music, dance lessons including the "Charleston" by GottaSwing. Make your own suffragist-themed buttons and sashes. Chat with Archives curators and historians. After-hours access to museum exhibits. Themed photo booth.

Cocktail attire, suffragist white -- or come in 1920's era theme (suffragist, Gatsby, etc.). There will be stations and props to help you get in character.

Book Now

 

Weddings Open HouseWeddings in Loudoun Open House

March 11, 11am. Whether you are starting to plan your dream wedding or just looking for those last little details, the Weddings in Loudoun Open House is just for you. The Open House is free, county-wide and self-guided, letting you choose which wedding venue(s) to visit. While at each stop, meet with service professionals such as caterers, photographers, florists and more. The Open House allows you to choose your stops and set the pace as you explore Loudoun’s beautiful countryside. As an added bonus, venues and vendors will be offering prizes at each stop!

The Visit Loudoun Visitor’s Center in downtown Leesburg will be available throughout the Open House, providing information, maps and “to-go” bags with snacks and water for you to enjoy while you drive to find your perfect wedding location.

Register Now

 

Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

March 17, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, March 17, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

Book Now

 

St. Patrick's Day BrunchSt. Patrick's Day Brunch

March 17, 11am-3pm. You might be wondering, why a French restaurant is celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Well, one of the owners, Celeste, is totally Irish and felt it fitting to celebrate and start a new tradition here at L’Auberge Provençale. We will be serving an Irish brunch from 11:30-3:00 featuring Irish fare and a few things French. We have John Friant and his Irish band The Brogue Rogues will be playing some lyrical tunes. And guest Bartender, Peter from Catoctin Distillery in Purcellville, Va. Come sing along and dance a jig. Have some great food and camaraderie. Book early to reserve a table by calling 540-837-1375.

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Meet the DistillersMeet the Distillers

March 17, 10am. Join us for the Spring Soirée, an evening of spirits, cocktail tasting, and hors d'oeuvres. Catoctin Creek will be taking over Brabo's brasserie to pour tastes of spirits presented side by side with Brabo's cocktail expression and Chef's food pairing to highlight the award-winning craft whiskies and brandies perfect for the spring season. Catoctin Creek will be on hand to present each spirit and answer all your questions! Head bartender Brett Oye will show the depth and versatility of each spirit in a cocktail and Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier will show how food-friendly these spirits are.

$70/ticket includes four courses of spirit tastes, cocktail tastes, and hors d'oeuvres pairings.

Book Now

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Negroni

Negronis

The Negroni is one of those classic cocktails that is easy to make, and so easily enjoyed. Created by Count Camillo Negroni and bartender Fosco Scarselli in Italy in 1919, the contrasting flavors of the spirit, bitters, and vermouth combine perfectly for something totally refreshing and quite sophisticated. We use equal parts of each spirit for easy remembering, but some recipes will suggest slightly more spirit. Do as you wish. Try substituting rye whisky for gin in this recipe, you have yourself a new cocktail, the Boulevardier! Or, with the whisky, try dry vermouth, and you have the Old Pal.

1 oz Watershed Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Carpano Antica (or your favorite) sweet vermouth

Combine all three ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass, or over a large rock in a rocks glass. Garnish with citrus peel.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy February from Catoctin Creek!

Catoctin Creek with cool sports car

Photo Credit: Emily Degn, @thewanderroute

Winter Greetings!

February is here, which means that 2018 is well underway!  And what a start to the new year it's been!  We've been so extremely busy, all thanks to the great folks out there like you, who continue to buy our products and support our brand.  We couldn't be more grateful!  Thank you!!

Product Shot

A BOLD new look is here!

We're finally rolling out our new labels, and we hope you will like them!  We spent most of 2017 doing a refresh on our branding, and like the way things turned out.  Here are some highlights of the new branding:

  • A new "masthead", which updates the old font with some new details while keeping to the same general typeface
  • Our new monogram at the bottom of the label
  • Our new logo, a dogwood blossom, for the state flower of Virginia
  • A new color scheme to readily differentiate product types
  • Lots of beautiful gold-foil, spot enamel, emboss and deboss details on the label
  • An old prohibition style "ticket" on the bottom of the front label, with particular information for each brand listed
  • The shape of the label, the top of which mirrors the roof line of our building in Purcellville
  • Updated capsules that coordinate with each brand, with our building ghosted in the background
  • And if you look hard enough, still the same map of Loudoun County which has been on every label since the beginning!

Hope you will enjoy these as much as we do!  A special thanks to Thoroughbred Spirits Group of Chicago, Illinois, for the brand consulting and development.

 

National MapNational Expansion Announced

In January, we announced our national expansion plans – 10 new states, bringing us to 25 states and the District of Columbia.  New states include:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • South Carolina
  • Texas

If you are in one of these new states, you are now able to get our spirits!  For full details, check out our information page:  https://catoctincreekdistilling.com/wheretobuy

 

Alice Waters at the Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards Winner 2018Along with all our other good news, we received a Good Food Award in San Francisco for our Roundstone Rye!

The winners were chosen among 2,057 entries in a blind tasting with judges held in September. The highest scoring entries were submitted to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Awards. This year’s winners represent the forefront of American craft food, making products that are delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.

Lauren Barrett, our Assistant General Manager, was in San Francisco to receive the award from Alice Waters, former chef-owner of Chez Panisse and noted farm-to-table advocate.

"We are thrilled to once again be receiving recognition for our flagship Roundstone Rye whisky," said Ms. Barrett. "There's no other award quite like the Good Food Awards medal. We won on the taste of the product, but also on the sustainability."

 

Old Tom Gin

Old Tom Gin on the Tasting Room Shelves

In January, we released our ever popular, seasonal release of Old Tom Gin!  This is a style of gin that was popular in the mid-1800's, and went out of style around 1890.  This particular gin is our regular Watershed Gin rested in our peach brandy barrels, giving it a fruity quality, then with a touch of sweetness added.  It works perfectly in old pre-prohibition cocktails like the Martinez, the Turf Club, or a French 75!

While supplies last!

  

Cool events this Winter!

There are some amazing events planned for winter!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Art of the CoclktailArt of the Cocktail - A six week series!

Concluding in February, every Friday night at 7pm. Come to one, or come to all of them!  You're sure to learn about the history and construction of the cocktail, plus enjoy several cocktails while you're there!  Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Feb 2 - Moonshine

Feb 9 - Toddies

  

Dinner at the DistilleryValentine's Dinner at the Distillery

February 16, 7pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

March 17, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, March 17, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Cocktail of the Month – Apple Brandy Crusta

Apple Brandy Crusta

This cocktail comes to us from Magnolia's at the Mill, a great farm-to-table restaurant in Purcellville, Virginia.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Apple Brandy
½ oz Maraschino liqueur
1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
1-2 dash Baked apple bitters
½ oz Lemon juice
½ oz Cointreau

Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice, stir, strain into a glass with a sugar-crust rim.  Garnish with an apple slice or an orange peel.

Recipe courtesy Matt Perkins.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy New Year from Catoctin Creek!

We wish each and every one of you all the happiness and prosperity for 2018!  Taking a cue from our friend, Andrew McKnight, this time of year, we prefer to "count our blessings, not our gold."  In 2018, we were very blessed to continue making the very best whisky in Loudoun County, and stay tuned for some major expansion in the new year. So, let toast this new year with a healthy dose of whisky to stave off the cold and any evil spirits lingering about! 

Christmas 2017

  

The Art of the Cocktail – An Educational Series for January

Monkey GlandOur third year – presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery 

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our third year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  This is a reprise of last year's content, so if you missed this very popular series last year, we highly encourage you to make your reservation now!

Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Here is the schedule of the series, which starts in 2018:

  • January 5 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 12 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 19 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • January 26 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 2 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 9 - Toddies and warm cocktails

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is $35 per person and includes drinks.  Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail

For more information, click here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/art

  

Cool events this Winter!

There are some amazing events planned for winter!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Art of the CoclktailArt of the Cocktail - A six week series!

Starting in January, every Friday night at 7pm. Come to one, or come to all of them!  You're sure to learn about the history and construction of the cocktail, plus enjoy several cocktails while you're there!  Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

  

Wine Kitchen DinnerCocktail Dinner at WK Hearth in Purcellville

January 29, 7pm. Join Catoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen in downtown Purcellville for another spirits pairing dinner.  We'll have delicious fare pared with cocktails from our spirits, while our founders, Scott & Becky Harris, describe the journey of starting the distillery, making local spirits from scratch, and how to pair cocktails with meals.

The Wine Kitchen in Purcellville is a beautiful location off Main Street, so do be sure to come out and join us! Telephone the restaurant for reservations at (540) 751-9919.

  

Dinner at the DistilleryValentine's Dinner at the Distillery

February 16, 7pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

March 17, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, December 9, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Cocktail of the Month – Rye-lent Night (Holiday Eggnog)

Rye-lent Night

This cocktail comes to us from one of our holiday dinners. A delicious take on eggnog. This recipe is complicated, but worth it!

12 large eggs (divided into yolks and whites)
1½ cups sugar
8 cups whole milk
vanilla extract
nutmeg
cinnamon
heavy cream/whipping cream (either works)
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye

First off separate your eggs into whites and yolks, then in a kitchen aid or other large mixer whip the yolks with the 1½ cups of sugar until they form what are called "soft peaks", I'm not sure how much baking you do, but this is just when the yolk starts to adhere to the side of the bowl more noticeably, it's pretty much just thickening it.

Next: add in the whole milk, cream, your selection of spices (I used nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla, but you could also add allspice or other holiday spices, be sure to taste while doing this and find a flavor profile that you like) as well as adding your alcohol (to the whole mixture which made about 2 quarts i used 10 oz of 80 proof, again this is a kind of to taste preference). Let that mixture fully homogenize and then empty it into a large bowl.

Next, whip the eggs whites with about a table soon or two of sugar, whip until they form "stiff peaks". then "fold" that into the mixture you previously separated into a large bowl. by "fold", it's pretty much just gently pouring the second mixture into the first, and mixing slowly.

[Optional] This is where my recipe will deviate from others. After I completed these steps, the eggnog wasn't quite thick enough for my liking, so i put it over heat, at a very low simmer temperature and let the whole concoction heat until it hits 160 degrees F. Then, I quickly take it off heat and let it cool. Leave it to cool uncovered in the fridge over night. in the morning there will likely be a congealed layer of fat on top of the eggnog, Separate this off and then run the eggnog through a fine strainer to get out any unappetizing chunks. I then grated fresh nutmeg and cinnamon on top before it served it. That's it!

Scott's note: For full potency, add the alcohol AFTER the heating stage.

Recipe courtesy Peter Nelson.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy Holidays from Catoctin Creek!

Christmas 2017Seasons Greetings from Catoctin Creek

This time of year, I am thankful for all of your support in helping Catoctin Creek become Virginia's most awarded whisky! Without great customers like you, we never could do what we're doing – producing an authentic hand-crafted rye whisky from local farms! 

Remember, spirits make the perfect gift for those choosy people on your list who already seem to have everything! 

Dad doesn't want another shirt for Christmas?  Grandma is tired of the same old sweater?  Uncle Bob says "No more ties!" 

Yeah, we get that. 

Get them a bottle of Virginia's finest rye whisky instead!  And if they drink it all up, you can get them another one next year!  Brilliant!

So, come on into our tasting room to browse our selection of spirits, gifts, mixers, barware and books.  We have something for nearly everyone.  Even your teetotalling Aunt Marnie.

And from our family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and all the best wishes of this holiday season to you and yours!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

 

Christmas 2017

 

Catoctin Creek gets a ton of great press last month!

Hear ye! Hear ye!

November seemed to be a banner month for Catoctin Creek getting in the news.  Here's a summary of the highlights:

You can check out the full list of news on our website, here.

 

The Art of the Cocktail – An Educational Series for January

Monkey GlandOur third year – presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery 

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our third year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  This is a reprise of last year's content, so if you missed this very popular series last year, we highly encourage you to make your reservation now!

Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Here is the schedule of the series, which starts in 2018:

  • January 5 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 12 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 19 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • February 26 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 2 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 9 - Toddies and warm cocktails

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is $35 per person and includes drinks.  Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail

For more information, click here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/art

 

Our Final Dinner of the Year - A Holiday Feast!

Dinner at Catoctin Creek!Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef.  This month's menu will highlight a holiday theme.  

Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Becky will guide you through the process of making whisky, and Scott will describe for you the wonderful history of our "new" building, which is nearly 100 years old.

Oh, and did I say cocktails? Yes, Scott & Becky Harris will personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!!

Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.  Reserve your space now, while there is still space available!  Click here for more details. 

 

Cool events this Winter!

There are some amazing events planned for winter!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Repeal Day PartyRepeal Day Party with Deanna Danger and Live Jazz

December 5, 7:30pm.  Join us on Tuesday night, December 5th, in celebrating Repeal Day with an ass-kicking cocktail party!  Your ticket includes the first round of drinks, heavy appetizers by the Wine Kitchen, plus a live performance by burlesque artist, Deanna Danger, and live jazz by Lassiez Foure. Repeal Day comes but once a year, so don't miss this rare opportunity to celebrate the repeal of the Volstead act—which established Prohibition in the first place!

Prohibition era dress is highly encouraged, but not required!  Over 21 only for this event, please.  Keep the kiddies at home where they'll be safe!

Tickets are $60 per person and very limited, so reserve now!

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

December 9, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, December 9, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Charity Jewelry ShowCharity Jewelry Show ! – Support the fight against childhood cancer

December 7, 6pm. Buy jewelry...support the fight against childhood brain cancer! Sparkle for a Cause is committed to cracking the cure. Come sip signature cocktails while you shop the season's hottest jewelry from Opulenza Designs. 'Tis the Season to give and when you find that perfect piece of jewelry to buy for your mom, sister or friend, you are giving to a great charity as well. We hope to see you there!

  

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

December 15, 7pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Art of the CoclktailArt of the Cocktail - A six week series!

Starting in January, every Friday night at 7pm. Come to one, or come to all of them!  You're sure to learn about the history and construction of the cocktail, plus enjoy several cocktails while you're there!  Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

  

Wine Kitchen DinnerCocktail Dinner at WK Hearth in Purcellville

January 29, 7pm. Join Catoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen in downtown Purcellville for another spirits pairing dinner.  We'll have delicious fare pared with cocktails from our spirits, while our founders, Scott & Becky Harris, describe the journey of starting the distillery, making spirits from scratch, and how to pair cocktails with meals.

The Wine Kitchen in Purcellville is a beautiful location off Main Street, so do be sure to come out and join us! Telephone the restaurant for reservations at (540) 751-9919.

  

Cocktail of the Month – I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Negroni

White Christmas Negroni

This cocktail is a fun "bianco" take on the Negroni, using white bitter liqueur and clear vermouth.  We add some sweetness from the stevia to counterbalance the dry vermouth in the recipe, without adding any calories.  The stevia also adds a nice herbal element and a touch more bitterness, which in this cocktail is desired.

Scott recommends this cocktail with an accompaniment of Burt Bacharach on vinyl.  Sublime!

1½ oz thyme-infused Watershed Gin
1 oz Salers Aperitif
1 oz Noily Prat dry vermouth
1-2 dashes orange bitters
½ oz housemade stevia tea (for sweetness, use simple syrup as an alternative)

Combine all in shaker, pour over a large rock in a rocks glass.

A Scott Harris original cocktail.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

November kicks off with Whisky Bible kudos and a Patowmack farm dinner!

November Greetings from Catoctin Creek

Catoctin scores big in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, 2018 edition

Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2018

We were very pleased to feature so well in the latest edition of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2018.  Nearly the entire whisky lineup was featured, with some great commentary about the distillery in general:

Braddock Oak Single Barrel Rye Whisky - 90 pts - ... brilliant delivery of brittle rye and very warming spice ... it is heart-warming to see a distillery dedicated to making rye. (Available at Total Wine nationwide.)

Catoctin Creek Cask Proof Roundstone Rye Whisky - 88 pts - ... the thick rye is matched equally by the oily feints and brooding spice. Chewy and profound.

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Single Barrel Whisky - 87 pts - ... The thing that has to be said about Catoctin is the amazing consistency (and close scoring) of their brands ... as with the others, no shortage of personality.

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky [92 proof] - 88 pts - ... best delivery I have tasted yet from Catoctin where the big rye presences has been nailed ... the rye here really is deliciously on song!

You can pre-order your copy of the Whisky Bible here and review all the great spirits mentioned.  Thanks, Mr. Murray!

   

Our first farm dinner collaboration with Patowmack and other local farms

Patowmack Farm Dinner

On November 7th, at 7:00pm, at the distillery tasting room, please join us for a very special Farm Dinner with Chef Tarver King of The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm.  Chef Tarver King has been featured and published in numerous periodicals including Wine Spectator, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine Magazine as well as Esquire, who named King as one of its top five chefs to watch. He has been a RAMMY nominated Chef of the Year and a finalist for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic, James Beard Foundation.  Here's your chance to meet him and enjoy his mind-blowing cuisine!

Dinner will include five courses with cocktail pairings, each course will feature a different farm. You'll have a chance to meet Chef King and our other farmers, featuring George's Mill, Longstone Farm, Whiffletree Farm, Vert's Farm, and War Shore Oyster Company. Cost is $150 plus gratuity. This event is limited to 40 seats and will sell out, so we recommend you book NOW!

BOOK NOW

 

Cool events in Autumn!

There are some amazing events planned for autumn!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Farm Dinner at the DistilleryFarm Dinner at the Distillery

November 7, 7pm. Join us for this once in a lifetime dinner with Chef Tarver King from the Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, along with five other farmers highlighted during the evening meal.  We'll make accompanying cocktails.  You'll have a night you'll remember forever.  This dinner is great for a special occasion, but it will fill up soon, so book now!

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

November 18, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Jim Malcolm in ConcertFrom Scotland for his third visit - Jim Malcolm in Concert!

November 19, 12pm. We are delighted for the third visit from Jim Malcolm to Catoctin Creek!

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

  

Wreath WorkshopHoliday Wreath Workshop

November 30, 6pm - 8pm. 'Tis the season for beautiful wreaths and delicious artisan cocktails. Join Beaumont House and Catoctin Creek Distillery for an evening of merriment and wreath making. Our space for the evening will be the tasting room of the fabulous Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purcellville, VA. We will have fresh greens, foraged elements and beautiful ribbon. Enjoy holiday inspired cocktails mixed at the bar by the uber talented mixologists at Catoctin Creek.

Space is limited to 40 people. Workshop includes everything you need to create a beautiful wreath to take home and enjoy this holiday season, light snacks and one cocktail. Of course the bar will be open if you wish to purchase additional cocktails.

  

Deanna DangerRepeal Day Party with Deanna Danger!

December 5, 7:30pm - until Join us on Tuesday night, December 5th, in celebrating Repeal Day with an ass-kicking cocktail party! Your ticket includes the first round of drinks, heavy appetizers by the Wine Kitchen, plus a live performance by burlesque artist, Deanna Danger, and live jazz by Lassiez Foure. Repeal Day comes but once a year, so don't miss this rare opportunity to celebrate the repeal of the Volstead act—which established Prohibition in the first place!

Prohibition era dress is highly encouraged, but not required! Over 21 only for this event, please. Keep the kiddies at home where they'll be safe!

Tickets are $60 per person and very limited, so reserve now!

  

Cocktail of the Month – White Manhattan

White Manhattan

This one comes to us from @spiderwitchfam on Instagram. A lovely study in clear beverages.

2 oz Catoctin Creek white unaged rye spirit
½ oz Carpano Bianco vermouth
½ tsp Laphroaig Quarter Cask
1-2 dashes Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters

Stir, serve up or over a rock.

Photo and recipe courtesy D.E. Wittkower and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Help us help Puerto Rico. Whisky para una causa, nuestra familia!

Autumn Greetings from Catoctin Creek

Help Us Save Puerto Rico

Help Save Puerto Rico

This picture breaks my heart.  Just after Harvey and Irma walloped Texas and Florida, Puerto Rico is wiped out by Hurricane Maria.  God bless Puerto Rico, and people like San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who is seen here wading in hip-deep water and sewage with a bullhorn, trying to locate trapped people in her city.  It saddens me that we must again plea for help for our fellow Americans.  Becky and I got into this business not just to make whisky, but to make a difference in the world.  We've been very fortunate, and now we must give back.

During the month of October, all profits from the sales of our spirits, will go to Puerto Rico relief funds.  We must help where we can.  We call it "Whisky para una causa, nuestra familia!" (Whisky for a cause, our family!)

If you prefer to donate directly, most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

Thanks for listening, and on with the newsletter...

--Scott

   

A New Look -- Coming Soon!

New Label Design

Before the year is through, you will start to see new labels on the shelves.  We decided to freshen up our look a bit, and the new labels really speak to the things that matter to us most:  our sense of history, our home in Virginia, and the great whisky and gin in our bottles.  Nothing is changed inside the bottle, but you'll see the handsome new wrappers soon!

Read the full press release, here.

 

Cool events in Autumn!

There are some amazing events planned for autumn!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

October 6, 7pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Goodstone InnSnacks and Spirits: Hunt Country Happy Hour at Goodstone Inn

October 19, 5:30pm - 7pm. The Goodstone Inn and Catoctin Creek Distillery are excited to bring you our first 'Snacks & Spirits' Hunt Country Happy Hour. Let's get the weekend started a little early with hand selected Catoctin cocktails and delicious accompanying snacks. Each ticket earns you two cocktails and passed hor d'ouevres. We invite you to continue your happy hour happenings following the event or joining us downstairs in our new Conservatory for dinner.

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

October 21, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Jim Malcolm in ConcertFrom Scotland for his third visit - Jim Malcolm in Concert!

November 19, 12pm. We are delighted for the third visit from Jim Malcolm to Catoctin Creek!

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

  

Deanna DangerRepeal Day Party with Deanna Danger!

December 5, 7:30pm - until Join us on Tuesday night, December 5th, in celebrating Repeal Day with an ass-kicking cocktail party! Your ticket includes the first round of drinks, heavy appetizers by the Wine Kitchen, plus a live performance by burlesque artist, Deanna Danger, and live jazz by Lassiez Foure. Repeal Day comes but once a year, so don't miss this rare opportunity to celebrate the repeal of the Volstead act—which established Prohibition in the first place!

Prohibition era dress is highly encouraged, but not required! Over 21 only for this event, please. Keep the kiddies at home where they'll be safe!

Tickets are $60 per person and very limited, so reserve now!

  

Cocktail of the Month – Bramblin' Man

Bramblin' Man

One of the feature cocktails for the very successful Virginia Spirits Month 2017. The Bramblin’ Man came to be after finding some amazing blackberries at our local farmers market. With blackberry cordial as the centerpiece of this cocktail, we use catoctin creek gin for its exceptionally floral notes as a foundation. Then we acidify and add a touch of violet sweetness, and round it out with a hit of absinthe and bitters for a boozy, fruity kick. Prosecco adds the effervescence and dryness to make this cocktail a perfect patio sipper.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
¾ oz Blackberry Cordial
½ oz Lemon Juice
¼ oz Creme de Violette
1 dash Absinthe
1 dash Peach Bitters
1 oz Prosecco
1 sprig of thyme (For Garnish)

Combine all ingredients except Prosecco in a shaker and shake over ice. Double strain into a chilled coupe and top with prosecco. Garnish with sprig of thyme.

Courtesy Jake Rice of Brine, Fairfax, VA.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

September 2017 News

September Greetings!

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hurricane Harvey

Normally, these newsletters are filled with fun and exciting topics relating to the distillery, but last month, Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area.  We were devastated.  I wanted to take a moment and reflect on that terrible disaster.  As I'm sure everyone is aware, an enormous amount of damage was done, and as with Katrina, lives were lost, an many people's lives will never be the same.  The process of recovery will be slow.  Rebuilding is only just now beginning, and will last for years to come. Many are asking, what can we do to help?

The DC area Food and Beverage companies, spearheaded by Brandon Skall at DC Brau, set up a relief page through the US Red Cross.  Catoctin Creek was happy to donate to this fund, and we hope you might consider doing so as well.  We're trying to raise $25,000 for the families in need in Texas.

You can learn more and donate, here.

Thanks for listening, and on with the newsletter...

--Scott

  

Virginia Spirits MonthSeptember is Virginia Spirits Month

All month long, we will celebrate September as Virginia Spirits Month! Restaurants all across the state will be showcasing cocktail menus featuring local Virginia distillers. (There are over 50 of them now!) Stop by and show your love by enjoying the finest craftsmanship Virginia has to offer!

Celebrate with us, and get a free "Virginia is for Lovers" trucker hat when you buy any bottle of Virginia-made spirits at participating ABC stores, while supplies last.

 

Rabble Rouser Release Day - September 9th! Noon. At the Tasting Room.

Rabble Rouser Rye Whisky

rab•ble-rous•er

noun

a person who speaks with the intention of inflaming the emotions of a crowd of people, typically for political reasons.
synonyms: agitator, troublemaker, instigator

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"[At four years old]... Catoctin Creek [is] one of just a few craft distilleries producing rye whiskey of that age."
– Jake Emen, Washington City Paper, May 22, 2015

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Rabble Rouser is the latest rye whisky offering from Catoctin Creek. Distilled from 100% rye, the Rabble Rouser differs from its cousin, Roundstone Rye, in that it is distilled at a lower proof, allowing lots of earthy goodness from the grain to come through in the spirit.

The whisky is aged for four years, making it among the oldest craft whiskey in the United States presently, and twice the legal age requirement for "straight rye whiskey."

"Whereas Roundstone Rye is sort of restrained and elegant," say Scott Harris, founder of the distillery, "Rabble Rouser is more unruly and vivacious."

Look for it to knock your socks off with release three in September 9, 2017 in the tasting room at noon.

Virginia ABC ordering code 27009; suggested retail price $95.99 per bottle. 50% ABV, 750 ml

 

50 States of Whiskey features Catoctin Creek

50 States of Whiskey

We were very pleased to feature in the Virginia episode of 50 States of Whiskey.  Imagine two guys, a car, and a mission: Visit a distillery in every one of the 50 states.  Then, make a movie about it.  That's what we have here.  Enjoy!

Read the full blog post, here. Or click the photo for a link to the video.

 

Cool events in September!

There are some amazing events planned for September and early October!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

September 2, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Cocktails and Drams: "Alchemia Americano"Cocktails and Drams: "Alchemia Americano"

September 3, 1pm. Ever wonder about some of those unique ingredients used in cocktails? Well, here's your chance to learn how to properly make cocktails with some of them at home from a pro! You get to come in and learn in a real bar, and we will handle the setup and break-down for ya! Home bartending, but with tons of fun!!! #DrinkAsYouLearn (don't worry, we’ll have notes for you to take with ya in case you "forget" a few things you drank or learned that night). We got ya covered.

  

Belle Grove Plantation FestivalEnjoy a festival of local music, wine, beer, and spirits

September 9, 12pm. Join Catoctin Creek Distilling Company for its second year in a row with the Spirits Festival at Belle Grove Plantation. Enjoy delicious Catoctin Creek whisky as well as spirits from other Virginia craft distillers, local wineries and craft breweries. Experience live music, great food, unique artisans & crafters plus a chance to compete in the annual corn hole tournament, raffles and mansion tours. All proceeds go to benefit the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation.

  

Dinner at the Aldie MillDinner and Whiskey at Historic Aldie Mill

September 16, 6:30pm. NOW IN OUR SEVENTH YEAR!! Join us for a unique and intimate evening with old friends and new as we taste five exquisite whiskeys paired with delicious food, all in the historic 19th century Aldie Mill. This event is HUGELY popular, and space is extremely limited. We usually sell out by July, so do not miss your chance to enjoy this wonderful event! not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

October 6, 7pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Cocktail of the Month – Mason Dixon Manhattan

Mason Dixon

A nod to the classic Manhattan with a southern twist. Wonderful cocktail to pair with traditional hors d’oeuvres or appetizer course.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whiskey
½ oz Grand Marnier Cordon Rogue
¼ oz Broadbent Rainwater Madeira
1 wedge of orange
1 wedge of lemon

Build all spirits in a mixing glass. Squeeze and drop in both lemon and orange wedges. Add ice and stir well. Strain into a martini glass or coupe. Express oil of an orange twist into glass and/or onto the rim of glass and use twist as garnish.

Recipe courtesy Marilee and Matt Billingsley, Postbellum

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

August 2017 News

Happy August!   

Catoctin Creek in Pennsylvania!

Catoctin Creek in Pennsyvania

We are very pleased to announce Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye has been chosen by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to be a regular "listed" item.  This means it will appear on the shelves of all the local liquor stores in the Commonwealth, including major markets in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.  We are very pleased by this, and little do most people know, but quite a lot of Pennsylvania goes into our Virginia rye whisky!  A good deal of our grain comes from farms near Lancaster (which we consider local, just a couple hours away), and our bottles are made by Anchor Hocking in Monaca, PA, supporting about 100 jobs in that area. So when you buy Catoctin Creek, you're not just supporting us here in Virginia, but our kin in Pennsylvania too!

Remember, as we said when we started in 2009, Think Global, Drink Local!

Roundstone Rye 80 Proof will be available in PA at $39.99, available this autumn.

 

Welcome Denise Petty!

Denise Petty at Catoctin Creek

We'd like to welcome Denise Petty to our team. Denise is joining us as a tasting room manager, and will be in charge of lots of great cocktails and customer service we're bringing to you all!  Here's a few words from her, by way of an introduction:

Hi, I'm Denise Petty, I grew up here in Loudoun County but have spent most of my life right on the edge of it, in Sterling and Purcellville. Each side of the county much different to the other but ultimately the same mindset in regards to fresh, local and artisinal products/produce. I've been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 10 years now and my knowledge is ever growing. My passion for gardening, the arts and of course, libations has made mixing cocktails a marvelous outlet for my creativity. I'm so fortunate to live in an area where so many artists are expressing themselves through food and drink, the inspiration is never lacking. So, cheers to you artists, keep on dreaming!

 

Cool events in August!   

There are some amazing events planned for August!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!  

Seafood BoilPolo in the Park

Every Saturday in August, 7pm. Each Saturday night in July and August, join us at Morven Park for Polo in the Park! Catoctin Creek is the official whiskey and gin sponsor for Morven Park! Join us for cool summer cocktails as you sit on the lawn and enjoy Loudoun's best polo. Fun for all ages! Gates open at 6pm and the party continues til 11pm.

 

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

August 12, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

August 18, 7pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Cocktail of the Month – That Rye Nectar

That Rye Nectar

This cocktail comes to us from our new Tasting Room Manager, Denise Petty. Denise is a Loudoun County native and joined our team in July. She's a food and beverage pro, and we're so grateful to have her on our team.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¼ oz fresh lime juice
¼ oz local honey
​1 oz​ fresh, fine strained orange juice
3-4 drops of orange blossom water
garnish with orange peel and honey comb

Stir together fresh squeezed lime juice, local honey and Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye until honey is even throughout. Add fresh squeezed orange juice, use a fine strainer to remove all pulp and seeds. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into glass, top with 3 to 4 drops of orange blossom water. Garnish with orange peel around honey comb.

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Latest News

Rabble Rouser featured in Maxim

Maxim did a story on some of the best Bottled In Bond whiskies available, and our Rabble Rouser was selected (among some very fine company, if we do say so)! Previous whiskey...

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Autumn Dinner at the Distillery

  SEP 20   Autumn Dinner at the Distillery 7:00pm—9:00pm Join us September 20th for our autumn-themed dinner. We will feature a four course menu plus an amuse boushe from Justin Thyme Culinary. The theme for the night...

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Catoctin Creek Bottling Workshop

  OCT 12   Bottling Workshop 10:00am—12:00pm Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct one of our famous Bottling Workshops!  Here's your chance to volunteer and learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get...

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