Another busy month for us at Catoctin Creek Distilling Company...
In April, we were in bottling mode. Bottling was fun. We had a great team of volunteers who came in, and we rocked in one day what had been planned for two! It was a truly historic event, as we signed and shipped the very first bottles ever from our distillery. Plus, it was nice to meet up with some of our Facebook fans. We bottled over 90 cases of our first spirits for delivery to Virginia ABC in Richmond. As Scott was driving down I-95 with a pallet of spirits in his truck, it dawned on him he was fulfilling his lifelong dream to run liquor down I-95! Mind you, he was doing so driving 35 miles per hour with his hazard lights flashing! Must protect those spirits!
With the spirits delivered to Richmond, we now wait for the Virginia distribution machine to kick in so that the spirits are delivered to all of the stores we designated. Literally any day now, you should see Roundstone Rye on the shelves of your local ABC store. If you don't see it, ask for it! (Product # 27030). If you are a restaurant wishing to order all three spirits (including the Watershed Gin and Mosby's Spirit as well), you can use the ABC special order to ask for a mixed case (two of each spirit). You can find more information on buying our spirits here.
For those of you in Maryland and DC, we will be available there soon--we'll keep you posted on the web site.
In April, we also had our eco-ganic inspection. This went extremely well, and we are very proud to be nearly completed with what has been a very non-trivial process. Why eco-ganic? Being eco-ganic guarantees our spirits, and the ingredients that go into them, are free from synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The water we use is filtered for purity. We are independently inspected each year to ensure our compliance with these and other regulations governing the production of eco-ganic food. In short, the eco-ganic label guarantees you a high level of transparency and accountability in how we produce our spirits. It underscores our commitment to providing you the highest quality spirits and to protecting and restoring our environment.
In May, be sure to check out the Loudoun Farm Tour and Purcellville Heritage Day, on May 15-16. We'll be in full production mode that weekend, and we'll show you the complete process of making whisky from mashing through distillation. You can stick your nose in a barrel and take a whiff, and you can meet some mighty fine people that help us keep the distillery running. Mark your calendars for this fun and informative weekend!
Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM
Scott & Becky