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January 2017 News

Happy New Year! 

Happy New Year!

From the entire team at Catoctin Creek, we say:  "Happy New Year!!"

Wowee!  What a year it's been for us!  2016 had so many wonderful accomplishments, many more than we could list, but some of the highlights were:

  • Release of the second year of Rabble Rouser — Our four year old straight rye whisky sold out again in an hour!  Don't worry, we'll have more in 2017.
  • F. Paul Pacult gives Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Five Stars! — His highest recommendation.  "Not to be missed!"
  • Delicious distillery dinners featuring Wandering Chef — If you haven't treated yourself to dinner, you're missing a really wonderful experience!
  • Amazing press from national sourcesNew York Times, The Daily Beast, Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, The Spirits Business, and Eater.
  • Wonderful support from our restaurant, bar, and off-premise partners — We are overjoyed at the continued support we receive from those retailers and restaurants who take the extra step to support small-batch artisan spirits like ours.  It means everything to us!!  Thank you!
  • Wonderful support from our customers — People just like you!  We wouldn't be here without your support too!  Thank you!!

So, from our family to yours, we wish you the very best for 2017:  Peace, Joy, and Prosperity in the New Year!! 

 

Catoctin Creek in The New York Times TOP TEN rye whiskey!

New York TimesAbsolutely stunning!  It is like a dream come true!  

Eric Asimov, writing for The New York Times, does an amazingly in-depth story on the scarcity of old rye whiskey and the excellent choices available in the younger whiskeys of the category.  With over 1300 distilleries now producing in the US, the panel had plenty to judge.

I'm honored that two of the judges were the esteemed David Wondrich and Robert Simonson.  I cannot think of two gentlemen in the industry for whom I have more respect!  I've read (and re-read) their books countless times.  I've met them at Tales in New Orleans.  I fan-boy on these guys, always asking for autographs... So, to have these two judging my spirits, well honestly, it's just humbling.

Notably, all judging was done in a blind panel.  There's no way to be influenced by preconceptions of the spirit or where it's produced, nor the beauty of the label.  It's just the juice.  How good is the juice?

From the story:

Indeed, many of the ryes we tasted didn’t have the assertive rye personality that I’ve come to love. ... The Woodford rye was 53 percent rye, potentially very similar to bourbon. Some of the other ryes in our tasting were 100 percent rye, or very close.

Other ryes reminded us of rum, or tasted overwhelmingly of bananas or were odd in some other way. These tended to come from the craft distillers, who, like craft brewers in the early days of the beer revolution, have yet to achieve precision and reliability in their work.

“It’s like catching this category in the 10th grade,” David [Wondrich] said. “Some have already matured into their adult personas, some are still kids, and others are in transition, not as assured as you want, still hesitant.”

Speaking on the few craft brands in the list, Asimov continues:

Two other craft ryes made our list, the warm, spicy Few from Evanston, Ill., at No. 7 and the fruity, slightly sweet Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye from Purcellville, Va., at No. 9.

You can read the full story, here. I hope you will!

 

The Art of the Cocktail  An Educational Series for January

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

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our second 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!

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 2017:

  • January 6 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 13 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 20 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • January 27 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Scott is on vacation
  • February 3 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 10 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Our Distillery Dinner instead
  • February 17 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 24 - 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 $30 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

  

Upcoming Events

Wow!  We some fun events this month!

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • January 1 - NEW YEARS DAY - We will be CLOSED.
  • January 6 - Art of the Cocktail - Old Fashioneds - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating classic cocktails of ages past.  Includes 4 drinks! $25/pp
  • January 13 - Art of the Cocktail - Early Gin Cocktails - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating classic cocktails of ages past.  Includes 4 drinks! $25/pp
  • January 20 - Art of the Cocktail - Martinis and Bitters - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating classic cocktails of ages past.  Includes 4 drinks! $25/pp

For the full list of events, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Parting Glass

We're featuring a new drink for New Year's, our take on a French 75, featuring the Watershed Gin, fresh raspberry lemon juice, and sparkling cider. Come on by and raise a parting glass to 2016!

1½ oz watershed Gin
1 oz raspberry lemon juice*
1 oz Sparkling Cider or Champagne

Combine the ingredients in a flute or stemmed glass.  Garnish with a lemon peel.

*Raspberry lemon juice:
Combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to boil to combine, then reduce to simmer and add raspberries. Mash with potato masher or spatula. Simmer until a rich color and flavor, then strain.

Combine 3 parts of lemon juice with 1 part raspberry syrup.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

December 2016 News

December is here! 

Happy Holidays to you all!  Christmas and Hanukkah are quickly approaching, and our thoughts turn to unwinding from the stress of our daily lives and spending more time with friends and family this month.  It is such a gift to be alive, and to be with the ones we love.  We at Catoctin Creek are particularly blessed to be doing what we love, and to have customers like yourselves who enjoy our craft.  

So, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and may there be peace on Earth in our lifetime!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  

Roundstone at Christmas

 

Gift Items This Holiday Season

Stop by our tasting room this holiday season and pick up one of our exciting gift items for the holiday.  Spirits are the perfect gift for those fussy relatives who already have everything!  Give them something local, hand-crafted, and totally unique this year!

We have three-set gift packs of our flagship products:  Roundstone Rye, Mosby's Spirit, and Watershed Gin in cute little 200 mL bottles, all displayed in a handsome custom gift box.  We also have hand-wrapped gift baskets with your choice of spirits, glassware, and bar accessories like bitters and cocktail books.  We'll gladly make you a custom basket while you wait.  Finally, if you just can't decide, you can pick up a gift card for any amount at our store (or call us, we'll mail it to you).

There's pretty much something for anyone on your list!  Stop by soon and see for yourself!

Gift Ideas from Catoctin Creek

 

Brandy Seminar at the Smithsonian

BrandyJoin us December 12 in Washington DC at the Smithsonian Castle

Nothing warms a December evening like brandy. Whether you're sipping it by the fire or enjoying it in a glass of your favorite eggnog, brandy gives an added glow to the holidays. The venerable distilled wine is produced and enjoyed the world over, with cognac from France leading the way, but other varieties include the German label Asbach, pisco from Peru, and even brandy made here in the Washington area.

Scott Harris is a distiller and brandy evangelist, as well as the man responsible for a new local spirit, Catoctin Creek’s 1757 Brandy from Loudoun County. Enjoy a lively evening as Harris explains production methods around the globe, offers expert tips for enjoying your brandy, and shares some of his favorite bottles.

The cost is $65 or $50 for Smithsonian members.

BOOK NOW

 

 

The Art of the Cocktail - An Educational Series for January

Monkey GlandOur second year -- presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery 

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our second 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 2017:

  • January 6 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 13 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 20 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • January 27 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Scott is on vacation
  • February 3 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 10 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Our Distillery Dinner instead
  • February 17 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 24 - 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 $30 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. 

 

Upcoming Events

Wow!  We have a ton of events this month!

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

For the full list of events, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

This one comes to us from our friends at Element Shrub:

Keep the big bad wolves away with this shrub and bitters twist on a Boulevardier, another one of our cocktail collaborations with @dcembitterment.

1½ oz Roundstone Rye whisky
1 oz Campari
½ oz Blueberry Rosemary Element Shrub
Several dashes of DC Embitterment orange bitters

Add all ingredients of a shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with bitters.

Recipe and photo courtesy Charlie Berkinshaw of Element Shrub, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

November 2016 News

Coming in November!

Apple Brandy is back!

 Apple Brandy

Catoctin Creek "Quarter Branch" Apple Brandy is back in stock!  Made from heritage apples in collaboration with Blue Bee Cidery in Richmond, Virginia, this apple brandy is perhaps my favorite of the fruit brandies we offer.  It is now in stock in the tasting room and select locations throughout the DC area.  If you're a restaurant in Virginia, please feel free to contact us to get it in your bar or on your menu.  (We deliver!)  375mL, 80 proof, $29.19.

 

IT'S HERE!  Adroit / Catoctin Malt Whisky Collaboration!

Adroit / Catoctin Dia de los Muertos Malt Whisky

Our second beer collaboration, this one with Adroit Theory Brewing Company and called Día de los Muertos, will be available on November 12 (November 2 for VIP members).  Bottles come in individual cedar boxes, hand numbered and signed by the distiller and brewer on opening day.   These are beautifully packaged, and will make an excellent gift for the holidays.  

$119.99 per bottle, 750 mL, 92 proof.

Warren Rojas does the full backstory at Washington City Paper:

Next to scrutinize the end result was Becky Harris, Scott’s wife and Catoctin Creek’s chief distiller. As she siphoned the resulting whiskey from its cask, she couldn’t help gush about the collaboration. “I’ve been waiting for this one for two years,” she says as she pulls a dram of the experimental beverage they dubbed “Día de los Muertos” American Malt Whisky.

“The name of the original beer was Día de los Muertos. So it made sense to name the whiskey the same,” [Mark] Osborne [founder of Adroit Theory Brewing Company] says of the ominous moniker he came up with.

The whiskey smells of roasted malt and shines as brightly as copper. It’s less forceful on the palate than traditional rye whiskey, but still has a rich mouthfeel, conveying definitive hoppiness balanced by caramel notes.

You can read the full story, here.

 

Distiller Dinner Series at Brookland's Finest in DC

Brookland's Finest

Each Tuesday in the month of November, Chef Shannon Troncoso of Brookland's Finest will feature Catoctin Creek cocktails alongside an excellent three course menu. Our brand ambassadors will be on hand to tell you all about the distillery and the special spirits during each dinner.  Seating anytime during the normal dinnertime hours, no special reservation required.  Only $35 for a three course menu with drinks!

Menu | Read More

 

The Rogue Gentlemen from Richmond take over our Tasting Room!

Rogue Gentlemen

November 19th, from noon til about 4pm!  Join the crew from the Rogue Gentlemen, a fantastic bar in Richmond, VA, as they descend on the distillery, bringing with them some amazing cocktails of their own.  Scott and Becky will be on hand along with Chef/Owner Johnny Maher.  Taste some of the best of what Richmond has to offer, and learn why the food and drink scene in Richmond is booming!

We'll have drink specials all day, as well as tours, tastings and bottle sales.  Come on by, Saturday, November 19th!

 

Enjoy Free Tastings at Virginia ABC Stores!

John Shope, Brand Ambassador 

​Stock up for the holidays! ​Virginia Ambassador, John Shope, will be hosting tastings at your local ABC stores on Fridays at these selected locations. Try a sample of award winning Virginia made spirits as well as take home some buttons, stickers, brochures and other cool giveaways.

Pouring Roundstone Rye 80 Proof, Roundstone Rye "Distiller's Reserve" 92 Proof and Watershed Gin on:

  • ​11/4/2016 - Store 260 from 3-5 p.m. located at 6284 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church 22044
  • 11/4/2016 - Store 212 from 6-8 p.m. located at 167 Hillwood Avenue, Falls Church 22046-2913
  • 11/25/2016 (BLACK FRIDAY) - Store 231 from 12-2 p.m. located at 436 East Maple Avenue, Vienna 22180-4721
  • 11/25/2016 (BLACK FRIDAY) - Store 388 from 3-5 p.m. located at 8150 Leesburg Pike Suite 110, Vienna 22182
  • 11/25/2016 (BLACK FRIDAY) - Store 219 from 6-8 p.m. located at 8413 Old Courthouse Road, Vienna 22182

  

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month and through summer.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Caprese

Caprese

A great "sophisto' alternative for Bloody Mary fans!

​​6 cherry tomatoes​, sliced​
4 fresh basil leaves​, broken up
​ ​Cracked black pepper​
ICE
¾ oz distilled white vinegar
¼ oz simple syrup
​​2 oz ​Catoctin Creek ​Mosby's Spirit
​​ ​4 drops of Balsamic Vinegar

​Glass Type: Martini Glass
Garnish: Fresh Mozzerella, basil and a tomato slice skewered on a stick
Method: Muddle tomatoes, basil and black pepper in a shaker until fully crushed and infused together, add vinegar, simple syrup and Mosby's then shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled Martini glass, add drops of balsamic vinegar on top, crack pepper on surface of drink, garnish with caprese stick then serve.

Recipe and photo courtesy John Shope, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

October 2016 News

Welcome to October!

Fall is here, and we start the blessed season of whisky!  Curl up by the fire as the days get colder and enjoy a warming glass of Roundstone Rye!  

For as you know... Winter is coming!  But so too are some great Catoctin Creek releases... 

 

Coming in October and November!

Rabble Rouser is back!

 Rabble Rouser

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

The Rabble Rouser 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." It will be available on October 29.

(For VIP members, we will take PRE-ORDERS and save your bottles for pickup at your convenience after October 29.)  

If you didn't get batch one, don't delay on batch two!  Last year, batch one sold out in one hour in our tasting room!

More info, here.

 

Adroit / Catoctin Malt Whisky Collaboration!

Adroit / Catoctin Dia de los Muertos Malt Whisky

Our second beer collaboration, this one with Adroit Theory Brewing Company and called Día de los Muertos, will be available on November 12 (November 2 for VIP members).  Bottles come in individual cedar boxes, hand numbered and signed by the distiller and brewer on opening day.  $119.99 per bottle.

Warren Rojas does the full backstory at Washington City Paper:

Next to scrutinize the end result was Becky Harris, Scott’s wife and Catoctin Creek’s chief distiller. As she siphoned the resulting whiskey from its cask, she couldn’t help gush about the collaboration. “I’ve been waiting for this one for two years,” she says as she pulls a dram of the experimental beverage they dubbed “Día de los Muertos” American Malt Whisky.

“The name of the original beer was Día de los Muertos. So it made sense to name the whiskey the same,” [Mark] Osborne [founder of Adroit Theory Brewing Company] says of the ominous moniker he came up with.

The whiskey smells of roasted malt and shines as brightly as copper. It’s less forceful on the palate than traditional rye whiskey, but still has a rich mouthfeel, conveying definitive hoppiness balanced by caramel notes.

You can read the full story, here.

 

Salute America's Heroes with a special bottling workshop fundraiser

Salute our HeroesJoin us for an exclusive whiskey event like no other. This event will celebrate and raise money to support our US veterans wounded in action.  Hear from American heroes, including our special guest speakers Sgt. Matthew Pennington and Sgt. Robert Bartlett.

Scott & Becky Harris will provide guests a private tour of the distillery and share on the history of whiskey. Then host a bottling workshop, giving guests the opportunity to bottle, cap, seal, and label a bottle of Roundstone Rye to take home with them.

The evening will conclude with a tasting of Catoctin Creek’s finest whisky. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and cocktails and bottled spirits will be available for purchase.

Reserve Now | Read More

 

Enjoy Free Tastings at Virginia ABC Stores!

John Shope, Brand Ambassador 

Virginia Brand Ambassador, John Shope, will be hosting tastings at your local ABC stores on Fridays at these selected locations. Try a sample of award winning Virginia spirits as well as take home some buttons, stickers, brochures and other cool giveaways.

Pouring Roundstone Rye 80 Proof, Roundstone Rye "Distiller's Reserve" 92 Proof and Watershed Gin on:

  • 10/7 - Store 182 from 3pm-5pm at 1217-19 West Broad Street, Richmond 23220
  • 10/7 - Store 102 from 6pm-8pm at 1901 West Main Street, Richmond 23220
  • 10/21 - Store 50 from 3pm-5pm at 325 Four Leaf Lane Suite 3, Charlottesville 22903
  • 10/21 - Store 202 from 6pm-8pm at 1902 Emmet Street, Charlottesville 22903
  • 10/28 - Store 208 from 3pm-5pm at 44110 Ashburn Village Boulevard Unit 154, Ashburn 20147
  • 10/28 - Store 73 from 6pm-8pm at 43150 Broadlands Center Plaza, Ashburn 20148

 

Enjoy Free Tastings in Maryland and DC too!

Chad Robinson, Brand Ambassador 

International Brand Ambassador, Chad Robinson, will be hosting tastings at selected locations:

  • 10/1 - from 4pm-7pm at North Charles Wines and Spirits (Baltimore, MD)
  • 10/7 - from 8pm-10pm - Whiskey Tasting at Fado Irish Pub (DC) - Free samplings of Roundstone Rye for their Friday Night Features.
  • 10/12 - from 6pm-8pm - Whiskey Wednesday at Boss Shepherd's (DC)
  • 10/13 - from 4:30pm-7:30pm at S & R Liquors (DC)
  • 10/14 - from 6pm-8pm at Batch 13 (DC)
  • 10/15 - from 12pm-3pm at Bay Ridge Wines and Spirits (Annapolis, MD)

  

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month and through summer.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Mulled Cider with Rye

Mulled Cider and RyeThis cocktail comes to us from Sonja Bradfield, author of Ginger and Toasted Sesame.  Sonja has some amazing photographs and a delicious recipe for cider and rye, perfect for a warm winter beverage:

One of my favorite things to drink when the weather gets cold is something warm with a kick like a nice chai tea or a hot toddy. On Thanksgiving my family brewed an impromptu pot of mulled apple cider and for a little extra warmth we added a nip of whiskey. For this recipe I used some apple cider pressed in Virginia and some rye whiskey distilled in Virginia.

...

[This] rye is great in this mulled cider recipe. It’ll warm you right down through your toes. This recipe makes a half gallon but you can easily double that for a bigger group gathering for the holidays. Just let the spices and fruit simmer long enough to get the cider nice and spicy. For an extra kick, you can add a few black peppercorns and maybe a bit more rye.

½ gallon of apple cider
2 satsuma oranges
1 honey crisp apple
3 cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye whisky

Thinly slice the oranges and apple horizontally.

Pour the cider in a large pot and add the slices of fruit, the cinnamon sticks and cloves.

Bring to a boil over high heat then lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes until fragrant.

Fill up mugs about three quarters full and add about an ounce of rye whiskey to each mug.

Garnish with an apple or orange slice, half a cinnamon stick and cloves.

Recipe and photo by Sonja Bradfield, and used with permission.

 

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Maple Cask Rye Available Once Again!

Roundstone Rye Cask Proof

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "CASK PROOF" - Finished in a Maple Cask Available at the Distillery

Once again, our very popular "Maple Cask Finished" Cask Proof Roundstone Rye is available for sale in the tasting room.  Dark and lovely, with just a touch of maple in mid-palate, and a long lingering finish of sweet maple, this is one of our most popular expressions!  Bottled at nearly 120 proof, she'll knock your socks off!  Now you too can purchase the spirit that won a GOLD MEDAL at the American Whiskey Masters competition in London, England.  

Limited quantities are available, so get yours today!  Retail price $89.

Virginia ABC restaurant licensees may purchase this product legally and directly from the distillery! Contact us to arrange a purchase.  

July 2016 News

Red White and Booze


Welcome to July!

In the past month, there’s been a whirlwind of activity here at Catoctin Creek, and we are excited to share that we have been featured in several local and national magazines, even winning another award for our Roundstone Rye! We’re hoping to make July even better by kicking off with our first ever Red, White & Booze event, featuring live music, signature red, white, and blue cocktails, and hot dogs from our friends at Windy City Red Hots. We hope to make this a yearly tradition to celebrate the true spirit of America: whisky.

 

Catoctin Creek in Northern Virginia Magazine

Northern Virginia Magazine

As the beginning of an exciting month of press coverage, Catoctin Creek was covered in the July issue of Northern Virginia Magazine, sharing the humble beginnings of our company and detailing our inventory and future projects, including the release of Rabble Rouser Straight Rye Whisky, available this October, and a collaboration with a local brewery in an event similar to our previous King’s Mountain release with Heritage Brewing. The profile of our company includes breathtaking photos of our tasting room and spirits, as well as a where to buy section. Pick up your copy of the magazine at your newsstand today!

 

Roundstone Rye Named as one of the “Best Affordable Craft Whiskies” by Eater

Eater, an online platform for foodies nationwide, paid tribute to craft distilleries and named our flagship spirit as number one on the short list of affordable craft whiskies, highlighting our unique mash bill of 100% rye. The article praises the true craft nature of Catoctin Creek and the other distilleries, where the whisky is made from scratch in-house—from the mash tank to the still, to the bottling, all on site here. We thank Eater for this distinction and their dedication to helping true craft distilleries share our artisan spirits.

 

DC Bartenders Vote CCDC as one of “Best Local Distilleries”

Catoctin Creek Building

Thrillist also flattered us, calling us a “household name” and providing tasting notes on our Roundstone Rye, Mosby’s Spirit, and Rabble Rouser. We were excited that bartenders enjoyed serving our products as much as we love making them, and believe that it is a testament to our quality and dedication to true craft.

 

Join us for dinner in August!

Dinner at Catoctin Creek!
Photo courtesy Whiskey Cats and used with permission.

Once every two months, we host a dinner with seasonal offerings and specially paired cocktails. The June dinner was an immense success, and we thank everyone that joined us for an evening of boozy fun. Our next dinner will be in August, complete with a tour from Becky, a delicious four-course dinner made by The Wandering Chef, and signature cocktails handcrafted by Scott to complement the dinner menu. Bottles will be available for sale, and the price is $99/person. Special dietary needs can be accomodated if required.

This will fill up fast, so book your spot today here!

 

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month and through summer.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • July 1 - Red, White and Booze - Celebrate all things American with whisky, hot dogs, and live music!  FREE to attend!
  • July 19-23 - Tales of the Cocktail - Becky, Scott and Chad will be there.  Will you?  Definitely not free to attend.
  • August 12 - Dinner at the Distillery - Join us for a delicious four-course dinner with cocktails.  Now in our third year!  $99/pp
  • September 17 - Dinner at Historic Aldie Mill - Our sixth annual dinner at the oldest running mill in Loudoun County!  Extremely limited space!  $105/pp

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Pour Some Citrus On Me

Pour Some Citrus On Me

This is another great punch from Chad Robinson, and was the featured punch at the "Super Gin Punch Out" held recently at 1905 Restaurant in DC, along with fellow distillers Caledonia Spirits (makers of Barr Hill gin), and Green Hat.

25 oz Watershed Gin (one 750mL bottle)
12 oz strong green tea
8 oz Capillaire syrup*
6 oz Curaçao
6 oz fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wheels for garnish
6 oz fresh lime juice, plus lime wheels for garnish
32 oz sparkling water (or sparkling wine for more punch in your punch)

Combine all in a punch bowl and float slices of lemon and lime on top.

*Capillaire syrup
(courtesy David Wondrich, Punch)

1 cups of water
⅛ oz orange blossom water
2 cups sugar

Bring water and sugar to boil. Let stand for 30 minutes. Add the orange blossom water. Will keep in the fridge for a couple months.

Courtesy Chad Robinson.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

June 2016 News

Do you know where your whisky is made?

There is a lot of craft whisky in the market today, but much of it is made in a large factory in Indiana and sold a a premium as handmade.  At Catoctin Creek, we didn't get into this business to bottle someone else's whiskey, but to make our own unique whisky from grain to bottle—right here in Purcellville, Virginia. And making whisky has been our passion since 2009.  #truecraft

 

New Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Release!

Hickory-Finished Whisky now available!

Hickory Cask Rye

As we leave spring and prepare for the hot summer days, we are excited to be a part of your summer get-togethers, parties, and evenings spent enjoying the beauty of the season with our new Roundstone Rye Cask Proof whisky! This special release is our best-selling Roundstone Rye finished in a hickory barrel from Falling Bark Farm in Berryville, Virginia, and is only available twice per year, so get your bottle while they’re still here!

Although the name hickory might sometimes lead people to expect a smoky flavor (as in barbecue sauce), this whisky is more on the tangy side than the smoky side.  The influence of the hickory surprised us when we tasted and bottled this whisky.  It is remarkably smooth, and a nice addition to your cask proof collection.

For more information regarding the Cask Proof, please visit our products page: http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/products/roundstone-cask

 

Catoctin Creek now on military bases!

As of Memorial Day weekend, our whisky, gin, and 1757 brandy will be sold in Army and Air Force Exchange Stores (AAFES) “Class Six” liquor stores in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, and will expand to other AAFES’s throughout Virginia based on the success at Ft. Belvoir. Catoctin Creek will have a brand ambassador present at the fort, giving away complimentary tours and tastings to the service members.

As an army brat myself, I’m proud that Catoctin Creek is serving our men and women in the armed forces as they serve us. My first visit to a liquor store was with my dad in Germany, and is, in a way, where it all began for me as a distiller. This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to appreciate our friends and family in the military.

 

Meet the Whisky Makers at Rouge Gentlemen in Richmond

Rogue Gentlemen

Join Scott and Becky for dinner and drinks at The Rogue Gentlemen in Richmond, featuring our Mosby’s Spirit, Roundstone Rye 80 proof, our Roundstone Rye 92 Proof “Distiller’s Reserve”, and our most recent Cask Proof expression, and other rare releases! Scott and Becky will both be on hand to discuss the distillery, how we got started, how we make the delicious spirits at Catoctin, and just to chit-chat about whisky and history in general. Chef Johnny’s food will be amazing, the drinks will be amazing, so the only thing we need for an amazing evening is you! This one will fill up, so book now!

We'll be there on Thursday, June 23rd, starting at 6:30pm at The Rogue Gentlemen in Richmond. This one will fill up, so book now by calling the restaurant at (804) 477-3456!

There are other great events if you can't make it to Richmond... see below!

 

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Strawberry Jive

 

Strawberry Jive

DrinkTonight is an absolutely amazing Instagram account based in DC, and featuring fantastic cocktail recipes with various local spirits.  They really enjoy our Watershed Gin, and have featured it four times int he recent past.  I am grateful too that they have graciously allowed me to cross post their beautiful photos and cocktail recipes here for you so share.  Find them on Instagram at www.instagram.com/drinktonight.

The "Strawberry Jive" is a combination of fruits and herbs that is refreshing, not too sweet, and alight enough for these really hot DC summer days.  Strawberry and basil are a classic combo, too.

2 strawberries
Handful of fresh basil
½ oz agave syrup
1 oz orange juice
Splash of lemon juice
1½ Watershed Gin

Muddle two strawberries, the handful of fresh basil and agave syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.  Add the orange juice and lemon juice, along with the gin and a handful of ice.  Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with sliced strawberries and basil. 

Recipe and photo by DrinkTonight, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

May 2016 News

Welcome to May!

 Sara Brown from Oakland Green

It is so wonderful to have May here!  I like winter, but I'm always glad when it's over, and now we're undeniably into spring!  Dogwoods are blooming, and down by our creek, the spring peepers are singing!  

As you may or may not know, since we started the distillery, we give all of our spent rye mash to farmers like Sara Brown, from Oakland Green farm in Lincoln, Virginia (pictured above).  We were very pleased to learn from Sara that spring has brought her eleven new calves (and counting)!  These babies and their mamas are fed on the nutritious by-product of our whisky production, which means we'll need to keep working to make that whisky and feed those babies!  Congrats, Sara!

Great News this Month!

Last month, we also received so much great press, I just had to share it.  Please join me in celebrating the following stories:

Becky named as a top female distiller in the Spirits Business

Catoctin Creek named in the Huffington Post

Becky named in Top 100 Women of Loudoun County

Catoctin Creek receives GOLD for best distillery in Virginia

 

Barrels for Sale!

Barrels for Sale

We have a few of our spent-whisky barrels for sale now to the public.  If you're interested in getting a barrel, give us a call or come on by the distillery.  They are $195/ea and are of good quality for making into furniture/novelty pieces for your home bar, but they're also still moist with whisky, having been freshly dumped.  So if you are a brewer or a winemaker, these work perfectly for barrel aging your brews.

If you're a large-scale brewer, please contact us for discounted bulk pricing.

 

May Bottling Workshop

Bottling Workshop

If you've never joined us on a bottling workshop, you're missing out on a great fun morning.  We start each workshop with coffee, donuts and bagels.  Relax and get breakfast in our tasting room.  After breakfast, we go into the distillery, where Scott gives a fantastic tour of the process of making whisky.  Then, after the tour, we begin the workshop, where we teach you and you bottle your own whisky.  It is great fun, and a chance to see behind-the-scenes action at the distillery.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we end with a tasting of our Mosby's Spirit, Roundstone Rye, and Watershed Gin.  (We've learned that it best to do the tasting at the end of the workshop!)

If you'd like to learn more, and join us (the cost is FREE), please click here for more information

Dinner in June

Dinner at the Distillery

One of our most elegant events is our Dinner in the Distillery, where we serve a delicious four-course seasonal menu carefully paired with seasonal cocktails.  We've received nothing but rave reviews from the dinner, and know you'll enjoy it too.  It is a perfect setting for celebrating an anniversary, birthday, engagement, or just a great dinner with a group of friends.  Whatever the event, please come and celebrate with us!

Our next dinner is in June, and space is limited.

if you'd like to learn more, please click here for more information.

 

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • May 14 - Meet the Maker - Vitick's Switchel - Jill Vitick will be in our tasting room telling us about the history of switchel, the original farmer's Gatorade! FREE to attend
  • May 21 - Oyster Fest at Grilled Oyster - Join us in DC for great beer, great cocktails, and all you can eat oysters!  $35/pp
  • May 28 - Bottling Workshop - Enjoy a morning of coffee, bottling your own Roundstone Rye, and tasting your way through our spirits! FREE to attend
  • June 10 - Dinner at the Distillery - Enjoy our sumptuous four course dinner with seasonal cocktails.  $99/pp

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Some Call It Work

Some Call It Work

This cocktail was a favorite at our Whisky Wednesday event at the Ashby Inn last month.  This cocktail is a creation of Tony Burke, who tends bar at Mason Social in Alexandria, Virginia.  The basil syrup can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for future cocktails. 

2 oz. Watershed Gin
¾ oz. lemon
¾ oz. Thai basil syrup*
1 oz. egg white
basil leaf garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake heavily, and strain into a martini glass or coupe.  Garnish with a basil leaf.

*Thai basil syrup: Mix together 1 cup of sugar and 1 of water in a 1 qt saucepan. Bring the mixture to about 170 degrees and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Let the mixture simmer and steep the about 12 leaves of thai basil in the sugar syrup for about 30 mins. Remove the basil leaves and store the syrup in a closed container for up to two weeks in a refrigerator.

Recipe courtesy Tony Burke, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

April 2016 News

Welcome to April!

Several Amazing Events This Month!

We have so many great events planned for April—there is bound to be one near you!  

In April, we'll be doing a dinner at Bastille in Alexandria to raise money for US Vets starting new careers as farmers.  We'll be at Monk's BBQ in Purcellville for a couple whisky events, one featuring oysters from War Shore Oyster Company (if you're local, this will be a not-to-miss!).  In western Faquier County, Scott will be bartending at the Ashby Inn (this should be amusing!).  

We'll also have our usual dinner at the distillery in April.  We're almost sold out on this ever-popular four-course dinner, so if you want to go in April, you'd probably want to get those reservations now.  This Saturday, Ron Barker, proprietor of Panacea/Cigar Volante is in the tasting room educating customers about his excellent cigars, a perfect pairing with Roundstone Rye whisky!

And yet, our biggest events in April are with Black's Restaurant Group...

 

April is Black's Restaurant Group Month!

Black's Restaurant Group

Republic, Black Salt, Black's Bar and Kitchen, Pearl Dive...

Black's Restaurant GroupIf you live in the DC area, you've probably been to one of the Black's Restaurant Group (BRG) properties. You'll find their restaurants all over Maryland and DC. In April, the good folks from BRG are coming to us!  And then, we're going to them!  The whole month will be a celebration of this wonderful collaboration between Catoctin and Black's.

To kick things off, the team at Black's Bar and Kitchen came out to the distillery on a frosty Monday morning and helped us bottle an entire barrel of their own private label whisky.  They hand-selected a barrel from our barn, and we bottled it as their house whisky. You can get this one-of-a-kind whisky starting in April.  If you're drinking rye at a restaurant in the Black's group, you're enjoying the finest local, single-barrel whisky!  Black's really puts their money where their mouth is, and focus their entire menu, including the beverage menu, on sourcing from the finest local purveyors.  From oysters to rye, from swiss chard to gin, you can be assured at Black's that your food and drinks represent the rich bounty of agriculture of the Mid-Atlantic.

 Black's Restaurant Group Black's Restaurant Group Black's Restaurant Group

Black's Restaurant Group

The fun begins on Saturday, April 23rd.  The bartenders of Black's Bar and Kitchen will be taking over the tasting room in an ultimate Bartender Brawl! Each bartender will be showcasing one of their own hand-crafted cocktails, and you, the voting public, will get to choose which drink is best! Try all four and make your decision! We'll also be showcasing bar-bites from the chefs at Black's, so you can enjoy the day of fine cocktails and small bites. No cost to attend. Tastings and cocktails will be at normal prices. Come by and join in the fun! Reservations recommended for all that attend.

Then, on April 26th, Catoctin Creek takes over at Black's Bar and Kitchen!!  Scott, Becky and Chad will be on hand to pour tastings of Mosby's Spirit, 1757 Virginia Brandy, and the new private barrel Roundstone Rye!  There will be food from the Chefs, drinks from the bar, and lots of great raffles and prizes.  We'll even have some Kings Mountain on hand, and you might get a chance to get some of that too!  The entire event will raise money for the Black's Foundation, which supports food programs for undernourished kids in Washington DC.  Eat good, drink good, and do good at the same time!  

Come join us!!  Click here to reserve your spot now!

 

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Dude, Who Stole My Bikeshare?

Dude, Where's My Bikeshare?

This cocktail wins in the category of "Best Name Ever!"  The drink is the creation of Fabian Malone, bartender at Alfie's on Georgia Avenue in the Petworth neighborhood in DC.  With a name like "Alfie's," you might expect an old-school Italian family restaurant, or even an American burgers and fries joint.  What you don't expect is a place with Thai food so authentic, you'd think you were on the streets in Bangkok. (The bartenders will cheerfully help you through the menu, if needed.)  Mix that with totally hip modern cocktails, a culturally diverse staff (just minutes north of Howard University), and banging Reggae on the house speakers, and you have a place that is quintessentially DC.  

Fabian's cocktail is as diverse as it's environs:  mixing cachaça, cardamom pods, pineapple, and of course, Roundstone Rye in a cocktail-- you get the feel of a tropical night in Phuket, where the rye actually plays the leading role as a replacement for rum!

I dunno, but after drinking a few of these, my head was spinning as fast as the Reggae.  God Bless the District!

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Avua Cachaça Prata
½ oz simple syrup
4 crushed cardamom pods
½ oz lime juice
2 dashes Bitter Truth aromatic bitters
1 oz pineapple juice
Pineapple wedge to garish

Combine the Roundstone Rye, Cachaça, lime and pineapple juices over ice in a shaker.  Break and crumble the cardamom pods into the shaker and cover with the simple to infuse them a little into the sugar.  Shake vigorously until foamy, and then double strain into a coupe, garnish with a wedge of pineapple.

Recipe courtesy Fabian Malone, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

March 2016 News

Welcome to March!

Celebrating Seven Years!

Family Shot at Catoctin CreekFebruary was a great month!  That's because seven short years ago, in February, our little Harris family began making whisky... at the very dawn of the craft spirits movement.  We were the first in Loudoun County, and still one of the best in Virginia!  Our spirits have been recognized the world over for their smooth and authentically hand-crafted quality.

I thank God for our blessings and successes along the way, and for being able to do what we love... bringing the finest in Virginia craft spirits to you! My how we've grown!

March means more Roundstone Rye for Down-Under!

March is here, and we now eagerly turn our eyes to Spring!  Daffodils, tulips, and cherry blossoms are all right around the corner!  

And as we look forward to the coming warmth, our good friends in Australia are hunkering down for autumn and the coming Australian winter.  In other words... whisky season!  In late January, we shipped a container full of whisky to our importer, Challenger Beverages.  For the past five weeks, the Spirit of Sydney cargo ship has been traversing the broad expanse of the Pacific Ocean (making its way through the Panama Canal at one point).  And after dodging a particularly nasty hurricane near Fiji, our whisky has landed in Sydney!

It's funny to think about it, but if you sit in a bar on the Gold Coast in Australia, you'll be just as able to get a dram of Roundstone Rye as if you were here in our native Virginia!

Cheers to Thinking Global!

Container bound for Australia 

Celtic Crowns + Cocktails - A Workshop for Makers

Alicia with crown

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, join us to create flower crowns with a Celtic vibe using both local and sourced blooms.  Julie Abrera of Beaumont House Design will be guiding you through making your own flower crown.  No flower experience needed. Julie will walk you through every step of transforming luscious flowers into a magnificent crown. All flowers, tools and supplies will be provided.

Scott Harris from Catoctin Creek Distillery will be serving up cocktails for the evening. Two are included in your ticket, but you've always got the option to purchase more - or just take home a delicious bottle for later!

Alicia Bruce of Love Knot Photo will be there taking photos of the event and providing a photo booth for you and your lassies to jump in and show off your creations!

All of the photos will be available for download within one week of the event, and are included in your ticket.

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St. Patrick's Day Whisky Dinner at the Wine Kitchen, Frederick

St. Patrick's Day Pug

Frank says... Join Scott and Becky in celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the Wine Kitchen in Frederick!

We'll have a sumptuous five course dinner paired with whiskey and drinks from Catoctin Creek.  Scott and Becky Harris, the founder and chief distiller of the distillery, will be on hand for casual conversation and to talk more about how we make our unique artisan spirits from hand!  Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all food and drinks.  Taxes and tips extra.

Read More | Menu

 

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • March 2 - Whisky Wednesday - Join us this Wednesday at Jack Rose for free tastings of King's Mountain American Malt Whisky! FREE to attend
  • March 9 - Whisky Wednesday - Join us at Boss Shepherd's for more free tastings and whisky fun! FREE to attend
  • March 16 - Celtic Crowns + Cocktails - This workshop will teach you how to make crowns of flowers, plus two cocktails $45/pp
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Dinner at the Wine Kitchen - Celebrate St. Paddy's day with us at a five course meal at the Wine Kitchen ! $99/pp
  • March 19 - Bottling Workshop - Another great bottling workshop.  Learn to bottle and label your own bottle of Roundstone Rye! FREE to attend

For the full list of events, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Killing Me Softly

Killing Me Softly

This cocktail was the feature dessert cocktail at our 2016 Valentine's Day Dinner at the distillery. It is sweet and bubbly, and perfect for a final night-cap.

1-2 oz of Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy (or Pearousia Pear Brandy, 1757 Grape Brandy, or Quarter Branch Apple Brandy, to taste)
1 oz of raspberry syrup (steep raspberries in equal parts sugar and water for several hours)
Sparking apple cider, Prosecco, Champagne, or Cava
Raspberries for garnish

Add one or two ounces of brandy to the bottom of a Champagne flute, along with an ounce of raspberry syrup. Top with chilled sparkling wine or cider, and garnish with one or two raspberries.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

February 2016 News

Join us for dinner on St. Valentine's Day!

Creme brulee

Bring that someone special in your life to an evening they'll not soon forget.  The evening begins with 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.

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. 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.  For more details, click here.

 

Kings Mountain Malt Whisky Release!

Kings Mountain

Coming February 20th! Our first ever American Malt Whisky! Brewed in collaboration with Heritage Brewing in Manassas, Virginia, this limited quantity whisky will be available on a special release day along with its sister beer, the Kings Mountain scotch ale, aged in Catoctin Creek whisky barrels! Only 344 bottles of the whisky were made.

This whisky is the purest expression of Heritage's Kings Mountain beer, and it is remarkable to see the close relationship between the whisky and the beer. There is a recognizable barley sweetness in the beer, and that carries through note-for-note in the whisky. The whisky is highly aromatic, and reminds one of fields of lavender on a bright sunny day. After the first sip, the whisky settles in at a very comfortable 92 proof, and the malty goodness lingers forever. It is a fine sipping whisky, made from a fine sipping beer.

The event will kick off at Magnolias in Purcellville, where Heritage will have a tap takeover. There, you can sample the beer, then mosey down the street to Catoctin Creek and pick up your bottle of Catoctin Creek Kings Mountain whisky. Both Scott and Sean, owners of the two companies, will be on hand to sign bottles, visit and answer questions.

For more information, click here.

 

Catoctin Wins at 2016 Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards 2016

January was very good to us! What a way to kick off 2016!  Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" was named a winner in the 2016 Good Food Awards.

The winners harken from 33 states, having risen to the top amongst 1,937 entries in a blind tasting with 203 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 – with over two dozen ultimately disqualified. 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.

Accepting the award for Catoctin Creek was founder and chief distiller, Becky Harris.  "We are so happy to receive this Good Food Award," said Becky Harris. "This award is so special:  Not only are the products judged for taste and quality, but they are also judged for sustainability and how they're produced. We are thrilled to win on both taste and sustainability."

To read the full press release, click here.

 

Catoctin Creek Named in Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky America 2016

Icons of Whisky Awards 2016

Also in January, Whisky Magazine recently announced their Icons of Whisky awards, and in the American division, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was shortlisted for three of the awards:

  • Craft Producer of the Year
  • Master Distiller of the Year (Becky Harris)
  • Brand Ambassador of the Year (Chad Robinson)

"While we weren't ultimately selected for the final awards," remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery, "to be included in the shortlist among such great industry names is an honor indeed for which we're very proud!"

To read the full press release, click here.

  

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • February 5 - Art of the Cocktail - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac and its kin $25/pp
  • February 12 - Art of the Cocktail - Prohibition, or the dawn of Moonshine in American culture - 1920 to present day $25/pp
  • February 14 - Valentine's Day Dinner - Bring that special someone to dinner at the distillery.  Four courses with cocktails! $99/pp
  • February 19 - Art of the Cocktail - Toddies and warm cocktails $25/pp
  • February 20 - Kings Mountain Release - Get yours, only 344 bottles produced of our first ever malt whisky! FREE to attend
  • February 26 - Art of the Cocktail - Early gin cocktails - Punch, Collins, Rickey and Ramos $25/pp
  • February 27 - Bottling Workshop - Another great bottling workshop.  Learn to bottle and label your own bottle of Roundstone Rye! FREE to attend

For the full list of events, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Catoctin Cocktail!

Catoctin Cocktail

This is a variant on the classic "Canadian Cocktail" but is so much better when made with a 100% rye whisky. Mmmmm..... delicious, eh!

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky
1/2 oz Cointreau or triple sec
1/2 tsp superfine sugar
1 dash bitters (Peychauds is a good one)

In a shaker half filled with ice cubes, combine all the ingredients. Shake well, strain and pour into a cocktail glass.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

January 2016 News

Happy New Year!! 2016 is here!

The Team at Catoctin Creek

From the entire team at Catoctin Creek, we say:  "Happy New Year!!"

Wowee!  What a year it's been for us!  2015 had so many wonderful accomplishments, many more than we could list, but some of the highlights were:

  • Release of Rabble Rouser — Our four year old straight rye whisky sold out in an hour!  Don't worry, we'll have more in 2016.
  • Launch of Catoctin Creek into new markets — North Carolina, New Jersey, and Australia!
  • Delicious distillery dinners featuring Wandering Chef — If you haven't treated yourself to dinner, you're missing a really wonderful experience!
  • Amazing press from national sourcesFox News, ForbesWine Enthusiast, Foodable, Zagat and winning the RAMMY for Beverage Producer of the Year.
  • Wonderful support from our restaurant, bar, and off-premise partners — We are overjoyed at the continued support we receive from those retailers and restaurants who take the extra step to support small-batch artisanal spirits like ours.  It means everything to us!!  Thank you!
  • Wonderful support from our customers — People just like you!  We wouldn't be here without your support too!  Thank you!!

So, from our family to yours, we wish you the very best for 2016:  Peace, Joy, and Prosperity in the New Year!!

 

Vote for us in Best of Loudoun!

Best of Loudoun

It's that time of year when selections are made for the Best of Loudoun presented by the Loudoun Times-Mirror.

May we count on your vote and support?

Click on "Dining/Distillery" and Vote for Catoctin Creek Distillery. It's that easy!

Your support is appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Vote

 

Art of the Cocktail - An Educational Series

Monkey GlandEver wonder where the cocktail came from?

What were the primary influences of the early bartenders?

How did Prohibition affect the cocktail?

What spirits were widely available before/during/after Prohibition?

What's the difference between a fizz and a flip?

What exactly are vermouth/bitters/shrubs, anyway?

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, the first in a six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.

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:

  • January 8 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 15 - NO CLASS - Scott is on travel
  • January 22 - Gin is in! Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 29 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • February 5 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 12 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 19 - 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 $25 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.

Please click here to register.

 

War Shore Oysters and Catoctin Creek Cocktails!

War Shore Oyster Company

Virginia Oysters and Virginia Cocktails, a perfect pairing!


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!

Join us at the distillery on Saturday, January 9th, from 7pm to 9pm as Brad Blymier, founder of War Shore Oyster Company, and Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek, team up to pair the best local oysters with the best local cocktails!

The evening will include six oysters per person, paired with three cocktails. We'll also tour the distillery, and each guest will receive a souvenir shot glass. The cost is only $30 per person. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets now!

Please click here to register.

War Shore Oysters

 

Kings Mountain Whisky - Our first ever American Malt Whisky Release!

Kings Mountain

Our FIRST EVER American Malt Whisky!

Coming January 23rd! Our first ever American Malt Whisky! Brewed in collaboration with Heritage Brewing in Manassas, Virginia, this limited quantity whisky will be available on a special release day along with its sister beer, the Kings Mountain scotch ale, aged in Catoctin Creek whisky barrels! Only 344 bottles of the whisky were made.

This whisky is the purest expression of Heritage's Kings Mountain beer, and it is remarkable to see the close relationship between the whisky and the beer. There is a recognizable barley sweetness in the beer, and that carries through note-for-note in the whisky. The whisky is highly aromatic, and reminds one of fields of lavender on a bright sunny day. After the first sip, the whisky settles in at a very comfortable 92 proof, and the malty goodness lingers forever. It is a fine sipping whisky, made from a fine sipping beer.

The event will kick off at Magnolias in Purcellville, where Heritage will have a tap takeover. There, you can sample the beer, then mosey down the street to Catoctin Creek and pick up your bottle of Catoctin Creek Kings Mountain whisky. Both Scott and Sean, owners of the two companies, will be on hand to sign bottles, visit and answer questions.

Please click here for more information.

 

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • January 1 - NEW YEARS DAY - We will be CLOSED.
  • January 8 - February 19 - Art of the Cocktail - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating classic cocktails of ages past. $25/pp
  • January 9 - War Shore Oysters & Cocktails - Join Scott and Brad for an evening of oysters and expertly paired cocktails! $30/pp
  • January 23 - Kings Mountain Release - Join us for a release party at Magnolia's at the Mill and Catoctin Creek for this first ever malt whisky release! FREE to attend
  • January 23 - Burns Dinner at Oatlands - Celebrate with us as we celebrate the National Poet of Scotland, Robert Burns, with whisky, great food, and song! $99/pp
  • January 30 - Bottling Workshop - Another great bottling workshop.  Learn to bottle and label your own bottle of Roundstone Rye! FREE to attend

And in February...

  • February 14 - Valentine's Day Dinner - Bring that special someone to dinner at the distillery.  Four courses with cocktails! $99/pp

For the full list of events, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Vermilion Cocktail!

Vermilion #2

This cocktail was the featured Watershed Gin cocktail at Vermilion for their Catoctin Creek Autumn Cocktail Tasting event.  Head mixologist Jeff Faile created the cocktails to pair with small tapas bites for a wonderful evening of food and cocktails.

1 oz Watershed Gin
½ oz salted honey syrup
½ oz Yellow Chartreuse
½ oz fresh lemon juice
Lemon peel garnish

Combine the Watershed Gin, honey syrup, Chartreuse, and lemon in a shaker of ice.  Stir and strain into a coupe glass and garnish with lemon peel.

Cocktail courtesy Jeff Faile of Vermilion in Alexandria, Virginia.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

December 2015 News

December is here! 

Happy Holidays to you all!  Christmas and Hanukkah are quickly approaching, and our thoughts turn to unwinding from the stress of our daily lives and spending more time with friends and family this month.  It is such a gift to be alive, and to be with the ones we love.  We at Catoctin Creek are particularly blessed to be doing what we love, and to have customers like yourselves who enjoy our craft.  

So, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and may there be peace on Earth in our lifetime!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  

Roundstone at Christmas

 

Gift Items This Holiday Season

Stop by our tasting room this holiday season and pick up one of our exciting gift items for the holiday.  Spirits are the perfect gift for those fussy relatives who already have everything!  Give them something local, hand-crafted, and totally unique this year!

We have three-set gift packs of our flagship products:  Roundstone Rye, Mosby's Spirit, and Watershed Gin in cute little 200 mL bottles, all displayed in a handsome custom gift box.  We also have hand-wrapped gift baskets with your choice of spirits, glassware, and bar accessories like bitters and cocktail books.  We'll gladly make you a custom basket while you wait.  Finally, if you just can't decide, you can pick up a gift card for any amount at our store (or call us, we'll mail it to you).

There's pretty much something for anyone on your list!  Stop by soon and see for yourself!

Gift Ideas from Catoctin Creek

 

Roundstone Rye on Fox News

 

Fox NewsRoundstone Rye was highlighted as a whisky for the "whiskey snob" on your list.  For sure pick some up for your favorite snob, and grab a bottle for yourself too!

Catoctin Creek has become an institution in the small town of Purcellville, Va., where the distillery holds a place of honor on the town’s main street. But the company’s flagship Roundstone Rye is taking off way beyond its small-town roots.

Read the full story, and see the other spirits on their list, here.

 

 

The Art of the Cocktail - An Educational Series for January

Monkey GlandAn Educational Series by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery

Ever wonder where the cocktail came from?

What were the primary influences of the early bartenders?

How did Prohibition affect the cocktail?

What spirits were widely available before/during/after Prohibition?

What's the difference between a fizz and a flip?

What exactly are vermouth/bitters/shrubs, anyway?

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, the first in a six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.

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 2016:

  • January 8 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 15 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 22 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • January 29 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 5 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 12 - 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 $25 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/events/1137-the-art-of-the-cocktail-an-educational-series-by-scott-harris

 

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.

~ MENU ~

“Juniper, Spice and Everything Nice” Rubbed Pork Belly, Fennel and Apple, Cranberry-Citrus and Red Onion Chutney

Salad of Baby Greens and Spice Smoked Duck, “Mulled” Cider Vinaigrette, Gorgonzola, Toasted Walnuts and Raw Apples

Slow Roasted Beef Striploin, Potato gratin, Green Peppercorn Au Jus, Butter and Garlic Green Beans and Carrots

Our Version of Figgy Pudding

 

 

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • December 5 - Bottling Workshop - Always free to public, and a fun morning of breakfast, bottling and tastings!  FREE!
  • December 11 - Dinner at the Distillery - Fine dining at the distillery.  Join Scott and Becky for a four-course dinner with cocktail pairings $99/pp
  • December 25 - CHRISTMAS DAY - We will be CLOSED.  We will be open all other days in December except the three Mondays before Christmas.
  • January 1 - NEW YEARS DAY - We will be CLOSED.
  • January 8 - February 19 - Art of the Cocktail - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating classic cocktails of ages past. $25/pp
  • January 23 - Burns Dinner at Oatlands - Celebrate with us as we celebrate the National Poet of Scotland, Robert Burns, with whisky, great food, and song! $99/pp

For the full list of events, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Roundstone in Broadbeach ... AUSTRALIA!

Rye Not Roundstone

Rory Lenihan, mixologist at Social Eating House and Bar, is now serving Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof".  Social Eating House is located in Broadbeach, on the Gold Coast in Australia, south of Brisbane.  

We must remember that although Winter is Coming here at home, in the Land of Oz, they're heading into high summer!  Hence this lovely tropical cocktail, mate!

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof"
½ oz Apricot brandy
¼ oz Banana liquor
¼ oz Lime infused brown sugar syrup
Whiskey aged barrel bitters

Combine ingredients and serve up in a cocktail glass with a lime peel.  

[Quantities above are my own estimation, but hopefully pretty close. Your mileage may vary.  Feel free to adjust proportions to your own liking.  And cheers! --Scott]

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

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Catoctin Creek Distillery

Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W Main St
Purcellville, VA 20132

Tel (540) 751-8404


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  MAR 28   Sip and Paint at the Distillery 6:00pm—8:00pm Want to learn to paint?  Already a gifted artist?  Just want an excuse to relax a little with some painting lessons and a refreshing cocktail? ...

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  APR 11   Yoga at the Distillery – Every 2nd Thursday 6:00pm—7:00pm Beginning in March, come join us at Catoctin Creek Distillery every second Thursday for a Yoga and Cocktails night! Come share our beautiful, peaceful...

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