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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

November 2015 News

Happy November! 

Welcome to November!  There is so much fun stuff lined up for the rest of this year, you won't want to miss out!  In an effort not to deluge your inbox, we decided to consolidate several emails into one this month, so here is a condensed list of our most popular workshops and events.  For a more detailed list of events, check out the complete list at http://catoctincreek.com/events

Click on the photos below for more information about each event.

Another Bottling Workshop!  

Bottling Workshop

Fall Dinner at the Distillery!  

Fall Dinner

Buncearoo Presents: Jared & the Mill!  

Jared & The Mill

 

Rabble Rouser released!

 

TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!

 

Rabble RouserRabble Rouser is the latest rye whisky offering from Catoctin Creek.  Distilled from 100% rye, and like the other whisky from Catoctin Creek, Rabble Rouser is a single barrel, hand-crafted whisky.  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 in Minnesota white oak barrel, twice the legal age requirement for "straight rye whiskey."  It is bottled at 100 proof.

"Where Roundstone Rye is sort of restrained, with lots of fruit and elegance, Rabble Rouser is more unruly and vivacious," says Scott Harris, founder of the distillery, "There's a burst of rich rye spice and sweet woodiness that dominates this whisky." 

"At four years old, Catoctin Creek is one of just a few craft distilleries producing rye whiskey of that age," says Jake Emen, who writes for Washington City Paper.

The Rabble Rouser straight rye whisky will be released in limited quantities into the Virginia, Maryland, DC, and New York markets.  

It will be released at the Purcellville distillery TODAY. If you miss this important release day, we will likely be sold out afterwards.  If you never want to miss another special release, you should consider joining our VIP Club.  Information on VIP Club may be found here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/vip-club

Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser Straight Whisky, 50% ABV, single barrel whisky distilled from 100% rye, 750ml, SRP $61.59.  While supplies last!

This whisky is dedicated to Allan Guy, treasured colleague and friend.

 

War Shore Oysters and Cocktail Pairing at the Distillery

War Shore Oyster BarBACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!

Join us at the distillery on Thursday, November 19, from 6:30pm to 8pm 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!

Click here for more information:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/events/924-war-shore-oyster-and-cocktail-pairing

War Shore Oyster Bar 

 

Announcing the Art of the Cocktail Series

An 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

 

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, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Walnut Old Fashioned

Walnut Old Fashioned

One sip of this cocktail and you'll be thinking, "Thank God, Fall is here!"  This recipe is a version of the cocktail created by Paul Taylor at Southern Efficiency, for the Smithsonian "Mind of a Critic" event held in October.  We love the use of the Nocino from Don Ciccio, a DC-based distillery producing liqueurs from old family recipes from the Amalfi coast in Italy.

2 oz Roundstone Rye whisky
½ oz honey syrup*
½ oz Don Ciccio Nocino (walnut liqueur)
Dash of Angostura aromatic bitters

Combine the ingredients in a rocks glass with a big ice cube, stirring gently.

*Honey Syrup
Combine equal parts local honey and hot water. Stir to combine and store for up to three months in the refrigerator.

Recipe courtesy Paul Taylor of Southern Efficiency.

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 2015 News

October is here! 

Welcome to October!  We have lots of exciting things happening in October, not least of which is the release of two very special cask proof expressions of Roundstone Rye... 

2015 Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Releases - TWO Amazing Expressions

We are very proud to announce the release of two of our newest expressions of Roundstone Rye Cask Proof!  The Roundstone Rye has won gold medals from San Francisco to New York to London, and was recently called a “huge rye” and “great fun” in the 2015 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.  And now, we have two versions to share at cask proof.

Cask Proof 2015 ReleasesThe first expression is our Roundstone Rye "Maple Finished" Cask Proof, where we've taken those old maple-syrup barrels from the Langdon Wood maple syrup that we sell in our tasting room, and we re-filled them with whisky.  The result is not cloying or sweet, but a smooth maple flavor that blends perfectly into the whisky, and a maple finish that goes on, and on, and on, and on...  Only 26 cases will be available in the tasting room for sale!  

The second expression is our Roundstone Rye "Peach Brandy Finished" Cask Proof, where we've taken one of our spent peach brandy barrels and finished the whisky in that barrel.  In this case, again, the subtle fruitiness of the peach comes into the mid-palate, and a sweet peachy finish closes out the whisky.  Only 8 (yes, EIGHT) cases are available in the tasting room for sale!  This one will absolutely sell out right away, so please get yours ASAP to ensure you get some.

Both whisky expressions will also be released in limited quantities into the Maryland, DC, and California markets.  Be sure to check our Whiskey Wednesday in DC schedule for your chance to get a free tasting of these newest expressions!  Details, here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/events/1118-introducing-whisky-wednesdays-with-catoctin-creek

Roundstone Rye Cask Proof will be released at the Purcellville distillery on September 23 for VIP members and Saturday, Oct. 10 for the general public.  Information on VIP Club may be found here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/vip-club

What: Catoctin Creek Cask Proof Release
Where:

Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia

When:

VIP ONLY:  Sept. 23, 1pm

General Public: Oct. 10, 12pm

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" Whisky, 59.8% ABV, whisky distilled from 100% rye, 750ml, SRP $89.90.  While supplies last!

 

Catoctin Creek wins another Gold Medal in New York!

NYC Gold 2015We were awarded a gold medal for its Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" whisky in the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition.

"We are absolutely delighted by this award, from one of the most respected spirits judging competitions on the planet," remarked Scott Harris, founder and general manager of the distillery.  "New York has always been the center of our cultural universe, and it is wonderful to get this recognition from an internationally-respected organization!"

Despite its small size, the small Purcellville distillery has seen distribution expanding rapidly in the last five years, sending its spirits to New York, California, and internationally.

The New York World Wine and Spirits Competition is one of the largest competitions for the retail beverage industry in the world and has attracted top professional Judges from restaurants, bars and clubs, food and beverage buyers, USBG Mixologists, Educators, Beverage Directors, Columnists, Writers, Sommeliers and Chefs. All Judges will follow and utilize a proven numerical evaluation system that will promote reliable and consistent results.

For more information about the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, see www.nyworldwineandspiritscompetition.com

 

Malt Imposter does a CrAzY review of our rye!

Catoctin Creek 3, White Wine Cask Rye

Those zany guys at Malt Impostor are at it again, this time, reviewing The Single Cask Nation Catoctin Creek 3 Year Old Rye Whisky.  The reviews are always crazy, but I think he liked it:

On the scale of the greatest players on the Phoenix Suns— The SCN Catoctin Creek 3 Year Old Rye Whisky (White Wine Cask) is Charles Barkley–Though he only played for a few years, he was nevertheless the league MVP on a team he led to the NBA Finals in 1992-93. Also, he was never, in any way, turrible.

Read the full review, here.

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a few really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Cucumber Collins

 

Autumnal Equinox

Now that autumn is here, let's celebrate with an appropriate cocktail!  The equinox is that special time in the calendar when the length of day and night are exactly equal across all the globe. This only happens at the beginning of spring and now, at autumn. From here on out in the northern hemisphere, our nights will be longer than our days as we slide into autumn and winter.

With that in mind, here is a cocktail from Chad Robinson made just for the season.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
1 oz Cocci Americano vermouth
½ oz Fall shrub*
Sage and sliced apple garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice, and strain into a rocks glass with one or two large cubes. Garnish with an apple slice and a leaf of sage.

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

September 2015 News

September is Brandy Month!

Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy 

At Catoctin Creek, brandy is a spirit that we've enjoyed making since we started the distillery in 2009.  And although other spirits such as whiskey, mezcal, rum, and even cachaça have seen much interest in high-end cocktail bars, brandy remains relatively unknown by the general public.  

Therefore, it was very cool to see the article in Eater on a "Beginner's Guide to Brandy."  The fabulous Jake Emen does a great story breaking down the types of brandy found worldwide.  A wonderful Brandy 101 for beginners:

"The only times I really hear brandy referenced, it's the most generic, cliché image of a stuffy old white man in a smoking jacket with a snifter by a fireplace drinking some unpronounceable French brandy," says Chad Robinson, an all-around brandy enthusiast, and brand ambassador for Catoctin Creek, a Virginia distillery which produces a range of brandies, in addition to whiskey and gin. Yes, brandy can be enjoyed in that form and fashion. But no, that's not all there is to it.

Read the full story, here.  

Autumn is brandy season, so come on by the distillery, and pick up a bottle of any one of our available types of brandy:  1757 Virginia Brandy (from grapes), Pearousia pear brandy, Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy, and Quarter Branch Apple Brandy.  Presently, we have all four varieties available for sale today.  Come and see us soon!

 

Epicurience Weekend!  Join us in the VIP tent or at Patowmack Farm.

Cork Wine Bottle

Catoctin Creek will be participating in two wonderful events this year at Epicurience.  We hope to see you at one of them!

Epicurience Virginia Opening Night Chefs Dinner - September 4th

Enjoy an idyllic setting with country cuisine, a selection of award-winning beverages and live music at the "State Fair" event that marks the start of Epicurience Virginia 2015, which celebrates the best in food and wine.  The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, one of Loudoun's Destination Restaurants and farms, will be your host. Meet and enjoy the offerings of these nationally and regionally celebrate chefs: Tarver King, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm - Loudoun County, VA Bryan Voltaggio, Volt and Family Meal - Frederick County, MD & Loudoun County, VA Justin Severino, Cure - Pittsburgh, PA Tim Ma, Water & Wall - Arlington, VA Jason Lage, Market Table Bistro & Market Burger - Loudoun County, VA Scott Harris, Catoctin Creek Distillery - Loudoun County, VA Loudoun Wine Award Gold Medal Winners   Get tickets here

VIP Chef's Plates and Cocktail Pairings by Catoctin Creek - September 5th

Catoctin Creek Distillery will be offering VIP Guests an exclusive cocktail sampling in the VIP tent all day long!  Stroll through the vendors at the Grand Tasting, and when you're ready, pop into the VIP tent for live music, a sampling of great fare from local Virginia chefs, wines from Virginia wineries, and cocktails by Catoctin Creek!  The VIP tent is an exclusive ticket, so you must get that ticket in advance, here.  The complete schedule of events is here.

Epicurience

 

Catoctin Creek Week in New York City!  September 8-11

Hey, New York!  Scott Harris, the founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek Distillery, will be touring around New York the second week in September!  If you live in the New York City or Brooklyn areas, please be sure not to miss a chance to meet Scott and chat with him.  He's super nice, and is happy to spend some time over a dram (or two, or three!) talking about how he and Becky started the distillery, what it's like to be a craft distiller, what goes into the making of our products, and just about anything else you'd like to ask!  (Why do we spell whisky without an 'e'?  What's the deal with being eco-ganic?  How did the name Roundstone come to be?) 

For the full schedule of events during the week, click here.  Be sure to check out at least one of these, and spread the word!!  And if you're a restaurant, bar, liquor store, or other such venue, please reach out to us and let us know if you'd like Scott to stop by for a visit!  He'll have time during the day to make some visits, so let us know ASAP if you'd like to see him!

 

In the News...

We have a nice profile of the distillery at The Dominion Collective.  Joe Fitzpatrick does a pretty comprehensive piece, for example, this quote on why we chose to be eco-ganic:

For us, eco-ganic really is the starting point of historical accuracy. One hundred years ago, they didn’t have herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. It was eco-ganic production; they just didn’t call it that. We felt that eco-ganic was more historically accurate with the way the spirit would  taste, and it helps support sustainable farming and, generally speaking, gives smaller farmers that are seeking a high-value means of income for their crops. So we like the whole circle of life, crunchy granola kind  of message too. But when it comes down to it, we like the taste, and the taste of the eco-ganic grain is super clean and doesn’t have any of the residues or off notes you would taste in a spirit that has been treated with these chemicals.

Read the full story, here.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a few really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

  • September 4 - Marie Miller and Jesse Ruben, LIVE! - The fun continues with Buncearoo in September!
  • September 4 - Epicurience Market at Patowmack Farm - Join Scott and Becky with local wineries, and James Beard nominated chefs like Tim Ma, Bryan Voltaggio, Jason Lage, and Tarver King for a sampling of wonderful Virginia fare.
  • September 5 - Epicurience Grand Tasting VIP Tent - Join Scott and Becky as we pour signature cocktails in the VIP tent.
  • September 8-11 - Catoctin Creek Week in New York - Scott will be touring around New York City and Brooklyn.  Come meet him while he's there!
  • September 12 - Whiskey Dinner at Aldie Mill - Now in our fifth year, by the time you read this, it's probably already sold out, but CHECK AND SEE!!  It is a must do bucket-list event!
  • September 18 - Dinner at the Distillery - Now in our second year, join us for a delicious four-course seasonal dinner and paired cocktails.
  • September 19 - Bottling Workshop - Another great opportunity to bottle whisky, get a personal tour from Scott & Becky, and get breakfast and a free tasting too!
  • September 25 - Alanna Royale and friends, LIVE! - Wow, the Buncearoo fun just keeps on keeping on!  Seriously, if you've not checked out a concert at Catoctin Creek, you're truly missing out!

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Cucumber Collins

 

Cucumber Collins

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.

A simple juice + spirit drink is necessary after a long, hot draining DC weekend. This is not a strong cocktail at all, and just a touch of gin is needed to cut some of the sweetness of the apple juice.

1 oz Watershed Gin
Juice of one entire granny smith apple
Juice of half a cucumber
Juice of half a lime

Combine the juices and gin, and serve over ice.  Garnish with slices of lime and cuke.

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

August 2015 News

Welcome to August!

August-Cocktails

Greetings, Catoctin Creek Nation!  August is now upon us, and we've changed up the cocktails again in the tasting room!  Going with the "Dog Days of Summer" theme, our August cocktails are all inspired by those hot evenings at the community pool, sipping on lemonade, picnics, and other rituals of late summer.

Enjoy the Pink Side of the Moon, a creative take on pink lemonade, the Big Quench, a lime based cocktail, and Blue is the new Orange, a fun blueberry cocktail.  By popular demand, we also have the return of some Catoctin Creek classics, like the Bloody Mosby, the Horse's Neck, and the Gin & Tonic.  

Of course, if cocktails aren't your thing, we still have flights of whiskey, brandy, gin and moonshine!  We have also introduced a line of custom non-alcoholic sodas, using Element Shrubs as the base. Next time you're in, you can try a Lemon Mint soda, or a Blueberry Rosemary soda, to name a couple!  So even your designated driver (or children) will get a crafted artisan experience!  There's something for everybody!

Come see us soon!!

Apple Brandy is HERE!!!!

 Apple Brandy

We are thrilled to announce that our first batch of Catoctin Creek Apple Brandy is now available for sale!  Only 336 bottles were made, so this one will go pretty fast!  You can pick up your limited edition, hand-numbered bottles at our tasting room during normal business hours!

Our apple brandy is sourced from local Virginia apples, and done in collaboration with Blue Bee Cidery in Richmond.  We've been working on this project for several years now, so we are delighted that we finally have some available to sell!  Come and get yours soon, while it lasts!  If you're unsure, come in and ask for it as one of your tasting options, and you can try it before you buy it!

We also still have a very small amount of Roundstone Rye "CASK PROOF" available, but only 12 bottles or so.  So if you want that, you better get that soon, because we won't make any more for the rest of this year.

 

Catoctin Creek featured in the new Whole Foods in Ashburn, Virginia!

Whole Foods

Whole Foods just opened a new store in Ashburn, Virginia, just about 10 miles from us here in Purcellville, and in it, they've launched a new concept:  a local-only pub!  That's right, you can go to get groceries, and stop by for a well made Manhattan, Sazerac or Gin Fizz.  What's more, they're only featuring locally made spirits, like Catoctin Creek, Copper Fox, and Mt. Defiance.  So when you get your cocktail, it's like visiting a remote tasting room for all these great local distilleries.  They also have beer from Old Ox, and a few other surprises!  So definitely, go check them out and give them some love while you fill your grocery basket!

 

Now in North Carolina!

Roundstone Rye

Catoctin Creek is now available in North Carolina, and will soon be available at fine restaurants, bars, and retail ABC stores throughout the state.

"We are thrilled to continue our east-coast expansion in the United States," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "Since our inception in 2009, we have received numerous and consistent requests from people in North Carolina to purchase our products.  We felt the time was finally right to begin to supply our neighboring state."

North Carolina is one of the sixteen "control states" where liquor sales are controlled by the state government.  Distribution in North Carolina will be achieved through a partnership between Catoctin Creek and Southern Wine and Spirits Mid-Atlantic, which brokers the distillery's sales in the state.  The first product selected for distribution in North Carolina is the distillery's most popular and internationally award winning rye whisky, Catoctin Creek eco-ganic Roundstone Rye, 40% ABV, SRP $45.   Other products will be available on a special-order basis.

For more information on Roundstone Rye, see:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/products/roundstone

For more information on our North Carolina distribution, see:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/wheretobuy-nc

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a few really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

And in September, a few more:

  • September 2 - Four course dinner at Vermillion - Meet Scott and Becky and enjoy hand-crafted cocktails by Jeff Faile at this great Alexandria restaurant.
  • September 4 - Marie Miller and Jesse Ruben, LIVE! - The fun continues with Buncearoo in September!
  • September 12 - Whiskey Dinner at Aldie Mill - Now in our fifth year, by the time you read this, it's probably already sold out, but CHECK AND SEE!!  It is a must do bucket-list event!
  • September 18 - Dinner at the Distillery - Now in our second year, join us for a delicious four-course seasonal dinner and paired cocktails.
  • September 25 - Alanna Royale and friends, LIVE! - Wow, the Buncearoo fun just keeps on keeping on!  Seriously, if you've not checked out a concert at Catoctin Creek, you're truly missing out!

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Double Barrel

Double Barrel

This cocktail comes to us from Chris Grimm at Horse and Flower.  The cocktail is attributed to George J. Kappeler, 1900. A "nice, serious cocktail."

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof"
1½ oz Carpano Antica red vermouth
1½ oz Noilly Prat extra dry vermouth
1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
1-2 dashes orange bitters

Combine all over ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Photo and cocktail courtesy Chriss Grimm 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

July 2015 News

Happy 4th of July from Catoctin Creek!!!!

American Flag Spirits

Catoctin Creek would like to wish each and every one of you a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!  We will be OPEN FOR BUSINESS during the holiday.  Tours and tastings are from 12pm to 7pm on Saturday.  Please stop by to get out of the heat and grab some refreshments before heading out to your favorite fireworks show or holiday cookout!  To reserve your spot, click here!

What better way to celebrate our nation's independence than with a bottle of hand-crafted Virginia rye whisky or gin?!  God Bless America, indeed!

 

Announcing the Catoctin Creek Music Festival — Sunday, July 19!

 Catoctin Creek Music Festival

We are thrilled to announce our first ever music festival at Catoctin Creek!  Four amazing bands will perform throughout the day on Sunday, July 19th, from 12pm to 8pm.  Tickets are only $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and give you access to the entire day of music!  The tasting room will be open during the show, so you can get tastings at the bar for normal prices.  You'll be seated in the distillery for the shows, and free to come and go with your CCDC wristband.

Click Here to Book Now

We'll also have food available for the day from Sexi Mexi food truck ... So really, what else were you planning on doing that's as cool as this on a Sunday afternoon?!

Here's the line-up of artists:

This concert will prove to be one of the best in local music to hit Western Loudoun, featuring styles ranging from Bluegrass, Rock, Indie-Goth-Bluegrass (seriously?! yeah!!), and New Orleans/Dixieland Jazz.  Don't miss this great day to get out of the heat, slip into the cool AC, sip a delicious cocktail, and enjoy the show!

 

Roundstone Rye Reviewed in Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast July 2015

We were delighted to receive a review in the recent issue of Wine Enthusiast for Roundstone Rye. The bottle reviewed was submitted over 2 years ago, so we almost forgot completely about it. Since then, the whisky has gotten older and more complex, having the benefit of aging in our off-premise barn/rickhouse. The newest bottles being sold today... well, we just keep getting better!

89 - Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye (USA; Catoctin Creek Distilling, Purcellville, VA). This single-barrel whiskey is made from 100% rye and aged for less than two years. In the glass, it has an orange-amber hue and aroma that melds oak, malt and vanilla. On the palate, vanilla leads, with oakiness winding into a baking-spice finish. A good match for Manhattans.

You can read the full review, here, or click the image at right.

 

Guest Bartender of the Month — Chad Robinson

Chad Robinson

Join us in welcoming Chad Robinson as our guest bartender in July!  Chad will be slinging the cocktail shakers behind the bar on Saturday, July 11, from noon til dusk.  If you don't already know, Chad is the Catoctin Creek brand ambassador, usually traveling up and down the east coast to represent Catoctin Creek.  On the side, he loves to do a bit of bartending.  An expert on cocktails, Chad has been a vital part of educating the public on old classics like punches, toddies, and fizzes.  This month, Chad will be doing various takes on the classic highball (a basic mixture of soda and spirits).  

Cocktail tastings will be served all day, and Chad will be on hand to chat and answer questions about his creations.  While you're there, be sure to ask him about the history of cocktails and soak up some of that massive drinking knowledge that he has!  It's an opportunity you don't want to miss!

Chad behind the bar

 

Catoctin Creek wins 2015 RAMMY for Best Food and Beverage Producer in DC!

Rammys Winner

Catoctin Creek got big news in June as we were awarded the RAMMY for best regional food and beverage producer in Washington DC.  The RAMMYS are the Washington DC area's biggest food awards, with the awards selected each year by a panel of judges at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.  Also nominated in the category were finalists: DC Brau Brewing Company, Dolci Gelati, Early Mountain Vineyards, and New Columbia Distillers.

"We are so incredibly honored by this award," said Scott Harris, co-founder of the distillery.  "The first person I must thank is my wife, Becky, who gets up every morning to make the whisky.  Just as importantly, I wish to thank all of the restaurants in the DC area who support what we do by buying our products.  There's no place quite like DC for supporting local liquor!  We are truly thankful!"

Scott and Becky at the RAMMY Awards

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a bunch of really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Founder's Julep

Founder's Julep

This cocktail was the second of two created for the History of Drinking lectures at the National Archives.

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ Smith & Cross Jamaica Rum
¾ oz Henriques & Henriques Finest Dry Madeira
½ rich simple syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters
5 sprigs fresh mint

Gently muddle the leaves of 3 mint sprigs with the simple syrup in a julep cup. Drag leaves around the cup to coat the inside, then discard leaves. Add other ingredients and fill halfway with crushed ice, jiggle. Finish by heaping crushed ice into a rounded cone sticking out of the top of the cup. Garnish with 2 fulsome sprigs of mint sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Courtesy JP Fetherston, bartender at Southern Efficiency.

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 2015 News

June is RAMMYS Month!

Rammys Finalist

We were very honored to be named a finalist in the category of Beverage Producer for the RAMMY 2015 awards!  Think of the RAMMYS as the awards for all things restaurants, food and drink in Washington DC.  Sponsored by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), the RAMMYS are most important to us because they are acknowledgement from our peers in the industry. 

The big gala, including the announcement of the winners, will be at the Convention Center on June 7th.  Wish us luck!!

Learn more about the RAMMYS, here.

 

Our New Jingle!!  By Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders!

Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders 

We were so pleased this week when Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders (pictured above) dropped off a little present they've been working on for the past year.  They created a jingle for us!!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

Oh, how I love this new jingle!  It so perfectly captures the fun energy that we hope to bring to every party.  We hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share!

Don't forget to check out Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders for more information about the band!

Written, arranged and performed by Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders (Lisa Taylor, Les Thompson & Stephanie Thompson)
With special guests Seth Kibel on clarinet and Rick Reaves on trombone
Recorded and engineered by Dustin Delage at Cabin Studios, Leesburg VA

 

Catoctin Creek on the Radio!  Listen to us on Foodie and the Beast

Federal News Radio

Last weekend, we were invited back to appear on Foodie and the Beast on Federal News Radio.  Nycci and David had the finalists in the Beverage Producers category (ourselves, DC Brau, New Columbia, and Early Mountain Vineyards) on the show to talk about the RAMMYs and what it meant to each of us to be nominated for the award.

We slung the cocktail shaker to pour our signature cocktail for the gala, The Devil and His Wife.  It was a great show! You can hear the show on their site, here, or download the podcast, here.

Foodie and the Beast

 

Roundstone Rye on Whiskey Cats Podcast

The Whiskey Cats are a team of three boisterous ladies who gather and consume various whiskies and tell us about it on their podcast.  This week's show has them tasting two ryes, our own Roundstone Rye, and a rye from Oregon called Finn's.  Both are produced very similarly, but it's fun to listen to how different the two spirits are.

Listen to the podcast on Soundcloud by clicking here.

Whiskey Cats

 

New in the Tasting Room — Chocolate Tastings and New Cocktails!

Cocktails

New Chocolates and Cocktails

Our entire tasting menu has been revamped for June.  Cocktails now include the Front Porch Sipper and the Hibiscus Colada, among others.  Come in and try our newest cocktails designed with summer in mind.  Cool, refreshing, and delicious!  Find out more, here.

We've also added a new spirits / chocolate truffle pairing menu.  You can try some new chocolates from The Perfect Truffle in Frederick, Maryland, which have been thoughtfully paired with three of our spirits, only $15 for the combined spirits / chocolate tasting!  And, of course, if you like the spirits or the chocolates, we can send you home with a bottle or a box of chocolates... or both!

 

Upcoming Events

June is a funny month, full of travel and some lobbying on Capitol Hill, so we have relatively few events this month:

  • June 12 - Wandering Chef Dinner - Our monthly four course dinner with cocktail pairings.  Get a private tour of the distillery and an amazing dinner.
  • June 27 - Bottling Workshop - Ever popular, and always sold out... come learn how to bottle whisky and get a free tasting and breakfast!

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Devil and His Wife

The Devil and His Wife

"The devil's beating his wife" is a Southern saying to describe the weather when it is simultaneously raining and the sun is shining.  Figuring that the cocktail is a derivative of the New Orleans classic rum drink, the hurricane, we kept with the weather theme, but added a bit of a Virginia twist.  (Pawpaws are native to Virginia.)

This is the Catoctin Creek feature cocktail of the RAMMYS 2015 gala in Washington DC.

Pawpaw1 oz Roundstone Rye
1 oz Mosby's Spirit
1½ oz pawpaw syrup*
½ oz orange juice
½ oz lime juice
½ oz grenadine*
Orange wedge for garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the cocktail for about 30 seconds. Pour into a hurricane glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Pawpaw syrup - Mix 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 2 cups of paw paw pulp in a saucepan. Stir constantly to keep the pawpaw from scorching on the bottom of the pan. Once all the sugar is dissolved, strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve to strain out more of the solids. Add a ½ oz of Mosby's Spirit to help preserve the syrup. Store for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Grenadine - Mix equal parts pomegranate juice and sugar in a saucepan. Turn the heat on low and stir to combine until all the sugar is dissolved. Store for two weeks in the refrigerator. You may also buy it in the store but isn't it more fun to make your own? Alternative recipes call for pomegranate molasses, vanilla extract and other additives, but I prefer to KISS it. (Keep it simple, stupid)

Cocktail recipe courtesy of Chad Robinson.  Pawpaw photo copyright Clarknova on Wikipedia; unrestricted use permitted.

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 2015 News

Welcome to May!  What a journey so far!

The Harris Family, 2010The following is an excerpt from the Visit Loudoun Blog, where, this month, Scott is making a guest appearance telling the story of how he and Becky started Catoctin Creek.  We hope you enjoy... 

Wow.  Six years.  I can hardly believe it.  Time flies so quickly. 

Six years ago, I was sitting at my desk in a windowless office, underneath the unflattering fluorescent tubes of a Fairfax-based government contractor.  I was working on the sixth revision of a Powerpoint package--my boss was ridiculously finicky--doing a presentation for a customer whom I knew would never even see my slides.

"This is the worst," I told myself.  "There has got to be more to life than this."

I was turning forty.  And I was trapped.  I felt confined in my prison, and I couldn't figure out how to escape.  I wanted to be productive; I wanted to do something that mattered.

But what?  My mind continually wandered back to 1985, when I was a fifteen-year-old intern working in a winery.  That was a cool job.  You got to pick the grapes, press the grapes, ferment them, bottle them, and then serve them to the public.  At the end of the process, you held something in your hand, and it was good.  I wanted that kind of purposeful life again.

By 2009, after twenty years of government contracting, I had become a great lover of drinking.  Wineries were everywhere in Loudoun County.  What could I do that was different?  I decided to start a distillery.

I knew nothing about it at the time.  It was just a pipe dream.  But I had several things going for me:  First, my wife, Becky, and I had saved money all our careers.  We didn't come into our marriage with money, but we worked our butts off and saved every dime.  That would be important capital if we started a new venture.

Second, my wife.  Becky was my secret weapon.  Becky graduated with an honors degree in chemical engineering.  She knew about industrial processes.  She knew how to distill.  She was comfortable with mass production and quality control.  So when I brought the idea to her of starting a distillery, her reaction was a casual, "Yeah, I know how to do that."  Then she added, "But first, you gotta write a business plan."

That was my third big advantage, which I never realized was an advantage.  Twenty years in government contracting had taught me to be a very good businessman.  I could manage budgets, do project planning, manipulate spreadsheets, write large technical documents, do government proposals, and had all the tools that would be needed to get us off the ground. 

And so we started.  Long story short, by July 2009, we had obtained SBA financing for a business plan solely on paper, in the worst economic market in a generation!  It was miraculous!  "God wants us to make whisky!" we told ourselves.  By January 2010, we were distilling the first legal alcohol in Loudoun County since Prohibition.

When I fast-forward to today, April 2015, I boggle at where we've come.  Catoctin Creek, which started as a two person operation in a small warehouse in north Purcellville, is now a truly international brand.  We have over twenty employees, and sell in Germany, London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and in the United States from Boston to Georgia, from Nashville to San Francisco.  All from our little factory on Main Street in Purcellville.

It has been quite a journey.  And to what do I attribute our success?  Prior planning and hard work.  There is no luck.  As my father always told me, you work hard, and you make your luck.  Every single day, we arise at 5:00AM and begin work at 6:00AM at the distillery.  And when the production day is done, around 4:00PM, our day is only half over.  Most nights, we then transition to "evening mode" heading off to events throughout the Washington DC area, where we promote our brand and meet our customers.  If we get into bed by midnight, that's a good night, and we start it all over again the next day. 

But we love every minute of it, and I couldn't think of ever going back to that Powerpoint job.

It's a good life so far!

 

Roundstone Rye CASK PROOF Available in May!!

Roundstone Rye Cask Proof

Gold Medal – Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof", #7 finisher in category
– Wizards of Whisky World Awards 2015

Score: 88.5 "A truly huge rye... Through a combination of sheer delicious belligerence and chutzpah has your taste buds swooning. Great fun!"
– Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014

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We are very happy to announce that Catoctin Creek's Roundstone Rye CASK PROOF is once again available in the month of May!  The product goes on sale on Sunday, May 10th to our VIP members.  Then, on Sunday, May 24th, it will go on sale to the general public.

This version of Cask Proof is two years old, batch number B15E2, and has a beautiful nose on it of rich caramel and wood spice, and is viscous and lovely in the mouth, with the characteristic sweet, smooth fruitiness that Roundstone Rye has become known for.  And at 120 proof, that's some potent stuff!!

Look for it to be released in limited quantities in the Maryland, Delaware, and DC markets.  Ask your favorite retailer to order it from Bacchus.  In New York, your retailers can pick it up from Blueprint Brands, our New York distributor.  And in Virginia, it is available in limited quantities through Virginia ABC stores (ask your clerk to order #952820). 

Of course, it is most easily obtained at the distillery, on May 24th for the general public.  Better line up, because only a couple hundred bottles are available nationwide, so this one will disappear quickly!

750ml only, 120 proof (+/-), $89.90.

 

Roundstone Throwdown!

Roundstone Throwdown 2015

Last year we had a wonderful group of bartenders from all over our area show off their skills each month for our Tasting Room Takeover series, which featured such talent as Trevor Frye of Jack Rose Dining Saloon and Jamie Imhof of Wildwood Kitchen. To kick off our 2015 series, we're debuting a special primetime pay-per-view event: Roundstone Throwdown - Battle of the Beltways!

In a Roundstone Throwdown, two challengers go head-to-head to determine who makes the best Roundstone Rye cocktail! For our Roundstone Throwdown premiere on Monday, May 18, we'll pit DC favorite JP "Pretty Boy" Fetherston of Southern Efficiency against Baltimore's beloved Doug "The Thug" Atwell of Rye in Fells Point. The two cocktail Goliaths will battle in an epic face-off to decide which city serves superior sips! Your votes decide the outcome! You won't want to miss it!

The Roundstone Throw Down will occur at the distillery, at 7:30pm on Monday, March 18th. It's the battle of Charm City versus Capital City! Both bartenders will provide a cocktail of their own design, and you'll get to judge the winner... after much "research", of course! The cost is $20 admission, VIPs attend for free. Sign up today, as space is limited!

Cocktail Event

 

New in the Tasting Room

Element Shrubs

Shrubs, Bitters, and Soaps... (oh, my!)

We have several new products in the tasting room, including some wonderful soaps made with our whisky and gin, whisky-infused coffee beans, delicious pickles and relish from Gordy's Pickle Jar in DC, hand-crafted bitters from DC Embitterment, and our newest addition, artisan shrubs (for cocktails) from Element shrubs.  These 375mL bottles make a great base for cocktails and homemade flavored sodas.  Try a free sample this weekend.  Don't be afraid to ask any of our brand ambassadors for a little taste!

Wandering Chef Lunch

Saturday Lunch Service in our Tasting Room

You asked for it... you got it!  We now offer a Saturday lunch service in our tasting room, provided by the Wandering Chef.  The menu changes each weekend, but last week's menu included:

  • Herb and lemon hummus with toasted pita or vegetable crudites
  • Feta cheese dip with roasted peppers
  • Chilled tomato gazpacho, pickled shrimp and crostini
  • Braised meatball sliders with pesto and pasta salad
  • Chicken breast panini with a roasted onion goat cheese spread
  • Sponge cake and fresh fruit compote "trifle"

Sounds like the perfect accompaniment to a flight of spirits or cocktails!  Come join us this weekend!

 

Pat McGee Visits Catoctin Creek

Pat McGee and Roundstone Rye

We were very honored to have Pat McGee kick off his CD release party at Catoctin Creek Distillery last month.  In case you missed it, Pat played a sold-out show to an audience of adoring fans.  Word on the street is that Pat is a fan too, of our Roundstone Rye whisky!

Everyone who attended the concert got a chance to meet and talk with Pat McGee, and went home with a belly full of good spirits and a heart full of songs.

For more great events like this, including more concerts, please check out our events page!

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a bunch of really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

  • May 8 - Smithsonian at 8 - Join us in DC to celebration of the history of the local area at the Carnegie Library.
  • May 8 - Buncearoo Presents Matt Duke and Andrea Nardello - Enjoy another great house concert with Buncearoo.
  • May 10 - VIP CASK PROOF Release - Cask Proof goes on sale to our VIP club members.
  • May 15 - Wandering Chef Dinner - Our monthly four course dinner with cocktail pairings.  Get a private tour of the distillery and an amazing dinner.
  • May 18 - Roundstone Throwdown - Join guest bartenders J.P. Featherston and Doug Atwell for an amazing cocktail challenge!
  • May 23 - Bottling Workshop - Ever popular, and always sold out... come learn how to bottle whisky and get a free tasting and breakfast!
  • May 24 - CASK PROOF Release - Line up early to get one of only a couple hundred bottles of Cask Proof Roundstone Rye.  Doors open at 1pm.

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Elemental Rye Julep

Element Rye Julep

We are very excited about the newest product available in our tasting room, a fine collection of hand-crafted shrubs from Element.  What is a shrub, you ask? We're so glad you asked!

Whereas a syrup (aka simple syrup) is a mixture of sugar and water with optional fruit and herbs, and bitters are concentrated tinctures of alcohol and herbs, fruit, and other flavorings, a shrub uses a base of vinegar to achieve acidity, and is then a mixture of herb and fruit flavors.  A shrub allows the cocktail to skip the ubiquitous citrus used to provide acidity, and gives a whole new range of flavors.

This is a traditional mint julep, but we've substituted the shrub for the mint simple syrup.

3 oz of Roundstone Rye whisky
½ oz of Element lemon mint shrub, more or less to taste, but remember, a little bit goes a long way!
6-10 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish

Add mint to a rocks glass with crushed ice, and middle the mint to the ice.  Add the rye and shrub and stir to combine, then garnish with more mint.

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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