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

Autumn Greetings from Catoctin Creek

Help Us Save Puerto Rico

Help Save Puerto Rico

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

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

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

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

--Scott

   

A New Look -- Coming Soon!

New Label Design

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

Read the full press release, here.

 

Cool events in Autumn!

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

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

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

  

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

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

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

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

 

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

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

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

  

Deanna DangerRepeal Day Party with Deanna Danger!

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

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

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

  

Cocktail of the Month – Bramblin' Man

Bramblin' Man

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

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

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

Courtesy Jake Rice of Brine, Fairfax, VA.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

September 2017 News

September Greetings!

Hurricane Harvey Relief

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

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

You can learn more and donate, here.

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

--Scott

  

Virginia Spirits MonthSeptember is Virginia Spirits Month

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

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

 

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

Rabble Rouser Rye Whisky

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

50 States of Whiskey features Catoctin Creek

50 States of Whiskey

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

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

 

Cool events in September!

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

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

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

 

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

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

  

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

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

  

Dinner at the Aldie MillDinner and Whiskey at Historic Aldie Mill

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

  

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

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

  

Cocktail of the Month – Mason Dixon Manhattan

Mason Dixon

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

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

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

Recipe courtesy Marilee and Matt Billingsley, Postbellum

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

August 2017 News

Happy August!   

Catoctin Creek in Pennsylvania!

Catoctin Creek in Pennsyvania

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

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

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

 

Welcome Denise Petty!

Denise Petty at Catoctin Creek

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

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

 

Cool events in August!   

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

Seafood BoilPolo in the Park

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

 

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

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

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

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

  

Cocktail of the Month – That Rye Nectar

That Rye Nectar

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

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

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

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

July 2017 News

Happy July!   

Catoctin Creek in London!

Last week, we were very pleased to take part in Governor Terry McAuliffe's trade mission to London in the UK last week. The highlight of the week was being part of the governor's celebration at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre on the Thames, where the governor and Virginia Tourism saluted the makers of the Jamestown series on Sky1, and extolled all the virtues of Virginia agriculture.  Not least of which were some fine drams of Catoctin Creek being passed around to all the guests.  Also present were our Virginia friends at Hardywood, Reservoir, and Belle Isle.

Scott spent the rest of the week in London meeting with various bars, restaurants, retailers and distributors.  Here's hoping we land some UK distribution soon!

Shown below are several photos during the visit, including a couple of the retailers: Amathus and Milroy's, a delicious sazerac prepared at Swift's of Soho, and our bottle positioned on the windowsill at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre with St. Paul's Cathedral in the distance.

Amathus Amathus Milroy's Milroy's Swift St. Paul's Cathedral

 

Cool events in July!   

There are some amazing events planned for July!  Be sure to join us for all the fun!  

Seafood BoilSeafood Boil at Catoctin Creek - ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!

July 7, 7pm. Summertime means seafood, so War Shore Oyster Company and Magnolia's at the Mill are teamed up with us to do a good ol' fashioned crab and seafood boil!  We'll have an amazing menu (see below) with an endless amount of locally harvested seafood and locally crafted cocktails.  Becky and Scott will be there so you can meet them and enjoy learning about the distillery.  Brad, the owner of War Shore Oyster Company, will also be there talking about how they do a sustainable harvest from the Chesapeake Bay. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your ticket now!

 

Speakeasy PartySpeakeasy Party at Catoctin Creek

July 15, 8pm. What's the secret password?  If you don't know it, we don't know you!  If you do know it... you're in on Loudoun's hottest Speakeasy Party!  We'll have amazing cocktails by Sam from WK Hearth, period music, and a professional dance instructor from King Dance Studios to lead us on the dance floor. Bring your favorite dancing and drinking partner and let's have some fun!

When you make your reservation, we'll send you the secret password.  Don't forget it!  You'll need the password to get in the door.  Ticket price includes dance lessons and one drink. Prohibition period dress is encouraged but not required.

  

Cocktail of the Month – The Roffiniac

Last April, Magnolia's hosted our Catoctin Creek cocktail dinner, and featured five excellent Prohibition-era and pre-Prohibition cocktails.

Roffignac
Roffignac

1/3 Catoctin Creek 1757 Brandy
1/3 Raspberry shrub
1/3 Soda

Mix to taste and serve on ice.  Garnish with a berry.

Recipes courtesy Matt Perkins, Magnolia's at the Mill, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

June 2017 News

Happy June!   

Old Tom Gin is back!!!

Old Tom GinWe are very pleased to announce the return of our "Old Tom" style of Watershed Gin!  Available starting June 1st, until it runs out.  Quantities are limited.

This gin is a very special version of our Watershed Gin, rested in Pearousia pear brandy barrels for over six months to give it a characteristic golden hue.  

Old Tom style gin is a recreation of a historic gin.  Before 1890, most gin sold in the United States was a sweet gin (as opposed to the common "London Dry" today).  Because gin was made in Europe and shipped to the United States on boats, it would rest in barrels during the several month journey across the sea.  The resulting "rest period" of the voyage would cause the gin to age in the barrels ever so slightly, giving them a characteristic golden color, no dissimilar to the color of a fine oaked Chardonnay.

The result is a gin that has all the spice and herbal flavor of our standard Watershed Gin, but with a sweetness, fruitiness, and a touch of oak to make this one a very smooth sipper.  You can use our Old Tom Watershed Gin in lots of those historic cocktail recipes, like the Ramos Gin Fizz and the Martinez for a classic and authentic flavor.

 

Catoctin Creek is expanding!

We are happy to announce the acquisition of an additional 15,000 square foot building in Virginia.  The new facility will initially be used for warehouse storage, but could serve as an additional base for future operations as the business grows.  Catoctin Creek will continue to operate the business and perform distilling operations at its headquarters on 120 W. Main St., Purcellville, Virginia, where it operates a very popular tasting room and distillery store

 

ICYMI:  Catoctin Creek wins double gold in San Francisco!

Double Gold!

 

Cool events in June and July!   

There are some amazing events planned for June and July!  Be sure to join us for all the fun! 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

June 9, 7pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

 

Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop at Catoctin Creek

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

This event is FREE to attend!

 

Father's Day

Celebrate Father's Day with us!

June 18, 7pm. Celebrate Father's Day with us with a very special Master Class on Brandy. 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 DC area. Your ticket includes four samples of Catoctin Creek’s brandy:  1757 Virginia Brandy, along with our peach, pear and apple brandy.  You even get a cigar to enjoy when you get home!

 

Seafood BoilSeafood Boil at Catoctin Creek

July 7, 7pm. Summertime means seafood, so War Shore Oyster Company and Magnolia's at the Mill are teamed up with us to do a good ol' fashioned crab and seafood boil!  We'll have an amazing menu (see below) with an endless amount of locally harvested seafood and locally crafted cocktails.  Becky and Scott will be there so you can meet them and enjoy learning about the distillery.  Brad, the owner of War Shore Oyster Company, will also be there talking about how they do a sustainable harvest from the Chesapeake Bay. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your ticket now!

 

Speakeasy PartySpeakeasy Party at Catoctin Creek

July 15, 8pm. What's the secret password?  If you don't know it, we don't know you!  If you do know it... you're in on Loudoun's hottest Speakeasy Party!  We'll have amazing cocktails by Sam from WK Hearth, period music, and a professional dance instructor from King Dance Studios to lead us on the dance floor. Bring your favorite dancing and drinking partner and let's have some fun!

When you make your reservation, we'll send you the secret password.  Don't forget it!  You'll need the password to get in the door.  Ticket price includes dance lessons and one drink. Prohibition period dress is encouraged but not required.

  

Cocktail of the Month – The Martinez

Martinez

A classic cocktail that predates the martini.  This one is really good with our Old Tom style Watershed Gin, if you can find it!

2 oz Watershed Gin
¾ oz Sweet vermouth
¼ oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
2-3 dashes aromatic bitters
Cherry garnish

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Stir and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with a cherry.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

May 2017 News

Happy May!   

Our visit to Monaca, Pennsylvania

Monaca manufacturing videoLast month, Becky and I had the privilege to visit our bottle supplier, Anchor Hocking, in Western Pennsylvania.  We drove over four hours early one weekday morning to see our Catoctin Creek bottles being manufactured. (Click on the image to the right to see how they're made.)

Eight years ago, when we started the company, it was part of our mission to use all American and local content, not just in the grain and fruits we source, but in every component of the product, including labels, closures, and yes, even bottles.  This proved most difficult in glass, as most commercial glass today is made in China.  However, we worked hard to find a local supplier, and came upon Anchor Hocking.  Anchor Hocking has had a glorious and beleaguered past, so much so that a book was written about their rise and fall, a book which illustrates much of the decline in manufacturing in middle America today.  Happily, though, Anchor Hocking is turning the corner, and we are very proud to be using Pennsylvania glass for the past four years now!  Our efforts to use local glass help employ over 300 people at the Anchor Hocking plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania.

We're proud to source locally!  Money spent locally gets invested locally, and the economy grows locally.  Good American jobs are created and maintained.  Kids are sent to school. Groceries are bought. Purposeful life happens.

Becky and I sincerely hope all this is good Pennsylvania karma for us, as we are this month heading up to Harrisburg, PA, to present our Roundstone Rye to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) for consideration to list it within their system!  With luck, you may see Roundstone Rye on Pennsylvania store shelves very, very soon!  (fingers crossed!)

So, to that I say, CHEERS this month from VA to PA!  A little "Virginia Love" to the Keystone State!

--Scott

 

Mother's Day

Celebrate Mother's Day with us!

Catoctin Creek loves Mom!  Isn't she amazing? She works so hard, and love us so much, even when we don't deserve it!  So we're giving back to all those moms on Mother's Day. Order a tasting for your mom (egad, don't make her pay!), and we'll throw in a free chocolate truffle pairing!  She can choose any three from our delectable selection of Perfect Truffle seasonal chocolates.  Come on in, Mom, we miss you!  Sunday, May 14th only.

 

Game NightGame Night at Catoctin Creek

We're starting a new tradition! Third Thursdays are Game Night at Catoctin Creek.  Each week, we'll enjoy house cocktails with some old school games!  This month, Alexa is our host, as we kick off several rounds of charades!  "Sounds like... FUN!"  Come and enjoy some drinks and some lively entertainment!  This event is FREE to attend.  May 18th, 6pm. 

 

Upcoming Events

We have some great events coming up in April.  Join us for one of these!

  • May 14 - Mother's Day - Celebrate Mom with free chocolates with any tasting.  FREE for mom!
  • May 18 - Game Night - Alexa kicks off this Third-Thursday tradition with charades!  FREE
  • May 22 - Dinner at WK Hearth - $95 gets you four courses and five cocktails at this always fun event! $95pp all inclusive
  • May 27 - Bottling Workshop - This is our most popular event! Join us for breakfast, a free tasting, and a lot of fun! FREE

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Monkey Gland

 

Monkey Gland

This is a delicious old standard with a rather dubious name. It is one of the cocktails invented by Harry McElhone, circa 1927, from Harry's New York Bar in Paris, France. The ingredients produce a wickedly lurid, but very tasty drink!

1¼ oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
1¼ oz freshly squeezed orange juice
¼ oz grenadine
1 dash absinthe
orange slice for garnish (opt)

Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain and pour into the chilled glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

April 2017 News

Happy April!   

Catoctin Creek... True Craft, inspired by tradition.

Made by HandThere are a lot of craft whiskies on the market today, and you may ask, what's so special about Catoctin Creek?  What makes us different?  Scott Harris, our founder, explains:

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye is an exceptional single barrel whisky, faithfully reproduced using 19th century methods, and accurately capturing what rye whisky tasted like from Virginia at that time.  We start with fresh, local 100% rye grain.  Why local?  Because local grain is not only cleaner, giving a better taste with no harsh chemicals like pesticides, but it is also more historically accurate.  The world didn't have industrial fungicides and pesticides in the 1800's.

This grain is mashed in small 300 gallon batches, and then fermented at room temperature—again for historical accuracy.  In the "old days", they would not have had super efficient, glycol-chilled fermenters.  True, the modern fermenters can squeeze every drop of alcohol out of a potent potable, but we're not looking for efficiency.  We're looking for flavor and historical accuracy. Higher levels of alcohol in our mash would dilute the flavor of the native grain. 

Made by HandThe next step is the distillation, and again, we use old-fashioned pot stills, and cook for over nine hours during the distillation.  You can think of it in terms of a coffee analogy.  Most American whisky made today is made on a column still, where you have steam in contact with the mash or wash for about 5 minutes, where the extraction of the flavor occurs—cogeners (that is, flavor molecules) are pulled out with the steam and captured in the condenser.  This is like a drip coffee, where the hot water passes over the coffee grounds for a very short time.  In a pot still, the grains cook in the pot with the alcoholic vapors for the entire batch distillation time, over nine hours.  Therefore we get a lot more of the flavor compounds (cogeners) with each distillation, yielding a super-flavorful raw spirit.  So, continuing that coffee analogy, this is like a french-press, where the grounds are steeping in the coffee during the entire brew time.  

After distillation, we age in new Minnesota white oak barrels, which is the fourth step in making this gorgeous whisky.  The Virginia climate is the big factor here, and in Virginia, we are blessed with hot summers, cold winters, and crazy fluctuations during spring and autumnall of which drives that whisky in and out of the wood extracting amazing flavor from the barrel.

We bottle at either 80 or 92 proof, never chill filtering, so that we can preserve that delicious flavor, just as it was in the barrel.  

At Catoctin Creek, we are PROUD TO BE OBSTINATELY INEFFICIENT!

Made by Hand

Now Hiring!

We need a couple good people in our tasting room!  Want to earn $15-20 per hour (including tips) working in a fun and dynamic environment?  Get in on the ground floor!  Contact Jon Coate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Upcoming Events

We have some great events coming up in April.  Join us for one of these!

  • April 6 - Dinner at Magnolias - $90 gets you four courses and five cocktails at this always fun event! $90pp all inclusive
  • April 14 - Dinner at the Distillery - Miss the dinner at Magnolia's? Join Scott & Becky at the distillery for this lovely four course dinner. $99pp
  • April 22 - Bottling Workshop - This is our most popular event! Join us for breakfast, a free tasting, and a lot of fun! FREE
  • April 29 - Cocktail Class at Catoctin - Learn how to craft some cocktails for this SlowFood DC event - $33pp

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Ric Flair

Ric Flair

Last night, Becky and I had dinner and drinks at Dino's Grotto in Shaw in DC.  Not only do they have amazing Italian food, but a cocktail menu that features tons of local distillers--like us! Ric Newton, head bartender there, has a cocktail he invented called the Ric Flair.  It's a great drink, the woodsy flavor of the amaro and vermouth blends perfectly with the cherry liqueur and bouncy rye.  Absolutely delicious!  Be sure to ask for it with the Catoctin Creek rye!

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ Cherry Heering
½ Nardini Amaro
½ Cinzano sweet vermouth
Dash of aromatic bitters
Dash of orange bitters

Combine, stir, strain over fresh ice. Orange twist.

Courtesy Ric Newton, Dino's Grotto bar.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

March 2017 News

Happy March! 

Welcome to Spring!!  Bring on the flowers!

Greetings from the entire team at Catoctin Creek. February has come and gone, and now we turn our eyes to some great events in March!  Be sure to check us out and come on into the tasting room for some wonderful spring cocktails!

  

In the NewsAddie Rodgers adjusts a label on a bottle of Roundstone Rye at Catoctin Creek

Sports and Spirits Podcast
I hope you'll enjoy this little podcast with our founder, Scott Harris.  A little history about Catoctin Creek starts around minute 53:00.

Listen to the full podcast, here.

The podcast is also located on iTunes, here.

Loudoun Now
Our local newspaper did a great article on our recent growth and the investment by Constellation Brands.  From the story:

“With the advent of increased competition even locally, it really takes more resources to support your brand,” she said. “We were trying to grow ọṙḡạṇịcally but it gets more and more difficult to see sales consistently stay level when you don’t have the support that you need. We were looking for a strategic partner.”

You can read the full story, here.  Photo credit: Douglas Graham, Loudoun Now.

 

Private Label Whisky Release Party at Coton & Rye

Rye Cherry JulepLansdowne Resort and Spa and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company are excited to release a private label rye whisky for the resort’s quintessential Virginia tavern, Coton & Rye. This is the first legal batch of alcohol made from grain grown in Loudoun County since Prohibition.

As a part of Coton & Rye’s overall celebration of the land, Coton farm and Virginia lifestyle, Director of Culinary Operations Marcus Repp and his Culinary Team are working closely with local farmers, artisans, vintners and distillers to offer guests the opportunity to connect with the community in simple but meaningful ways while at the resort. To make this connection to the local community deeper, the resort has selected a local batch of rye to produce their own private label rye whisky. The rye was grown at Morven Park through the historic estate’s farming co-op program. Trent Tebbe, Proprietor of Three Monkeys Farm farmed the rye and provided it to Catoctin Creek, which became Barrel 609.

“When we tasted Barrel 609 and learned about the rye’s conception in Loudoun County, it was a natural choice for Lansdowne,” said Michael Stephens, Managing Director, “Our commitment to the local community and staying true to our roots in Loudoun County is unwavering.”

The Catoctin Creek 'Coton & Rye' Private Barrel Whisky is only available on the Coton & Rye menu. Feature cocktails on the Coton & Rye menu include Cherry Blossom Julep (Catoctin Creek Rye, Ginger Ale and Tamarind Soda) and The Boulevardier, a cocktail invented during Prohibition (Catoctin Creek Rye Whisky, Aperol, Carpano Sweet Vermouth, and Orange Twist).

“The birthplace of American Whisky was Virginia. People made whisky out of necessity when Great Britain cut off ties with America,” explains Scott Harris, owner of Catoctin Creek, “We are beyond ecstatic to have the first batch of legal alcohol made from grain grown in the county since Prohibition.”

The Catoctin Creek 'Coton & Rye' Private Barrel Whisky is slated to make its debut to the public on Thursday, March 23rd at Coton & Rye. The Catoctin Creek Launch Party at Coton & Rye will take place on Thursday, March 23rd and is open to the public. Tickets are $35/each and available for purchase on Eventbrite.com.

  

Upcoming Events

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – A lovely flower in the middle of the pond

A Lovely Flower in the Middle of the Pond

A Lovely Flower in the Middle of a Pond

2 oz rose and lavender tea infused Mosby's Spirit
½ oz honey syrup (1 part honey, 1 part boiling water)
½ oz lemon juice
¼ oz Luxardo
¼ oz El Guapo (rose syrup)
3 dashes lavender bitters
candied rose for garnish

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

February 2017 News

Happy February! 

Greetings from the entire team at Catoctin Creek. We’re staying warm this winter by keeping the stills running, crafting fresh batches of our signature spirits. As always, we invite you to join us at our tasting room in downtown Purcellville, Virginia, where we’re open for tours, tastings and cocktails six days a week. Keep reading to learn about our recent news coverage, some special events we’re hosting at the distillery and a cocktail recipe that will get you in the mood for Mardi Gras.

 

In the News

Virginia Living
Catoctin Creek was highlighted in a recent piece by Virginia Living about the growing craft spirits movement in Virginia. Specifically, we were mentioned in a section of the story about the numerous awards Virginia distilleries having been winning. We’re happy to be in such good company. Read more here.

Paste Magazine
We also garnered a spot in Paste Magazine’s list of “5 Craft Ryes You Need to Drink Now.” Writer Richard Thomas specifically took a liking to our “grain-forward, spicy” Roundstone Rye – 92 Proof. Check out the story here.

 

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

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – La Louisiane

This cocktail is cross-posted from the fantastic Instagram account @spiritedla, Hannah Chamberlain, who features amazing cocktails with stunning photography. Also check out her BuzzFeed pages.

What do you call a New Orleans resident who takes their civic and drinking responsibilities seriously?
...An absinthe-ee voter.

I'm officially ready to be a dad. 🤓

This New Orleans classic cocktail has experienced less of a resurgence than its sisters (the Sazerac and Vieux Carré) but it's a beautiful use for your Benedictine and Absinthe if you like the other two. Less bold than a Sazerac, but less subtle than a Vieux Carre, it's recently become one of my nightly go-tos.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¾ oz sweet vermouth
½ oz Benedictine
2 dashes St. George absinthe
3 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Luxardo cherry (not pictured due to casualties – RIP to our fallen garnish)

Combine all in a shaker of ice, and strain into a coupe.

Recipe and photo courtesy of @spiritedla.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

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

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