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!
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!
Roundstone Rye on Fox News
Roundstone 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
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
Our Final Dinner of the Year - A Holiday Feast!
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.
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“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
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!
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.
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!
Scott & Becky