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September 2014 News

Welcome to September!

Autumn is on its way, and we could not be happier!  This has been an odd, strangely cool and wet summer, and if it's all the same to you, I'm ready for cooler nights, changing leaves, sweaters, and whisky!  We've got some amazing things lined up for the fall, so stay tuned and check out the cool things below!

 

Roundstone Rye 92 Proof

Men's Journal – Catoctin Creek is One of Five Great American Craft Whiskeys

Thanks go out to Jason Diamond, from Men's Journal, for calling out five American craft whiskeys doing it right!  We were thrilled to be named among other fine whiskey makers like FEW and Dry Fly, producing great new American whiskey:

A bottle of Roundstone Rye 92-proof is what you're looking for if you want your socks knocked off. Just the amount of spice you'd expect from a great rye, but it won't have you breathing fire. If you're looking for something a little more subtle, a bottle of sweet and spicy regular Roundstone Rye should always be within reach. You can't ever go wrong with Catoctin Creek. 

Wow!!  To read the entire story, click here.

 

Announcing the Catoctin Creek VIP Club!

We've had lots of requests for this, so without further adieu...

If you would like to get the inside scoop on rare releases, VIP member-only parties, and other goodies, you should become a member of our VIP Club!  Membership in the club is $300 per year, and includes these great benefits:

  • Dinner for two at the distillery - Join us on one of our regular distillery dinners.  You and your guest dine with us! (A $200 value!)
  • 20% off all distillery merchandise - Everything in our store, except alcohol (per ABC regulations)
  • 20% off all events - Concerts, parties, etc.  (Private events excluded, of course)
  • 20% off all distillery facility rental fees - Plan your next rehearsal dinner, corporate function or birthday party at our place!  (A $240 value!)
  • Choice of membership hat or t-shirt
  • Free unlimited tours all year - For you and three guests.
  • First access to new and limited release items - Items like Roundstone Rye Cask Proof, Apple Brandy, and Barrel-Aged Gin
  • VIP invitation to exclusive parties at the distillery - Come experience rare behind-the-scenes tastings, VIP members only!

To purchase a membership, simply contact us at the distillery by telephone at 540-751-8404.  We will take your credit card payment over the phone and you'll receive our membership package in the mail!  Or, if you prefer, you may download and print our VIP registration brochure.  Fill out your details and mail or email it to us at the address on the back of the brochure.

 

100 Year Old Whiskey Tasting

Bridgewater RyeBefore Scotch, before bourbon, there was rye whiskey! Many people don't realize the important history that rye whiskey played in the United States. Before the Revolutionary War, rum was the predominant spirit of the colonies, but after the revolution, the British cut the colonists from sources of sugar cane. America had to look internally for a source for distilled spirits, and rye grain was abundant and easily available. George Washington distilled rye whiskey at Mount Vernon, and the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania was fought over rye whiskey. Bourbon and Scotch came much, much later. Rye was king!

We love this history, so we are thrilled to have obtained exactly one bottle of rye whiskey that was bottled in 1914. An anonymous donor has requested that we open and taste the contents of this bottle of whiskey that has been in his family since before Prohibition. The whiskey is called "Bridgewater Rye Whiskey", distilled in 1906 at the Eagle Distillery in Standley, KY, and bottled in bond in 1914, exactly 100 years ago! This 8 year old spirit is still sealed with its tax stamp. We'll open it and share tastes of this one of a kind spirit this one night only.

You will never have an event like this again. Do not miss this!

There is no fee to participate, but you must be a VIP member to receive an invitation to this event. For more details on the VIP club, see the VIP Club section, above.

Date: Sunday, October 19
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St
Purcellville, VA
Price: Free, for VIP members only

 


Eagle Distillery, Stanley, Kentucky

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Peanut Old Fashioned from Dogwood Tavern

Peanut Old FashionedThis recipe comes to us from Dogwood Tavern in Falls Church, Virginia, and celebrates everything Virginia:  peanuts, honey, and Roundstone Rye!  Give yourself some time in advance to infuse the rye when making this recipe.

2 oz Peanut-infused Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye*
¾ oz Virginia honey syrup (equal parts honey and hot water)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Lemon peel
Brandied cherry

Combine all the ingredients into a chilled pint glass filled with ice.  Stir the drink about 30 times.  Strain into a large rocks-filled double old fashioned glass.  Express the lemon peel over the top of the cocktail, rim the glass with it and drop it in along with a brandied cherry.

*Peanut-Infused Roundstone Rye

3 cups dry roasted Virginia peanuts (unsalted)
1 liter of Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye

Remove the skins from the peanuts.  Rough chop peanuts (not much). 

Combine the peanuts and rye in a container shake a couple times and place in a cool dark place.  Shake the container around 5 times during the 12 hours that the peanut rye infusion is going.  Place the infusion into the freezer for 12 hours.

Strain the Infusion through a fine mesh strainer, then through cheese cloth. Place the infused rye back into the Roundstone Rye and label the bottle.  Make sure to clean the outside of the bottle for anyone who might have allergies.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Dogwood Tavern and used with permission.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

August 2014 News

Welcome to August! A note about 'craft' spirits.

There was a rather large flurry this week when The Daily Beast broke a story on how much of the craft whisky in the market today comes from a single mega-factory in Indiana.  Not usually ones to wade into controversy, we did receive a ton of questions, and if you're interested, you can read my statement on this controversy, here.

Suffice it to say that Catoctin Creek has always been a made-from-scratch brand, and always will be!  Why?  Because that's what we love to do:  making the finest craft eco-ganic spirits, from scratch, just for you!

 

Big news month! New bottling line and we're now in Massachusetts!

Bottling Line July was a great month for us!  We finally received our new bottling line, which will allow us to bottle a heck of a lot more (that's a scientific amount) of whisky, brandy and gin.  Why?  Because we are continuing to expand our markets, and our newest foray is into Massachusetts.  We see lots of opportunity in New England, and felt that now was the right time to enter the state.

Rest assured, dear Catoctin Creek fans, we will still continue the much beloved bottling workshops!  They are so much fun, and people enjoy them so much, that we'll continue to do them on a quasi-monthly basis.  Just stay tuned to our newsletters, and you'll always be in the know!

 

Come and learn about our super popular barrel-aged maple syrup!

Langdon WoodIf you've been to our tasting room, you've almost certainly sampled that divine barrel-aged maple syrup. Well, now you can come and meet the maker of this wonderful syrup, the wonderful Art Drauglis!

Art lives and works in DC, but will be with us one day to meet and greet with the customers, and answer questions about his wonderful maple syrup. He'll be in the tasting room on Sunday the 23rd of August, from 1-6pm. We'll have maple-syrup based cocktails and all syrup will be 10% off that day!

See you Sunday!!!

What: Meet the Maker - Art from Langdon Wood
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Sunday, August 23, 2014
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Price:

Regular tasting room prices

10% off Langdon Wood Syrup bottles

 

August is Epicurience Month!

We have three AWESOME events lined up at the end of August for you!  Here they are:

Cork Wine Bottle

Grand Tasting at Morven Park

Click here to learn more and register!

At the very heart of Epicurience Virginia, the Grand Tasting is a culinary adventure like no other. This day-long edible showcase brings farm-to-table food, award-winning wines, notable chefs, live bands, and lots of other delicious diversions to the grounds of gorgeous Morven Park.  Guests of the Grand Tasting will experience a whirlwind of activity options in Leesburg’s picturesque garden estate, from chef demos and wine seminars and pop-up wine shops.  (Pssst! Catoctin will be there with a GORGEOUS specialty cocktail for the day!)

  • Sip! There’ll be a multitude of unique Virginia wines to sample from boutique producers and master winemakers.
  • Taste! From cheese makers to pie bakers, celebrated chefs to artisanal producers, the grand tasting tent will feature delectable samples of perfectly paired local cuisines.
  • Learn! Seminars will run throughout the day in the Education Tent, schooling visitors on all things Virginia wine – grape varietals, growing conditions, tasting notes, and more.
  • Watch! Some of the region’s best chefs will slice, dice, and showcase their talents in the Chef Demonstration Tent. Talented toques from 2013′s event included Chef Kazuhiro Okochi of KAZ Sushi Bistro and Chef Roberto Donna of Al Dente Ristorante demonstrating their kitchen prowess.
  • Shop! There’ll be glasses, bottles, and other wine swag for sale so tasters can take some Virginia wine home or share a bottle with friends and family on the lawn.

The Fab 40's at Oatlands

1940's Party at Oatlands

Click here to learn more and register!

$95 per person for Fabulous 1940s themed, tented party at Oatlands!  Featuring Doc Scantlin's Palmettos, cocktails by Catoctin Creek, wines by Fabbioli Cellars, and food by Magnolias at the Mill.  Ticket includes an evening of music and dancing, two drink tickets, and heavy hors d'oeuvres.  1940s style attire welcome, but not required.

Magnolia's

Catoctin Creek Cocktail Dinner at Magnolia's

Click here to learn more and register!

Please join Catoctin Creek as we invite you to a delicious four course dinner at Magnolia's at the Mill.  Our dinner will begin at 6:30pm at Catoctin Creek Distillery, as Scott and Becky, founders of the distillery, greet you with warm smiles and cool cocktails.  We'll tour the distillery and describe for you the magic behind the whisky business.  This sets the stage perfectly for the second part of the evening:  dinner!

After your private tour of the distillery, we'll walk together a short stroll to Magnolia's, where the table will be set for a delicious four course dinner, expertly paired with Catoctin Creek cocktails designed by Magnolia's.  Scott and Becky will join you for dinner, as we describe for you the intricacies of pairing cocktails with meals.  It will be a wonderful August evening!

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

  • August 15 - Buncearoo Concert - Come and see Callaghan, a beautiful artist from the UK.
  • August 16 - Guest Bartender Series - Josh McCabe from the Hamilton mixes it up with cool, seasonal fruit cocktails.
  • August 22 - Dinner at the Distillery - Another wonderful Wandering Chef dinner, with awesome cocktail pairings.
  • August 23 - Meet the Maker - Art Drauglis of Langdon Wood Maple Syrup is in our tasting room!
  • August 30 - Epicurience Grand Tasting - Catoctin will be pouring at Morven Park at this festival of food!
  • August 30 - 1940's Party at Oatlands - After the Morven Park event, join us for an evening of dancing and cocktails, 1940's style!
  • August 31 - Catoctin Dinner at Magnolia's - Chef Carp and the gang at Magnolia's have cooked up a lovely menu with cocktails too!

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

 

 

Cocktail of the Month – Pêche de Mode

Peche de modeThis cocktail was our feature cocktail at Tales of the Cocktail 2014 in New Orleans.  Another creation of our wonderful brand ambassador, Chad Robinson, this is a new take on an old fashioned.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92-proof
1/2 barspoon molasses (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1/2 barspoon superfine sugar
4 dashes Fee Brothers peach bitters
Lemon peel for garnish

Add molasses and sugar to the bottom of a mixing glass. Add bitters and stir to start to incorporate the bitters, sugar and molasses. Add rye whiskey and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir until cold. Strain into a double old fashioned or rocks glass with a large cube of ice. Peel a strip of lemon and express the oils over the top of the cocktail and discard the lemon peel.

Courtesy Chad Robinson.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

July 2014 News

Fireworks

Welcome to July!  Happy Birthday, America!

And WHAT could be more American than hand-crafted whisky?  We go together like Mom and apple pie! (And both Mom and apple pie could use a slug or two of Roundstone Rye from time to time-- am I right?)

We're very happy to have summer fully upon us.  We have so many events planned this month, it's almost hard to keep up!  Have a look below and join us at the distillery soon!

Great Reviews in June for Roundstone Rye and Mosby's Spirit

In June, we received two FANTASTIC reviews from Whisky Bible and Whisky Advocate, two of the world's leading authorities on all things whisky.

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 (10th Anniversary Edition), reviewed Roundstone Rye Cask Proof (batch B12E1), and scored it an 88.5!  The review, as these tend to be, was all over the place, like a big happy golden retriever puppy:  The rye is chaotic, unexpected, youthful, crazy, and yet, still totally loveable:

"A truly huge rye... Through a combination of sheer delicious belligerence and chutzpah has your taste buds swooning. Great fun!"

Lew Bryson, in the summer 2014 issue of Whisky Advocate, (re-)reviews Mosby's Spirit, our beautiful unaged rye spirit, and gives it a score of 82:

"The second craft rye I'm revisiting. Mosby's is still 100% rye and unaged, but the nose is more fun: some green pear and melon esters in there with the grassy rye spice. It's nicely smooth on the tongue, delivers exactly what the nose promised, plus a shot of fresh-cracked black pepper...and a much longer finish these days. Greatly improved; a good white whisky."

Dinner at Catoctin Creek

DessertHave you seen this dinner for a while now, and thought about coming?  Now's the time to join us!  Everyone who's ever come has an amazing time and is delighted with the dinner and cocktail pairings.  Here is the menu to tempt you further (yes, there will also be cocktails!):

Summer Roll of 5 Spice Roasted Duck and Shrimp,
Rice Noodle and Summer Vegetable Salad, Sweet Soy and Ginger Gastrique
~
Our Panzanella Salad with Fresh Baked Foccacia:
Red Onions, Arugula, Roasted Red Peppers, Local Tomatoes and Basil Puree
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Cajun Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Wild Rice Pilaf with Lothar’s Andouille Sausage and Fresh Corn, Slow Roasted Pork Belly in Fennel Chutney Glaze
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Rustic Tart of Roasted Local Peaches,
With Ricotta and Lemon, Cinnamon-Vanilla Chantilly Cream

Find out more at http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/events/820-catoctin-cocktail-dinner.

Guest Bartender Series - Donato Alvarez from Sixth Engine

Donato AlvarezIn July, we welcome Donato Alvarez of Sixth Engine to our tasting room.  We are now in our seventh month of this Second Saturday tradition.  Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and Donato will be available most of the day for people to meet him, ask him questions, and generally have a great time!

What: Guest Bartender Series - Donato Alvarez
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Saturday, July 12, 2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm-ish
Price: $10 for a flight of three cocktail tastings

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

  • July 12 - Guest Bartender - We welcome Donato Alvarez from Sixth Engine to our tasting room!
  • July 14 - Sip & Sew - Local artisans team up, or "sewing under the influence!"
  • July 18 - Loudoun Chamber Mixer - Meet fellow businesses while sipping a cocktail and enjoying light snacks in our tasting room.
  • July 18 - Buncearoo Concert - We present Taylor Carson!  Live!
  • July 25 - Dinner at the Distillery - Our ever popular monthly dinner!  Join us!

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

Cocktail of the Month – Rye Tye

Rye TyeThis was the feature cocktail by Catoctin Creek at the RAMMYS 2014.  We were honored to have been named finalists in the Best Producer category, and to celebrate, Chad Robinson created a specialty cocktail just for the event.  Think Mai Tai but with rye!   You'd never guess there wasn't rum in this drink!

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
¾ oz lime juice
½ oz Pierre Ferrand dry Curaçao
¼ oz Fee Brothers Orgeat syrup
¼ part rich simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
Mint and lime garnish

Shake ingredients together and strain into an ice filled glass.  Garnish with lime and a sprig of mint.

Courtesy Chad Robinson.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

June 2014 News

Welcome to June!

Roundstone Rye 92We've had a very busy May at Catoctin Creek.  We shipped more in May than we've ever shipped before, especially since our new Roundstone Rye 92 Proof has been released.  The response to the new spirit has been fantastic, and we're really excited to be bringing this one to you on a regular basis!

The new Roundstone Rye 92 Proof is very much a sibling to its 80 proof version, but the newest expression comes from barrels carefully chosen from our rickhouse.  The tasting notes combine the typical caramel, flan and leather notes with a distinct flavor of citrus (grapefruit, perhaps?).  Whether you enjoy it neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail, we're sure the Roundstone Rye 92 Proof is sure to be a favorite!

 

Guest Bartender Series - Trevor Frye from Jack Rose

Trevor FryeIn June, we welcome Trevor Frye from Jack Rose to our tasting room.  We are now in our sixth month of this series, and the response it as hot as ever! 

Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and Trevor will be available most of the day for people to meet him, ask questions, and generally have a great time!

More coolness of the city coming out to visit us in Loudoun County!

On Saturday, June 21st, during our normal business hours, Trevor will be with us in the Catoctin Creek tasting room.  He will only be here one time, so don't miss this!!

What: Guest Bartender Series - Trevor Frye
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Saturday, June 21, 2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm-ish
Price: $10 for a flight of three cocktail tastings

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Ginger Martini

Ginger Martini2 oz Mosby’s Spirit
1 oz Ginger syrup*
½ oz lemon juice
½ oz lime juice
½ oz pineapple juice
Red wine of your choice (use a pour spout)

Combine Mosby’s Spirit, ginger syrup, & juices in a shaker with ice. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish by slowly rimming the glass with the red wine.

*Ginger syrup

1 cup sugar
1 ½ cups water
½ cup ginger, peeled, diced & muddled.

Combine all ingredients in a small pot & bring to a boil, remove from heat & let steep for 30 minutes. Strain. Keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Cocktail courtesy Jamie Imhof, Wildwood Kitchen.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

(Images courtesy S. Harris, E. Landsman, and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company)

May 2014 News

Spring is HereWelcome to May!

Oh, happy day!  Snow is finally gone, and gone for good!!  Bring on the warm weather, outdoor picnics, frisbee weather, and some cool Catoctin Creek cocktails.

We've got spring fever here, and got it bad!  If you do too, come on out to the tasting room and join us for a tasting and a tour!  And take home a bottle or two for that picnic at your own place!

 

Cocktail Course to Benefit the Arcaida Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Sazeracs at Catoctin CreekThe simple cocktail is a mixture of spirits, sugar, fruit and water. Following a private tour through Catoctin Creek's historic, nearly 100 year old building and newly expanded distillery, you'll learn the art of mixology first with classic cocktails, then more contemporary and unusual ones, paired with simple, elegant eats. And, we'll show you how to make bitters -- the latest darling of bartenders everywhere. The class will be led by Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek, and Emily Landsman, brand ambassador who together will man the shakers to produce some lovely cocktails for the evening.

What: Arcadia Master Course: Cocktail Culture
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main Street
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: Arcadia members: $58/person
Non-members: $65

 

 

Guest Bartender Series - Jamie Imhoff from Wildwood Kitchen

Jamie ImhoffIn May, we welcome Jamie Imhoff of Wildwood Kitchen to our tasting room.  We are now in our fifth month of this Second Saturday tradition.  Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and Jamie will be available most of the day for people to meet her, ask her questions, and generally have a great time!

More coolness of the city coming out to visit us in P'ville!

On Saturday, May 10th, during our normal business hours, Jamie Imhoff will be with us in the Catoctin Creek tasting room.  Jamie will only be here one time, so don't miss this!!

What: Guest Bartender Series - Jamie Imhoff
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Saturday, May 10, 2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm-ish
Price: $10 for a flight of three cocktail tastings

 

 

Announcing... Roundstone Rye 92 Proof!

Distillery Pushes to Diversify Portfolio with Raised Proof Option from Hand-Selected Barrels

Roundstone Rye 92Beginning in May, Catoctin Creek has announced that it will release a new higher-proof expression of Roundstone Rye at 92 proof.  Unlike the cask proof variant which is released only a few times per year, Roundstone Rye 92 will be a new regular offering from the celebrated Purcellville distillery.

"The release of a premium, 92-proof version of their award-winning 80-proof Roundstone Rye Whisky, hitting shelves in May, is recognizably Roundstone but intensified, with the caramel, maple, and spice tones highlighted and pumped up into something richer," noted M. Carrie Allan, spirits writer for the Washington Post. (See the full article in the Post, here.)

This whisky is the culmination of several years of planning.  "For a few years now, we've been putting whisky away for storage," remarked Becky Harris, Chief Distiller and President of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "We pulled some of the more interesting barrels from the back of the barn and decided to release these at a higher proof:  a whisky specially curated for flavor, while still being remarkably smooth, as is our existing 80 proof Roundstone."

"We are very excited about this new product," said Scott Harris, Founder and General Manager of Catoctin Creek.  "We discussed this new product with customers like Jack Rose Whisky Saloon, The Passenger, and our distributors, and all agreed that this would be a great new product for the distillery.  And what's cool, since we're a small distillery, we can be responsive to this kind of market input."

At 92 proof (46% ABV), "Roundstone Rye 92" will be available in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and New York in May.  As with all the whisky at Catoctin Creek, Roundstone Rye 92 is certified eco-ganic and kosher.  Suggested retail price is $52.99 for a 750 ml bottle.  Though an exact date hasn't been set, bottles will be available at the distillery approximately May 17th.

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Virginia Coffee

Virginia Coffee1½ oz Roundstone Rye
1½ oz coffee concentrate* (We recommend using beans from local roaster Lucas Roasting Company, available at the distillery too!)
1½ oz milk (2% works best. You can use whole, but I'd avoid 1% or skim)
½ to ¾ oz rich turbinado syrup**

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with whole coffee beans.

*Coffee concentrate

2 cups of water
3½ oz ground coffee

Gently stir water and coffee in a jar with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate for 12-15 hours. Strain through 3 layers of cheesecloth and allow it to drip for several minutes. Next, strain a second time through a coffee filter. Keep refrigerated.

(To use as coffee, add equal amounts of boiling water and room temperature concentrate in a coffee mug.)

*Rich syrup

2 cups turbinado sugar, like Sugar in the Raw, or demerara sugar
1 cup water

Gently bring to a boil so the sugar dissolves and then allow to cool. Keep refrigerated.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

(Images courtesy S. Harris, E. Landsman, and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company)

April 2014 News

Welcome to April! – Expanded Hours at the Tasting Room – Sundays are back!

No foolin' here!  Spring is (maybe) finally here, and hopefully here to stay!!  Now that the winter weather is (dare-I-say-it?) behind us, we are re-introducing Sunday hours.  All our other hours remain the same:

Monday - Friday, 1 - 5pm

Saturday, 12 - 7pm

Sunday, 12 - 5pm - NEW starting April 6th.

Please note, however, that we will be closed for EASTER Sunday (April 20), so that our employees may spend time with family.

If you wish to have a special event (rehearsal dinner, private party, concert, etc.), we remain available for those, including on Sunday.  Contact us for more details.

 

Dinner and Cocktails at the Distillery

Cocktails at Catoctin CreekCheck out the menu for our April dinner!  We have a superb menu this month!

Herb and Prosciutto Gougeres, Risotto of Spring Vegetables, Sautéed Prince Edward Island Mussels, Pan Seared Game Hen Breast with Sweet Potato Puree, Ragout of Cured Leg, Bacon and Caramelized Onions, Garlicky Spinach, and finishing off with Coconut, Lime and Ginger Crème Brulee with Fresh Berries.

If you haven't yet joined us for one of our intimate cocktail dinners, please sign up!  Scott and Becky invite you for dinner at our place:  a sumptuous five course meal expertly paired with cocktails.  Our chefs for the evening are Chef Wes Rosati and Chef Maria Aros, of Wandering Chef (both formerly chefs at Lansdowne Resort).  Scott and Becky will personally pour you cocktails that will pair beautifully with each course.  Dinner includes a private tour of the distillery and dining in our tasting room.

Price is $125 per person, all inclusive.  Space is limited to thirty people, so to reserve your space, please visit our event page now!

Please let us know any dietary needs that you have.  We can easily accommodate most requests, including vegetarian/vegan, gluten/seafood allergies, and kosher.

 

Guest Bartender Series - Brett Robison from Republic

Brett Robison

After being well praised by Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post, we are very happy to have Brett Robison of Republic join us for our fourth in the guest bartender series.  Brett will be mixing his own unique cocktail creations in our tasting room for our Second Saturday tradition.  Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and Brett will be available most of the day for people to meet him and chat with him.

On Saturday, April 12th, during our normal business hours, Brett Robison will be with us in the Catoctin Creek tasting room.  Brett will only be here this one time, so don't miss this!!

What a way to kick off spring break!

 

Catoctin Creek Nominated for RAMMY's "Beverage Producer of the Year"

Rammy'sWe were thrilled to be named a finalist for ‘Regional Food & Beverage Producer of the Year’ at the RAMW’s 2014 RAMMYS Nominations event hosted at The Hamilton in Washington D.C.

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) added the new ‘Regional Food & Beverage Producer of the Year’ award category to its line-up this year to celebrate some of the regions most respected artisans. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was included in this high-profile collection of nominees amongst other notable artisans including: Port City Brewing Company, DC Brau Brewing Company, Rappahannock Oyster Co., and Red Apron Butchery.

"We are extremely honored to be nominated for this prestigious award and would to thank RAWM for creating this award category this year showcasing hard-working artisans throughout the metropolitan area” said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery.

The annual RAMMY Awards Gala is the signature annual fundraiser for Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) recognizing the best and brightest in the area’s vibrant restaurant industry. On Sunday, June 22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, winners from 21 categories will be announced and awarded, including four to be chosen by public vote. 2014 will serve as the 32nd Annual Gala.

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Gone A Rye

Gone-A-Rye1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¾ oz Benedictine
¾ oz Dry Sherry
¾ oz Lemon juice
2 dashes Aromatic bitters
Egg white

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

Courtesy Matthew Palumbo, La Tagliatella

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

March 2014 News

Barrels in ReposeWelcome to March!

It has been a crazy, long winter!  We are so tired of the polar vortex!  How about some warmer weather, daffodils and tulips?  Soon, very soon, we hope!

In the meantime, a little glass of Roundstone Rye or Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy will warm you up!  Join us this month also for some great events to distract you from the cold.

 

Changing Hours at the Tasting Room

We are modifying our hours at the distillery tasting room.  In order to set aside more working time in the distillery (our main job, making whisky), and to give our employees more time with family, we have decided to close on Sundays.  Therefore, starting this weekend, our new hours are:

Monday - Friday, 1 - 5pm (Nobody really drinks before noon, right?  Right??)

Saturday, 12 - 7pm (Stock Up Saturday!)

Sunday, Closed (Chill with the family this day...)

If you wish to have a special event (rehearsal dinner, private party, concert, etc.), we remain available for those, including on Sunday.  Contact us for more details.

 

Dinner and Cocktails at the Distillery

Trout with RisottoIf you haven't yet joined us for one of our intimate cocktail dinners, March is a great time to get out of the cold and grab your sweetie for a wonderful date-night experience!  Join Scott and Becky for dinner for the evening: a sumptuous five course meal expertly paired with cocktails.  Our chefs for the evening are Chef Wes Rosati and Chef Maria Aros, of Wandering Chef (both formerly chefs at Lansdowne Resort).  The chefs will ensure this meal ranks in the top ten of your lifetime best meals, and Scott and Becky will personally pour you cocktails that will pair beautifully with each course.  Dinner includes a private tour of the distillery and dining in our tasting room.

Price is $125 per person, all inclusive.  Space is limited to thirty people, so to reserve your space, please visit our event page now!

Menu

Small Bites
Chicken Liver Mousse:
Caramelized Onions and Pearousia Gelee, Fresh Baguettes and Apple Slices

Cocktails at Catoctin Creek1st Course
Brown Sugar, Citrus and Ginger Rubbed Atlantic Salmon
Soy-Ginger Gastrique, Pickled Vegetable and Glass Noodle Salad
Paired with Catoctin Creek’s “Rye Lion”

2nd Course
Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Tarragon Oil
Roasted Fennel, Tomatoes and Mushrooms on Creamy Mascarpone Polenta
Paired with Catoctin Creek’s “White Manhattan”

3rd Course
Herb and Peppercorn Rubbed Strip Steak
Butter Beans, Garlic Braised Green Beans, Dijon and Herb Butter
Paired with Catoctin Creek’s “Thyme Gimlet”

4th Course
Lemon and Ricotta Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries

Please let us know any dietary needs that you have.  We can accommodate most requests, including vegetarian/vegan, gluten/seafood allergies, and kosher.

 

Guest Bartender Series - Alexandra Bookless from The Passenger

Alexandra BooklessWe've been having so much fun with this series.  Alex Bookless will be our third bartender to join us in the tasting room for our Second Saturday tradition.  Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and the bartender will be on hand to chat and chill and discuss her creations.

Alex is the general manager and chief cocktail shaker for probably the coolest bar in Washington DC, so we are absolutely thrilled to have her as a guest in our tasting room!  If you've always wanted to go to the Passenger, and never gotten a chance, you gotta come by the distillery on Saturday, March 8th.

Don't miss this!!

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

This month, it's a two-fer... this winter has sucked, so we feel you need a double dose this month!

These cocktails are an homage to the month of March, when they say the weather comes "in like a lion, and out like a lamb."  We've certainly seen that with this year of 2014 weather.  Spring can't come soon enough after endless bouts of Polar Vortex snow-assaults.  We are ready for some tulips and crocuses, please!

The Rye Lion cocktail is our take on a sour, non-sweet, assertive cocktail made with Roundstone Rye.  The up-front citrus and strong ginger taste would provide salve after the coldest day of snow-shoveling.  And as winter passes into spring, we begin to enjoy the first blooms in the garden. Which brings us to the Spring Lamb, a floral, delicate cocktail, subtle and sweet.  Just like spring!

Rye LionRye Lion

2 oz Roundstone Rye
½ oz fresh lime juice
Dash of orange bitters
Ginger beer
Lime slice for garnish

Add Roundstone Rye, lime juice and orange bitters to a shaker with small pieces of ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a slice of lime.

 

 

Spring LambSpring Lamb

2 oz Mosby's Spirit
½ oz honey syrup*
¼ oz grenadine
2-3 drops rosewater, more if needed
Seltzer
Rose petal garnish

Add Mosby's Spirit, honey syrup, grenadine, and rosewater to a shaker with small pieces of ice and shake well. Strain & pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with seltzer and garnish with a rose petal.

*To make the honey syrup use equal parts honey and water in any quantity. Store in a container in the refrigerator.

Cocktails by Scott Harris and Emily Landsman.  Photos by Emily Landsman.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

February 2014 News

Catoctin Creek Turns FIVE!!

Wow!  We can hardly believe it!  Five short years ago, years which seem like a lifetime, we started our little distillery!  In that time, we've grown from a small, mom-n-pop distillery in an unglorified warehouse space, to a beautiful distillery in a historic building, employing 20 people, and distributing across the east coast and internationally!

PassengerTherefore, we must celebrate!  And who better to help us celebrate than our first customers in Washington DC... The Passenger!

Festivities start on Saturday, February 15th, around 8pm.  We'll have cool Catoctin Creek cocktails on the board, some cool freebies to give away to the first 30 people showing up, and what's more, the Passenger will release their special Catoctin Creek Passenger Private Label Roundstone Rye!!

That's right, folks! In collaboration with Alex, Jade and the gang, we've selected a single barrel whisky and bottled it at 100 proof, just for the Passenger!  This Roundstone Rye is a little different from our normal rye, both in its higher proof, but also in that we used a Black Swan cooperage.  You'll have to taste it and see if you can tell a difference!

So, join us!  It will be a blast!!

 

Guest Bartender Series - Andrew Shapiro from the Green Pig

Andrew ShapiroAfter the successful launch of our new Second Saturday tradition, we now welcome Andrew Shapiro from the Green Pig Bistro in Arlington.  Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and the bartender will be on hand to chat and chill and discuss his creations.

Think of it as a way of bringing the coolness of the city out to little ol' Purcellville!

On Saturday, February 8th, during our normal business hours, we have the honor of hosting Andrew Shapiro, who tends bar at the Green Pig Bistro in Arlington. Andrew has a real knack with spirits, so don't miss this!!

 

Book Your Event at the Distillery

Make your next event special!

Facility RentalDid you know Catoctin Creek is available to rent for special events?  What would it be like to have your next event in our gorgeously restored space?!  Imagine yourself among the gleaming copper equipment, in the beautiful brick "industrial chic" 1920's-era Case Building.  It will be an event that your guests will remember forever!

Here's a short sampling of what we can do:

  • Weddings
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Turning 30/40/50 Parties
  • Corporate Functions
  • Fundraisers
  • Cocktail Parties
  • and much much more!

We can put together unique functions tailored to your group, including:

  • Catering
  • Private behind-the-scenes tours
  • Private bottling workshops - take home whiskey that you bottle yourself at our distillery!
  • Bartending services
  • Music, bands, concerts and more!
  • Sit-down dinners, from three to five courses, with cocktail pairings crafted for your menu.

Just contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more details.  A valid ABC banquet license will be required for all events.

Click the individual photos below to enlarge:

Facility Rental 3 Facility Rental 2 Facility Rental 4 Facility Rental 5 Facility Rental 6

 

Tony Lucca at Catoctin Creek!

Tony Lucca

Dinner, Cocktails, and a Concert! - A St. Valentine's Day Special!

This special St. Valentine's Day evening starts with an exquisite five-course dinner paired expertly with cocktails from Catoctin Creek.  Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of Wandering Chef will take you on a culinary tour of St. Valentine's Day, while Scott Harris slings the cocktail shaker to pour the freshest local ingredients in your beverage. 

After the leisurely dinner, we'll adjourn to the distillery to enjoy an intimate concert from Tony Lucca, the award winning finalist from NBC's "The Voice".  Not only will you get the chance to hear Tony play, but he'll even join us for dinner before the show!  What a chance to really get to know the artist!

Click here to purchase tickets:

http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/events/770-valentine-s-day-tonny-lucca-and-dinner-at-catoctin

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Catoctin Caipirinha

CaipirinhaScott recently completed a trip to Brazil to explore the cultural heritage of food, drinks, and of course, cachaça—Brazil's national spirit. Cachaça is made from raw green sugar cane, as opposed to rum, which is made from molasses. Cachaça is therefore fresher, greener, and totally unlike rum. The Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail. You will see it in every restaurant, every bar, and every beachside food stand. It is so refreshing and delicious!

Sometimes, you will see Caipirinhas made with vodka, and we thought it would be fun to make it with Mosby's Spirit, which shares many of the fresh green qualities of cachaça.

½ lime, quartered
1 tsp white sugar
2½ oz Mosby's Spirit
1 cup ice cubes

In a large rocks glass squeeze and drop in 2-4 eighths of lime. Add sugar, crush and mix with a spoon. Pour in the Mosby's Spirit and plenty of ice. Stir well. Garnish with remaining lime slices.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

January 2014 News

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!!

2013 was surely wonderful to us!  We are very thankful for all our blessings in 2013.  During the year, we moved our business to our wonderful new home on Main Street in Purcellville, grew our production, opened our gorgeous new tasting room, and even shipped our first spirits internationally!  It was a very good year.

As we look to 2014, we wish each and every one of you a wonderful and prosperous year.  We hope the year will bring you, your friends and your family many good wishes!

Best of LoudounVote for Catoctin in Best of Loudoun

If you have a moment, please go out and vote for us in the Leesburg Today's "Best of Loudoun" competition.  We're in the dining section, under "Breweries and Distillery".

Here's the link: http://va.secondstreetapp.com/Leesburg-Todays-Best-of-Loudoun-2013/Ballot/Dining

Thanks for your vote!

Guest Bartender Series - Julien Bourgon from PX and TNT

Julien BourgonWe're starting a new tradition in 2014!  Each month, we will have one guest bartender from around the area join us for a day to highlight two special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits.  Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for no extra charge, and the bartender (or Mixologist if you're fancy!) will be on hand to chat and chill and discuss his creations.

Think of it as a way of bringing the coolness of the city out to little ol' Purcellville!

On Saturday, January 11th, during our normal business hours, we have the honor of hosting Julien Bourgon, who tends bar at the PX and TNT bars in Alexandria.  Julien's cocktails will be sure to please, so don't miss it!

Julien Bourgon

Three Cool Concerts at the Distillery

We have three very cool concerts lined up for January and early February.  You don't want to miss these!  There is nothing cooler than catching these great artists in such a cool venue as the distillery.  Scroll down for more information on each artist!

Paul Pfau and Pretty Gritty playing at Catoctin Creek

HURRY!  Only six seats left!!

Paul PfauPretty GrittyThis will be the fifth of the Buncearoo concert series at the distillery.  If you're looking for a tres-cool date-night experience, why not bring your sweetheart over to the distillery for cocktails and a concert?  The lights will be low, the music will be sublime, and the cocktails will put everything in just the right mood.  Originally from the Washington/Baltimore area, Paul Pfau is touring nationally and couldn't pass up the chance to sing in our distillery.  Opening for Paul is Pretty Gritty, from Maryland, playing their unique mix of country, rock, blues, and soul.

If you've been to these concerts before, you'll know what a wonderful and intimate experience it is!  Spread the word!

Click here to purchase tickets:

http://www.buncearoo.com/event/406833-paul-pfau-pretty-gritty-purcellville/

 

Chelsea McBee and the Random Assortments

Chelsea McBeeStraight outa West-By-God-Virginia!

Playing one night only at Catoctin Creek Distillery! January 25th!

"Chelsea McBee's style of voice plays wonderfully into her roots-sounding mantra, all while maintaining her loyalty to a clear country music-bred background. Or, in other words, think about what it would be like if Norah Jones and Dolly Parton could have a daughter and that daughter just happened to grow up in West Virginia."
– Colin McGuire, Frederick News Post

Dinner and a Concert with Tony Lucca (from NBC's "The Voice")

ONLY TWELVE SPOTS REMAINING!  BETTER GET THIS ONE NOW BEFORE IT'S GONE!!

Tony Lucca

Dinner, Cocktails, and a Concert! - A St. Valentine's Day Special!

This special St. Valentine's Day evening starts with an exquisite five-course dinner paired expertly with cocktails from Catoctin Creek.  Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of Wandering Chef will take you on a culinary tour of St. Valentine's Day, while Katie Morrison slings the cocktail shaker to pour the freshest local ingredients in your beverage. 

After the leisurely dinner, we'll adjourn to the distillery to enjoy an intimate concert from Tony Lucca, the award winning finalist from NBC's "The Voice".  Not only will you get the chance to hear Tony play, but he'll even join us for dinner before the show!  What a chance to really get to know the artist!

Click here to purchase tickets:

Cocktail of the Month – El Bombero

El BomberoThis cocktail is in honor of our favorite distiller and volunteer fire fighter, Greg Moore, aka El Bombero.  Hot and spicy and sweet at the same time.

1.25 oz vanilla bean infused Roundstone Rye *
0.5 oz roasted hot pepper simple syrup **
0.25 oz raspberry vinegar
Chocolate mole bitters
Cocoa powder
Whole fresh raspberries

Add Roundstone Rye, hot pepper syrup, and vinegar to a shaker with plenty of ice and shake for 10 seconds. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Add several drops of chocolate mole bitters. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a few dashes of cocoa powder.

* To make the infused Roundstone Rye:
Split a whole vanilla bean down the center and scrape the seeds. Add all of it to a bottle of Roundstone Rye. Later, when you've run out of whisky, you can throw the bean into a jar with white sugar to make vanilla sugar.

** To make the hot pepper simple syrup: (best to use a gas stove top if you can. If not, go make a fire...somewhere safe!)
Roast two chili peppers (I used Fresno) over low flame, using tongs to turn every few seconds. You can also put a metal steamer basket over a gas stovetop so you can cook two or three at a time. Once all of the skin has turned black, place the peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to steam for about 5 minutes. Then, wearing latex gloves, remove the skins from the peppers, cut off the stem and place the pepper in a small blender, including seeds. Add one cup of simple syrup (3/4 cup water, 3/4 sugar, gently boiled just until the sugar dissolves. Cool.) and pulse a few times to chop up the pepper. Strain it several times to remove all of the pulp and discard. Label and store in a container in the fridge for up to a month.

Courtesy Emily Landsman, Greg Moore's biggest fan.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

December 2013 Update

Small Business SaturdayHappy Small Business Saturday!! 

Today, we celebrate all the small businesses who work so hard to bring you unique and hand-crafted products.  Some of our favorites include Appalachian Outdoor Readiness & Essentials, Market Burger, Re-Love It, Shamrock Music, and My Deli and Café. (Just to name a few.)

On this Small Business Saturday, why not skip the big box stores for a day, and spend your hard-earned money at a merchant who lives in your community?  More of your money will stay local and become reinvested in your neighborhood.

We'll be open today from noon to 7pm, so come on in and grab a tasting, a tour, and perhaps even a bottle or two.  We thank you for it!!

Cheers!

Paul Pfau and Pretty Gritty playing at Catoctin Creek

Paul PfauPretty GrittyThis will be the fifth of the Buncearoo concert series at the distillery.  If you're looking for a tres-cool date-night experience, why not bring your sweetheart over to the distillery for cocktails and a concert?  The lights will be low, the music will be sublime, and the cocktails will put everything in just the right mood.  Originally from the Washington/Baltimore area, Paul Pfau is touring nationally and couldn't pass up the chance to sing in our distillery.  Opening for Paul is Pretty Gritty, from Maryland, playing their unique mix of country, rock, blues, and soul.

If you've been to these concerts before, you'll know what a wonderful and intimate experience it is!  Spread the word!

Get your tickets now, here!

Buncearoo

December Dinner at the Distillery

Once again, we will be holding a private dinner at the distillery.  In collaboration with Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of Wandering Chef, our dinner is a five course affair, paired with specialty cocktails uniquely chosen to match each course of the dinner.  We also include a very special tour of the building, it's history, and the production at Catoctin Creek from Scott & Becky Harris, founders of the distillery. 

Dinners sell out very quickly, but this one still has a few seats available.  Get yours now by clicking here.

Cocktails at Catoctin CreekSourced from local producers and use seasonal ingredients, every menu will be a little different.

Small Bites
Citrus Cured Atlantic Salmon, Pickled Cucumber Salad, Brown Bread

1st Course
Baby Winter Greens, Spiced Walnuts, Cranberry Vinaigrette
Crispy Pork Belly and Poached Pear Salad
Paired with CCDC’s “Catoctinog”

2nd Course
Smoked Chicken and Bitter Green Risotto
Finished with Lemon, Fresh Herbs and Aged Parmesan Cheese
Paired with CCDC’s “Moonshine Chanukkah”

3rd Course
Braised Green Lentils with Local Lamb Sausage, Roasted Carrot Puree,
Honey and Chili Marinated Rack of Lamb
Mint and Lime Gremolatta
Paired with CCDC’s “The Wry Gingerman”

4th Course
Dark Chocolate “Pots de Crème”,
Cranberry-Mint Compote and Freshly Whipped Cream

Lots of Great Press in November!

November was very kind to us, as we found ourselves being covered in a variety of local press.  Distinction and Capitol File magazines all did profile pieces on us, while Northern Virginia magazine and the Loudoun Times Mirror both included us in their holiday gift guides. 

Further, our friends from the local DC-based food media shared several stories of their trip to Loudoun County for a foodie-extravaganza weekend, including pieces from Brightest Young Things and Cloture Club

So nice to get all the press!  You can read the various stories, here.

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned that should prove entertaining and educational:

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

Cocktail of the Month – The JFE Jelly Doughnut

 

Jelly Doughnut

Who doesn’t like sufganiyot, the jelly-filled doughnuts so popular in Israel for Hanukkah? I’m usually not a fan of dairy-based cocktails, but this one seemed to come together so perfectly that I couldn’t say no. Think of it as our version of egg nog, and a great treat for the grown ups at your Hanukkah party.

1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tsp super fine granulated sugar
1½ oz vanilla bean-infused Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky*
1 tsp seedless raspberry jam
¾ oz heavy cream or half and half
Several heavy dashes of chocolate mole bitters (you can find several brands online)
Fresh raspberries for garnish

Mix cinnamon and sugar in a small saucer. Gently dip the top of your martini glasses in a bit of water and shake off the excess. Tap each glass in the cinnamon sugar mix so that you have about ¼” of the rim of the glass covered. Flip the glass right side up and allow it to dry a bit while you make the drink.

Add whisky, jam, cream or half and half and mole bitters to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 to 15 seconds to properly blend the dairy and whisky. Strain into your cinnamon-sugar-dusted martini glass. Add several fresh raspberries to garnish your drink.

* To make the infused Roundstone Rye, split a whole vanilla bean down the center and scrape the seeds. Add all of it to a bottle of Roundstone Rye and allow it to infuse for several days. Later, when you've run out of whisky, you can throw the bean into a jar with sugar to make vanilla sugar.

Recipe and photo courtesy Emily Landsman.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

November 2013 Update

Peach BrandyI know it sounds trite, but honestly, where DOES the time go?  I seem to blink my eyes, and suddenly it is November and 2013 is nearly over.  Ugh!  Time seems to fly faster and faster, the older I get.

In the distillery, we're cranking away on Roundstone Rye on big still #1, while on the little still #2, we just finished up runs of 1757 Virginia Brandy (for release in 2015 or thereafter), and Watershed Gin.  Anytime you want to come up to the distillery, you can see for yourself our hand-crafted, truly family-run distilling business.

We've got some great items in store for the holidays.  Be sure to come in and get some of our very limited peach brandy or perhaps a bottle of 1757 Virginia brandy.  Both will be released in November.  We'll also have some cool new items, including a peach brandy gift basket, some great cocktail and moonshine books, BRANDY-barrel aged maple syrup, and our newest item, Strong tonic syrup.  All of these should make for some wonderful, and one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.

Winemaker and BeckyBrandy season comes to a close

October was brandy season, and we just finished distilling four barrels of 1757 Virginia Brandy.  This year's vintages include Vidal blanc and Chambourcin from Virginia wine grapes.  And while we just distilled the brandy for 2015's release, we also bottled our brandy from 2011's distillations.  The 1757 Virginia Brandy will be available starting November 16, at noon at the distillery.  Be sure to come by and get yours, as it usually sells pretty quickly.

Brandy bottling

We're also releasing our Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy.  This is made from Bluemont peaches, distilled and aged in Minnesota white oak barrels, and bottled at the peak of perfection.  Our release for the peach brandy will be on November 2, again starting at noon at the distillery.

Come and get yours, as they probably won't last into the new year!

Singapore ShipmentCatoctin Creek -- Now shipping internationally!

We are very pleased to have shipped our first order internationally.  A pallet of our popular Roundstone Rye whisky, made from 100% eco-ganic rye grain, left Purcellville, Virginia this week bound for Singapore.  The buyer, Liberty Spirits Asia Pte. Limited, will distribute the whisky throughout its tasting rooms in southeast Asia.

This is very important for us at the distillery.  We have always sold our spirits throughout the East Coast, highlighting what great local spirits they are, and we have had lots of interest because they're locally made.  But today, we can safely say, 'We're not just local, but world-class!' I cannot wait to see how this new Asian market develops. We're adding jobs and making more product.  Our distillery now employs seventeen people, and we're very proud of that in this economy.

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational. Here is the full list:

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

Cocktail of the Month – A La Lousiane

A La LousianeA new take on the old Sazerac recipe, the Benedictine gives a little taste of that old brandy flavor which was common in the Sazeracs in the early days.

1 oz Roundstone Rye
1 oz Benedictine
1 oz sweet vermouth
dash of Peychaud bitters
dash of absinthe
Cherry (for garnish)

Combine ingredients in glass with ice and stir. Pour into cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

October 2013 Update

October is here!  Hunkering down to make whisky... and brandy... and gin...

Autumn is fully here now, and with it, the return to whisky and brandy.  We're now in full production at the distillery, putting away as many barrels as we can, while bottling like crazy to support the growing seasonal demand.  Our big still is now cranking out Roundstone Rye every single day, while our little still is working hard on brandy and gin.

We had a brief shortage of gin at the distillery store last month, due to a lack of some key ingredients in the herb market.  Thankfully, that shortage has ended, and we are now fully in stock with Watershed Gin. 

Soon, we will also announce dates when the next batch of Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy and 1757 Virginia Brandy will be available... soon!  Oh, and I wouldn't want to leave our Cask Proof Roundstone Rye out of the mix.  We'll have some of that bottled soon as well.

Stay tuned!!

Tasting Room available for special events

Tasting Room at Catoctin CreekDo you have a birthday party, rehearsal dinner, corporate function, or some other special event?  Our gorgeous and historic tasting room is available for your next event!  Just contact Katie at the main distillery telephone number.

Concerts and Dinners at the distillery

You may have also noticed, about once a month we host a concert series called Buncearoo, and host dinners at the distillery.  The concerts are very cool, intimate concerts of nationally touring singers and songwriters (our first two concerts featured Graham Coulton and Barnaby Bright).  Imagine yourself sitting on Main Street, behind the quiet glass of the distillery doors, nestled in among the equipment listening to some of the coolest new artists today.  It is a magical evening in a magical place.

We also host dinners at the distillery, prepared by Wandering Chef, aka Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros, formerly executive chefs of Lansdowne Resort.  We prepare a seasonal, locally-sourced five course meal with cocktail pairings (of course), expertly prepared right on site.  There are no warming trays or chaffing dishes; the chefs actually cook your meal fresh moments before you eat it.  And the cocktails are chosen to pair perfectly with the dinner.

You'll also get to meet Scott and Becky, founders of the distillery, who will guide you through a personal tour of both the distilling process and the historical building they recently restored.  These dinners usually sell out pretty quickly, so when you see it announced, pounce on it quickly!

Solar Array at Catoctin CreekSolar array now powers the distillery

Our new solar array has been online for about two weeks.   It is now the largest solar system in Loudoun County, and In that brief period, we have generated over 2.21 MWh of electricity.  To put that in perspective, that is the equivalent of powering 73 residential homes for a day.

If you are a techie like Scott, you can follow our daily, monthly, and system-to-date production of energy at the distillery by clicking the following link:

http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/solar

From this page, you can watch Scott give a brief tour of the array and it's monitoring equipment, but also click on links to see real-time information about the system's energy production.

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational. Here is the full list:

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

Cocktail of the Month – The Raspberry Watershed Refresher

Raspberry Watershed RefresherOne last gasp of summer... This was a feature cocktail of one of our Wandering Chef cocktail dinners.  It is a perfect combination of mint, sweet fresh raspberries and the spiciness of the gin.

8 oz fresh limeade
5-6 sprigs of mint
½ cup fresh raspberries
4 oz Watershed Gin
1 oz grenadine

Muddle mint until it is well bruised. Put mint, limeade, and raspberries in a blender for 10 seconds until raspberries are pureed. Add gin and grenadine. Blend until well combined. Strain over and ice filled glass.

Courtesy Katie Morrison.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

September 2013 Update

Catoctin Creek Grand Opening

September arrives! Catoctin settles in to its new home.

With the last gasp of summer upon us, Catoctin Creek is now officially settled into our new home on Main Street in Old Town Purcellville.  Soon, the weather should be turning cooler, an excellent time for enjoying whisky and brandy.

We spent the entire month of August getting moved from our old facility on Richardson Lane, a location which is now closed entirely for us.  We are now fully up and running at 120 W. Main Street.  Our tasting room has been buzzing (sorry for the pun) since we opened, but more importantly, Becky and Greg have now established full production in the new facility.  Starting in September, we will double again our production, a move which was desperately needed to meet demand.

In short, the new facility offers us more production space and a nicer tasting room experience for our customers.  We sure hope you'll stop by and see us!  We think you'll love what we've done with the place.

Production Resumes at Catoctin Creek

Here are a few photos of the new production operations at Catoctin Creek.  In the first photo, Greg mashes the first rye mash on Main Street.  In the second photo, Becky closely monitors her new still as we produce the first run of Roundstone Rye.  Inside the still (third photo), the fermented rye mash is agitated while heated to boiling.  Finally, the last photo depicts the spirit bouncing around in the bubble cap of the still's column, an important step in rectifying the spirit and making it totally delicious!

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Grand Opening Weekend was a hit!

Tasting Room at Catoctin CreekWe want to thank everybody who came out to see us during our grand opening weekend.  Especially we want to thank Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders, and Laissez Foure, who provided musical entertainment for the weekend, and Eric Buckland, who signed his collection of Civil War books for our customers all Saturday.

Our new tastings are a big hit, and our tours now include a bit of Purcellville history, talking about our new building, which was built in the first year of Prohibition.  And as always, you'll learn quite a bit about our whisky production operations.

If you haven't been by yet, please come on up and see us!  We are now open seven days a week:  Mon-Fri 10-5pm, Sat 12-7pm, and Sun 12--5pm.  

Solar Array at Catoctin CreekSolar array now powers the distillery

We always strive to be good stewards of our planet.  Our production operation is a zero waste facility, whereby we turn all our waste alcohols into cleaning products, and all of our spent mash into cattle feed.  But we've stepped it up by installing a 41kWh solar array on our very large rooftop.  The nearly 6000 sq ft. array is now producing 85% of our electricity needs, and on very sunny days (like today), actually returning energy into the public grid.  The array produces the equivalent of five households of electricity, and moves us closer to being a very responsible, sustainable whisky factory.

To get a glimpse of the array, peek from the back of the public parking lot next to our building.  (I need to figure out how to include the array on the tours!  Perhaps an escalator is in order...)

Upcoming Events

As you can see, there are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational.  Here is the full list:

  • September 6 - Cocktail Dinner at the Distillery - The Wandering Chef is back and we're enjoying another five course with cocktails! SOLD OUT
  • September 6 - Charity in Chocolate - How about a fashion show entirely based on chocolate at the Hotel Mandarin in DC?
  • September 8 - Bottling Workshop - This one is still open! Here's your chance to join us for a bottling workshop!
  • September 13 - Catoctin House Concert - Another great concert featuring Barnaby Bright at Catoctin Creek! Buncearoo presents!
  • September 14 - Cocktail Dinner at Aldie Mill - Now in our third year, this event is very popular and sells out quickly! History, cigars, whiskey, and food... what's not to like?
  • September 21 - Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival - Join us in Reston for an afternoon of beer, barbeque, and of course, our spirits!
  • September 30 - Whisky Dinner at Bourbon Steak in DC - Dinner and drinks at the Four Seasons in DC.  What a great thing for a Monday!

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

Cocktail of the Month – The Bloody Mosby

Bloody Mosby

Bloody MosbyI'm bringing this one back because it has been hugely popular in our new tasting room.  It is like a Bloody Mary, but how about we let some of that rye grain flavor shine through?

Nature's Promise eco-ganic vegetable juice
1 oz. Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
Juice of one half fresh lemon
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Dash of Cholula hot sauce
Sprinkle or two of Old Bay seasoning
Dash of black pepper
1 tsp of good quality horseradish
½ oz. clam juice
Celery stick

Fill a large glass half way with ice. Cover ice with tomato juice. Add Mosby's Spirit, lemon juice, Worchestershire and Cholula, pepper, Old Bay, horseradish and clam juice. Shake vigorously for a minute, then pour into a tall glass and top with ice. Garnish with celery stick.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

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