Welcome to August!
The dog days of summer are upon us! But don't let the heat get you down! We have tons of cool, refreshing cocktails on our web page. My favorite summer cocktails? The Colonel Langdon (featured below), a Negroni, a Gin & Tonic (simple is best, sometimes!), and the Cool Hand Cuke. There's definitely something for every taste!
Cask Proof Released
Last month, we released our Roundstone Rye Cask Proof, a limited release of our ever popular Roundstone Rye, but bottled at 116 proof. The turnout for the opening day was enormous, and we thank everybody for braving the scorching hot morning to wait in line to get some of their own.
Combined with the early morning rush, we also spent the day celebrating the one year anniversary of our distillery store opening, and a great weekend of fun, trivia, snacks and tastings. If you joined us, thank you for making it a really special time, and if you could not join us, come and see us soon!
(Psst! We do have just three bottles left. Come get yours while they last!)
Governor's Mansion Begins Pouring Virginia Spirits
A growing number of Virginia's agricultural products were highlighted this month at the Executive Mansion as distilled spirits products from two local craft distilleries, Catoctin Creek and Copper Fox, were poured at several Mansion receptions. Virginia gift sets including Catoctin Creek and Copper Fox distilled spirits products were also presented to honor distinguished Virginians.
"Virginia has a rich history of distilled spirits dating back to George Washington’s successful whiskey distillery at Mount Vernon, and with the emergence of craft distilling, the Commonwealth is once again taking its place as a top producer of premium spirits products," Governor McDonnell commented.
"We are very proud to have our products served at the Executive Mansion," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery. "Virginia has been a rising star in the wine industry, and we aim to prove that the Commonwealth is also a top producer of whiskey, gin and brandy."
Great Press in July
July was a surprisingly good month for CCDC press. Thrillist picked up our field trip and private tasting with LINCOLN restaurant in DC, and Luri and Wilma did a super-fun feature story on our distillery. We were also very surprised to see Mosby's Spirit reviewed in American Way magazine, the in-flight magazine of American Airlines.
Check out these stories, and others on our news page.
There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:
- August 3 - Gentleman Distiller: Mount Vernon Dinner - Join us as we enjoy learning about the history of whisky in America at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate.
- August 8 - Streets of Georgetown Tasting - Join Emily as she pours maple old fashioneds among some very haute couture fashion!
- August 18 - Bottling Workshop for Charity - We'll be raising money for the Bianca Dog Rescue while we bottle whisky!
- August 20 - Ward III Tasting in NYC - Join brand ambassador Tea for a free tasting of Catoctin Creek spirits at Ward III.
For the full list of events, check our events page.
Cocktail of the Month - The Colonel Langdon
Langdon Wood Maple Syrup is a unique offering with limited availability. Made by Art Drauglis, this Grade A Pennsylvania maple syrup is aged in Catoctin Creek used rye whisky casks, giving the syrup and unbelievably rich oakiness and depth of flavor. It is only natural then, that we construct a cocktail with it. (If you're having trouble finding the syrup, we occasionally have some available at the distillery store.)
1 oz Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit™
½-¾ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ oz Langdon Wood Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
3 oz seltzer
In a shaker with ice, combine juice, syrup and Mosby's. Shake. Pour over ice in a rocks glass. Top with seltzer, garnish with lemon peel.
Courtesy Emily Landsman.
See this cocktail and over eighty others on our cocktails page.
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 except Sunday, so stop by and see us sometime!
Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM
Scott & Becky