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November 2012 Update

Welcome to November!

Where has the year gone?  How did it end up to be November so quickly? The holiday season will be quickly upon us, and now is the perfect time to pick up some very special holiday gifts for that certain someone who is so hard to shop for!  Nothing says, "I love you" quite as much as fine liquor... even if it is a gift you give to yourself!

PearousiaShort Hill Mountain Peach Brandy and Pearousia Pear Brandy — Now Available!

This weekend, we launch two of our very special, limited release fruit brandies. Doors open at 12pm on November 3rd. Both the peach and the pear brandies will be released for the holidays.  Our first batch of 1757 grape brandy sold out in just two weeks, so you don't want to miss this release!

Peach brandyShort Hill Mountain Peach Brandy, the first of its kind in Virginia, is a traditional recipe that dates back to the earliest days of the colonists in Virginia. Peaches were valued as a fruit tree for producing several years before apples and pears would set fruit. As such, many colonists' first distilled brandies in the New World were peach brandies! Ours is lovely stuff, from Loudoun County peaches, and is just like peach cobbler in a glass! Only 300 bottles available this year!

And we're also releasing our third season of the ever popular Pearousia pear brandy, produced in collaboration with Fabbioli cellars of Leesburg, Virginia.  Made from Bartlett and Bosc pears, this brandy is subtle, warming, and delicious, making it a perfect choice for a cold winter's evening.

Both the peach and the pear brandy will be available for $42.30 per 375ml bottle.

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
37251C East Richardson Lane
Purcellville, Virginia

For special ordering information in Virginia, please see our Virginia products page.

1757 and Pearousia Shipped to Virginia ABC, Maryland and DC

1757 BottlesWe have released a small amount of our limited seasonal spirits, specifically the 1757 Virginia Brandy and Pearousia Pear Brandy, into the Virginia ABC, Maryland, and DC markets.  This should enable restaurants and stores to obtain some of these products for sale.  We've already seen the 1757 showing up at places like Bluegrass in Baltimore, the Passenger in DC, and Weygant Wines in Cleveland Park.

So, if you are a restaurant or consumer in Virginia, check out our Where to Buy in Virginia for the special order codes for these products.  Be patient, as the Virginia ABC special order system is not always the most efficient, and mistakes can be made.  Check back with your ABC clerks often for the status of your order.

If you are a store owner or restaurant in Maryland or DC, contact our distributor, Bacchus, for information on where to obtain the spirits.  If you are a consumer, give your store or restaurant a call, as they should be able to obtain the spirits from Bacchus.  Check our web page for a list of Where to Buy in Maryland for more information.

Interested in Investing in Catoctin Creek?

DollarLimited Time Offer

Catoctin Creek is opening a second round of investment for those who wish to become part of this exciting new company.  Now distributed in VA, MD, DC, NY, TN, KY, WA, and CA, and with a new expansion already underway, there's never been a better time to get in on the ground floor.

Potential investors must meet SEC guidelines for investing in privately held companies.  The price for each investment unit is $1000, and the minimum investment requirement is $10,000.

If you are interested, please visit our investment page and fill out the Non-Disclosure Agreement and Purchaser Questionnaire.  These documents must be received for all serious inquiries.

Upcoming Events

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

  • November 3 - Cleveland Park Tasting - Join us at Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits as Chad leads us through a tasting of our three flagship spirits.
  • November 7 - Washingtonian On The Rocks - Catoctin Creek will pour, along with over 20 other whisky vendors, at Washington's newest whisky show.
  • November 12 - Fresh Farm Markets Farmland Feast - A festival of local food, Todd Thrasher (of Restaurant Eve, Virtue Feed & Grain and the PX) will be pouring a signature cocktail made with Catoctin Creek.
  • November 16 - Chesapeake Wine - Join Scott as he pours samples at Chesapeake Wine in Baltimore.
  • November 21 - Peach Event at the Passenger - Catoctin Creek teams up with DC Brau for a joint launch of the Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy and DC Brau's peach-aged Citizen Ale.
  • November 29 - Catoctin Dinner at Magnolia's - Enjoy a four course dinner paired with Catoctin Creek cocktails, at Purcellville's Magnolia's at the Mill.

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

Cocktail of the Month – Rye Cider

Rye CiderRebecca Dudley of Market Table Bistro pairs local Catoctin Creek Distillery rye with an unusual—and Virginia-made—hickory syrup that’s both sweet and smoky. The lemon and sage help balance this seasonal cocktail, while the cinnamon naturally brings out the appley flavor.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ oz Wildwood’s Hickory Syrup (Berryville) or real maple syrup
1 oz apple cider
Juice from ¼ fresh lemon
8-10 ice cubes
Cinnamon sugar
2 fresh sage leaves (torn), plus 1 whole to garnish

Rim chilled martini glass with cinnamon sugar. Add all the other ingreVermontdients to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and drain into chilled, rimmed glass. Float sage leaf on top.

Courtesy Rebecca Dudley of Market Table Bistro and used with permission.

See this cocktail and over eighty others 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 except Sunday, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

October 2012 Update

Welcome to October – Or as I like to call it, Brown Spirits Month!

With the chill in the evening air, we now turn to a month designed for brown spirits!  Whisky, neat, or with a splash of water.  Brandy, warmed in a snifter, in an armchair by the fireplace.  What a sumptuous treat after a long day of traffic, the office, the kids, or just life's little stresses.

New Distillery Store Hours and Tours

Catoctin Creek ToursThis month, the Virginia ABC regulations were updated, which now allow us to offer tastings throughout the day!  With this change, our new hours, effective immediately are:

Monday thru Thursday 10 - 5 PM
Friday 10 - 4 PM
Saturday 12 - 5 PM
Sunday

CLOSED
(by appointment only)

Tours commence at the top of every hour, and tastings follow the tour.  Last tour, one hour before close.

Often, depending on the day, you may see much of this equipment in operation and meet and speak with the owners.

Tours last about half an hour and cost $5 per person ($10 for groups of 10+), kids are free.   Tastings also last about half an hour, for a one hour total experience.  For larger groups (10 or more), please contact us for an appointment.

1757 Virginia Brandy – Available October 13th

1757 Virginia BrandyVirginia's FIRST Commercial Grape Brandy!!
EVER!
Now Available!

The thirteenth just became a very lucky day! Join us at the Catoctin Creek distillery store as we launch our '1757' Virginia Brandy, the first commercial grape brandy ever produced in the Commonwealth! Doors open early at 11am on October 13th.

1757 Virginia Brandy Gift Box'1757' is a unique blend of Seyval blanc and Chambourcin, sourced entirely from grapes within western Loudoun County. We've been distilling this brandy since we started the distillery in early 2010. The brandy has been resting in French Bordeaux wine casks during that time, and finally the very first batch is now ready to enjoy.

Individual bottles will go on sale for $49.80, and beautiful gift set boxes, individually signed by the distillers, and including two gold leaf Catoctin Creek brandy snifters, will be sold for $79.75. Distillery doors will open at 11am, so come on in and get yours!

Tasting Notes

For those unfamiliar with brandy, what we have made is essentially an American version of Cognac. We cannot call it Cognac, of course, because that must be made in the Cognac region of France, but the grapes we're using are similar, and the wood we're using is Bordeaux, giving us this delightfully rich brandy made in Virginia.

Sip it neat in a brandy snifter, gently warmed by the embrace of your hand, or mix it into classic cocktails like the Vieux Carré or the Sazerac.

Aroma: Vanilla, grape, green apple, with no astringency of alcohol.

Taste: Grape, peaches, white bread, vanilla ice cream, and molasses. Nice mouthfeel--viscous and velvety.

Finish: Clean and very crisp.

For special ordering information in Virginia, please see our 1757 Virginia Brandy page.

Awards and Reviews

Gold MedalSeptember was a very kind month to us.  We received numerous press on our building expansion plans, but also quite a few awards and reviews.  Wine and Spirits reviewed our Roundstone Rye early in the  month, Esquire magazine picked up a cocktail by one of our favorite Baltimore mixologists, Kashrus magazine reviewed the distillery, then TheFiftyBest awarded Roundstone Rye a gold medal in New York City, and finally, our Watershed Gin received a very thorough and kindly review from Proof66.

Indeed, it was a great month for us!  To September, we raise a glass!

Interested in Investing in Catoctin Creek?

DollarLimited Time Offer

Catoctin Creek is opening a second round of investment for those who wish to become part of this exciting new company.  Now distributed in VA, MD, DC, NY, TN, KY, WA, and CA, and with a new expansion already underway, there's never been a better time to get in on the ground floor.

Potential investors must meet SEC guidelines for investing in privately held companies.  The price for each investment unit is $1000, and the minimum investment requirement is $10,000.

If you are interested, please visit our investment page and fill out the Non-Disclosure Agreement and Purchaser Questionnaire.  These documents must be received for all serious inquiries.

Upcoming Events

We really swing into action starting in October.  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 – Occupy Whiskey

This cocktail is cross-posted from the Good Booze blog:
Occupy WhiskyYou’ll know by now, dear Boozers, that we adore flavor profiles that provide interesting contrasts, so that each sip is uniquely different, leading the taste buds through a subtle progression of flavors. This a true sipping drink, perfect for after dinner on the front porch on a cool autumn evening: the alfalfa-infused whiskey provides a certain quality of a freshly-mowed outfield, leading to a tart apple finish laced with beer.

1 large tablespoon fresh apple-beer simple syrup (so delicious — maybe two tablespoons; recipe below)
2 generous ounces Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1/2 cup packed fresh alfalfa sprouts

To make the apple-beer syrup: Put 1/2 cup of sugar, one cup of beer (choose a seasonal fall variety — we used Port City Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest), and 1/2 cup of freshly grated Granny Smith apple in a small saucepan and combine well. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes or until the syrup has thickened. Strain well and set aside to cool. Will keep refrigerated for two weeks.

To infuse the whiskey: Put four ounces of whiskey and the sprouts in a cocktail shaker. Muddle the sprouts lightly and set aside for at least 30 minutes and up to two hours. Strain completely before using.

To assemble the drink: Put 1 – 2 tablespoons of the apple-beer syrup in the bottom of a rocks glass. Pour the infused whiskey into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over the apple-beer syrup and garnish with a slice of apple.

Courtesy Good Booze, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and over eighty others 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 except Sunday, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

September 2012 Update

Whisky GlassWelcome to September – Whisky Season is back!

Oh, happy day!  With Labor Day, we have the unofficial return to autumn, and whisky season!  Grab those bottles of Roundstone Rye and together let's toast the cooler weather, frosty nights, and changing leaves!

NOTICE! Special Labor Day Weekend Hours

We will be running Saturday hours for tastings on Monday.  For small groups (<10) no reservations are required.  Just make sure, if you want to taste, that you show up during our tasting hours below:

Saturday, 9/1/2012: 11am - 4pm with tastings at 11-12pm and 2-4pm
Sunday, 9/2/2012:  CLOSED
Monday 9/3/2012:  8am - 6pm with tastings at 11-12pm and 2-4pm

Major Expansion Underway – Catoctin Creek to buy Historic Purcellville Building

For the last three and one-half years, we have been very happily building our distilling business at our Richardson Lane address.  Yet, if you've visited the distillery, you've noticed that we are very much running out of space.  Add to that, we're not exactly in the most scenic spot in the county for tours.  Plus, we have no room in our current home for new equipment.  So, obviously, it is getting high time to move.

Catoctin Creek Conceptual Drawing

We are really excited to announce that we are in the final phases to purchase the historic Sam Case Building on Main Street in Purcellville.  The Case building dates back to 1921, and was first used as a Buick dealership—Case Motor Co.  Throughout the decades, it was also a furniture factory, furniture store, and a retail gift shop.  Today, it is the temporary home of Purcellville Marketplace, who will be eventually moving to their new home in the old Town Hall building.

The Case Building has such wonderful new possibilities as our future home.  The property is 5,800 square feet, nearly triple our current floor space, and is a great location for tourism and retail traffic.  We will split the building into our retail store and tasting room on the front-right side, with the production side taking up most of the back and left hand side of the building.  Into this area we will install our existing 100 gallon Kothe still, plus our new 300 gallon Kothe still, quadrupling our current production capacity.

We'll also be investing in this historic gem on Main Street by performing a half-million dollar renovation to the property to bring it back into its former glory.  Architectural drawings and construction plans begin in earnest this month, and we should be able to start the renovations in early 2013, looking for a complete switch over from Richardson Lane by Summer of 2013.

Stay tuned for more on this exciting development!

1757 Virginia Brandy – Coming Soon

The last few days of aging are underway on Virginia's first commercial grape brandy since the establishment of the Commonwealth!  Yes, that's right, "1757" is the first grape brandy made in Virginia from Virginia grapes.  Our first vintage of 1757 is a 50/50 blend of Seyval blanc and Chambourcin from Tarara and Fabbioli wineries.  It has been resting in French Bordeaux barrels for nearly two years, and will be available very soon.  Look for a launch date around mid October!

Unfamiliar with brandy?  Think Cognac, but not made in France.  100% grape wine, distilled into a clear grape spirit, and then aged in wooden casks, and bottled at 80 proof.  That's brandy!

1757 Box SetsWe just sampled from the cask last week, and here are our thoughts on this beautiful brandy:

Color: A deep honeyed maple color, rich in dark brown hues.
Nose: Our first sniff reveals luscious grapes, with subsequent nosings revealing green apple, raisins, and leather.
Taste: The first sip brings to mind warm cherries and raisins, with earthy minerals and butterscotch in the back notes.

In DC and Maryland, 1757 will be available from your favorite retailer; in Virginia by special order, or directly from the distillery store.  We will also offer special boxed sets, including two gold-leaf embossed brandy glasses, an attractive gift box signed by the distillers, and a bottle of 1757 brandy for $79.75, available ONLY at the distillery, and just in time for the holidays.

Interested in Investing in Catoctin Creek?

Limited Time Offer

Catoctin Creek is opening a second round of investment for those who wish to become part of this exciting new company.  Now distributed in VA, MD, DC, NY, TN, KY, WA, and CA, and with a new expansion already underway, there's never been a better time to get in on the ground floor.

Potential investors must meet SEC guidelines for investing in privately held companies.  The price for each investment unit is $1000, and the minimum investment requirement is $10,000.

If you are interested, please visit our investment page and fill out the Non-Disclosure Agreement and Purchaser Questionnaire.  These documents must be received for all serious inquiries.

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 – The Classic Manhattan

Manhattan with CarpanoThe use of the Carpano vermouth makes this cocktail perfect. The vermouth itself is totally drinkable alone: I taste figs, dates, licorice, and delicious raisins. But when added to the Manhattan, the vermouth adds a wonderful herb aroma to the sweetness of the rye.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Carpano sweet red Italian vermouth (The absolute best!)
1 dash bitters (Peychauds or your favorite)
1 tsp Maraschino cherry juice
Maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour into a mixing glass with crushed ice, stir, strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

See this cocktail and over eighty others 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 except Sunday, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

(Photo of the whisky glass used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license from sashafatcat via flickr)

August 2012 Update

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

Waiting Line for Cask Proof

Tours during Cask Proof PartyLast 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

Governor's MansionA 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."

Luri and WilmaGreat 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.

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 - The Colonel Langdon

The Colonel LangdonLangdon 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
Lemon peel

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.

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 except Sunday, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

July 2012 Update

Happy July!!

Fireworks by Scott Harris

July 4 is Independence Day, and we'd like to be the very first to wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July!  It was the independent spirit of our forefathers that created this country, and we celebrate that spirit in our life and work here at Catoctin Creek Distillery!

We will be open all week during the holiday, so if you have some time off from work, come on by and check us out for some tastings and tours.  Our holiday hours are the same as our weekday hours:  Tastings and Tours from 12-1pm and 3-4pm.

Come grab a bottle or two for your 4th of July party, and please, as always, enjoy responsibly.

July 7 – Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Release Party!

Store Anniversary Party

Catoctin Creek Roundstone RyeThat long awaited date is finally here!  On Saturday, July 7, at 11am SHARP, we will open the doors to sell the first bottles of Roundstone Rye CASK PROOF to the public.  Bottled at 116 proof, or 58%, this is a seriously strong dram of whisky!  We'll only have a few bottles for sale (only 100 were bottled in our first batch), so be sure to show up early to get yours.

Our first cask proof bottles will be sold using a lottery system, so all legal adults who are present at 11:00 AM SHARP will receive a ticket.  We will then draw lots until either everyone has a bottle, or all bottles are gone.  Limit two bottles per party.

For the rest of the day, we're going to make a fun day of it!  Between 12 and 4 PM, we'll have snacks, trivia, and 15% off all store merchandise (not including liquor).  You can take a tour, have some snacks, and enjoy a festive day as we celebrate the release of Roundstone Rye Cask Proof and our one year anniversary of our distillery store.

So come on by, pick up a bottle, and have some fun with us on July 7th!

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye - Cask Proof, 58% ABV, whisky distilled from 100% rye, 750ml, SRP $64.75.

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 - Classic Negroni

NegroniJuly is a great month for gin.  The warmer weather has people looking for cooler, more refreshing cocktails.  My personal favorite is the Negroni, a true classic that stands up well to the assertiveness of the Watershed Gin:

2.0 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
0.75 oz Campari
1.5 oz Carpano Sweet Vermouth
Orange slice for garnish

Mix together the gin, Campari, and vermouth in a shaker full of ice.  Serve neat or on the rocks in a rocks or martini glass.  Garnish with a slice of orange.

Photo courtesy Jen SFO-BCN via Flickr and used under a Creative Commons license.

See this cocktail and over eighty others 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 except Sunday, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

June 2012 Update

Welcome summer!  With the warmer weather, we're breaking out the Watershed Gin and enjoying one of our favorites... Gin and Tonics on the patio.  What says summer better than this refreshing and sinfully simple drink?  Gin stocks running a little low?  Stop by the distillery and pick up some today!

New York... What a Blast!

New YorkWe're officially in New York now!  Last week was the launch of our products in the City and in Brooklyn.  To kick off the week, we did tastings at various high-profile places, including Noorman's Kil and the Whiskey Shop in Brooklyn, Grapevine Wines and Spirits in Wesley Hills, and the Brandy Library in Tribeca.

Look for our spirits to show up at your favorite place in New York, including Astor Wines, Bowery and Vine, The Richardson, Rye House, Fette Sau, and many others.  Can't find it?  Give us a shout and we'll tell you how to get it where you want it in the city!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip around NYC.  Thanks again to NYC for a great launch!

Pictured below are, clockwise from top left, the Brandy Library, Noorman's Kil, tastings at Grapevine, and Scott with Yehoshua from the Grapevine.

 

Brandy Library Noorman's Kil

Grapevine Wine and Spirits Grapevine Wine and Spirits

Upcoming Events

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

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

Cocktail of the Month - Global Warming Gin Fizz

Global Warming Gin FizzThis recipe is cross-posted (with permission) from Good Booze:

2 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
¼ cup fresh blueberries
2 tsp local honey (try something floral to deepen the flavor)
½ of a fresh orange
Chilled club soda
½ oz Campari
Orange wedge for garnish

Crush the blueberries in the bottom of a glass, add the gin and honey, and mix well. Set aside for one hour.

After an hour, squeeze the fresh orange over the blueberry-gin mixture and stir. Add a few ice cubes, top with chilled club soda, then float Campari over the top. Garnish with an orange wedge and enjoy.

Courtesy Good Booze, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and over eighty others 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 except Sunday, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

May 2012 Update

What happened to spring?  It seems we've backslid into winter with this cold blustery weather we've been having in April.  Well, grab yourself a nip of whisky, and steel yourself, for surely summer is coming soon!

New York... Here we Come!

New York BoundAfter a few weeks of getting our brands registered in the State of New York, we have finally sealed the deal by sending our first pallet of spirits up to the big city!  Last week, a half ton of spirits left harbor in Purcellville, Virginia, on a steam ship bound for the Big Apple!

In the coming weeks, we'll be traveling up there to meet with new accounts... restaurants, bars, and liquor stores... to tell our story and pour our spirits.  If you live in New York City, drop us a line and let us know where we need to be!

Smooth! T-shirt

 

Cool New Shirt Designs in the Gift Shop

We have some cool new retro t-shirts in the gift shop.  Available in sizes from small through 2XL, in jersey gray, slate blue, and chocolate brown, they feature a classic fellow enjoying a Catoctin Creek Manhattan, with our retro "Think Global... Drink LOCAL!" on the back.

Available only at the store, for $15 each in the finest quality cotton, and pre-shrunk so you know they will still fit after the first wash.

 

 

Watershed Gin

April was Watershed Gin Month at Catoctin Creek

JuniperEvery few months or so, we crank out another batch of our gold medal winning Watershed Gin.  The process is one we always enjoy, as the smell of juniper and fresh herbs permeates the distillery for days.

We start with the choicest fresh juniper, crushed by hand before combining with other herbs like coriander, anise, cinnamon, and orange peel.  The herbs are then macerated into our rye-base spirit, at which point we produce a "gin wash" that can then be distilled.

As we distill the gin wash, the herbs line up into fractions which come through in separate sections of the gin hearts run.  We carefully select the best of these flavors, while holding back the harsh and bitter elements, to produce a gin that is lovely and unrivaled in the ranks of hand-crafted modern style gins.

Be sure to pick some up next time you're out; summer is coming, and nothing says summer like a Gin and Tonic!

Upcoming Events

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

  • May 4 - DC Invitational Golf Tournament - Enjoy a day of golf and beverages at Lansdowne Resort.
  • May 10 - OHMH Benefit Tasting - Join us at the Light Horse in Alexandria as we sip cocktails and raise money in support of a girls' school in Kenya.
  • May 15 - NY Indie Spirits Expo - We'll be pouring in NYC! Come meet Kirsten and Chad, our brand ambassadors.
  • May 17 - Bunce-Aroo - Enjoy the finest local singer-songwriter music as we sponsor this eclectic concert once again.
  • May 19-20 - Spring Farm Tours - We'll be doing demos again of our production, but this year, on Saturday only, we'll also have farm-raised, Catoctin Creek rye-mash fed, pulled pork sandwiches! Oh, man, you don't want to miss these!
  • May 19 - Preakness Party at Morven Park - We'll be pouring at Morven Park as we watch the Preakness!

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

Cocktail of the Month - Catoctin Gin Front Porch Sippers

Catoctin Gin Front Porch SippersCocktail hour will never be the same with one of these delicious beverages. Enjoy with friends on the front porch during a lazy hot summer evening.

Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
Peeled and seeded cucumber, cut into rough chunks
Fresh lime juice
Lime rind zest mixed with a bit of sugar for the rims
Lime wedges
Thinly sliced pieces of cucumber with the peel ON for garnish
Club soda

Rim the glass with the lime sugar, and fill with crushed ice.

Add four chunks of cuke, the juice from two lime wedges, 1 tsp of sugar to a shaker and muddle in the shaker.  Add 1½ oz gin, 1 oz of lime juice, 1 to 1½ oz simple syrup with ice in the shaker, and shake well.

Pour contents of shaker over ice and garnish with thin slices of cuke. Enjoy!

For the watermelon version just switch out watermelon for the cucumber in the recipe - garnish with the lime/sugar rim and add a small chunk of watermelon and a mint leaf to the rim to make it pretty!!

Courtesy Cheryl Bunce. Photo courtesy Cookie and Kate and used with permission.

See this cocktail and over sixty others 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 except Sunday, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

April 2012 Update

Happy Spring, everybody!  We've made it through March, and sidestepped what was a pretty mild winter.  With flowers blooming and warmer weather, we're looking forward to some great events in April and the coming spring months.  Read on for more information...

New York... Here we Come!

New YorkOur biggest news in March was signing the deal to get into New York City.  Yes, very very soon, Catoctin Creek products will be available throughout New York City.  Available through Blueprint Brands, a subsidiary of Union Beer Distributors, you should be able to start ordering our products in your favorite stores and restaurants in April.

We've expanded our production to handle the anticipated demand.  (We certainly don't want to lose out any product here in the DC region to take on this new market.)  We're now working two shifts every day and putting away almost twice as much spirit as we build up for New York.

Ah, New York!  If we can make it there...

Cask Proof Roundstone Rye... Coming Soon

Roundstone Rye Cask ProofIn the next few months, we should have a new version of Roundstone Rye available.  By popular demand, we're releasing a limited set of cask proof Roundstone Rye, bottled at 58% ABV, or 116 proof.  Seriously strong rye, this stuff will be gorgeous for those aficionados who prefer a little stronger dram.

As with every bottle of Roundstone Rye, each bottle is small batch and single barrel whisky.  Look for news on how to get yours in the next month or so.

Roundstone Rye

Washingtonian: "Hidden Gem of DC"

We were thrilled to be chosen as one of the "Hidden Gems of DC" by Washingtonian magazine.  The magazine highlighted visiting our distillery for tours and tastings.

As a reminder, we are open Monday through Saturday each week, and tours are only $5 per person, with tastings at prescribed times through the day.  Check our website for full details.

Upcoming Events

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

  • April 13 - Happy Hour at Boundary Stone - Join Catoctin Creek, DC Brau, and the guys at Boundary Stone Public House for a great happy hour on Friday the 13th.
  • April 14 - Catoctin Creek Distilling Workshop - If you are interested in the art, science and business of distilling, then this is the seminar for you, plus you'll get to see hands-on distillation in progress from beginning to end.
  • April 21 - Partners Since Prohibition - Join us at Lansdowne Resort for a great evening of food, wine, beer, and spirits, celebrating local producers throughout Loudoun County.
  • April 22 - Oysterstock - April 22 is Earth Day, and we're joining up with Poste restaurant this year to sponsor their Earth Day party, with proceeds going to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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

Cocktail of the Month - Catoctin Creek Margarita

MargaritaWarren Bobrow did a very nice review of our Mosby's Spirit on Foodista, and this cocktail was his inspiration after the tasting. We so often hear that people taste silver tequila when they taste our Mosby's, so why not a margarita? Delicious!

3 oz Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
1 oz Cynar
½ oz raw Agave syrup
1 oz Tuaca Vanilla/Orange liqueur
4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
Mexican Molé Bitters from Bitter End

In a cocktail shaker filled ½ with ice, add the liquors, the Agave syrup and the lime- juice.

Shake and strain into a short cocktail glass with a hunk of lime as a garnish. Add one-two drops of the Mexican Mole’ bitters to each glass at the end and give a quick stir to complete.

Courtesy Warren Bobrow, and used with permission.
Photograph courtesy Ralph and Jenny on Flickr and used under Creative Commons Attribution license.

See this cocktail and over sixty others 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 except Sunday, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

March 2012 Update

Greetings! As February draws to a close, we look forward to the warmer weather. Sunnier days, blooming flowers, and cocktails on the patio. It hasn't been much of a winter here in Virginia, but still, spoiled as we are, we can hardly wait for spring!

Catoctin Creek Increases Production

Lately, weGreg Moore've had a problem.  We can't seem to keep enough of our products in stock!  (Yes, we have good problems.)

It seems that demand in DC continues to grow, as it does in Virginia, Maryland, and our other markets throughout the U.S. We must, therefore, consider ways to increase production to address our growing demand.

To that end, we are very happy to announce the appointment of Greg Moore as assistant distiller at Catoctin Creek.  Greg, working alongside with Becky, will help ensure that we get enough spirits into the pipeline to slake the thirst of our happy customers.  Greg interned with us last year, and you might have seen his smiling handsome face on Saturdays up at the distillery.  Now, starting in March, Greg will help us by manning a second shift each day.

Greg, here's to ya!  Cheers!

Roundstone RyeCrazy Number of Reviews in February!

I guess we're starting to get noticed!

We were very tickled to receive a boatload of positive reviews in February. At the earliest part of the month, we received a very nice write-up in Tasting Panel magazine, highlighting our Watershed Gin in their "Gin-uary" issue, calling it "an eco-ganic slice of luxury."

Shortly after this, Warren Bobrow, the esteemed mixologist, reviewed Roundstone Rye on Foodista.  He said, "The Catoctin Creek product is lush and gorgeous in the mouth.  I think what I like most about it is the nose.  It has a sugarcane nose and a Maple Syrup finish."

Next,  our entire line-up was reviewed in Kashrus magazine, pointing out that it is one of the very few kosher certified American whiskey and gin offerings.

Later in the month, Kevin Kosar, who shared the microphone with Becky on the Kojo Nnambdi show back in January, gave a very nice review of the Roundstone Rye on his AlcoholReviews.com site, giving the Roundstone Rye a four-star rating.  He wrote, "At a whiskey tasting party we attended a year ago, three ryes were set out and this one was preferred by most tipplers."

Finally, on the very last day of the month (leap day, no less), we received a silver medal from The Fifty Best for our Watershed Gin.  This competition was a very formal blind tasting, so we feel very satisfied with the result!

What a crazy (but "good" crazy) month!

Upcoming Events

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

  • March 8 - Environmental Film Festival Launch Party - Join us to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Environmental Film Festival! We'll have a special FRESHFARM Markets cocktail by master DC mixologist, Derek Brown (featuring Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye).
  • March 10-11 - Bottling Workshops - We'll be bottling again in March, but both workshops are full, so unless you've already gotten your spot, you'll have to wait for the next one.
  • March 12 - Mad Fox Whiskey Dinner - We'll be at Mad Fox Brewery in Falls Church for a spectacular five course dinner paired with Catoctin Creek cocktails at each course.  This is one you don't want to miss!!
  • March 16 - Bunce-Aroo Concert - Check out the latest in young singer-songwriter music at the Franklin Park Arts Center, sponsored by Catoctin Creek!

And in April...

  • April 14 - Catoctin Creek Distilling Workshop - If you are interested in the art, science and business of distilling, then this is the seminar for you, plus you'll get to see hands-on distillation in progress from beginning to end.

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

Cocktail for March - Beetlejuice!

Beetlejuice

One of our favorite cocktails, courtesy of Good Booze:

Housemade St. Germain-based lemon soda is a tasty complement to our beet-infused gin, which we think lends a floral undertone to our homage to spring. It’s incredibly easy to make, but you can substitute a commercial lemon soda if you prefer.

1 small raw beet, peeled and grated
½ cup Catoctin Creek eco-ganic Watershed Gin
Raw sugar (regular granulated sugar is fine as well)
Juice of one fresh lemon
1 oz St. Germain liqueur
1 tsp light agave nectar
3 oz club soda or mineral water

To make the beet infusion: Put grated beets in a cup or jar with a large pinch of raw sugar. Top with gin and allow to sit, uncovered, for one or two hours. Strain and set aside.

To make the lemon soda: Put the lemon juice, St. Germain, agave nectar and club soda in a glass and stir vigorously until well-incorporated. Do this just before assembling the cocktail to maintain the carbonation.

Fill a tall glass with ice and pour in the lemon soda. Pour 1.5 ounces of beet-infused gin over the top — do not stir, but leave it layered. Garnish with lemon, fresh herbs, or a slice of watermelon radish (optional). Drink up!

Courtesy Good Booze, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and over sixty others 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 except Sunday, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

February 2012 Update

Robert BurnsGie him strong drink until he wink,
That's sinking in despair;
An' liquor guid to fire his bluid,
That's prest wi' grief and care:
There let him bouse, an' deep carouse,
Wi' bumpers flowing o'er,
Till he forgets his loves or debts,
An' minds his griefs no more.

-- Robert Burns, Scotch Drink, 1785.

For those of you with Scottish ancestors (and that should be just about every one of you!), in January, we toasted Robert Burns, the national bard of Scotland. Burns enthusiasts across the world don the kilt and tartans and celebrate the poet's birthday with dinner, drinks and poetry—a lovely excuse to enjoy that "guid ol' Scotch drink".

Big Production Month in January

Bottling VolunteersJanuary was a crazy month for us at the distillery.  The holidays literally exhausted all of our supplies.  You drank us dry! By January 4th, we were almost completely out of Mosby's Spirit, Watershed Gin, Roundstone Rye and Pearousia.  We had less than ten cases left of everything.  Obviously, we had some bottling to do!

Shipments of spiritsWith two teams of wonderful volunteers, in one weekend, we bottled approximately 10% of our entire 2011 production!  Yes, over one and a half tons of spirits were bottled and shipped out in just two days.  It was an incredible effort, and we were certainly exhausted afterwards, but we were satisfied knowing that our stock was replenished throughout our markets.

Facing such a shortage was a huge problem, but as Becky likes to say, "We have good problems!"  It was a lot of spirits to ship out, but that just motivated us more to produce these lovely spirits that you all seem to enjoy so much.  Cheers, and thank you!

Appreciating Alice Waters at the National Portrait Gallery

Alice Waters and Scott and BeckyWe were very honored to be invited to participate in the unveiling of a portrait for Alice Waters at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.  Alice Waters is the pioneer chef and owner of Chez Panis in Berkley, California, and the author of the local food "Locavore" movement across the nation.

Both Becky and I had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Waters, and what's more, our Watershed Gin was chosen as the local spirit for the night, with Adam Bernbach of Proof/Estadio pouring an amazing pear and gin cocktail for the 300+ patrons.  Many local celebrity chefs, including Chefs José Andres, Cathal Armstrong, and Mike Isabella, among others, were present providing their creations of local foods.

It was an amazing night to be part of the food and drink culture in DC.

Upcoming Events

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

  • All February - Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday - The LINCOLN Restaurant is partnering with local Ford’s Theatre and the Catoctin Creek for a month’s worth of special deals and  drinks.
  • February 11 - Bottling Workshop - Ever popular, get a chance to bottle your own Roundstone Rye and take home a personalized souvenir of this very hands-on workshop and tour.
  • February 18 - Loudoun Grown Expo - Back by popular demand, the expo highlights the best of Loudoun's local food, wine and YES, spirits!  And this year, we're doing TASTINGS!  We'll be paired up with the NOVA Roller Derby girls, so look for some rowdy fun in the booth!
  • February 22 - Cocktails at Rye - Join Scott at Rye in Fells Point, Maryland for a night of cocktails and fun.
  • February 27 - Dinner and Cocktails at J&G Steakhouse - Join us for a four course dinner of small plates and cocktails at the J&G Steakhouse in the historic W Hotel Washington.

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

Cocktail for February - Pfeffernüsse

PfeffernussePfeffernüsse are traditional German cookies served at Christmastime.  The cookie is a sharply spiced gingerbread cookie rolled in powdered sugar.  The name, literally, means pepper-nuts, which gives a hint to the ingredients in the cookie.  Here we've reproduced the experience in a cocktail version.  Scofflaw's Den barrel aged bitters provide the spice, with a sharp homemade ginger syrup providing the backbone.  And for a garnish, just a sprinkle of cracked black pepper, to add that authentic German touch.  Schmeckt gut!

2 oz Catoctin Creek eco-ganic Roundstone Rye
1 oz homemade ginger syrup
3-4 dashes of Scofflaw's Den barrel aged bitters
splash of soda
sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, stir together rye, ginger syrup and bitters with ice.  Strain and pour into rocks glass.  Add 3-4 ice cubes, top off with soda, and sprinkle with fresh cracked black pepper.

 

See this cocktail and over sixty others 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 except Sunday, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

January 2012 Update

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the year 2012!   Hard to believe it, but this is now our third year in business, and we couldn't be happier!  Sure, we're working our tails off, but anything this much fun is worth the effort!

Here's hoping you and yours have a wonderful 2012, filled with joy, prosperity, and good friends and family.

Cheers to 2012!

Becky on NPR

Becky at Catoctin CreekPerhaps the highlight of our December was Becky's appearance on the Kojo Nnamdi show on WAMU.  Not only is it way cool to be on the radio, but we actually listen to his show almost every day in the distillery!  So to be on this show from one of our favorite radio celebrities, well, it was just really awesome!

Becky was joined by Kevin Kosar, author of 'Whiskey: A Global History' and Bill Thomas, owner of Jack Rose in D.C. to be a part of the show, and together, it made for a really interesting Whisky 101 course:

This storied spirit has a history both global and local, whether distilled in the northern isles of Scotland or the green hills of Kentucky. Sales of all types of whiskey are soaring, and small craft distilleries are popping up across the U.S. We learn about the different varieties--from bourbon to Scotch-- and how this liquor is made and enjoyed. Responsibly, of course

If you missed the show, worry not.  You can download the original podcast and listen to its entirety, here.

Appreciating the Year 2011

Brand AmbassadorsThere was so much to be thankful for in 2011, and I won't list them all here.  We won several awards and got some really nice press.  2011 was also the year that we took on three wonderful new employees: Greg, Emily, and Chad.  We couldn't ask for better help, and time and time again, these guys are putting a top-notch professional face on what we do back at the distillery.  Thank you, guys!

Most of all, we are thankful for good friends, family, and the support and kindness of customers like you!  Without you, none of this would be worth it.  Keep enjoying those spirits, and we'll keep making them for you!

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • January 10 - Chocolate and Cocktail Pairing at DC Wisdom - Merideth from MC2 Chocolates, Scott from Catoctin Creek, and Erik from Wisdom will all be on hand to pair up some amazing cocktails with some amazing chocolates!  Space is limited, so reserve by using the link, above.
  • January 13 - Bottling Workshop #1 - A rare Friday workshop, where we're bottling Watershed Gin.
  • January 14 - Distilling Workshop - Our very popular whisky workshop is totally full now, so if you haven't reserved your space, look for the next one--probably in April--to be announced on January 15th.
  • January 15 - Bottling Workshop #2 - A rare Sunday workshop, where we're bottling Roundstone Rye.
  • February 18 - Loudoun Grown Expo - Back by popular demand, the expo highlights the best of Loudoun's local food, wine and YES, spirits!  This year, we'll be paired up with the NOVA Roller Derby girls, so look for some rowdy fun in the booth!

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

Cocktail for December - Hot Lavender Lemonade

Farmhouse LemonadeThis recipe is cross-posted (with permission) from Inspired magazine:

Nothing could be more civil than a proper hot drink by the fireplace when the wind is whipping across the meadows and a case of the sniffles is threatening tomorrow's snowy hike around Willow Lake.  Call it medicinal if you like, but there's nothing like Catoctin Creek's eco-ganic Watershed Gin warmed with lavender-infused lemonade to take off the chill while giving the promise of a good night's sleep.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
¼ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
3 Tbsp local honey (add more or less to taste)
½ cup water
lavender sprig, fresh or dried

To make the Lavender Lemonade: combine lemon juice, water, and honey in a small saucepan, stirring over low heat. Add one 3-inch lavender sprig and bring lemonade to a simmer. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, but do not bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Taste for sweetness/tartness and adjust to your preference. Remove lavender sprig before serving.

Pour 6 ounces of hot Honey-Lavender Lemonade into a large mug and add 1.5 ounces Catoctin Creek eco-ganic Watershed Gin, stirring to combine. Garnish with lemon wheel (optional).

Courtesy Kristen Hartke, photo courtesy Molly McDonald Peterson, and used with permission.

 

See this cocktail and over sixty others 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.  Tours are always free, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

December 2011 Update

Holiday bottles

Rocks GlassHappy Holidays!

December is here, and the Holidays are approaching!

Have you gotten your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping done yet?  If you're still looking for that perfect gift, remember, local and eco-ganic spirits make a great gift for those hard-to-shop-for special people in your life.

This year, we have several new items available at the distillery store, among them, a handsome new rocks glass: heavyweight, high-quality glass, etched with our logo, the perfect glass for enjoying a dram of rye whisky.

All three of our standard spirits--Roundstone Rye, Mosby's Spirit, and Watershed Gin--are available at the distillery store, and we are very happy to announce the following:

PearousiaBatch Two of Pearousia is Here!

Yes, that's right! After a very long wait, our second batch of very limited release Pearousia pear brandy is now available at the distillery store (or by special order in the Virginia ABC or Bacchus).  Each bottle is hand numbered, and only a few hundred will be produced this year.  Pearousia bottles sold out last year in two months, so get yours while you can!

For those unfamiliar with our Pearousia, it is a seasonal brandy done in collaboration with Fabbioli Cellars.  Made from 100% Bosc pears, the brandy is distilled in an old-world style, non-sugary, and full of fruity taste and aroma, similar to a Calvados or a Cognac, but made from pears, of course.

So drop on by the distillery, and pick up a few items on your list.

And, from our family to yours, have yourself a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and an excellent and prosperous New Year!

Limited Holiday Hours

During the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve, we WILL be open for tours, tastings, and item sales, but we will have LIMITED store hours:

Monday, Dec. 26
through
Saturday, Dec. 31
11 AM - 3 PM
Tastings Daily 11 AM - 12 PM
and
2PM - 3PM

Watershed Gin Wins Silver Medal in New York

2011 NYISCWe were thrilled to receive another award, a silver medal, in the 2011 New York International Spirits Competition for our eco-ganic Watershed Gin.

"Gin is a product in a very competitive market," said founder and distiller Becky Harris. "so we are very happy to do well in a major competition like the NYISC."  Watershed Gin is a formulation based on our eco-ganic rye spirits, with a maceration of ten herbs and spices, including juniper, coriander, anise, cinnamon, and orange peel.  Becky describes the gin as a "modern style" gin that realizes her expression of the greenness of Loudoun County, Virginia, where the gin is made.

Upcoming Events

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

  • December 2 - Tasting at Wagshal's Deli - Join us at Wagshal's as we pour all three of our favorite spirits!
  • December 7 - Becky on the Kojo Nnamdi Show - Listen from 1-2 pm to WAMU 88.5 FM to catch Becky speaking about Whiskey with other experts from the DC area.
  • December 9 - Tasting at Modern Liquors - And again, at Modern Liquors, we'll be pouring for free. Come by for a sample!
  • January 14 - Distilling Workshop - Perfect as a gift for the uber-whisky enthusiast, or for anyone who would love to spend the day with us learning about distilling.

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

Cocktail for December - The Ghost of Vesper Lynd

The Ghost of Vesper LyndA Catoctin version of the real Bond cocktail.

3 oz Catoctin Creek eco-ganic Watershed Gin
1 oz Catoctin Creek eco-ganic Mosby's Spirit
1/2 oz Lillet blanc
twist of lemon peel

Combine all ingredients... shaken, not stirred.

Courtesy Chad Robinson, Brand Ambassador, Washington DC.

 

See this cocktail and over fifty 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.  Tours are always free, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

November 2011 Update

Latest News

Brandy BarrelsWelcome to November!  November?  Honestly?  We've already had our first snow, and it seems winter is pressing quickly upon us.

In early October, we finished up our brandy production.  This year's brandy was made from Seyval blanc and Chambourcin grapes, along with the new addition of Norton to the mix.  We've now put away those casks, and we have returned to making rye.  Just in time for the holiday rush.

As the holidays approach, remember that local spirits make a perfect gift for those hard-to-shop-for friends and relatives.  If you drop by the distillery, we're happy to sign bottles for you, and we even have gift wrap!  We also have flasks, shot glasses, and shirts, so you can put together a cool distillery package for that special someone.

So drop on by the distillery, and pick up a bottle or two.

Catoctin Creek Wins Green Innovation Award

Green Business AwardWe were very happy to be named a Silver-level certified green business and awarded the Innovation Award in the 2011 Green Business Challenge.  The Green Business Challenge affirms our commitment to sustainable practices, while producing the finest rye whisky, gin, and brandy in the area. Going green means we are simultaneously preserving our environment and saving big on energy and waste expenses.

By sending our spent-mash to local farms as a nutritious cattle feed, and by recycling waste alcohol into fuel-grade ethanol, we ensure that nothing in our production process ends up in landfill. We're really proud of that!

Upcoming Events

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

  • November 1 - WhiskyFest New York - If you've got your tickets already, you're in good shape, because this event is SOLD OUT!  We'll be pouring our spirits at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square for this one of a kind whiskey festival.
  • November 26 - Tastings at Perfect Pour - We'll be offering free tastings this month, at Perfect Pour in Elkridge, Maryland.
  • December 2 - Tastings at Wagshal's - The second of our free tastings, in northwest DC, just in time for the holidays.

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

Cocktail for November - The Horse's Neck

Horse's NeckThis cocktail was featured in Flavor magazine in the fall 2011 issue and is served at The Chesapeake Room on Barracks Row in southeast DC.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek eco-ganic Roundstone Rye
Splash of ginger ale
3 dashes lemon bitters
Lemon twist
1 large ice cube

Garnish ice cube with lemon twist. Drop into an old fashioned glass. Separately, stir together rye, ginger ale, and bitters with ice. Strain and pour over prepared glass.

Recipe courtesy Henry Lewis and Jay Davis at The Chesapeake Room, and used with permission.
Photograph courtesy star5112 on Flickr and used under Creative Commons license.

 

See this cocktail and over fifty 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.  Tours are always free, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

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