December is here!
Happy Holidays to you all! Christmas and Hanukkah are quickly approaching, and our thoughts turn to unwinding from the stress of our daily lives and spending more time with friends and family this month. It is such a gift to be alive, and to be with the ones we love. We at Catoctin Creek are particularly blessed to be doing what we love, and to have customers like yourselves who enjoy our craft.
So, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and may there be Peace on Earth in our lifetime!
Photo credit: @justinccdc
Gift Items This Holiday Season
Stop by our tasting room this holiday season and pick up one of our exciting gift items for the holiday. Spirits are the perfect gift for those fussy relatives who already have everything! Give them something local, hand-crafted, and totally unique this year!
We have gift packs of our flagship products: Roundstone Rye, Watershed Gin, and a Glencairn glass in cute little 200 mL bottles, all displayed in a handsome custom gift box. We also have hand-wrapped gift baskets with your choice of spirits, glassware, and bar accessories like bitters and cocktail books. We'll gladly make you a custom basket while you wait. Finally, if you just can't decide, you can pick up a gift card for any amount at our store (or call us, we'll mail it to you).
There's pretty much something for anyone on your list! Stop by soon and see for yourself!
Celebrating Our Tenth Anniversary: Rabble Rouser - Coming in February!
We have begun seeing some of the sneak-preview reviews of our forthcoming Rabble Rouser Bottled In Bond Rye Whisky Release. Graham Averill, writing for Paste, gives us stunning marks on the new dram:
"Rabble Rouser doesn’t need any fancy stamp to be great, though. It just is. The 100% rye is aged for four years and bottled at 100 proof. It pours a deep mahogany and has an incredibly enticing nose full of cherries and toasted marshmallows. There’s nothing but rye in the bottle, so you’ve got plenty of spice to contend with, with notes of pepper and ash, but also a hell of a lot of caramel, like from the center of your favorite candy bar. There’s some stone fruit in there, maybe some figs and something nutty, like cashews. A layer of heat underscores all of it so you realize you’re drinking a relatively high-proof rye."
You can read the full review, here.
The Art of the Cocktail - Back with a Journey through the World!
Our fourth year -- presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery
Catoctin Creek is pleased to present, our FOURTH year of this multi-part educational series on the art of the cocktail. This year, we have all new content exploring various flavors from around the world.
Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this five-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the construction of several cocktails, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail! There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice. Lots of practice.
Here is the schedule of the series:
- January 4 - Italy - vermouth, amari, digestivs, noccino, 'cellos.
- January 11 - Iberia - flavors of Spain and Portugal, sherry, brandy, port, and saffron.
- January 25 - France - vermouth, Amer Picon, brandy, many liqueurs and more.
- February 1 - USA - whiskey, Martinez, Sazerac, Old Fashioned, and punch.
- February 8 - Latin America - molasses, limes, agave, cacao, chiles, hibiscus, and coffee.
NOTICE ON SNOW DAYS: If we have to cancel a class because of weather, we will reschedule the date to February 22, March 1, etc. Your reservation will be honored for the snow date, or you may get a refund if you are unable to make the new date.
If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class. If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks. The cost is $35 per person and includes drinks. Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail.
Each session is $35 per person (VIP members 50% off), and includes four cocktails.
This class will fill up, so reserve your spot now! Due to overwhelming demand and the intimate size of our tasting room, space is limited to the first 30 people responding.
Per ABC laws, cocktail samples will be limited to four pours with 0.5 oz of liquor in each pour. Certain mixer limitations will apply.
Our Final Dinner of the Year - A Holiday Feast!
Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. This month's menu will highlight a holiday theme.
Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Becky will guide you through the process of making whisky, and Scott will describe for you the wonderful history of our "new" building, which is nearly 100 years old.
Oh, and did I say cocktails? Yes, Scott & Becky Harris will personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!!
Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails. Reserve your space now, while there is still space available! Click here for more details.
Wow! We have some great events in the coming months. Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month. Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:
- December 7 - NIGHTCAP with Kara Newman - Join us for a book signing and cocktail drinking event! $40/pp
- December 14 - Dinner at the Distillery - Fine dining at the distillery. Join Scott and Becky for a four-course dinner with cocktail pairings $99/pp
- December 15 - Bottling Workshop - Always free to public, and a fun morning of breakfast, bottling and tastings! FREE!
- December 25 - CHRISTMAS DAY - We will be CLOSED.
- December 31 - Whimsy and Wonder New Years Eve - A burlesque performance, cocktails, and then dinner at Magnolia's. $75/pp or $150/pp (w/ dinner)
- January 1 - NEW YEARS DAY - We will be CLOSED.
- January 4 - February 8 - Art of the Cocktail - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating flavors of the world! $35/pp
For the full list of events, check our events page.
Cocktail of the Month – Red Riding Hood
This one comes to us from our friends at Element Shrub:
Keep the big bad wolves away with this shrub and bitters twist on a Boulevardier, another one of our cocktail collaborations with @dcembitterment.
1½ oz Roundstone Rye whisky
1 oz Campari
½ oz Blueberry Rosemary Element Shrub
Several dashes of DC Embitterment orange bitters
Add all ingredients of a shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with bitters.
Recipe and photo courtesy Charlie Berkinshaw of Element Shrub, and used with permission.
See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.
As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!
Scott & Becky