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Seasons Greetings from Catoctin Creek

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!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  

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!

Gift Ideas from Catoctin Creek

 

Celebrating Our Tenth Anniversary:  Rabble Rouser - Coming in February!

Rabble Rouser

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 

Monkey Gland

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.

Book Now

Info 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.

White Manhattan

 

Our Final Dinner of the Year - A Holiday Feast!

Dinner at Catoctin Creek!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. 

 

Upcoming Events

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

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.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

November News & Events from Catoctin Creek

Becky & Scott

Catoctin Creek Distillery: ‘A Strategic Investor is More Than Just Money’ 

This article is a reprint of one that recently appeared in the Loudoun Virginia Economic Development website by Brian Tinsman, which sources information from Jake Emen's article in Distiller.

Very few entrepreneurs start a small business without dreams of growing larger. Even fewer take the financial risk of starting a business without hopes of future outside investment.

That was the case for Loudoun County’s Catoctin Creek Distillery, privately owned by Scott and Becky Harris, which accepted a minority stake investment from Constellation Brands in January of 2017. The couple used the capital to grow production at their Purcellville facility, increase marketing and create new jobs.

Prior to making that decision, they spent more than a year looking for the right investment partner, negotiating with more than a dozen potential investors.

“Gaining investment has been our plan from the beginning…[but] a strategic venture investor is more than just money,” Scott Harris told the American Distilling Institute. “The company is our baby, and we did not intend to give our baby away or lose control.

“Constellation is a big player in the liquor business, so they have been critically important in helping us find and choose the right distributors, manage our decision-making process and as a check and balance on our books to make sure everything is correctly managed. We welcome the help and oversight.”

The investment has already allowed Catoctin Creek to build a new warehouse and expand distribution from 10 to 25 states. Harris acknowledged the challenge of working through expectations and reporting financial figures to an outside entity. However, he added that the process has been better than he expected.

It’s a remarkable journey for the Loudoun entrepreneurs, who started during the heart of the recession in 2009, with funding from personal finances, an SBA loan, and help from neighbors and friends in the community.

“When Becky and I first started the company, we bootstrapped with our own life savings and used our personal finances as equity,” he said. “That creates a very stressful situation because if you fail, you lose everything.”

The Harrises have done just the opposite. Now sold in 26 U.S. states and in Europe and Asia, Catoctin Creek has won the most awards of any whiskey made in Virginia. After the addition of an investment partner, Catoctin Creek Distillery is poised for even greater success well into the future.

 

Three AWESOME Events in November!

We have three awesome events coming up, and more in December.  Check them all out on our web page at the Events tab.

Bottling Workshop

Bottling Workshop

Have you ever bottled with us before?  Here are some of the reviews from TripAdvisor:

Melanie F. says: Great, Great, Great experience! Brandon, Scott and Becky were wonderful, helpful, and educating to work with! My husband and I were visiting the area for the weekend, and his love of whiskeys made me sign us up for this workshop! Even if the workshop is unavailable, i highly recommend a visit to the distillery! Thanks again [for] the awesome experience!

Vesna C. says: I learned so much at this bottling workshop. For example, I didn't know that rye whiskey started out in Virginia (and not in Kentucky, as most tend to believe)! It was fascinating to learn about how spirits are produced at Catoctin from start to finish. I bottled my own rye to take home and look forward to popping it open fireside with friends this fall. I enjoyed meeting Scott & Becky - they've perfected the craft and have created an impressive brand. We savored our tastings in a warm and friendly atmosphere in the heart of charming Purcellville. I highly recommend a visit!

TNmilt says: Why did I wait so long to do this? My officemate has been telling me how great a trip to Catoctin Creek Distillery would be. Last Saturday I finally went. It was a wonderful, memorable experience. I learned a lot, and I had some epic tastes. Next, I'm going to go back and take the bottling workshop. These folks are making a premium product, and they are happy to tell you how they get it to be so good.

Rebekah W. says: My husband and I had never done an event like the bottling workshop before, but it was so much fun! We learned so much about the [process] of making whiskey and then got to try our hand at bottling. You can really feel the passion the owners and workers have for the product they make and you can't help but get pulled into it while you're there. We've been telling all of our friends about it and would definitely recommend to others!

Which is to say, you should join us at this FREE event!!  Learn more, here, or RSVP NOW

 

Jim Malcolm, Scottish Troubadour

Jim MalcolmWe are delighted for the third visit from Jim Malcolm to Catoctin Creek! 

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

Tickets are on sale now and going fast.  Learn more, here, or BUY NOW!

 

 

Nightcap with Kara Newman!

Kara NewmanCatoctin Creek is DELIGHTED to host spirits writer and cocktail enthusiast, Kara Newman, for an event celebrating the release of her new cocktail book, Nightcap

A nightcap is the perfect way to end the night, and author Kara Newman knows just how to make them. This gifty, foil-accented book contains more than 40 cocktail recipes—some to keep the night going, some that will help ease you to sleep, some that can double as dessert, and some that can soothe the stomach after a hearty meal. There are classics like the sweet and creamy Brandy Alexander, new takes on old favorites like the Black Manhattan, which swaps an aperitif for the classic vermouth, and simple new ideas like the Open & Shut, which combines equal parts amaro and cognac for a slow sipper. Whatever kind of night it’s been, Nightcap is the perfect way to top it off.

About Ms. Newman:

Kara Newman is the Spirits Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine. She's also the author of several books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., Road Soda, and most recently NIGHTCAP: More Than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening

Your ticket to the event includes three cocktails from the book, plus a signed copy of Nightcap by the author! During the event, Ms. Newman will be available for friendly discussion and any questions about the book.  Extra copies of the book will be available at the distillery for sale. 

Tickets are on sale now.  Learn more, here, or BUY NOW!

  

Cocktail of the Month – Linda's Autumn Punch

Autumn Punch

Tis the season for autumn flavors!  Nothing goes with falling leaves and cooler breezes than crisp apple cider, fall spices and rye whisky!  Here is a punch that you can enjoy, cold or hot!

3 cups Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup ginger-cinnamon syrup*
6 cups fresh apple cider

*To make the ginger-cinnamon syrup:
1/2 lb fresh ginger root
5 cinnamon sticks
2 cups water
granulated cane sugar

Thinly slice ginger root (no need to peel!) and boil with cinnamon sticks in water for 45 minutes. Strain, and add 1/3 volume of granulated sugar to remaining hot liquid. Example: if after straining, you are left with 1.5 cups ginger-cinnamon liquid, add 1/2 cup sugar.

Recipe courtesy Linda Jockers.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

October is Whisky Season at Catoctin Creek

Meet Becky Harris, Catoctin Creek Co-Founder and Chief Distiller

We are so proud of Becky!  She was profiled in Southern Kitchen magazine.  In the article, it talks about how Becky found herself in the whisky business, what it's like to be a woman in a male-dominated field, and advice she gives to other women who wish to learn more about whisky.   

Ryan Hughley, the author of the article, writes:

So if you find yourself interested in whiskey, but you’re not a fan of its strong flavor, what’s a girl to do?

Harris recommends starting out with something easy like a whiskey ginger or a good whiskey sour. They are easy, approachable cocktails for those looking to give whiskey a shot (pun intended). Another tip, according to Harris? “If you’re not a spirits drinker, learn to taste spirits neat," she said. "It’s not something most people are comfortable with in the beginning because it’s too strong. The first sip is to acclimate your plate.”

You can read the full story, here.

 

Cask Proof "Maple Cask" is Released!

Catoctin Creek Cask ProofFor the month of October, we're releasing a small amount of the ever-popular Roundstone Rye Cask Proof "Maple Cask" to the tasting room for sale!  This is our highest rated spirit, winning a Double-Gold from the San Francisco competition, as well as five stars from Paul Pacult, the famed spirits writer of The Spirit Journal from New York City. 

This expression of the rye whisky is smooth and rich, but not sweet or sugary.  (People sometimes think it should be because of the maple syrup influence.) 

Come and get it before it's all sold out!

And if you're in one of our other distribution states, check with your distributor to see if you can get some of this highly allocated product.  

 

 

Two great podcasts this month

Modern Bar Cart Podcast - The Battle of the Bartenders

Battle of the Bartenders

We had a lovely event last month, The Battle of the Bartenders, where some of Loudoun County's top mixologists came together to sling cocktails and compete to see who had the best drinks.  Proceeds went to support CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees), who support those in our industry in need.  It was a great wild evening, and definitely for a great cause.

Eric Kozlik reviewed the evening in his Modern Bar Cart podcast. You can listen to the full episode, here, or go over to his site and subscribe, here.

Scott Harris on Uncapped Podcast

Scott Harris on the Uncapped Podcast

Our founder, Scott Harris, headed up to Frederick this week to chat with the guys at the Uncapped podcast.  After nearly ten years in business, Scott reflects on how they got started, the financial, competitive, and legal environments then and now, and reviews some of the recent awards from the New York competition.

You can listen to the podcast, here, or head over to their site and subscribe, here.

 

Double Gold and Silver Medals this month from New York!

NYWWSC 2018 Double Gold NYWWSC 2018 Silver NYWWSC 2018 Silver NYWWSC 2018 Silver

We are thrilled this month to have received four medals from the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition for our national lineup of products, the Roundstone Rye 80 proof (DOUBLE GOLD!), the Roundstone Rye 92 proof "Distiller's Edition" (Silver), the Roundstone Rye Cask Proof (Silver), and the Watershed Gin (Silver).

This contest is one of the most respected spirits competitions, undoubtedly because each spirit is judged blindly by industry experts. That means that all biases are removed, and the quality of the liquid is the only factor considered in the judging.

We're very pleased to receive this recognition!  Catoctin Creek is Virginia's most awarded distillery!  Check out our awards, here.

  

Bottling Workshop

FREE Bottling Workshop on October 13

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY one Saturday each month at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. We'll buy breakfast for all that attend.  This is always such a fun workshop, and you get a special tour from Scott and Becky Harris, recently named by Southern Living as one of the top 50 people in changing the South in 2015!

Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!

This is a fun and informative day! We'll start the morning off with breakfast and a tour from the owners, Scott and Becky, explaining how we make our hand-crafted spirits, then for about 60 minutes, we bottle whisky, and wrap up the morning with a tasting of our spirits!  How cool is that?

You can even purchase a signed bottle that you filled yourself... what a perfect gift idea!

Info Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly. Use the link below to reserve your spot.

Reserve Your Spot

  

Cocktail of the Month – Peach's Cup

Peach's Cup

This cocktail was one of our featured cocktails for the distillery dinner in August.

1 oz Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy
1 oz El Guapo Rose Cordial
1 oz Lemon Juice
3 drops of Frontier (Sarsaparilla) Bitters
Top with Club Soda
Garnish with Mint Sprig

Serve in a Nick and Nora glass.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

September is Virginia Spirits Month at Catoctin Creek!

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Virginia Spirits Month 2018Virginia Spirits Month — It's 5 o'clock for 30 days!

September is Virginia Spirits Month!  There are so many awesome events happening this month, we can hardly keep track!  Honestly, we're doing something almost every other night this month!  So please come on out to one or two of these events and join us for some excellent libations and arousing company.  From a FREE bottling workshop, to the Battle of the Bartenders, to some great cocktail dinners and happy hours where you can meet the team!  Join us in September as we celebrate the birthplace of American whiskey -- VIRGINIA!

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Bottling Workshop

FREE Bottling Workshop on September 15

It's been a while since we've had one (summer was so very busy for us!).  So it's back!!

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY one Saturday each month at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. We'll buy breakfast for all that attend.  This is always such a fun workshop, and you get a special tour from Scott and Becky Harris, recently named by Southern Living as one of the top 50 people in changing the South in 2015!

Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!

This is a fun and informative day! We'll start the morning off with breakfast and a tour from the owners, Scott and Becky, explaining how we make our hand-crafted spirits, then for about 60 minutes, we bottle whisky, and wrap up the morning with a tasting of our spirits!  How cool is that?

You can even purchase a signed bottle that you filled yourself... what a perfect gift idea!

Info Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly. Use the link below to reserve your spot.

Reserve Your Spot

 

Cask Proof "1757 Brandy Finish" is Released!

Catoctin Creek Cask ProofFor the month of September, we're releasing very small amounts of Roundstone Rye Cask Proof "1757 Brandy Finish" to the tasting room for sale!  This is our highest rated spirit, winning a Double-Gold from the San Francisco competition, as well as five stars from Paul Pacult, the famed spirits writer of The Spirit Journal from New York City.  Simply put, this is one of the best that we make!  Smooth, luxurious, and oh, so sippable at 58% ABV (116 PROOF!).  The flavor just goes on and on and on. 

Come and get it before it's all sold out!

And if you're in one of our other distribution states, check with your distributor to see if you can get some of this highly allocated product.  

 

Events! Events! So many events!!

Events at Catoctin CreekThere are SO SO many things going on this month, that we hope you will join us for an event or two!  Many of these will sell out quickly, so please jump on these NOW to ensure your space!  You can also view the full list, with much more descriptive info for each event, at our Events Page.  

  • Sep 5 - Whisky Wednesday at the Whisky Jar - Charlottesville, VA - RSVP NOW
  • Sep 8 - Virginia Spirits Month at Belle Grove - King George, VA - BOOK NOW
  • Sep 10 - Industry Day at Catoctin Creek - Purcellville, VA - RSVP NOW
  • Sep 11 - Catoctin Creek Pop Up at Barrel and Bushel - Tyson's, VA - RSVP NOW
  • Sep 12 - Captain Gregory and Catoctin Creek Night - Alexandria, VA - BOOK NOW
  • Sep 15 - FREE Bottling Workshop - Purcellville, VA - RSVP NOW
  • Sep 15 - Virginia Cider (and brandy!) Festival - Fredericksburg, VA - BOOK NOW
  • Sep 15 - Commonwealth Coastal Classic - Norfolk, VA - BOOK NOW
  • Sep 15 - Whiskey Dinner at Aldie Mill - Aldie, VA - BOOK NOW
  • Sep 17 - Battle of the Bartenders - Purcellville, VA - BOOK NOW
  • Sep 20 - Virginia Spirits Month at BRINE - Fairfax, VA - RSVP NOW
  • Sep 25 - Taste of Virginia at Majestic - Alexandria, VA - RSVP NOW
  • Sep 26 - Catoctin Creek Night at DC Prime - Ashburn, VA - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Sep 26 - Bar Takeover at Brabo - Alexandria, VA - RSVP NOW
  • Sep 27 - Dinner with Becky at Snifters - Cambridge, MD - BOOK NOW
  • Sep 29 - Manassas Steins, Wines & Spirits Festival - Manassas, VA - BOOK NOW

 

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Cocktail of the Month – Boulevarier Spritz

Boulevardier spritz

I love Boulevariers, and I love spritzes, so when this one came across my Instagram feed, I sat up and took notice! What a refreshing take on a couple classics! This one is courtesy @adamdstein on Instagram.

1½ oz Roundstone Rye
1 oz Campari
San Pellegrino Limonata, to top.

Fill a rocks glass with ice, add the rye and Campari, stir, and top with San Pellegrino Limonata soda. Garnish with a lime. Enjoy!

Recipe and photo courtesy Adam D. Stein, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Dinner at the Distillery and Battle of the Bartenders - Our August News

Welcome to Catoctin Creek!

Summer is in full swing, but gosh, before you know it, fall will be here!  Kids are getting ready to go back to school, and before you know it, the leaves will be changing! Hot or cold, rainy or dry, there's always something fun at Catoctin Creek!  We've got some great events lined up for late summer and fall... check them out below! 

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

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. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Scott & Becky Harris will also 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.

Book Now | Read More

 

CCDC MonogramBattle of the Bartenders!

One night only! Local bartenders will compete for the title of Loudoun's BEST bartender. You'll get to sample each cocktail, and vote on the winner! Including food from Monk's BBQ. Book now because space is limited.

Book Now | Read More

 

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Cocktail of the Month – Peach Smash

Peach Smash

Nothing says summer in the south quite like peaches. The juicy ripe fruit, dripping with sweetness, just begs to be in a cocktail!

This one comes to us from Instagram personality @jonpenndorf.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 peach slice, muddled
½ oz thyme simple syrup
1-2 dashes Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters

Muddle the peach in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add ice, and other ingredients. Shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass.

Recipe and photo courtesy Jon Penndorf via Instagram.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Catoctin Creek in the Summertime - Our July Newsletter

Summer Cocktail Flight

Summertime is cool with Catoctin Creek.

Now that the heat of summer is here, don't forget about those lovely summertime cocktails!  Citrus and fruit are abundant, and make delicious chill mixers with Catoctin Creek whisky and gin.  In July, we roll out a new cocktail menu featuring some classics as well.  A recent change in the ABC law means that you'll be seeing more creativity and variety in our cocktail offerings in the tasting room!  If you haven't been in a while, this is a great time to stop by and check it out!

 

Scott Harris in the press regarding trade tariffs

Scott Harris, Founder of Catoctin CreekBecause we're one of the few American craft distillers that already exports to Europe, we found ourselves in the position of explaining how the current trade tariffs have made American whiskey and unintended victim of the mounting trade war.  Regardless of what side of the aisle you're on (we consider ourselves firmly independent!), a 25% rise in our prices in Europe is bad for business.  We've been working hard to meet with the administration—we had a meeting with Dept. of Commerce Secretary Ross just last week—to explain our positions and encourage all sides of the trade battle to get to the table and begin negotiations in earnest.  Let's bring this nascent trade war to an end before it begins.

If you're interested in the topic, here is a roundup of the news we've seen so far:

 Photo courtesy New York Times and used with permission.

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Cool events this month!

There are some amazing events planned for summertime!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!    

Shake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia'sShake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia's

July 14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Summertime means seafood, so we're doing our second seafood boil with Magnolia's at the Mill! Great local vendors like War Shore Oyster Company and Winchester Brew Works are teaming up with Chef Erik at Magnolia's and Catoctin Creek to do a good ol' fashioned crab and seafood boil! Guests will arrive at Catoctin Creek Distillery for a tour and welcome cocktail at 1:00pm. Then we will stroll down 21st Street to Magnolia's patio space by 2:00pm for the seafood boil and festivities. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your ticket now!

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Wine KitchenCatoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen

July 16, 7:00pm. Join Catoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen in downtown Leesburg for another wonderful spirits pairing dinner. We'll have delicious fare pared with cocktails from our spirits, while our founder, Becky Harris, will describe the journey of starting the distillery, making spirits from scratch, and how to pair cocktails with meals.

The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg is a beautiful location off South King Street, so do be sure to come out and join us! Telephone the restaurant for reservations at (703) 777-9463.

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Hamilton EventA Vintage Evening:  Toast Hamilton

July 19, 6:00pm. Toast Alexander Hamilton at this Vintage Evening inspired by the original bartender’s bill from a meeting of the New York State Society of the Cincinnati in 1789. Learn about the spirits served to Hamilton and his fellow Society members, and enjoy brandy tastings offered by Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. Executive Director Jack Warren and George Washington University professor Denver Brunsman will highlight truths and lies about Alexander Hamilton in a brief but lively presentation.

$25 per person; $20 Society members and Associates. Reservations required.

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Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

August 17, 7:00pm. 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. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Scott & Becky Harris will also 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.

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Cocktail of the Month – Almost Red Lips Rye

Almost Red Lips Rye

This cocktail was inspired by the "Red Lips Rye" cocktail currently featured in the cocktail book at the Savoy American Bar in London. The original cocktail features rye whisky, a raspberry port cordial, Campari and Kummel. Not having the exact measurements and original ingredients, I endeavored to re-create this cocktail, in color, flavor, and sweetness, with ingredients in my home bar. I do believe this comes pretty close to the original, and is pretty damn delicious!

2 oz Roundstone Rye 92 Proof
1 oz Port
⅓ oz Garofalo Blueberry liqueuer, Chambourd, or Cherry Heering
⅓ oz Aquavit
⅓ oz Aperol or Campari
2 dashes Peychauds bitters

Combine all in a cocktail mixer with ice, stir well, and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.

Recipe by Scott Harris, inspired by the American Bar, Savoy Hotel, London.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Welcome to Summer - Our June Newsletter

Dinner at the distillery

Stepping into Summer with Catoctin Creek.

We are heading full on into summer, and couldn't be happier with the warmer weather. Whisky sours, gin and tonics, gimlets, and brandy slushes.  Yes, please!

Just to highlight a couple of the cool events we have coming in June:  

  • June 1 (Friday) - Cask Proof Hickory Finish is released in the tasting room!  This is a once a year type offering.
  • June 15 (Friday) - Dinner at the distillery.  Come join us for an elegant four course dinner with a chance to dine with Scott & Becky in our luxurious setting. Many excellent cocktails will be enjoyed.
  • June 16 (Saturday) - Father's Day at Catoctin - Bring dad in for tastings and enjoy some of our cask proof hickory syrup and meet the makers from Falling Bark Farm, who make that syrup.

We've got lots of cool news and updates to tell you about, so read on for more information!

 

Becky Harris in Food and Wine Magazine

Becky HarrisFood and Wine recently wrote about "6 Women in Whiskey to Watch," including a profile of our own president and chief distiller, Becky Harris. Becky's fresh approach to whisky is the underlying reason why we introduced Roundstone Rye nine years ago, to bring a new type of whisky to a lot of people who didn't consider themselves whisky drinkers. Quoting Becky in the article, Ceil Miller Bouchet writes:

Harris encourages new whiskey drinkers – especially women, she says – to trust their taste and not the experts. “Your body chemistry and your individual experience is just as valid as everyone else’s,” she says. “When you like something, that is the one for you. Who cares what the others think?”

This thought follows from our way of thinking at Catoctin Creek: If everybody is making and consuming the same thing... well, where's the fun in that?

You can read the full article, including profiles of the other women in the story, here.

 

Scott Harris on Fox 5 News making whisky sours

Scott Harris on Fox 5 NewsOn Wednesday night, Scott Harris, founder and general manager of Catoctin Creek, appeared on Fox 5 evening news to talk taxes, economic development, and whisky sours. Key points raised during the quick interview:

  • The reduction in Federal Excise Tax has allowed small businesses like ours to invest in jobs--good high paying jobs--that improve our local community.
  • We also invest in other businesses like farms and other suppliers, further boosting the local economy.
  • The tax savings allow us to invest in our own business with about $1M more of equipment coming online in the next year, allowing us to get more of our product to more people.
  • And finally, May is whisky sours month at Catoctin Creek, and a hibiscus, strawberry, lime whisky sour is a beautiful thing!

Watch the full clip, here.

 

Catoctin Creek Cask Proof named EDITOR'S CHOICE in American Whiskey magazine

American Whiskey MagazineHuzzah! Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof was named the Editor's Choice, 9.0/8.9 points and the highest rated whiskey in the premier issue of American Whiskey magazine! A highlight from the review by Rob Allanson:

9.0 Points.
Palate:
Big sweetness, vanilla and toffee, caramel coated apples. Snickers bars in liquid form, peanut, caramel and milk chocolate. The savory edge of dusty books.
Comments: Just what you want from a rye - spice punch, tannins and a dusty sweetness.

Get your copy of the magazine, here.

 

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018

Trip Advisor 2018 Certificate of ExcellenceWe were elated to once again be given the Certificate of Excellence for 2018 from TripAdvisor!  This is our fourth year running as the #1 events venue in Purcellville, and we couldn't be more thrilled.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Catoctin Creek, and we’d like to thank all of our guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Denise Petty, Tasting Room Manager at Catoctin Creek. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s own customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.

Read the full press release on our website, here

 

Bourbon Paddy reviews Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Distillers Edition

Bourbon PaddySo very cool to have a great review from Bourbon Paddy, who reviews whiskey from his home near Dublin, Ireland. As we are just starting our entrance into the UK market (not Ireland just yet, unfortunately), it's great to see Paddy's detailed review. From the review, he writes:

This is a very nice easy drinking rye whisky; it’s smooth, flavourful, well-balanced, and not just an over-oaked fiery wall of young rye spice and barrel char. What stands out for me is despite coming across young and grain forward on the nose, those bold and spicy rye grain notes are very well balanced by the rest of the flavours as you sip giving a spicy rye with a fruity edge. At times it is hard to believe that this is a 100% rye mashbill because of all the beautiful flavour notes that emerge as you chew this; however, I put this down to the fact that this isn’t sourced (so no familiar MGP notes here) and Catoctin’s considerate approach when making this whisky.

You can read the full review, which includes detailed notes on nose, palate, finish, as well as production notes, here.

Photo courtesy Bourbon Paddy.

 

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Cool events this month!

There are some amazing events planned for spring!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Cask Proof Hickory Finish Whisky ReleaseCask Proof Hickory Finish Whisky Release

Beginning Friday, June 1st, when we open at 1pm, we will release the Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Hickory Finish whisky! Just in time for Father's Day!!

The Roundstone Rye Cask Proof is our DOUBLE GOLD winning expression of Roundstone Rye, released at its natural cask proof, near 120 proof (60% ABV). Finished in the hickory syrup barrel, this one is slightly more tangy, a wee touch smoky, and very, very rich. This is a rare bottling. The last time we released this was a few years ago, and we probably won't have more of this for a few years to come. So come on in and get it while you can! Limited hand-numbered bottles -- when they're gone, they're gone!

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

June 15, 7:00pm. 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. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Scott & Becky Harris will also 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.

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Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

June 16, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, June 16, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

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Father's Day at Catoctin CreekFather's Day at Catoctin Creek

June 17, 1pm - 6pm. We have some amazing things in store for Father's Day! Our Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Hickory Finish whisky will be on sale in the tasting room! Travis and Joyce Miller of Falling Bark Farm will be present sampling tastes of their award-winning hickory syrups, so you'll have a chance to meet the makers and taste the syrup that went into the making of our Hickory Finish Cask Proof. Come by and get your bottles of syrup and whisky!

We'll also have a putting green competition with some cool prizes for winning putts!

Sunday, Father's Day: Catoctin Creek is the place to be! Bring dad and have some fun!!

 

Paint & CocktailsPaint & Cocktails

June 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm. An exclusive Catoctin Creek Distillery event! Join Amy Walton, renowned local artist, as she leads a course on painting at the distillery. The price includes hors d'oeuvres, all painting materials, and one cocktail.

About our artist: Amy Walton has 40+ years of experience painting all over the east coast. Now calling Virginia home, she pulls inspiration from the beautiful landscapes of Loudoun County. She specializes in oil, watercolor, and pastel paintings.

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Shake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia'sShake, Bake and Boil with Magnolia's

July 14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Summertime means seafood, so we're doing our second seafood boil with Magnolia's at the Mill! Great local vendors like War Shore Oyster Company and Winchester Brew Works are teaming up with Chef Erik at Magnolia's and Catoctin Creek to do a good ol' fashioned crab and seafood boil! Guests will arrive at Catoctin Creek Distillery for a tour and welcome cocktail at 1:00pm. Then we will stroll down 21st Street to Magnolia's patio space by 2:00pm for the seafood boil and festivities. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your ticket now!

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Cocktail of the Month – Strawberry Hibiscus Sours

Strawberry Hibiscus Sours

Ahhhh.... summer is unofficially here. And with it, strawberries! This take on a traditional whisky sour is refreshing and just about as pretty as a rose blooming on a summer evening.

1.5 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon
1 oz strawberry-hibiscus simple syrup*
Lemon wheel garnish

Combine all three ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake, then strain into coupes. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

*Strawberry-hibiscus simple syrup

In a mixing pot or a crock pot, combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water, along with a 15 oz package of sliced and mashed strawberries and 4 oz of dried hibiscus blossoms. (If hibiscus blossoms are unavailable, you can use pre-packaged hibiscus tea, like "Red Zinger".) Steep the syrup mixture until fully dissolved, then for another 30-60 minutes. Strain out the solids and bottle. Will keep for 1-2 months in the fridge.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Spring is blooming! Announcing our Flower Sour Power Hour!

Greetings, Catoctin Creek Nation!

Flower Sour Power Hour

Welcome to May!  We are glad for the warmer weather and all the blooms.  In the spirit of the season, we're happy to announce our Flower Sour Power Hour.  

During the month of April, our sales team were canvasing the various Catoctin Creek territories with a contest for all the bartenders:  Come up with the coolest flower-based whisky sour cocktails, hashtag it on social media using the hashtag #flowerpowersours.  In May, we'll be choosing a winner from all the entries received.  Now it is time for you, the drinking public, to decide the winners.

But first, a little background:   The whisky sour is a classic cocktail which has not received enough acclaim.  It is super simple to make, delicious during warmer weather months, and totally perfect with Catoctin Creek.  (What's more, with all that citrus, you'll never get scurvy!)

And as for the flower, our roundel logo (seen below) represents the land from which we hail—the land that infuses every bottle we produce—the great Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginians were among the first in our nation to begin making rye whisky, and not least of which was George Washington, who distilled rye whisky commercially at his Mt. Vernon farm. And when people started distilling corn into Bourbon whiskey in modern-day Kentucky, yes, that land was still called "Virginia." (Kentucky didn't become a state until 1792.)

And so, Virginia is the birthplace of American whiskey, and we're extremely proud of her. As an homage to Virginia, we've adorned our Roundel with her state flower, the flowering dogwood.  So we created a contest to honor both!  The Flower Sour Power Hour!

Join us! On May 23, come to the Passenger in DC to help Catoctin Creek pick the winner of our Flower Power Sour Competition!

Every 10 minutes you'll visit with one of the five finalists, try their cocktail and talk to them about the inspiration behind their flowery creation. Sample the finalists' different floral-influenced takes on the quintessential classic, the whiskey sour, made with Virginia's most-awarded whiskey, Catoctin Creek's Roundstone Rye, and then vote on your favorite one to help decide which one will be crowned the most powerful Flower Power Sour.  More details, here.

 

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Roundstone Rye Distiller's EditionCatoctin Creek featured in Better Homes and Gardens

A wonderful little call-out in the May 2018 issue of Better Homes and Gardens:

A spice-forward tribute to-and from-Virginia, the birthplace of American whiskey.

Absolutely could not have said it better myself!

 

Catoctin Creek receives 90 point review from WhiskyCast

It was very nice to receive a 90 point review from WhiskyCast this week! We definitely enjoy seeing other people's tasting notes. Palates can be very subjective and vary from person to person, but it's always nice when they like our whisky! From the review:

Score: 90 points

This edition is bottled at 46% ABV, compared to the 40% strength of the standard Roundstone Rye, and the difference clearly shows. The nose is very aromatic with notes of honey, butterscotch, bitter lemon, linseed oil, and muted spices. The taste is tart and spicy with cinnamon and clove balanced by lemon zest, honey, vanilla, and a nice touch of butterscotch that comes out late and sticks around through the finish, along with muted spices and a touch of lemon zest. Nice!

You can read the full review, here.

 

Becky Harris profiled in CRAFT magazine

Check out the cool interview with our "badass maker," Becky Harris! (quoting the magazine here!). Her latest interview is in CRAFT magazine, here.

 

Cool events this month!

There are some amazing events planned for spring!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Starving Artist ShowStarving Artist Show

May 10, 6:00pm. Join us for our Starving Artist Show, featuring local artists Amy Walton, Randy Krukles, Rachelle Windle, and our own distiller artist, Addie Rodgers. The evening will offer local art for sale, live music, food by the Wine Kitchen, and one cocktail included in your ticket price.

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Union Street Public House Dinner + CigarsUnion Street Public House Dinner + Cigars

May 17, 6:00pm. Join us for a delicious Catoctin Creek pairing dinner at Union Street Public House. We will have a four course dinner with pairings, plus for only $20 more, you can enjoy a cigar and a dram of the impossible-to-find Rabble Rouser! Book early to reserve a table by calling 703-548-1785.

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Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

May 19, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, May 19, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

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Flower Sour Power HourFlower Sour Power Hour

May 23, 7pm. The cherry blossoms may be past peak bloom, but the dogwoods are looking magnificent!

On May 23, come to the Passenger to help Catoctin Creek pick the winner of our Flower Power Sour Competition!

Every 10 minutes you'll visit with one of the five finalists, try their cocktail and talk to them about the inspiration behind their flowery creation. Sample the finalists' different floral-influenced takes on the quintessential classic, the whiskey sour, made with Virginia's most-awarded whiskey, Catoctin Creek's Roundstone Rye, and then vote on your favorite one to help decide which one will be crowned the most powerful Flower Power Sour.

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Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

June 15, 7:00pm. 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. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Scott & Becky Harris will also 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.

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Cocktail of the Month – Crackbrained Poet

Crackbrained Poet

This cocktail comes to us from Italy, through bar manager Mario Farulla of Baccano in Rome! It is so cool to be selling our products in Italy, the land of vermouths, bitters and amaro. Mario writes:

La lucida follia di Schmidt, è pura arte, genio ed improvvisazione; estro di cui siamo tutti figli. La sua visionaria via di accostamenti e presentazione dei drink è l’eredità di cui dobbiamo far tesoro senza però fermarci mai alla superficialità. Per questa rivisitazione del “Pleasant Surprise” ho voluto utilizzare il Catoctin Creek, che con le sue note vanigliate e di pellame ben sia accostano al mix di vini liquorosi e spezie presenti nel drink.


Translation: Schmidt's lucid madness is pure art, genius and improvisation; inspiration of which we are all children. His visionary way of combinations and presentation of drinks is the legacy we must treasure always maintaining the superficiality. For this version of the "Pleasant Surprise" I wanted to use Catoctin Creek, which with its hints of vanilla and leather, well match the mix of liqueur, wines and spices present in the drink.

The "Schmidt" referenced here is William Schmidt, a pre-prohibtion bartender and author of The Flowing Bowl.

1 tsp caster sugar
40ml (1⅓ oz) Catoctin creek Roundstone Rye Whisky 92 Proof
20ml (⅔ oz) Lustau Almacenista Sherry
20ml (⅔ oz) Madera Cossart 5 y.o.
1 dash orange bitters
3 dashes Angostura bitters

Garnish: Essentia vaporized nutmeg

Grated black pepper crusta

Glass: Sherry Goblet

Tecnique: Savoy/Throwing

Courtesy of Mario Farulla, Baccano, Rome, Italy, @mariofarulla on Instagram.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

No Foolin'! April is a great month for Catoctin Creek!

Greetings, Catoctin Creek Nation!

Welcome to April! We are so glad finally to be in spring! This is a great time to enjoy some whisky (see whisky sour recipe below!) and kick off your shoes and enjoy the warmer weather!

The tasting room is open all month, so if you wish to come by and see our distillery, take a drink or two, and enjoy the informative tour, we hope you will!

And if you're out of state, stop by your favorite local liquor store and pick up a bottle or two from them!

Catoctin Creek Distillery named Best in NOVA 2018!

Best of NOVA 2018You eat, live and breathe this region. Who better to judge which restaurant has the best bite to eat, which store delivers the greatest products and which venue offers the most entertaining events? So, Northern Virginians, tell us the local spots that make living here all worth your while.

Thank you to all the great readers of Northern Virginia Magazine who voted Catoctin Creek as Best Distillery for 2018! We are delighted with the news!

Look for more in the upcoming June issue of the magazine!

Cool events this month!

There are some amazing events planned for spring!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Special LoveSpecial Love's Casino Royale

April 13, 7:30pm. Join us for gaming fun and enjoy food, live entertainment, and hundreds of items just waiting to be won! Catoctin Creek will be pouring to VIP guests their Roundstone Rye line up before the event starting at 6PM.

This fundraising event promoted by Special Love will donate all proceeds towards helping pediatric cancer patients "just be kids" and supporting those families going through it to remind people they are not alone in these struggles.

About Special Love: Cancer knows no boundaries. For more than three decades, Special Love has helped children with cancer to “just be kids,” through camps, emergency financial assistance, college scholarships – and, most important, a community of support that assures these struggling families they’re not alone in their battle.

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Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

April 14, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, April 14, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

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Loudoun Hunt Point to Point RacesLoudoun Hunt Point to Point Races

April 15, 10:30am. A Virginia Steeple Chase Racing Tradition. Held each year at the historic Oatlands Plantation, the Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Races feature some of the most challenging timber and hurdle courses available in Virginia. Riders from across the state and the globe travel to test their mettle in a thrilling contest that always has the crowds gasping to take in that final, thrilling run to the finish line. This rain or shine event features something for everyone. Catoctin Creek will be on hand for some great cocktails if you're in the Oatlands tent.

For ticket information contact Cathy Spicer at 703-728-0545.

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Union Street Public House Dinner + CigarsUnion Street Public House Dinner + Cigars

May 17, 6:00pm. Join us for a delicious Catoctin Creek pairing dinner at Union Street Public House. We will have a four course dinner with pairings, plus for only $20 more, you can enjoy a cigar and a dram of the impossible-to-find Rabble Rouser! Book early to reserve a table by calling 703-548-1785.

Call Now

 

Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

May 19, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, May 19, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

Book Now

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

June 15, 7:00pm. 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. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Scott & Becky Harris will also 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.

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Cocktail of the Month – The Whisky Sour

Whisky Sours

The whisky sour is one of the simplest drinks you can make.  It is easy and refreshing, and unlike many complicated drinks, the simple ingredients really highlight the whisky and allow it to shine through. 

The humble whisky sour is one of the basic spirit+citrus+sugar cocktail recipes that serve as the backbone to American cocktails.  For those interested, here are the basics on this theme:

  • whisky+citrus+sugar - The whisky sour
  • gin+citrus+sugar - The gimlet
  • vodka+citrus+sugar - The lemon drop [sometimes, the lemon drop martini]
  • rum+citrus+sugar - The daquiri
  • tequila+citrus+sugar - The margarita [with orange liqueur]
  • brandy+citrus+sugar - The sidecar [with orange liqueur]

It is said that the whisky sour is the precursor to the margarita.  Back in the 1800's the whisky sour was often called the whisky daisy, and when whisky for this popular cocktail was hard to find in Mexican resorts, they switched to using local agave spirits (tequila).  The name "Margarita" happens to be the Spanish word for "daisy".

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¾ oz simple syrup
¾ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice (Never ever use sour mix!  It is nasty!)

Combine the ingredients in a shaker of ice, strain and pour into rocks glasses with ice.  Garnish with a lemon wedge and a cherry on a bamboo skewer.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy March from Catoctin Creek!

Catoctin Creek Distribution MapCatoctin Creek Distribution MapCatoctin Creek available nationwide, and in Europe!

Greetings, Catoctin Creek nation! 

We have so many exciting things happening right now!  First, let's give a big hello and "welcome to the family" to all the new customers in a bunch of new states!  If you live in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida or South Carolina, you may now purchase Catoctin Creek spirits much more easily!  In most new states and the ones we're already in, you'll find us at any Total Wine store -- assuming your state has Total Wine stores that sell spirits (sadly, Virginia does not).

In Illinois, we are now sold in every Binny's store in the state as well.  Further, we are in Astor's in NYC, BevMo in California, as well a whole host of mom-and-pop independent liquor stores (WE LOVE YOU!) in other states in the US.  Of course, in PA, VA, and NC, you'll see us in your state-run liquor stores.

If you don't see it where you live, be sure to check our Where To Buy page and feel free to contact your local state's distributor.

Our latest shipment for Europe is on the high seas on the vessel MOL GLIDE, sailing for our warehouse in the Netherlands.  If you live pretty much anywhere in Europe, we can get you Virginia's finest spirits in your home country.  Again, simply consult the Where To Buy page for more information.

Remember, folks:  A great Manhattan begins in Virginia!

A Great Manhattan Begins in Virginia!℠

 

Becky Harris, Chief DistillerEmployee of the Month: Becky Harris!

We've always been very proud of our hard-working, super chic chief distiller, but the world is starting to notice what we knew all along!  She's kinda awesome.

In February, Wine Enthusiast magazine wrote about how Becky Harris, our president and chief distiller, loves collaborating with local wineries and breweries.  This article, by Kara Newman, highlighted her various beer collaborations to produce an interesting range of limited edition, hard-to-find single malt whiskies.  Also highlighted a several other great American distilleries pumping out some great single malt whisky.  You can read the full article here.

And in March, we have two separate events celebrating women in the alcohol business. The first, on March 3, is the Total Wine Livestream called "Women Who Mix It Up" featuring Lesley Gracie of Hendrick's, Allison Parc of Brenne Whisky, Hollie Stephenson of Guinness North America, and our own Becky Harris.  Sample from all these fine purveyors and learn from them what challenges they faced as women in this very male-dominated business.  Find out more, here.

Then, on March 9, the National Archives is highlighting various women around the district with their "We the Women" celebration at the archives building!  There will be cocktail stations, live jazz and swing music, and even dance lessons.  You'll also get after-hours access to the museum exhibits.  Learn more about that, here.

If you come in for a tour sometime soon, and you see Becky working hard in the distillery, give her an "Atta Girl!" for us!

   

Cool events this March!

There are some amazing events planned for winter!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Women Who Mix It UpWomen Who Mix It Up

March 3, 4pm. Women have worked hard to win some of the most rewarding and difficult jobs in a male- dominated industry – distilling fine spirits and brewing beer. Join our conversation and sampling with four women who’ve blazed trails to craft acclaimed spirits and world-famous beers: Lesley Gracie, Master Distiller for Hendrick’s Gin, Becky Harris, Chief Distiller for Catoctin Creek, Allison Parc, creator of Brenne Single Malt Whisky, Hollie Stephenson, Head Brewer for Guinness North America.

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Bright Box EventWinchester Brew Works + Catoctin Creek at Bright Box

March 4, 5pm. Bright Box has joined delicious forces with Winchester Brew Works AND Catoctin Creek Distilling Company for our next Dinner. Join us at Bright Box for 5 savory courses expertly paired with locally crafted beers and cocktails. Representatives from Winchester Brew Works and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will be present to discuss the drink pairings with guests. Learn about the local beverages that you are drinking as well as the establishments that craft them – and have lots of fun with fellow fine beverage aficionados! And to top it off, we'll be featuring great live music from Green Leaf Society!

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We the WomenWe the Women

March 9, 7pm. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Speakeasies, specialty cocktails and tasting stations from women-owned and led businesses including Drink Company, Columbia Room, Denizens Brewing Company, Chaia, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, and Lyon Distilling Company. Light hors d'oeurves, historic suffragist documents on view Live jazz and swing music, dance lessons including the "Charleston" by GottaSwing. Make your own suffragist-themed buttons and sashes. Chat with Archives curators and historians. After-hours access to museum exhibits. Themed photo booth.

Cocktail attire, suffragist white -- or come in 1920's era theme (suffragist, Gatsby, etc.). There will be stations and props to help you get in character.

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Weddings Open HouseWeddings in Loudoun Open House

March 11, 11am. Whether you are starting to plan your dream wedding or just looking for those last little details, the Weddings in Loudoun Open House is just for you. The Open House is free, county-wide and self-guided, letting you choose which wedding venue(s) to visit. While at each stop, meet with service professionals such as caterers, photographers, florists and more. The Open House allows you to choose your stops and set the pace as you explore Loudoun’s beautiful countryside. As an added bonus, venues and vendors will be offering prizes at each stop!

The Visit Loudoun Visitor’s Center in downtown Leesburg will be available throughout the Open House, providing information, maps and “to-go” bags with snacks and water for you to enjoy while you drive to find your perfect wedding location.

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Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop

March 17, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, March 17, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

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St. Patrick's Day BrunchSt. Patrick's Day Brunch

March 17, 11am-3pm. You might be wondering, why a French restaurant is celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Well, one of the owners, Celeste, is totally Irish and felt it fitting to celebrate and start a new tradition here at L’Auberge Provençale. We will be serving an Irish brunch from 11:30-3:00 featuring Irish fare and a few things French. We have John Friant and his Irish band The Brogue Rogues will be playing some lyrical tunes. And guest Bartender, Peter from Catoctin Distillery in Purcellville, Va. Come sing along and dance a jig. Have some great food and camaraderie. Book early to reserve a table by calling 540-837-1375.

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Meet the DistillersMeet the Distillers

March 17, 10am. Join us for the Spring Soirée, an evening of spirits, cocktail tasting, and hors d'oeuvres. Catoctin Creek will be taking over Brabo's brasserie to pour tastes of spirits presented side by side with Brabo's cocktail expression and Chef's food pairing to highlight the award-winning craft whiskies and brandies perfect for the spring season. Catoctin Creek will be on hand to present each spirit and answer all your questions! Head bartender Brett Oye will show the depth and versatility of each spirit in a cocktail and Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier will show how food-friendly these spirits are.

$70/ticket includes four courses of spirit tastes, cocktail tastes, and hors d'oeuvres pairings.

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Cocktail of the Month – The Negroni

Negronis

The Negroni is one of those classic cocktails that is easy to make, and so easily enjoyed. Created by Count Camillo Negroni and bartender Fosco Scarselli in Italy in 1919, the contrasting flavors of the spirit, bitters, and vermouth combine perfectly for something totally refreshing and quite sophisticated. We use equal parts of each spirit for easy remembering, but some recipes will suggest slightly more spirit. Do as you wish. Try substituting rye whisky for gin in this recipe, you have yourself a new cocktail, the Boulevardier! Or, with the whisky, try dry vermouth, and you have the Old Pal.

1 oz Watershed Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Carpano Antica (or your favorite) sweet vermouth

Combine all three ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass, or over a large rock in a rocks glass. Garnish with citrus peel.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy February from Catoctin Creek!

Catoctin Creek with cool sports car

Photo Credit: Emily Degn, @thewanderroute

Winter Greetings!

February is here, which means that 2018 is well underway!  And what a start to the new year it's been!  We've been so extremely busy, all thanks to the great folks out there like you, who continue to buy our products and support our brand.  We couldn't be more grateful!  Thank you!!

Product Shot

A BOLD new look is here!

We're finally rolling out our new labels, and we hope you will like them!  We spent most of 2017 doing a refresh on our branding, and like the way things turned out.  Here are some highlights of the new branding:

  • A new "masthead", which updates the old font with some new details while keeping to the same general typeface
  • Our new monogram at the bottom of the label
  • Our new logo, a dogwood blossom, for the state flower of Virginia
  • A new color scheme to readily differentiate product types
  • Lots of beautiful gold-foil, spot enamel, emboss and deboss details on the label
  • An old prohibition style "ticket" on the bottom of the front label, with particular information for each brand listed
  • The shape of the label, the top of which mirrors the roof line of our building in Purcellville
  • Updated capsules that coordinate with each brand, with our building ghosted in the background
  • And if you look hard enough, still the same map of Loudoun County which has been on every label since the beginning!

Hope you will enjoy these as much as we do!  A special thanks to Thoroughbred Spirits Group of Chicago, Illinois, for the brand consulting and development.

 

National MapNational Expansion Announced

In January, we announced our national expansion plans – 10 new states, bringing us to 25 states and the District of Columbia.  New states include:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • South Carolina
  • Texas

If you are in one of these new states, you are now able to get our spirits!  For full details, check out our information page:  https://catoctincreekdistilling.com/wheretobuy

 

Alice Waters at the Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards Winner 2018Along with all our other good news, we received a Good Food Award in San Francisco for our Roundstone Rye!

The winners were chosen among 2,057 entries in a blind tasting with judges held in September. The highest scoring entries were submitted to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Awards. This year’s winners represent the forefront of American craft food, making products that are delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.

Lauren Barrett, our Assistant General Manager, was in San Francisco to receive the award from Alice Waters, former chef-owner of Chez Panisse and noted farm-to-table advocate.

"We are thrilled to once again be receiving recognition for our flagship Roundstone Rye whisky," said Ms. Barrett. "There's no other award quite like the Good Food Awards medal. We won on the taste of the product, but also on the sustainability."

 

Old Tom Gin

Old Tom Gin on the Tasting Room Shelves

In January, we released our ever popular, seasonal release of Old Tom Gin!  This is a style of gin that was popular in the mid-1800's, and went out of style around 1890.  This particular gin is our regular Watershed Gin rested in our peach brandy barrels, giving it a fruity quality, then with a touch of sweetness added.  It works perfectly in old pre-prohibition cocktails like the Martinez, the Turf Club, or a French 75!

While supplies last!

  

Cool events this Winter!

There are some amazing events planned for winter!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Art of the CoclktailArt of the Cocktail - A six week series!

Concluding in February, every Friday night at 7pm. Come to one, or come to all of them!  You're sure to learn about the history and construction of the cocktail, plus enjoy several cocktails while you're there!  Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Feb 2 - Moonshine

Feb 9 - Toddies

  

Dinner at the DistilleryValentine's Dinner at the Distillery

February 16, 7pm. 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. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we 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.

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

March 17, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, March 17, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Cocktail of the Month – Apple Brandy Crusta

Apple Brandy Crusta

This cocktail comes to us from Magnolia's at the Mill, a great farm-to-table restaurant in Purcellville, Virginia.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Apple Brandy
½ oz Maraschino liqueur
1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
1-2 dash Baked apple bitters
½ oz Lemon juice
½ oz Cointreau

Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice, stir, strain into a glass with a sugar-crust rim.  Garnish with an apple slice or an orange peel.

Recipe courtesy Matt Perkins.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy New Year from Catoctin Creek!

We wish each and every one of you all the happiness and prosperity for 2018!  Taking a cue from our friend, Andrew McKnight, this time of year, we prefer to "count our blessings, not our gold."  In 2018, we were very blessed to continue making the very best whisky in Loudoun County, and stay tuned for some major expansion in the new year. So, let toast this new year with a healthy dose of whisky to stave off the cold and any evil spirits lingering about! 

Christmas 2017

  

The Art of the Cocktail – An Educational Series for January

Monkey GlandOur third year – presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery 

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our third year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  This is a reprise of last year's content, so if you missed this very popular series last year, we highly encourage you to make your reservation now!

Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Here is the schedule of the series, which starts in 2018:

  • January 5 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 12 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 19 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • January 26 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 2 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 9 - Toddies and warm cocktails

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is $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

For more information, click here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/art

  

Cool events this Winter!

There are some amazing events planned for winter!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Art of the CoclktailArt of the Cocktail - A six week series!

Starting in January, every Friday night at 7pm. Come to one, or come to all of them!  You're sure to learn about the history and construction of the cocktail, plus enjoy several cocktails while you're there!  Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

  

Wine Kitchen DinnerCocktail Dinner at WK Hearth in Purcellville

January 29, 7pm. Join Catoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen in downtown Purcellville for another spirits pairing dinner.  We'll have delicious fare pared with cocktails from our spirits, while our founders, Scott & Becky Harris, describe the journey of starting the distillery, making local spirits from scratch, and how to pair cocktails with meals.

The Wine Kitchen in Purcellville is a beautiful location off Main Street, so do be sure to come out and join us! Telephone the restaurant for reservations at (540) 751-9919.

  

Dinner at the DistilleryValentine's Dinner at the Distillery

February 16, 7pm. 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. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we 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.

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

March 17, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, December 9, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Cocktail of the Month – Rye-lent Night (Holiday Eggnog)

Rye-lent Night

This cocktail comes to us from one of our holiday dinners. A delicious take on eggnog. This recipe is complicated, but worth it!

12 large eggs (divided into yolks and whites)
1½ cups sugar
8 cups whole milk
vanilla extract
nutmeg
cinnamon
heavy cream/whipping cream (either works)
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye

First off separate your eggs into whites and yolks, then in a kitchen aid or other large mixer whip the yolks with the 1½ cups of sugar until they form what are called "soft peaks", I'm not sure how much baking you do, but this is just when the yolk starts to adhere to the side of the bowl more noticeably, it's pretty much just thickening it.

Next: add in the whole milk, cream, your selection of spices (I used nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla, but you could also add allspice or other holiday spices, be sure to taste while doing this and find a flavor profile that you like) as well as adding your alcohol (to the whole mixture which made about 2 quarts i used 10 oz of 80 proof, again this is a kind of to taste preference). Let that mixture fully homogenize and then empty it into a large bowl.

Next, whip the eggs whites with about a table soon or two of sugar, whip until they form "stiff peaks". then "fold" that into the mixture you previously separated into a large bowl. by "fold", it's pretty much just gently pouring the second mixture into the first, and mixing slowly.

[Optional] This is where my recipe will deviate from others. After I completed these steps, the eggnog wasn't quite thick enough for my liking, so i put it over heat, at a very low simmer temperature and let the whole concoction heat until it hits 160 degrees F. Then, I quickly take it off heat and let it cool. Leave it to cool uncovered in the fridge over night. in the morning there will likely be a congealed layer of fat on top of the eggnog, Separate this off and then run the eggnog through a fine strainer to get out any unappetizing chunks. I then grated fresh nutmeg and cinnamon on top before it served it. That's it!

Scott's note: For full potency, add the alcohol AFTER the heating stage.

Recipe courtesy Peter Nelson.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Happy Holidays from Catoctin Creek!

Christmas 2017Seasons Greetings from Catoctin Creek

This time of year, I am thankful for all of your support in helping Catoctin Creek become Virginia's most awarded whisky! Without great customers like you, we never could do what we're doing – producing an authentic hand-crafted rye whisky from local farms! 

Remember, spirits make the perfect gift for those choosy people on your list who already seem to have everything! 

Dad doesn't want another shirt for Christmas?  Grandma is tired of the same old sweater?  Uncle Bob says "No more ties!" 

Yeah, we get that. 

Get them a bottle of Virginia's finest rye whisky instead!  And if they drink it all up, you can get them another one next year!  Brilliant!

So, come on into our tasting room to browse our selection of spirits, gifts, mixers, barware and books.  We have something for nearly everyone.  Even your teetotalling Aunt Marnie.

And from our family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and all the best wishes of this holiday season to you and yours!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

 

Christmas 2017

 

Catoctin Creek gets a ton of great press last month!

Hear ye! Hear ye!

November seemed to be a banner month for Catoctin Creek getting in the news.  Here's a summary of the highlights:

You can check out the full list of news on our website, here.

 

The Art of the Cocktail – An Educational Series for January

Monkey GlandOur third year – presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery 

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our third year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  This is a reprise of last year's content, so if you missed this very popular series last year, we highly encourage you to make your reservation now!

Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Here is the schedule of the series, which starts in 2018:

  • January 5 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 12 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 19 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • February 26 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 2 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 9 - Toddies and warm cocktails

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is $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

For more information, click here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/art

 

Our Final Dinner of the Year - A Holiday Feast!

Dinner at Catoctin Creek!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. 

 

Cool events this Winter!

There are some amazing events planned for winter!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Repeal Day PartyRepeal Day Party with Deanna Danger and Live Jazz

December 5, 7:30pm.  Join us on Tuesday night, December 5th, in celebrating Repeal Day with an ass-kicking cocktail party!  Your ticket includes the first round of drinks, heavy appetizers by the Wine Kitchen, plus a live performance by burlesque artist, Deanna Danger, and live jazz by Lassiez Foure. Repeal Day comes but once a year, so don't miss this rare opportunity to celebrate the repeal of the Volstead act—which established Prohibition in the first place!

Prohibition era dress is highly encouraged, but not required!  Over 21 only for this event, please.  Keep the kiddies at home where they'll be safe!

Tickets are $60 per person and very limited, so reserve now!

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

December 9, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, December 9, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Charity Jewelry ShowCharity Jewelry Show ! – Support the fight against childhood cancer

December 7, 6pm. Buy jewelry...support the fight against childhood brain cancer! Sparkle for a Cause is committed to cracking the cure. Come sip signature cocktails while you shop the season's hottest jewelry from Opulenza Designs. 'Tis the Season to give and when you find that perfect piece of jewelry to buy for your mom, sister or friend, you are giving to a great charity as well. We hope to see you there!

  

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

December 15, 7pm. 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. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we 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.

  

Art of the CoclktailArt of the Cocktail - A six week series!

Starting in January, every Friday night at 7pm. Come to one, or come to all of them!  You're sure to learn about the history and construction of the cocktail, plus enjoy several cocktails while you're there!  Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

  

Wine Kitchen DinnerCocktail Dinner at WK Hearth in Purcellville

January 29, 7pm. Join Catoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen in downtown Purcellville for another spirits pairing dinner.  We'll have delicious fare pared with cocktails from our spirits, while our founders, Scott & Becky Harris, describe the journey of starting the distillery, making spirits from scratch, and how to pair cocktails with meals.

The Wine Kitchen in Purcellville is a beautiful location off Main Street, so do be sure to come out and join us! Telephone the restaurant for reservations at (540) 751-9919.

  

Cocktail of the Month – I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Negroni

White Christmas Negroni

This cocktail is a fun "bianco" take on the Negroni, using white bitter liqueur and clear vermouth.  We add some sweetness from the stevia to counterbalance the dry vermouth in the recipe, without adding any calories.  The stevia also adds a nice herbal element and a touch more bitterness, which in this cocktail is desired.

Scott recommends this cocktail with an accompaniment of Burt Bacharach on vinyl.  Sublime!

1½ oz thyme-infused Watershed Gin
1 oz Salers Aperitif
1 oz Noily Prat dry vermouth
1-2 dashes orange bitters
½ oz housemade stevia tea (for sweetness, use simple syrup as an alternative)

Combine all in shaker, pour over a large rock in a rocks glass.

A Scott Harris original cocktail.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

November kicks off with Whisky Bible kudos and a Patowmack farm dinner!

November Greetings from Catoctin Creek

Catoctin scores big in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, 2018 edition

Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2018

We were very pleased to feature so well in the latest edition of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2018.  Nearly the entire whisky lineup was featured, with some great commentary about the distillery in general:

Braddock Oak Single Barrel Rye Whisky - 90 pts - ... brilliant delivery of brittle rye and very warming spice ... it is heart-warming to see a distillery dedicated to making rye. (Available at Total Wine nationwide.)

Catoctin Creek Cask Proof Roundstone Rye Whisky - 88 pts - ... the thick rye is matched equally by the oily feints and brooding spice. Chewy and profound.

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Single Barrel Whisky - 87 pts - ... The thing that has to be said about Catoctin is the amazing consistency (and close scoring) of their brands ... as with the others, no shortage of personality.

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky [92 proof] - 88 pts - ... best delivery I have tasted yet from Catoctin where the big rye presences has been nailed ... the rye here really is deliciously on song!

You can pre-order your copy of the Whisky Bible here and review all the great spirits mentioned.  Thanks, Mr. Murray!

   

Our first farm dinner collaboration with Patowmack and other local farms

Patowmack Farm Dinner

On November 7th, at 7:00pm, at the distillery tasting room, please join us for a very special Farm Dinner with Chef Tarver King of The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm.  Chef Tarver King has been featured and published in numerous periodicals including Wine Spectator, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine Magazine as well as Esquire, who named King as one of its top five chefs to watch. He has been a RAMMY nominated Chef of the Year and a finalist for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic, James Beard Foundation.  Here's your chance to meet him and enjoy his mind-blowing cuisine!

Dinner will include five courses with cocktail pairings, each course will feature a different farm. You'll have a chance to meet Chef King and our other farmers, featuring George's Mill, Longstone Farm, Whiffletree Farm, Vert's Farm, and War Shore Oyster Company. Cost is $150 plus gratuity. This event is limited to 40 seats and will sell out, so we recommend you book NOW!

BOOK NOW

 

Cool events in Autumn!

There are some amazing events planned for autumn!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Farm Dinner at the DistilleryFarm Dinner at the Distillery

November 7, 7pm. Join us for this once in a lifetime dinner with Chef Tarver King from the Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, along with five other farmers highlighted during the evening meal.  We'll make accompanying cocktails.  You'll have a night you'll remember forever.  This dinner is great for a special occasion, but it will fill up soon, so book now!

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

November 18, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Jim Malcolm in ConcertFrom Scotland for his third visit - Jim Malcolm in Concert!

November 19, 12pm. We are delighted for the third visit from Jim Malcolm to Catoctin Creek!

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

  

Wreath WorkshopHoliday Wreath Workshop

November 30, 6pm - 8pm. 'Tis the season for beautiful wreaths and delicious artisan cocktails. Join Beaumont House and Catoctin Creek Distillery for an evening of merriment and wreath making. Our space for the evening will be the tasting room of the fabulous Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purcellville, VA. We will have fresh greens, foraged elements and beautiful ribbon. Enjoy holiday inspired cocktails mixed at the bar by the uber talented mixologists at Catoctin Creek.

Space is limited to 40 people. Workshop includes everything you need to create a beautiful wreath to take home and enjoy this holiday season, light snacks and one cocktail. Of course the bar will be open if you wish to purchase additional cocktails.

  

Deanna DangerRepeal Day Party with Deanna Danger!

December 5, 7:30pm - until Join us on Tuesday night, December 5th, in celebrating Repeal Day with an ass-kicking cocktail party! Your ticket includes the first round of drinks, heavy appetizers by the Wine Kitchen, plus a live performance by burlesque artist, Deanna Danger, and live jazz by Lassiez Foure. Repeal Day comes but once a year, so don't miss this rare opportunity to celebrate the repeal of the Volstead act—which established Prohibition in the first place!

Prohibition era dress is highly encouraged, but not required! Over 21 only for this event, please. Keep the kiddies at home where they'll be safe!

Tickets are $60 per person and very limited, so reserve now!

  

Cocktail of the Month – White Manhattan

White Manhattan

This one comes to us from @spiderwitchfam on Instagram. A lovely study in clear beverages.

2 oz Catoctin Creek white unaged rye spirit
½ oz Carpano Bianco vermouth
½ tsp Laphroaig Quarter Cask
1-2 dashes Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters

Stir, serve up or over a rock.

Photo and recipe courtesy D.E. Wittkower and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Help us help Puerto Rico. Whisky para una causa, nuestra familia!

Autumn Greetings from Catoctin Creek

Help Us Save Puerto Rico

Help Save Puerto Rico

This picture breaks my heart.  Just after Harvey and Irma walloped Texas and Florida, Puerto Rico is wiped out by Hurricane Maria.  God bless Puerto Rico, and people like San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who is seen here wading in hip-deep water and sewage with a bullhorn, trying to locate trapped people in her city.  It saddens me that we must again plea for help for our fellow Americans.  Becky and I got into this business not just to make whisky, but to make a difference in the world.  We've been very fortunate, and now we must give back.

During the month of October, all profits from the sales of our spirits, will go to Puerto Rico relief funds.  We must help where we can.  We call it "Whisky para una causa, nuestra familia!" (Whisky for a cause, our family!)

If you prefer to donate directly, most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

Thanks for listening, and on with the newsletter...

--Scott

   

A New Look -- Coming Soon!

New Label Design

Before the year is through, you will start to see new labels on the shelves.  We decided to freshen up our look a bit, and the new labels really speak to the things that matter to us most:  our sense of history, our home in Virginia, and the great whisky and gin in our bottles.  Nothing is changed inside the bottle, but you'll see the handsome new wrappers soon!

Read the full press release, here.

 

Cool events in Autumn!

There are some amazing events planned for autumn!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

October 6, 7pm. 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. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we 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.

  

Goodstone InnSnacks and Spirits: Hunt Country Happy Hour at Goodstone Inn

October 19, 5:30pm - 7pm. The Goodstone Inn and Catoctin Creek Distillery are excited to bring you our first 'Snacks & Spirits' Hunt Country Happy Hour. Let's get the weekend started a little early with hand selected Catoctin cocktails and delicious accompanying snacks. Each ticket earns you two cocktails and passed hor d'ouevres. We invite you to continue your happy hour happenings following the event or joining us downstairs in our new Conservatory for dinner.

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

October 21, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Jim Malcolm in ConcertFrom Scotland for his third visit - Jim Malcolm in Concert!

November 19, 12pm. We are delighted for the third visit from Jim Malcolm to Catoctin Creek!

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

  

Deanna DangerRepeal Day Party with Deanna Danger!

December 5, 7:30pm - until Join us on Tuesday night, December 5th, in celebrating Repeal Day with an ass-kicking cocktail party! Your ticket includes the first round of drinks, heavy appetizers by the Wine Kitchen, plus a live performance by burlesque artist, Deanna Danger, and live jazz by Lassiez Foure. Repeal Day comes but once a year, so don't miss this rare opportunity to celebrate the repeal of the Volstead act—which established Prohibition in the first place!

Prohibition era dress is highly encouraged, but not required! Over 21 only for this event, please. Keep the kiddies at home where they'll be safe!

Tickets are $60 per person and very limited, so reserve now!

  

Cocktail of the Month – Bramblin' Man

Bramblin' Man

One of the feature cocktails for the very successful Virginia Spirits Month 2017. The Bramblin’ Man came to be after finding some amazing blackberries at our local farmers market. With blackberry cordial as the centerpiece of this cocktail, we use catoctin creek gin for its exceptionally floral notes as a foundation. Then we acidify and add a touch of violet sweetness, and round it out with a hit of absinthe and bitters for a boozy, fruity kick. Prosecco adds the effervescence and dryness to make this cocktail a perfect patio sipper.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
¾ oz Blackberry Cordial
½ oz Lemon Juice
¼ oz Creme de Violette
1 dash Absinthe
1 dash Peach Bitters
1 oz Prosecco
1 sprig of thyme (For Garnish)

Combine all ingredients except Prosecco in a shaker and shake over ice. Double strain into a chilled coupe and top with prosecco. Garnish with sprig of thyme.

Courtesy Jake Rice of Brine, Fairfax, VA.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

September 2017 News

September Greetings!

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hurricane Harvey

Normally, these newsletters are filled with fun and exciting topics relating to the distillery, but last month, Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area.  We were devastated.  I wanted to take a moment and reflect on that terrible disaster.  As I'm sure everyone is aware, an enormous amount of damage was done, and as with Katrina, lives were lost, an many people's lives will never be the same.  The process of recovery will be slow.  Rebuilding is only just now beginning, and will last for years to come. Many are asking, what can we do to help?

The DC area Food and Beverage companies, spearheaded by Brandon Skall at DC Brau, set up a relief page through the US Red Cross.  Catoctin Creek was happy to donate to this fund, and we hope you might consider doing so as well.  We're trying to raise $25,000 for the families in need in Texas.

You can learn more and donate, here.

Thanks for listening, and on with the newsletter...

--Scott

  

Virginia Spirits MonthSeptember is Virginia Spirits Month

All month long, we will celebrate September as Virginia Spirits Month! Restaurants all across the state will be showcasing cocktail menus featuring local Virginia distillers. (There are over 50 of them now!) Stop by and show your love by enjoying the finest craftsmanship Virginia has to offer!

Celebrate with us, and get a free "Virginia is for Lovers" trucker hat when you buy any bottle of Virginia-made spirits at participating ABC stores, while supplies last.

 

Rabble Rouser Release Day - September 9th! Noon. At the Tasting Room.

Rabble Rouser Rye Whisky

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"[At four years old]... Catoctin Creek [is] one of just a few craft distilleries producing rye whiskey of that age."
– Jake Emen, Washington City Paper, May 22, 2015

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Rabble Rouser is the latest rye whisky offering from Catoctin Creek. Distilled from 100% rye, the Rabble Rouser differs from its cousin, Roundstone Rye, in that it is distilled at a lower proof, allowing lots of earthy goodness from the grain to come through in the spirit.

The whisky is aged for four years, making it among the oldest craft whiskey in the United States presently, and twice the legal age requirement for "straight rye whiskey."

"Whereas Roundstone Rye is sort of restrained and elegant," say Scott Harris, founder of the distillery, "Rabble Rouser is more unruly and vivacious."

Look for it to knock your socks off with release three in September 9, 2017 in the tasting room at noon.

Virginia ABC ordering code 27009; suggested retail price $95.99 per bottle. 50% ABV, 750 ml

 

50 States of Whiskey features Catoctin Creek

50 States of Whiskey

We were very pleased to feature in the Virginia episode of 50 States of Whiskey.  Imagine two guys, a car, and a mission: Visit a distillery in every one of the 50 states.  Then, make a movie about it.  That's what we have here.  Enjoy!

Read the full blog post, here. Or click the photo for a link to the video.

 

Cool events in September!

There are some amazing events planned for September and early October!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

September 2, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Cocktails and Drams: "Alchemia Americano"Cocktails and Drams: "Alchemia Americano"

September 3, 1pm. Ever wonder about some of those unique ingredients used in cocktails? Well, here's your chance to learn how to properly make cocktails with some of them at home from a pro! You get to come in and learn in a real bar, and we will handle the setup and break-down for ya! Home bartending, but with tons of fun!!! #DrinkAsYouLearn (don't worry, we’ll have notes for you to take with ya in case you "forget" a few things you drank or learned that night). We got ya covered.

  

Belle Grove Plantation FestivalEnjoy a festival of local music, wine, beer, and spirits

September 9, 12pm. Join Catoctin Creek Distilling Company for its second year in a row with the Spirits Festival at Belle Grove Plantation. Enjoy delicious Catoctin Creek whisky as well as spirits from other Virginia craft distillers, local wineries and craft breweries. Experience live music, great food, unique artisans & crafters plus a chance to compete in the annual corn hole tournament, raffles and mansion tours. All proceeds go to benefit the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation.

  

Dinner at the Aldie MillDinner and Whiskey at Historic Aldie Mill

September 16, 6:30pm. NOW IN OUR SEVENTH YEAR!! Join us for a unique and intimate evening with old friends and new as we taste five exquisite whiskeys paired with delicious food, all in the historic 19th century Aldie Mill. This event is HUGELY popular, and space is extremely limited. We usually sell out by July, so do not miss your chance to enjoy this wonderful event! not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

October 6, 7pm. 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. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we 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.

  

Cocktail of the Month – Mason Dixon Manhattan

Mason Dixon

A nod to the classic Manhattan with a southern twist. Wonderful cocktail to pair with traditional hors d’oeuvres or appetizer course.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whiskey
½ oz Grand Marnier Cordon Rogue
¼ oz Broadbent Rainwater Madeira
1 wedge of orange
1 wedge of lemon

Build all spirits in a mixing glass. Squeeze and drop in both lemon and orange wedges. Add ice and stir well. Strain into a martini glass or coupe. Express oil of an orange twist into glass and/or onto the rim of glass and use twist as garnish.

Recipe courtesy Marilee and Matt Billingsley, Postbellum

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

August 2017 News

Happy August!   

Catoctin Creek in Pennsylvania!

Catoctin Creek in Pennsyvania

We are very pleased to announce Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye has been chosen by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to be a regular "listed" item.  This means it will appear on the shelves of all the local liquor stores in the Commonwealth, including major markets in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.  We are very pleased by this, and little do most people know, but quite a lot of Pennsylvania goes into our Virginia rye whisky!  A good deal of our grain comes from farms near Lancaster (which we consider local, just a couple hours away), and our bottles are made by Anchor Hocking in Monaca, PA, supporting about 100 jobs in that area. So when you buy Catoctin Creek, you're not just supporting us here in Virginia, but our kin in Pennsylvania too!

Remember, as we said when we started in 2009, Think Global, Drink Local!

Roundstone Rye 80 Proof will be available in PA at $39.99, available this autumn.

 

Welcome Denise Petty!

Denise Petty at Catoctin Creek

We'd like to welcome Denise Petty to our team. Denise is joining us as a tasting room manager, and will be in charge of lots of great cocktails and customer service we're bringing to you all!  Here's a few words from her, by way of an introduction:

Hi, I'm Denise Petty, I grew up here in Loudoun County but have spent most of my life right on the edge of it, in Sterling and Purcellville. Each side of the county much different to the other but ultimately the same mindset in regards to fresh, local and artisinal products/produce. I've been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 10 years now and my knowledge is ever growing. My passion for gardening, the arts and of course, libations has made mixing cocktails a marvelous outlet for my creativity. I'm so fortunate to live in an area where so many artists are expressing themselves through food and drink, the inspiration is never lacking. So, cheers to you artists, keep on dreaming!

 

Cool events in August!   

There are some amazing events planned for August!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!  

Seafood BoilPolo in the Park

Every Saturday in August, 7pm. Each Saturday night in July and August, join us at Morven Park for Polo in the Park! Catoctin Creek is the official whiskey and gin sponsor for Morven Park! Join us for cool summer cocktails as you sit on the lawn and enjoy Loudoun's best polo. Fun for all ages! Gates open at 6pm and the party continues til 11pm.

 

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

August 12, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

August 18, 7pm. 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. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we 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.

  

Cocktail of the Month – That Rye Nectar

That Rye Nectar

This cocktail comes to us from our new Tasting Room Manager, Denise Petty. Denise is a Loudoun County native and joined our team in July. She's a food and beverage pro, and we're so grateful to have her on our team.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¼ oz fresh lime juice
¼ oz local honey
​1 oz​ fresh, fine strained orange juice
3-4 drops of orange blossom water
garnish with orange peel and honey comb

Stir together fresh squeezed lime juice, local honey and Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye until honey is even throughout. Add fresh squeezed orange juice, use a fine strainer to remove all pulp and seeds. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into glass, top with 3 to 4 drops of orange blossom water. Garnish with orange peel around honey comb.

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

July 2017 News

Happy July!   

Catoctin Creek in London!

Last week, we were very pleased to take part in Governor Terry McAuliffe's trade mission to London in the UK last week. The highlight of the week was being part of the governor's celebration at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre on the Thames, where the governor and Virginia Tourism saluted the makers of the Jamestown series on Sky1, and extolled all the virtues of Virginia agriculture.  Not least of which were some fine drams of Catoctin Creek being passed around to all the guests.  Also present were our Virginia friends at Hardywood, Reservoir, and Belle Isle.

Scott spent the rest of the week in London meeting with various bars, restaurants, retailers and distributors.  Here's hoping we land some UK distribution soon!

Shown below are several photos during the visit, including a couple of the retailers: Amathus and Milroy's, a delicious sazerac prepared at Swift's of Soho, and our bottle positioned on the windowsill at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre with St. Paul's Cathedral in the distance.

Amathus Amathus Milroy's Milroy's Swift St. Paul's Cathedral

 

Cool events in July!   

There are some amazing events planned for July!  Be sure to join us for all the fun!  

Seafood BoilSeafood Boil at Catoctin Creek - ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!

July 7, 7pm. Summertime means seafood, so War Shore Oyster Company and Magnolia's at the Mill are teamed up with us to do a good ol' fashioned crab and seafood boil!  We'll have an amazing menu (see below) with an endless amount of locally harvested seafood and locally crafted cocktails.  Becky and Scott will be there so you can meet them and enjoy learning about the distillery.  Brad, the owner of War Shore Oyster Company, will also be there talking about how they do a sustainable harvest from the Chesapeake Bay. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your ticket now!

 

Speakeasy PartySpeakeasy Party at Catoctin Creek

July 15, 8pm. What's the secret password?  If you don't know it, we don't know you!  If you do know it... you're in on Loudoun's hottest Speakeasy Party!  We'll have amazing cocktails by Sam from WK Hearth, period music, and a professional dance instructor from King Dance Studios to lead us on the dance floor. Bring your favorite dancing and drinking partner and let's have some fun!

When you make your reservation, we'll send you the secret password.  Don't forget it!  You'll need the password to get in the door.  Ticket price includes dance lessons and one drink. Prohibition period dress is encouraged but not required.

  

Cocktail of the Month – The Roffiniac

Last April, Magnolia's hosted our Catoctin Creek cocktail dinner, and featured five excellent Prohibition-era and pre-Prohibition cocktails.

Roffignac
Roffignac

1/3 Catoctin Creek 1757 Brandy
1/3 Raspberry shrub
1/3 Soda

Mix to taste and serve on ice.  Garnish with a berry.

Recipes courtesy Matt Perkins, Magnolia's at the Mill, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

June 2017 News

Happy June!   

Old Tom Gin is back!!!

Old Tom GinWe are very pleased to announce the return of our "Old Tom" style of Watershed Gin!  Available starting June 1st, until it runs out.  Quantities are limited.

This gin is a very special version of our Watershed Gin, rested in Pearousia pear brandy barrels for over six months to give it a characteristic golden hue.  

Old Tom style gin is a recreation of a historic gin.  Before 1890, most gin sold in the United States was a sweet gin (as opposed to the common "London Dry" today).  Because gin was made in Europe and shipped to the United States on boats, it would rest in barrels during the several month journey across the sea.  The resulting "rest period" of the voyage would cause the gin to age in the barrels ever so slightly, giving them a characteristic golden color, no dissimilar to the color of a fine oaked Chardonnay.

The result is a gin that has all the spice and herbal flavor of our standard Watershed Gin, but with a sweetness, fruitiness, and a touch of oak to make this one a very smooth sipper.  You can use our Old Tom Watershed Gin in lots of those historic cocktail recipes, like the Ramos Gin Fizz and the Martinez for a classic and authentic flavor.

 

Catoctin Creek is expanding!

We are happy to announce the acquisition of an additional 15,000 square foot building in Virginia.  The new facility will initially be used for warehouse storage, but could serve as an additional base for future operations as the business grows.  Catoctin Creek will continue to operate the business and perform distilling operations at its headquarters on 120 W. Main St., Purcellville, Virginia, where it operates a very popular tasting room and distillery store

 

ICYMI:  Catoctin Creek wins double gold in San Francisco!

Double Gold!

 

Cool events in June and July!   

There are some amazing events planned for June and July!  Be sure to join us for all the fun! 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

June 9, 7pm. 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. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we 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.

 

Bottling WorkshopBottling Workshop at Catoctin Creek

June 10, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, June 10, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!

This event is FREE to attend!

 

Father's Day

Celebrate Father's Day with us!

June 18, 7pm. Celebrate Father's Day with us with a very special Master Class on Brandy. The venerable distilled wine is produced and enjoyed the world over, with cognac from France leading the way, but other varieties include the German label Asbach, pisco from Peru, and even brandy made here in the Washington DC area. Your ticket includes four samples of Catoctin Creek’s brandy:  1757 Virginia Brandy, along with our peach, pear and apple brandy.  You even get a cigar to enjoy when you get home!

 

Seafood BoilSeafood Boil at Catoctin Creek

July 7, 7pm. Summertime means seafood, so War Shore Oyster Company and Magnolia's at the Mill are teamed up with us to do a good ol' fashioned crab and seafood boil!  We'll have an amazing menu (see below) with an endless amount of locally harvested seafood and locally crafted cocktails.  Becky and Scott will be there so you can meet them and enjoy learning about the distillery.  Brad, the owner of War Shore Oyster Company, will also be there talking about how they do a sustainable harvest from the Chesapeake Bay. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your ticket now!

 

Speakeasy PartySpeakeasy Party at Catoctin Creek

July 15, 8pm. What's the secret password?  If you don't know it, we don't know you!  If you do know it... you're in on Loudoun's hottest Speakeasy Party!  We'll have amazing cocktails by Sam from WK Hearth, period music, and a professional dance instructor from King Dance Studios to lead us on the dance floor. Bring your favorite dancing and drinking partner and let's have some fun!

When you make your reservation, we'll send you the secret password.  Don't forget it!  You'll need the password to get in the door.  Ticket price includes dance lessons and one drink. Prohibition period dress is encouraged but not required.

  

Cocktail of the Month – The Martinez

Martinez

A classic cocktail that predates the martini.  This one is really good with our Old Tom style Watershed Gin, if you can find it!

2 oz Watershed Gin
¾ oz Sweet vermouth
¼ oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
2-3 dashes aromatic bitters
Cherry garnish

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Stir and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with a cherry.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

May 2017 News

Happy May!   

Our visit to Monaca, Pennsylvania

Monaca manufacturing videoLast month, Becky and I had the privilege to visit our bottle supplier, Anchor Hocking, in Western Pennsylvania.  We drove over four hours early one weekday morning to see our Catoctin Creek bottles being manufactured. (Click on the image to the right to see how they're made.)

Eight years ago, when we started the company, it was part of our mission to use all American and local content, not just in the grain and fruits we source, but in every component of the product, including labels, closures, and yes, even bottles.  This proved most difficult in glass, as most commercial glass today is made in China.  However, we worked hard to find a local supplier, and came upon Anchor Hocking.  Anchor Hocking has had a glorious and beleaguered past, so much so that a book was written about their rise and fall, a book which illustrates much of the decline in manufacturing in middle America today.  Happily, though, Anchor Hocking is turning the corner, and we are very proud to be using Pennsylvania glass for the past four years now!  Our efforts to use local glass help employ over 300 people at the Anchor Hocking plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania.

We're proud to source locally!  Money spent locally gets invested locally, and the economy grows locally.  Good American jobs are created and maintained.  Kids are sent to school. Groceries are bought. Purposeful life happens.

Becky and I sincerely hope all this is good Pennsylvania karma for us, as we are this month heading up to Harrisburg, PA, to present our Roundstone Rye to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) for consideration to list it within their system!  With luck, you may see Roundstone Rye on Pennsylvania store shelves very, very soon!  (fingers crossed!)

So, to that I say, CHEERS this month from VA to PA!  A little "Virginia Love" to the Keystone State!

--Scott

 

Mother's Day

Celebrate Mother's Day with us!

Catoctin Creek loves Mom!  Isn't she amazing? She works so hard, and love us so much, even when we don't deserve it!  So we're giving back to all those moms on Mother's Day. Order a tasting for your mom (egad, don't make her pay!), and we'll throw in a free chocolate truffle pairing!  She can choose any three from our delectable selection of Perfect Truffle seasonal chocolates.  Come on in, Mom, we miss you!  Sunday, May 14th only.

 

Game NightGame Night at Catoctin Creek

We're starting a new tradition! Third Thursdays are Game Night at Catoctin Creek.  Each week, we'll enjoy house cocktails with some old school games!  This month, Alexa is our host, as we kick off several rounds of charades!  "Sounds like... FUN!"  Come and enjoy some drinks and some lively entertainment!  This event is FREE to attend.  May 18th, 6pm. 

 

Upcoming Events

We have some great events coming up in April.  Join us for one of these!

  • May 14 - Mother's Day - Celebrate Mom with free chocolates with any tasting.  FREE for mom!
  • May 18 - Game Night - Alexa kicks off this Third-Thursday tradition with charades!  FREE
  • May 22 - Dinner at WK Hearth - $95 gets you four courses and five cocktails at this always fun event! $95pp all inclusive
  • May 27 - Bottling Workshop - This is our most popular event! Join us for breakfast, a free tasting, and a lot of fun! FREE

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Monkey Gland

 

Monkey Gland

This is a delicious old standard with a rather dubious name. It is one of the cocktails invented by Harry McElhone, circa 1927, from Harry's New York Bar in Paris, France. The ingredients produce a wickedly lurid, but very tasty drink!

1¼ oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
1¼ oz freshly squeezed orange juice
¼ oz grenadine
1 dash absinthe
orange slice for garnish (opt)

Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain and pour into the chilled glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

April 2017 News

Happy April!   

Catoctin Creek... True Craft, inspired by tradition.

Made by HandThere are a lot of craft whiskies on the market today, and you may ask, what's so special about Catoctin Creek?  What makes us different?  Scott Harris, our founder, explains:

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye is an exceptional single barrel whisky, faithfully reproduced using 19th century methods, and accurately capturing what rye whisky tasted like from Virginia at that time.  We start with fresh, local 100% rye grain.  Why local?  Because local grain is not only cleaner, giving a better taste with no harsh chemicals like pesticides, but it is also more historically accurate.  The world didn't have industrial fungicides and pesticides in the 1800's.

This grain is mashed in small 300 gallon batches, and then fermented at room temperature—again for historical accuracy.  In the "old days", they would not have had super efficient, glycol-chilled fermenters.  True, the modern fermenters can squeeze every drop of alcohol out of a potent potable, but we're not looking for efficiency.  We're looking for flavor and historical accuracy. Higher levels of alcohol in our mash would dilute the flavor of the native grain. 

Made by HandThe next step is the distillation, and again, we use old-fashioned pot stills, and cook for over nine hours during the distillation.  You can think of it in terms of a coffee analogy.  Most American whisky made today is made on a column still, where you have steam in contact with the mash or wash for about 5 minutes, where the extraction of the flavor occurs—cogeners (that is, flavor molecules) are pulled out with the steam and captured in the condenser.  This is like a drip coffee, where the hot water passes over the coffee grounds for a very short time.  In a pot still, the grains cook in the pot with the alcoholic vapors for the entire batch distillation time, over nine hours.  Therefore we get a lot more of the flavor compounds (cogeners) with each distillation, yielding a super-flavorful raw spirit.  So, continuing that coffee analogy, this is like a french-press, where the grounds are steeping in the coffee during the entire brew time.  

After distillation, we age in new Minnesota white oak barrels, which is the fourth step in making this gorgeous whisky.  The Virginia climate is the big factor here, and in Virginia, we are blessed with hot summers, cold winters, and crazy fluctuations during spring and autumnall of which drives that whisky in and out of the wood extracting amazing flavor from the barrel.

We bottle at either 80 or 92 proof, never chill filtering, so that we can preserve that delicious flavor, just as it was in the barrel.  

At Catoctin Creek, we are PROUD TO BE OBSTINATELY INEFFICIENT!

Made by Hand

Now Hiring!

We need a couple good people in our tasting room!  Want to earn $15-20 per hour (including tips) working in a fun and dynamic environment?  Get in on the ground floor!  Contact Jon Coate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Upcoming Events

We have some great events coming up in April.  Join us for one of these!

  • April 6 - Dinner at Magnolias - $90 gets you four courses and five cocktails at this always fun event! $90pp all inclusive
  • April 14 - Dinner at the Distillery - Miss the dinner at Magnolia's? Join Scott & Becky at the distillery for this lovely four course dinner. $99pp
  • April 22 - Bottling Workshop - This is our most popular event! Join us for breakfast, a free tasting, and a lot of fun! FREE
  • April 29 - Cocktail Class at Catoctin - Learn how to craft some cocktails for this SlowFood DC event - $33pp

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Ric Flair

Ric Flair

Last night, Becky and I had dinner and drinks at Dino's Grotto in Shaw in DC.  Not only do they have amazing Italian food, but a cocktail menu that features tons of local distillers--like us! Ric Newton, head bartender there, has a cocktail he invented called the Ric Flair.  It's a great drink, the woodsy flavor of the amaro and vermouth blends perfectly with the cherry liqueur and bouncy rye.  Absolutely delicious!  Be sure to ask for it with the Catoctin Creek rye!

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ Cherry Heering
½ Nardini Amaro
½ Cinzano sweet vermouth
Dash of aromatic bitters
Dash of orange bitters

Combine, stir, strain over fresh ice. Orange twist.

Courtesy Ric Newton, Dino's Grotto bar.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

March 2017 News

Happy March! 

Welcome to Spring!!  Bring on the flowers!

Greetings from the entire team at Catoctin Creek. February has come and gone, and now we turn our eyes to some great events in March!  Be sure to check us out and come on into the tasting room for some wonderful spring cocktails!

  

In the NewsAddie Rodgers adjusts a label on a bottle of Roundstone Rye at Catoctin Creek

Sports and Spirits Podcast
I hope you'll enjoy this little podcast with our founder, Scott Harris.  A little history about Catoctin Creek starts around minute 53:00.

Listen to the full podcast, here.

The podcast is also located on iTunes, here.

Loudoun Now
Our local newspaper did a great article on our recent growth and the investment by Constellation Brands.  From the story:

“With the advent of increased competition even locally, it really takes more resources to support your brand,” she said. “We were trying to grow ọṙḡạṇịcally but it gets more and more difficult to see sales consistently stay level when you don’t have the support that you need. We were looking for a strategic partner.”

You can read the full story, here.  Photo credit: Douglas Graham, Loudoun Now.

 

Private Label Whisky Release Party at Coton & Rye

Rye Cherry JulepLansdowne Resort and Spa and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company are excited to release a private label rye whisky for the resort’s quintessential Virginia tavern, Coton & Rye. This is the first legal batch of alcohol made from grain grown in Loudoun County since Prohibition.

As a part of Coton & Rye’s overall celebration of the land, Coton farm and Virginia lifestyle, Director of Culinary Operations Marcus Repp and his Culinary Team are working closely with local farmers, artisans, vintners and distillers to offer guests the opportunity to connect with the community in simple but meaningful ways while at the resort. To make this connection to the local community deeper, the resort has selected a local batch of rye to produce their own private label rye whisky. The rye was grown at Morven Park through the historic estate’s farming co-op program. Trent Tebbe, Proprietor of Three Monkeys Farm farmed the rye and provided it to Catoctin Creek, which became Barrel 609.

“When we tasted Barrel 609 and learned about the rye’s conception in Loudoun County, it was a natural choice for Lansdowne,” said Michael Stephens, Managing Director, “Our commitment to the local community and staying true to our roots in Loudoun County is unwavering.”

The Catoctin Creek 'Coton & Rye' Private Barrel Whisky is only available on the Coton & Rye menu. Feature cocktails on the Coton & Rye menu include Cherry Blossom Julep (Catoctin Creek Rye, Ginger Ale and Tamarind Soda) and The Boulevardier, a cocktail invented during Prohibition (Catoctin Creek Rye Whisky, Aperol, Carpano Sweet Vermouth, and Orange Twist).

“The birthplace of American Whisky was Virginia. People made whisky out of necessity when Great Britain cut off ties with America,” explains Scott Harris, owner of Catoctin Creek, “We are beyond ecstatic to have the first batch of legal alcohol made from grain grown in the county since Prohibition.”

The Catoctin Creek 'Coton & Rye' Private Barrel Whisky is slated to make its debut to the public on Thursday, March 23rd at Coton & Rye. The Catoctin Creek Launch Party at Coton & Rye will take place on Thursday, March 23rd and is open to the public. Tickets are $35/each and available for purchase on Eventbrite.com.

  

Upcoming Events

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – A lovely flower in the middle of the pond

A Lovely Flower in the Middle of the Pond

A Lovely Flower in the Middle of a Pond

2 oz rose and lavender tea infused Mosby's Spirit
½ oz honey syrup (1 part honey, 1 part boiling water)
½ oz lemon juice
¼ oz Luxardo
¼ oz El Guapo (rose syrup)
3 dashes lavender bitters
candied rose for garnish

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

February 2017 News

Happy February! 

Greetings from the entire team at Catoctin Creek. We’re staying warm this winter by keeping the stills running, crafting fresh batches of our signature spirits. As always, we invite you to join us at our tasting room in downtown Purcellville, Virginia, where we’re open for tours, tastings and cocktails six days a week. Keep reading to learn about our recent news coverage, some special events we’re hosting at the distillery and a cocktail recipe that will get you in the mood for Mardi Gras.

 

In the News

Virginia Living
Catoctin Creek was highlighted in a recent piece by Virginia Living about the growing craft spirits movement in Virginia. Specifically, we were mentioned in a section of the story about the numerous awards Virginia distilleries having been winning. We’re happy to be in such good company. Read more here.

Paste Magazine
We also garnered a spot in Paste Magazine’s list of “5 Craft Ryes You Need to Drink Now.” Writer Richard Thomas specifically took a liking to our “grain-forward, spicy” Roundstone Rye – 92 Proof. Check out the story here.

 

The Art of the Cocktail  An Educational Series for January

Monkey GlandOur second year  presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery 

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our second year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  This is a reprise of last year's content, so if you missed this very popular series last year, we highly encourage you to make your reservation now!

Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Here is the schedule of the series, which starts in 2017:

  • January 6 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
    January 13 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
    January 20 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
    January 27 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Scott is on vacation
    February 3
     - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 10 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Our Distillery Dinner instead
  • February 17 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 24 - Toddies and warm cocktails

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is $30 per person and includes drinks.  Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail

For more information, click here: http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/art

  

Upcoming Events

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – La Louisiane

This cocktail is cross-posted from the fantastic Instagram account @spiritedla, Hannah Chamberlain, who features amazing cocktails with stunning photography. Also check out her BuzzFeed pages.

What do you call a New Orleans resident who takes their civic and drinking responsibilities seriously?
...An absinthe-ee voter.

I'm officially ready to be a dad. 🤓

This New Orleans classic cocktail has experienced less of a resurgence than its sisters (the Sazerac and Vieux Carré) but it's a beautiful use for your Benedictine and Absinthe if you like the other two. Less bold than a Sazerac, but less subtle than a Vieux Carre, it's recently become one of my nightly go-tos.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¾ oz sweet vermouth
½ oz Benedictine
2 dashes St. George absinthe
3 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Luxardo cherry (not pictured due to casualties – RIP to our fallen garnish)

Combine all in a shaker of ice, and strain into a coupe.

Recipe and photo courtesy of @spiritedla.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

January 2017 News

Happy New Year! 

Happy New Year!

From the entire team at Catoctin Creek, we say:  "Happy New Year!!"

Wowee!  What a year it's been for us!  2016 had so many wonderful accomplishments, many more than we could list, but some of the highlights were:

  • Release of the second year of Rabble Rouser — Our four year old straight rye whisky sold out again in an hour!  Don't worry, we'll have more in 2017.
  • F. Paul Pacult gives Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Five Stars! — His highest recommendation.  "Not to be missed!"
  • Delicious distillery dinners featuring Wandering Chef — If you haven't treated yourself to dinner, you're missing a really wonderful experience!
  • Amazing press from national sourcesNew York Times, The Daily Beast, Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, The Spirits Business, and Eater.
  • Wonderful support from our restaurant, bar, and off-premise partners — We are overjoyed at the continued support we receive from those retailers and restaurants who take the extra step to support small-batch artisan spirits like ours.  It means everything to us!!  Thank you!
  • Wonderful support from our customers — People just like you!  We wouldn't be here without your support too!  Thank you!!

So, from our family to yours, we wish you the very best for 2017:  Peace, Joy, and Prosperity in the New Year!! 

 

Catoctin Creek in The New York Times TOP TEN rye whiskey!

New York TimesAbsolutely stunning!  It is like a dream come true!  

Eric Asimov, writing for The New York Times, does an amazingly in-depth story on the scarcity of old rye whiskey and the excellent choices available in the younger whiskeys of the category.  With over 1300 distilleries now producing in the US, the panel had plenty to judge.

I'm honored that two of the judges were the esteemed David Wondrich and Robert Simonson.  I cannot think of two gentlemen in the industry for whom I have more respect!  I've read (and re-read) their books countless times.  I've met them at Tales in New Orleans.  I fan-boy on these guys, always asking for autographs... So, to have these two judging my spirits, well honestly, it's just humbling.

Notably, all judging was done in a blind panel.  There's no way to be influenced by preconceptions of the spirit or where it's produced, nor the beauty of the label.  It's just the juice.  How good is the juice?

From the story:

Indeed, many of the ryes we tasted didn’t have the assertive rye personality that I’ve come to love. ... The Woodford rye was 53 percent rye, potentially very similar to bourbon. Some of the other ryes in our tasting were 100 percent rye, or very close.

Other ryes reminded us of rum, or tasted overwhelmingly of bananas or were odd in some other way. These tended to come from the craft distillers, who, like craft brewers in the early days of the beer revolution, have yet to achieve precision and reliability in their work.

“It’s like catching this category in the 10th grade,” David [Wondrich] said. “Some have already matured into their adult personas, some are still kids, and others are in transition, not as assured as you want, still hesitant.”

Speaking on the few craft brands in the list, Asimov continues:

Two other craft ryes made our list, the warm, spicy Few from Evanston, Ill., at No. 7 and the fruity, slightly sweet Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye from Purcellville, Va., at No. 9.

You can read the full story, here. I hope you will!

 

The Art of the Cocktail  An Educational Series for January

Monkey GlandOur second year  presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery 

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our second year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  This is a reprise of last year's content, so if you missed this very popular series last year, we highly encourage you to make your reservation now!

Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Here is the schedule of the series, which starts in 2017:

  • January 6 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 13 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 20 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • January 27 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Scott is on vacation
  • February 3 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 10 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Our Distillery Dinner instead
  • February 17 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 24 - Toddies and warm cocktails

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is $30 per person and includes drinks.  Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail

For more information, click here: http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/art

  

Upcoming Events

Wow!  We some fun events this month!

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:

  • January 1 - NEW YEARS DAY - We will be CLOSED.
  • January 6 - Art of the Cocktail - Old Fashioneds - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating classic cocktails of ages past.  Includes 4 drinks! $25/pp
  • January 13 - Art of the Cocktail - Early Gin Cocktails - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating classic cocktails of ages past.  Includes 4 drinks! $25/pp
  • January 20 - Art of the Cocktail - Martinis and Bitters - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating classic cocktails of ages past.  Includes 4 drinks! $25/pp

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Parting Glass

We're featuring a new drink for New Year's, our take on a French 75, featuring the Watershed Gin, fresh raspberry lemon juice, and sparkling cider. Come on by and raise a parting glass to 2016!

1½ oz watershed Gin
1 oz raspberry lemon juice*
1 oz Sparkling Cider or Champagne

Combine the ingredients in a flute or stemmed glass.  Garnish with a lemon peel.

*Raspberry lemon juice:
Combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to boil to combine, then reduce to simmer and add raspberries. Mash with potato masher or spatula. Simmer until a rich color and flavor, then strain.

Combine 3 parts of lemon juice with 1 part raspberry syrup.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

December 2016 News

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!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  

Roundstone at Christmas

 

Gift Items This Holiday Season

Stop by our tasting room this holiday season and pick up one of our exciting gift items for the holiday.  Spirits are the perfect gift for those fussy relatives who already have everything!  Give them something local, hand-crafted, and totally unique this year!

We have three-set gift packs of our flagship products:  Roundstone Rye, Mosby's Spirit, and Watershed Gin in cute little 200 mL bottles, all displayed in a handsome custom gift box.  We also have hand-wrapped gift baskets with your choice of spirits, glassware, and bar accessories like bitters and cocktail books.  We'll gladly make you a custom basket while you wait.  Finally, if you just can't decide, you can pick up a gift card for any amount at our store (or call us, we'll mail it to you).

There's pretty much something for anyone on your list!  Stop by soon and see for yourself!

Gift Ideas from Catoctin Creek

 

Brandy Seminar at the Smithsonian

BrandyJoin us December 12 in Washington DC at the Smithsonian Castle

Nothing warms a December evening like brandy. Whether you're sipping it by the fire or enjoying it in a glass of your favorite eggnog, brandy gives an added glow to the holidays. The venerable distilled wine is produced and enjoyed the world over, with cognac from France leading the way, but other varieties include the German label Asbach, pisco from Peru, and even brandy made here in the Washington area.

Scott Harris is a distiller and brandy evangelist, as well as the man responsible for a new local spirit, Catoctin Creek’s 1757 Brandy from Loudoun County. Enjoy a lively evening as Harris explains production methods around the globe, offers expert tips for enjoying your brandy, and shares some of his favorite bottles.

The cost is $65 or $50 for Smithsonian members.

BOOK NOW

 

 

The Art of the Cocktail - An Educational Series for January

Monkey GlandOur second year -- presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery 

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our second year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  This is a reprise of last year's content, so if you missed this very popular series last year, we highly encourage you to make your reservation now!

Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Here is the schedule of the series, which starts in 2017:

  • January 6 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 13 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 20 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • January 27 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Scott is on vacation
  • February 3 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 10 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK.  Our Distillery Dinner instead
  • February 17 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 24 - Toddies and warm cocktails

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is $30 per person and includes drinks.  Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail

For more information, click here: http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/art

 

Our Final Dinner of the Year - A Holiday Feast!

Dinner at Catoctin Creek!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. 

 

Upcoming Events

Wow!  We have a ton of events this month!

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:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Red Riding Hood

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.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

November 2016 News

Coming in November!

Apple Brandy is back!

 Apple Brandy

Catoctin Creek "Quarter Branch" Apple Brandy is back in stock!  Made from heritage apples in collaboration with Blue Bee Cidery in Richmond, Virginia, this apple brandy is perhaps my favorite of the fruit brandies we offer.  It is now in stock in the tasting room and select locations throughout the DC area.  If you're a restaurant in Virginia, please feel free to contact us to get it in your bar or on your menu.  (We deliver!)  375mL, 80 proof, $29.19.

 

IT'S HERE!  Adroit / Catoctin Malt Whisky Collaboration!

Adroit / Catoctin Dia de los Muertos Malt Whisky

Our second beer collaboration, this one with Adroit Theory Brewing Company and called Día de los Muertos, will be available on November 12 (November 2 for VIP members).  Bottles come in individual cedar boxes, hand numbered and signed by the distiller and brewer on opening day.   These are beautifully packaged, and will make an excellent gift for the holidays.  

$119.99 per bottle, 750 mL, 92 proof.

Warren Rojas does the full backstory at Washington City Paper:

Next to scrutinize the end result was Becky Harris, Scott’s wife and Catoctin Creek’s chief distiller. As she siphoned the resulting whiskey from its cask, she couldn’t help gush about the collaboration. “I’ve been waiting for this one for two years,” she says as she pulls a dram of the experimental beverage they dubbed “Día de los Muertos” American Malt Whisky.

“The name of the original beer was Día de los Muertos. So it made sense to name the whiskey the same,” [Mark] Osborne [founder of Adroit Theory Brewing Company] says of the ominous moniker he came up with.

The whiskey smells of roasted malt and shines as brightly as copper. It’s less forceful on the palate than traditional rye whiskey, but still has a rich mouthfeel, conveying definitive hoppiness balanced by caramel notes.

You can read the full story, here.

 

Distiller Dinner Series at Brookland's Finest in DC

Brookland's Finest

Each Tuesday in the month of November, Chef Shannon Troncoso of Brookland's Finest will feature Catoctin Creek cocktails alongside an excellent three course menu. Our brand ambassadors will be on hand to tell you all about the distillery and the special spirits during each dinner.  Seating anytime during the normal dinnertime hours, no special reservation required.  Only $35 for a three course menu with drinks!

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The Rogue Gentlemen from Richmond take over our Tasting Room!

Rogue Gentlemen

November 19th, from noon til about 4pm!  Join the crew from the Rogue Gentlemen, a fantastic bar in Richmond, VA, as they descend on the distillery, bringing with them some amazing cocktails of their own.  Scott and Becky will be on hand along with Chef/Owner Johnny Maher.  Taste some of the best of what Richmond has to offer, and learn why the food and drink scene in Richmond is booming!

We'll have drink specials all day, as well as tours, tastings and bottle sales.  Come on by, Saturday, November 19th!

 

Enjoy Free Tastings at Virginia ABC Stores!

John Shope, Brand Ambassador 

​Stock up for the holidays! ​Virginia Ambassador, John Shope, will be hosting tastings at your local ABC stores on Fridays at these selected locations. Try a sample of award winning Virginia made spirits as well as take home some buttons, stickers, brochures and other cool giveaways.

Pouring Roundstone Rye 80 Proof, Roundstone Rye "Distiller's Reserve" 92 Proof and Watershed Gin on:

  • ​11/4/2016 - Store 260 from 3-5 p.m. located at 6284 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church 22044
  • 11/4/2016 - Store 212 from 6-8 p.m. located at 167 Hillwood Avenue, Falls Church 22046-2913
  • 11/25/2016 (BLACK FRIDAY) - Store 231 from 12-2 p.m. located at 436 East Maple Avenue, Vienna 22180-4721
  • 11/25/2016 (BLACK FRIDAY) - Store 388 from 3-5 p.m. located at 8150 Leesburg Pike Suite 110, Vienna 22182
  • 11/25/2016 (BLACK FRIDAY) - Store 219 from 6-8 p.m. located at 8413 Old Courthouse Road, Vienna 22182

  

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month and through summer.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Caprese

Caprese

A great "sophisto' alternative for Bloody Mary fans!

​​6 cherry tomatoes​, sliced​
4 fresh basil leaves​, broken up
​ ​Cracked black pepper​
ICE
¾ oz distilled white vinegar
¼ oz simple syrup
​​2 oz ​Catoctin Creek ​Mosby's Spirit
​​ ​4 drops of Balsamic Vinegar

​Glass Type: Martini Glass
Garnish: Fresh Mozzerella, basil and a tomato slice skewered on a stick
Method: Muddle tomatoes, basil and black pepper in a shaker until fully crushed and infused together, add vinegar, simple syrup and Mosby's then shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled Martini glass, add drops of balsamic vinegar on top, crack pepper on surface of drink, garnish with caprese stick then serve.

Recipe and photo courtesy John Shope, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

October 2016 News

Welcome to October!

Fall is here, and we start the blessed season of whisky!  Curl up by the fire as the days get colder and enjoy a warming glass of Roundstone Rye!  

For as you know... Winter is coming!  But so too are some great Catoctin Creek releases... 

 

Coming in October and November!

Rabble Rouser is back!

 Rabble Rouser

rab•ble-rous•er

noun

a person who speaks with the intention of inflaming the emotions of a crowd of people, typically for political reasons.
synonyms: agitator, troublemaker, instigator

The Rabble Rouser whisky is aged for four years, making it among the oldest craft whiskey in the United States presently, and twice the legal age requirement for "straight rye whiskey." It will be available on October 29.

(For VIP members, we will take PRE-ORDERS and save your bottles for pickup at your convenience after October 29.)  

If you didn't get batch one, don't delay on batch two!  Last year, batch one sold out in one hour in our tasting room!

More info, here.

 

Adroit / Catoctin Malt Whisky Collaboration!

Adroit / Catoctin Dia de los Muertos Malt Whisky

Our second beer collaboration, this one with Adroit Theory Brewing Company and called Día de los Muertos, will be available on November 12 (November 2 for VIP members).  Bottles come in individual cedar boxes, hand numbered and signed by the distiller and brewer on opening day.  $119.99 per bottle.

Warren Rojas does the full backstory at Washington City Paper:

Next to scrutinize the end result was Becky Harris, Scott’s wife and Catoctin Creek’s chief distiller. As she siphoned the resulting whiskey from its cask, she couldn’t help gush about the collaboration. “I’ve been waiting for this one for two years,” she says as she pulls a dram of the experimental beverage they dubbed “Día de los Muertos” American Malt Whisky.

“The name of the original beer was Día de los Muertos. So it made sense to name the whiskey the same,” [Mark] Osborne [founder of Adroit Theory Brewing Company] says of the ominous moniker he came up with.

The whiskey smells of roasted malt and shines as brightly as copper. It’s less forceful on the palate than traditional rye whiskey, but still has a rich mouthfeel, conveying definitive hoppiness balanced by caramel notes.

You can read the full story, here.

 

Salute America's Heroes with a special bottling workshop fundraiser

Salute our HeroesJoin us for an exclusive whiskey event like no other. This event will celebrate and raise money to support our US veterans wounded in action.  Hear from American heroes, including our special guest speakers Sgt. Matthew Pennington and Sgt. Robert Bartlett.

Scott & Becky Harris will provide guests a private tour of the distillery and share on the history of whiskey. Then host a bottling workshop, giving guests the opportunity to bottle, cap, seal, and label a bottle of Roundstone Rye to take home with them.

The evening will conclude with a tasting of Catoctin Creek’s finest whisky. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and cocktails and bottled spirits will be available for purchase.

Reserve Now | Read More

 

Enjoy Free Tastings at Virginia ABC Stores!

John Shope, Brand Ambassador 

Virginia Brand Ambassador, John Shope, will be hosting tastings at your local ABC stores on Fridays at these selected locations. Try a sample of award winning Virginia spirits as well as take home some buttons, stickers, brochures and other cool giveaways.

Pouring Roundstone Rye 80 Proof, Roundstone Rye "Distiller's Reserve" 92 Proof and Watershed Gin on:

  • 10/7 - Store 182 from 3pm-5pm at 1217-19 West Broad Street, Richmond 23220
  • 10/7 - Store 102 from 6pm-8pm at 1901 West Main Street, Richmond 23220
  • 10/21 - Store 50 from 3pm-5pm at 325 Four Leaf Lane Suite 3, Charlottesville 22903
  • 10/21 - Store 202 from 6pm-8pm at 1902 Emmet Street, Charlottesville 22903
  • 10/28 - Store 208 from 3pm-5pm at 44110 Ashburn Village Boulevard Unit 154, Ashburn 20147
  • 10/28 - Store 73 from 6pm-8pm at 43150 Broadlands Center Plaza, Ashburn 20148

 

Enjoy Free Tastings in Maryland and DC too!

Chad Robinson, Brand Ambassador 

International Brand Ambassador, Chad Robinson, will be hosting tastings at selected locations:

  • 10/1 - from 4pm-7pm at North Charles Wines and Spirits (Baltimore, MD)
  • 10/7 - from 8pm-10pm - Whiskey Tasting at Fado Irish Pub (DC) - Free samplings of Roundstone Rye for their Friday Night Features.
  • 10/12 - from 6pm-8pm - Whiskey Wednesday at Boss Shepherd's (DC)
  • 10/13 - from 4:30pm-7:30pm at S & R Liquors (DC)
  • 10/14 - from 6pm-8pm at Batch 13 (DC)
  • 10/15 - from 12pm-3pm at Bay Ridge Wines and Spirits (Annapolis, MD)

  

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month and through summer.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Mulled Cider with Rye

Mulled Cider and RyeThis cocktail comes to us from Sonja Bradfield, author of Ginger and Toasted Sesame.  Sonja has some amazing photographs and a delicious recipe for cider and rye, perfect for a warm winter beverage:

One of my favorite things to drink when the weather gets cold is something warm with a kick like a nice chai tea or a hot toddy. On Thanksgiving my family brewed an impromptu pot of mulled apple cider and for a little extra warmth we added a nip of whiskey. For this recipe I used some apple cider pressed in Virginia and some rye whiskey distilled in Virginia.

...

[This] rye is great in this mulled cider recipe. It’ll warm you right down through your toes. This recipe makes a half gallon but you can easily double that for a bigger group gathering for the holidays. Just let the spices and fruit simmer long enough to get the cider nice and spicy. For an extra kick, you can add a few black peppercorns and maybe a bit more rye.

½ gallon of apple cider
2 satsuma oranges
1 honey crisp apple
3 cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye whisky

Thinly slice the oranges and apple horizontally.

Pour the cider in a large pot and add the slices of fruit, the cinnamon sticks and cloves.

Bring to a boil over high heat then lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes until fragrant.

Fill up mugs about three quarters full and add about an ounce of rye whiskey to each mug.

Garnish with an apple or orange slice, half a cinnamon stick and cloves.

Recipe and photo by Sonja Bradfield, and used with permission.

 

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Maple Cask Rye Available Once Again!

Roundstone Rye Cask Proof

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "CASK PROOF" - Finished in a Maple Cask Available at the Distillery

Once again, our very popular "Maple Cask Finished" Cask Proof Roundstone Rye is available for sale in the tasting room.  Dark and lovely, with just a touch of maple in mid-palate, and a long lingering finish of sweet maple, this is one of our most popular expressions!  Bottled at nearly 120 proof, she'll knock your socks off!  Now you too can purchase the spirit that won a GOLD MEDAL at the American Whiskey Masters competition in London, England.  

Limited quantities are available, so get yours today!  Retail price $89.

Virginia ABC restaurant licensees may purchase this product legally and directly from the distillery! Contact us to arrange a purchase.  

July 2016 News

Red White and Booze


Welcome to July!

In the past month, there’s been a whirlwind of activity here at Catoctin Creek, and we are excited to share that we have been featured in several local and national magazines, even winning another award for our Roundstone Rye! We’re hoping to make July even better by kicking off with our first ever Red, White & Booze event, featuring live music, signature red, white, and blue cocktails, and hot dogs from our friends at Windy City Red Hots. We hope to make this a yearly tradition to celebrate the true spirit of America: whisky.

 

Catoctin Creek in Northern Virginia Magazine

Northern Virginia Magazine

As the beginning of an exciting month of press coverage, Catoctin Creek was covered in the July issue of Northern Virginia Magazine, sharing the humble beginnings of our company and detailing our inventory and future projects, including the release of Rabble Rouser Straight Rye Whisky, available this October, and a collaboration with a local brewery in an event similar to our previous King’s Mountain release with Heritage Brewing. The profile of our company includes breathtaking photos of our tasting room and spirits, as well as a where to buy section. Pick up your copy of the magazine at your newsstand today!

 

Roundstone Rye Named as one of the “Best Affordable Craft Whiskies” by Eater

Eater, an online platform for foodies nationwide, paid tribute to craft distilleries and named our flagship spirit as number one on the short list of affordable craft whiskies, highlighting our unique mash bill of 100% rye. The article praises the true craft nature of Catoctin Creek and the other distilleries, where the whisky is made from scratch in-house—from the mash tank to the still, to the bottling, all on site here. We thank Eater for this distinction and their dedication to helping true craft distilleries share our artisan spirits.

 

DC Bartenders Vote CCDC as one of “Best Local Distilleries”

Catoctin Creek Building

Thrillist also flattered us, calling us a “household name” and providing tasting notes on our Roundstone Rye, Mosby’s Spirit, and Rabble Rouser. We were excited that bartenders enjoyed serving our products as much as we love making them, and believe that it is a testament to our quality and dedication to true craft.

 

Join us for dinner in August!

Dinner at Catoctin Creek!
Photo courtesy Whiskey Cats and used with permission.

Once every two months, we host a dinner with seasonal offerings and specially paired cocktails. The June dinner was an immense success, and we thank everyone that joined us for an evening of boozy fun. Our next dinner will be in August, complete with a tour from Becky, a delicious four-course dinner made by The Wandering Chef, and signature cocktails handcrafted by Scott to complement the dinner menu. Bottles will be available for sale, and the price is $99/person. Special dietary needs can be accomodated if required.

This will fill up fast, so book your spot today here!

 

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month and through summer.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • July 1 - Red, White and Booze - Celebrate all things American with whisky, hot dogs, and live music!  FREE to attend!
  • July 19-23 - Tales of the Cocktail - Becky, Scott and Chad will be there.  Will you?  Definitely not free to attend.
  • August 12 - Dinner at the Distillery - Join us for a delicious four-course dinner with cocktails.  Now in our third year!  $99/pp
  • September 17 - Dinner at Historic Aldie Mill - Our sixth annual dinner at the oldest running mill in Loudoun County!  Extremely limited space!  $105/pp

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Pour Some Citrus On Me

Pour Some Citrus On Me

This is another great punch from Chad Robinson, and was the featured punch at the "Super Gin Punch Out" held recently at 1905 Restaurant in DC, along with fellow distillers Caledonia Spirits (makers of Barr Hill gin), and Green Hat.

25 oz Watershed Gin (one 750mL bottle)
12 oz strong green tea
8 oz Capillaire syrup*
6 oz Curaçao
6 oz fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wheels for garnish
6 oz fresh lime juice, plus lime wheels for garnish
32 oz sparkling water (or sparkling wine for more punch in your punch)

Combine all in a punch bowl and float slices of lemon and lime on top.

*Capillaire syrup
(courtesy David Wondrich, Punch)

1 cups of water
⅛ oz orange blossom water
2 cups sugar

Bring water and sugar to boil. Let stand for 30 minutes. Add the orange blossom water. Will keep in the fridge for a couple months.

Courtesy Chad Robinson.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

June 2016 News

Do you know where your whisky is made?

There is a lot of craft whisky in the market today, but much of it is made in a large factory in Indiana and sold a a premium as handmade.  At Catoctin Creek, we didn't get into this business to bottle someone else's whiskey, but to make our own unique whisky from grain to bottle—right here in Purcellville, Virginia. And making whisky has been our passion since 2009.  #truecraft

 

New Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Release!

Hickory-Finished Whisky now available!

Hickory Cask Rye

As we leave spring and prepare for the hot summer days, we are excited to be a part of your summer get-togethers, parties, and evenings spent enjoying the beauty of the season with our new Roundstone Rye Cask Proof whisky! This special release is our best-selling Roundstone Rye finished in a hickory barrel from Falling Bark Farm in Berryville, Virginia, and is only available twice per year, so get your bottle while they’re still here!

Although the name hickory might sometimes lead people to expect a smoky flavor (as in barbecue sauce), this whisky is more on the tangy side than the smoky side.  The influence of the hickory surprised us when we tasted and bottled this whisky.  It is remarkably smooth, and a nice addition to your cask proof collection.

For more information regarding the Cask Proof, please visit our products page: http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/products/roundstone-cask

 

Catoctin Creek now on military bases!

As of Memorial Day weekend, our whisky, gin, and 1757 brandy will be sold in Army and Air Force Exchange Stores (AAFES) “Class Six” liquor stores in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, and will expand to other AAFES’s throughout Virginia based on the success at Ft. Belvoir. Catoctin Creek will have a brand ambassador present at the fort, giving away complimentary tours and tastings to the service members.

As an army brat myself, I’m proud that Catoctin Creek is serving our men and women in the armed forces as they serve us. My first visit to a liquor store was with my dad in Germany, and is, in a way, where it all began for me as a distiller. This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to appreciate our friends and family in the military.

 

Meet the Whisky Makers at Rouge Gentlemen in Richmond

Rogue Gentlemen

Join Scott and Becky for dinner and drinks at The Rogue Gentlemen in Richmond, featuring our Mosby’s Spirit, Roundstone Rye 80 proof, our Roundstone Rye 92 Proof “Distiller’s Reserve”, and our most recent Cask Proof expression, and other rare releases! Scott and Becky will both be on hand to discuss the distillery, how we got started, how we make the delicious spirits at Catoctin, and just to chit-chat about whisky and history in general. Chef Johnny’s food will be amazing, the drinks will be amazing, so the only thing we need for an amazing evening is you! This one will fill up, so book now!

We'll be there on Thursday, June 23rd, starting at 6:30pm at The Rogue Gentlemen in Richmond. This one will fill up, so book now by calling the restaurant at (804) 477-3456!

There are other great events if you can't make it to Richmond... see below!

 

Upcoming Events

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:

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Strawberry Jive

 

Strawberry Jive

DrinkTonight is an absolutely amazing Instagram account based in DC, and featuring fantastic cocktail recipes with various local spirits.  They really enjoy our Watershed Gin, and have featured it four times int he recent past.  I am grateful too that they have graciously allowed me to cross post their beautiful photos and cocktail recipes here for you so share.  Find them on Instagram at www.instagram.com/drinktonight.

The "Strawberry Jive" is a combination of fruits and herbs that is refreshing, not too sweet, and alight enough for these really hot DC summer days.  Strawberry and basil are a classic combo, too.

2 strawberries
Handful of fresh basil
½ oz agave syrup
1 oz orange juice
Splash of lemon juice
1½ Watershed Gin

Muddle two strawberries, the handful of fresh basil and agave syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.  Add the orange juice and lemon juice, along with the gin and a handful of ice.  Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with sliced strawberries and basil. 

Recipe and photo by DrinkTonight, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

May 2016 News

Welcome to May!

 Sara Brown from Oakland Green

It is so wonderful to have May here!  I like winter, but I'm always glad when it's over, and now we're undeniably into spring!  Dogwoods are blooming, and down by our creek, the spring peepers are singing!  

As you may or may not know, since we started the distillery, we give all of our spent rye mash to farmers like Sara Brown, from Oakland Green farm in Lincoln, Virginia (pictured above).  We were very pleased to learn from Sara that spring has brought her eleven new calves (and counting)!  These babies and their mamas are fed on the nutritious by-product of our whisky production, which means we'll need to keep working to make that whisky and feed those babies!  Congrats, Sara!

Great News this Month!

Last month, we also received so much great press, I just had to share it.  Please join me in celebrating the following stories:

Becky named as a top female distiller in the Spirits Business

Catoctin Creek named in the Huffington Post

Becky named in Top 100 Women of Loudoun County

Catoctin Creek receives GOLD for best distillery in Virginia

 

Barrels for Sale!

Barrels for Sale

We have a few of our spent-whisky barrels for sale now to the public.  If you're interested in getting a barrel, give us a call or come on by the distillery.  They are $195/ea and are of good quality for making into furniture/novelty pieces for your home bar, but they're also still moist with whisky, having been freshly dumped.  So if you are a brewer or a winemaker, these work perfectly for barrel aging your brews.

If you're a large-scale brewer, please contact us for discounted bulk pricing.

 

May Bottling Workshop

Bottling Workshop

If you've never joined us on a bottling workshop, you're missing out on a great fun morning.  We start each workshop with coffee, donuts and bagels.  Relax and get breakfast in our tasting room.  After breakfast, we go into the distillery, where Scott gives a fantastic tour of the process of making whisky.  Then, after the tour, we begin the workshop, where we teach you and you bottle your own whisky.  It is great fun, and a chance to see behind-the-scenes action at the distillery.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we end with a tasting of our Mosby's Spirit, Roundstone Rye, and Watershed Gin.  (We've learned that it best to do the tasting at the end of the workshop!)

If you'd like to learn more, and join us (the cost is FREE), please click here for more information

Dinner in June

Dinner at the Distillery

One of our most elegant events is our Dinner in the Distillery, where we serve a delicious four-course seasonal menu carefully paired with seasonal cocktails.  We've received nothing but rave reviews from the dinner, and know you'll enjoy it too.  It is a perfect setting for celebrating an anniversary, birthday, engagement, or just a great dinner with a group of friends.  Whatever the event, please come and celebrate with us!

Our next dinner is in June, and space is limited.

if you'd like to learn more, please click here for more information.

 

Upcoming Events

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:

  • May 14 - Meet the Maker - Vitick's Switchel - Jill Vitick will be in our tasting room telling us about the history of switchel, the original farmer's Gatorade! FREE to attend
  • May 21 - Oyster Fest at Grilled Oyster - Join us in DC for great beer, great cocktails, and all you can eat oysters!  $35/pp
  • May 28 - Bottling Workshop - Enjoy a morning of coffee, bottling your own Roundstone Rye, and tasting your way through our spirits! FREE to attend
  • June 10 - Dinner at the Distillery - Enjoy our sumptuous four course dinner with seasonal cocktails.  $99/pp

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Some Call It Work

Some Call It Work

This cocktail was a favorite at our Whisky Wednesday event at the Ashby Inn last month.  This cocktail is a creation of Tony Burke, who tends bar at Mason Social in Alexandria, Virginia.  The basil syrup can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for future cocktails. 

2 oz. Watershed Gin
¾ oz. lemon
¾ oz. Thai basil syrup*
1 oz. egg white
basil leaf garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker of ice, shake heavily, and strain into a martini glass or coupe.  Garnish with a basil leaf.

*Thai basil syrup: Mix together 1 cup of sugar and 1 of water in a 1 qt saucepan. Bring the mixture to about 170 degrees and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Let the mixture simmer and steep the about 12 leaves of thai basil in the sugar syrup for about 30 mins. Remove the basil leaves and store the syrup in a closed container for up to two weeks in a refrigerator.

Recipe courtesy Tony Burke, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

April 2016 News

Welcome to April!

Several Amazing Events This Month!

We have so many great events planned for April—there is bound to be one near you!  

In April, we'll be doing a dinner at Bastille in Alexandria to raise money for US Vets starting new careers as farmers.  We'll be at Monk's BBQ in Purcellville for a couple whisky events, one featuring oysters from War Shore Oyster Company (if you're local, this will be a not-to-miss!).  In western Faquier County, Scott will be bartending at the Ashby Inn (this should be amusing!).  

We'll also have our usual dinner at the distillery in April.  We're almost sold out on this ever-popular four-course dinner, so if you want to go in April, you'd probably want to get those reservations now.  This Saturday, Ron Barker, proprietor of Panacea/Cigar Volante is in the tasting room educating customers about his excellent cigars, a perfect pairing with Roundstone Rye whisky!

And yet, our biggest events in April are with Black's Restaurant Group...

 

April is Black's Restaurant Group Month!

Black's Restaurant Group

Republic, Black Salt, Black's Bar and Kitchen, Pearl Dive...

Black's Restaurant GroupIf you live in the DC area, you've probably been to one of the Black's Restaurant Group (BRG) properties. You'll find their restaurants all over Maryland and DC. In April, the good folks from BRG are coming to us!  And then, we're going to them!  The whole month will be a celebration of this wonderful collaboration between Catoctin and Black's.

To kick things off, the team at Black's Bar and Kitchen came out to the distillery on a frosty Monday morning and helped us bottle an entire barrel of their own private label whisky.  They hand-selected a barrel from our barn, and we bottled it as their house whisky. You can get this one-of-a-kind whisky starting in April.  If you're drinking rye at a restaurant in the Black's group, you're enjoying the finest local, single-barrel whisky!  Black's really puts their money where their mouth is, and focus their entire menu, including the beverage menu, on sourcing from the finest local purveyors.  From oysters to rye, from swiss chard to gin, you can be assured at Black's that your food and drinks represent the rich bounty of agriculture of the Mid-Atlantic.

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Black's Restaurant Group

The fun begins on Saturday, April 23rd.  The bartenders of Black's Bar and Kitchen will be taking over the tasting room in an ultimate Bartender Brawl! Each bartender will be showcasing one of their own hand-crafted cocktails, and you, the voting public, will get to choose which drink is best! Try all four and make your decision! We'll also be showcasing bar-bites from the chefs at Black's, so you can enjoy the day of fine cocktails and small bites. No cost to attend. Tastings and cocktails will be at normal prices. Come by and join in the fun! Reservations recommended for all that attend.

Then, on April 26th, Catoctin Creek takes over at Black's Bar and Kitchen!!  Scott, Becky and Chad will be on hand to pour tastings of Mosby's Spirit, 1757 Virginia Brandy, and the new private barrel Roundstone Rye!  There will be food from the Chefs, drinks from the bar, and lots of great raffles and prizes.  We'll even have some Kings Mountain on hand, and you might get a chance to get some of that too!  The entire event will raise money for the Black's Foundation, which supports food programs for undernourished kids in Washington DC.  Eat good, drink good, and do good at the same time!  

Come join us!!  Click here to reserve your spot now!

 

Upcoming Events

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:

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Dude, Who Stole My Bikeshare?

Dude, Where's My Bikeshare?

This cocktail wins in the category of "Best Name Ever!"  The drink is the creation of Fabian Malone, bartender at Alfie's on Georgia Avenue in the Petworth neighborhood in DC.  With a name like "Alfie's," you might expect an old-school Italian family restaurant, or even an American burgers and fries joint.  What you don't expect is a place with Thai food so authentic, you'd think you were on the streets in Bangkok. (The bartenders will cheerfully help you through the menu, if needed.)  Mix that with totally hip modern cocktails, a culturally diverse staff (just minutes north of Howard University), and banging Reggae on the house speakers, and you have a place that is quintessentially DC.  

Fabian's cocktail is as diverse as it's environs:  mixing cachaça, cardamom pods, pineapple, and of course, Roundstone Rye in a cocktail-- you get the feel of a tropical night in Phuket, where the rye actually plays the leading role as a replacement for rum!

I dunno, but after drinking a few of these, my head was spinning as fast as the Reggae.  God Bless the District!

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Avua Cachaça Prata
½ oz simple syrup
4 crushed cardamom pods
½ oz lime juice
2 dashes Bitter Truth aromatic bitters
1 oz pineapple juice
Pineapple wedge to garish

Combine the Roundstone Rye, Cachaça, lime and pineapple juices over ice in a shaker.  Break and crumble the cardamom pods into the shaker and cover with the simple to infuse them a little into the sugar.  Shake vigorously until foamy, and then double strain into a coupe, garnish with a wedge of pineapple.

Recipe courtesy Fabian Malone, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

March 2016 News

Welcome to March!

Celebrating Seven Years!

Family Shot at Catoctin CreekFebruary was a great month!  That's because seven short years ago, in February, our little Harris family began making whisky... at the very dawn of the craft spirits movement.  We were the first in Loudoun County, and still one of the best in Virginia!  Our spirits have been recognized the world over for their smooth and authentically hand-crafted quality.

I thank God for our blessings and successes along the way, and for being able to do what we love... bringing the finest in Virginia craft spirits to you! My how we've grown!

March means more Roundstone Rye for Down-Under!

March is here, and we now eagerly turn our eyes to Spring!  Daffodils, tulips, and cherry blossoms are all right around the corner!  

And as we look forward to the coming warmth, our good friends in Australia are hunkering down for autumn and the coming Australian winter.  In other words... whisky season!  In late January, we shipped a container full of whisky to our importer, Challenger Beverages.  For the past five weeks, the Spirit of Sydney cargo ship has been traversing the broad expanse of the Pacific Ocean (making its way through the Panama Canal at one point).  And after dodging a particularly nasty hurricane near Fiji, our whisky has landed in Sydney!

It's funny to think about it, but if you sit in a bar on the Gold Coast in Australia, you'll be just as able to get a dram of Roundstone Rye as if you were here in our native Virginia!

Cheers to Thinking Global!

Container bound for Australia 

Celtic Crowns + Cocktails - A Workshop for Makers

Alicia with crown

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, join us to create flower crowns with a Celtic vibe using both local and sourced blooms.  Julie Abrera of Beaumont House Design will be guiding you through making your own flower crown.  No flower experience needed. Julie will walk you through every step of transforming luscious flowers into a magnificent crown. All flowers, tools and supplies will be provided.

Scott Harris from Catoctin Creek Distillery will be serving up cocktails for the evening. Two are included in your ticket, but you've always got the option to purchase more - or just take home a delicious bottle for later!

Alicia Bruce of Love Knot Photo will be there taking photos of the event and providing a photo booth for you and your lassies to jump in and show off your creations!

All of the photos will be available for download within one week of the event, and are included in your ticket.

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St. Patrick's Day Whisky Dinner at the Wine Kitchen, Frederick

St. Patrick's Day Pug

Frank says... Join Scott and Becky in celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the Wine Kitchen in Frederick!

We'll have a sumptuous five course dinner paired with whiskey and drinks from Catoctin Creek.  Scott and Becky Harris, the founder and chief distiller of the distillery, will be on hand for casual conversation and to talk more about how we make our unique artisan spirits from hand!  Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all food and drinks.  Taxes and tips extra.

Read More | Menu

 

Upcoming Events

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:

  • March 2 - Whisky Wednesday - Join us this Wednesday at Jack Rose for free tastings of King's Mountain American Malt Whisky! FREE to attend
  • March 9 - Whisky Wednesday - Join us at Boss Shepherd's for more free tastings and whisky fun! FREE to attend
  • March 16 - Celtic Crowns + Cocktails - This workshop will teach you how to make crowns of flowers, plus two cocktails $45/pp
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Dinner at the Wine Kitchen - Celebrate St. Paddy's day with us at a five course meal at the Wine Kitchen ! $99/pp
  • March 19 - Bottling Workshop - Another great bottling workshop.  Learn to bottle and label your own bottle of Roundstone Rye! FREE to attend

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Killing Me Softly

Killing Me Softly

This cocktail was the feature dessert cocktail at our 2016 Valentine's Day Dinner at the distillery. It is sweet and bubbly, and perfect for a final night-cap.

1-2 oz of Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy (or Pearousia Pear Brandy, 1757 Grape Brandy, or Quarter Branch Apple Brandy, to taste)
1 oz of raspberry syrup (steep raspberries in equal parts sugar and water for several hours)
Sparking apple cider, Prosecco, Champagne, or Cava
Raspberries for garnish

Add one or two ounces of brandy to the bottom of a Champagne flute, along with an ounce of raspberry syrup. Top with chilled sparkling wine or cider, and garnish with one or two raspberries.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

February 2016 News

Join us for dinner on St. Valentine's Day!

Creme brulee

Bring that someone special in your life to an evening they'll not soon forget.  The evening begins with 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.

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. 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.  For more details, click here.

 

Kings Mountain Malt Whisky Release!

Kings Mountain

Coming February 20th! Our first ever American Malt Whisky! Brewed in collaboration with Heritage Brewing in Manassas, Virginia, this limited quantity whisky will be available on a special release day along with its sister beer, the Kings Mountain scotch ale, aged in Catoctin Creek whisky barrels! Only 344 bottles of the whisky were made.

This whisky is the purest expression of Heritage's Kings Mountain beer, and it is remarkable to see the close relationship between the whisky and the beer. There is a recognizable barley sweetness in the beer, and that carries through note-for-note in the whisky. The whisky is highly aromatic, and reminds one of fields of lavender on a bright sunny day. After the first sip, the whisky settles in at a very comfortable 92 proof, and the malty goodness lingers forever. It is a fine sipping whisky, made from a fine sipping beer.

The event will kick off at Magnolias in Purcellville, where Heritage will have a tap takeover. There, you can sample the beer, then mosey down the street to Catoctin Creek and pick up your bottle of Catoctin Creek Kings Mountain whisky. Both Scott and Sean, owners of the two companies, will be on hand to sign bottles, visit and answer questions.

For more information, click here.

 

Catoctin Wins at 2016 Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards 2016

January was very good to us! What a way to kick off 2016!  Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" was named a winner in the 2016 Good Food Awards.

The winners harken from 33 states, having risen to the top amongst 1,937 entries in a blind tasting with 203 judges held in September. The highest scoring entries were submitted to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Awards – with over two dozen ultimately disqualified. This year’s winners represent the forefront of American craft food, making products that are delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.

Accepting the award for Catoctin Creek was founder and chief distiller, Becky Harris.  "We are so happy to receive this Good Food Award," said Becky Harris. "This award is so special:  Not only are the products judged for taste and quality, but they are also judged for sustainability and how they're produced. We are thrilled to win on both taste and sustainability."

To read the full press release, click here.

 

Catoctin Creek Named in Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky America 2016

Icons of Whisky Awards 2016

Also in January, Whisky Magazine recently announced their Icons of Whisky awards, and in the American division, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was shortlisted for three of the awards:

  • Craft Producer of the Year
  • Master Distiller of the Year (Becky Harris)
  • Brand Ambassador of the Year (Chad Robinson)

"While we weren't ultimately selected for the final awards," remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery, "to be included in the shortlist among such great industry names is an honor indeed for which we're very proud!"

To read the full press release, click here.

  

Upcoming Events

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:

  • February 5 - Art of the Cocktail - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac and its kin $25/pp
  • February 12 - Art of the Cocktail - Prohibition, or the dawn of Moonshine in American culture - 1920 to present day $25/pp
  • February 14 - Valentine's Day Dinner - Bring that special someone to dinner at the distillery.  Four courses with cocktails! $99/pp
  • February 19 - Art of the Cocktail - Toddies and warm cocktails $25/pp
  • February 20 - Kings Mountain Release - Get yours, only 344 bottles produced of our first ever malt whisky! FREE to attend
  • February 26 - Art of the Cocktail - Early gin cocktails - Punch, Collins, Rickey and Ramos $25/pp
  • February 27 - Bottling Workshop - Another great bottling workshop.  Learn to bottle and label your own bottle of Roundstone Rye! FREE to attend

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Catoctin Cocktail!

Catoctin Cocktail

This is a variant on the classic "Canadian Cocktail" but is so much better when made with a 100% rye whisky. Mmmmm..... delicious, eh!

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky
1/2 oz Cointreau or triple sec
1/2 tsp superfine sugar
1 dash bitters (Peychauds is a good one)

In a shaker half filled with ice cubes, combine all the ingredients. Shake well, strain and pour into a cocktail glass.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

January 2016 News

Happy New Year!! 2016 is here!

The Team at Catoctin Creek

From the entire team at Catoctin Creek, we say:  "Happy New Year!!"

Wowee!  What a year it's been for us!  2015 had so many wonderful accomplishments, many more than we could list, but some of the highlights were:

  • Release of Rabble Rouser — Our four year old straight rye whisky sold out in an hour!  Don't worry, we'll have more in 2016.
  • Launch of Catoctin Creek into new markets — North Carolina, New Jersey, and Australia!
  • Delicious distillery dinners featuring Wandering Chef — If you haven't treated yourself to dinner, you're missing a really wonderful experience!
  • Amazing press from national sourcesFox News, ForbesWine Enthusiast, Foodable, Zagat and winning the RAMMY for Beverage Producer of the Year.
  • Wonderful support from our restaurant, bar, and off-premise partners — We are overjoyed at the continued support we receive from those retailers and restaurants who take the extra step to support small-batch artisanal spirits like ours.  It means everything to us!!  Thank you!
  • Wonderful support from our customers — People just like you!  We wouldn't be here without your support too!  Thank you!!

So, from our family to yours, we wish you the very best for 2016:  Peace, Joy, and Prosperity in the New Year!!

 

Vote for us in Best of Loudoun!

Best of Loudoun

It's that time of year when selections are made for the Best of Loudoun presented by the Loudoun Times-Mirror.

May we count on your vote and support?

Click on "Dining/Distillery" and Vote for Catoctin Creek Distillery. It's that easy!

Your support is appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Vote

 

Art of the Cocktail - An Educational Series

Monkey GlandEver wonder where the cocktail came from?

What were the primary influences of the early bartenders?

How did Prohibition affect the cocktail?

What spirits were widely available before/during/after Prohibition?

What's the difference between a fizz and a flip?

What exactly are vermouth/bitters/shrubs, anyway?

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, the first in a six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.

Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail! There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice. Lots of practice.

Here is the schedule of the series:

  • January 8 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 15 - NO CLASS - Scott is on travel
  • January 22 - Gin is in! Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 29 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • February 5 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 12 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 19 - Toddies and warm cocktails

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class. If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks. The cost is $25 per person and includes drinks. Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail.

Please click here to register.

 

War Shore Oysters and Catoctin Creek Cocktails!

War Shore Oyster Company

Virginia Oysters and Virginia Cocktails, a perfect pairing!


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!

Join us at the distillery on Saturday, January 9th, from 7pm to 9pm as Brad Blymier, founder of War Shore Oyster Company, and Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek, team up to pair the best local oysters with the best local cocktails!

The evening will include six oysters per person, paired with three cocktails. We'll also tour the distillery, and each guest will receive a souvenir shot glass. The cost is only $30 per person. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets now!

Please click here to register.

War Shore Oysters

 

Kings Mountain Whisky - Our first ever American Malt Whisky Release!

Kings Mountain

Our FIRST EVER American Malt Whisky!

Coming January 23rd! Our first ever American Malt Whisky! Brewed in collaboration with Heritage Brewing in Manassas, Virginia, this limited quantity whisky will be available on a special release day along with its sister beer, the Kings Mountain scotch ale, aged in Catoctin Creek whisky barrels! Only 344 bottles of the whisky were made.

This whisky is the purest expression of Heritage's Kings Mountain beer, and it is remarkable to see the close relationship between the whisky and the beer. There is a recognizable barley sweetness in the beer, and that carries through note-for-note in the whisky. The whisky is highly aromatic, and reminds one of fields of lavender on a bright sunny day. After the first sip, the whisky settles in at a very comfortable 92 proof, and the malty goodness lingers forever. It is a fine sipping whisky, made from a fine sipping beer.

The event will kick off at Magnolias in Purcellville, where Heritage will have a tap takeover. There, you can sample the beer, then mosey down the street to Catoctin Creek and pick up your bottle of Catoctin Creek Kings Mountain whisky. Both Scott and Sean, owners of the two companies, will be on hand to sign bottles, visit and answer questions.

Please click here for more information.

 

Upcoming Events

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:

  • January 1 - NEW YEARS DAY - We will be CLOSED.
  • January 8 - February 19 - Art of the Cocktail - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating classic cocktails of ages past. $25/pp
  • January 9 - War Shore Oysters & Cocktails - Join Scott and Brad for an evening of oysters and expertly paired cocktails! $30/pp
  • January 23 - Kings Mountain Release - Join us for a release party at Magnolia's at the Mill and Catoctin Creek for this first ever malt whisky release! FREE to attend
  • January 23 - Burns Dinner at Oatlands - Celebrate with us as we celebrate the National Poet of Scotland, Robert Burns, with whisky, great food, and song! $99/pp
  • January 30 - Bottling Workshop - Another great bottling workshop.  Learn to bottle and label your own bottle of Roundstone Rye! FREE to attend

And in February...

  • February 14 - Valentine's Day Dinner - Bring that special someone to dinner at the distillery.  Four courses with cocktails! $99/pp

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Vermilion Cocktail!

Vermilion #2

This cocktail was the featured Watershed Gin cocktail at Vermilion for their Catoctin Creek Autumn Cocktail Tasting event.  Head mixologist Jeff Faile created the cocktails to pair with small tapas bites for a wonderful evening of food and cocktails.

1 oz Watershed Gin
½ oz salted honey syrup
½ oz Yellow Chartreuse
½ oz fresh lemon juice
Lemon peel garnish

Combine the Watershed Gin, honey syrup, Chartreuse, and lemon in a shaker of ice.  Stir and strain into a coupe glass and garnish with lemon peel.

Cocktail courtesy Jeff Faile of Vermilion in Alexandria, Virginia.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

December 2015 News

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!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  

Roundstone at Christmas

 

Gift Items This Holiday Season

Stop by our tasting room this holiday season and pick up one of our exciting gift items for the holiday.  Spirits are the perfect gift for those fussy relatives who already have everything!  Give them something local, hand-crafted, and totally unique this year!

We have three-set gift packs of our flagship products:  Roundstone Rye, Mosby's Spirit, and Watershed Gin in cute little 200 mL bottles, all displayed in a handsome custom gift box.  We also have hand-wrapped gift baskets with your choice of spirits, glassware, and bar accessories like bitters and cocktail books.  We'll gladly make you a custom basket while you wait.  Finally, if you just can't decide, you can pick up a gift card for any amount at our store (or call us, we'll mail it to you).

There's pretty much something for anyone on your list!  Stop by soon and see for yourself!

Gift Ideas from Catoctin Creek

 

Roundstone Rye on Fox News

 

Fox NewsRoundstone Rye was highlighted as a whisky for the "whiskey snob" on your list.  For sure pick some up for your favorite snob, and grab a bottle for yourself too!

Catoctin Creek has become an institution in the small town of Purcellville, Va., where the distillery holds a place of honor on the town’s main street. But the company’s flagship Roundstone Rye is taking off way beyond its small-town roots.

Read the full story, and see the other spirits on their list, here.

 

 

The Art of the Cocktail - An Educational Series for January

Monkey GlandAn Educational Series by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery

Ever wonder where the cocktail came from?

What were the primary influences of the early bartenders?

How did Prohibition affect the cocktail?

What spirits were widely available before/during/after Prohibition?

What's the difference between a fizz and a flip?

What exactly are vermouth/bitters/shrubs, anyway?

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, the first in a six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.

Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Here is the schedule of the series, which starts in 2016:

  • January 8 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 15 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 22 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • January 29 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 5 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 12 - Toddies and warm cocktails

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is $25 per person and includes drinks.  Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail

For more information, click here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/events/1137-the-art-of-the-cocktail-an-educational-series-by-scott-harris

 

Our Final Dinner of the Year - A Holiday Feast!

Dinner at Catoctin Creek!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.

~ MENU ~

“Juniper, Spice and Everything Nice” Rubbed Pork Belly, Fennel and Apple, Cranberry-Citrus and Red Onion Chutney

Salad of Baby Greens and Spice Smoked Duck, “Mulled” Cider Vinaigrette, Gorgonzola, Toasted Walnuts and Raw Apples

Slow Roasted Beef Striploin, Potato gratin, Green Peppercorn Au Jus, Butter and Garlic Green Beans and Carrots

Our Version of Figgy Pudding

 

 

Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • December 5 - Bottling Workshop - Always free to public, and a fun morning of breakfast, bottling and tastings!  FREE!
  • December 11 - Dinner at the Distillery - Fine dining at the distillery.  Join Scott and Becky for a four-course dinner with cocktail pairings $99/pp
  • December 25 - CHRISTMAS DAY - We will be CLOSED.  We will be open all other days in December except the three Mondays before Christmas.
  • January 1 - NEW YEARS DAY - We will be CLOSED.
  • January 8 - February 19 - Art of the Cocktail - Join Scott for an informative and fun class celebrating classic cocktails of ages past. $25/pp
  • January 23 - Burns Dinner at Oatlands - Celebrate with us as we celebrate the National Poet of Scotland, Robert Burns, with whisky, great food, and song! $99/pp

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Roundstone in Broadbeach ... AUSTRALIA!

Rye Not Roundstone

Rory Lenihan, mixologist at Social Eating House and Bar, is now serving Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof".  Social Eating House is located in Broadbeach, on the Gold Coast in Australia, south of Brisbane.  

We must remember that although Winter is Coming here at home, in the Land of Oz, they're heading into high summer!  Hence this lovely tropical cocktail, mate!

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof"
½ oz Apricot brandy
¼ oz Banana liquor
¼ oz Lime infused brown sugar syrup
Whiskey aged barrel bitters

Combine ingredients and serve up in a cocktail glass with a lime peel.  

[Quantities above are my own estimation, but hopefully pretty close. Your mileage may vary.  Feel free to adjust proportions to your own liking.  And cheers! --Scott]

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

November 2015 News

Happy November! 

Welcome to November!  There is so much fun stuff lined up for the rest of this year, you won't want to miss out!  In an effort not to deluge your inbox, we decided to consolidate several emails into one this month, so here is a condensed list of our most popular workshops and events.  For a more detailed list of events, check out the complete list at http://catoctincreek.com/events

Click on the photos below for more information about each event.

Another Bottling Workshop!  

Bottling Workshop

Fall Dinner at the Distillery!  

Fall Dinner

Buncearoo Presents: Jared & the Mill!  

Jared & The Mill

 

Rabble Rouser released!

 

TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!

 

Rabble RouserRabble Rouser is the latest rye whisky offering from Catoctin Creek.  Distilled from 100% rye, and like the other whisky from Catoctin Creek, Rabble Rouser is a single barrel, hand-crafted whisky.  The Rabble Rouser differs from its cousin, Roundstone Rye, in that it is distilled at a lower proof, allowing lots of earthy goodness from the grain to come through in the spirit.  The whisky is aged for four years in Minnesota white oak barrel, twice the legal age requirement for "straight rye whiskey."  It is bottled at 100 proof.

"Where Roundstone Rye is sort of restrained, with lots of fruit and elegance, Rabble Rouser is more unruly and vivacious," says Scott Harris, founder of the distillery, "There's a burst of rich rye spice and sweet woodiness that dominates this whisky." 

"At four years old, Catoctin Creek is one of just a few craft distilleries producing rye whiskey of that age," says Jake Emen, who writes for Washington City Paper.

The Rabble Rouser straight rye whisky will be released in limited quantities into the Virginia, Maryland, DC, and New York markets.  

It will be released at the Purcellville distillery TODAY. If you miss this important release day, we will likely be sold out afterwards.  If you never want to miss another special release, you should consider joining our VIP Club.  Information on VIP Club may be found here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/vip-club

Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser Straight Whisky, 50% ABV, single barrel whisky distilled from 100% rye, 750ml, SRP $61.59.  While supplies last!

This whisky is dedicated to Allan Guy, treasured colleague and friend.

 

War Shore Oysters and Cocktail Pairing at the Distillery

War Shore Oyster BarBACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!

Join us at the distillery on Thursday, November 19, from 6:30pm to 8pm as Brad Blymier, founder of War Shore Oyster Company, and Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek, team up to pair the best local oysters with the best local cocktails!

The evening will include six oysters per person, paired with three cocktails.  We'll also tour the distillery, and each guest will receive a souvenir shot glass.  The cost is only $30 per person.  Space is limited, so purchase your tickets now!

Click here for more information:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/events/924-war-shore-oyster-and-cocktail-pairing

War Shore Oyster Bar 

 

Announcing the Art of the Cocktail Series

An Educational Series by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery

Ever wonder where the cocktail came from?

What were the primary influences of the early bartenders?

How did Prohibition affect the cocktail?

What spirits were widely available before/during/after Prohibition?

What's the difference between a fizz and a flip?

What exactly are vermouth/bitters/shrubs, anyway?

Catoctin Creek is proud to present, the first in a six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.

Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice.  Lots of practice.

Here is the schedule of the series, which starts in 2016:

  • January 8 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
  • January 15 - Gin is in!  Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
  • January 22 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
  • January 29 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
  • February 5 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
  • February 12 - Toddies and warm cocktails

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is $25 per person and includes drinks.  Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail

For more information, click here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/events/1137-the-art-of-the-cocktail-an-educational-series-by-scott-harris

 

Upcoming Events

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:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Walnut Old Fashioned

Walnut Old Fashioned

One sip of this cocktail and you'll be thinking, "Thank God, Fall is here!"  This recipe is a version of the cocktail created by Paul Taylor at Southern Efficiency, for the Smithsonian "Mind of a Critic" event held in October.  We love the use of the Nocino from Don Ciccio, a DC-based distillery producing liqueurs from old family recipes from the Amalfi coast in Italy.

2 oz Roundstone Rye whisky
½ oz honey syrup*
½ oz Don Ciccio Nocino (walnut liqueur)
Dash of Angostura aromatic bitters

Combine the ingredients in a rocks glass with a big ice cube, stirring gently.

*Honey Syrup
Combine equal parts local honey and hot water. Stir to combine and store for up to three months in the refrigerator.

Recipe courtesy Paul Taylor of Southern Efficiency.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

October 2015 News

October is here! 

Welcome to October!  We have lots of exciting things happening in October, not least of which is the release of two very special cask proof expressions of Roundstone Rye... 

2015 Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Releases - TWO Amazing Expressions

We are very proud to announce the release of two of our newest expressions of Roundstone Rye Cask Proof!  The Roundstone Rye has won gold medals from San Francisco to New York to London, and was recently called a “huge rye” and “great fun” in the 2015 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.  And now, we have two versions to share at cask proof.

Cask Proof 2015 ReleasesThe first expression is our Roundstone Rye "Maple Finished" Cask Proof, where we've taken those old maple-syrup barrels from the Langdon Wood maple syrup that we sell in our tasting room, and we re-filled them with whisky.  The result is not cloying or sweet, but a smooth maple flavor that blends perfectly into the whisky, and a maple finish that goes on, and on, and on, and on...  Only 26 cases will be available in the tasting room for sale!  

The second expression is our Roundstone Rye "Peach Brandy Finished" Cask Proof, where we've taken one of our spent peach brandy barrels and finished the whisky in that barrel.  In this case, again, the subtle fruitiness of the peach comes into the mid-palate, and a sweet peachy finish closes out the whisky.  Only 8 (yes, EIGHT) cases are available in the tasting room for sale!  This one will absolutely sell out right away, so please get yours ASAP to ensure you get some.

Both whisky expressions will also be released in limited quantities into the Maryland, DC, and California markets.  Be sure to check our Whiskey Wednesday in DC schedule for your chance to get a free tasting of these newest expressions!  Details, here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/events/1118-introducing-whisky-wednesdays-with-catoctin-creek

Roundstone Rye Cask Proof will be released at the Purcellville distillery on September 23 for VIP members and Saturday, Oct. 10 for the general public.  Information on VIP Club may be found here:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/vip-club

What: Catoctin Creek Cask Proof Release
Where:

Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia

When:

VIP ONLY:  Sept. 23, 1pm

General Public: Oct. 10, 12pm

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" Whisky, 59.8% ABV, whisky distilled from 100% rye, 750ml, SRP $89.90.  While supplies last!

 

Catoctin Creek wins another Gold Medal in New York!

NYC Gold 2015We were awarded a gold medal for its Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" whisky in the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition.

"We are absolutely delighted by this award, from one of the most respected spirits judging competitions on the planet," remarked Scott Harris, founder and general manager of the distillery.  "New York has always been the center of our cultural universe, and it is wonderful to get this recognition from an internationally-respected organization!"

Despite its small size, the small Purcellville distillery has seen distribution expanding rapidly in the last five years, sending its spirits to New York, California, and internationally.

The New York World Wine and Spirits Competition is one of the largest competitions for the retail beverage industry in the world and has attracted top professional Judges from restaurants, bars and clubs, food and beverage buyers, USBG Mixologists, Educators, Beverage Directors, Columnists, Writers, Sommeliers and Chefs. All Judges will follow and utilize a proven numerical evaluation system that will promote reliable and consistent results.

For more information about the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, see www.nyworldwineandspiritscompetition.com

 

Malt Imposter does a CrAzY review of our rye!

Catoctin Creek 3, White Wine Cask Rye

Those zany guys at Malt Impostor are at it again, this time, reviewing The Single Cask Nation Catoctin Creek 3 Year Old Rye Whisky.  The reviews are always crazy, but I think he liked it:

On the scale of the greatest players on the Phoenix Suns— The SCN Catoctin Creek 3 Year Old Rye Whisky (White Wine Cask) is Charles Barkley–Though he only played for a few years, he was nevertheless the league MVP on a team he led to the NBA Finals in 1992-93. Also, he was never, in any way, turrible.

Read the full review, here.

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a few really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Cucumber Collins

 

Autumnal Equinox

Now that autumn is here, let's celebrate with an appropriate cocktail!  The equinox is that special time in the calendar when the length of day and night are exactly equal across all the globe. This only happens at the beginning of spring and now, at autumn. From here on out in the northern hemisphere, our nights will be longer than our days as we slide into autumn and winter.

With that in mind, here is a cocktail from Chad Robinson made just for the season.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
1 oz Cocci Americano vermouth
½ oz Fall shrub*
Sage and sliced apple garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker of ice, and strain into a rocks glass with one or two large cubes. Garnish with an apple slice and a leaf of sage.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

September 2015 News

September is Brandy Month!

Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy 

At Catoctin Creek, brandy is a spirit that we've enjoyed making since we started the distillery in 2009.  And although other spirits such as whiskey, mezcal, rum, and even cachaça have seen much interest in high-end cocktail bars, brandy remains relatively unknown by the general public.  

Therefore, it was very cool to see the article in Eater on a "Beginner's Guide to Brandy."  The fabulous Jake Emen does a great story breaking down the types of brandy found worldwide.  A wonderful Brandy 101 for beginners:

"The only times I really hear brandy referenced, it's the most generic, cliché image of a stuffy old white man in a smoking jacket with a snifter by a fireplace drinking some unpronounceable French brandy," says Chad Robinson, an all-around brandy enthusiast, and brand ambassador for Catoctin Creek, a Virginia distillery which produces a range of brandies, in addition to whiskey and gin. Yes, brandy can be enjoyed in that form and fashion. But no, that's not all there is to it.

Read the full story, here.  

Autumn is brandy season, so come on by the distillery, and pick up a bottle of any one of our available types of brandy:  1757 Virginia Brandy (from grapes), Pearousia pear brandy, Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy, and Quarter Branch Apple Brandy.  Presently, we have all four varieties available for sale today.  Come and see us soon!

 

Epicurience Weekend!  Join us in the VIP tent or at Patowmack Farm.

Cork Wine Bottle

Catoctin Creek will be participating in two wonderful events this year at Epicurience.  We hope to see you at one of them!

Epicurience Virginia Opening Night Chefs Dinner - September 4th

Enjoy an idyllic setting with country cuisine, a selection of award-winning beverages and live music at the "State Fair" event that marks the start of Epicurience Virginia 2015, which celebrates the best in food and wine.  The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, one of Loudoun's Destination Restaurants and farms, will be your host. Meet and enjoy the offerings of these nationally and regionally celebrate chefs: Tarver King, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm - Loudoun County, VA Bryan Voltaggio, Volt and Family Meal - Frederick County, MD & Loudoun County, VA Justin Severino, Cure - Pittsburgh, PA Tim Ma, Water & Wall - Arlington, VA Jason Lage, Market Table Bistro & Market Burger - Loudoun County, VA Scott Harris, Catoctin Creek Distillery - Loudoun County, VA Loudoun Wine Award Gold Medal Winners   Get tickets here

VIP Chef's Plates and Cocktail Pairings by Catoctin Creek - September 5th

Catoctin Creek Distillery will be offering VIP Guests an exclusive cocktail sampling in the VIP tent all day long!  Stroll through the vendors at the Grand Tasting, and when you're ready, pop into the VIP tent for live music, a sampling of great fare from local Virginia chefs, wines from Virginia wineries, and cocktails by Catoctin Creek!  The VIP tent is an exclusive ticket, so you must get that ticket in advance, here.  The complete schedule of events is here.

Epicurience

 

Catoctin Creek Week in New York City!  September 8-11

Hey, New York!  Scott Harris, the founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek Distillery, will be touring around New York the second week in September!  If you live in the New York City or Brooklyn areas, please be sure not to miss a chance to meet Scott and chat with him.  He's super nice, and is happy to spend some time over a dram (or two, or three!) talking about how he and Becky started the distillery, what it's like to be a craft distiller, what goes into the making of our products, and just about anything else you'd like to ask!  (Why do we spell whisky without an 'e'?  What's the deal with being eco-ganic?  How did the name Roundstone come to be?) 

For the full schedule of events during the week, click here.  Be sure to check out at least one of these, and spread the word!!  And if you're a restaurant, bar, liquor store, or other such venue, please reach out to us and let us know if you'd like Scott to stop by for a visit!  He'll have time during the day to make some visits, so let us know ASAP if you'd like to see him!

 

In the News...

We have a nice profile of the distillery at The Dominion Collective.  Joe Fitzpatrick does a pretty comprehensive piece, for example, this quote on why we chose to be eco-ganic:

For us, eco-ganic really is the starting point of historical accuracy. One hundred years ago, they didn’t have herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. It was eco-ganic production; they just didn’t call it that. We felt that eco-ganic was more historically accurate with the way the spirit would  taste, and it helps support sustainable farming and, generally speaking, gives smaller farmers that are seeking a high-value means of income for their crops. So we like the whole circle of life, crunchy granola kind  of message too. But when it comes down to it, we like the taste, and the taste of the eco-ganic grain is super clean and doesn’t have any of the residues or off notes you would taste in a spirit that has been treated with these chemicals.

Read the full story, here.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a few really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

  • September 4 - Marie Miller and Jesse Ruben, LIVE! - The fun continues with Buncearoo in September!
  • September 4 - Epicurience Market at Patowmack Farm - Join Scott and Becky with local wineries, and James Beard nominated chefs like Tim Ma, Bryan Voltaggio, Jason Lage, and Tarver King for a sampling of wonderful Virginia fare.
  • September 5 - Epicurience Grand Tasting VIP Tent - Join Scott and Becky as we pour signature cocktails in the VIP tent.
  • September 8-11 - Catoctin Creek Week in New York - Scott will be touring around New York City and Brooklyn.  Come meet him while he's there!
  • September 12 - Whiskey Dinner at Aldie Mill - Now in our fifth year, by the time you read this, it's probably already sold out, but CHECK AND SEE!!  It is a must do bucket-list event!
  • September 18 - Dinner at the Distillery - Now in our second year, join us for a delicious four-course seasonal dinner and paired cocktails.
  • September 19 - Bottling Workshop - Another great opportunity to bottle whisky, get a personal tour from Scott & Becky, and get breakfast and a free tasting too!
  • September 25 - Alanna Royale and friends, LIVE! - Wow, the Buncearoo fun just keeps on keeping on!  Seriously, if you've not checked out a concert at Catoctin Creek, you're truly missing out!

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Cucumber Collins

 

Cucumber Collins

DrinkTonight is an absolutely amazing Instagram account based in DC, and featuring fantastic cocktail recipes with various local spirits.  They really enjoy our Watershed Gin, and have featured it four times int he recent past.  I am grateful too that they have graciously allowed me to cross post their beautiful photos and cocktail recipes here for you so share.  Find them on Instagram at www.instagram.com/drinktonight.

A simple juice + spirit drink is necessary after a long, hot draining DC weekend. This is not a strong cocktail at all, and just a touch of gin is needed to cut some of the sweetness of the apple juice.

1 oz Watershed Gin
Juice of one entire granny smith apple
Juice of half a cucumber
Juice of half a lime

Combine the juices and gin, and serve over ice.  Garnish with slices of lime and cuke.

Recipe and photo by DrinkTonight, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

August 2015 News

Welcome to August!

August-Cocktails

Greetings, Catoctin Creek Nation!  August is now upon us, and we've changed up the cocktails again in the tasting room!  Going with the "Dog Days of Summer" theme, our August cocktails are all inspired by those hot evenings at the community pool, sipping on lemonade, picnics, and other rituals of late summer.

Enjoy the Pink Side of the Moon, a creative take on pink lemonade, the Big Quench, a lime based cocktail, and Blue is the new Orange, a fun blueberry cocktail.  By popular demand, we also have the return of some Catoctin Creek classics, like the Bloody Mosby, the Horse's Neck, and the Gin & Tonic.  

Of course, if cocktails aren't your thing, we still have flights of whiskey, brandy, gin and moonshine!  We have also introduced a line of custom non-alcoholic sodas, using Element Shrubs as the base. Next time you're in, you can try a Lemon Mint soda, or a Blueberry Rosemary soda, to name a couple!  So even your designated driver (or children) will get a crafted artisan experience!  There's something for everybody!

Come see us soon!!

Apple Brandy is HERE!!!!

 Apple Brandy

We are thrilled to announce that our first batch of Catoctin Creek Apple Brandy is now available for sale!  Only 336 bottles were made, so this one will go pretty fast!  You can pick up your limited edition, hand-numbered bottles at our tasting room during normal business hours!

Our apple brandy is sourced from local Virginia apples, and done in collaboration with Blue Bee Cidery in Richmond.  We've been working on this project for several years now, so we are delighted that we finally have some available to sell!  Come and get yours soon, while it lasts!  If you're unsure, come in and ask for it as one of your tasting options, and you can try it before you buy it!

We also still have a very small amount of Roundstone Rye "CASK PROOF" available, but only 12 bottles or so.  So if you want that, you better get that soon, because we won't make any more for the rest of this year.

 

Catoctin Creek featured in the new Whole Foods in Ashburn, Virginia!

Whole Foods

Whole Foods just opened a new store in Ashburn, Virginia, just about 10 miles from us here in Purcellville, and in it, they've launched a new concept:  a local-only pub!  That's right, you can go to get groceries, and stop by for a well made Manhattan, Sazerac or Gin Fizz.  What's more, they're only featuring locally made spirits, like Catoctin Creek, Copper Fox, and Mt. Defiance.  So when you get your cocktail, it's like visiting a remote tasting room for all these great local distilleries.  They also have beer from Old Ox, and a few other surprises!  So definitely, go check them out and give them some love while you fill your grocery basket!

 

Now in North Carolina!

Roundstone Rye

Catoctin Creek is now available in North Carolina, and will soon be available at fine restaurants, bars, and retail ABC stores throughout the state.

"We are thrilled to continue our east-coast expansion in the United States," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "Since our inception in 2009, we have received numerous and consistent requests from people in North Carolina to purchase our products.  We felt the time was finally right to begin to supply our neighboring state."

North Carolina is one of the sixteen "control states" where liquor sales are controlled by the state government.  Distribution in North Carolina will be achieved through a partnership between Catoctin Creek and Southern Wine and Spirits Mid-Atlantic, which brokers the distillery's sales in the state.  The first product selected for distribution in North Carolina is the distillery's most popular and internationally award winning rye whisky, Catoctin Creek eco-ganic Roundstone Rye, 40% ABV, SRP $45.   Other products will be available on a special-order basis.

For more information on Roundstone Rye, see:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/products/roundstone

For more information on our North Carolina distribution, see:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/wheretobuy-nc

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a few really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

And in September, a few more:

  • September 2 - Four course dinner at Vermillion - Meet Scott and Becky and enjoy hand-crafted cocktails by Jeff Faile at this great Alexandria restaurant.
  • September 4 - Marie Miller and Jesse Ruben, LIVE! - The fun continues with Buncearoo in September!
  • September 12 - Whiskey Dinner at Aldie Mill - Now in our fifth year, by the time you read this, it's probably already sold out, but CHECK AND SEE!!  It is a must do bucket-list event!
  • September 18 - Dinner at the Distillery - Now in our second year, join us for a delicious four-course seasonal dinner and paired cocktails.
  • September 25 - Alanna Royale and friends, LIVE! - Wow, the Buncearoo fun just keeps on keeping on!  Seriously, if you've not checked out a concert at Catoctin Creek, you're truly missing out!

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Double Barrel

Double Barrel

This cocktail comes to us from Chris Grimm at Horse and Flower.  The cocktail is attributed to George J. Kappeler, 1900. A "nice, serious cocktail."

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof"
1½ oz Carpano Antica red vermouth
1½ oz Noilly Prat extra dry vermouth
1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
1-2 dashes orange bitters

Combine all over ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Photo and cocktail courtesy Chriss Grimm and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

July 2015 News

Happy 4th of July from Catoctin Creek!!!!

American Flag Spirits

Catoctin Creek would like to wish each and every one of you a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!  We will be OPEN FOR BUSINESS during the holiday.  Tours and tastings are from 12pm to 7pm on Saturday.  Please stop by to get out of the heat and grab some refreshments before heading out to your favorite fireworks show or holiday cookout!  To reserve your spot, click here!

What better way to celebrate our nation's independence than with a bottle of hand-crafted Virginia rye whisky or gin?!  God Bless America, indeed!

 

Announcing the Catoctin Creek Music Festival — Sunday, July 19!

 Catoctin Creek Music Festival

We are thrilled to announce our first ever music festival at Catoctin Creek!  Four amazing bands will perform throughout the day on Sunday, July 19th, from 12pm to 8pm.  Tickets are only $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and give you access to the entire day of music!  The tasting room will be open during the show, so you can get tastings at the bar for normal prices.  You'll be seated in the distillery for the shows, and free to come and go with your CCDC wristband.

Click Here to Book Now

We'll also have food available for the day from Sexi Mexi food truck ... So really, what else were you planning on doing that's as cool as this on a Sunday afternoon?!

Here's the line-up of artists:

This concert will prove to be one of the best in local music to hit Western Loudoun, featuring styles ranging from Bluegrass, Rock, Indie-Goth-Bluegrass (seriously?! yeah!!), and New Orleans/Dixieland Jazz.  Don't miss this great day to get out of the heat, slip into the cool AC, sip a delicious cocktail, and enjoy the show!

 

Roundstone Rye Reviewed in Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast July 2015

We were delighted to receive a review in the recent issue of Wine Enthusiast for Roundstone Rye. The bottle reviewed was submitted over 2 years ago, so we almost forgot completely about it. Since then, the whisky has gotten older and more complex, having the benefit of aging in our off-premise barn/rickhouse. The newest bottles being sold today... well, we just keep getting better!

89 - Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye (USA; Catoctin Creek Distilling, Purcellville, VA). This single-barrel whiskey is made from 100% rye and aged for less than two years. In the glass, it has an orange-amber hue and aroma that melds oak, malt and vanilla. On the palate, vanilla leads, with oakiness winding into a baking-spice finish. A good match for Manhattans.

You can read the full review, here, or click the image at right.

 

Guest Bartender of the Month — Chad Robinson

Chad Robinson

Join us in welcoming Chad Robinson as our guest bartender in July!  Chad will be slinging the cocktail shakers behind the bar on Saturday, July 11, from noon til dusk.  If you don't already know, Chad is the Catoctin Creek brand ambassador, usually traveling up and down the east coast to represent Catoctin Creek.  On the side, he loves to do a bit of bartending.  An expert on cocktails, Chad has been a vital part of educating the public on old classics like punches, toddies, and fizzes.  This month, Chad will be doing various takes on the classic highball (a basic mixture of soda and spirits).  

Cocktail tastings will be served all day, and Chad will be on hand to chat and answer questions about his creations.  While you're there, be sure to ask him about the history of cocktails and soak up some of that massive drinking knowledge that he has!  It's an opportunity you don't want to miss!

Chad behind the bar

 

Catoctin Creek wins 2015 RAMMY for Best Food and Beverage Producer in DC!

Rammys Winner

Catoctin Creek got big news in June as we were awarded the RAMMY for best regional food and beverage producer in Washington DC.  The RAMMYS are the Washington DC area's biggest food awards, with the awards selected each year by a panel of judges at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.  Also nominated in the category were finalists: DC Brau Brewing Company, Dolci Gelati, Early Mountain Vineyards, and New Columbia Distillers.

"We are so incredibly honored by this award," said Scott Harris, co-founder of the distillery.  "The first person I must thank is my wife, Becky, who gets up every morning to make the whisky.  Just as importantly, I wish to thank all of the restaurants in the DC area who support what we do by buying our products.  There's no place quite like DC for supporting local liquor!  We are truly thankful!"

Scott and Becky at the RAMMY Awards

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a bunch of really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Founder's Julep

Founder's Julep

This cocktail was the second of two created for the History of Drinking lectures at the National Archives.

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
½ Smith & Cross Jamaica Rum
¾ oz Henriques & Henriques Finest Dry Madeira
½ rich simple syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters
5 sprigs fresh mint

Gently muddle the leaves of 3 mint sprigs with the simple syrup in a julep cup. Drag leaves around the cup to coat the inside, then discard leaves. Add other ingredients and fill halfway with crushed ice, jiggle. Finish by heaping crushed ice into a rounded cone sticking out of the top of the cup. Garnish with 2 fulsome sprigs of mint sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Courtesy JP Fetherston, bartender at Southern Efficiency.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

June 2015 News

June is RAMMYS Month!

Rammys Finalist

We were very honored to be named a finalist in the category of Beverage Producer for the RAMMY 2015 awards!  Think of the RAMMYS as the awards for all things restaurants, food and drink in Washington DC.  Sponsored by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), the RAMMYS are most important to us because they are acknowledgement from our peers in the industry. 

The big gala, including the announcement of the winners, will be at the Convention Center on June 7th.  Wish us luck!!

Learn more about the RAMMYS, here.

 

Our New Jingle!!  By Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders!

Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders 

We were so pleased this week when Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders (pictured above) dropped off a little present they've been working on for the past year.  They created a jingle for us!!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

Oh, how I love this new jingle!  It so perfectly captures the fun energy that we hope to bring to every party.  We hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share!

Don't forget to check out Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders for more information about the band!

Written, arranged and performed by Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders (Lisa Taylor, Les Thompson & Stephanie Thompson)
With special guests Seth Kibel on clarinet and Rick Reaves on trombone
Recorded and engineered by Dustin Delage at Cabin Studios, Leesburg VA

 

Catoctin Creek on the Radio!  Listen to us on Foodie and the Beast

Federal News Radio

Last weekend, we were invited back to appear on Foodie and the Beast on Federal News Radio.  Nycci and David had the finalists in the Beverage Producers category (ourselves, DC Brau, New Columbia, and Early Mountain Vineyards) on the show to talk about the RAMMYs and what it meant to each of us to be nominated for the award.

We slung the cocktail shaker to pour our signature cocktail for the gala, The Devil and His Wife.  It was a great show! You can hear the show on their site, here, or download the podcast, here.

Foodie and the Beast

 

Roundstone Rye on Whiskey Cats Podcast

The Whiskey Cats are a team of three boisterous ladies who gather and consume various whiskies and tell us about it on their podcast.  This week's show has them tasting two ryes, our own Roundstone Rye, and a rye from Oregon called Finn's.  Both are produced very similarly, but it's fun to listen to how different the two spirits are.

Listen to the podcast on Soundcloud by clicking here.

Whiskey Cats

 

New in the Tasting Room — Chocolate Tastings and New Cocktails!

Cocktails

New Chocolates and Cocktails

Our entire tasting menu has been revamped for June.  Cocktails now include the Front Porch Sipper and the Hibiscus Colada, among others.  Come in and try our newest cocktails designed with summer in mind.  Cool, refreshing, and delicious!  Find out more, here.

We've also added a new spirits / chocolate truffle pairing menu.  You can try some new chocolates from The Perfect Truffle in Frederick, Maryland, which have been thoughtfully paired with three of our spirits, only $15 for the combined spirits / chocolate tasting!  And, of course, if you like the spirits or the chocolates, we can send you home with a bottle or a box of chocolates... or both!

 

Upcoming Events

June is a funny month, full of travel and some lobbying on Capitol Hill, so we have relatively few events this month:

  • June 12 - Wandering Chef Dinner - Our monthly four course dinner with cocktail pairings.  Get a private tour of the distillery and an amazing dinner.
  • June 27 - Bottling Workshop - Ever popular, and always sold out... come learn how to bottle whisky and get a free tasting and breakfast!

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Devil and His Wife

The Devil and His Wife

"The devil's beating his wife" is a Southern saying to describe the weather when it is simultaneously raining and the sun is shining.  Figuring that the cocktail is a derivative of the New Orleans classic rum drink, the hurricane, we kept with the weather theme, but added a bit of a Virginia twist.  (Pawpaws are native to Virginia.)

This is the Catoctin Creek feature cocktail of the RAMMYS 2015 gala in Washington DC.

Pawpaw1 oz Roundstone Rye
1 oz Mosby's Spirit
1½ oz pawpaw syrup*
½ oz orange juice
½ oz lime juice
½ oz grenadine*
Orange wedge for garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the cocktail for about 30 seconds. Pour into a hurricane glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Pawpaw syrup - Mix 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 2 cups of paw paw pulp in a saucepan. Stir constantly to keep the pawpaw from scorching on the bottom of the pan. Once all the sugar is dissolved, strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve to strain out more of the solids. Add a ½ oz of Mosby's Spirit to help preserve the syrup. Store for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Grenadine - Mix equal parts pomegranate juice and sugar in a saucepan. Turn the heat on low and stir to combine until all the sugar is dissolved. Store for two weeks in the refrigerator. You may also buy it in the store but isn't it more fun to make your own? Alternative recipes call for pomegranate molasses, vanilla extract and other additives, but I prefer to KISS it. (Keep it simple, stupid)

Cocktail recipe courtesy of Chad Robinson.  Pawpaw photo copyright Clarknova on Wikipedia; unrestricted use permitted.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

May 2015 News

Welcome to May!  What a journey so far!

The Harris Family, 2010The following is an excerpt from the Visit Loudoun Blog, where, this month, Scott is making a guest appearance telling the story of how he and Becky started Catoctin Creek.  We hope you enjoy... 

Wow.  Six years.  I can hardly believe it.  Time flies so quickly. 

Six years ago, I was sitting at my desk in a windowless office, underneath the unflattering fluorescent tubes of a Fairfax-based government contractor.  I was working on the sixth revision of a Powerpoint package--my boss was ridiculously finicky--doing a presentation for a customer whom I knew would never even see my slides.

"This is the worst," I told myself.  "There has got to be more to life than this."

I was turning forty.  And I was trapped.  I felt confined in my prison, and I couldn't figure out how to escape.  I wanted to be productive; I wanted to do something that mattered.

But what?  My mind continually wandered back to 1985, when I was a fifteen-year-old intern working in a winery.  That was a cool job.  You got to pick the grapes, press the grapes, ferment them, bottle them, and then serve them to the public.  At the end of the process, you held something in your hand, and it was good.  I wanted that kind of purposeful life again.

By 2009, after twenty years of government contracting, I had become a great lover of drinking.  Wineries were everywhere in Loudoun County.  What could I do that was different?  I decided to start a distillery.

I knew nothing about it at the time.  It was just a pipe dream.  But I had several things going for me:  First, my wife, Becky, and I had saved money all our careers.  We didn't come into our marriage with money, but we worked our butts off and saved every dime.  That would be important capital if we started a new venture.

Second, my wife.  Becky was my secret weapon.  Becky graduated with an honors degree in chemical engineering.  She knew about industrial processes.  She knew how to distill.  She was comfortable with mass production and quality control.  So when I brought the idea to her of starting a distillery, her reaction was a casual, "Yeah, I know how to do that."  Then she added, "But first, you gotta write a business plan."

That was my third big advantage, which I never realized was an advantage.  Twenty years in government contracting had taught me to be a very good businessman.  I could manage budgets, do project planning, manipulate spreadsheets, write large technical documents, do government proposals, and had all the tools that would be needed to get us off the ground. 

And so we started.  Long story short, by July 2009, we had obtained SBA financing for a business plan solely on paper, in the worst economic market in a generation!  It was miraculous!  "God wants us to make whisky!" we told ourselves.  By January 2010, we were distilling the first legal alcohol in Loudoun County since Prohibition.

When I fast-forward to today, April 2015, I boggle at where we've come.  Catoctin Creek, which started as a two person operation in a small warehouse in north Purcellville, is now a truly international brand.  We have over twenty employees, and sell in Germany, London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and in the United States from Boston to Georgia, from Nashville to San Francisco.  All from our little factory on Main Street in Purcellville.

It has been quite a journey.  And to what do I attribute our success?  Prior planning and hard work.  There is no luck.  As my father always told me, you work hard, and you make your luck.  Every single day, we arise at 5:00AM and begin work at 6:00AM at the distillery.  And when the production day is done, around 4:00PM, our day is only half over.  Most nights, we then transition to "evening mode" heading off to events throughout the Washington DC area, where we promote our brand and meet our customers.  If we get into bed by midnight, that's a good night, and we start it all over again the next day. 

But we love every minute of it, and I couldn't think of ever going back to that Powerpoint job.

It's a good life so far!

 

Roundstone Rye CASK PROOF Available in May!!

Roundstone Rye Cask Proof

Gold Medal – Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof", #7 finisher in category
– Wizards of Whisky World Awards 2015

Score: 88.5 "A truly huge rye... Through a combination of sheer delicious belligerence and chutzpah has your taste buds swooning. Great fun!"
– Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014

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We are very happy to announce that Catoctin Creek's Roundstone Rye CASK PROOF is once again available in the month of May!  The product goes on sale on Sunday, May 10th to our VIP members.  Then, on Sunday, May 24th, it will go on sale to the general public.

This version of Cask Proof is two years old, batch number B15E2, and has a beautiful nose on it of rich caramel and wood spice, and is viscous and lovely in the mouth, with the characteristic sweet, smooth fruitiness that Roundstone Rye has become known for.  And at 120 proof, that's some potent stuff!!

Look for it to be released in limited quantities in the Maryland, Delaware, and DC markets.  Ask your favorite retailer to order it from Bacchus.  In New York, your retailers can pick it up from Blueprint Brands, our New York distributor.  And in Virginia, it is available in limited quantities through Virginia ABC stores (ask your clerk to order #952820). 

Of course, it is most easily obtained at the distillery, on May 24th for the general public.  Better line up, because only a couple hundred bottles are available nationwide, so this one will disappear quickly!

750ml only, 120 proof (+/-), $89.90.

 

Roundstone Throwdown!

Roundstone Throwdown 2015

Last year we had a wonderful group of bartenders from all over our area show off their skills each month for our Tasting Room Takeover series, which featured such talent as Trevor Frye of Jack Rose Dining Saloon and Jamie Imhof of Wildwood Kitchen. To kick off our 2015 series, we're debuting a special primetime pay-per-view event: Roundstone Throwdown - Battle of the Beltways!

In a Roundstone Throwdown, two challengers go head-to-head to determine who makes the best Roundstone Rye cocktail! For our Roundstone Throwdown premiere on Monday, May 18, we'll pit DC favorite JP "Pretty Boy" Fetherston of Southern Efficiency against Baltimore's beloved Doug "The Thug" Atwell of Rye in Fells Point. The two cocktail Goliaths will battle in an epic face-off to decide which city serves superior sips! Your votes decide the outcome! You won't want to miss it!

The Roundstone Throw Down will occur at the distillery, at 7:30pm on Monday, March 18th. It's the battle of Charm City versus Capital City! Both bartenders will provide a cocktail of their own design, and you'll get to judge the winner... after much "research", of course! The cost is $20 admission, VIPs attend for free. Sign up today, as space is limited!

Cocktail Event

 

New in the Tasting Room

Element Shrubs

Shrubs, Bitters, and Soaps... (oh, my!)

We have several new products in the tasting room, including some wonderful soaps made with our whisky and gin, whisky-infused coffee beans, delicious pickles and relish from Gordy's Pickle Jar in DC, hand-crafted bitters from DC Embitterment, and our newest addition, artisan shrubs (for cocktails) from Element shrubs.  These 375mL bottles make a great base for cocktails and homemade flavored sodas.  Try a free sample this weekend.  Don't be afraid to ask any of our brand ambassadors for a little taste!

Wandering Chef Lunch

Saturday Lunch Service in our Tasting Room

You asked for it... you got it!  We now offer a Saturday lunch service in our tasting room, provided by the Wandering Chef.  The menu changes each weekend, but last week's menu included:

  • Herb and lemon hummus with toasted pita or vegetable crudites
  • Feta cheese dip with roasted peppers
  • Chilled tomato gazpacho, pickled shrimp and crostini
  • Braised meatball sliders with pesto and pasta salad
  • Chicken breast panini with a roasted onion goat cheese spread
  • Sponge cake and fresh fruit compote "trifle"

Sounds like the perfect accompaniment to a flight of spirits or cocktails!  Come join us this weekend!

 

Pat McGee Visits Catoctin Creek

Pat McGee and Roundstone Rye

We were very honored to have Pat McGee kick off his CD release party at Catoctin Creek Distillery last month.  In case you missed it, Pat played a sold-out show to an audience of adoring fans.  Word on the street is that Pat is a fan too, of our Roundstone Rye whisky!

Everyone who attended the concert got a chance to meet and talk with Pat McGee, and went home with a belly full of good spirits and a heart full of songs.

For more great events like this, including more concerts, please check out our events page!

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a bunch of really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

  • May 8 - Smithsonian at 8 - Join us in DC to celebration of the history of the local area at the Carnegie Library.
  • May 8 - Buncearoo Presents Matt Duke and Andrea Nardello - Enjoy another great house concert with Buncearoo.
  • May 10 - VIP CASK PROOF Release - Cask Proof goes on sale to our VIP club members.
  • May 15 - Wandering Chef Dinner - Our monthly four course dinner with cocktail pairings.  Get a private tour of the distillery and an amazing dinner.
  • May 18 - Roundstone Throwdown - Join guest bartenders J.P. Featherston and Doug Atwell for an amazing cocktail challenge!
  • May 23 - Bottling Workshop - Ever popular, and always sold out... come learn how to bottle whisky and get a free tasting and breakfast!
  • May 24 - CASK PROOF Release - Line up early to get one of only a couple hundred bottles of Cask Proof Roundstone Rye.  Doors open at 1pm.

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Elemental Rye Julep

Element Rye Julep

We are very excited about the newest product available in our tasting room, a fine collection of hand-crafted shrubs from Element.  What is a shrub, you ask? We're so glad you asked!

Whereas a syrup (aka simple syrup) is a mixture of sugar and water with optional fruit and herbs, and bitters are concentrated tinctures of alcohol and herbs, fruit, and other flavorings, a shrub uses a base of vinegar to achieve acidity, and is then a mixture of herb and fruit flavors.  A shrub allows the cocktail to skip the ubiquitous citrus used to provide acidity, and gives a whole new range of flavors.

This is a traditional mint julep, but we've substituted the shrub for the mint simple syrup.

3 oz of Roundstone Rye whisky
½ oz of Element lemon mint shrub, more or less to taste, but remember, a little bit goes a long way!
6-10 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish

Add mint to a rocks glass with crushed ice, and middle the mint to the ice.  Add the rye and shrub and stir to combine, then garnish with more mint.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

April 2015 News

Welcome to April!

Welcome to your monthly installment on all things going on at Catoctin Creek.  If you've been with us for a while, you'll know that these little monthly emails are essentially a journal entry into the life and times of us at the distillery.  The emails are a good way to keep up with news, new releases, and events coming to the distillery.

We hope you find these emails informative and helpful, and something you can quickly scan in an otherwise busy inbox.

 

Catoctin Creek World Tour

Scott and Chad returned last week from a pretty amazing world tour.  Our trip started out in London, where we attended Whisky Live (an industry trade show for whisky), and poured Roundstone Rye 80 proof, 92 proof, cask proof, and Watershed Gin.  It was fun pouring rye whisky for a British audience.  Many of the consumers had never tried American rye whisky, and found it a new experience unlike bourbon and scotch.  Industry folks (like bartenders, distributors, and retailers), were impressed as well, and we made a lot of inroads into the London market, which we expect to enter in the next month as our first shipment arrives in Europe.

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After London, Scott traveled on to Singapore to visit our importers, Liberty Spirits Asia, who've been selling our products there for about a year now.  We were happy to see Catoctin Creek situated in several top bars, including The Secret Mermaid, 28 Hong Kong Street and Jekyll and Hyde.  It is always fun to meet with the locals and to provide a "meet the maker" event, and Scott had many local bartenders come out to meet him and learn about the distillery and taste the products, which was nice.

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After Singapore, Scott traveled back home via Doha, Qatar, which provided him an opportunity to do some "product research" in the largest liquor duty free shop in the world.  It was quite a trip, spanning a ridiculous number of time zones, and although it's good to be home now, it was a very insightful and productive travel abroad.

Here's to more international success in 2015!  Catoctin Creek worldwide, baby!

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Silver medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and 87 points in New York

SFWSC Silver  USC 87 Points

Twice in the same week, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has been awarded medals for its Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" whisky from two of the top international spirits judging contests:  a silver medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and an 87 point rating (Very Good, Strong Recommendation) from F. Paul Pacult's Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) in New York City.  Both competitions are very well regarded as some of the most impartial and well attended competitions in the world.

From the USC review:

Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" - Very pretty pale gold color. Big, bright, floral aromas followed in the mouth by a huge blast of sweet grain and spice. This one goes to 11! The finish leans toward bitter almond and spice, and then the floral elements return. 87 points - Very Good, Strong Recommendation

"We are very excited by this happy news:  two medals in one week!" remarked Scott Harris, founder and general manager at Catoctin Creek.  "These two competitions are the gold standards for spirits judging, receiving thousands of entrants from across the industry worldwide.  To be selected for these medals, in competitions that perform completely blind tastings, shows that our spirits truly stand up to the international standard and are truly among the best in the world!"

 

RAMMY15Nominated as Beverage Producer of the Year for the 2015 RAMMYs

We are pleased-as-heck to be nominated once again for Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year at the 2015 RAMMYs.  The RAMMYs are the big restaurateur awards ceremony of the year, sponsored by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW).  Coverage in the Washington Business Journal states:

Restaurant people throughout the D.C. region now know who they're up against in the D.C. area's Oscars of food after the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington announced the nominees for the 2015 RAMMY awards Monday night.

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RAMW will take votes from the public on these categories before the June 7 awards.

That's Chad from Catoctin Creek at right, along with Early Mountain Cellars, DC Brau, New Columbia Distillers, and Dolce Gelati at right.  Read the full story, here.

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a bunch of really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Ole Virginia Accent

This was a featured cocktail of the Columbia Room pop-up last month.  Of the featured cocktails, was this one, which debuted our Apple Brandy on the menu, a recipe created by J.P. Featherston.  Word from the customers that night was that it was amazing!

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Catoctin Creek Quarter Branch Apple Brandy (coming soon!)
½ oz Fallen Bark Hickory Syrup
Aromatic and Blackstrap Molasses Bitters

Combine the rye and brandy in equal portions, add about half as much hickory syrup and a dash or two of the bitters.  Stir on ice and strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube.

Photo courtesy Christopher Wescott.  Recipe courtesy J.P. Featherston.  Both used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

March 2015 News

Crocuses by Scott HarrisFebruary...ugh!  Glad that's over!

Enough of all this snow... bring on the spring!!

Despite the dreary weather, February was a pretty good month for us. 

We announced our release of the Barrel Aged Gin coming out in March.  Details on that are below.  We also announced our Art Contest, which will be wrapping up in March as well. 

During February, we also began distribution to California, so if you live in the Golden State, you can get Catoctin Creek now!  Here's how.

So, cheer up, dear folks, spring is just around the corner!

 

Barrel Aged Gin released this month

Old Tom ginCatoctin Creek is pleased to announce the limited release of our Pearousia Barrel "Old Tom" style Watershed Gin.  We took our regular, award-winning Watershed Gin, and set some aside for a time to rest in a re-used Pearousia pear brandy barrel.  The result is a golden, rich, and surprisingly fruity gin which gleams in those cocktails made for Old Tom gins, like the famous Ramos Gin Fizz.

Each 750 mL bottle is bottled at 92.4 proof (46.2% ABV).  The Virginia ABC price is $50.90.

The formal release schedule for the "Old Tom" Watershed Gin is:

At the Distilery:

  • Sunday, March 1 -- Available for purchase to VIP members, until March 14
  • Sunday, March 8 -- "Ramos Gin Fizz" Shake Off Event -- For VIP members, a cocktail party celebrating the new gin with classic cocktail fun!
  • Sunday, March 15 -- Available for purchase to the general public

At Weygandt Wines in DC:

  • Saturday, March 14 -- Chad will be pouring tastings at Weygandt Wines with the new gin, among other Catoctin Creek products

At Hank's on the Hill in DC:

  • Monday, March 16 -- Launch party at Hanks on the Hill from 5pm - 7pm, featuring a $5 happy hour punch and special cocktail menu at $10 apiece.

 

Art Contest - Details and a Special Event!

Catoctin Creek Art CollageWe are proud to announce our first ever art contest.  Intended as a way to support and promote the diverse local art community of Loudoun County, Virginia and surrounding areas, we will accept submissions of art, with a grand prize of $1000 for the winning piece!

Submissions will be accepted until March 13, 2015, at 5:00pm.  The contest will be judged by the employees of the Loudoun distillery, and a winner will be chosen on March 20th. 
We'll announce the winners Sunday, March 29 at 7pm.  We'll have tastings, whisky, and cocktails for our normal fees, but the event is free.  Registration is required to ensure we don't get overly full.  Register for the event, here!
  • Grand Prize:  $1000
  • Second Place:  $500
  • Third Place:  $250

All submitted entries will be eligible for display in our tasting room for the entire month of April.

For full details, entry information, and rules of the contest, please click here.

Pictured above, clockwise from top left, art by Andrew Spell, Jay Cliburn, David Buchanan, and Firefly Imageworks.

Upcoming Events

Here are a bunch of really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area.  If you can't find an event here that suits you, you're just not trying that hard:

Holy cow!  That's a lot of events!!!

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Ramos Gin Fizz

Chad and the Old Tom gin!

This cocktail requires quite a bit of shaking... best to do it with friends!

3 oz Catoctin Creek Pearousia Barrel "Old Tom" Watershed Gin
1/2 oz parts fresh lime juice
1/2 oz fresh fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
4 oz cream
1 egg white
3 dashes Orange flower water
2 drops Vanilla extract
Soda water

Pour all ingredients except soda in a mixing glass, dry shake (no ice) for two minutes, add ice and hard shake for another minute.

Strain into a highball glass without ice, top with soda.

Recipe courtesy Wikipedia.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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 do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

February 2015 News

Roundstone in MumbaiHappy February!

BRRRR!!!!!!! It's cold out there!  Better stay warm with a nice glass of Catoctin Creek!  

We wouldn't want any of you getting frostbite, now would we?!

To warm you up, at right is a photo of Roundstone Rye sent to us from Anish in Mumbai, India.  Great to have fans far and wide on this little blue planet of ours!

Cheers!

 

Catoctin takes GOLD and SILVER in the UK, and Forbes reviews Watershed Gin!!

We are very happy to announce that Roundstone Rye took home the bling-bling in the United Kingdom!  The Wizards of Whisky World Awards, after performing blind tastings of hundreds of spirits from around the world, named Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" its #7 whisky in the grain whisky spirits category, and earning it a gold medal.  That's beating out some pretty big names in the whisky world right now, like Whistlepig, Bushmills, Redbreast and Greenspot, just to name a few!  Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" came in at a very respectable #18 in the same category, earning silver.

And on the same day, we learn that Forbes magazine, in their Food & Wine section, does a spectacular review of our Watershed Gin!  Quoting Adam Morgenstern:

http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/administrator/index.php

While gins can be all over the map these days, Watershed comes across with clear focus. Beautiful juniper nose and taste, with practically no alcohol harshness; amazing considering it’s bottled at 100 proof, higher than most gins. There’s pepper and cinnamon on the finish and it’s incredibly balanced. Sipping it took me out of detective mode — rather than try and figure out the mystery botanicals, I just wanted to sit back and enjoy it.

We couldn't be more pleased!!

 

Announcing - Our First Ever Art Contest!

Art Contest for local artists - $1000 Grand Prize!

We are proud to announce our first ever art contest.  Intended as a way to support and promote the diverse local art community of Loudoun County, Virginia and surrounding areas, we will accept submissions of art, with a grand prize of $1000 for the winning piece!

Submissions will be accepted until March 13, 2015, at 5:00pm.  The contest will be judged by the employees of the Loudoun distillery, and a winner will be chosen on March 20th.
  • Grand Prize:  $1000
  • Second Place:  $500
  • Third Place:  $250

All submitted entries will be eligible for display in our tasting room for the entire month of April. 

Catoctin Creek Art CollageSubmissions should reflect some aspect of Catoctin Creek (the distillery or the creek), life in Virginia, Maryland or Washington DC, and reflect revelry, culture, enjoyment of life, whiskey, drinking, etc.  We give wide latitude for the maximum artistic creativity.  Nearly any submission will be acceptable, including, but not limited to:

  • Landscapes
  • Still Lifes
  • Portraits
  • Sculpture
  • Music
  • Jewelry
  • And any media types:  Watercolors / Mixed Media / Photography / Painting / Ink / etc.

For full details, entry information, and rules of the contest, please click here.

Pictured above, clockwise from top left, art by Andrew Spell, Jay Cliburn, David Buchanan, and Firefly Imageworks.

Scott and Becky named in Southern Living's "50 People Changing the South in 2015"

Scott and BeckyOur big news story of the month of January:  being named by Southern Living as one of the 50 people changing the South in 2015! Booyah! (Question is, do Becky and I count as one or two people?!) 

This is a magazine that my mother has read since I was a baby, and now, what an honor to be included in it!

"We surveyed the region to find the movers-and-shakers who are shaping the South with community-minded ideas and projects. From groundbreaking chefs to designers with a voice, these are the people you’ll want to keep an eye on this year. 

In the middle of Virginia’s wine country, Becky and Scott Harris are making what may be the most Southern of spirits. While many craft spirits claim the title of “handmade,” Catoctin walks the walk with its line of whiskeys, gins, and brandies that are made start-to-finish in [Loudoun] County using locally sourced fruits and rye. Other materials, such as boxes and services, also come from the area, and the team gives back to the land by donating its spent rye mash for cattle farmers to use as livestock feed. Expanding its regional reach, Catoctin creates specialty products for top bartenders and hotels in the Virginia and D.C. area."

Read the full story, here.

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a couple really cool events planned at the distillery:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Chad's Port Punch

Chad's Port PunchChad came up with this cocktail for a private party for the RAMMY nominations in DC last month.  Easily batched and poured for the masses, it is reminiscent of a sangria or a grog. 

6-8 oranges, peeled (peels saved), 2 sliced, and the rest juiced
8-10 lemons, peeled (peels saved), 2 sliced, and the rest juiced
2-3 cups of sugar
1 bottles of Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 bottles of Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy
1 bottles of port

Place the sugar and citrus peels in the punchbowl and stir roughly to infuse the sugar with the citrus oil in the peels.  Juice the citrus into the punchbowl.  You should have enough juice that the sugar dissolves completely. Keep juicing until the sugar is dissolved.

Add the booze to the punch and stir to combine.  Remove most of the citrus peels.  Float the remaining punch with slices of citrus and top with ice until completely full. 

Serves at least 30-40 people.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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 do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

January 2015 News

Happy New Year! 2015 is here!!

Catoctin Creek Team Photo 2014

From the entire team at Catoctin Creek (pictured above), we say:  "Happy New Year!!"

Wowee!  What a year it's been for us!  2014 had so many wonderful accomplishments, many more than we could list, but some of the highlights were:

  • Our first full year on Main Street in downtown Purcellville — Our new home has proven to be a functional and beautiful setting for making whisky in a town that was once known as a center for Temperance education!  Historic irony at its best!
  • Launch of Catoctin Creek into new markets — Delaware, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
  • A great season of concerts at the distillery — Amazing talent like Pat McGee, The Alternate Routes and Jim Malcolm.  And some exciting ones for 2015!
  • Delicious monthly dinners featuring Wandering Chef — If you haven't treated yourself to dinner, you're missing a really wonderful experience!
  • Amazing press from national sourcesJim Murray's Whisky Bible, Men's Journal, Daily Beast, Washington Post [1], [2], [3], and National Public Radio.
  • Wonderful support from our restaurant, bar, and off-premise partners — We are overjoyed at the continued support we receive from those retailers and restaurants who take the extra step to support small-batch artisanal spirits like ours.  It means everything to us!!  Thank you!
  • Wonderful support from our customers — People just like you!  We wouldn't be here without your support too!  Thank you!!

So, from our family to yours, we wish you the very best for 2015:  Peace, Joy, and Prosperity in the New Year!!
 

Ladies in Whiskey – Becky Harris featured on NPR's Morning Edition!

Becky at the distilleryThank you Allison Aubrey for working Becky Harris into your story on women in whiskey:

Well, now history is coming full circle. There's a vanguard of new female distillers, blenders and tasters.

From Becky Harris, co-founder of Catoctin Creek distillery in Virginia, to Meredity Grelli of Wigle Whiskey in Pittsburgh, these women are finding success as grain-to-bottle distillers.

Harris says the demand for her eco-ganic, rye whiskey is so strong, she's selling every drop she can produce.

Listen or read the full story, here.

 

Upcoming Events

January is one of our quieter months, but even so, we have a couple really cool events planned at the distillery:

If you're making plans for Valentine's Day weekend, be sure to check out our special dinner and a concert:

  • February 13 - Dinner and a concert featuring Andrew McKnight - We'll host one of our regular dinner events at the distillery, but you'll also dine with Andrew McKnight and the whole band from Beyond Borders.  After dinner, it's a concert!  This one will sell out, so be sure to get your tickets now!

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Mulled Cider with Rye

Mulled Cider and RyeThis cocktail comes to us from Sonja Bradfield, author of Ginger and Toasted Sesame.  Sonja has some amazing photographs and a delicious recipe for cider and rye, perfect for a warm winter beverage:

One of my favorite things to drink when the weather gets cold is something warm with a kick like a nice chai tea or a hot toddy. On Thanksgiving my family brewed an impromptu pot of mulled apple cider and for a little extra warmth we added a nip of whiskey. For this recipe I used some apple cider pressed in Virginia and some rye whiskey distilled in Virginia.

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[This] rye is great in this mulled cider recipe. It’ll warm you right down through your toes. This recipe makes a half gallon but you can easily double that for a bigger group gathering for the holidays. Just let the spices and fruit simmer long enough to get the cider nice and spicy. For an extra kick, you can add a few black peppercorns and maybe a bit more rye.

½ gallon of apple cider
2 satsuma oranges
1 honey crisp apple
3 cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye whisky

Thinly slice the oranges and apple horizontally.

Pour the cider in a large pot and add the slices of fruit, the cinnamon sticks and cloves.

Bring to a boil over high heat then lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes until fragrant.

Fill up mugs about three quarters full and add about an ounce of rye whiskey to each mug.

Garnish with an apple or orange slice, half a cinnamon stick and cloves.

Recipe and photo by Sonja Bradfield, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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 do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

December 2014 News

Welcome to December!  Happy Holidays!!

Christmas Bokeh by Scott Harris

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happiest of Holidays to you all!!  May your every wish come true this holiday season, and may your glass never be empty! 

We have some wonderful gift ideas in our tasting room this holiday season.  Of course, we have a full supply of Roundstone Rye, Mosby's Spirit, Watershed Gin, and our line of fruit brandies (1757 Virginia Brandy, Pearousia Pear Brandy, and Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy).  But we've also got some nice box sets of the brandy, with signed and dated, individually numbered bottles, and ready-to-give gift baskets, including all you need for a ready-made cocktail kit (like our Gin & Tonic gift basket, and our Roundstone and cocktail book basket).

Come on in this month and see what's in store... and enjoy a tasting while you're there!

And from our family to yours, we wish you Peace on Earth and Good CHEERS!!

 

Join us for dinner this December!

We have a very special holiday dinner planned in December.  We'll enjoy a scrumptious four course dinner, paired with seasonal cocktails.  If you've never been to one of our dinners, they truly are a magical experience.  Check out the video below for a little taste of what dinner at the distillery is all about.

To learn more, or reserve your spot, click here.

Dinner Video

 

FREE Holiday Concert by the Songbirds

The Songbirds

To get you in the holiday spirit, the Songbirds will perform in our tasting room on December 7th, from 1pm - 3pm.  This concert is free, so come enjoy a tasting, bring the kids (they are always welcome), and enjoy this holiday concert from five very talented young ladies!

Click here for more information.

 

Solar Event

Holiday Mixer and Karaoke

Do You Hear What I Hear? The Purcellville Business Association is Stepping into Christmas with Karaoke Karols, a Mixer to celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and to raise money for Western Loudoun charities. Come to O Little Town of Purcellville on Wednesday, December 17th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, at Catoctin Creek Distillery, 120 West Main Street. There is a $10 Admission to join the Jingle Bell Rock. If you would like to join in the fun and participate as a solo or group performer to sing about Mistletoe, Holly, Winter, Snow or just Cold Weather, please let us know. Also an Ugliest Christmas Sweater contest will be held on this not-so Silent Night. Mixer guests will vote with for their favorite crooners and the ugliest sweater. All proceeds will be donated by PBA toward Happy Holidays for local charities. PBA is not a charitable organization and donations are not tax deductible as charitable contributions.

Click here for more information.

 

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 – Balsamic Berry Old-Fashioned

Balsamic Berry Old FashionedThis cocktail uses balsamic vinegar as a shrub. The vinegar provides nice tartness along with the fruitiness of the berry juices.

1½ oz Roundstone Rye
½ oz aged Balsamic vinegar
½ oz Cranberry juice
½ oz berry syrup
2 raspberries for garnish

Combine all ingredients over ice and stir in a rocks glass. Garnish with two raspberries.

Berry Syrup

6 oz blackberries
6 oz raspberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Bring mixture to a simmer for 10 mins, puree and strain.

Courtesy Hannah Blymier.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

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 do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

November 2014 News

Welcome to November!

Greetings, Catoctin Creek fans!  We hope you are enjoying the cooler weather with a nice dram of Roundstone Rye or a snifter full of 1757 brandy.  As we approach Thanksgiving, I can think of nothing better to accompany that autumn chill than a nice glass of Catoctin Creek!  (Read on for a really good recipe for Thanksgiving!)

Green Biz Platinum The Fifty Best Gold Artisan Awards Gold

In October, we were very happy to receive two gold medals for Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" from The Fifty Best and the Artisan Awards, and we also received the Platinum Award from the Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge!  We don't make whisky just to receive awards, but it is nice to be recognized now and then for the efforts that go into the products.  It's not easy, but we love what we do, so we continue to do it... for you!

We have lots of great things lined up for you this month, so please stay tuned and come join us for something!

 

Cask Proof Release on SATURDAY!!

Cask Proof

The Roundstone Rye Cask Proof will be released at the distillery on Saturday at noon.  This is a once-a-year release, and this year's expression is very special.  At 59.8% ABV (119.6 proof), it is a big, huge rye! Our classic Roundstone Rye, using eco-ganic 100% rye, and as always, MADE BY US, it was aged first in Minnesota white oak and then finished in a red wine Bordeaux barrel that previously aged our 1757 Virginia Brandy. This expression, batch B14E3, is dark, almost reddish in color, with a deep woody, caramel taste with that characteristic rye snap, and a noticeably fruity nose from the presence of the grape. Truly spectacular, and only 283 bottles of this one were produced. It. Will. Not. Last!!!

As of today, only eight cases or so are still available, so be sure to show up early.  I expect it to sell out in a couple of hours.

 

Virginia Oysters and Virginia Cocktails, a perfect pairing!

War Shore Oyster Company

War Shore Oyster BarJoin us at the distillery on Wednesday, November 19, from 6:30pm to 8pm as Brad Blymier, founder of War Shore Oyster Company, and Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek, team up to pair the best local oysters with the best local cocktails!

The evening will include six oysters per person, paired with three cocktails.  We'll also tour the distillery, and each guest will receive a souvenir shot glass.  The cost is only $30 per person.  Space is limited, so purchase your tickets now!

Click here for more information.

 

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 – Boozy Apple Drunken Raisin Pie

Kitchen ThymeThis month's "cocktail" is not a cocktail. It's a recipe! But why not?!

This recipe comes to us from Melissa Krumbein of Kitchen Thyme, Richmond, Virginia. Check her out at KitchenThymeRVA.com. What better time of the season to make pie than November? And to use Roundstone Rye in the recipe is simply being smart!

Drunken Raisins:
1 cup golden raisins
Pour Roundstone Rye to cover raisins let sit overnight in sealed, air tight container.

Preparation:
Flambé raisins until flame has dissipated.
Remove remaining liquid for pie crust and filling.
Set raisins aside to cool.

Pie Crust Ingredients:
Yield: two 9 inch crusts
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
8 teaspoons granulated sugar
8 tablespoons cold salted butter (1 stick), cut into small pieces
2-3 tablespoons bourbon

Preparation:
Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and stir briefly until the mixture is aerated. Using your fingers, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it’s in pea-size pieces that are slightly yellow in color, about 4 to 5 minutes. Then take 2 tablespoons of the bourbon and mix just until the dough comes together. (Add the last tablespoon of bourbon, if necessary, but don’t overwork the dough or it’ll become tough.) Shape the dough into a flat disk, cover it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Once cooled, roll out 1 disk to cover bottom of pie pan and trim dough over the edge of the pan.

Pie filling Ingredients:
2 tablespoons flambéd Roundstone Rye
6 Stayman apples
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

Preparation:
Peel, quarter, and core apples; cut into 1/4-inch slices (should have 6 cups). Combine sugars, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, apples, raisins and bourbon. Spoon apple filling into the chilled pastry shell; cut butter into very small pieces and sprinkle over the apples. Roll out remaining pastry. Cut slits in pastry dough and lightly brush egg wash around edge of pie. Cover pie and trim overhang. Turn edges under flush with the rim; crimp all around to make a stand-up edge. Bake pie at 425 ̊ for 40 minutes, or until top is golden brown and juices are bubbling up. Cool on wire rack.

Kitchen ThymeRecipe courtesy Melissa Krumbein of Kitchen Thyme, Richmond Virginia. Check her out at KitchenThymeRVA.com. Used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds 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

October 2014 News

Welcome to October!

Washington Post

September was a big, big month for us!  In September, we received some HUGE press from Sunday's"Travel" section of the Washington Post.  Lavanya Ramanathan wrote a story on what Catoctin Creek is really about:  hand-made craft rye whisky... the real deal:

Here we see how rye is made: not in giant, impersonal vats somewhere in Indiana, but a few dozen miles from home. Scott explains that the first step to rye, in fact, is making something not unlike a hefeweizen — a primordial stew teeming with grains that must ferment to become alcohol. The distillation happens later, in a fancy copper still, which separates the alcohol from the grainy pulp, known as mash, with heat that turns it to gas. Upon cooling, the gas is returned to its liquid form, which is now that brash stuff known as white whiskey. To become the Roundstone rye that has won the company kudos, it goes into oak barrels to age for at least two years.

As the tour wraps up, I spy Becky, a onetime chemical engineer who’s now chief distiller at Catoctin Creek. She’s dragging bins and heavy bags of grains across the floor as if engaged in some kind of demented CrossFit exercise. She stops to check a computer, then resumes the manual labor on her factory floor.

That’s how rye is made, I think.

And I’ll be thinking of it the next time I order a rye old-fashioned.

You can read the entire story, here. It's fantastic!!

 

First Local, eco-ganic Rye

Earlier in the month, we achieved an important company milestone:  our first local, eco-ganic rye!  Since we started this company, we have sought to produce with local, eco-ganic rye, but sadly, there was never enough in Loudoun (or even Virginia) to supply our needs.  There was always lots of rye, but having it eco-ganically produced was difficult.  Further, having it milled eco-ganically was also difficult.

Until now.

Recent upstart, Three Monkeys Farm, who farms the land at Morven Park in Leesburg, harvested their first crop of eco-ganic rye this month, and we produced our first batch of whisky using this local rye!  We still have a long way to go to scale this up to a full-time rye for our uses, but the first batch was a huge success, and we look forward to moving more into the production schedule soon!

Just as important, Locke's Mill in Berryville, Virginia, is now milling grain for us!  Locke's Mill is a meticulously restored 1800's era grain mill, which is still completely powered by water wheel.  We are thrilled to be using grain that was grown within 10 miles of the distillery, in a mill located nearly as close.  Truly, we are seeing our efforts to rebuild an agricultural economy in Western Loudoun beginning to flourish, ever so slowly.

Who knows what the future will bring, but I, for one, can't wait to taste that local, eco-ganic rye whisky in a few years! 

Below are some photos of the new rye, the farm, and the millstone at Locke's Mill.  Click on the photos for larger images.

Three Monkeys Farm Rye Three Monkeys Farm Rye Three Monkeys Farm Rye Three Monkeys Farm Rye Lockes Mill

 

Cask Proof

Cask Proof Release!

It's that time of year again! Our newest expression of Roundstone Rye CASK PROOF will be released this month. We're releasing Roundstone Rye CASK PROOF "Brandy Finished Rye" on Oct. 19 for VIP members, and Nov. 1 for the general public.

This expression of cask proof is very special. At 59.8% ABV (119.6 proof), it is a big, huge rye! Our classic Roundstone Rye, using eco-ganic 100% rye, and as always, MADE BY US, it was aged first in Minnesota white oak and then finished in a red wine Bordeaux barrel that previously aged our 1757 Virginia Brandy. This expression, batch B14E3, is dark, almost reddish in color, with a deep woody, caramel taste with that characteristic rye snap, and a noticeably fruity nose from the presence of the grape. Truly spectacular, and only 283 bottles of this one were produced. It. Will. Not. Last!!!

Info on VIP Club, here: http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/vip-club

 

Beard House

James Beard Dinner at Trummer's On Main - October 9th!

Last month, Catoctin Creek was beyond thrilled to be included with a small list of Virginia's rising star chefs at the James Beard Dinner in New York City.  The event was a resounding success, so everybody decided it was time to do it again... but this time, back home in Virginia!

Catoctin Creek and six phenomenal Virginia chefs will gather again on October 9th at Trummer's on Main to present this epic collaboration and showcase of Virginia agricultural cuisine for local diners and imbibers.

A rare opportunity to experience spirits and cuisine from Virginia's most talented young chefs and distillers in one evening, tickets for this exciting cocktail reception and six-course dinner are now available. Tickets must be purchased in advance, here This is a small venue dinner, so purchase your tickets now, before it's too late!

Beard House

 

Meet the Maker Night at 2941 Restaurant

Scott HarrisOn October 15th, from 6:30 - 8:30pm, join Scott Harris, as he is welcomed by Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel and the entire team at 2941 Restaurant.

Scott Harris, owner of award-winning Catoctin Creek Distillery located in the heart of historic Purcellville, Virginia,  will participate in the first 'Made in Virginia: Meet the Maker' event - an exclusive evening taking place at 2941 on Wednesday, October 15th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Priced at $45pp, attendees will have the opportunity to personally meet and chat with Scott Harris, and enjoy a private neat tasting featuring some of Catoctin Creek Distillery's signature spirits including Roundstone Rye, Watershed Gin, and Mosby's Spirit, to highlight a few. Harris will also share the history of the Virginia-based distillery and details on the art of making eco-ganic handcrafted spirits.

In addition, 2941's resident Beverage Director Jonathan Schuyler will be preparing and offering cocktail connoisseurs a special cocktail flight tasting showcasing Catoctin Creek spirits. Throughout the evening, guests will also enjoy an assortment of sweet and savory small bites prepared by Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel and Pastry Chef Caitlin Dysart. Following the event, guests will be sent home with special takeaway treats from both 2941 and Catoctin Creek Distillery.

For additional information regarding the event, please call 703-270-1500. To purchase tickets, please visit https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=b1ebed78.

Meet the Maker at 2941

 

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 Stanley, 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:

  • October 9 - James Beard Dinner at Trummer's - Six amazing chefs team up with Catoctin Creek for an encore performance of our NYC dinner!
  • October 15 - Meet the Maker at 2941 - Scott will join the team at 2941 for a fun night of cocktails and small bites.
  • October 19 - 100 Year Old Rye Tasting - Join us for a chance to taste a bottle of 100 year old rye whiskey!  VIP only!
  • October 19 - Cask Proof Release - VIP members can enjoy the early release of "Brandy Finished Rye" at nearly 120 proof!
  • October 24 - Dinner at Catoctin Creek - Dine with us as we pair cocktails with a sumptuous four course meal!

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Boulevardier

BoulevardierThe Boulevardier was invented during Prohibition, when an out-of-work American barman, named Harry McElhone, set up Harry's New York Bar in Paris. Similar to a Negroni, this cocktail substitutes whisky for gin, and in our version, we substitute Aperol for Campari, giving the cocktail a lighter, candied texture.

1¼ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof"
1 oz Aperol (or Campari, if you wish)
1 oz Carpano sweet vermouth
Orange twist for garnish

Combine all ingredients on ice, stir and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange.

See this cocktail and hundreds 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

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

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Dinner at the Distillery, with cocktails and more!

  DEC 14   Dinner at the Distillery 7:00pm—9:30pm 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. Enjoy a private...

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Catoctin Creek Bottling Workshop (13)

  DEC 15   Bottling Workshop 10:00am—12:00pm Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct one of our famous Bottling Workshops!  Here's your chance to volunteer and learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get...

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Whimsy and Wonder New Years Eve

  DEC 31   Whimsy and Wonder New Years Eve 5:00pm—8:45pm Join us this New Years Eve for a very special event: The distillery will be decorated in an ethereal 19th century setting, inspired by Wonderland, Neverland...

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