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Loudoun Now: Catoctin Creek Distilling Triples Capacity

Watershed Gin at Catoctin Creek

Some coverage from our local paper, Loudoun Now:

The million-dollar expansion includes a new, larger copper pot still, replacing their beloved12-year-oldstill “Barney;” a closed-loop glycol cooling system; a new mash tank; six new fermenters; a new spent mash still; and new concrete floors to replace the 100-year-old floors in the distillery.

The installation work began in mid-July and is nearly complete—the distillers are just waiting on the new glycol cooler to come in, which will replace the tap water cooling system.

It continues the constant growth and renown of a company whose spirits can now be bought in 47 states and on three continents.

Read the entire story, here.  Photo by Renns Greene, Loudoun Now.

Purcellville's Catoctin Creek Distillery to triple production with $1 million renovation

Scott and Becky at Catoctin Creek

Loudoun Times Mirror did a feature on our new equipment installation. Karen Graham writes:

Purcellville-based Catoctin Creek Distillery is in the midst of a $1 million equipment overhaul which will triple the distillery's production capacity.

The renovation includes a new 2000 liter copper pot still, a glycol cooling system, a 2000 liter mash tank, six new 2000 liter fermenters as well as concrete floors to replace the existing 100-year-old floors.

Read the full story, here.

Photo courtesy Loudoun Times Mirror/Karen Graham.

Art of the Cocktail class recognized in RAMMYS

RAMMYS FinalistThe RAMMY's, the premier hospitality awards run by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, named Catoctin Creek a finalist in the category of Festive Foodie Experiences for our Art of the Cocktail classes last season.  We are overjoyed with the honor.  The class was created to give some sense of community during COVID, ostensibly starting out as an educational forum for learning about the history and mechanics of cocktail making, but devolving wonderfully into a cross-country happy hour (or two)!  What started with 15-18 people, peaked at over 120 people each week on Zoom from states across the nation.  It was a wonderful experience, and we hope to repeat it in the coming months.

Northern Virginia magazine was one of many regional publications to cover the finalists:

The RAMMY Awards, our region’s culinary Oscars, presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), is making big changes for 2021. According to a press release, the panel of RAMMYS judges and the 2021 RAMMYS Chairs Committee saw fit to create new categories this year to reflect the unique challenges that 2020 presented to restaurants. Rather than judging performance of chefs and restaurants, the team created categories to speak to where restaurants excelled in the face of COVID-19. Membership in RAMW was also not a prerequisite this year, meaning nominations for restaurants, people, and businesses that were previously ineligible.

Below, find the list of all the nominees. NoVA finalists (or those with NoVA locations) are in italics. Categories voted for by the public are noted with an asterisk.

*Festive Foodie Experiences:

  • Baker’s Daughter, CSA Box Cooking Classes
  • Carlie Steiner, Various Virtual Classes
  • Catoctin Creek, The Art of the Cocktail
  • Eric Adjepong, Cooking with Eric
  • Eva Kronenburg, YouTube Cooking Series
  • Louise Salas and Gina Chersevani, Designated Drinker Show
  • Kwame Onwuachi, Eat Clean While Quarantined
  • Mess Hall DC, Some Disassembly Required
  • Sticky Fingers, Virtual Baking Classes
  • Xiquet, Cooking with Chef Danny Lledó

You can read the full story, here.

Southport Whisky Festival in UK

We were absolutely delighted last week to be included in the Southport Whisky Festival in the United Kingdom.  A small, online festival of very devoted whisky drinkers, Catoctin Creek was the only American whisky represented at the festival.  As such, we were a bit of a novelty.  Victor, the organizer of the festival, was kind enough to share the video recording, which you can watch here for more information.

If you'd like to get involved with the festival, or live in the UK and would like to order our products through Southport, check them out here:   https://www.southportwhisky.co.uk/

My Whiskey Den 2020 Craft Rye of the Year

The good folks of My Whiskey Den have named Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof their 2020 Craft Rye Whiskey of the Year!  Huzzah!!  Benjamin reviews the Cask Proof:

This one knocked it out of the park for me.  As good as the others were, this one was a step – a STEP – better.

Check out starting at minute 4:30 for the rye category awards, or around 11:15 for our specific mention...

Ludacris tries Catoctin Creek Cask Proof Maple Cask

Fred Minnick got Ludacris a bunch of samples, and had a really neat interview with him on The Fred Minnick Show.  Check it out around 16:20 when Ludacris takes a sip of our Cask Proof rye.

Designated Drinker Show - Scott Harris

Designated Drinker ShowBack in September, Scott had the honor of appearing on the Designated Drinker Show, a podcast all about cocktails and drinking, with special guest host, Gina Chersevani from Buffalo and Bergen:

So, two engineers walk into a bar and somehow, leave as distillers. Well, that’s kinda’ how Scott and his wife Becky—both engineers—started Catoctin Creek, the first legal distillery in their home county since Prohibition. Which is no joke, indeed.

Give the podcast a listen, here, and you can check out the podcast and subscribe, here!

Virginia Living: Party like it's 1620!

Virginia Living Illustration by Zohar Lahar

Virginia Living did a neat little story about the history of whiskey (whisky) from the beginning of the country - Jamestown in the early 1600's.  Robert Nelson writes:

However, Virginians are reclaiming their heritage and even beating their Kentucky brethren at international competitions. And many of them are doing it using Virginia ingredients in every step of the process. “You have Virginia grain, Blue Ridge water, Virginia white oak, Virginia-made barrels, and other specifically Virginia ingredients getting worked together in this hot Virginia climate,” Harris says. “Virginia whiskey is unique to this place for all kinds of reasons. What we’re definitely finding is that this Virginia flavor is something that translates well around the world.”

You can read the full story, here.  Illustration by Zohar Lazar for Virginia Living.

Catoctin Creek Wins Big at Small Business Awards

Coverage in the Loudoun Now newspaper:

Catoctin Creek Distillery was formally recognized in three categories at the Loudoun Chamber’s Small Business Awards on Friday, Nov. 13, following a year that saw the Purcellville company expand its market overseas into the UK while pivoting to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic at home.

The distillery, founded by Scott and Becky Harris, took home three awards at the chamber’s virtual ceremony: Main Street Business of the Year, the People’s Choice Award, and the evening’s highest award, Small Business of the Year.

The first award, the People’s Choice Award, caught the Harrises off guard, with Becky rushing to get back into frame in front of their computer at home—“Becky was upstairs putting away dinner when we got that, so we truly did not expect that,” Scott said.

You can read the full story, here

Photo courtesy Douglas Graham, Loudoun Now.

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Catoctin Creek receives three gold medals and two category winners in the Whiskey and Barrel Consumer Choice Awards 2020

Catoctin Creek continues to rack up the gold medals, with a clean sweep of the Whiskey and Barrel Consumer Choice Awards 2020.  All three of our Roundstone Rye products, the 80 proof, 92 proof "Distiller's Edition," and cask proof, received gold medals in the judging, while the 80 proof received the coveted Consumer Choice Award in the "Under $51" category, while the cask proof received the Consumer Choice Award in the "$51-100" category.  About the competition:

Over 30 vetted consumers and over a dozen whiskey industry and media professionals gathered on October 10th at Bub City Rosemont IL, a premier bourbon and whiskey bar and restaurant, to participate as judges at this awards event. Judges are listed on the website - www.wabcca.com

An awards competition years in the making and long overdue – Consumers want to know the preference of their peers. Founders Dave Sweet and Mario Campa have more than 35 years of combined international spirits experience, hosting and consulting in tasting events and awards across North America, Europe and Australia. Currently owning and operating the Whiskey and Barrel Nite tasting events across the US and avid whisky enthusiasts themselves, they are truly in tune with what consumers are looking for.

You learn more about the competition and see the other winners, here.

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Catoctin Creek receives Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award

We are delighted to learn that Tripadvisor has awarded us the Travelers' Choice 2020 Award.  From our entire team at the distillery, and especially those in the tasting room, who work so hard to give each person a wonderful experience, we say, Thank You!

About this award:

Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

You can view our listing (and give us a review if you like!), here.

Latest News

Scott Harris talks GWAR collaboration on Distill & Disrupt

Check out Scott Harris talking on episode 4 of the Distill and Disrupt podcast.  Here he is talking about the GWAR collaboration and how we came to bottle whisky for the heavy metal band.  Listen on Spotify, here.

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Daily Beast: Yes, Heavy-Metal Band GWAR Has a Rye Whiskey and It’s Good

The Daily Beast has the round-up on the history of our collaboration with the heavy metal band, GWAR.  Max Watman, who has been writing about craft spirits for well nigh twenty years now, has the whole backstory on the band...

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Dinner at the Distillery, with cocktails and more!

  OCT 15   Dinner at the Distillery 7:00pm—9:30pm Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chef Justin Garrison, who is widely known for his simple, yet eclectic food combinations...

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  OCT 16   Bottling Workshop 10:00am—12:00pm WORKSHOPS ARE BACK!  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...

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