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Carrie Allan Reviews Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" in Washington Post Food

M. Carrie Allan, spirits writer for the Washington Post, gave us great coverage in the Food section, announcing the release of our new 92-Proof version of the Roundstone Rye:

Catoctin Creek has been curating the barrels it has tucked away, tasting and selecting a few hundred that seemed to be developing deeper and more interesting flavors, and holding them back to use in this release. As a result, the new rye is not only less diluted, but also, at just under four years in barrel, a bit older than the current Roundstone.

That said, Becky says that many old-school whiskey buffs put too much emphasis on barrel age. “I kind of compare it to taking your dog to a dog show, right?” she says. “When people evaluate a rye whiskey, they want it to taste like other whiskeys they’ve had — the ‘breed standard.’ . . . I like to think the craft distilling movement is trying to bring some new dogs to the show, but the show that’s out there — and I’m just rolling with this metaphor now — is run by the people who are deeply invested in a very old stock style of whiskey.” Many younger craft brands, she says, don’t have very old whiskeys. “But they are amazing whiskeys. They may not be a purebred English mastiff, but it’s an amazing dog in its own right.”

Read her full story, plus a great new recipe with the Roundstone Rye 92, here.

Loudoun County and Catoctin Creek Featured in the Philadelphia Sun

Renée S. Gordon does a travel feature for the Philadelphia Sun, and this time, she turns her sights on Loudoun County, and our deep collection of history, entertainment and gastronomic treasures.  Happily, Catoctin Creek gets a call out:

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is in the heart of Purcellville and is the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. Owners Becky and Scott Harris create small batch liquors that are entirely handcrafted. They make 40,000 bottles annually including their version of moonshine. Distillery tours and guest bartender events are offered.

Catoctin Creek is another of my “amazing females” sites. Becky Harris, a chemical engineer, is the distiller. She is one of the few in the country and [one of a few] female distiller[s] on the East Coast.

[Corrections noted above are our own.]

Read the full story, here.

Catoctin in the Holiday Gift Guides

Nice coverage for the distillery in the regional holiday gift guides.

The Loudoun Times Mirror highlighted our gift baskets, each of which is put together by Emily to show off each spirit in its own unique way.  For example, the Mosby's gift basket has all the fixin's needed (minus the fresh lemons and soda) for a Colonel Langdon cocktail.

Loudoun Times Mirror

Northern Virginia Magazine suggests you get yourself on over to visit our distillery store for the holidays!  We couldn't agree more!

Northern Virginia Magazine

Nice Holiday Mention on WTOP

Thank you, Nycci Nellis, for the wonderful holiday shout-out on WTOP radio!  She's recommending some Catoctin Creek brandy for holiday gift giving!  We couldn't agree more!

Listen here:  20131125-WTOP.mp3

Weekend of Whisky in Brightest Young Things

Brightest Young ThingsWe continued to impress with our weekend of whisky!  Farrah Skeiky writes a really nice piece that comes to the heart of what we do.  We are much more than just making whisky.  What we seek to create is a local food movement that integrates every step of the process, from farmers and vintners, to us, the processor/distiller, to the table itself and the great restaurants and resorts that get top-notch, locally sourced food. Of course, Farrah puts it much more elegantly than I can:

After you cut through any and all talking points politicians use about small businesses being the heart of America’s economy, a trip like this makes you realize that it’s unironically true. The main street distillery has used its partnerships to shift the community focus onto eating (and drinking) locally, uses part of their tasting room as a gift shop featuring local craft vendors (like Gordys!), some of which use Roundstone Rye to create their wares, and turns the spotlight onto the potential that Loudon County has always had as well as inspiring that potential in others who want to invest in their town and themselves.

Read the full story, here.

Whisky Business in Capitol File Magazine

Nevin Martell does a nice little feature piece on Catoctin Creek in the Capitol File magazine.  Funny too, because the photo shows Becky and I doing "distillery stuff".  In this case, we're filling a barrel (with water for the photos), neverminding that we (a) never fill barrels by hand, and (b) would never do so in our fine church-clothes frippery.  No matter, the article is fun and informative!  Nevin writes:

The duo loves collaborating, working with nearby vintners and orchardists to source wine grapes, pears, peaches, and apples for their limited-edition brandies. But the core of their business focuses on producing their three kosher, certified-eco-ganic signature sippers: Roundstone rye whiskey; Watershed gin; and Mosby’s Spirit, an unaged white whiskey.

Read more, here.

Weekend in Loudoun

Cloture Club

Alex Benedetto and Jean Schindler, both of Cloture Club, were among the lucky DC area food press that were invited for a private weekend tour of Loudoun County, hosted by yours truly.  We wined 'em, we dined 'em, we fed 'em, and we toured 'em.  Mostly we were just bragging... bragging about the bounteous and beautiful county in which we live.  They were suitably impressed:

While this was obviously an amazing foodie weekend, even more inspiring was the collaboration between the many business owners we met. DC may have a dynamic restaurant scene, but Loudoun County’s story is far more intricate -- and sustainable. Let’s just say that Loudoun has arrived on the foodie map.

Read the full story here.  For Jean Schindler's lovely photos, check the Flickr set here.  A nd here are the links to our wonderful partners for the weekend:

Scott and Sara

Photo courtesy Jean Schindler and used with permission.

Virginia Whisky profiled in Distinction Magazine

Becky HarrisJanine Latus writes a very informative and entertaining piece in Distinction magazine about three popular Virginia craft distilleries, with beautiful photography by Rich-Joseph Facun. She writes:

There is a smell and a taste to the air in a distillery, of smoke, farmer’s grain and something akin to molasses, plus the yeasty sourness of beer and the nuttiness of toasted barley, and the richness of whiskey breathing in and out of oak.

It’s a Virginia tradition, whiskey. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson made it, and sipped it on their verandas as they helped shape the New World. James Madison was known to down a pint a day, and the average colonist consumed 5 gallons of spirits a year. Lest that sound shocking, that’s about 1½ drinks a day. Not healthy, perhaps, but not enough to leave them incoherent and stumbling, either.

Read the entire story, here.

Slingin' Cocktails on Foodie and the Beast

Cocktails at the Radio ShowFederal News Radio

Scott and Emily were invited back to appear on Foodie and the Beast on Federal News Radio:

From fine dining to irresistible junk foods, top chefs to up-and-comers you haven't heard of (yet!), foie gras, fish fingers, and much more, no sip of wine, no morsel of food or food gossip goes untouched, as David and Nycci Nellis give you the inside dish on the hottest restaurants and bistros, the freshest ingredients and the finest tipples on the scene.

Other guests for the hour were Capital Kambucha, Union Kitchen, and Farmland Feast.

It was a great show! You can hear the show on their site, here, or download the podcast, here.

Rye Bother? NPR coverage of Rye and Bourbon

The vast majority of Tennessee [whisky AND] bourbon and rye on the market are some mixture of rye and corn together." (My additions in bold.)

Regardless, it is a great story, and well worth reading.  Funny also to note that the researcher is named "Tom Collins."  You can't make this stuff up!

Read the full story, here.

Local Distillery Drinks in the Sun

Neal Augenstein, reporting for WTOP, gives a nice overview of our new solar array at the distillery:

Stills in Catoctin Creek Distillery, in Purcellville, Va. (Courtesy Scott Harris) Outfitting the new technology for the mostly brick building, that was originally a Buick dealership and later a furniture factory, did pose challenges.

"We had to make sure the wooden frame roof was sound," says Harris. "Some of the struts and rafters were not up to code for the weight of the new system on the roof, so we had to replace those with some steel I-beams."

Read the entire story, here, and listen to the podcast, here.

L'Chaim in the Washington Jewish Week

L'Chaim in Washington Jewish WeekA while back, we performed a tasting at a big synagogue in Potomac, Maryland.  Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon were on hand to interview us, and also provided a review of the Roundstone Rye.

One day a few years back, Scott Harris — founder and general manager of Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. in Loudon County — was sitting at his desk at one of the various Washington, D.C., defense contractors when he had an epiphany. As he puts it, “I was working on the 30th revision of a Powerpoint package which I knew nobody would ever read. I said to myself, ‘There has to be something more to life than this.’ ”

So after 20 years building a software career in telecommunication systems and government IT solutions, Harris wanted something more rewarding. “At that moment,” he says, “I was swept back to a quarter century earlier, when I was a 15-year-old intern working in a winery. That was a job that I really enjoyed — the satisfaction of working with my hands, producing something, and having people appreciate what I had produced. It was this kind of job that I now felt myself seeking. But this time, I thought, I’d focus on spirits. I wanted to start a distillery.”

To read the full article, click here.

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Sip & Paint

  MAR 28   Sip and Paint at the Distillery 6:00pm—8:00pm Want to learn to paint?  Already a gifted artist?  Just want an excuse to relax a little with some painting lessons and a refreshing cocktail? ...

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Last Dance with Mosby's Spirit

  APR 8   Last Dance with Mosby's Spirit Dinner at West End Wine Bar & Pub 7:00pm—9:00pm Join us for a "Last Dance with Mosby's Spirit" at the West End Wine Bar and Pub. In...

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Yoga at the Distillery

  APR 11   Yoga at the Distillery – Every 2nd Thursday 6:00pm—7:00pm Beginning in March, come join us at Catoctin Creek Distillery every second Thursday for a Yoga and Cocktails night! Come share our beautiful, peaceful...

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