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Under My Host Podcast

Under My HostCori and the gang from Under My Host recently interviewed Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek distillery for their podcast.  You can download the podcast from iTunes, here, or visit the podcast web site, here.

In the podcast, we have lots of fun over several drinks, and taste our way through the spirits.  We also discuss craft cocktails and the cocktail scene in New Orleans, with featured guest Kimberly Patton-Bragg, head chef at the Hotel Modern in New Orleans.  You can download that cocktail recipe on our cocktail page.

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye named Finalist in the 2013 Good Food Awards

Roundstone RyeThe Good Food Awards has named Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye a finalist in their 2013 spirits category, one of 182 finalists from 31 states, chosen from among 1,366 entries in nine industries.  Sarah Weiner, director of the Good Food Awards writes:

With 40% more entries this year, being a Good Food Awards Finalist means more than ever before. ... This year’s Finalists are a diverse and talented group of innovators. Learning what each producer is doing in their part of the country to build a strong food culture for America has been truly inspiring, and I can’t wait to see them gather together in January.

View the complete list of 2013 Good Food Awards finalists, here.

2013 Good Food Awards

A Visit To Catoctin Creek

Jason Johnstone-Yellin of Food Digital, recently paid us a visit.  Despite a small correction (we are not Virginia's oldest distillery, by far, that honor goes to Laird's), it is a nice article and represents us well.  Here he gives his opinion on the Mosby's Spirit:

Often, the unaged spirit does the distillery a disservice because it needs to spend some time in oak to round off the harsh edges of the spirit. Becky and Scott wanted to make a spirit that they could stand behind. Making a different series of “cuts” for the unaged whiskey than they do for the cask matured stock allows a bottled spirit that is clean and drinks very easily.

Read the full story, here.

Warren Bobrow reviews Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy on Beekman1802

GartendingIn yet another very entertaining and zany review, Warren Bobrow (or should we say, "Klaus"?) reviews our peach brandy and comes up with an interesting cocktail:

Layer upon layer of juicy, freshly crushed peaches give way to the deeper vanilla elements of the fine Virginia brandy.  Dry is the first impression.  Each sip is more of a peach eau de vie or schnapps than a sugar sweet American version of an infused spirit.

Read the full review here.  There's also a neat cocktail with the review, which we've included here.

Follow That Pear

A fun little graphic from the December 2012 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine tracing the life of one pear into our brandy, and beyond!

Follow That Pear

Scott Harris on the Marketplace Morning Report

Marketplace from APMScott was enjoying breakfast at the Leesburg Restaurant last week, when a Nancy Marshall Genzer from Marketplace showed up to interview the patrons about their post-election thoughts.  Check out the story in the last half of this podcast:

Guid Scotch Drink Reviews Watershed Gin

Watershed Gin

Guid Scotch Drink normally reviews whisky, and particularly, scotch.  So it was particularly nice that a scotch lover like Jason Johnstone-Yellin enjoyed our gin so much:

Their Watershed gin is distilled from local rye (I do like my gins built on a rye foundation) while the name pays respect to the watershed into which Catoctin Creek runs.

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In conclusion: From the rye nose through the abundant aniseed on the palate and into the cinnamon finish this is an excellent gin. Highly recommended.

Read the full review here.

Capital Cooking - Slow Sippin': 515

Lauren DeSantis of Catoctin Creek '515'Capital Cooking recently attended our 515 release event at J&G Steakhouse. She had some really nice things to say not only about the 515, but also about the Roundstone Rye:

First, a word about the Roundstone Rye. Unlike some ryes that hit you over the head, the Roundstone is rather delicate. The nose hints of honey, slightly floral, with some rye spice, and a hint of wood. It is somewhat tart with a little citrus and some slight vanilla and oak flavors, and a subtle finish that has elements of sour, wood, and spice. ... [For] such a young distillery, Catoctin produces really good rye.

I tasted the 515 and agreed with the crowd’s consensus – Catoctin Creek Distillery knows what it is doing. This is a unique product that for whisky lovers more than justifies a special trip to J and G.

Read the entire review, here.

Scott at the J+G Steakhouse
Photo courtesy Kyle Schmitz.

Proof66 Reviews Watershed Gin

Watershed GinProof66 did a really nice, and very thorough review of Watershed Gin.  They really understand what we're trying to accomplish with this gin.  A great review:

There’s just a hint of sweetness on the front end and the warmth all comes on the finish. In fact, we felt the Martini was slightly better when not chilled making it a kind of winter-weather martini that could easily substitute for brandy or similar winter-time drinks.

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The first round is always the spirit itself unvarnished by anything else. Where the Beefeeater is juniper with a black pepper bite and the Hendrick’s is all citrus and floral, the Watershed has a great deal more grain character. It’s almost more like a white whiskey and we think it would appeal greatly to beer lovers. The juniper is subdued but present but with the dash of promised spice, perhaps pepper and cinnamon. But all very subtle. For a 100 proof spirit, it’s shockingly smooth and a credit to the distillation itself. These are incredibly different gins each with a different audience. Traditional gin lovers of heavy juniper will be disappointed with Watershed but from a crafting standpoint, this is an incredible easy-going and drinkable product—easily surpassing the craftsmanship of the Beefeater and neck-and-neck with the celebrated Hendrick’s. [Special note: we’ve often been intensely disappointed with white whiskey and even refused to publish a review on some… this note to drive home the point that the execution of this gin as a spirit is especially impressive to us.]

Read the entire review, here.

Esquire Cocktail of the Week: The Mt. Vernon

Esquire

The Mt. VernonEsquire Magazine featured a cocktail by John Reusing (owner of Bad Decisions Bar in Baltimore) as their cocktail of the week:

My goal in designing this drink was to make a dryer and spicier version of the classic Manhattan. I had many customers looking for a dry, whiskey-based drink, so I set out to make something that was less sweet than most traditional whiskey drinks. I like Catoctin Creek because it has a lot of great spicy notes from the rye.

Read more at Esquire, or check out the cocktail on our cocktail page.

Kashrus Magazine Reviews Catoctin Creek

Kashrus Magazine did a nice story on the distillery, and why we decided to go kosher.  From the review:

Rather than attempting to "rate" this whiskey, I'll just mention that I donated a bottle to my shul's (after-davening) "Kiddush club", and it disappeared a whole lot faster than most of the other whiskeys.

For the entire story, check out Kashrus Magazine online, here.

Multiple Local News Outlets Covering Our Expansion

We kind of figured the news of our new building purchase, the expansion of our production, and our move to Main Street would be big local news. Lots of the local papers picked up the story:

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Daily Beast - What Music Embodies Rye Wh…

Photograph by Atlantic Records, used under license, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45577655. The Daily Beast asked rye distillers around the country to tell us what their spirits taste like by comparing them to...

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Rabble Rouser featured in Maxim

Maxim did a story on some of the best Bottled In Bond whiskies available, and our Rabble Rouser was selected (among some very fine company, if we do say so)! Previous whiskey...

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Becky Harris in American Whiskey Magazin…

American Whiskey magazine does an interview with Becky Harris, our president and chief distiller, about starting up a distillery and what's on the horizon. Focusing more now on the spirit itself...

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Catoctin Creek Bottling Workshop

  AUG 10   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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Spirited History: A Tasting of History & Whiskeys at Aldie Mill

  SEP 14   Dinner and Whiskey at Historic Aldie Mill 6:30pm—10:00pm NOW IN OUR NINTH YEAR!! Join us for a unique and intimate evening with old friends and new as we taste five exquisite whiskeys paired...

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Autumn Dinner at the Distillery

  SEP 20   Autumn Dinner at the Distillery 7:00pm—9:00pm Join us September 20th for our autumn-themed dinner. We will feature a four course menu plus an amuse boushe from Justin Thyme Culinary. The theme for the night...

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