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Coverage of the 2015 RAMMYS

We got some lovely coverage in the news regarding our RAMMY award last night.  Seems a man in a kilt always makes a good impression.  Writing for the Washington Post, Becky Krystal writes:

The black-tie event brought out its share of dresses long and short, tuxes and, oh, yeah, that tie-dyed suit we spotted behind the Atlas Brew Works table. And kilts! We spied multiple examples of this traditional Scottish apparel, including the one worn by Scott Harris, whose Catoctin Creek distillery, run with his wife, Becky, collected the award for regional food and beverage producer of the year.

Meredith Bethune, writing for Eater DC, also enjoyed the kilted men:

It seemed like anyone who wore a kilt automatically won this year. Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek said he spent a good chunk of money on one during a trip to Scotland, so he wears it whenever possible. Harris was the first to accept an award in Scottish gear, followed by Mark Benson from Bar Pilar and Neil Blackwood from Mintwood Place. Sue Palka of FOX 5 DC told the crowd, "I’m so buying my husband a kilt! I love ‘em!"

Here are some of the Washington DC area news outlets covering the 2015 RAMMY awards last night:

RAMMYs Finalists on Foodie and the Beast

Federal News Radio

Foodie and the BeastLast 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.

Single Cask Nation Catoctin Creek 2 year old reviewed

Single Cask Nation Catoctin Creek 2yoIt took us a while to find this, but whiskey blogger "...tire-bouchon" reviewed our first bottling for Single Cask Nation, our Catoctin Creek 2 year old whisky, back in June, 2014.  This was a very special dram, the first American whiskey ever bottled by Single Cask Nation, and we're very glad that the reviewer loved it!

Like I expected it is a very interesting whiskey. It would definitely pair amazingly well with Turkish coffee and might replace my beloved Metaxa there. I also can see that it would go well with mellow, not so spicy cigars for a long after dinner conversation or with eggy desserts like Mexican flan or creme caramel. It is a whisky you don't want to rush for sure. It's thick, bold, full of flavors and needs your attention and time... Looks like this bottle will keep company to me quite a long time. By the way remember that this whiskey is only two years old. Kind of mind blowing if you think about it...

You can read the entire review, here.

Catoctin Creek in DuJour Magazine

DuJour Magazine.  Creek-Tastic.  To enjoy Loudoun County, Virginia's thriving wine and liquor scene, look no further than Purcellville distillery Catoctin Creek.Always nice that when a magazine is covering the Washington DC area, that we get a special mention!  A great little call out for Catoctin Creek from DuJour in their Summer 2015 issue!

To enjoy Loudoun County, Virginia's thriving wine and liquor scene, look no further than Purcellville distillery Catoctin Creek, founded by chemical engineer Becky Harris and her project-manager husband, Scott Harris. "Scott likes to say that 20 years of government contracting taught him a great love of drinking," jokes Becky.

Learn more about DuJour, here.

Virginia: A Magnet for Trailblazers

Hannah at Catoctin CreekSome nice coverage for Loudoun County and the surrounding areas of Virginia from Dreamscapes, a travel and lifestyle magazine out of Canada.  They had a nice visit at the distillery, and gave us a little shout-out!

Contemporary entrepreneurs are clinking their glasses in the northwest corner of Virginia. In small-town Purcellville, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, chemical engineer Becky Harris took a career detour and together with husband Scott established the Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. Building a distillery from the ground up takes a dose of moxie and the go-getter vision of how art and science intersect.

For the full article, click here.

Environmental Entrepreneurs highlights Catoctin's Solar Array

Solar arrayEnvironmental Entrepreneurs, an organization that works for clean energy and sustainability, wrote a brief case study on how Catoctin Creek is improving both their carbon footprint and their bottom line by using solar energy. 

The solar array offsets about 85 percent of the distillery’s electrical usage. On sunny days, energy generated by the array is equivalent to five households’ worth of electricity – and the distillery even returns energy into the grid for others to use.

Read the full story, here.

Catoctin Creek announces first new whisky since inception – Rabble Rouser® Straight Rye Whisky

Rabble Rouser Rye WhiskyJake Emen, writing for the Washington City Paper, got the scoop on our newest whiskey since we started the company:  Rabble Rouser® Straight Rye Whisky.  This is among the oldest whiskey we have produced, clocking in at four years old, making it one of the oldest whiskeys in all of craft spirits today.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, best known for its Roundstone Rye, is preparing to unveil a new addition to its rye whiskey portfolio:  Rabble Rouser.  Whereas Roundstone Rye is aged for just under two years, Rabble Rouser will be four years old when it's released in October.  Not only is that double the amount of time required for the spirit to legally qualify as a "straight" rye whiskey, it also makes Catoctin Creek one of just a few craft distilleries producing rye whiskey of that age.

Read the full story, here.

Catoctin Creek in Kuala Lumpur

Catoctin Creek got a nice mention in Star2.com's profile on 44 Bar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Thanks to the work of our southeast Asian importer, Liberty Spirits Asia, Ltd., our products are showing up all over the region.

One of the spirits to benefit most from the recent rise of craft spirits in the US is rye whiskey. Located in Purcellville, Virginia, Catoctin Creek Distillery’s 100% rye whiskies are aged in new American oak casks and are certified eco-ganic products.

You can read the full story, here.

Roundstone Rye on Whiskey Cats Podcast

Whiskey CatsThe 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.

Distillery of the Month at Main Street Distilleries

E-man Booze and his blog, Main Street Distilleries, has selected Catoctin Creek as their distillery of the month.  We may actually be the first of his profiled distilleries to actually have a Main Street address!  E-man does a nice profile on the company, the spirits, and our history, and then wraps up the column with an insightful Q&A session with founder Scott Harris:

The essence of historic Virginia rye whiskey – fashioned from 100% rye grain – is gloriously captured in Mosby’s Spirit, an un-aged version of Catoctin Creek’s wildly popular Roundstone Rye Whiskey.

Read the entire story, here.

Eater: Women who are changing whiskey

Jake Emen does a great story on the changing face of whiskey in America, and how women are a big part of it.  Our own Becky Harris gets some hefty coverage in the story:

Ironically, across a pre-Industrial Revolution America, women were formerly household distillers, back when it was considered merely another female duty. "It was a big chore, making all the spirits and whiskey and cider and all of this stuff they did, that was one of their jobs," explains Harris. "Then guys decided that this was this 'craft' that only men do, and women were gone."

For the full article, click here.

Food Republic: 35 Independant Craft Distillers that need to be on your radar

It was nice to be included in this story on 35 top craft distillers. We are in good company in a list of some of America's hottest new distillers.

Located in Purcellville, Virginia, which is considered the heart of Virginia wine country, this distillery has become famous for its Roundstone Rye, which is aged in new Minnesota white oak casks for a period of just under two years and was awarded silver medals at the 2011 American Distilling Institute Whiskey Competition.

Read the full story, here.

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