Loudoun Now 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 organically 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.
Press Release: Virginia resort offers first legal whisky made from grain grown in Loudoun County since Prohibition
Catoctin Creek Distilling Produces Private Label Rye Whisky for Virginia Resort and Tavern
LEESBURG, VA, February 17, 2017 – Lansdowne Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel 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.
About Lansdowne Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel: Slip into the good life, the Lansdowne Life. Lansdowne Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel sprawls across 476 acres along the banks of the Potomac River in Leesburg, VA. Rich in history and at the Gateway of Virginia wine country, the resort creates an environment that enriches lives. Lansdowne Resort and Spa cultivates an atmosphere deeply connected to nature and the destination. The resort features exquisite cuisine, recreation and experiences tied to the destination, leaving guests feeling inspired with a new sense of purpose and perspective. The resort is the ultimate sanctuary of sophistication and renewal, perfect for families, romantic getaways, business travelers and private events. Just miles away from Washington, D.C., Lansdowne is heir to a cherished tradition of Virginia hospitality and is the only full-service, four-diamond resort in the area that provides authentically immersed experiences that are true to its place. Visit www.destinationhotels.com/lansdowne-resort to learn more or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter #LansdowneLife.
About Destination Hotels: Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 19 indigenous spas, and 105 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.
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
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.
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
Our 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
For the full list of events, check our events page.
Cocktail of the Month – La Louisiane
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!
Scott & Becky
Investment provides capital for growth in production and marketing in 2017
PURCELLVILLE, VA, January 5, 2017 - Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, LLC, a distillery operating in Purcellville in Loudoun County, Virginia, announced today that Constellation Brands acquired a minority stake in the Virginia distillery. This investment provides the company with new capital to grow production, marketing, and to provide more jobs in Virginia.
Catoctin Creek is a craft distillery producing their flagship, award-winning Roundstone Rye whisky, among other products. The distillery's products have received numerous medals and awards, most recently receiving gold medals from the 2016 American Whisky Masters in London and the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, along with a five star "Highest Recommendation" from F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal.
"We created Catoctin Creek to produce award-winning 100% rye single-barrel whisky entirely from grain to glass," remarked Becky Harris, the president and chief distiller of Catoctin Creek. "In order to expand our production and portfolio, we needed the right partner for the next level of growth. Constellation has a strong commitment to this category, and with their expertise and support, we look forward to bringing our Virginia whisky to the world with the same team and exceptional product quality."
"As we continue to invest in and explore the high-end craft whisky segment, we are excited to partner with Catoctin Creek - producers of authentic and award-winning products that provide us with deeper knowledge of emerging opportunities,” said Ben Dollard, chief growth officer, Constellation Brands. “Working with passionate entrepreneurs like Becky and Scott Harris allows Constellation Brands to support and accelerate their growth while staying at the forefront of the evolving alcoholic beverage landscape.”
"We are excited about our future in craft spirits," remarked Scott Harris, founder and general manager of the distillery. "When we started, our core mission was to produce the finest rye whisky possible. Constellation understands that core mission, and shares our business values."
Fisher & Company, of Menlo Park, California, initiated the transaction and advised Catoctin Creek in closing the deal with Constellation. The core management team of Scott and Becky Harris, who founded the distillery in 2009, will remain the same. The company expects to begin expansion in early 2017, and will continue to operate out of its 120 W. Main St., Purcellville location.
About Constellation Brands: Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world’s leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila, and High West Whiskey.
Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, about 40 facilities and approximately 8,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.