Becky Harris named in Top 100 Women in Loudoun County

Thanks to the Loudoun Business Journal for naming Becky Harris, our chief distiller and founder (and my loving wife!), in their 100 Women in Loudoun County in the Spring 2016 issue.  Becky's hard work has gotten her a place, literally, right alongside Madeleine Albright!  She's obviously in fine, and well-deserved company!

Congrats to Becky and to all the other wonderful ladies who shared the honor!

Becky Harris, Loudoun Business Journal

Catoctin Creek wins Gold in Virginia Wine Lover Magazine's Best Of Reader's Choice Awards

Virginia Wine Lover Magazine

We are very proud to announce that Catoctin Creek won gold in the category of Best Distillery in Virginia in Virginia Wine Lover magazine's Best Of Reader's Choice awards.  About 28,000 people participated in the polling, in categories spanning across wine, beer, cider and yes, distilled spirits!  What an honor to be selected from such a fine group of companies in the Commonwealth!

Click on the image below to expand the text, or click here to read the story online.

Virginia Wine Lover Magazine

April 2016 News

Welcome to April!

Several Amazing Events This Month!

We have so many great events planned for April—there is bound to be one near you!  

In April, we'll be doing a dinner at Bastille in Alexandria to raise money for US Vets starting new careers as farmers.  We'll be at Monk's BBQ in Purcellville for a couple whisky events, one featuring oysters from War Shore Oyster Company (if you're local, this will be a not-to-miss!).  In western Faquier County, Scott will be bartending at the Ashby Inn (this should be amusing!).  

We'll also have our usual dinner at the distillery in April.  We're almost sold out on this ever-popular four-course dinner, so if you want to go in April, you'd probably want to get those reservations now.  This Saturday, Ron Barker, proprietor of Panacea/Cigar Volante is in the tasting room educating customers about his excellent cigars, a perfect pairing with Roundstone Rye whisky!

And yet, our biggest events in April are with Black's Restaurant Group...


April is Black's Restaurant Group Month!

Black's Restaurant Group

Republic, Black Salt, Black's Bar and Kitchen, Pearl Dive...

Black's Restaurant GroupIf you live in the DC area, you've probably been to one of the Black's Restaurant Group (BRG) properties. You'll find their restaurants all over Maryland and DC. In April, the good folks from BRG are coming to us!  And then, we're going to them!  The whole month will be a celebration of this wonderful collaboration between Catoctin and Black's.

To kick things off, the team at Black's Bar and Kitchen came out to the distillery on a frosty Monday morning and helped us bottle an entire barrel of their own private label whisky.  They hand-selected a barrel from our barn, and we bottled it as their house whisky. You can get this one-of-a-kind whisky starting in April.  If you're drinking rye at a restaurant in the Black's group, you're enjoying the finest local, organic, single-barrel whisky!  Black's really puts their money where their mouth is, and focus their entire menu, including the beverage menu, on sourcing from the finest local purveyors.  From oysters to rye, from swiss chard to gin, you can be assured at Black's that your food and drinks represent the rich bounty of agriculture of the Mid-Atlantic.

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Black's Restaurant Group

The fun begins on Saturday, April 23rd.  The bartenders of Black's Bar and Kitchen will be taking over the tasting room in an ultimate Bartender Brawl! Each bartender will be showcasing one of their own hand-crafted cocktails, and you, the voting public, will get to choose which drink is best! Try all four and make your decision! We'll also be showcasing bar-bites from the chefs at Black's, so you can enjoy the day of fine cocktails and small bites. No cost to attend. Tastings and cocktails will be at normal prices. Come by and join in the fun! Reservations recommended for all that attend.

Then, on April 26th, Catoctin Creek takes over at Black's Bar and Kitchen!!  Scott, Becky and Chad will be on hand to pour tastings of Mosby's Spirit, 1757 Virginia Brandy, and the new private barrel Roundstone Rye!  There will be food from the Chefs, drinks from the bar, and lots of great raffles and prizes.  We'll even have some Kings Mountain on hand, and you might get a chance to get some of that too!  The entire event will raise money for the Black's Foundation, which supports food programs for undernourished kids in Washington DC.  Eat good, drink good, and do good at the same time!  

Come join us!!  Click here to reserve your spot now!


Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

For the full list of events, and to get your reservations to these, check our events page.


Cocktail of the Month – Dude, Who Stole My Bikeshare?

Dude, Where's My Bikeshare?

This cocktail wins in the category of "Best Name Ever!"  The drink is the creation of Fabian Malone, bartender at Alfie's on Georgia Avenue in the Petworth neighborhood in DC.  With a name like "Alfie's," you might expect an old-school Italian family restaurant, or even an American burgers and fries joint.  What you don't expect is a place with Thai food so authentic, you'd think you were on the streets in Bangkok. (The bartenders will cheerfully help you through the menu, if needed.)  Mix that with totally hip modern cocktails, a culturally diverse staff (just minutes north of Howard University), and banging Reggae on the house speakers, and you have a place that is quintessentially DC.  

Fabian's cocktail is as diverse as it's environs:  mixing cachaça, cardamom pods, pineapple, and of course, Roundstone Rye in a cocktail-- you get the feel of a tropical night in Phuket, where the rye actually plays the leading role as a replacement for rum!

I dunno, but after drinking a few of these, my head was spinning as fast as the Reggae.  God Bless the District!

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Avua Cachaça Prata
½ oz simple syrup
4 crushed cardamom pods
½ oz lime juice
2 dashes Bitter Truth aromatic bitters
1 oz pineapple juice
Pineapple wedge to garish

Combine the Roundstone Rye, Cachaça, lime and pineapple juices over ice in a shaker.  Break and crumble the cardamom pods into the shaker and cover with the simple to infuse them a little into the sugar.  Shake vigorously until foamy, and then double strain into a coupe, garnish with a wedge of pineapple.

Recipe courtesy Fabian Malone, and used with permission.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.


In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on 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

Nice profile in Washington Life

Washington Life preview

Much thanks to Erica Moody, who writes for Washington Life, and does a nice profile of Catoctin Creek in her piece on area distilleries:

In the quaint downtown of Purcellville, Va., a family-owned business is breaking the mold and challenging convention.  Certified organic, kosher, sustainable, with production run by a woman whiskey-maker, Catoctin Creek is certainly not your run-of-the-mill (pun intended) distillery, and Scott and Becky Harris never intended it to be.

Read her full story, here.

March 2016 News

Welcome to March!

Celebrating Seven Years!

Family Shot at Catoctin CreekFebruary was a great month!  That's because seven short years ago, in February, our little Harris family began making whisky... at the very dawn of the craft spirits movement.  We were the first in Loudoun County, and still one of the best in Virginia!  Our spirits have been recognized the world over for their smooth and authentically hand-crafted quality.

I thank God for our blessings and successes along the way, and for being able to do what we love... bringing the finest in Virginia craft spirits to you! My how we've grown!

March means more Roundstone Rye for Down-Under!

March is here, and we now eagerly turn our eyes to Spring!  Daffodils, tulips, and cherry blossoms are all right around the corner!  

And as we look forward to the coming warmth, our good friends in Australia are hunkering down for autumn and the coming Australian winter.  In other words... whisky season!  In late January, we shipped a container full of whisky to our importer, Challenger Beverages.  For the past five weeks, the Spirit of Sydney cargo ship has been traversing the broad expanse of the Pacific Ocean (making its way through the Panama Canal at one point).  And after dodging a particularly nasty hurricane near Fiji, our whisky has landed in Sydney!

It's funny to think about it, but if you sit in a bar on the Gold Coast in Australia, you'll be just as able to get a dram of Roundstone Rye as if you were here in our native Virginia!

Cheers to Thinking Global!

Container bound for Australia 

Celtic Crowns + Cocktails - A Workshop for Makers

Alicia with crown

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, join us to create flower crowns with a Celtic vibe using both local and sourced blooms.  Julie Abrera of Beaumont House Design will be guiding you through making your own flower crown.  No flower experience needed. Julie will walk you through every step of transforming luscious flowers into a magnificent crown. All flowers, tools and supplies will be provided.

Scott Harris from Catoctin Creek Distillery will be serving up cocktails for the evening. Two are included in your ticket, but you've always got the option to purchase more - or just take home a delicious bottle for later!

Alicia Bruce of Love Knot Photo will be there taking photos of the event and providing a photo booth for you and your lassies to jump in and show off your creations!

All of the photos will be available for download within one week of the event, and are included in your ticket.

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St. Patrick's Day Whisky Dinner at the Wine Kitchen, Frederick

St. Patrick's Day Pug

Frank says... Join Scott and Becky in celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the Wine Kitchen in Frederick!

We'll have a sumptuous five course dinner paired with whiskey and drinks from Catoctin Creek.  Scott and Becky Harris, the founder and chief distiller of the distillery, will be on hand for casual conversation and to talk more about how we make our unique artisan spirits from hand!  Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all food and drinks.  Taxes and tips extra.

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Upcoming Events

Here is the full list of events planned at the distillery and in the area this month.  Many events are free, so be sure to join us for something fun:

  • March 2 - Whisky Wednesday - Join us this Wednesday at Jack Rose for free tastings of King's Mountain American Malt Whisky! FREE to attend
  • March 9 - Whisky Wednesday - Join us at Boss Shepherd's for more free tastings and whisky fun! FREE to attend
  • March 16 - Celtic Crowns + Cocktails - This workshop will teach you how to make crowns of flowers, plus two cocktails $45/pp
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Dinner at the Wine Kitchen - Celebrate St. Paddy's day with us at a five course meal at the Wine Kitchen ! $99/pp
  • March 19 - Bottling Workshop - Another great bottling workshop.  Learn to bottle and label your own bottle of Roundstone Rye! FREE to attend

For the full list of events, check our events page.


Cocktail of the Month – Killing Me Softly

Killing Me Softly

This cocktail was the feature dessert cocktail at our 2016 Valentine's Day Dinner at the distillery. It is sweet and bubbly, and perfect for a final night-cap.

1-2 oz of Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy (or Pearousia Pear Brandy, 1757 Grape Brandy, or Quarter Branch Apple Brandy, to taste)
1 oz of raspberry syrup (steep raspberries in equal parts sugar and water for several hours)
Sparking apple cider, Prosecco, Champagne, or Cava
Raspberries for garnish

Add one or two ounces of brandy to the bottom of a Champagne flute, along with an ounce of raspberry syrup. Top with chilled sparkling wine or cider, and garnish with one or two raspberries.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.


In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on 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

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Catoctin Creek Distillery

Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W Main St
Purcellville, VA 20132

Tel (540) 751-8404

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Catoctin Creek Dinner at Magnolia's

  APR 6   Catoctin Creek Dinner at Magnolia's 7:00pm—9:00pm Join us for dinner and cocktails at Magnolia's at the Mill in Purcellville!  Chef Erik will prepare five decadent courses paired with amazing classic cocktails from Catoctin...

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Dinner at the Distillery, with cocktails and more!

  APR 14   Dinner at the Distillery 7:00pm—9:30pm Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private...

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Catoctin Creek Bottling Workshop

  APR 22   Bottling Workshop 10:00am—12:00pm Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, April 22, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your...

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