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!
Republic, Black Salt, Black's Bar and Kitchen, Pearl Dive...
If 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.
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!
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:
- April 2 - Meet the Maker - Panacea Cigars - Ron Barker will be in our tasting room to educate you on the fine line of Panacea cigars! FREE to attend
- April 6 - Whisky Wednesday at Monk's BBQ - Join us for great barbeque, awesome beers, and specials on Catoctin Creek whisky!
- April 12 - Dinner at Bastille - Scott and Becky will be in Alexandria for this wonderful four course dinner! $99/pp
- April 15 - Dinner at the Distillery - Only three seats remain for this exclusive dinner at the distillery. $99/pp
- April 17 - Oysters at Monk's BBQ - Oysters, beer from Port City Brewing Company, and Bloody Mosby's by Catoctin!
- April 23 - Black's Bartender Brawl at Catoctin Creek - The bartenders from Black's take over with food and drinks in our tasting room. FREE to attend
- April 26 - Catoctin Creek Takeover at Black's Bar - It's a Catoctin extravaganza at Blacks, with drinks, raffles, small bites, and lots of fun! $75/pp
- April 27 - Whisky Wednesday at Ashby Inn - Enjoy some antics as Scott tries his hand at bartending at the Ashby Inn! $25/pp
- April 30 - Bottling Workshop - Enjoy a morning of coffee, bottling your own Roundstone Rye, and tasting your way through our spirits! FREE to attend
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?
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.
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