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September 2017 News

September Greetings!

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hurricane Harvey

Normally, these newsletters are filled with fun and exciting topics relating to the distillery, but last month, Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area.  We were devastated.  I wanted to take a moment and reflect on that terrible disaster.  As I'm sure everyone is aware, an enormous amount of damage was done, and as with Katrina, lives were lost, an many people's lives will never be the same.  The process of recovery will be slow.  Rebuilding is only just now beginning, and will last for years to come. Many are asking, what can we do to help?

The DC area Food and Beverage companies, spearheaded by Brandon Skall at DC Brau, set up a relief page through the US Red Cross.  Catoctin Creek was happy to donate to this fund, and we hope you might consider doing so as well.  We're trying to raise $25,000 for the families in need in Texas.

You can learn more and donate, here.

Thanks for listening, and on with the newsletter...

--Scott

  

Virginia Spirits MonthSeptember is Virginia Spirits Month

All month long, we will celebrate September as Virginia Spirits Month! Restaurants all across the state will be showcasing cocktail menus featuring local Virginia distillers. (There are over 50 of them now!) Stop by and show your love by enjoying the finest craftsmanship Virginia has to offer!

Celebrate with us, and get a free "Virginia is for Lovers" trucker hat when you buy any bottle of Virginia-made spirits at participating ABC stores, while supplies last.

 

Rabble Rouser Release Day - September 9th! Noon. At the Tasting Room.

Rabble Rouser Rye Whisky

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"[At four years old]... Catoctin Creek [is] one of just a few craft distilleries producing rye whiskey of that age."
– Jake Emen, Washington City Paper, May 22, 2015

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Rabble Rouser is the latest rye whisky offering from Catoctin Creek. Distilled from 100% rye, the Rabble Rouser differs from its cousin, Roundstone Rye, in that it is distilled at a lower proof, allowing lots of earthy goodness from the grain to come through in the spirit.

The whisky is aged for four years, making it among the oldest craft whiskey in the United States presently, and twice the legal age requirement for "straight rye whiskey."

"Whereas Roundstone Rye is sort of restrained and elegant," say Scott Harris, founder of the distillery, "Rabble Rouser is more unruly and vivacious."

Look for it to knock your socks off with release three in September 9, 2017 in the tasting room at noon.

Virginia ABC ordering code 27009; suggested retail price $95.99 per bottle. 50% ABV, 750 ml

 

50 States of Whiskey features Catoctin Creek

50 States of Whiskey

We were very pleased to feature in the Virginia episode of 50 States of Whiskey.  Imagine two guys, a car, and a mission: Visit a distillery in every one of the 50 states.  Then, make a movie about it.  That's what we have here.  Enjoy!

Read the full blog post, here. Or click the photo for a link to the video.

 

Cool events in September!

There are some amazing events planned for September and early October!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

September 2, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Cocktails and Drams: "Alchemia Americano"Cocktails and Drams: "Alchemia Americano"

September 3, 1pm. Ever wonder about some of those unique ingredients used in cocktails? Well, here's your chance to learn how to properly make cocktails with some of them at home from a pro! You get to come in and learn in a real bar, and we will handle the setup and break-down for ya! Home bartending, but with tons of fun!!! #DrinkAsYouLearn (don't worry, we’ll have notes for you to take with ya in case you "forget" a few things you drank or learned that night). We got ya covered.

  

Belle Grove Plantation FestivalEnjoy a festival of local music, wine, beer, and spirits

September 9, 12pm. Join Catoctin Creek Distilling Company for its second year in a row with the Spirits Festival at Belle Grove Plantation. Enjoy delicious Catoctin Creek whisky as well as spirits from other Virginia craft distillers, local wineries and craft breweries. Experience live music, great food, unique artisans & crafters plus a chance to compete in the annual corn hole tournament, raffles and mansion tours. All proceeds go to benefit the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation.

  

Dinner at the Aldie MillDinner and Whiskey at Historic Aldie Mill

September 16, 6:30pm. NOW IN OUR SEVENTH YEAR!! Join us for a unique and intimate evening with old friends and new as we taste five exquisite whiskeys paired with delicious food, all in the historic 19th century Aldie Mill. This event is HUGELY popular, and space is extremely limited. We usually sell out by July, so do not miss your chance to enjoy this wonderful event! not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

October 6, 7pm. 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 tour of the distillery, while we personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Cocktail of the Month – Mason Dixon Manhattan

Mason Dixon

A nod to the classic Manhattan with a southern twist. Wonderful cocktail to pair with traditional hors d’oeuvres or appetizer course.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whiskey
½ oz Grand Marnier Cordon Rogue
¼ oz Broadbent Rainwater Madeira
1 wedge of orange
1 wedge of lemon

Build all spirits in a mixing glass. Squeeze and drop in both lemon and orange wedges. Add ice and stir well. Strain into a martini glass or coupe. Express oil of an orange twist into glass and/or onto the rim of glass and use twist as garnish.

Recipe courtesy Marilee and Matt Billingsley, Postbellum

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Company statement on "Mosby's Spirit" in light of recent events

In light of recent events in Charlottesville, our "Mosby's Spirit" product will be discontinued. The product has been discontinued from Virginia ABC shelves (it's on closeout), and we will be depleting it in the tasting room for an ultimate discontinue of the product.

This was a difficult decision, partly because the Mosby's Spirit is a very fine product, and John S. Mosby, the product's namesake, was not an egregious character. (More on that here.)  However, if his moniker causes any of our customers discomfort, that is not what we desire. So we have decided to phase out the product.

Catoctin Creek strongly supports inclusion, equality, diversity, and community, and we strongly and clearly condemn white supremacy, ethnic nationalism, Nazis and all other forces of evil which seek to divide us.

August 2017 News

Happy August!   

Catoctin Creek in Pennsylvania!

Catoctin Creek in Pennsyvania

We are very pleased to announce Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye has been chosen by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to be a regular "listed" item.  This means it will appear on the shelves of all the local liquor stores in the Commonwealth, including major markets in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.  We are very pleased by this, and little do most people know, but quite a lot of Pennsylvania goes into our Virginia rye whisky!  A good deal of our grain comes from farms near Lancaster (which we consider local, just a couple hours away), and our bottles are made by Anchor Hocking in Monaca, PA, supporting about 100 jobs in that area. So when you buy Catoctin Creek, you're not just supporting us here in Virginia, but our kin in Pennsylvania too!

Remember, as we said when we started in 2009, Think Global, Drink Local!

Roundstone Rye 80 Proof will be available in PA at $39.99, available this autumn.

 

Welcome Denise Petty!

Denise Petty at Catoctin Creek

We'd like to welcome Denise Petty to our team. Denise is joining us as a tasting room manager, and will be in charge of lots of great cocktails and customer service we're bringing to you all!  Here's a few words from her, by way of an introduction:

Hi, I'm Denise Petty, I grew up here in Loudoun County but have spent most of my life right on the edge of it, in Sterling and Purcellville. Each side of the county much different to the other but ultimately the same mindset in regards to fresh, local and artisinal products/produce. I've been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 10 years now and my knowledge is ever growing. My passion for gardening, the arts and of course, libations has made mixing cocktails a marvelous outlet for my creativity. I'm so fortunate to live in an area where so many artists are expressing themselves through food and drink, the inspiration is never lacking. So, cheers to you artists, keep on dreaming!

 

Cool events in August!   

There are some amazing events planned for August!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!  

Seafood BoilPolo in the Park

Every Saturday in August, 7pm. Each Saturday night in July and August, join us at Morven Park for Polo in the Park! Catoctin Creek is the official whiskey and gin sponsor for Morven Park! Join us for cool summer cocktails as you sit on the lawn and enjoy Loudoun's best polo. Fun for all ages! Gates open at 6pm and the party continues til 11pm.

 

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

August 12, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

August 18, 7pm. 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 tour of the distillery, while we personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Cocktail of the Month – That Rye Nectar

That Rye Nectar

This cocktail comes to us from our new Tasting Room Manager, Denise Petty. Denise is a Loudoun County native and joined our team in July. She's a food and beverage pro, and we're so grateful to have her on our team.

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
¼ oz fresh lime juice
¼ oz local honey
​1 oz​ fresh, fine strained orange juice
3-4 drops of orange blossom water
garnish with orange peel and honey comb

Stir together fresh squeezed lime juice, local honey and Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye until honey is even throughout. Add fresh squeezed orange juice, use a fine strainer to remove all pulp and seeds. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into glass, top with 3 to 4 drops of orange blossom water. Garnish with orange peel around honey comb.

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company Spirits to Enter Pennsylvania in September

Initial launch to feature award-wining Roundstone Rye, a pre-Prohibition style rye whisky made from 100-percent rye grain

Virginia-based craft distillery sources regional grain, including rye grown in Pennsylvania

PURCELLVILLE, VA, July 24, 2017 – Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has announced plans to begin selling its award-winning spirits in Pennsylvania in September. Upon launch this fall, premium spirits made by the craft distillery based in northern Virginia’s Loudoun Valley will be available throughout the state with concentration in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Founded in 2009 by the husband and wife team of Becky and Scott Harris, Catoctin Creek uses regional, organic ingredients to produce a variety of premium spirits, including its flagship Roundstone Rye, which holds distinction as Virginia’s most-awarded whisky. A substantial amount of the grain used to make Roundstone Rye and other Catoctin products is sourced from Pennsylvania farms. Catoctin Creek’s bottles also come from Pennsylvania, made at Anchor Hocking Company in Monaca, near Pittsburgh.

“Every bottle we produce at Catoctin Creek is crafted by hand from the best organic grains,” says Scott Harris. “We have a great working relationship with many producers in Pennsylvania, so we can’t wait for the spirits we make with careful attention to detail to be enjoyed by people across the state.”

Catoctin Creek’s expanded distribution into Pennsylvania will start with its flagship product, Roundstone Rye, a pre-Prohibition style rye whisky made from 100-percent rye grain. Lauded across the globe with gold medals in London, New York and San Francisco, Roundstone Rye is one of very few organic whiskeys available today. After being aged in new Minnesota white oak casks for just under two years, it is bottled at an approachable 80 proof, ultimately offering a smooth whisky that blends flavors of the wood with the spice of rye’s true grain character. A superb sipping whisky, Roundstone Rye also features notes of caramel, rich butter toffee, and just a hint of lemon in the nose.

Roundstone Rye will be carried in bars, restaurants and package stores where premium spirits are sold. The bottle retail price in Pennsylvania is $39.99. Additional Catoctin products are available on a special-order basis from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB).

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Twitter: @catoctincreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, and brandy from Virginia wines. For media-related inquiries, please contact Hannah Watson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-964-0004 ext. 19, or for more information please visit www.catoctincreek.com.

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