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Happy July from Catoctin Creek!

July Greetings!  Phase III – Getting out a little more while staying safe.

We've been carefully easing back into a more normal life since the governor announced his Phase I, II, and now III plans.  There is nothing more important to us than your safety of our guests and employees.  In that mindset, we've been tip-toeing back into normal life.

Phase III of the re-opening was announced today, and while other places in the country are seeing back-sliding in COVID cases, we prefer to approach with caution.

Largely speaking, to our business, Phase III will be very similar to Phase II.  Although we are allowed to have full capacity in the tasting room, we choose not to do so.  Here are the details how we will implement Phase III:

  • Cocktail service continues with all tables socially distant.  We will still maintain only 50% capacity indoors.
  • Sidewalk service with up to six tables outside continues.  We still believe the safest place for drinking is outside.
  • Masks are absolutely required inside.  No exceptions.  It is our business; our rules.  Wear your mask or stay in your car and we'll bring bottles to you curbside.
  • Masks are not required when you are seated at your tables (inside or outside) enjoying your cocktails.
  • Our servers will continue to wear masks 100% of the time.
  • We will continue to sanitize everything at least hourly per CDC guidelines.
  • Tours will resume July 1st on the hour.  Masks must be worn during the tours.
  • Obviously, space is limited, so reservations are highly recommended.  Walk-ups will be seated only as space is available.  Make your reservations online at https://catoctincreekdistilling.com/tours
  • Curbside, pickup, and shipping are still available through the online shop.
  • Children and underage participants are allowed to return, when accompanied by an adult.

If you have any questions, please call us at 540-751-8404 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Online Shop

Buy Your Spirits ONLINE for Delivery or Curbside Pickup

Virginia residents may buy your whisky, gin and brandy online!  The Virginia ABC now allows direct-to-consumer shipping!  We are now taking orders in our Online Shop.

       ORDER NOW  -  https://catoctincreekstore.com

If you are outside of Virginia, you may also order for online shipping, here.

You can also place curbside orders using the online shop, or simply call in your order at 540-751-3294.

 

 

Becky in the rye field

Visit to our rye farmer in June - Harvesting soon!

A couple weeks ago, we visited our rye farmer along the Rappahannock River in Virginia. About three hours from the distillery, Timmy's farm sits on 73 acres, where he grows corn, beans and three different types of rye for us. It's all a bit of an experiment, because he's playing with grains that haven't been grown in this area for (in some cases) a hundred years. We're figuring out together what grains do best here, taste best, and have the best yield.

We are about one week away from the harvest now, and Timmy invited us down to take a look at the grain before he gets REAL BUSY. The grain is nearly as tall as Becky.

This is the essence of terroir. This grain, grown in this sandy soil near this old Virginia River, baking in this summer heat, getting sweeter and sweeter in the rye berry, is totally unlike rye grown in Canada or the Midwest. The grain in this field is the first aspect of flavor that we introduce into our whisky. And we're proud to have it coming from Virginia!

 
 

Sunday Zoom Chats on Facebook Live

John Shope and Johnny WarbuxSunday! Sunday! Sunday! Join us this Sunday at noon on Facebook Live as our next guest will be the incomparable John Shope, Virginia sales manager and brand ambassador extraordinaire! In July, we're celebrating SEVEN YEARS with John as one of our CCDC family. (When we met him, he was just a pup!) John will be mixing up one of his favorite cocktails, and Edward Harris, our son, and national brand ambassador based in Texas, will be featuring a cocktail in his honor.

Plus, we'll have a special guest, Johnny Warbux, throwing down some of his freestyle rap! Don't miss it!!   Jump on Facebook Live to see the show:  https://facebook.com/catoctincreek/live/

 

 

Cocktail of the Month – Blood and Sand

Blood and Sand

This cocktail comes to us from Eddie Harris, our son and national brand ambassador currently living in Texas. You can follow Eddie and his cocktail exploits on Instagram at @theboozygay.

Eddie writes about this cocktail:

This cocktail first appeared in 1922 as a promotional recipe for a Rudolph Valentino movie of the same name. It first appeared in the Savoy cocktail book in 1933. The film was later remade twice with the second remake starring Tyrone Power, Rita Hayworth, and Linda Darnell winning an academy award for cinematography.

So grab a glass and raise a toast!

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92 Proof
½ oz Old Pultney Maritime (or your favorite Scotch)
1½ oz Sweet Vermouth
1½ oz fresh orange juice
1½ oz Pratt Standard Cranberry Orange Syrup (or to taste)

Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled stemmed coup. Garnish with orange peel.

Recipe and photo courtesy Eddie Harris.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

WhiskyCast

Proudly supporting WhiskyCast

Catoctin Creek is proud to be one of the sponsors of WhiskyCast, and if you’re not familiar with Whisky’s longest-running podcast series, we encourage you to check it out. Each week, Mark Gillespie brings you the latest whisky news from all over the world, along with in-depth interviews, tasting notes, and much more. You can listen to WhiskyCast on most podcast apps, smart speakers, and at WhiskyCast.com.

 

 

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Chilled Magazine: Top 9 Virtual Distillery Tours

We are in fine company in this Chilled magazine article about the nine best virtual distillery tours:  Buffalo Trace, Lagavulin, Four Roses, and little ol' Catoctin Creek.  The article notes:

Capturing the experience of visiting a small distillery, Catoctin Creek has produced a video tour led by co-founder and distiller Scott Harris. As the fellow narrating the experience is also the one who not just makes, but also conceived of the whiskeys and other spirits in question (Catoctin Creek is known mostly for their rye whiskey, but they also have a gin and some brandies), he goes beyond what most virtual tours do in discussing his production process. Ironically, the smallest distillery on this list also produced what is arguably the best technical presentation of the bunch.

You can read the full story, here.

Join "the fellow" as he guides you on a virtual tour and tasting at the distillery. See how whiskey is made and enjoy some tasting notes and history about our small Virginia distillery.

Catoctin Creek Reopening Plans - June is around the corner!

June Greetings!  We can't wait to see you!!

Starting May 29th, new sidewalk "bistro" service!

Phase I of the re-opening has come to Northern Virginia:

  • We will begin re-introducing cocktail service starting Friday, May 29th, featuring cocktails from our friends Sense of Thai Street.
  • We are establishing a NEW sidewalk service in front of the distillery: bistro tables that will be socially distant, per the governor's orders.
  • Masks are not required at socially distant tables while outside.
  • Obviously, space is limited, so reservations are highly recommended.  Walk-ups will be seated only as space is available.
  • Make your reservations online at https://catoctincreekdistilling.com/tours
  • Curbside, pickup, and shipping are still available through the online shop.
  • Other rules and guidelines, in accordance with the governor's orders are below:
    • Masks must be worn inside the building at all times. No exceptions.
    • No one under 21 permitted in the distillery or at the tables out front.
    • We will be sanitizing the space as per the guidelines of both Virginia and the CDC.
    • There is still a two person limit on the people coming in to buy bottles.
    • We are still unable to seat people for inside service in the distillery tasting room, nor can we do tours yet.  That will come perhaps in Phase II of the re-opening.

If you have any questions, please call us at 540-751-8404 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Online Shop

Buy Your Spirits ONLINE for Delivery or Curbside Pickup

Virginia residents may now buy your whisky, gin and brandy online!  The Virginia ABC has relaxed its rules and is now allowing direct-to-consumer shipping!  We are now taking orders in our Online Shop.

       ORDER NOW  -  https://catoctincreekstore.com

If you are outside of Virginia, you may also order for online shipping, here.

You can also place curbside orders using the online shop, or simply call in your order at 540-751-3294.

 

 

#InThisTogether Infinity Barrel goes on sale June 1st!

#InThisTogether Infinity Barrel

We are excited to release its Infinity Barrel #InThisTogether Rye Whisky on Monday, June 1st.

Please note, we are CLOSED that day!  This is an ONLINE SALE!  No lining up down the street!  Simply place your order in our online shop, and pick up your whisky when it suits you.  Two bottle limit per customer, please.

Aged in leftover casks from the distillery’s barrel select program, all profits from this limited 80-proof release will go to charities supporting struggling restaurants and bars. Catoctin Creek’s barrel select program allows area restaurants to bottle and sell custom-made whisky from the distillery’s more experimental barrels. When the pandemic hit, many restaurants in the D.C. Metro Area came under enormous financial hardship. As a result, they could not sustain the private barrel selections they had chosen. Catoctin Creek owners Scott and Becky Harris are easing their burdens by taking back the barrels.

“This was difficult for us to do, but we decided to spin this hay into gold by creating a rye whisky that is unlike anything you will ever see again,” said Scott. “During this difficult time, we are truly all #InThisTogether, which is why 100% of the profits will go to our neighbors, friends and community members in need.” The Harrises aged the leftover whiskey in various barrels, including an American Chardonnay oak cask; an apple brandy cask; and an American Imperial Stout cask from Stablecraft Brewery in Virginia. After blending, re-barreling and blind tasting at different proofs, the Infinity Barrel Rye Whisky was born, a complex, spicy and fruity combination.

This new expression costs $45.09 and goes on sale Monday, June 1, at Catoctin Creek’s tasting room for curbside pickup, at liquor stores in D.C., Delaware, and Maryland through distributor Prestige-Ledroit; and online for direct shipping in Virginia only. Profits will benefit charities including Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers; USBG’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program; Ayuda DMV, which provides social services and language access services to low-income immigrants; and Southern Smoke, a crisis relief organization for people in the food and beverage industry.

 
 

Events - Netflix and Ca-Tock-Tails with John, Denise and Avalon

Netflix & Ca-Tock-TailsThis whole quarantine thing got you down? Clawing at the walls? Perhaps, you, like me, have been shamelessly bingeing Netflix and drinking a lot of homemade cocktails. If so, have we got an event for YOU!!

Every Thursday at 5pm on Facebook Live, it's Netflix & Ca-TOCK-tails happy hour? (We've had a few already, you see.) We will be doing fun, silly, and definitely entertaining cocktail "classes" devoted to our favorite binge-worthy series from Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. You can pick up the spirits and ingredients online before the live event, and then follow along as John, Avalon, Denise, Scott or Becky guide us through a few Catoctin cocktails dedicated to our favorite shows. Here are some of the iconic shows we'll be doing:

  • Tiger King (done!)
  • Parks and Rec (done!)
  • The Office (done!)
  • Community (done!)
  • Stranger Things (done!)
  • Sopranos
  • Outlander
  • ... what's more???

Always FREE to attend! Pre-purchase your spirits online and grab your shaker!  Jump on Facebook Live to see the show:  https://facebook.com/catoctincreek/live/

 

Cocktail of the Month – Senior Chang

Senior Chang

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Distiller's Edition
½ oz Sriracha pineapple syrup*
3 dashes Roundstone Rye bitters

*Sriracha Pineapple Syrup - 1 cup freshly juiced pineapple (or store bought unsweetened Pineapple Juice), honey (or sugar), 1 tablespoon of real sriracha - Bring to a boil then allow to cool to room temp. Transfer to glass container and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. If you want to increase the heat, use AR’s Southern Hot Honey instead of traditional honey.

Add all ingredients into an ice filled shaker, stir until very cold, then fine strain into glass with a large cube, garnish and serve.

Recipe courtesy John Shope.

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company's Becky Harris elected ACSA President of the Board of Directors

American Craft Spirits Association names Catoctin Creek chief distiller as President

PURCELLVILLE, Va. (May 26, 2020) - - - Becky Harris, co-founder and chief distiller of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, has been appointed the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) President of the Board of Directors. Harris has served as a member of the Board of Directors since last May, where she was charged with appointing leadership to its governing committees.

"The craft distilling industry has never faced such challenging times,” said Harris. “It's an incredible honor to be chosen as president by my fellow board members, a group of incredible leaders within our craft distilling community. I’m excited to build on ACSA’s technical and legislative leadership to help our community of more than 2,000 craft distilleries in any and every way possible to recover and thrive.”

As head of the ACSA COVID-19 task force, Harris has been instrumental in helping to build and implement sanitizer best practices. By working with the EPA and FDA to understand and streamline bureaucracy, she has been able to swiftly educate distillers across the nation, while making sure her own distillery team stays compliant and safe.

Following her graduation from the University of Wisconsin, Harris worked as a chemical engineer for companies including Amoco, YDK America, and CIBA, specializing in industrial processes and production systems before opening Catoctin Creek with her husband, Scott, in 2009. As the first distillery in Loudoun County since Prohibition, Catoctin Creek’s flagship Roundstone Rye has won top prizes internationally.

Click here for high-resolution photos of Harris.

Catoctin Creek Distilling’s distribution footprint includes the following 26 markets in the United States: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming, and internationally in Finland, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, Italy, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling: At Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, 120 West Main St., True Craft is Inspired by Tradition.℠ Founded by Scott and Becky Harris in 2009, Catoctin Creek made a name for itself as the first legal distillery since prohibition in Purcellville, Virginia’s Loudoun County. The craft distillery is home to Virginia’s most-awarded whisky, Roundstone Rye, which has been presented gold medals across the globe and stands out through its old-world production methods. Catoctin Creek prides itself on sourcing rye whisky, gin, and seasonal brandy from local and organic grains and fruits, with spirits available in 26 states and 3 continents. The Harris’ intricate attention to detail results in high quality internationally-acclaimed products, including seasonal releases and private cask offerings, that recognize the true craft of Virginia spirits. For more information, call (540) 751-8404 or visit www.catoctincreek.com. Follow Catoctin Creek on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Washington Post: Craft distillers aren't getting any of the love.

Nice coverage in the Washington Post about how even if liquor sales are up, the craft spirits category is not seeing the same boom. Laura Reiley writes:

The narrative had been that people were buying all kinds of liquors, but we were skeptical,” said Scott Harris, co-owner of Catoctin Creek Distilling in Purcellville, Va., which makes its flagship Roundstone Rye, as well as gin and brandy. “The market has seismically changed.

You can read the full store, here.

Maxim: Best World Whiskey Day Bottles

#InThisTogether Infinity Barrel

First, Forbes did a fantastic and thorough article about our efforts to make lemons into lemonade with our release of the #InThisTogether Infinity Barrel benefit project.  Kate Dingwall writes:

Virginia's Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is making whiskey out of lemons, figuratively speaking. Due to the crisis many DC restaurants are suffering during the lockdown they can't afford to keep the barrels they'd purchased from Catoctin's barrel select program. These are some of the distillery's best hand-picked barrels, including an American Chardonnay oak cask, apple brandy cask and American Imperial Stout cask from Virginia's Stablecraft Brewery.

So Catoctin Creek owners Scott and Becky Harris are not only easing their burdens by taking back the barrels, but are blending them into an Infinity Barrel Rye Whisky dubbed aptly #InThisTogether. Not only is it a delicious blend, but all profits from this limited 80-proof release will go to charities (like the US Bartender Guild's Emergency Assistance Program) supporting struggling restaurants and bars.

You can read that full article, here.

Forbes: Two amazing articles in one day!

#InThisTogether Infinity Barrel

First, Forbes did a fantastic and thorough article about our efforts to make lemons into lemonade with our release of the #InThisTogether Infinity Barrel benefit project.  Kate Dingwall writes:

“We wanted to find partners who could help us get assistance to the people who are the heart and soul of all these restaurants, who are often undocumented, juggling multiple jobs, may be struggling with health effects from the virus themselves, and uncertain whether their workplaces will ever open again,” explains [Rebecca] Harris.

You can read that full article, here.

Catoctin Creek Whisky BottlesThen, we got word that we were one of only four craft distilleries featured in Forbes for World Whisky Day!  How insanely cool is that?!

“Virginia had 3,600 distilleries in 1810, making primarily unaged rye, but also brandies from local fruits,” says Becky. “Our inspiration dates back to before 1830, when distilleries had not started mass production and before standard regional identities for rye existed. Each of my rye farmers has a slightly different flavor that their terroir brings to the whisky, and my 100% rye mashbill uses grain from 3-4 sources, fermented together, pot-distilled and aged to create the finished products.”

The expressions of Catoctin Creek’s Roundstone Rye whisky are chosen from single barrels which reflect the flavor profile, character, and excellence chosen for each, a process that paid big when Wine Enthusiast awarded high scores to all five rye whiskies in the February/March 2020 issue.

You can read that full article, here.  Thank you, Forbes!!

DCist - Virginia Distillery Catoctin Creek Is Blending A Custom Whiskey From Leftover Casks To Help Restaurant Workers In Need

Becky & Scott Harris

DCist did a great article talking about our #InThisTogether Infinity Barrel Rye Whisky.  This benefit project supports local hospitality workers who have been out of work since COVID-19 began.  Writing from the article:

All the proceeds are going towards charities supporting out-of-work and struggling restaurants, bars, and their workers: Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers; USBG’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program; Ayuda DMV, which provides social services and language access services to low-income immigrants; and Southern Smoke, a crisis relief organization for people in the food and beverage industry.

You can read the full story, here.

Press Release: Catoctin Creek announces #InThisTogether Barrel Select Rye Whisky

All proceeds of custom blended whisky from leftover casks will go to restaurant workers in need

PURCELLVILLE, Va. (May 15, 2020) - - - Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is excited to release its Infinity Barrel #InThisTogether Rye Whisky on Monday, June 1. Aged in leftover casks from the distillery’s barrel select program, all profits from this limited 80- proof release will go to charities supporting struggling restaurants and bars. Catoctin Creek’s barrel select program allows area restaurants to bottle and sell custom- made whisky from the distillery’s more experimental barrels. When the pandemic hit, many restaurants in the D.C. Metro Area came under enormous financial hardship. As a result, they could not sustain the private barrel selections they had chosen. Catoctin Creek owners Scott and Becky Harris are easing their burdens by taking back the barrels.

“This was difficult for us to do, but we decided to spin this hay into gold by creating a rye whisky that is unlike anything you will ever see again,” said Scott. “During this difficult time, we are truly all #InThisTogether, which is why 100% of the profits will go to our neighbors, friends and community members in need.” The Harrises aged the leftover whiskey in various barrels, including an American Chardonnay oak cask; an apple brandy cask; and an American Imperial Stout cask from Stablecraft Brewery in Virginia. After blending, re-barreling and blind tasting at different proofs, the Infinity Barrel Rye Whisky was born, a complex, spicy and fruity combination.

This new expression costs $45.09 and goes on sale Monday, June 1, at Catoctin Creek’s tasting room for curbside pickup only; at liquor stores in D.C., Delaware, and Maryland through distributor Prestige-Ledroit; and online for direct shipping in Virginia only. Profits will benefit charities including Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers; USBG’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program; Ayuda DMV, which provides social services and language access services to low-income immigrants; and Southern Smoke, a crisis relief organization for people in the food and beverage industry.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. Infinity Barrel #InThisTogether Rye Whisky (80 Proof/40% ABV) $45.09/750mL

See below for high-resolution photos.

Catoctin Creek Distilling’s distribution footprint includes the following 26 markets in the United States: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming, and internationally in Mexico, Germany, Finland, Netherlands, Italy, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling: At Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, 120 West Main St., True Craft is Inspired by Tradition.℠ Founded by Scott and Becky Harris in 2009, Catoctin Creek made a name for itself as the first legal distillery since prohibition in Purcellville, Virginia’s Loudoun County. The craft distillery is home to Virginia’s most-awarded whisky, Roundstone Rye, which has been presented gold medals across the globe and stands out through its old-world production methods. Catoctin Creek prides itself on sourcing rye whisky, gin, and seasonal brandy from local and organic grains and fruits, with spirits available in 26 states and 3 continents. The Harris’ intricate attention to detail results in high quality internationally-acclaimed products, including seasonal releases and private cask offerings, that recognize the true craft of Virginia spirits. For more information, call (540) 751-8404 or visit www.catoctincreek.com. Follow Catoctin Creek on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Rye Dominion - Spotlight on Becky Harris - Tasting Panel

Tasting Panel April May 2020Tasting Panel focuses its attention on Becky Harris in this month's issue of Distillery Spotlight.  What a wonderful article and photos by Matt Jackson and Nick Klein:

[Rebecca] Harris became a trailblazer in the spirits world as one of the first female head distillers in modern U.S. history, yet she’s quick to point out that American distillation’s early success was largely due to the efforts of women. “In this region of the country, the tobacco industry [was] so demanding that women were the ones who took care of the brewing and distilling,” Harris explains. “It really wasn’t until the bigger stills came over from Europe that distillation became more industrial.”

You can read the full story, here, or the Tasting Panel site, here.

Whisky Advocate: Craft Distillers Struggle to Survive Amid COVID-19

In these difficult times (I am getting so tired of saying that), Whisky Advocate finds the bright spots.  This is a nice article highlighting the sanitizer production across the country, and the few states like Virginia that have allowed direct-to-consumer shipping.

A windfall came, however, when the Virginia ABC announced on April 6 that it would allow certain distilleries to ship directly to in-state customers. “That was a lifeline to our operations,” Harris says. “Once we wound down the sanitizer project, a number of people working on it transitioned into packing and shipping cases.” Thus far, it’s been “a real lifesaver” for Catoctin Creek and neighboring craft distilleries. “I talked to a number of other distilleries in Virginia, some of whom do less than 500 cases a year out of their tasting room,” Harris says. “Their sales had actually improved by 50% over the previous year.”

You can read the entire story, here.

May 2020 - Getting Back to Normal... baby steps

LOTS of Information this month!!

We have SO much to report this month, and I want to be sure you see it all, so here's a quick table of contents, so you can read on if interested!

  • The Flurry... and then the End of Hand Sanitizer
  • Online Shop is open and taking orders!
  • More Rabble Rouser goes on sale today!
  • Bottled cocktails on sale starting today!
  • Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Hickory Finish on sale starting today!
  • Rabble Rouser highly rated in American Whiskey magazine
  • Netflix & Ca-Tock-Tails Facebook Live event every Thursday!
  • Cocktail of the Month - That Peach, Carol Baskins

Read on for more details!

 

Hand Sanitizer Production at Catoctin Creek

The Flurry... and then the End of Hand Sanitizer

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis and a subsequent shortage on sanitizing products in March, we shifted some of our production operations to provide free sanitizing alcohol to over 100 families, six police stations, two emergency services, two hospitals, one senior center, and the FAA in Leesburg, Virginia. Instead of laying people off, we brought our regional sales staff in to help on the production line, while we worked with elected officials to distribute bottles to organizations in need.

After producing, bottling and selling bulk hand sanitizer to first responders at the end of March, we were proud to announce the release of Catoctin Creek’s FDA approved 6 oz. hand sanitizer bottles to the general public in early April, which sold out in no time. Unfortunately, the availability of raw materials to produce the sanitizer became impossible to obtain at reasonable prices, and ingredients have more than tripled in price since March. In the end, Catoctin Creek made over 2,050 gallons of sanitizer available to the public, first responders, front-line workers and others in need.

We also raised and donated over $12,000 to local charities, including hospitality relief funds, clinics and food banks in Baltimore, Washington DC, and Virginia. All of that money was money we received from YOU the community through your gracious tips and donations, and we are humbled and blessed by your generosity!!  THANK YOU!  🙏

Today, we are still producing and selling our award-winning rye whisky, gin and brandy in the online shop for curbside pickup or delivery.

 

Online Shop

Buy Your Spirits ONLINE for Delivery or Curbside Pickup

Virginia residents may now buy your whisky, gin and brandy online!  The Virginia ABC has relaxed its rules and is now allowing direct-to-consumer shipping!  We are now taking orders in our Online Shop.

       ORDER NOW  -  https://catoctincreekstore.com

If you are outside of Virginia, you may also order for online shipping, here.

You can also place curbside orders using the online shop, or simply call in your order at 540-751-3294.

 

 

More Rabble Rouser available to sell TODAY

Rabble RouserDuring the COVID crisis, unfortunately, a lot of restaurants that had reserved Rabble Rouser for their bars came back and told us that they would have to sit this one out.  It breaks our hearts, but we certainly understand the need to conserve cash and preserve their business.  With their release of the reserved bottles of Rabble Rouser, we are able to put those bottles back into the public.  So...

I am happy to announce the release of more award-winning Rabble Rouser Bottled-in-Bond Rye Whisky, which will ONLY be sold through our online shop (button above).

This. Will. Not. Last.

Get yours, now!

 

 

Denise and Ross

Bottled Cocktails in collaboration with Sense of Thai

We are very happy to announce a collaboration with Jeremy Ross of Sense of Thai in One Loudoun.  Ross is making cocktails which we are selling in our online shop for pickup only.  (They don't ship well, because they need to be kept cold.)  There will be three cocktails available in 12 oz bottles.  You simply top off with Catoctin Creek liquor and serve!  The cocktails are specifically designed such that if you add any non-Catoctin Creek liquor, they will immediately explode.  You have been warned.

(just kidding)

We will have the GOLD RUSH with wildflower honey, ginger juice and lemon juice; a NEGRONI / BOULEVARDIER with Cappelletti amaro and Cocci vermouth; and a WESTSIDE DERBY with pomegranate, orange and lime juices, and Catoctin Roundstone bitters.  Just add rye or gin to make them wonderful!

 

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof Hickory FinishRoundstone Rye Cask Proof "Hickory Finish" on Sale Now!

We are proud to announce the release of our Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof "Hickory Barrel Finish".  The cask proof version of our ever-popular Roundstone Rye is a very special expression. Released at approximately 58% ABV (it varies depending on the individual barrels), this is seriously strong whisky! Delicious, dark, complex and ridiculously smooth for the proof, Roundstone Rye Cask Proof is released only about twice per year. This expression is finished in a hickory syrup barrel from Falling Bark Farm, which gives the whisky a pleasant smoky and acidic palate.  Available in the online shop.

 

 

Speaking of Award Winning...!

Hooray! Another great review from American Whiskey magazine.  Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser was recommended, 8.6/8.9 points by Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler, and again the highest rated whiskey in the issue!  A highlight from the review by Susan Reigler:

8.9 Points.
Nose:
  Rye grass partners with floral notes.  The woods after a spring rain with wildflowers underfoot.  Subtle for 100 proof.
Palate: Sweet spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice.  Then the flowers blossom.  This is all balanced with vanilla and rye spice.
Finish: Very long, though the flowers fade and the spice is persistent.
Comments:  Unexpectedly, water brings out morerye rather than the fruit.  But this doesn't do enough to upset the balance.

Get your copy of the magazine, here, or click the images below.

American Whiskey Magazine American Whiskey Magazine

 

Events - Netflix and Ca-Tock-Tails with John, Denise and Avalon

Netflix & Ca-Tock-TailsThis whole quarantine thing got you down? Clawing at the walls? Perhaps, you, like me, have been shamelessly bingeing Netflix and drinking a lot of homemade cocktails. If so, have we got an event for YOU!!

Every Thursday at 5pm on Facebook Live, it's Netflix & Ca-TOCK-tails happy hour? (We've had a few already, you see.) We will be doing fun, silly, and definitely entertaining cocktail "classes" devoted to our favorite binge-worthy series from Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. You can pick up the spirits and ingredients online before the live event, and then follow along as John, Avalon, Denise, Scott or Becky guide us through a few Catoctin cocktails dedicated to our favorite shows. Here are some of the iconic shows we'll be doing:

  • Tiger King (done!)
  • Parks and Rec (done!)
  • The Office
  • Sopranos
  • Stranger Things
  • Outlander

Always FREE to attend! Pre-purchase your spirits online and grab your shaker!  Jump on Facebook Live to see the show:  https://facebook.com/catoctincreek/live/

 

Cocktail of the Month – That Peach, Carol Baskins

That Peach Carol Baskin

2 oz Catoctin Creek Peach Brandy
1 oz raspberry peach syrup (2:2 sugar:water, 1:2 frozen raspberries:frozen peaches)
1 oz lemon juice
3 dashes tiger blood (Peychaud bitters)

Shake and strain into a coup. Top with 3 dashes of tiger blood (Peychauds bitters), garnish with a flower crown.

Recipe courtesy Denise Petty.

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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

American Whiskey Mazagine reviews Rabble Rouser

Hooray! Another great review from American Whiskey magazine.  Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser was recommended, 8.6/8.9 points by Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler, and again the highest rated whiskey in the issue!  A highlight from the review by Susan Reigler:

8.9 Points.
Nose:
  Rye grass partners with floral notes.  The woods after a spring rain with wildflowers underfoot.  Subtle for 100 proof.
Palate: Sweet spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice.  Then the flowers blossom.  This is all balanced with vanilla and rye spice.
Finish: Very long, though the flowers fade and the spice is persistent.
Comments:  Unexpectedly, water brings out morerye rather than the fruit.  But this doesn't do enough to upset the balance.

Get your copy of the magazine, here.

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