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Food Republic: 35 Independant Craft Distillers that need to be on your radar

It was nice to be included in this story on 35 top craft distillers. We are in good company in a list of some of America's hottest new distillers.

Located in Purcellville, Virginia, which is considered the heart of Virginia wine country, this distillery has become famous for its Organic Roundstone Rye, which is aged in new Minnesota white oak casks for a period of just under two years and was awarded silver medals at the 2011 American Distilling Institute Whiskey Competition.

Read the full story, here.

Press Release: Becky Harris Honored in New York City by Women Chefs and Restaurateurs

CATOCTIN CREEK DISTILLERY’S BECKY HARRIS WINS WCR: WOMEN CHEFS & RESTAURATEUR ‘GOLDEN GOBLET’ AWARD AT “WOMEN WHO INSPIRE” AWARDS GALA IN NYC ON APRIL 20TH

April 22, 2015, Purcellville, VA – On Monday, April 20th, amongst a sea of hundreds of some of the most celebrated women in the hospitality industry nationwide, Becky Harris, co-owner and chief distiller at Catoctin Creek Distillery, received the WCR Golden Goblet Service Award at the 2015 WCR: Women Chefs & Restaurateurs’ “Women Who Inspire” Awards Gala hosted in New York City. The award recognizes excellence in the beverage profession and honors a woman whose making or serving of beer, wine, spirits, coffee or tea enhances the dining experience.

Becky and husband and business partner Scott Harris launched the award-winning Catoctin Creek Distillery – the first distillery to open in Loudoun County, Virginia since before prohibition – in 2009.  Becky Harris is one of less than a dozen female distiller-operators in the United States. A chemical engineer and graduate with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Becky has worked at companies like Amoco, YDK America, and CIBA, specializing in industrial processes and production systems. Eventually after her husband brought the idea of opening a distillery to the table several years ago, Becky’s background has since played a major role in taking her knowledge and applying it to something she loved – making the finest distilled spirits in Virginia.

"It was such an honor not only attend the awards gala surrounded by some of the most talented and respected women in the food and beverage industry, but to receive the Golden Goblet award honoring my work in the spirits industry. I’m just so humbled and grateful to be recognized for such a prestigious award!" said Ms. Harris.

Becky and Carla Hall at WCR 2015

Becky Harris receives the "Golden Goblet" award from Chef Carla Hall at the 2015 WCR "Women Who Inspire" Awards Gala.  Photo credit WCR.

About WCR: Established by Barbara Tropp and seven pioneering women chefs and restaurateurs, WCR is an active resource for women seeking to advance culinary education and gain recognition in various areas of the food and beverage industry. Through invaluable experiences and opportunities, WCR helps leverage the voice of talented women, helping to elevate their position while building a strong connection of industry peers. These connections have influenced the careers of many notable chefs today. For more information on WCR: Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, please visit www.WomenChefs.org.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County, Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium Virginia spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, and seasonal brandy from Virginia wines. For media-related inquiries, please contact Kyle Schmitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for more information on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company please visit www.catoctincreek.com.

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I, Whiskey interviews about whiskey, history, drinking, and other fun stuff

The Competitive Enterprise Institute Makes a Documentary on Whiskey

A while back, CEI visited our distillery, whipped up some interviews, and visited Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington DC. The result is a documentary on whiskey, coming soon. More about the project:

I, Whiskey: The Spirit of the Market is the second film in the I, Pencil series produced by CEI and Passing Lane Films.

I, Whiskey: The Spirit of the Market reveals how every product and service we enjoy is made possible by the free market and human ingenuity. It’s the story of entrepreneurs, scientists, and bootleggers and the whiskey they produce—a spirit renowned for its individual expression and rich history.

When people share a glass of whiskey they are playing a part in this ever-evolving narrative.

CEI is dedicated not only to protecting the human spirit but also celebrating it.

Coming soon to Indiegogo

Here are some of the teaser videos, for your enjoyment.  You can reach the project page, where they'll be announcing more about I, Whiskey, here.

The Trailer

The U.S. History of Whiskey

An Homage to Craftsmanship

The Joy of Distilling

How to Drink Whiskey

Press Release: Catoctin Creek ships first order to Europe

Arriving in Spring 2015 in Germany, the United Kingdom, and surrounding EU countries.

April 6, 2015, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek has expanded its international distribution into Europe through Haromex Development GmbH.  The products available in the EU will be:

  • Roundstone Rye, 80 proof (40% ABV), 700 mL
  • Roundstone Rye, 92 proof (46% ABV), 700 mL
  • Roundstone Rye, CASK PROOF (58% ABV), 700 mL
  • Roundstone Rye "Haromex bottling" (58% ABV), 700 mL
  • Watershed Gin, 92 proof (46% ABV), 700 mL

Catoctin Creek's products will initially launch in the countries of Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, and the Czech Republic. Distribution into other EU countries is available through Haromex's exclusive network of preferred partners.

"Welcome to Europe! We are happy to have our spirits reach the great people of Europe!" remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery. "Catoctin Creek has been visiting Europe for a few years now, both in Germany and in the UK, and we've always had such great reception to our products. We are very happy, therefore, to finally reach this deal and begin importing into the continent."

Owned by the van Soest family, Haromex Development GmbH is one of the leading alcohol niche suppliers in Germany, but also to numerous other EU countries through subsidiaries and a loyal network of partners. Located in the small German town of Brüggen, near the Dutch border, Haromex employs two generations of van Soests. The Company's founder and CEO is John van Soest. John has almost 50 years of experience as a spirits supplier and still enjoys life at the company helm. Harald van Soest is in charge of all commercial activities and his brother Roger is responsible for company finances & administration.  Each year Haromex sells a staggering amount of some of the world's highest quality spirits to European shops and restaurants. Haromex provides drinks manufacturers worldwide with a specialized distribution channel for high-quality products.

About Haromex: Haromex Development GmbH (Weihersfeld 45, D-41379 Brüggen, Germany; Phone: +49 2163-95 73 0, Fax: +49 2163-95 73 25, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is one of the largest specialty importers of spirits products into Europe. The company's cooperation partners include top quality outlets and specialists in the target areas. For this reason, the portfolio contains over 5,000 of the finest spirits. For more information, please visit www.haromex.com.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County, Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium Virginia spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, and seasonal brandy from Virginia wines. For media-related inquiries, please contact Kyle Schmitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for more information on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company please visit www.catoctincreek.com.

April 2015 News

Welcome to April!

Welcome to your monthly installment on all things going on at Catoctin Creek.  If you've been with us for a while, you'll know that these little monthly emails are essentially a journal entry into the life and times of us at the distillery.  The emails are a good way to keep up with news, new releases, and events coming to the distillery.

We hope you find these emails informative and helpful, and something you can quickly scan in an otherwise busy inbox.

 

Catoctin Creek World Tour

Scott and Chad returned last week from a pretty amazing world tour.  Our trip started out in London, where we attended Whisky Live (an industry trade show for whisky), and poured Roundstone Rye 80 proof, 92 proof, cask proof, and Watershed Gin.  It was fun pouring rye whisky for a British audience.  Many of the consumers had never tried American rye whisky, and found it a new experience unlike bourbon and scotch.  Industry folks (like bartenders, distributors, and retailers), were impressed as well, and we made a lot of inroads into the London market, which we expect to enter in the next month as our first shipment arrives in Europe.

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After London, Scott traveled on to Singapore to visit our importers, Liberty Spirits Asia, who've been selling our products there for about a year now.  We were happy to see Catoctin Creek situated in several top bars, including The Secret Mermaid, 28 Hong Kong Street and Jekyll and Hyde.  It is always fun to meet with the locals and to provide a "meet the maker" event, and Scott had many local bartenders come out to meet him and learn about the distillery and taste the products, which was nice.

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After Singapore, Scott traveled back home via Doha, Qatar, which provided him an opportunity to do some "product research" in the largest liquor duty free shop in the world.  It was quite a trip, spanning a ridiculous number of time zones, and although it's good to be home now, it was a very insightful and productive travel abroad.

Here's to more international success in 2015!  Catoctin Creek worldwide, baby!

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Silver medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and 87 points in New York

SFWSC Silver  USC 87 Points

Twice in the same week, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has been awarded medals for its Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" whisky from two of the top international spirits judging contests:  a silver medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and an 87 point rating (Very Good, Strong Recommendation) from F. Paul Pacult's Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) in New York City.  Both competitions are very well regarded as some of the most impartial and well attended competitions in the world.

From the USC review:

Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" - Very pretty pale gold color. Big, bright, floral aromas followed in the mouth by a huge blast of sweet grain and spice. This one goes to 11! The finish leans toward bitter almond and spice, and then the floral elements return. 87 points - Very Good, Strong Recommendation

"We are very excited by this happy news:  two medals in one week!" remarked Scott Harris, founder and general manager at Catoctin Creek.  "These two competitions are the gold standards for spirits judging, receiving thousands of entrants from across the industry worldwide.  To be selected for these medals, in competitions that perform completely blind tastings, shows that our spirits truly stand up to the international standard and are truly among the best in the world!"

 

RAMMY15Nominated as Beverage Producer of the Year for the 2015 RAMMYs

We are pleased-as-heck to be nominated once again for Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year at the 2015 RAMMYs.  The RAMMYs are the big restaurateur awards ceremony of the year, sponsored by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW).  Coverage in the Washington Business Journal states:

Restaurant people throughout the D.C. region now know who they're up against in the D.C. area's Oscars of food after the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington announced the nominees for the 2015 RAMMY awards Monday night.

[...]

RAMW will take votes from the public on these categories before the June 7 awards.

That's Chad from Catoctin Creek at right, along with Early Mountain Cellars, DC Brau, New Columbia Distillers, and Dolce Gelati at right.  Read the full story, here.

 

Upcoming Events

Here are a bunch of really cool events planned at the distillery and in the area:

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Ole Virginia Accent

This was a featured cocktail of the Columbia Room pop-up last month.  Of the featured cocktails, was this one, which debuted our Apple Brandy on the menu, a recipe created by J.P. Featherston.  Word from the customers that night was that it was amazing!

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Catoctin Creek Quarter Branch Apple Brandy (coming soon!)
½ oz Fallen Bark Hickory Syrup
Aromatic and Blackstrap Molasses Bitters

Combine the rye and brandy in equal portions, add about half as much hickory syrup and a dash or two of the bitters.  Stir on ice and strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube.

Photo courtesy Christopher Wescott.  Recipe courtesy J.P. Featherston.  Both 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!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

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Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W Main St
Purcellville, VA 20132

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