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Catoctin Creek featured in Northern Virginia magazine "Distilleries" issue

Northern Virginia Magazine

Stefanie Gans, writer and food critic for Northern Virginia magazine, does a big article in the July 2016 issue about all the growth in distilleries in the Northern Virginia area.   We're pleased to be featured alongside others in the region, including KO, Bowman, and Belmont Farm, to name a few.  There are also some fantastic photos by Rey Lopez, one of our favorites in the area, so be sure to check this one out!

"If I can learn how to make contact [lenses]," Becky Harris says, she could master the age old distilling process.  Now she starts her days at 6 a.m., making the mash with organic rye and water, letting it sit, ferment.  The stills stand next to floor-to-ceiling windows facing the center of Purcellville, what was once a town known for its temperance enthusiasm.

You can read our excerpts from the full story, here.

Best Local Distilleries, according to top DC bartenders

Catoctin Creek Building

Thrillist just came out with their list of top local distilleries, as voted by top DC bartenders.  We're so happy to be included in a list of very fine local providers!

"Roundstone Rye is a great whiskey -- robust, sweet, and spicy -- great in cocktails or neat. Catoctin shares a lot of values with us: they source locally, organically, and pesticide-free. They care about their quality, and it shows." -- Todd Thrasher, bartender/owner of the Eat Good Food Group (PX, Restaurant Eve, etc.)

Read the full story, here.

Eater: 14 Best Affordable American Craft Whiskeys

Eater did a story on the best, most affordable American craft whiskey on the market, and we were delighted to be included in such fine company!  But before publishing the list, they are very careful to lay down some ground rules first:

For these purposes, a craft whiskey producer must distill every last drop of what goes into the bottle—no sourcing or independent bottling. Rather than defining "craft" based on the number of bottles a company releases annually, we're just not including the major brands, and any other producer who does their own distilling is in play. The only caveat is that the brand must be at least partially distributed on a national basis, so that consumers can nab a bottle from an accessible online retailer.

About Catoctin Creek, they write:

1) Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye (80 proof), $39.99: While Catoctin Creek produces gin and brandy, and has released limited editions such as their Kings Mountain single malt (distilled from a beer made by Heritage Brewing), it's their rye whiskey that runs the Purcellville, Virginia distillery's show. Distinctive for being a rare 100 percent rye whiskey, the liquor showcases a light, spicy grain and oak profile. Catoctin Creek is also certified organic and kosher.

Read the full story, here.

Press Release: Catoctin Creek wins silver medal in Los Angeles

Roundstone Rye wins while competing head-to-head against larger international brands

2016 LA AwardsRoundstone Rye

Los Angeles, CA (June 13, 2016) – The 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition has awarded Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye a silver medal in the overall category of Whiskey/Whisky.

"The 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition received 401 Spirits entries from 149 producers," according to the competition's web site.  "This year's competition received spirits from 29 different countries, Austria, Bahamas, Britain, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Holland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Martinique, Mexico, Myanmar, Poland, Puerto Rico, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA, and Virgin Islands. We had 20 prestigious judges from all over the United States from on and off-premise as well as Southern Wine & Spirits, Young's Market and Wine Warehouse."

"Becky and I are so happy to receive this award!" remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery.  "It is really great to see our spirits taking hold in the Los Angeles market. We're especially proud that when our hand-crafted single barrel whisky competes against larger brands, that we do very, very well.  We are now the most highly awarded whisky in Virginia and the world is noticing!"

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Single Barrel Whisky is made from 100% rye, certified organic and kosher, and retails around $39 for 750mL.

The full list of 2016 competition winners can be found here.

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 spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and organic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Scott Harris 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. 

WTOP: Catoctin Creek on Capitol Hill seeking excise tax relief

WTOP aired a story about our efforts, along with other distillers and the Distilled Spirits Council, to seek federal excise tax (FET) relief for small producers.  The story highlights the fact that spirits pay a proportionally larger percentage of excise taxes than do our counterparts in wine and beer, and seeks relief on the first 100,000 proof gallons produced.  

Harris said he believes his small distillery could add employees and stir tourism if Congress extended to distilleries the federal excise tax breaks currently given to craft beer makers and small wineries. Right now, Harris and other craft distillers pay the same federal excise tax rate as their big competitors such as Jack Daniels and Jim Beam.

“It’s very hard for smaller companies like ours to compete and to do innovative, new products like we’re doing,” Harris said.

Distillers are asking Congress to cut the federal excise tax on the first 100,000 gallons of spirits produced to $2.70 per gallon for all distillers. The rate would then rise to $13.34 per gallon on alcohol produced after the first 100,000 gallons.

Read the full story, here.

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