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February 2016 News

Join us for dinner on St. Valentine's Day!

Creme brulee

Bring that someone special in your life to an evening they'll not soon forget.  The evening begins with a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott and Becky Harris. Becky will guide you through the process of making whisky, and Scott will describe for you the wonderful history of our "new" building, which is nearly 100 years old.

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. Scott & Becky Harris will 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.  For more details, click here.

 

Kings Mountain Malt Whisky Release!

Kings Mountain

Coming February 20th! Our first ever American Malt Whisky! Brewed in collaboration with Heritage Brewing in Manassas, Virginia, this limited quantity whisky will be available on a special release day along with its sister beer, the Kings Mountain scotch ale, aged in Catoctin Creek whisky barrels! Only 344 bottles of the whisky were made.

This whisky is the purest expression of Heritage's Kings Mountain beer, and it is remarkable to see the close relationship between the whisky and the beer. There is a recognizable barley sweetness in the beer, and that carries through note-for-note in the whisky. The whisky is highly aromatic, and reminds one of fields of lavender on a bright sunny day. After the first sip, the whisky settles in at a very comfortable 92 proof, and the malty goodness lingers forever. It is a fine sipping whisky, made from a fine sipping beer.

The event will kick off at Magnolias in Purcellville, where Heritage will have a tap takeover. There, you can sample the beer, then mosey down the street to Catoctin Creek and pick up your bottle of Catoctin Creek Kings Mountain whisky. Both Scott and Sean, owners of the two companies, will be on hand to sign bottles, visit and answer questions.

For more information, click here.

 

Catoctin Wins at 2016 Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards 2016

January was very good to us! What a way to kick off 2016!  Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" was named a winner in the 2016 Good Food Awards.

The winners harken from 33 states, having risen to the top amongst 1,937 entries in a blind tasting with 203 judges held in September. The highest scoring entries were submitted to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Awards – with over two dozen ultimately disqualified. This year’s winners represent the forefront of American craft food, making products that are delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.

Accepting the award for Catoctin Creek was founder and chief distiller, Becky Harris.  "We are so happy to receive this Good Food Award," said Becky Harris. "This award is so special:  Not only are the products judged for taste and quality, but they are also judged for sustainability and how they're produced. We are thrilled to win on both taste and sustainability."

To read the full press release, click here.

 

Catoctin Creek Named in Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky America 2016

Icons of Whisky Awards 2016

Also in January, Whisky Magazine recently announced their Icons of Whisky awards, and in the American division, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was shortlisted for three of the awards:

  • Craft Producer of the Year
  • Master Distiller of the Year (Becky Harris)
  • Brand Ambassador of the Year (Chad Robinson)

"While we weren't ultimately selected for the final awards," remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery, "to be included in the shortlist among such great industry names is an honor indeed for which we're very proud!"

To read the full press release, click here.

  

Upcoming Events

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:

  • February 5 - Art of the Cocktail - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac and its kin $25/pp
  • February 12 - Art of the Cocktail - Prohibition, or the dawn of Moonshine in American culture - 1920 to present day $25/pp
  • February 14 - Valentine's Day Dinner - Bring that special someone to dinner at the distillery.  Four courses with cocktails! $99/pp
  • February 19 - Art of the Cocktail - Toddies and warm cocktails $25/pp
  • February 20 - Kings Mountain Release - Get yours, only 344 bottles produced of our first ever malt whisky! FREE to attend
  • February 26 - Art of the Cocktail - Early gin cocktails - Punch, Collins, Rickey and Ramos $25/pp
  • February 27 - Bottling Workshop - Another great bottling workshop.  Learn to bottle and label your own bottle of Roundstone Rye! FREE to attend

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – Catoctin Cocktail!

Catoctin Cocktail

This is a variant on the classic "Canadian Cocktail" but is so much better when made with a 100% rye whisky. Mmmmm..... delicious, eh!

2 oz Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye Whisky
1/2 oz Cointreau or triple sec
1/2 tsp superfine sugar
1 dash bitters (Peychauds is a good one)

In a shaker half filled with ice cubes, combine all the ingredients. Shake well, strain and pour into a cocktail glass.

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 named in Icons of Whisky 2016

Catoctin Creek receives honors for Craft Producer, Master Distiller and Brand Ambassador of the Year

Icons of Whisky Awards 2016

Purcellville, VA (January 29, 2016)Whisky Magazine recently announced their Icons of Whisky awards, and in the American division, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was shortlisted for three of the awards:

  • Craft Producer of the Year
  • Master Distiller of the Year (Becky Harris)
  • Brand Ambassador of the Year (Chad Robinson)

"While we weren't ultimately selected for the final awards," remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery, "to be included in the shortlist among such great industry names is an honor indeed for which we're very proud!"

From the Icons of Whisky web site:

The Icons of Whisky Awards are an internationally recognized set of awards covering all aspects of the whisky industry, from retail to production.  Whisky Magazine celebrated the finest companies and individuals in the whisky industry with our annual Icons of Whisky awards, a highlight in the whisky calendar.

With new categories for this year, including Master Distiller / Master Blender, Travel Retailer and World Whisky Ambassador to name a few, there is no doubt that some new names will come in to the mix. 2015 saw the launch of a new nominations and voting process where we invited producers, retailers, distributors and importers to have their say and help our editorial panel identify those deserving of an Icons title. Now familiar with the online process, the industry has once again spoken and left us with the unenviable task of making the final decision. 

You may read more about the awards and the results from the competition at the following link:  http://www.iconsofwhisky.com/2016/america/

Pictured below, Becky Harris, Chief Distiller, and Chad Robinson, Brand Ambassador at Catoctin Creek.  Photos may be used, please credit Catoctin Creek.

Becky Harris, Chief Distiller, Catoctin Creek Chad Robinson, Brand Ambassador, Catoctin Creek

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. 

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye wins Good Food Awards in San Francisco

Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" named winner in 2016 Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards 2016Roundstone Rye

San Francisco, CA (January 15, 2016) – The Good Food Awards named Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" a winner in the 2016 Good Food Awards.

Over 800 people gathered tonight to pay tribute to 176 Good Food Award Winners of 2016. By the majestic Golden Gate Bridge on the San Francisco Bay numerous farmers, chefs, journalists, and activists united to celebrate the exceptional food crafters including luminaries Alice Waters, Nell Newman and Slow Food Founder, Carlo Petrini, who presented the awards.

The winners harken from 33 states, having risen to the top amongst 1,937 entries in a blind tasting with 203 judges held in September. The highest scoring entries were submitted to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Awards – with over two dozen ultimately disqualified. This year’s winners represent the forefront of American craft food, making products that are delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.

Accepting the award for Catoctin Creek was founder and chief distiller, Becky Harris.  "We are so happy to receive this Good Food Award," said Becky Harris. "This award is so special:  Not only are the products judged for taste and quality, but they are also judged for sustainability and how they're produced. We are thrilled to win on both taste and sustainability."

As Good Food Awards founder Sarah Weiner noted in her closing remarks: “Twenty years ago, it took travelling across the globe to encounter something so exquisite that it jolted me into seeing the world with new eyes. Now, you are giving people a taste of how good life can be right here on our own soil…changing America’s definition of Good Food.”

The full list of 2016 Good Food Award winners can be found here.

About the Good Food Awards: The Good Food Awards celebrates the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. We grant awards to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients. Seedling Projects 501 (c) 3 organizes the Awards in collaboration with a broad community of food producers, food writers and passionate food-lovers. Find more information at: seedlingprojects.org and goodfoodawards.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 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. 

Catoctin Creek featured on Virginia ABC website

Scott with customers

It was nice to see our largest customer, the Virginia ABC, serve up a featured story on our distillery this week.  What's more, if you live in Virginia, you can now order our products online!

In the heart of Loudoun County, Catoctin Creek produces organic and kosher rye whiskeys, gin and several brandies. In addition to their regular spirits, they also offer many special releases and experimental offerings. Catoctin Creek has a tasting room and offers distillery tours and special events throughout the year, including regular cocktail dinners and a special “Art of the Cocktail” seminar. They would be happy to have you visit!

Indeed, we would love you to visit!

You can read the full article, here.

Becky gets mentioned in Wonderzine - A lifestyle magazine in Russia

Wow! Even Russia is taking notice of Becky and her awesome whisky-making abilities.  Here's an article that popped up on our radar this week:

Firstly, women have always been employed in its manufacture, pausing only in the second half of the XX century. Secondly, today they feel no less comfortable. Becky Harris - co-founder of the [Catoctin Creek] distillery company in Virginia, Meredith Grella - in Pittsburgh, Marianne Barnes - Chief taster of one of the largest producers of alcohol and Peggy Noe Stevens - a fan of bourbon and founder of the company Bourbon Women.

Read the full story, here.  You might need to hit Google Translate first, if you don't speak fluent Russian!

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February 2016 News

Join us for dinner on St. Valentine's Day! Bring that someone special in your life to an evening they'll not soon forget.  The evening begins with a private tour of the distillery from...

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Press Release: Catoctin Creek named in …

Catoctin Creek receives honors for Craft Producer, Master Distiller and Brand Ambassador of the Year Purcellville, VA (January 29, 2016) – Whisky Magazine recently announced their Icons of Whisky awards, and...

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Press Release: Catoctin Creek Roundston…

Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" named winner in 2016 Good Food Awards San Francisco, CA (January 15, 2016) – The Good Food Awards named Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" a winner in...

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The Art of the Cocktail - An Educational Series by Scott Harris

Ever wonder where the cocktail came from? What were the primary influences of the early bartenders? How did Prohibition affect the cocktail? What spirits were widely available before/during/after Prohibition? What's the difference between a...

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Dinner at the Distillery, with cocktails and more!

Photo courtesy Whiskey Cats and used with permission. Catoctin Creek is proudly hosts our regular cocktail dinner at the distillery in Old Town Purcellville. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery from owners, Scott...

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Kings Mountain Malt Whisky Release

Our FIRST EVER American Malt Whisky! Please note:  The original event on January 23rd had to be postponed due to a late vendor delivery.  The updated information about this event is...

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