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Brandy: A Beginner's Guide on Eater

The fabulous Jake Emen does a great story breaking down the types of brandy found worldwide.  A wonderful Brandy 101 for beginners:

"The only times I really hear brandy referenced, it's the most generic, cliché image of a stuffy old white man in a smoking jacket with a snifter by a fireplace drinking some unpronounceable French brandy," says Chad Robinson, an all-around brandy enthusiast, and brand ambassador for Catoctin Creek, a Virginia distillery which produces a range of brandies, in addition to whiskey and gin. Yes, brandy can be enjoyed in that form and fashion. But no, that's not all there is to it.

Read the full story, here.

Washingtonian's "Great Small Towns Near DC: Purcellville"

Catoctin Creek Skyline

Washingtonian recently ran a story on the greatest small towns near Washington, DC.  Our happy hamlet of Purcellville made the cut, and I'd like to think that Catoctin Creek had a little something to do with that!  From the story:

In 2009, before microbreweries set up tanks, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company opened in the historic downtown.  You can try whiskey flights for $10; be sure to sample Mosby's Spirit, a white rye.  Down the street, Magnolias at the Mill serves tasty burgers, steaks, and sandwiches in a converted 1905 mill.

You can read the Purcellville story, here, and check out the other towns that made the list, here.

Catoctin Creek ships first spirits to Australia

Arriving Autumn 2015 in Australia.

August 17, 2015, Purcellville, Virginia / Gold Coast, Australia – Catoctin Creek has expanded its international distribution into Australia and New Zealand through Challenger Beverages Pty Ltd. The products available in Australia will be:

  • Roundstone Rye, 80 proof (40% ABV), 750 mL
  • Roundstone Rye, 92 proof (46% ABV), 750 mL
  • Roundstone Rye, CASK PROOF (58% ABV), 750 mL
  • Watershed Gin, 92 proof (46% ABV), 750 mL
  • and limited quantities of Catoctin Creek's line of brandies and Mosby's Spirit

Catoctin Creek's products will initially launch in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Distribution into other regions of the country is available through Challenger Beverages' network of preferred partners.

"We are delighted to have our spirits reach the continent of Australia, and we are thrilled to be partnered with Challenger Beverages," remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery. "Catoctin Creek continues to grow our international export business, as American craft spirits continue to be very hot abroad. Our hand-crafted, small batch products have received numerous international awards, and this order is further proof of the excellence of our products."

Challenger Beverages is a specialty supplier of premium liquor products in Australia and New Zealand. "We are excited to have the range of Catoctin Creek products in our portfolio," remarked Scott Garnett, founder of Challenger Beverages. "We've tasted a lot of whiskey in our search for the brand we’d like to represent, and Catoctin Creek's Roundstone Rye is amazing and clearly stood above the crowd. We knew we had a winner! The Watershed Gin, not to be outdone, adds a dynamic new American style gin, which we are confident will be of great appeal across the bars and liquor stores of Australia."

The Catoctin Creek products are in transit by sea, and expected to be in country by mid-September 2015.

About Challenger Beverages: Challenger Beverages is a wholesale liquor distribution company whose aim is to create and represent brands which redefine the categories in which they operate. Challenger Beverages is the exclusive distributor of Ron de Jeremy Rum, Purity Vodka, Hedonist Cognac, Diplôme Dry Gin, Origenes Rum, SX Tequilas and now the Catoctin Creek portfolio. Contact Challenger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.challengerbeverages.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 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.

August 2015 News

Welcome to August!

August-Cocktails

Greetings, Catoctin Creek Nation!  August is now upon us, and we've changed up the cocktails again in the tasting room!  Going with the "Dog Days of Summer" theme, our August cocktails are all inspired by those hot evenings at the community pool, sipping on lemonade, picnics, and other rituals of late summer.

Enjoy the Pink Side of the Moon, a creative take on pink lemonade, the Big Quench, a lime based cocktail, and Blue is the new Orange, a fun blueberry cocktail.  By popular demand, we also have the return of some Catoctin Creek classics, like the Bloody Mosby, the Horse's Neck, and the Gin & Tonic.  

Of course, if cocktails aren't your thing, we still have flights of whiskey, brandy, gin and moonshine!  We have also introduced a line of custom non-alcoholic sodas, using Element Shrubs as the base. Next time you're in, you can try a Lemon Mint soda, or a Blueberry Rosemary soda, to name a couple!  So even your designated driver (or children) will get a crafted artisan experience!  There's something for everybody!

Come see us soon!!

Apple Brandy is HERE!!!!

 Apple Brandy

We are thrilled to announce that our first batch of Catoctin Creek Apple Brandy is now available for sale!  Only 336 bottles were made, so this one will go pretty fast!  You can pick up your limited edition, hand-numbered bottles at our tasting room during normal business hours!

Our apple brandy is sourced from local Virginia apples, and done in collaboration with Blue Bee Cidery in Richmond.  We've been working on this project for several years now, so we are delighted that we finally have some available to sell!  Come and get yours soon, while it lasts!  If you're unsure, come in and ask for it as one of your tasting options, and you can try it before you buy it!

We also still have a very small amount of Roundstone Rye "CASK PROOF" available, but only 12 bottles or so.  So if you want that, you better get that soon, because we won't make any more for the rest of this year.

 

Catoctin Creek featured in the new Whole Foods in Ashburn, Virginia!

Whole Foods

Whole Foods just opened a new store in Ashburn, Virginia, just about 10 miles from us here in Purcellville, and in it, they've launched a new concept:  a local-only pub!  That's right, you can go to get groceries, and stop by for a well made Manhattan, Sazerac or Gin Fizz.  What's more, they're only featuring locally made spirits, like Catoctin Creek, Copper Fox, and Mt. Defiance.  So when you get your cocktail, it's like visiting a remote tasting room for all these great local distilleries.  They also have beer from Old Ox, and a few other surprises!  So definitely, go check them out and give them some love while you fill your grocery basket!

 

Now in North Carolina!

Roundstone Rye

Catoctin Creek is now available in North Carolina, and will soon be available at fine restaurants, bars, and retail ABC stores throughout the state.

"We are thrilled to continue our east-coast expansion in the United States," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "Since our inception in 2009, we have received numerous and consistent requests from people in North Carolina to purchase our products.  We felt the time was finally right to begin to supply our neighboring state."

North Carolina is one of the sixteen "control states" where liquor sales are controlled by the state government.  Distribution in North Carolina will be achieved through a partnership between Catoctin Creek and Southern Wine and Spirits Mid-Atlantic, which brokers the distillery's sales in the state.  The first product selected for distribution in North Carolina is the distillery's most popular and internationally award winning rye whisky, Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye, 40% ABV, SRP $45.   Other products will be available on a special-order basis.

For more information on Roundstone Rye, see:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/products/roundstone

For more information on our North Carolina distribution, see:  http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/wheretobuy-nc

 

Upcoming Events

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

And in September, a few more:

  • September 2 - Four course dinner at Vermillion - Meet Scott and Becky and enjoy hand-crafted cocktails by Jeff Faile at this great Alexandria restaurant.
  • September 4 - Marie Miller and Jesse Ruben, LIVE! - The fun continues with Buncearoo in September!
  • September 12 - Whiskey Dinner at Aldie Mill - Now in our fifth year, by the time you read this, it's probably already sold out, but CHECK AND SEE!!  It is a must do bucket-list event!
  • September 18 - Dinner at the Distillery - Now in our second year, join us for a delicious four-course seasonal dinner and paired cocktails.
  • September 25 - Alanna Royale and friends, LIVE! - Wow, the Buncearoo fun just keeps on keeping on!  Seriously, if you've not checked out a concert at Catoctin Creek, you're truly missing out!

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

 

Cocktail of the Month – The Double Barrel

Double Barrel

This cocktail comes to us from Chris Grimm at Horse and Flower.  The cocktail is attributed to George J. Kappeler, 1900. A "nice, serious cocktail."

1½ oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof"
1½ oz Carpano Antica red vermouth
1½ oz Noilly Prat extra dry vermouth
1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
1-2 dashes orange bitters

Combine all over ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Photo and cocktail courtesy Chriss Grimm and 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

Watershed Gin featured in Boise Weekly

Boise WeeklyTara Morgan of Boise Weekly, along with a panel of tasters, reviewed three small batch gins, and Watershed Gin was one of them:

Distilled in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Catoctin Creek is crafted from organic rye and wheat. It has a fair amount of heat on the nose, with spicy notes of cardamom and cinnamon followed by a waft of juniper and mild hint of chlorine. With a full body and a substantial boozy bite, tasters claimed this gin "will put hair on your chest."

Read the entire story, here.

Latest News

Brandy: A Beginner's Guide on Eater

The fabulous Jake Emen does a great story breaking down the types of brandy found worldwide.  A wonderful Brandy 101 for beginners: "The only times I really hear brandy referenced, it's...

Read more

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Washingtonian recently ran a story on the greatest small towns near Washington, DC.  Our happy hamlet of Purcellville made the cut, and I'd like to think that Catoctin Creek had a...

Read more

Catoctin Creek ships first spirits to Au…

Arriving Autumn 2015 in Australia. August 17, 2015, Purcellville, Virginia / Gold Coast, Australia – Catoctin Creek has expanded its international distribution into Australia and New Zealand through Challenger Beverages Pty...

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Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W Main St
Purcellville, VA 20132

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