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Fox 5 DC Visits Catoctin Creek

Fox 5's Mike Thomas visited the distillery to learn about how Virginia's rye whisky is made and a little about how to make cocktails in our Art of the Cocktail classes.  Three segments below:

Fox 5 DC Visits Catoctin Creek

Fox 5 DC Visits Catoctin Creek

Fox 5 DC Visits Catoctin Creek

Catoctin Creek celebrates ribbon cutting on new expansion

Owners Becky and Scott Harris inside Catoctin Creek Distilling, which just finished a $1 million expansion that tripled their capacity. [Renss Greene/Loudoun Now

Photo courtesy Loudoun Now, Renss Greene.

Loudoun Now covered the ribbon cutting ceremony this week, as we had several local legislators and business people in to celebrate the completion of our $1M expansion, tripling our current capacity.  Renss Greene writes:

Business leaders and lawmakers from the local through the federal levels were on hand Monday to help Catoctin Creek Distilling founders Scott and Becky Harris celebrate a $1 million expansion that tripled the distillery’s capacity to turn out Virginia’s favorite spirits.

Their Roundstone Rye is Virginia’s most-awarded whisky, and their brandy, gin and whisky have won fans and awards here and around the world. And in a few years, after the next batches are done aging, there will be plenty more of those drinks to go around.

You can read the full article, here.

The Loudoun Times Mirror also has coverage, here.

Loudoun Now: Catoctin Creek Distilling Triples Capacity

Watershed Gin at Catoctin Creek

Some coverage from our local paper, Loudoun Now:

The million-dollar expansion includes a new, larger copper pot still, replacing their beloved12-year-oldstill “Barney;” a closed-loop glycol cooling system; a new mash tank; six new fermenters; a new spent mash still; and new concrete floors to replace the 100-year-old floors in the distillery.

The installation work began in mid-July and is nearly complete—the distillers are just waiting on the new glycol cooler to come in, which will replace the tap water cooling system.

It continues the constant growth and renown of a company whose spirits can now be bought in 47 states and on three continents.

Read the entire story, here.  Photo by Renns Greene, Loudoun Now.

Purcellville's Catoctin Creek Distillery to triple production with $1 million renovation

Scott and Becky at Catoctin Creek

Loudoun Times Mirror did a feature on our new equipment installation. Karen Graham writes:

Purcellville-based Catoctin Creek Distillery is in the midst of a $1 million equipment overhaul which will triple the distillery's production capacity.

The renovation includes a new 2000 liter copper pot still, a glycol cooling system, a 2000 liter mash tank, six new 2000 liter fermenters as well as concrete floors to replace the existing 100-year-old floors.

Read the full story, here.

Photo courtesy Loudoun Times Mirror/Karen Graham.

Art of the Cocktail class recognized in RAMMYS

RAMMYS FinalistThe RAMMY's, the premier hospitality awards run by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, named Catoctin Creek a finalist in the category of Festive Foodie Experiences for our Art of the Cocktail classes last season.  We are overjoyed with the honor.  The class was created to give some sense of community during COVID, ostensibly starting out as an educational forum for learning about the history and mechanics of cocktail making, but devolving wonderfully into a cross-country happy hour (or two)!  What started with 15-18 people, peaked at over 120 people each week on Zoom from states across the nation.  It was a wonderful experience, and we hope to repeat it in the coming months.

Northern Virginia magazine was one of many regional publications to cover the finalists:

The RAMMY Awards, our region’s culinary Oscars, presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), is making big changes for 2021. According to a press release, the panel of RAMMYS judges and the 2021 RAMMYS Chairs Committee saw fit to create new categories this year to reflect the unique challenges that 2020 presented to restaurants. Rather than judging performance of chefs and restaurants, the team created categories to speak to where restaurants excelled in the face of COVID-19. Membership in RAMW was also not a prerequisite this year, meaning nominations for restaurants, people, and businesses that were previously ineligible.

Below, find the list of all the nominees. NoVA finalists (or those with NoVA locations) are in italics. Categories voted for by the public are noted with an asterisk.

*Festive Foodie Experiences:

  • Baker’s Daughter, CSA Box Cooking Classes
  • Carlie Steiner, Various Virtual Classes
  • Catoctin Creek, The Art of the Cocktail
  • Eric Adjepong, Cooking with Eric
  • Eva Kronenburg, YouTube Cooking Series
  • Louise Salas and Gina Chersevani, Designated Drinker Show
  • Kwame Onwuachi, Eat Clean While Quarantined
  • Mess Hall DC, Some Disassembly Required
  • Sticky Fingers, Virtual Baking Classes
  • Xiquet, Cooking with Chef Danny Lledó

You can read the full story, here.

Southport Whisky Festival in UK

We were absolutely delighted last week to be included in the Southport Whisky Festival in the United Kingdom.  A small, online festival of very devoted whisky drinkers, Catoctin Creek was the only American whisky represented at the festival.  As such, we were a bit of a novelty.  Victor, the organizer of the festival, was kind enough to share the video recording, which you can watch here for more information.

If you'd like to get involved with the festival, or live in the UK and would like to order our products through Southport, check them out here:   https://www.southportwhisky.co.uk/

My Whiskey Den 2020 Craft Rye of the Year

The good folks of My Whiskey Den have named Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof their 2020 Craft Rye Whiskey of the Year!  Huzzah!!  Benjamin reviews the Cask Proof:

This one knocked it out of the park for me.  As good as the others were, this one was a step – a STEP – better.

Check out starting at minute 4:30 for the rye category awards, or around 11:15 for our specific mention...

Ludacris tries Catoctin Creek Cask Proof Maple Cask

Fred Minnick got Ludacris a bunch of samples, and had a really neat interview with him on The Fred Minnick Show.  Check it out around 16:20 when Ludacris takes a sip of our Cask Proof rye.

Designated Drinker Show - Scott Harris

Designated Drinker ShowBack in September, Scott had the honor of appearing on the Designated Drinker Show, a podcast all about cocktails and drinking, with special guest host, Gina Chersevani from Buffalo and Bergen:

So, two engineers walk into a bar and somehow, leave as distillers. Well, that’s kinda’ how Scott and his wife Becky—both engineers—started Catoctin Creek, the first legal distillery in their home county since Prohibition. Which is no joke, indeed.

Give the podcast a listen, here, and you can check out the podcast and subscribe, here!

Virginia Living: Party like it's 1620!

Virginia Living Illustration by Zohar Lahar

Virginia Living did a neat little story about the history of whiskey (whisky) from the beginning of the country - Jamestown in the early 1600's.  Robert Nelson writes:

However, Virginians are reclaiming their heritage and even beating their Kentucky brethren at international competitions. And many of them are doing it using Virginia ingredients in every step of the process. “You have Virginia grain, Blue Ridge water, Virginia white oak, Virginia-made barrels, and other specifically Virginia ingredients getting worked together in this hot Virginia climate,” Harris says. “Virginia whiskey is unique to this place for all kinds of reasons. What we’re definitely finding is that this Virginia flavor is something that translates well around the world.”

You can read the full story, here.  Illustration by Zohar Lazar for Virginia Living.

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