We are so honored to be included in Loudoun County's history timeline of top 40 business moments from 1979 - 2019:
Catoctin Creek, Loudoun’s First Distillery Since Prohibition, Opens in Purcellville
Scott and Becky Harris started Loudoun’s first post-Prohibition distillery during the heart of the recession, with funding from personal finances, an SBA loan, and help from neighbors and friends in the community. Now sold in 26 U.S. states and in Europe and Asia, Catoctin Creek has won the most awards of any whiskey made in Virginia.
You can read the full story, here. Photograph courtesy Kristen Dill.
Get to know Catoctin Creek, via WhiskyJason in Berlin:
I wish we didn't have to do these interviews, but we continue to hammer the point that tariffs are hurting small businesses, and the government needs to listen to us.
To see the full story, click the video above, or click here.
Mucho gracias to Lamar Romero at Dragon Spirits Marketing for assembling this training video of our founder and chief distiller, Becky Harris, walking through a sales session with the spirits.
This is a great episode where we provide some insight into some fun, cool, and weird things we're doing with the gents from Single Cask Nation.
Here is an interview Scott Harris, founder and general manager of Catoctin Creek, did with CNBC regarding the tariffs with the EU:
Click the video above to view the clip, or see the whole story, here.
We had the pleasure of showing Tucker and the Fox 5 DC team around the distillery on their Fox 5 Zip Trip to Purcellville! Click on the video above to see the visit!
Photograph by Atlantic Records, used under license, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45577655.
The Daily Beast asked rye distillers around the country to tell us what their spirits taste like by comparing them to music. Of the various responses, most were fairly (in our humble opinions) predictable: old white guys honoring other old white guys. <yawn>
That is what it's like being a woman in a man's whiskey world. Becky Harris, our founder and distiller, mixed it up a little bit, and I think Becky nails it here:
Whiskey, like music, is primarily viewed through a male lens, and I wanted to shout one out for the ladies. Doreen St. Felix wrote about Missy Elliott in the New Yorker, ‘hip-hop artists are musicologists, and sampling is one way histories are folded into the present.’ Like Elliott, another Commonwealth native, we pull influences from all corners and filter them through our Virginia mindset. We take the rye of the past, and... flip it, and reverse it. Catoctin Creek created a new aesthetic for rye: toggling between chill, fruity, and bold spice.
You can read the full story, here.
Eric Kozlik is the founder of Modern Bar Cart, a company which seems to attack the fine art of drinking from all directions: podcasting, blogging, recipes, and they even make bitters. Erik's latest episode focuses on the process that led up to our first set of bespoke bitters:
One of our very first retail partners – almost half a decade ago – was Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., based out of beautiful Purcellville, Virginia. They were one of the first craft distilleries in the region, and when tasting room manager Denise Petty and brand rep John Shope asked me to work with them to develop a bitters flavor to pair with their award winning Roundstone Rye, to say I was excited would be a vast understatement.
Read the entire story, here, and listen to the podcast, here.
You can buy the bitters in our distillery tasting room or online at Modern Bar Cart.
The Governor of Virginia put out a press release announcing our successful new relationship in Germany this year:
"Virginia distilleries provide a growing market for our Commonwealth’s agricultural products, and we are proud to support companies like Catoctin Creek and Reservoir as they pursue export opportunities and forge important relationships around the world,” said Governor Northam. “Foreign trade and investment are key to strengthening and diversifying our economy, and these two international partnerships are a perfect example Virginia’s commitment to helping businesses of all sizes explore new sales channels and compete both at home and abroad.”
You can read the entire press release, here.
Northern Virginia magazine included us in their Best of Nova feature again this year! What an honor! Stefanie Gans writes:
Catoctin Creek created the modern era of distilleries in George Washington’s playground. The husband-and-wife team—she’s the master distiller—set up shop in downtown Purcellville with a tasting room to showcase their award-winning spirits, like the flagship Roundstone Rye.
You can read the full story, here.
Enjoy this fun video from the guys at the Austin Whiskey Vault! They hit the nail on the head in several of their points about our rye:
- 100% rye
- Blue Ridge Mountains
- 100% potstilled
- Not cloying or sweet - just great flavor coming from the maple
- 100% fun!