Seasons Greetings from Catoctin Creek
This time of year, I am thankful for all of your support in helping Catoctin Creek become Virginia's most awarded whisky! Without great customers like you, we never could do what we're doing – producing an authentic hand-crafted rye whisky from local and organic farms!
Remember, spirits make the perfect gift for those choosy people on your list who already seem to have everything!
Dad doesn't want another shirt for Christmas? Grandma is tired of the same old sweater? Uncle Bob says "No more ties!"
Yeah, we get that.
Get them a bottle of Virginia's finest rye whisky instead! And if they drink it all up, you can get them another one next year! Brilliant!
So, come on into our tasting room to browse our selection of spirits, gifts, mixers, barware and books. We have something for nearly everyone. Even your teetotalling Aunt Marnie.
And from our family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and all the best wishes of this holiday season to you and yours!
Catoctin Creek gets a ton of great press last month!
Hear ye! Hear ye!
November seemed to be a banner month for Catoctin Creek getting in the news. Here's a summary of the highlights:
You can check out the full list of news on our website, here.
The Art of the Cocktail – An Educational Series for January
Our third year – presented by Scott Harris, Founder of the Distillery
Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our third year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail. This is a reprise of last year's content, so if you missed this very popular series last year, we highly encourage you to make your reservation now!
Starting in January, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail! There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice. Lots of practice.
Here is the schedule of the series, which starts in 2018:
- January 5 - The Old Fashioned - the proto-cocktail of the 1840s
- January 12 - Gin is in! Several gin cocktails including the Martinez, the Gimlet, and the Sloe Gin Fizz
- January 19 - Everything you wanted to know about Martinis and bitters
- February 26 - New Orleans mojo - The sophisticated and complex beauty of the Sazerac
- February 2 - Moonshine in American culture - 1930 to present day
- February 9 - Toddies and warm cocktails
If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class. If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks. The cost is $35 per person and includes drinks. Sign up for all six and receive two FREE Catoctin Creek rocks glasses and a FREE copy of The Architecture of the Cocktail.
For more information, click here: http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/art
Our Final Dinner of the Year - A Holiday Feast!
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. This month's menu will highlight a holiday theme.
Enjoy 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.
Oh, and did I say cocktails? Yes, 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. Reserve your space now, while there is still space available! Click here for more details.
Cool events this Winter!
There are some amazing events planned for winter! Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!
Repeal Day Party with Deanna Danger and Live Jazz
December 5, 7:30pm. Join us on Tuesday night, December 5th, in celebrating Repeal Day with an ass-kicking cocktail party! Your ticket includes the first round of drinks, heavy appetizers by the Wine Kitchen, plus a live performance by burlesque artist, Deanna Danger, and live jazz by Lassiez Foure. Repeal Day comes but once a year, so don't miss this rare opportunity to celebrate the repeal of the Volstead act—which established Prohibition in the first place!
Prohibition era dress is highly encouraged, but not required! Over 21 only for this event, please. Keep the kiddies at home where they'll be safe!
Tickets are $60 per person and very limited, so reserve now!
December 9, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, December 9, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine! This event is FREE to attend!
Charity Jewelry Show ! – Support the fight against childhood cancer
December 7, 6pm. Buy jewelry...support the fight against childhood brain cancer! Sparkle for a Cause is committed to cracking the cure. Come sip signature cocktails while you shop the season's hottest jewelry from Opulenza Designs. 'Tis the Season to give and when you find that perfect piece of jewelry to buy for your mom, sister or friend, you are giving to a great charity as well. We hope to see you there!
Dinner at the Distillery
December 15, 7pm. 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. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we 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.
Art of the Cocktail - A six week series!
Starting in January, every Friday night at 7pm. Come to one, or come to all of them! You're sure to learn about the history and construction of the cocktail, plus enjoy several cocktails while you're there! Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear in the tasting room every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktail styles, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail! There will be samples for sharing, and you are encouraged to buy bottles to take home with you and practice. Lots of practice.
Cocktail Dinner at WK Hearth in Purcellville
January 29, 7pm. Join Catoctin Creek at the Wine Kitchen in downtown Purcellville for another spirits pairing dinner. We'll have delicious fare pared with cocktails from our spirits, while our founders, Scott & Becky Harris, describe the journey of starting the distillery, making organic spirits from scratch, and how to pair cocktails with meals.
The Wine Kitchen in Purcellville is a beautiful location off Main Street, so do be sure to come out and join us! Telephone the restaurant for reservations at (540) 751-9919.
Cocktail of the Month – I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Negroni
This cocktail is a fun "bianco" take on the Negroni, using white bitter liqueur and clear vermouth. We add some sweetness from the stevia to counterbalance the dry vermouth in the recipe, without adding any calories. The stevia also adds a nice herbal element and a touch more bitterness, which in this cocktail is desired.
Scott recommends this cocktail with an accompaniment of Burt Bacharach on vinyl. Sublime!
1½ oz thyme-infused Watershed Gin
1 oz Salers Aperitif
1 oz Noily Prat dry vermouth
1-2 dashes orange bitters
½ oz housemade stevia tea (for sweetness, use simple syrup as an alternative)
Combine all in shaker, pour over a large rock in a rocks glass.
A Scott Harris original cocktail.
See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.
So Long For Now
As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit 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!
Scott & Becky