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Catoctin Creek receives three gold medals and two category winners in the Whiskey and Barrel Consumer Choice Awards 2020

Catoctin Creek continues to rack up the gold medals, with a clean sweep of the Whiskey and Barrel Consumer Choice Awards 2020.  All three of our Roundstone Rye products, the 80 proof, 92 proof "Distiller's Edition," and cask proof, received gold medals in the judging, while the 80 proof received the coveted Consumer Choice Award in the "Under $51" category, while the cask proof received the Consumer Choice Award in the "$51-100" category.  About the competition:

Over 30 vetted consumers and over a dozen whiskey industry and media professionals gathered on October 10th at Bub City Rosemont IL, a premier bourbon and whiskey bar and restaurant, to participate as judges at this awards event. Judges are listed on the website - www.wabcca.com

An awards competition years in the making and long overdue – Consumers want to know the preference of their peers. Founders Dave Sweet and Mario Campa have more than 35 years of combined international spirits experience, hosting and consulting in tasting events and awards across North America, Europe and Australia. Currently owning and operating the Whiskey and Barrel Nite tasting events across the US and avid whisky enthusiasts themselves, they are truly in tune with what consumers are looking for.

You learn more about the competition and see the other winners, here.

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Catoctin Creek receives Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award

We are delighted to learn that Tripadvisor has awarded us the Travelers' Choice 2020 Award.  From our entire team at the distillery, and especially those in the tasting room, who work so hard to give each person a wonderful experience, we say, Thank You!

About this award:

Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

You can view our listing (and give us a review if you like!), here.

Catoctin Creek named as Finalist in Loudoun 2020 Small Business Awards

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Catoctin Creek has been selected as a finalist for the Main Street Business of the Year for the Loudoun County 26th Annual Small Business Awards. Cast your vote today to help us win the People's Choice Award and spread the word to your friends and family! Please note, you can vote only once per person/device.

 

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SBA Finalist 2020

Roundstone Rye Family Tasting Notes by BourbonVeach

Michael Veach reviewed the three flagship spirits in our Roundstone Rye lineup:  the 80 proof, the 92 proof, and the cask proof.  Really good tasting notes from the reviews, and he even offers a cigar pairing.

About 7 or 8 years ago, I was a judge at the ADI conference at the Starlight Distillery in Indiana. That is where I met Scott Harris. He and his wife Becky founded the Catoctin Creek Distillery about that time and I had a chance to taste the new-make spirit for their rye. I liked it. It showed real promise. They had everything fundamentally correct and I enjoyed the flavors I tasted in the rye spirit. I have been looking forward to tasting their aged rye ever since that meeting.

A few weeks ago, they sent me three bottles of their rye at different proofs. I like them.

You can read the full reviews, here.

The Whiskey Wash reviews #InThisTogether Barrel Select Rye Whisky

#InThisTogether Rye Whisky

We received a really wonderful review from Carin Moonin at The Whiskey Wash, regarding our #InThisTogether Rye Whisky that was done for charity.  We scored a very rare 5 out of 5 stars!  Yet, such a funny and insightful review. What's coolest is how much Carin seemed to enjoy the product:

Palate: Honey. Wonderful. Like how mead has always been described to me, versus how it actually tastes (i.e., mead is disgusting). But this is not. This is fantastic. It marries together all sorts of weird influences and makes it work, like a beautiful child from sexy parents. All the genetics of this whiskey are there and the outcome is marvelous. The mouthfeel is thinner than some but not at all tinny.

It is really delicious. I could drink this, neat, over and over again. It doesn’t need a damn thing. I want to try more of their whiskeys under better circumstances and it’s evident why they have received so many accolades. Well done.

You can read the full review, here.

Sippin with Brocky! The Whiskey And Kicks Show

The guys over at the Whiskey and Kicks Show recently interviewed brand ambassadors John Shope and Avalon Haas (of Virginia and DC/MD/DE, respectively).  This was a really fun interview, with an interesting insight into the life of these two wonderful sales employees.  Enjoy!

Washington Post: Craft distillers aren't getting any of the love.

Nice coverage in the Washington Post about how even if liquor sales are up, the craft spirits category is not seeing the same boom. Laura Reiley writes:

The narrative had been that people were buying all kinds of liquors, but we were skeptical,” said Scott Harris, co-owner of Catoctin Creek Distilling in Purcellville, Va., which makes its flagship Roundstone Rye, as well as gin and brandy. “The market has seismically changed.

You can read the full store, here.

DCist - Virginia Distillery Catoctin Creek Is Blending A Custom Whiskey From Leftover Casks To Help Restaurant Workers In Need

Becky & Scott Harris

DCist did a great article talking about our #InThisTogether Infinity Barrel Rye Whisky.  This benefit project supports local hospitality workers who have been out of work since COVID-19 began.  Writing from the article:

All the proceeds are going towards charities supporting out-of-work and struggling restaurants, bars, and their workers: Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers; USBG’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program; Ayuda DMV, which provides social services and language access services to low-income immigrants; and Southern Smoke, a crisis relief organization for people in the food and beverage industry.

You can read the full story, here.

Becky Harris feature on Spirit Hub

Becky Harris on Spirit Hub

Nice to see the article about Becky Harris on Spirit Hub:

But living in the birthplace of American spirits, the idea of opening and operating their own independent distillery was an notion that had always appealed to the couple.

Becky was influenced by Virginia’s rich distilling history. Especially where rye whiskey was concerned.

“Rye was one of the most important products in colonial times,” Becky explains. “George Washington had one of the largest distilleries of his time. And we were inspired by that to focus on rye. Make it from scratch. And create a whiskey that speaks to the past, present and future of Virginia Rye.”

The Harrises decided on the name Catoctin Creek as another homage to their Virginia Roots.

You can read the full interview, here.

5 southern companies that make great whiskey

5 Southern Companies

How nice to be included in this video of "5 southern companies that make great whiskey."

Scotland and Ireland aren't the only places where fine spirits are distilled.  There are plenty of companies in the Southern U.S. that craft whiskey and show it off at tastings, tours, and other events.  If you're a whiskey lover, check out the five distilleries listed here."

Check us out at #5, starting about 4:38 in the video above.  Just click the image to bring up the video.

Battle of the Bartenders coverage

Jon Schott of The People’s Drug in Alexandria
Jon Schott of The People’s Drug in Alexandria. Photo credit Renss Greene, Loudoun Now.

Great coverage of our Battle of the Bartender's event last week, which raised over $4,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Nikki Drake, from 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church took home top honors for the night.  Writing in Loudoun Now, Rens Greene sums up the night:

Nikki Drake, from 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church, came out on top, earning bragging rights for the next year as Northern Virginia’s best bartender. She overcame competition from Jon Schott from The Peoples Drug in Alexandria, Eric Bowers from Magnolias at the Mill in Purcellville, Erin Robertson from AhSo Restaurant, Alex Moreno from Circa at Clarendon in Clarendon, and Chris West from The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg. They were judged by Michael Saccone, of Thrashers Rum & Tiki TNT; Stefanie Gans, former dining editor and restaurant critic for Northern Virginia Magazine and current program director at Cookology; and Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery.

You can read the full story, here.

Latest News

Maxim: Best New American Rye Whiskeys of 2021

Recent coverage in Maxim magazine was quite good: Catoctin Creek teams up with metal maestros of havoc, gore and monstrosity GWAR for their highly limited edition Ragnarök Rye release. The intergalactic monsters apparently traveled to Purcellville, Virginia to destroy Planet Earth...

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AP: American distillers look to rebuild business in Europe

The EU tariffs on American whiskey are finally gone!  After three long years, we can now compete on a fair basis of free trade.  Bruce Schreiner writes for the Associated Press: With the trade barrier coming down, Catoctin Creek Distillery in...

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Whiskey Vault has fun and reviews Cask Proof rye

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