Catoctin Creek Distilling
Recently, Food and Wine Magazine advised the whiskey world to keep their eye on Loudouner Becky Harris. You can do just that and watch history in the making at their distillery on Main Street in Purcellville. Peek in the windows to watch the operations at Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and you might just catch a glimpse of Becky and Scott Harris engaged in the organizing, bottling or boxing of their spirits.
Inspired by Virginia’s rye-growing history, the Harris’s started craft distilling in 2009. Their concept – simple, organic, kosher – quickly won fans and gained national attention, winning dozens upon dozens of awards. Their production facility and tasting room are housed in a former Buick dealership transformed into one of the areas most magnificent workspaces. Catoctin Creek offers behind-the-scene tours to understand the process of distilling. But don’t just watch, have them pour you a tasting!
Sipping the spirits at Catoctin Creek is part of the experience. Visitors can make reservations (necessary on weekends) to try flights of their Roundstone Rye, Watershed Gin and brandies straight, or make choose to enjoy them mixed into incredibly creative cocktails by bartender brainiac, Denise Petty. Every recipe from the monthly changing drink menu captures the season and features locally-sourced juices, syrups and bitters.
Our tasting included the incredibly fresh Garden Pug – flavored with herbs from the Harris’s garden and aptly named for a destructive romp by their family dog. On another visit, we enjoyed holiday-themed cocktails including a mix of Apple Brandy with pineapple and other citrus juices finished with a splash of Prosecco. But it’s the tried-and-true Whiskey Sour made with a generous squeeze of fresh lime that calls to Inside Loudoun staffers. Give it a try while keeping an eye on Becky.
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is located at 120 W Main Street in Purcellville. Make your reservations and read the rules (Yes, rules. It’s a distillery after all) at catoctincreekdistilling.com or by calling (540) 751-8404. The distillery and tasting room are close on Mondays, open 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 1-7 p.m. on Friday, 12-7 p.m. on Saturday and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday.