Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. located in Purcellville, Virginia was founded in 2009 by husband-wife team Scott and Becky Harris. Scott serves as the companies General Manager while Becky serves as the Chief Distiller. Becky is well known in distilling circles as she serves as the first woman elected as President of the American Craft Spirits Association – ACSA Board of Directors.
The distillery has just announced a major expansion of the 12 year old distillery that will triple production capacity to keep up with demand and to meet future demand.
“As we continue to grow Catoctin Creek as a national brand, we must ensure we have enough whisky inventory to support future demand,” said co-founder and general manager Scott Harris. “This equipment expansion will guarantee our production capacity keeps up with sales for the next few years, at least.”
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All Rye Whiskey, All the Time
When it comes to whiskey, Catactin Creek is all in an rye whiskey. Rye is their bread and butter. Consistent with Catoctin Creek’s commitment to distilling pot stilled whiskies they’ve invested in a 2000L copper pot still from Specific Mechanical Systems in British Columbia, which will be a bittersweet replacement of their beloved 12-year old Kothe 400 liter pot still ‘Barney’. Additional new enhancements include a glycol cooling system; a new 2000L mash tank; six new 2000L fermenters; and concrete floors to replace the existing 100 year old floors.
Originally built in the second year of Prohibition, 1921, the historic Case Building located on Main Street in downtown Purcellville, Virginia has been home to Catoctin Creek since 2013. The Harris’ originally spent over $750,000 on the restoration and renovation project, turning the former Buick dealership into a Purcellville’s first legal distillery.
Catoctin Creek prides itself on sourcing rye whisky, gin, and seasonal brandy from local and organic grains and fruits, with spirits available in 27 states and 3 continents.