Catoctin Creek Distillery: Purcellville, VA

1 Comment

Less than two handfulls of miles from the apothecary shed itself is a home grown distillery called Catoctin Creek. Since 2009, Catoctin Creek has been distilling Rye into various award-winning products. We’re partial to the Watershed Gin ourselves.

Catoctin Creek in the old Case building

Catoctin Creek in the old Case building

Baker Bob set up a long talked about distillery tour on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The tour was fantastic, carried out by Scott Harris himself. Excellent.

In between leading questions, Scott taught us some things.

In between leading questions, Scott taught us some things.

Scott talked us through the process to make Rye, Gin (in run 2), and Brandy.

Step one: Cook the Rye (soon to be more local)

Step one: Cook the Rye (soon to be more local)

Step two is brewing a rye beer to about 10%.

Step three: transfer beer to still and a 6 hour run.

Step three: transfer beer to still and a 6 hour run.

Gin takes a second distillation plus an infusion.

Gin takes a second distillation plus an infusion.

The bottling machine which caused a pizza party insurrection.

The bottling machine which caused a pizza party insurrection.

Shipment for Australia

Shipment for Australia

Yeah

Yeah

Catoctin Creek Tasting Room

Catoctin Creek Tasting Room

Pouring flights

Pouring flights

Custom flight: Gin and Two Ryes

Custom flight: Gin and Two Ryes

The Catoctin product set is certainly made with love. I remain a big fan of the Watershed Gin. The Roundstone Rye is rough and thin at 80 proof. The 92 proof has more body (and less water) and is a better product. I guess around here we’re used to a sweeter mash bill with some corn and wheat and a higher proof. The Catoctin Creek mash is 100% rye.

What does Sammy think of the Brandy?

What does Sammy think of the Brandy?

Aftermath

Aftermath

All told, the afternoon was very well spent with a gracious and committed host doing excellent work. Keep it up Catoctin Creek. We’re damn proud to have you here just over the river.

The fellers say, "Thanks Scott and Becky!"

The fellers say, “Thanks Scott and Becky!”

Back home again with some new stuff to add to the bar.

Watershed Gin always in stock here

Watershed Gin always in stock here

Bitter Liberals + Bright Box 1.8.16

1 Comment

CLICK FOR TICKS

BL-bbox-sm

Star Wars New Year’s Eve

1 Comment

We blame Disney or the Force or the pursuasive power of a massive advertising budget—but no matter the blame, it was Star Wars!

The bar all dressed up in Star Wars

The bar all dressed up in Star Wars

The cast of characters was large.

Jack as Captain Phasma

Jack as Captain Phasma

The Dark Side was well represented. Joe as the Emperor.

The Dark Side was well represented. Joe as the Emperor.

Ant (with stubble!) as Obi-wan

Ant (with stubble!) as Obi-wan

Amy as Twi'lek and Jen as Jabba's slave girl

Amy as Twi’lek and Jen as Jabba’s slave girl

Yours truly as old Luke

Yours truly as old Luke

IMG_2889

20151231_195115

Anna as Rea with Charlie as Han Solo with new improved weaponry

Anna as Rea with Charlie as Han Solo with new improved weaponry

The blankens

The blankens

Eli as Han Solo

Eli as Han Solo

Peggy as a bar denizen, Jay as Obi-wan

Peggy as a bar denizen, Jay as Obi-wan

Allen as a Lucasfilm producer wielding cash

Allen as a Lucasfilm producer wielding cash

Best of all: Laura as Leia

Best of all: Laura as Leia

Buns provided by the Cookie Guy

Buns provided by the Cookie Guy

Party time, fueled by adulterated champagne.

IMG_2866

IMG_20151231_214711

IMG_20151231_235705

Star Wars food supply

Star Wars food supply

IMG_20151231_214730

20151231_220828

Steal your face

Steal your face

Funk it up

Joe and Gina at the dance enhancement console

Joe and Gina at the dance enhancement console

Game over

Game over

CXqhifiUAAAPYb2

Mogli and Stretch

Leave a comment

Puppies are fun.

Team Tartan Wishes You a Happy New Year

1 Comment

Team Tartan gathered over the holidays to celebrate our year. Thanks to all of our sponsors and donors! Together, we’re defeating blood cancers.

Team Tartan

Team Tartan

IMG_0667

Cheers!

Cheers!

You can read about the race here.

Team Tartan on the water: 2015

Team Tartan on the water: 2015

Winter Solstice Fire 2015

4 Comments

Winter Solstice Fire 2015

Winter Solstice Fire 2015

It all started out with champagne, celebrating Team Tartan’s 2015 Leukemia Cup accomplishment with a crop of Timex watches. (About which this.)

bubbles

bubbles

Burn barrel before the lighting

Burn barrel before the lighting

Then it got dark, the keg was tapped, the cheesy xmas music was put on infinite repeat in the barn, burn barrels were lit, and off we went! Early birds got to see the bonfire lighting. Middle birds got to see music and sparkling guitars. Late birds shut down the bar inside with Berryville Passages at 6am. Are we too old for this? No we are not.

Fire

Fire

Who let the banjo player in?

Who let the banjo player in?

Fire too

Fire too

Thanks to one and all for coming! We turned the sun around again!

Tom and Dave in Philly

1 Comment

Our grad school friend Dave Chalmers has become quite the world famous philosopher. He deserves it. Tom Stoppard, our very most favorite playwright on the planet wrote a play inspired by Dave’s “Hard Problem” (consciousness).

The two got together for a public chat to the sold out audience of over 300 at the WILMA in Philadelphia. Fantastic. (The whole Philly trip was superb.)

Tom Stoppard and Dave Chalmers

Tom Stoppard and Dave Chalmers

Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard

Dave Chalmers

Dave Chalmers

The stage is set

The stage is set

Even more fun than the public chat was a visit afterwards to Charlie was a Sinner with a group of about 20 academics and theater types. We knew Dave was coming out, but we were psyched that he brought along Tom! (More about the bar and the drinks.)

20151214_232431

Amy and Tom at Charlie

Amy and Tom at Charlie

Smoke break for Tom.  Takling about Searle's Chinese room.

Smoke break for Tom. Takling about Searle’s Chinese room.

Consciousness Explained

Consciousness Explained

“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.”
― Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

===
You can find the entire WILMA conversation here.

Older Entries Newer Entries

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 221 other followers