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Catoctin Creek Distillery: Purcellville, VA

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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

Through the Glass Darkly

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Avant guard NYE featured three sets of glass roving around. What happens when you bring glass to a party?

Simultaneous pictures

Simultaneous pictures

Cyn

Cyn

Own self

Own self

Allen the king

Allen the king

Mr skaggs in the house

Mr skaggs in the house

Avant Guard NYE 2014

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Ready for Avant Guard NYE

Ready for Avant Guard NYE

Doors open at 8pm.

Doors open at 8pm.

Art in the house.

Art in the house.

Our friends Salvador and Frida.

Our friends Salvador and Frida.

Bling on the King.

Bling on the King.

Happy.

Happy.

Your host.

Your host.

Your host also.

Your host also.

Your host also too.

Your host also too.

Polonius Monk and his starry companion.

Polonius Monk and his starry companion.

Zombified

Zombified

Zombified too.

Zombified too.

Dancing seems to have happened.

Dancing seems to have happened.

Which tapped all of our remaining energy.

Which tapped all of our remaining energy.

Merry New Year 2014

Merry New Year 2014