Catoctin Creek Distillery calls Loudoun County Northern Virginia home, having been in business since before Prohibition. This family-owned business has been producing award-winning wines and high quality organic liquors for ages. In the distillery, their passion translates into high quality organic spirits, citing the principle, “think global, drink local.”
The Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is a fairly new business, founded in 2009 by Becky and Scott Harris. As the first ever distillery in Loudoun County since before the Prohibition, the company is located at Purcellville, Virginia, right at the heart of the Loudoun Valley. Loudoun County is often called D.C.’s Wine Country, and is home to more than 20 vineyards and wineries, and the distillery.
Its name, “Catoctin”, is actually a regional name. It is pronounced as “ka-TOCK-tin,” as its an Indian tribe name called “Kittocton” which legend says it meant “place of many deer.” It describes a range of mountains and a single creek that flows into the Potomac River, as well as the Chesapeake Watershed. The owners and workers of the Catoctin Creek and company believe in high quality food and spirits, and organic products are their passion. Organic simply means high quality, when it comes to grain and fruit, purchased and obtained locally as much as possible, free from pesticides, additives and other chemicals. Fact is, it is more difficult to produce organically, but a huge difference can be seen, or rather tasted in the results.
Creating high quality products has results in different awards given to the distillery’s products with notable awards listed below.
Catoctin Creek Distillery is certified organic by the Pennsylvania Certified Organic. Why go organic? Well, the organic spirits, their ingredients are free from synthetic chemicals, like pesticides and additives. The water used is also filtered for purity. The company is inspected each year to ensure compliance with the regulations with regards to production of organic food. In other words, the organic label guarantees consumers that there is a high level of transparency and accountability on the production of organic spirits. It gives emphasis on the company’s commitment in giving the consumers the highest quality possible for the spirits and the products.