Location: Purcellville, Virginia
Chief Distiller: Becky Harris
Grains: Locally sourced Rye
Mash bills: An undisclosed 100% Rye mash
The story of Virginia’s most awarded Whiskey
Catoctin Creek was founded by Becky and Scott Harris in 2009 as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. The Distillery is located in Purcellville, Virginia, in the heart of the Loudoun Valley. Virginia is the birthplace of American whiskey and Catoctin Creek faithfully dedicate themselves to that tradition, producing Virginia’s most awarded whiskey, Roundstone Rye!
The name “Catoctin” is a regional name. Pronounced Ka-TOCK-tin, the name derives from the Indian tribal name “Kittocton” which, legend has it, meant “place of many deer”. Catoctin describes a range of mountains and the eponymous creek which flows picturesquely past the distillery and into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Watershed.
Catoctin Creek believe in high quality food and spirits. They source their grain and fruit from local sources, free of pesticides and chemical additives that would come through in the spirits that they produce. The results are the finest, cleanest spirits possible, with the greatest attention to detail in every single bottle they produce.
Becky Harris, Chief Distiller
Becky graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As a chemical engineer, she worked at companies like Amoco, YDK America, and CIBA, specializing in industrial processes and production systems. Becky brought this knowledge and applied it to something she love, making the finest distilled spirits in Virginia. Wine, grains, berries, it matters not. If there is a fruit, vegetable, tuber with starch or sugar in it, you can bet that Becky will try to distill it.
Scott Harris, General Manager
Scott graduated with honors from Georgia Tech. He spent the last twenty years building a software career in telecommunication systems and government IT solutions and traded it all in for the chance to own and run his own distillery. Liquors of all types are his greatest love (besides Becky, of course). Whiskeys from Scotland, Ireland and the United States; Brandy from France and Germany; And, an eclectic German bitters called Boonekamp. “It’s good for the digestive!” as his old German grandmother used to say.