By Laura Sears
metrocurean contributor, lb's good spoon
Just an hour outside the bustle of DC you'll find Scott and Becky Harris mashing, distilling and bottling their handcrafted organic whiskey, gins, spirits, brandies, and liquors. The first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition, Catoctin Creek is on its way to being a household name.
Founded in 2009, Catoctin Creek has been popping up in just about every restaurant from Baltimore to Annapolis, DC to Lovettsville. And the spirits are deserving of all the hype, having already racked up some impressive awards.
When Scott and Becky left their careers in software and chemical engineering respectively, they knew they wanted to distill the best spirits in Northern Virginia. To top it off they've certified everything organic and kosher. Using local ingredients is of importance to them — their grape brandy for example uses grapes from local Virginia wineries.
With the grand opening of their new distillery store starting this weekend, you can now purchase bottles on-site after a tour, distilling workshop or bottling session.
To celebrate the store opening, Catoctin Creek's distillery will be open Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a live band in the afternoon, and Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. There's also a pig roast at the Passenger in DC on the Sunday, July 3.
Check their website out for more event information.
Photo from Catoctin Creek.
Laura Sears is a food writer and the blogger behind LB's Good Spoon. Born and raised in Ohio she is both molded by those roots and the ones she grew in Santa Barbara, Calif. Her love for local, seasonal food blossomed there, along with the nickname LB, as did her desire to garden!
She's adjusting to life in DC and is encouraged by the number of farmers markets and local suppliers of meat and dairy. You can follower her at LB's Good Spoon, which was created in 2008 after several friends kept asking LB what she had cooked up recently!