PURCELLVILLE, Va. — Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., The Virginia Rye Whisky ?, is excited to triple its capacity with a $1 million distillery production upgrade. Delayed due to COVID-19, expansion plans have been well underway for over a year and are set to be finalized in late June.
“As we continue to grow Catoctin Creek as a national brand, we must ensure we have enough whisky inventory to support future demand,” said co-founder and general manager Scott Harris. “This equipment expansion will guarantee our production capacity keeps up with sales for the next few years, at least.”
Consistent with Catoctin Creek’s commitment to distilling pot stilled whiskies, Scott and wife/Catoctin Creek co-founder and chief distiller, Becky Harris, invested in a 2000L copper pot still from Specific Mechanical Systems in British Columbia, which will be a bittersweet replacement of their beloved 12-year-old still, ‘Barney’. Additional new enhancements include a glycol cooling system; a new 2000L mash tank; six new 2000L fermenters; and concrete floors to replace the existing 100-year-old floors.
Anyone interested in purchasing the existing 400L electrically powered Kothe pot still, ‘Barney’; 300-gallon electrically powered mash tank; or six 300-gallon fermenters, please contact Scott at (540) 751-8404.
Originally built in the second year of Prohibition, 1921, the historic Case Building located on Main Street in downtown Purcellville, Virginia has been home to Catoctin Creek since 2013. The Harris’ originally spent over $750,000 on the restoration and renovation project, turning the former Buick dealership into Purcellville’s first legal distillery.
About Catoctin Creek Distilling:
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, The Virginia Rye Whisky ?, was founded by Scott and Becky Harris in 2009. Inspired by the history and craft of Virginia, Catoctin Creek made a name for itself as the first legal distillery since Prohibition in Purcellville, Virginia’s Loudoun County. The craft distillery is home to Virginia’s most-awarded whisky, Roundstone Rye, which has been presented gold medals across the globe and stands out through its old-world production methods. Catoctin Creek prides itself on sourcing rye whisky, gin, and seasonal brandy from local grains and fruits, with spirits available in 27 states and 3 continents. The Harris’ intricate attention to detail results in high quality internationally acclaimed products, including seasonal releases and private cask offerings, that recognize the true craft of Virginia spirits.
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