Let’s re-visit Catoctin Creek Distillery, the first legal distillery in Loudon County, VA!
Normally closed on Sundays, the owner, Scott, will open just for our private tour and tasting! For $10 we’ll have not only a very thorough tour, but will also get to taste their divine spirits! The tour includes time for Q&A's as well as open discussion of both the distilling operation and the history behind distilling in Virginia throughout history. Last time I was there the tour was very informative but the tasting was the bomb!
The distillery is a certified organic and kosher micro-distillery that produces brandy, rye whiskey, gin, and other liqueurs from local fruit, organic grain and Virginia wine. Founded in 2009 by Scott and Rebecca Harris, the company operates using a custom-made 400 liter Kothe hybrid pot-column still.
Catoctin Creek is already widely distributed in 6 states and their Watershed Gin, Roundstone Rye, and Mosby’s Spirit have won numerous industry awards. In 2011, Virginia Senate Bill 1249 passed both the Senate and the House of Delegates, and was signed by Governor Bob McDonnell, allowing direct bottle-sales directly to the public from the distillery! The company provides tastings at their distillery / store, in a fashion similar to wineries within the state.
After about an hour at Catoctin Creek we’ll head right down the road to Goose Creek Farm & Winery, home of Otium Cellars (http://www.otiumcellars.com) to taste and enjoy their wine selections including a “rock star” Pinot Noir! YES, a VA Pinot Noir! If you’ve ever visited 8 Chains North, Otium wines used to be poured and sold there prior to their own facility opening in 2011. Arrival at Otium Cellars is approximately 1:30-1:45pm for those of you who wish only to join us there.
Carpooling - Metro and Parking Option?
Metro Pick-up: PLEASE let the organizer(s) know when you RSVP that you will need a metro pick-up. CUT-OFF for coordinating metro pick-up is THURSDAY before the trip. Metro pick-up will meet at 10:30am at the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro Station (Fairfax side Kiss & Ride).
Carpooling is also a great way to save gas, have a bit more fun and really get to know your fellow meet-up members. However, please let the organizers know - in the event comments section - if you are available to drive and/or have a desire to car-pool. We do our best to provide rides but if we don't have enough volunteer drivers priority goes to those riders that are metro-bound based on when the metro-to-carpool request is made.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you take advantage of the metro pick-up and/or carpooling option be kind to the drivers!. At $3.75/gal, gas isn't cheap and, after all, they are driving you - everyone should offer $10-$20 to the driver.
Food: As usual, please bring snacks or sweets, etc to share. We’ll find a spot at Otium to gather and socialize and munchies are always welcome and encouraged!