Catoctin Creek Distillery

Up the Creek

A Historic Temple of Whiskey in Virginia

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Might as well do something different for a change this weekend. Like drink whiskey.

Wait, that’s not different. Go to where the whiskey is made, then drink the whiskey. Yes, that’s more like it.

So gas up and head for Catoctin Creek Distillery, the gleaming new headquarters of the groundbreaking Loudoun County booze makers, soft-opening tomorrow in Purcellville.

This is in a turn-of-the-20th-century building that once housed a Buick dealership. And it’s hard to miss, with giant windows looking in at the shiny copper stills.

Every hour, you can get yourself a tour, maybe even watch some rye being made if you’re lucky.

But we know what you’re here for. So pull up a stool at the big semicircular bar, with original brick and Edison bulbs all around, and get down to business with some rye, gin, brandy and white whiskey. Or order a cocktail tasting flight, which may include a nip of rye, a Manhattan and a Horse’s Neck.

If you can’t make it out right away, no worries: they’ll be sweetening the deal in the next couple weeks with cocktail classes, distilling workshops, some live bluegrass, even a Civil War scholar in period dress.

On second thought, better go tomorrow.

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Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W Main St
Purcellville, VA 20132
540-751-8404
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