Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, The Virginia Rye Whiskey, is kicking off the new year with a bang.
This week, the company announced they are tripling its capacity with a $1 million distillery production upgrade for June 2021. The expansion plans have been well underway for over a year but were delayed due to COVID-19.
Founders Scott and Becky Harris are committed to distilling pot still whiskies. The two have invested in a 2000L copper pot still from Specific Mechanical Systems in British Columbia. This will be a bittersweet replacement of their beloved 12-year-old still, “Barney”.
Other new enhancements will also be included like the glycol cooling system, a new 2000L mash tank, six new 2000L fermenters, and concrete floors to replace their 100-year-old floors.
“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.”
The husband-and-wife duo is looking to sell their existing 400L electrically powered Kothe pot still, a 300-gallon electrically powered mash tank, and six 300-gallon fermenters. If anyone is looking to purchase, contact Scott at (540) 751-8404.
The historic Case Building is located on Main Street in downtown Purcellville, Virginia. Originally built during the second year of prohibition, it has been home to Catoctin Creek since 2013. The Harris’ have spent over $750,000 in renovations and restoration, turning the formed Buick dealership into the first legal distillery in Purcellville.