Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., located in Purcellville, recently announced a $1 million upgrade to triple the distillery’s production. The expansion is set to be finalized in late June, following COVID-19-related delays.
“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 2,000L 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 2,000L mash tank, six new 2000L fermenters and concrete floors to replace the existing 100-year-old floors.
Originally built in the second year of Prohibition, 1921, the historic Case Building located on Main Street in downtown Purcellville has been Catoctin Creek’s home 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.