Catoctin Creek to triple production with $1m upgradeBy Nicola Carruthers
Virginia-based Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has spent US$1 million on new equipment to triple its production capacity.
Catoctin Creek was founded by husband and wife Scott and Becky Harris in 2009. Based in Loudoun County in the north of Virginia, Catoctin Creek produces whiskey, gin and brandy. In January 2017, Svedka Vodka owner Constellation Brands acquired a minority stake in Catoctin Creek.
The expansion plans have been ‘well underway’ for more than a year, Catoctin Creek said. The upgrade is set to be completed in late June 2021, after initially being delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“As we continue to grow Catoctin Creek as a national brand, we must ensure we have enough whisky inventory to support future demand,” said general manager Scott Harris. “This equipment expansion will guarantee our production capacity keeps up with sales for the next few years, at least.”
The couple has invested in a 2,000-litre copper pot still to replace its 12-year-old still, named Barney. Furthermore, other improvements include a glycol cooling system, a new 2,000-litre mash tank, six new 2,000-litre fermenters, and concrete floors to replace the current 100-year-old floors.
The producer is also offering its existing 400-litre electrically-powered Kothe pot still, the Barney still, a 300-gallon electrically-powered mash tank, and six 300-gallon fermenters for sale.
The founders originally invested more than US$750,000 on restoring the Case Building site in downtown Purcellville, Virginia, which was turned into the town’s ‘first’ legal distillery. In 2017, Catoctin Creek purchased a site in Virginia to expand warehousing capacity.
Earlier this month, Catoctin Creek released three Roundstone Rye whiskeys in the UK. Catoctin Creek’s products are available in 27 states and three continents.