Purcellville's Catoctin Creek Distilling Gets Constellation Brands Investment

WASHINGTON — Global beer, wine and spirits giant Constellation Brands has made an undisclosed investment in Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, taking a minority stake in the Purcellville, Virginia-based whiskey maker.

Catoctin Creek, founded in 2009 as the first post-prohibition distillery in Loudoun County, said Constellation’s investment gives it new capital to increase production and marketing.

Three years ago, Catoctin Creek moved to a new distillery at 120 W. Main St. in Purcellville. It will remain at that location and expand the facility early this year. Founders Scott and Becky Harris will remain the distillery’s core management.

Catoctin’s flagship Roundtree Rye Whisky and other products have received numerous medals and awards, including gold medals from the 2016 American Whisky Masters in London and the Beverage Testing Institute of Chicago.

“As we continue to invest in and explore the high-end craft whiskey segment, we are excited to partner with Catoctin Creek — producers of authentic and award-winning products that provide us with deeper knowledge of emerging opportunities,” said Ben Dollard, chief growth officer, Constellation Brands.

“Working with passionate entrepreneurs like Becky and Scott Harris allows Constellation Brands to support and accelerate their growth while staying at the forefront of the evolving alcoholic beverage landscape,” he said.

Victor, New York-based Constellation Brands has more than 100 brands, including Corona, Modelo, Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Franciscan Estate, Svedka vodka and Casa Noble tequila. It had $6.5 billion in 2016 revenue.

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