Twin Valley Distillers collects all of its grain and raw ingredients within a 50-mile radius. The company's steadfast commitment to local products stems from founder Edgardo Zuniga, a Montgomery County resident and retired chef who understands the all-around impact of a farm-to-table—or in this case, farm-to-glass—approach.
Over the course of his long career in the kitchen, Zuniga developed an interest in pairing spirits with food. So in 2014, he opened Twin Valley and immediately struck up partnerships with nearby businesses and farmers. Today, Edgardo's customers reap the benefits of those relationships as they sip on the distillery's handcrafted creations, which include bourbons, whiskeys, vodkas, and rums.
Cuisine Type: Distilled Spirits—Whisky, Gin, and Brandy
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Roundstone Rye
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Bottles may be purchased on site directly from the distillery.
Q&A with Scott Harris, Owner
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The building we call home was built in the first year of Prohibition in a town known for it's support of the Temperance movement.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was founded by Becky and Scott Harris in 2009 as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. We are located in Purcellville, Virginia, in the heart of the Loudoun Valley. Loudoun County, often called D.C.'s Wine Country, is home to more than twenty vineyards and wineries, and it now has a distillery.
The name "Catoctin" is a regional name. Pronounced Ka-TOCK-tin. The name derives from the Indian tribal name "Kittocton" which, legend has it, meant "place of many deer". Catoctin describes a range of mountains and the creek which flows picturesquely into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Watershed.
At Catoctin Creek, we believe in high quality food and spirits. Organic means higher quality: grain and fruit, sourced locally when possible, free of pesticides and chemical additives that would come through in the spirits we produce. Sure, it is more difficult to produce organically, but the results speak for themselves. And kosher is another way to respect the tradition of high quality foods.
Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Industrial chic. This working distillery is in a beautifully renovated 1920's era Buick dealership.
Exposed brick, huge windows and open ceilings give a spacious and inviting feel to the tour experience.
In your own words, how would you describe your distillery?
Visit the first family-owned distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. See this working distillery in production, including our custom-made Kothe potstills and condensers. Tours will highlight the process of making distilled spirits, including fermentation, distillation, aging, and bottling.
Often, depending on the day, you may see much of this equipment in operation and meet and speak with the owners.
In 1892, Joseph Alexander Magnus began distilling, blending, and rectifying whiskeys, gins, and other spirits, quickly becoming one of the most successful pre-Prohibition producers in the nation. Joseph earned a reputation for doing things the right way and doing them with passion. Joseph silenced his stills with Prohibition looming, but his legacy—and some original bottles of his whiskey—were carefully preserved and passed down through the family to today. Inspired by Joseph’s story, his great-grandson picked up the torch and has proudly reintroduced Jos. A. Magnus & Co. and his brand of spirits to the world. In March 2016, their Joseph Magnus Bourbon won a prestigious Double Gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. You can find it at the distillery and the distillery's Murray Hill Club bar with their Vigilant gin and Royal Seal vodka.