Purcellville's Catoctin Creek co-founder appointed to Virginia Spirits Board

Scott Harris, co-founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery based in Purcellville.

The co-founder of Purcellville-based Catoctin Creek Distillery has been appointed to the newly created Virginia Spirits Board.

Following an announcement from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), Scott Harris will represent the commonwealth’s spirits board, which oversees the operations and marketing of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC).

Harris currently sits on the Craft Distiller Advisory Board for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and is a member of the Virginia Distillers Association Board of Directors.

The new board will set direction and innovate new courses for Virginia ABC.

Harris is joined by Jeff Bloem, founder and maltster of Murphy & Rude Malting Co.; Joshua Chandler, plant manager of Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc.; David Cuttino, co-founder and CEO of Reservoir Distillery; Bill Karlson, owner of KO Distilling; Kara King, creative director of Ironclad Distillery; Gareth H. Moore, CEO of Virginia Distilling Co.; and Brian Prewitt, master distiller of A. Smith Bowman Distillery.

“I am excited to engage in this new role, and honored to have been selected for this initial board,” Harris said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to working with my peers in the industry, and the leadership of the Virginia ABC, to innovate and continue to achieve the best results for spirits consumers and citizens in the commonwealth.”

After graduating from Georgia Tech, Harris spent 20 years building a software career in telecommunication systems and government IT solutions before opening Catoctin Creek with his wife, Becky, in 2009. Harris was named the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 and awarded Small Business of the Year in 2012 by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.

— Karen Graham

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