Constellation Brands has acquired a minority stake in Purcellville’s Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. The investment provides the company with new capital to grow production, marketing, and to provide more jobs in Virginia, founders Becky and Scott Harris said.
The craft distillery’s products have received numerous medals and awards, most recently gold medals from the 2016 American Whiskey Masters in London and the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, along with a five star “Highest Recommendation” from F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal.
“In order to expand our production and portfolio, we needed the right partner for the next level of growth,” Becky Harris stated. “Constellation has a strong commitment to this category, and with their expertise and support, we look forward to bringing our Virginia whiskey to the world with the same team and exceptional product quality.”
A publicly traded Fortune 500 company based in Victor, NY, Constellation Brands is an international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. It is the nation’s third largest beer company. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila, and High West Whiskey.
“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,” Ben Dollard, Constellation’s chief growth officer, stated. “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.”
The company expects to begin expansion in early 2017, and will continue to operate out of its Purcellville location, at 120 W. Main St.