ABOUT MONTANYA DISTILLERS of Crested Butte, CO
(read a Q&A between Owner and President Karen Hoskin and rockstar Denver bartender Sean Kenyon)
Montanya Distillers was founded in Silverton, Colorado in 2008 by Karen and Brice Hoskin. The company relocated to Crested Butte in August, 2011 and opened in the Historic Powerhouse on Elk Avenue in November, 2011.
The original Distillery (from 2008-2011) was on Blair Street in Silverton in a 100 year-old, 2,000 sq. foot stone building. The complete operation was on three levels, requiring a LOT of heavy lifting and pumping of distilled spirits between floors. Fermentations were done in the basement, distilling and tastings on the main level, and aging and bottling on the top floor. We used an old box truck to store the rum for freight shipments. Oh, our aching backs!
In summer 2011, the Hoskins relocated Montanya Distillers to Crested Butte to help accommodate the company's rapid growth. Crested Butte offered the kind of commercial facilities the Hoskins were unable to secure in Silverton. The climate and approach of the local government toward small business development was very enticing.
As of November, 2011, all of Montanya's federal permits and local permissions were received, including a zoning change and a conditional use permit from the Town of Crested Butte.
The process was more smooth and professional than we hoped it could be, and the Town of Crested Butte welcomed our two businesses with open arms.
We now have two Montanya facilities in Crested Butte, giving us the best possible layout for growth and for doing all of the things we do best: fermenting, distilling, aging, bottling, packaging, shipping to 38 STATES and providing tours, tastes and cocktails to the public. Our Riverland industrial bays allow us to receive freight and ship pallets of rum without disrupting traffic in downtown CB. We are also able to warehouse more rum than ever before to handle new orders as they come in.
Our vision as a company is to be the most highly-respected and well-loved American rum available. We intend to stay true to our craft distilling values as we grow. We are also changing how Americans view rum cocktails by introducing new artisan cocktails in our tasting rooms every week all year round.