Monthly Bartender Series - Maura McGlaughlin

Monthly Bartender Series - Maura McGlaughlin

In our June bartender feature, we talk with Maura McGlaughlin, currently serving at Ophelia's in Denver, and previously a bartender at Mateo in Boulder. Maura first appeared on our radar at the Moovers & Shakers Mixology competition in Boulder with her prize-winning cocktail creation, the "Mai-Tainapple.” 

Monthly Bartender Series - Adrift Tiki Bar of Denver

Monthly Bartender Series - Adrift Tiki Bar of Denver

In this springtime return to our popular bartender feature, we talk with Zachary Sipherd, general manager at Adrift, and Les Baker, head bartender. Together they discuss how they use Montanya rum, what they wish people knew about bartenders, a most exciting cocktail-making ingredient, and what sets their bar program apart from the crowd.

TEN DAYS TILL TURKEY!

TEN DAYS TILL TURKEY!

Thanksgiving is coming! We're giving you TEN days of discounts to help celebrate the coming holiday. Participate in five of ten discounts and win a night out on us! 

Taking on distribution in the EU!

Taking on distribution in the EU!

About four years ago, folks from Europe began asking how to get Montanya Rums.  Needless to say, we thought this was really cool and wanted to give them all the yeses in the world.  But then the roadblocks began cropping up, more by the day, until we were just about ready to throw in the towel.  

Montanya now Certified Green Business

Montanya now Certified Green Business

Green America has recently certified Montanya Distillers as a Green Business!

The Green Business Certification is awarded to businesses that are "values driven," socially equitable, accountable with "radical transparency," and environmentally responsible in sourcing, manufacturing, marketing, and daily operations. Customers can feel confident that businesses with this certification operate in ways "that support workers, communities, and protect the environment."

MONTHLY BARTENDER SERIES - SOCIAL of FORT COLLINS

MONTHLY BARTENDER SERIES - SOCIAL of FORT COLLINS

This month in our bartender series, Montanya Distillers visits with the bar staff at SOCIAL in Fort Collins.  Three key bar staff converse with us about why they enjoy making rum cocktails, a favorite Montanya rum cocktail recipes, and what makes Social such a unique cocktail destination.

HOW WE SUPPORT LOCAL!

HOW WE SUPPORT LOCAL!

Montanya Distillers highlights their important relationships with local producers and makers in the Gunnison Valley and how they are keeping their business local when they can.

JUICED FRESH at Montanya Distillers

JUICED FRESH at Montanya Distillers

For more than eight years, Montanya Distillers has been juicing up a variety of incredibly fresh fruits, citrus and ginger for our cocktail program. We bottle and sell these ingredients for our customers to take home, so they can enjoy what we offer at home. 

WHERE YOU'LL FIND MONTANYA DISTILLERS AT TALES 2016

WHERE YOU'LL FIND MONTANYA DISTILLERS AT TALES 2016

Montanya Distillers will be heading to Tales of the Cocktail in July 2016 and is excited to share with those attending Tales where to find us, where to taste our brand new rum Exclusiva, and what kind of fun events we will be hosting and participating in in the French Quarter.  

MONTHLY BARTENDER FEATURE - BUTCHER'S BISTRO

MONTHLY BARTENDER FEATURE - BUTCHER'S BISTRO

Montanya Distillers highlights Scott Bauer, founder and owner of Butcher’s Bistro in Denver, who shares how they come up with their cocktail menu and what’s in their latest rum punch creation.

Redesign Mastermind

Redesign Mastermind

Jared Jacob of Sunday Lounge helped Montanya Distillers to completely rebrand the company from the ground up, including new packaging, logo, signage, and company identity.  Learn a bit more about Jared and his amazing talents. 

Monthly Bartender Feature - The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm

Monthly Bartender Feature - The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm

This month, Montanya Distillers highlights The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm, a farm-to-table restaurant and bar in Fort Collins.  Owner Jesse Doerffel describes the vision of what she and Chef Joel Navejas wanted to create as “elevated comfort.” This cozy, welcoming feeling comes across in all aspects of the space, and the experience is enhanced by the ‘Colorado Rustic’ food and exceptional cocktails. 

MONTHLY BARTENDER FEATURE - SNOOZE AM EATERY

MONTHLY BARTENDER FEATURE - SNOOZE AM EATERY

What better way to start your day than a Montanya Rum brunch cocktail at Snooze in Denver.  This month, we highlight the creative geniuses behind the cocktail menu at the Ballpark Snooze location on Larimer Street in Denver, who reveal their inspirations, favorite drinks and brunch-time wishes.

Final Countdown to Christmas!

Final Countdown to Christmas!

Daily deals!  Countdown to Christmas is still on.  Take advantage of 6 daily deals using our punch cards, get a bottle of Oro or Platino rum on us as our Christmas thank you!

Montanya Monthly Bartender Series - October 2015

BIN 707 FOODBAR – GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO

If you ever find yourself in the heart of Colorado wine country, you must pay Bin 707 Foodbar a visit. Started by Josh and Jodi Niernberg, Bin 707 is a chef-driven restaurant designed to feature local first, Colorado second and domestic third.  With the best products and freshest produce available from the Grand Valley, it is the place for Seasonal American fare in Grand Junction.

Bin 707 features an extensive craft cocktail menu and program of almost exclusively Colorado and domestic spirits, and the Niernberg’s have been serving Montanya Platino rum as their house rum since their restaurant opened its doors.

This month, in our Montanya Monthly Bartender Series, we’re highlighting four fabulous bartenders from Bin 707. They share their favorite cocktail recipes, what it takes to be a craft cocktail mixologist and what it’s like to be a part of the Bin 707 family.

**As we highlight bartenders we have come to love, we’d also like to hear from you. If you have a bartender or bar/restaurant you’d like to recommend for future consideration, please click here to learn more. To see more installments from the Montanya Mixology Series, visit T-Zero Lounge, The Kitchen Denver, Justice Snow’s, or Lounge 5280.**

Amy Kappler

Bar Manager at Bin 707 Foodbar

Years of Bartending Experience:

7 years

What is your favorite rum cocktail?

I typically go straight for the mojito, especially the one we serve at Bin 707 called “The Ernest Hemingway.” The Montanya Platino rum and cucumber is so refreshing. A good mojito is hard to beat. I did make a great drink with Montanya recently – it featured jasmine liqueur, fennel bitters, lemon juice, simple syrup and ginger beer. It was pretty tasty!

What do you wish more people knew about bartenders who develop craft cocktails?

I wish people had a better understanding of how much work and passion actually goes into it. Not only do the drinks take longer to build than a basic vodka soda, but all the ingredients are house-made – at least, they are at Bin 707! House-made bitters, tinctures, shrubs, infusions, syrups, gastriques… takes a lot of time, but it’s completely worth it.

What is your favorite thing about working with Colorado craft spirits?

I love that we have a huge amount of incredible product right in our own backyard. It’s so much better for the economy to support local businesses rather than large conglomerates that have no real ties to us. With all the wonderful produce and landscape Colorado has to offer, the products produced here are not just local, they’re high quality and delicious. We’re very lucky to live in such a place!

Gavin Bistodeau

Bartender at Bin 707 Foodbar

Years of Bartending Experience:

8 years

Who is your hero and greatest inspiration in your work?

I wouldn’t necessarily say I have a hero, though, I am and have been inspired by many of my coworkers over the years. Watching and learning, picking up various approaches – it’s all helped me become a well-rounded bartender. I feel it’s not always about mixing the perfect drink, but understanding what we do and why we do it. I’m the direct outcome of the people who took the time to show me the ropes. I’m very thankful for that and to them.

What is your favorite rum cocktail?

It’s hard to beat a classic mojito on a warm Colorado day. It’s the ultimate patio drink. When I’m feeling tropical, I tend to lean towards the Mai Thai – throw it in a pineapple. Actually, throw any rum concoction in a pineapple, and I’m set.

How do you use Montanya rum in your bar program?

We are fortunate enough to feature Montanya rum as our house rum. Here at Bin 707, we like to source locally first, so I’m constantly reminding guests that the rum they’re enjoying is from a super cool, local distillery. Montanya’s Blanco rum is also featured in our “Ernest Hemingway.” It’s a spin on a mojito with house-made lemon bitters and muddled cucumbers.

What do you wish more people knew about bartenders who develop craft cocktails?

I’m not really sure people truly understand the time that can be spent developing craft cocktails. For many of us, it has become our livelihood. We spend hours studying, dreaming and developing individual components. From bitters to shrubs, to the type of spirit that’ll work best in the drink. There’s a lot of trial and error and it can become very discouraging at times.

Turning that late night concept into a reality can be a lot harder than it seems. Pushing through can be a necessity in distinguishing yourself as a bartender. As they say, the juice is worth the squeeze.

Shaleen Walz

Bartender at Bin 707 Foodbar

Years of Bartending Experience:

7 years bartending, 15 years in the service industry

What is your favorite thing about working with Colorado craft spirits?

I really enjoy learning all that Colorado has to offer in craft spirits and educating people on what we do here in the mountains. Colorado offers many spirits that are made with local products that make it truly unique to the state. From your basic vodka to a full-flavored bitter liqueur, Colorado offers craft spirits that are high quality, locally sourced and a great substitute for your well-known, big box brand spirits.

What do you wish more people knew about bartenders who develop craft cocktails?

Craft cocktails are special in a sense that the cocktail requires a certain “finesse” to execute it properly and (most importantly), consistently. Bartenders constructing craft cocktails are building a cocktail that is made with specific ingredients and concise measurements in order to ensure balance and that perfect flavor that lasts the whole drink through. I’ve always said I make my cocktails with “love” and I believe that craft cocktails require a bartender that takes a lot of pride in what they do.

What’s the most memorable cocktail you have made with Montanya rum?

I recently made a cocktail with Montanya white rum that I called the “Rum-Springer.” It’s a variation of the classic Mint Julep. The “Rum-Springer” features muddled mint, Montanya white rum, ginger liqueur, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and vanilla bitters. I serve it in a mug with crushed ice and garnished with a mint leaf.

Tammy VanMaurer

Bartender at Bin 707 Foodbar

Years of Bartending Experience:

More than 10 years

What sets your bar program apart from others?

It’s a pleasure to be able to work with others who are passionate about creating a quality dining experience and being able to showcase purely Colorado products. I get to interact with guests who travel to Grand Junction from all over the United States. Colorado and the Western Slope has so much to offer and I’m thrilled to be able to share that through local produce and Colorado crafted beer, wine and spirits. It makes the Bin 707 truly unique.

What’s your favorite rum cocktail?

We’re featuring a brand new Montanya cocktail called “The Bin Fall Spritz” through November.

The Bin Fall Spritz

1.5 oz. Montanya Platino rum

1.5 oz. Rocky Mountain Soda Co.’s Elderberry Soda

0.75 oz. House-made Palisade plum syrup

0.5 oz. Fruitlab jasmine liqueur

2 – 3 Dashes of Fee’s Bros. plum bitters

4 Slices of watermelon radish

Lemon twist

Two “2x2” clear ice “stones”

In a pint glass, add both stones and then ingredients in order:

3 Slices watermelon radish

Lemon twist

Bitters

Rum

Liqueur

Stir for about 45 – 60 seconds to both dilute and texturize. Top with soda and garnish and serve with a stir straw.