Montanya Distillers Celebrates 10 Years!

Montanya Distillers Celebrates 10 Years!

Ten years ago this month, in the tiny Colorado mountain town of Silverton, in an 800 square-foot stone building that was a brothel a hundred years ago, Karen and Brice Hoskin hatched a crazy idea to start a craft rum distillery called Montanya Distillers.  

Monthly Bartender Series - The Hornet

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Monthly Bartender Series - The Hornet

The Hornet
76 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

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In our March Bartender Feature, we talk with Laura Banning of The Hornet in Denver, Colorado.

The Hornet was one of our very first bar/restaurant supporters in Denver when our distillery was just getting its start.  They have been committed to featuring our rums on their cocktail menu for YEARS and we couldn't be more full of appreciation for this amazing place. This year, Montanya Distillers celebrates our Tenth Anniversary and we will bring the party to Denver to host a party at The Hornet on May 20th.  Details to come, stay tuned!

CONTRIBUTOR:
Laura Banning, Manager/Bar Manager
Years Bartending: 9

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What’s  your favorite rum cocktail?
I really enjoy a good-flavored mojito. There are so many things you can add to a mojito to make it more unique. It’s so amazing how many different liqueurs are out there, and I have yet to find one that doesn’t really work. I am sure there could be some questionable flavors, but I am always into seeing if we can make it work. We try and switch up our mojito flavors a few times a year, and right now we have a Hibiscus Mojito made with Montanya Oro and hibiscus liqueur. 

What’s your most memorable cocktail with Montanya Rum?
For as long as I have worked here, which is about six years, we have had the classic Painkiller cocktail on our drink menu. Our owner had a very memorable experience at a place called The Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke where he first tried a Painkiller. He loved it and wanted to make sure it made it on to The Hornet’s drink menu so he could share this delicious island drink with Denver. It does super well for us, and you wouldn’t believe how many people have not had one! I love making this cocktail, because I like to imagine making one on a beach somewhere one day. When I get to watch someone try it for the first time, I love their reaction to how delicious it is; they almost always want another one… or two. I highly suggest making a big batch of this cocktail at your next backyard soiree. Your friends will thank you for it!  

The Hornet's Painkiller

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1.5 oz Montanya Platino Rum
1 oz Cream of Coconut
Pineapple juice  

Combine all ingredients and shake. Pour into tall glass full of ice, and garnish with nutmeg.

What do you wish people knew about bartenders who develop craft cocktails?
Bartending isn’t just a job for a lot of people. People who bartend professionally love being a bartender. Not only is it a really fun job, but getting to be creative is probably the best part. We can pour whiskey and cokes all day long, but in the end I think bartenders get a lot more out of their job when they are creating new cocktails or even just putting a spin on an old recipe. I personally enjoy when a guest doesn’t really know what he or she wants to drink, because that gives me the opportunity to chat them up a bit and see what kind of drinks they normally consume; now the ball is in my court and I can get creative and make something special for them. Sometimes I learn things from my bar guest as well, and we co-create something awesome! That’s memorable to a guest when they get that kind of love from a bartender. We don’t want to just pump drinks out to the masses, because in the end, a really great craft cocktail may be what brings those guests back on the regular!

What sets your bar program apart from all others?
I think with so many amazing bar programs in this city, it can be quite the challenge to do something that really sets you apart. We just try to do what we do and do it really well! Honestly, I have really loved that we don’t ever stick to one thing. One week we will be coming up with really interesting infusions, and then another week we get into creative simple syrups. Flavored simple syrups are probably my personal favorite. I especially love to take all the flavored teas that are out there and make a syrup from those. One we have done really well with here is our chai simple syrup; it’s so delicious with rum and coffee!

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Why The Hornet loves Montanya Rum!?! 
We always have at least two cocktails made with Montanya Rum on our drink menu. We love Montanya Rum, because WE LOVE LOCAL, and we love rum! I love introducing the rum to people coming to our restaurant from all over the country and sometimes internationally. Montanya has a great story, but more importantly, they are also making a positive imprint on our planet with their sustainable practices, which is a home run with everyone here at The Hornet!

Drink more rum, everyone!

 

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Employee Spotlight: Renee Newton

Employee Spotlight: Renee Newton

Renee Newton joined our Montanya team in early 2013 and has dabbled in numerous different positions over the years including distilling, bottling, tasting and proofing rum, as well as in special events, tours, sales, deliveries, bartending and managing at the tasting room.

Employee Spotlight: Brandon Muller

Employee Spotlight: Brandon Muller

Brandon Muller is our General Manager at Montanya. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of our Tasting Room, which include preparing and ordering food, sourcing local products, and contributing to new menu ideas. He also manages employee scheduling and oversees our Tasting Room operation as a whole.

Monthly Bartender Series - The Farm Bistro

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Monthly Bartender Series - The Farm Bistro

In this December bartender feature, we talk with Laurie Hall of The Farm Bistro in Cortez, Colorado. Since 2009, The Farm Bistro has been serving the best produce and meat from their back yard in Montezuma County. Their “comfort food with style” menu offers homemade (and award-winning!) simplicity in a warm and lively atmosphere. They have an all-Colorado beer, wine and spirits lounge, with a delicious prickly-pear Montanya cocktail. If you are in the area, be sure to stop in!

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Monthly Bartender Series - Moonlight Pizza

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Monthly Bartender Series - Moonlight Pizza

Some of the very original bars and restaurants that embraced Montanya Rums when we started nearly 10 years ago were in rural Colorado. These have been some of our most consistent and growing customers since the early days. While the big cities were still getting used to the idea of small craft distilleries back in 2008 and 2009, small venues in the mountains were saying a resounding "yes" to local products made with care. Moonlight Pizza was one of our early customers and has been a consistent purveyor of great cocktails.  It is well worth building your ski, bike or kayaking vacation around a sunny afternoon on their patio in Salida.   

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Employee Spotlight: Gilles Huegi

Employee Spotlight: Gilles Huegi

Gilles Huegi, a distiller here at Montanya, moved to the Gunnison Valley from Ashland, Oregon in June 2017. He also works within the barrel house to organize barrels, taste the upcoming batches, proof and ready the rum for bottling, and partition ingredients for our distilling days. Read more about Gilles by clicking the button below!

Employee Spotlight: Megan Craver

Employee Spotlight: Megan Craver

Meg Craver started working in our tasting room at Montanya nearly four years ago. First working in the kitchen, she then moved on to bottling rum, serving, and tending the bar. She now works as our Brand Ambassador and sales representative for Colorado.

Monthly Bartender Series - TacoParty

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Monthly Bartender Series - TacoParty

We are longtime street taco fans and we so rarely see this done right. But hold onto your sombrero, friends, because Josh Niernberg of Bin 707 and now TacoParty in Grand Junction, Colorado has done it again!  Incredible street tacos, maybe the best guacamole we have ever had, fantastic atmosphere, casual setting, and, you guessed it, fantastic Montanya Rum cocktails.   

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5 Steps to Ditching Trashy Events

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5 Steps to Ditching Trashy Events

Over the last 9 years, Montanya Distillers has become an industry leader in sustainability.  Owner Karen Hoskin has lost all patience with spirits tastings and cocktail events that leave behind piles upon piles of single use plastic trash. Hoskin dishes on trashy spirits events and talks about how craft distilleries can give them the boot.

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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!

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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! 

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Taking on distribution in the EU!

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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.  

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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

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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.

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HOW WE SUPPORT LOCAL!

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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.

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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

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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.  

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