Crested Butte's High Altitude Helps This Rum Shed Its Tropical Rep

Crested Butte's High Altitude Helps This Rum Shed Its Tropical Rep

Rum is not something usually associated with Colorado's mountains, except maybe in the "hot-buttered" category. But Karen Hoskin and her husband Brice have changed all that.

The Hoskins started making rum in Silverton in the San Juan Mountains nine years ago and in 2011 moved their distilling operation to the West Elk Mountains and Crested Butte where they had room to grow the business. Since then, Montanya Rum has been racking up awards, helped put a spotlight on female distillers, and honored as a notable Colorado exporter.

Winter Weekend in Crested Butte

Winter Weekend in Crested Butte

With record-breaking snowfall amounts already this season plus a top of the line Nordic trail system, Crested Butte is a great winter destination for outdoor adventurers–especially snowshoers. And, its central location just a four hour drive from Denver makes it a great weekend getaway. Here are some tips to enjoy a great Crested Butte snowshoe vacation.

Crested Butte’s Main Street hosts a quaint collection of restaurants, bars, shops as well as giant snowdrifts thanks to epic early season snowstorms.

Craft distilleries are making their mark in Colorado. Here’s the proof: Whiskey, gin, rum and more

Craft distilleries are making their mark in Colorado. Here’s the proof: Whiskey, gin, rum and more

The driving force behind Colorado’s robust craft distilling scene — now 80-plus strong — is whiskey. Sparked by the mash-recycling moonshiners at Stranahan’s who forged Colorado’s first microdistillery more than 13 years ago, Colorado has become the birthplace of Rocky Mountain Whiskey, a hand-crafted movement injecting youthful vigor into the centuries-old whiskey business.

Karen Hoskin and Marika Vida on the Connected Table Live

Karen Hoskin and Marika Vida on the Connected Table Live

Karen Hoskin is co-founder of Montanya Distillers, a Green America certified craft rum distillery located in Crested Butte, CO. She's a catalyst in promoting sustainability, diversity and equal opportunities in the distilled spirits industry. An in-demand wine adviser and educator, Marika Vida is Wine Director at The Ritz-Carlton Central Park in NYC. 

Listen to the podcast here: https://www.iheart.com/show/209-The-Connected-Table-Live/?episode_id=28046468

 

A Crested Butte City Guide

A Crested Butte City Guide

A winding four-hour drive from downtown Denver, the ski town of Crested Butte is among the Rocky Mountains’ most elusive little enclaves. Local businesses of all colors line the streets—historic preservation guidelines prevent chain stores from settling in—and further expansion of the town is limited by local conservationist efforts. The resulting charm is less cookie-cutter than quirky, and for snowbirds who enjoy a side of culture with some of the steepest runs in North America, there’s no more idyllic adventure town in the west.

90+ WOMAN OWNED AND OPERATED FOOD & BEVERAGE BUSINESSES IN COLORADO

90+ WOMAN OWNED AND OPERATED FOOD & BEVERAGE BUSINESSES IN COLORADO

On March 8, women and men across the world have joined to celebrate International Women’s Day. On a day meant to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, we’re participating by sharing a list of woman-owned or led food businesses in Denver and beyond.

Montanya Distillers' CEO Named First Female Keynote for ADI Craft Spirits Conference

Montanya Distillers' CEO Named First Female Keynote for ADI Craft Spirits Conference

Karen Hoskin, president and co-founder of Montanya Distillers, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s American Distilling Institute (ADI) Craft Spirits Conference. This marks the first time a woman has been named the keynote since the conference’s inception in 2003.

“ADI has been a consistent source of support and education since I founded Montanya nearly a decade ago. It is an honor to provide the address, especially amid the pivotal growth the industry is experiencing,” says Karen Hoskin, president and co-founder of Montanya.

 

A Drinking Guide to the Best Ski Town Breweries and Distilleries

A Drinking Guide to the Best Ski Town Breweries and Distilleries

Drinking and ski culture undoubtedly go hand-in-hand. As any seasoned skier or snowboarder knows, the après ski scene is almost as important as the snow conditions.

But it’s no longer enough to swing by the pub closest to the ski lift and order a Bud Light. A major trend in skin towns over the past few years has been the establishment of local and artisanal craft breweries and distilleries. From rare beers, to whiskey, vodka, schnaps, and more, visiting these spots makes for the perfect “off-mountain” activity.

Here, we pulled together a quick guide to where to go and what to order at these après ski destinations. Next time you visit make sure you swing by. Tell them Mr. Luxury Ski sent you…

West Slope distiller wins export award

West Slope distiller wins export award

A Western Slope distiller is among the latest winners of awards recognizing Colorado companies for their success in exporting.

Montanya Distillers in Crested Butte won the New-to-Export Award.

Northern Feed and Bean Co. in Lucerne won the Experienced Exporter Award in an annual program conducted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The awards were scheduled for presentation as part of the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture Feb. 22 in Denver.

“We had many good candidates this year, and we are proud to recognize these two companies for their hard work around the world,” said John Addison, international marketing specialist for the department. “This awards program is a way to celebrate the export successes of Colorado’s agricultural community.”

Montanya Distillers was honored for marketing its rums in Europe, overcoming obstacles to export to a logistically challenging market.

Another award for the local rum

Another award for the local rum

Another award for the local rum

Crested Butte’s Montanya Distiller’s has won the New-To-Export Award from the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Montanya won the award for its innovation in getting its rum marketed in Europe. The state singled out Montanya for its tenacity and can-do attitude when faced with logistical challenges, which has proven too much for many large companies. Congratulations on another prestigious award.

Awards honor Colorado companies for agricultural exports

Awards honor Colorado companies for agricultural exports

Agriculture continues to be one of Colorado’s top industries, contributing more than $40 billion to the state economy each year. In addition to feeding the state and nation, Colorado farm products travel the globe, with Colorado agricultural exports approaching nearly $2 billion annually. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is honoring two companies for their success in beginning or expanding exports with the third annual Governor’s Award for Agricultural Exporting.

Congratulations to Montanya Rum in Crested Butte, Colorado, for winning the New-To-Export Award. Montanya Rum in true entrepreneurial spirit has been innovative in finding a way to get their product marketed in Europe. They overcame obstacles to doing trade in a market that is logistically challenging, and this new export opportunity is making them highly competitive.

What Makes Crested Butte, Crested Butte?

What Makes Crested Butte, Crested Butte?

There are many great Colorado mountains, yet few ski resorts engender the loyalty that Crested Butte does.

Off the beaten track, Crested Butte looms large in the imagination.

Ask any skier or snowboard who has been there and prepare for a glowing report.

Here’s why.

Companies honored for ag exports

Companies honored for ag exports

Congratulations to Montanya Rum in Crested Butte, Colorado for winning the New-To-Export Award. Montanya Rum in true entrepreneurial spirit has been innovative in finding a way to get their product marketed in Europe. They overcame obstacles to doing trade in a market that is logistically challenging, and this new export opportunity is making them highly competitive. - See more at: https://www.morningagclips.com/companies-honored-for-ag-exports/#sthash.XNIOZQBd.dpuf

Winter Bikepacking, Backcountry Hut-Style

Winter Bikepacking, Backcountry Hut-Style

For anyone curious about winter bikepacking, but not quite ready to rough it, there is a perfect solution in Gothic, Colorado. The Maroon Hut, operated by Crested Butte Nordichas been a winter overnight destination for skiers and snowshoers for manyyears. Now, thanks to Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association (CBMBA), blessed with US Forest Service approval, the 3.5-mile route to the hut is groomed so that fat bikers can join the fun.

(Scroll down a bit for Montanya pics!)

EAT, SLEEP, PLAY: CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADO

EAT, SLEEP, PLAY: CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADO

The small mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado is the place to be this winter. In the first two weeks of January 2017, the historic ski town has recorded 112 inches of snowfall, up from 31 inches of snowfall recorded during the entire month of January in 2016. A former coal mining town, Crested Butte is touted for being “the last great ski town” with roots in the skiing industry dating back to the 1960s. Today, Crested Butte’s authentic small town charm and gusto is about as alluring as it gets for visitors looking to explore the great outdoors, and enjoy a relaxing weekend filled with world-class scenery, delicious food, and locally-made libations. With snow continuing to blanket Crested Butte, and more importantly, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, we’ve put together our tips for how to eat, sleep, and play in this charming ski town.

crested butte: montanya distillers tasting room

crested butte: montanya distillers tasting room

I can’t tell you how many times I have walked past Montanya Distillers Tasting Room on Elk Avenue and dismissed eating there because I thought all they had was rum. It’s true that they have rum, really good rum and lots of it! But they also serve great food, the kind of bites you crave a few days later after a hike, bike, or ski. We went in for the first time last summer and keep returning for the noshes as much as the sips.

39 Places to Have a Great Long Weekend

39 Places to Have a Great Long Weekend

Master the three-day weekend getaway with advice from trusted locals in adventure towns so vibrant and authentic that you may never want to leave. Find out where to hike, bike, paddle, eat, imbibe, and sleep—plus a few surprises only the locals know. —Jayme Moye