18 Organizations Share What They're Doing to Help the Environment

18 Organizations Share What They're Doing to Help the Environment

Posted: Sarah Hancock|August 16th, 2018

Protecting the environment is important for the health and prosperity of life on earth, and it's everyone's responsibility to do their part to take care of our planet. The following organizations share what they're doing to promote sustainability and contribute to a cleaner, healthier world.

Montanya Distillers Releases Volume 2 in its Elevated Cocktail Series

Montanya Distillers Releases Volume 2 in its Elevated Cocktail Series

Posted by spiritedbiz.com | Jul 30, 2018 | CocktailsProduct ReleaseSpiritsOtherConsumerPress Releases

Montanya Distiller’s mixologist maven and co-founder, Karen Hoskin, is at it again. With so many new favorite recipes now being served daily at Montanya’s tasting room, Karen decided her first cocktail book needed a companion. “Elevated Cocktails Volume 2: Craft Bartending with Montanya Rum” includes new tasting room favorites, hot cocktails, batch recipes, and infusions.

Busting the Myths Surrounding Spirits

“Beer before liquor” isn’t the only myth that needs to be debunked. Here are five more commonly held misbeliefs about both clear and dark liquors.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently looked at some of the myths associated with spirits and Montanya's Karen Hoskin added her thoughts on single-barrel spirits.

To read the entire article check out Busting the Myths Surrounding Spirits.

Montanya Distillers Partners with terrapass® to Fight Climate Change and Offset its Carbon Emissions

Montanya Distillers Partners with terrapass® to Fight Climate Change and Offset its Carbon Emissions

Crested Butte, Colo., May 15, 2018– Montanya Distillers, a craft rum distillery located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, takes another step to integrate sustainability into every aspect of its business. The distillery has partnered with terrapass® to offset its carbon emissions from distilling, business travel, outgoing freight and inbound shipping. 

Through the partnership, Montanya is offsetting about 52 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) this year. The offset will help fund a Forest Management Project, which absorbs and stores about 2,500 more metrics tons of CO2each year than neighboring forests. This project is equivalent to taking about 550 cars off the road each year. The sale of carbon offsets is a critical way the forest is funded since it doesn’t rely on taxpayer money. 

Montanya Distillers Celebrates 10 Years

Montanya Distillers Celebrates 10 Years

The idea for one of the nation’s most lauded craft distilleries—Montanya Distillers—was conceived while Karen Hoskin and her husband Brice were on vacation. “I told him I wanted to make hand-crafted rum,” says Hoskin, who describes herself as “fanatical” about the sugar-cane-derived spirit.

Sip Colorado spirits on the distillery trail

Sip Colorado spirits on the distillery trail

DENVER – While Colorado might be best known for its beer, the state’s pristine water has helped launch dozens of distilleries in the Rocky Mountains.

Distillers range from large commercial operations like Stranahan’s to family-owned stills tucked into industrial parks. Styles range from whiskey and bourbon to rye, moonshine, gin, vodka and rum, and most distillers offer tours and tastings. While some of the distilleries simply offer small tastes of their products, many have turned their tasting rooms into full-fledged bars offering handcrafted cocktails.

The Craft Distillery That's Changing What People Think About Rum

The Craft Distillery That's Changing What People Think About Rum

If just the mention of rum calls to mind Caribbean beaches, Karen Hoskin has some good reasons why you might think of the Colorado Rockies instead. That surprising location, says the founder of Montanya Distillers, is pretty ideal for making rum. “People make assumptions about where rum comes from and why, but as soon as we explain how it is made and why it makes sense, they’re interested,” she says.

Montanya Rum Review

Montanya Rum Review

Rum isn’t often associated with the Rocky Mountains, but the Crested Butte, Colorado-based Montanya Distillers is taking a pass at changing that. Led by owner and distiller Karen Hoskin, Montanya produces three rums—a silver rum, a dark rum, and a limited edition expression that is finished in port barrels. All are made with sugarcane from a family-owned mill in Louisiana.

Map Out Your Plan of Attack & Hop on the Colorado Spirits Trail

Map Out Your Plan of Attack & Hop on the Colorado Spirits Trail

I was introduced to the craft beer movement in college where I spent more than a few hours throwing back pints at Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham while attending Western Washington University in the late 1990s. To say it’s been fun to watch the industry grow is an understatement. It’s been outstanding!

8 Innovative Ways Women Are Transforming the Spirits Industry

8 Innovative Ways Women Are Transforming the Spirits Industry

While people have been distilling alcohol for hundreds of years, the industry is constantly evolving.

Lately, more females have been taking leadership roles in founding forward-thinking distilleries that push the boundaries of spirit-making.

Hoskin named Ladies of American Distilleries Interim Leader

7th March, 2018 by Owen Bellwood

The Ladies of American Distilleries (LOAD) has named Montanya Distillers owner Karen Hoskin as its interim leader.

 Karen Hoskin launched Montanya Distillers in 2008.

Karen Hoskin launched Montanya Distillers in 2008.

Hoskin will take over leadership of the organisation from Samantha Unger Katz, who founded LOAD seven years ago.

Katz said: “Karen has been an avid supporter of this organisation and women in the industry since the inception of LOAD.

“We are so thrilled to see her step into this role as the organisation navigates this next phase of growth.”

Hoskin will lead LOAD until a formal board can be elected. She plans to formalise LOAD’s membership structure, create formal allegiances with industry groups and develop the organisation’s database.

Hoskin said: “When I started my distillery 10 years ago, I was the only female distillery owner and founder in any room. Sometimes people thought I was there to deliver their lunch.

“It was intimidating and occasionally demoralising. I have always felt it is my responsibility to help kick down the barriers to entry, raise a voice of support, and hopefully inspire others along the way.”

LOAD was formed by a group of women from the world of craft distilling, who banded together to create a structure and forum to support gender diversity in the industry.

Women comprise just 10-20% of distillers and distillery employees and less than 10% of majority owners in US distilleries.

Since its formation, LOAD has sponsored and organised numerous fundraising and networking events across the country and has brought together over 700 members from various disciplines in the industry.

To mark International Women’s Day in 2016, we rounded up 10 of the best female master distillers and blenders.

Read the full article here. Also featured here.

Where to Stop on a Tour of Colorado Distilleries

Where to Stop on a Tour of Colorado Distilleries

No longer just a craft beer destination, Colorado now has more than 50 distilleries leading a craft spirits revolution across the state. Recently, these producers teamed up with the Colorado Distillers Guild to create a comprehensive and traveling drinking guide.

Montanya Distillers and Zoetica: the Forefront of Zero-Waste Business

Montanya Distillers and Zoetica: the Forefront of Zero-Waste Business

Karen Hoskin is a 20-year entrepreneur based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She started her first company in 1998 and recently founded her fourth company, Zoetica. Each company has had a sustainability ethos. She built a LEED-certified preschool between 2001 and 2005. Then in 2008, she built one of the USA’s first green craft distilleries, Montanya Distillers. In 2017, she turned her personal commitment to zero waste into a company by launching Zoetica, which designs and makes zero waste systems. These systems are ideal for consumers, like herself, who want to refuse convenience trash.

What You Need to Know About High-Altitude Rums

What You Need to Know About High-Altitude Rums

When we think of rum, our minds wander straight to the white-sand scenery of the Caribbean—palm-tree-lined distilleries located next to docks, waves lapping against the shore. But the fact is rum can be produced anywhere in the world, including the mountainous regions of North America, Nepal, Guatemala and Brazil. (Well, Brazil produces cachaça, but we’ll get into that.) More importantly, it turns out that making rum in the mountains versus the lowlands has an impact on the flavor and character of the spirit

The Best Things to Do in Crested Butte, Colorado

The Best Things to Do in Crested Butte, Colorado

by Brent Rose
December 13, 2017

The laid-back town in the Rocky Mountains is having a moment.

It's just 24 miles from Aspen as the crow flies, but Crested Butte feels a world away. You won’t see any furs or fake tans, for one thing—and that’s how the locals like it. With a distinctly small-town feel, Crested Butte’s historic downtown looks like it was stolen out of a snow globe, but it’s also home to world-class skiing and mountain biking, and some memorable restaurants and watering holes. In other words: all the beauty and nightlife, none of the pretense. You might want to hurry, as the secret is starting to get out.