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.
A new piece by Teton Gravity Research spotlights Crested Butte, and features a handful of our favorite enterprising locals like the Weinbergs at Romp Skis, Al Smith at Camp 4, and Karen Hoskin at Montanya Rum.
Karen Hoskin of Montanya Distillers spent 15 years as a graphic designer and growing her own branding agency when she decided it was time for a challenge — and a change.
OCTOBER 11, 2017
What Makes it special?
Loveland endures. The ultimate Colorado locals’ mountain stays that way because the parking is free (and friendly), the luxury condos non-existant, the terrain challenging and the drive tolerable.
Sign up for free cat rides and make laps on The Ridge and (new this year) Dry Gulch—or grab a free uphill pass and earn some turns.
The Ultimate Holiday Guide To Colorado Crafted Gifts and Experiences
Denver, CO (October 5, 2017) – Colorado offers much inspiration for the holiday season. The state’s thriving culture and craftsmanship ensure there are many imaginative and thoughtful ways to give the spirit of the region. Colorado is also a real-life winter wonderland dotted with magical festivals, events, and activities to get visitors in the mood of the season. Below is a guide from all corners of Colorado to use as a tool in finding the perfect gift, or more importantly, to give the gift of a memorable holiday experience.
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Travelchannel.com chose 10 "highly-regarded, award-winning, innovative, artisanal and luxe spirits who are doing small batches right," and Montanya Distillers made the list!
NEIL SOWERBY 24 September 2017
GHOSTS of the Wild West never fade away. Billy, Jesse, Wyatt and Doc still ride into town, chewing baccy, Colt 45s on their hips, heading for some saloon brawl over a poker game. Gunslingers, card sharps, train robbers, greenhorns and settlers – the whole damn possehaunting our imaginations through a Hollywood soft focus.
Headed to the mountain town to catch the fall colors? Here’s where to grab a bite.
BY TYRA SUTAK | SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
From the golden aspen trees currently lining Kebler Pass to the soon-to-be-blanketed-in-snow ski slopes, Crested Butte is a year-round slice of heaven for outdoor enthusiasts in the state of Colorado. And while the recreational opportunities alone draw plenty of visitors to this small mountain town, the laid-back vibe, aprés lifestyle, and vibrant, worldly dining scene don’t hurt, either. CB’s downtown hub is filled with bustling, inviting establishments that will satisfy a variety of cravings. Here are our top 10 picks for eating like a local.
By Karen Hoskin
Does your distillery have a “deathprint”?
Every kilowatt-hour of coal-generated electricity is 670 times more likely to kill someone than wind power. Every plastic cup used at tasting events will hang around for 450 years or more in piles of waste. Airline travel and freight shipments will produce 27% of green- house gases. These facts, back in 2008 when I started my distillery, made it hard for me to sleep at night.
Methods and examples of how to make your distillery more sustainable are reviewed. Karen Hoskin of Montanya Distillers in Crested Butte, Co is interviewed to discuss how she has made her distillery more sustainable over their first decade.
At a cozy, dimly lit bar in downtown Phoenix, the back wall is filled with bottles liquor stretching all the way to the ceiling.
But this bar is different, because it features just one type of spirit: rum.
There are a staggering 150 types of rum from around the world at the Breadfruit & Rum Bar, owned by Dwayne Allen. The restaurant/bar is an ode to his native Jamaica.
"When we first opened in 2010, we were quickly aware that perhaps we are delusional serving 36 rums," Allen said. "What you see on the shelf is what is available."
With National Rum Day approaching on Aug. 16, it shines a spotlight on the bar, as well as on Toro Latin Restaurant and Rum Bar in north Scottsdale, which also boasts an impressive 150 rums.
The Berlin International Spirits Competition has named Montanya Distillers’ Oro rum 2017 USA Rum of the Year. Montanya is a craft rum distillery out of Crested Butte, Colo. that uses old-world artisan traditions, combining science with art. Its Oro rum is distilled from raw Louisiana sugarcane and aged for 12 months in an American Oak Barrel, which previously aged Colorado Whiskey. Montanya’s rum uses only four natural American ingredients: non-GMO sugar cane, mountain spring water, yeast, and a touch of caramelized Rocky Mountain honey. Oro has hints of caramel, black pepper, chocolate, red chili, vanilla, and coffee. Unlike many dark aged rums, Oro never receives molasses caramel or artificial colorings/flavorings.
Montanya Exclusiva, a limited release only available in Colorado is barrel aged for two years in an American White Oak barrel that previously aged Colorado whiskey. The rum is then transferred for an additional 6 months to a French Oak barrel that previously aged Sutcliffe Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and Port. This 3 year aged rum is proofed with mountain spring water from a well under the distillery.
Alternative energy isn’t just piece of New York’s Sundog Ciders’ story—it’s more or less the company’s reason for being. In 2004, when Sundog Solar in the Hudson River Valley (127 miles north of New York City) began installing panels for homes and businesses, many of its customers were the family-owned apple orchards that dot the valley. In 2014, Sundog owner Jody Rael decided to pursue his long-time interest by setting up a cidery in the solar company facility. Since the building had been converted from a paper mill and had already updated with solar panels for electricity, solar setups for hot water and air conditioning, and a heating system that runs on used vegetable oil, Sundog didn’t need to worry about energy efficiency.
You’ve spent the past few months reading reams of reviews, poring over geometry charts, and comparing build sheets. Your budget is set, all you need to do now is line up test rides. If there was only some way you could ride a bunch of bikes from different brands back-to-back on the same awesome trails to make your decision…
Well friend, you’re in luck! Just such an event exists: Outerbike. New for 2017, Outerbike is adding a summer event to the calendar in Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado, August 18-20.
Looking for a fantastic tiki-style rum drink to chill with this summer? The Powderkeg will blow your socks off! Featuring three rums, Campari and bitters, this drink is an explosion in your mouth.
You don't have to book a trip to Aspen or Vail to enjoy one of Colorado's best ski resorts — after all, the Centennial State is home to the largest collection of peaks that exceed 14,000 feet in the lower 48.
Colorado's snow-capped mountains are crisscrossed by an intricate network of trails, and are home to a number of excellent ski resorts. Serious skiers and should consider venturing to award-winning terrain parks in southwest Colorado, while families will love a former mining town that has been transformed into a laid-back mountain destination. Vertical drops, views above treeline, and a world class après ski scene, these are five of the best Colorado ski resorts you may not have heard of — yet.
The sustainability minded Crested Butte rum producer has its sights set on Europe.
BY TYRA SUTAK | JULY 12, 2017
When Montanya Distillers, a 100 percent wind-powdered, rum-only distillery, first opened in the tiny mountain town of Silverton in 2008, it was one of only five craft distilleries in Colorado, and rum was one of the most under-appreciated spirits in the craft beverage market. Fast forward nearly a decade and a move to Crested Butte later, and Montanya rum is one of Western Colorado’s most popular craft spirits—it’s even starting to gain traction overseas. The fast-growing distillery picked up the USA Rum of the Year award at the Berlin International Spirits Competition in May for its Montanya Oro light rum. Now, with the help of an overseas distribution partner, it’s currently sending its mountain-inspired rum to seven countries in Europe, in addition to 42 states in the U.S.