2016-17 Media Highlights
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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…
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Montanya receives 2017 Governor's Award for Agricultural Exporting!
The award is to be presented by Colorado's Governor Hickenlooper on February 22, 2017. Stay tuned for more details!
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.
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.
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
When it comes to sales, rum may not be a powerhouse spirit category like vodka or whiskey, but this past year’s new releases certainly make an argument for drinking more of the sweet-and-funky spirit. With American-made craft rums on the rise and the country in the throes of a full-blown tiki revival, there’s more and more amazing bottles flooding the market and more and more bartenders spreading the gospel of great rum.
Vegas? Check…like too many times to count. Times Square? Froze to death, but been there. Miami? Yeah, yeah. So, you’ve done the standard NYE thing. Good for you, but it’s time to upgrade your New Year’s Eve game. Because, let’s face it—New Year’s Eve can be underwhelming. Dinner is super expensive, club lines are annoyingly long and wherever you end up, you’re usually forced to sport one of those cheesy hats.
These five mountain distilleries have shared cocktail recipes that will get you through the holidays. Some are easy and some are complex, but all of these holiday cocktail recipes will help make your holidays merry and bright.
We're in the midst of an entire month dedicated to the creamy, spicy goodness of eggnog. It's the drink that makes the holidays sparkle with a little more buzz. Though you surely have a carton of the store-bought stuff in the fridge right now, there are more sophisticated ways to celebrate such a beloved concoction.
Take a night out on the town to indulge in one the best eggnogs in Denver before the season is over.
Certain spirits conjure a sense of place. Although rum is made worldwide, it evokes images of tropical isles and azure seas. If Crested Butte’s Montanya Distillers is any indication, however, Colorado rum made with sustainable, traceable, North American ingredients is poised to change the way people think about what’s in their Mai Tai or mojito.
From limited-edition gin to a craft coffee subscription to whiskey-caramel chocolates, these tasteful (and tasty!) Colorado-made gifts will hit the spot.
Depending on how you look at things, we either got a lovely extended fall or were robbed of primo skiing due to unseasonably warm weather. If your thinking falls into the latter camp, you'll be glad to know that resorts are finally opening – and offering more than ever this year.
Crested Butte might be overshadowed by fellow Colorado ski resorts Vail and Aspen, but offers some of North America's best skiing and outstanding powder snow. Beginners and intermediates can hog four-fifths of the mountain, while the other fifth has some of the most challenging inbounds runs in the world.
Whereas some people eschew offseason in resort towns, those who have taken advantage of the shoulder season know firsthand the beauty. The pace is low-key, the locals are relaxed and cheerful, and hotel rates are reasonable. Plus, there’s no waiting for tables at restaurants (a godsend when you have young kids), and the trails are nearly empty and sublimely peaceful. And so it went during a recent mid-October visit to Crested Butte.
New York City—more specifically the neon insanity around Times Square—may be the most popular tourist destination in the United States, but travelers don’t need to navigate the Big Apple to take home a memorable experience. America’s small towns have a lot to offer tourists, from lakeside picnics to golf with a view to carriage rides through cobbled streets.
It’s officially off season. While there may not be a much going on, there are some great specials on Food and Drink in the Crested Butte Off Season. Both the temperature and the number of people in town have noticeably dropped and the lifts won’t begin their test runs for weeks. Now is the perfect time to enjoy those shoulder season deals! Travel Crested Butte has put together a list of 4 Crested Butte Off Season Drinks and a Crested Butte Off Season Deals guide, plus I’ve added a few more to the list!
When the Still on the Hill Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival was created, the town’s local distillery was still in its infancy. With hopes of bringing more awareness to the craft spirits movement — as well bring more off-season business to the town — the festival was a way to shine a light on Breckenridge Distillery.
The weekend has come and gone, and with it the Fourth Annual DSTILL Showcase at the History Colorado Center. With a start time of 7 p.m. and over 40 craft distilleries to sample, it was no wonder Lyft was one of the event’s many sponsors.
While Colorado has long been known as a craft beer hub, over the past several years, it’s become fertile ground for small-batch distilleries, too. “Colorado has jumped from something like 30 distilleries to more than 50,” says Chuck Sullivan. Sullivan launched Dstill four years ago with two of Colorado's earliest champions of craft distilling, Rob Masters, founder of Rob's Mountain Gin and former president of the Colorado Distillers Guild, and Moose Koons of Peach Street Distillers and Rocky Mountain Soda Co..
Back in 2014, Crested Butte’s then-mayor Aaron Huckstep was very fortunate he didn’t spark a bloody, Arab Spring-like uprising among his citizenry — a Colorado Spring, if you will — after he and the town elders shamelessly whored out the city to Bud Light for $500,000.
Drink up! Delicious craft cocktails made with organic spirits are more sustainable and environmentally friendly than ever. Today’s trend of fresh fruit and herbs in the glass make craft cocktails more like a fragrant garden instead of an (artificially flavored) blue lagoon.
Although rum is often associated with the Caribbean, Montanya Distillers, a craft rum distillery located high in the Rocky Mountains, is breaking that notion and seeing a 35 percent increase year-over-year. Using high elevation to its advantage, Montanya creates flavors you can’t recreate at sea level and is expanding its presence in seven additional states. Montanya is now available in wider distribution in New York and New Jersey and recently entered Tennessee, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota ,and South Dakota, bringing total distribution to 44 states, plus seven countries.
From the desert to the mountains, here are seven spots where you can enjoy the springtime sun.
Situated in a stunningly beautiful high alpine valley at over 9,000 feet, Silverton, Colorado’s Victorian row houses seemed out of place. As the crew from CU Boulder’s Backcountry Club and I unloaded our bags into one of these beautiful aforementioned Victorian-era homes, I stared up valley at the craggy San Juan mountains and couldn’t wait to ski them.
If your vacation plans include my fair state of Colorado, be sure to stop in Crested Butte at the Montanya Distillery. Karen and Brice Hoskins, and their great staff, offer daily tours, tastings and a full rum bar with artisan cocktails, appetizers and small plates. While you are there you can purchase a bottle of Montanya Exclusiva, a limited release only available in Colorado as of October 2015.
Brice Hoskin’s wife, Karen, claims that he has to always have something that he’s designing, inventing, creating, or making. “We call them Brice Devices,” Karen laughs. Together, Brice and Karen produce award-winning batches of rum as Montanya Distillers on Elk Avenue.
Producers of three craft distilled rums made at 9,000 feet, Montanya Distillers brings beachy cocktails to the mountains. Using sugar cane from Louisiana, the rums are aged in white oak barrels that previously held Colorado whiskeys.
This list of the Best Restaurants in Crested Butte for Families is a great reference for local and visiting parents. Crested Butte is well known for having fantastic dining option ranging from awesome pizza joints to five star french cuisine. Great food isn’t just for adults in Crested Butte and may local restaurants are happy to have the kids join in on the ski town dining experience.
Montanya Platino Rum is one of three rums crafted in Crested Butte Colorado at an elevation of 8909 feet. Karen and Brice Hoskin founded the company in 2008, and on January 1 2016 the distillery and tasting room became 100% wind powered. The other rums include Oro a 1 year old gold rum, and Exclusiva a 3 year old double barrel rum that is only available in Colorado.
I HAVE A HORRIBLE SECRET. I live in Colorado, but I don’t ski. Or snowboard. I do enjoy skiing, but the thought of spending seven hours on I-70, crawling toward the Eisenhower Tunnel makes me want to jab a ski pole into my inner ear. And yet, winter is probably my favorite season to get outside.
CRESTED BUTTE — It worked for sleds. It worked for rum. Now Brice Hoskin is hoping his entrepreneurial flair works for cook stoves.
But he’s not in it for the money. Hoskin is hoping his latest invention — a hyper-efficient, collapsible steel stove that burns just about anything and could be made for as little as a $1 — will help millions of the world’s poorest people.
Everything changed for Karen Hoskin while she was traveling in India. Not because she fell under the spell of a yogi or went on a month-long pilgrimage to the country’s holy sites. It was a far simpler activity that proved to be just as transcendent.
1) Yo ho ho and a bottle of Rum Bar
Since the the Rum Bar opened its doors, things get spicy after the lift closes. The Crested Butte-based rum makers inhabit an original brick building under a rooftop patio where they serve up award winning rums like their Platino that's aged for a full year in an American white oak barrel that previously held Colorado whiskey. It's then filtered through a coconut husk charcoal filter.
A tradition of distilling that dates back generations vs. the freedom to start with a blank slate and craft your own style. A taste for spirited moonshine bottled right off the still vs. whiskey that rests and mellows for several years. A Continental climate prone with wide seasonal differences that lead to complex offerings vs. an alpine climate with an endless supply of snow melt and spirits with purity.
In the winter, the trailhead is two miles from town, where the plowed road ends and the groomed snowmobile trail begins. (Thanks, Gunnison County SnoTrackers!) On a Wednesday afternoon, the parking area was crammed with vehicles, so we fully expected to be constantly dodging snowmobiles.
Why We Love It: The buzzy scene at the CB tasting room/distillery/bar is reason enough, but killer cocktails made with Platino White, Oro Dark and the new Exclusiva (extra-aged and finished in port barrels from Cortez’s Sutcliffe Vineyards) make this a must-visit destination.
The après ski scene has always been an integral part of your ski vacation. You hit the slopes for hours on end, cascading down the hill, trail by trail in search of the freshest powder. How should a day of epic shredding end?
When it comes to biking and parties, there’s no place in the world quite like Crested Butte, Colorado. So it’s no surprise that the first-ever annual Fat Bike World Championships will happen in the same place where the original Bike Week was born.
With four skiable mountains, a thriving cultural scene and culinary offerings that rival any sophisticated metropolis, Aspen is the grand dame of Colorado ski country.
As an Arcadia Power Clean Energy Partner, Montanya now joins other national brands such as Whole Foods, Google, and Starbucks, which also purchase clean energy.