Employee Spotlight: Polly McGrane

Employee Spotlight: Polly McGrane

We love doing staff profiles because we always learn something new about our employees. Polly McGrane is no exception. She’s a bartender and server at Montanya Distillers, but she also shreds the mountain and even knows how to do an Irish jig or two. Read more.

"Employee" Spotlight: Bellatrix and Bellisima

"Employee" Spotlight: Bellatrix and Bellisima

Yes, we know that our stills are “inanimate” objects. But you can’t spend 10+ years making rum without realizing that they do, in fact, have personality. We named ours Bellatrix and Bellisima, and you might go so far as to say they represent common tensions (and misunderstandings) between boomers and millenials. Read on to meet them personally!

Meet the Growers: Gene Adolph

Meet the Growers: Gene Adolph

We love knowing the mill owners, operators and farmers who grow and mill our sugar cane. Gene Adolph is one of the Louisiana farmers who grows about 500 acres of raw cane for the mill every year. He brings a lot of passion to growing a crop we depend on, and was game enough to be the first guinea pig in our “Meet the Growers” series.

Zero-waste Travel: How We Do It

Zero-waste Travel: How We Do It

At Montanya Distillers, we’ve noticed something cool about deciding to be 100% zero waste by 2020. The more we work toward it and the more we talk about it, the more people want to know how we do it. Especially when it comes to the things so many of us do, like travel. Here of some of the things that Montanya Distillers founder and owner Karen Hoskin does to avoid trash on the road.

Employee Spotlight: Shane Walker

Employee Spotlight: Shane Walker

An Alaskan native from the Aleut tribe, Assistant Kitchen Manager Shane Walker says that Colorado is his home away from home. We’re glad, because that means he brings his talents to Montanya Distillers.

Rum on the Road: Miami, FL

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Rum on the Road: Miami, FL

Let’s be honest: the City of Miami and Miami Beach need no introduction. Beaches. Bars that never close. A culture of celebration. As different from our mountain town home as a place can be (though we do like to celebrate ‘round these parts). Karen visited Miami over the winter, happily trading snow for sand and participating in the Miami Rum Congress. (When you live in the Rockies, there’s nothing like wearing sandals in winter.) Read on for the highlights of her visit.

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Celebrate Spring with a Rum Cocktail (Recipe Included!)

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Celebrate Spring with a Rum Cocktail (Recipe Included!)

Spring. That time of year when most places in the northern hemisphere start to experience gentle rains, green grass and the first flowers of the year. In our neck of the woods? Well, let’s just say that spring is more of a change in the air. Snow lasts a long time around here, but that doesn’t keep us from celebrating the change in season with a great spring cocktail. Read on for a “renegade” recipe!

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Employee Spotlight: Alissa Johnson

Employee Spotlight: Alissa Johnson

When Alissa Johnson first came to Crested Butte, she didn’t think her life would suddenly shift as much as it did. As an outdoors lover the town had everything she enjoyed. She decided to take a leap of faith, quit her corporate job, and moved to the small mountain town, along with her beloved dog, eight years ago. Since then she launched her own business and continues to pursue projects that allow her to follow her other love - writing. Alissa is one of the newest additions to Montanya Distillers, but you’ve likely already come across much of her work. She’s the voice behind Montanya’s blogs and has helped make the website a better experience for all. Alissa’s shares a bit more about her journey.

Rum on the Road: Glenwood Springs, CO

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Rum on the Road: Glenwood Springs, CO

Montanya Distillers makes its home at the end of the road in a mountain town, but the remote location doesn’t keep owner and CEO Karen Hoskin from exploring the world. Her pursuit of quality spirits takes her from hidden gems in the Colorado Rockies to the busy streets of San Francisco and Miami. In this blog series, we share some of Karen’s best finds. Next up: Glenwood Springs, CO.

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How to Make a Great Rum Cocktail

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How to Make a Great Rum Cocktail

At Montanya Distillers, an uncanny number of reviews start with a simple phrase: “I don’t normally drink rum, but…” Something about our cocktail menu transforms visitors from “never-evers” into rum lovers, and it’s pretty crazy when we step back and think about why. For starters, we have nearly 40 cocktails, but only 4 different liquors—all of which are rum. In this week’s blog post, we share a few thoughts on what allows us to get so creative.

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Changing the Way Rum is Sold

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Changing the Way Rum is Sold

In February of 2019, Montanya Distillers launched two new partnerships that brought our rums to France and Chicago. Of course we’re excited, but for more reasons than you might think: both of these new partners are changing the way spirits are sold, which is great for consumers and makes it easier to find the spirits you love!

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Bar Feature: Good Neighbors and Wild Goose Meeting Houses

Bar Feature: Good Neighbors and Wild Goose Meeting Houses

Some neighborhood venues defy definition, blurring the lines between categories as they set out to fill a niche in the community. Good Neighbors and Wild Goose Meeting Houses of Colorado Springs do just that. The sister cafes offer everything from specialty coffee and great food to craft beer, cocktails, and wine—anything that helps facilitate any kind of getting together, whether that’s a family gathering, business meeting, studying for finals, or listening to live music. They recently launched a new drink menu, and it features Montanya rum. Here, Taylor Ashely, Front of House Product Lead, gives us a look at their new menu and his take on great cocktails.

Employee Spotlight: Sarah Chesebrough

Employee Spotlight: Sarah Chesebrough

We always love learning how people find Crested Butte—for a small town, the population comes from a wide variety of places and backgrounds. Sarah Chesebrough is no exception. Not many people can say they’ve gone from the Goldman Sachs Foundation to the world of rum, but Sarah can. You can find her bottling Montanya Distillers rum or in the kitchen cooking up dishes from our increasingly popular food menu. Here she shares her story:

How to Taste Rum

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How to Taste Rum

Visitors to the tasting room love to take advantage of our free tastings and learn to tell the differences between each type of Montanya Distillers rum. But you don’t have to be in Crested Butte to get in on the fun. Here, we explain what sets our rums apart, the differences between each one, and share tips on hosting your own tasting at home.

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Being Good Stewards

Being Good Stewards

We’re thrilled to announce our most recent affiliation with Best for Colorado. Part of The Alliance Center, Best for Colorado provides an assessment tool for companies to measure their social responsibility practices, as well as tools and programming to make improvements.

Rum on the Road: Hayes Valley, CA

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Rum on the Road: Hayes Valley, CA

Montanya Distillers makes its home at the end of the road in a mountain town, but the remote location doesn’t keep owner and CEO Karen Hoskin and her family from exploring the world. Her pursuit of quality spirits takes her from hidden gems in the Colorado Rockies to the busy streets of San Francisco and Miami. In this new blog series, we share some of Karen’s best finds. Next up: Hayes Valley, SF.

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Spotlight: PR Partner Jenny Foust

Spotlight: PR Partner Jenny Foust

Before finding her way to Montanya, Jenny Foust started out in the world of TV news. We’re grateful that her journey took her from producing the news to public relations because it brought her to our doorstep! Like Montanya owner and CEO Karen Hoskin, Jenny believes that business can do good in the world. As a PR specialist, she does a great job helping us share the Montanya story with rum lovers and the world. Here Jenny turns the spotlight on herself for a change and gives us a peek into what she does.

Why we make high-altitude rum

Why we make high-altitude rum

Sometimes people are surprised to learn where we make Montanya rum: 9,000 feet above sea level in a small mountain town in the Colorado Rockies. Isn’t rum made for beaches? Not always. There’s a time-honored tradition of distilling rum in places like Guatemala, Colombia and Panama that predates even Caribbean rum. And now there’s Colorado.

5 essentials for your home bar

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5 essentials for your home bar

Some nights are made for the ambience of a tasting room or to be out on the town. But sometimes, a drink at home is the best way to unwind at the end of the day or play host to your friends. So what should you stock in your home bar? Here are five essentials:

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Rum on the Road: Salida, CO

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Rum on the Road: Salida, CO

Montanya Distillers makes its home at the end of the road in a mountain town, but the remote location doesn’t keep owner and CEO Karen Hoskin and her family from exploring the world. Her pursuit of quality spirits takes her from hidden gems in the Colorado Rockies to the busy streets of San Francisco and Miami. In this new blog series, we share some of Karen’s best finds.

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