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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Elevate your winter cocktails and save some dough.

Elevate your winter cocktails and save some dough.

There’s nothing like warming up with a hot cocktail on a winter day. This two-volume set of cocktail recipe books includes plenty of cold-weather recipes, including a Montanya twist on Bulletproof Coffee. Click to learn more (and try out that coffee recipe).

Montanya DIY Holiday Gift Ideas!

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Montanya DIY Holiday Gift Ideas!

When you are looking for gifts to give your adult friends that don’t cost an arm and a leg, but leave a lasting impression, consider making a batch of steamy cocktail mix with Montanya Rum! Decorate your own jar, bottle or container and give the gift of holiday spirit (literally!)

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The Super Chocolata

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The Super Chocolata

This cocktail is called The Super Chocolata because it is made from several superfoods: raw cashews and raw cacao.  Adding Himalayan salt and coconut milk also add highly nutritious elements.  Why not give yourself a healthful boost during cocktail hour too? 

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Montanya Distillers Becomes the First Distillery in Colorado to be Named a Certified B Corporation®

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Montanya Distillers Becomes the First Distillery in Colorado to be Named a Certified B Corporation®

Montanya Distillers is proud to announce it is now a Certified B Corporation®. The distinction honors the rum distillery’s commitment to social and environmental sustainability. Montanya received a score of 119 from B Lab® , a nonprofit that certifies and supports B Corporations. This certification makes Montanya Distillers the first distillery in Colorado to become a B Corp™ and the third in the country. Montanya’s score is currently 32% higher than other distilleries on the list. A celebration is set at the Distillery for November 29th at 6pm with free appetizers and all locally-sourced cocktails.

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Employee Spotlight: Gavin Hermann

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Employee Spotlight: Gavin Hermann

Gavin Hermann joined Montanya Distillers in January of 2017 and has been working full time with our crew ever since. His roles include merchandise shipping, booking the bands, serving, and most importantly, bartending. 

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Montanya's glass bottle supplier receives "Cradle to Cradle" environmental certification

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Montanya's glass bottle supplier receives "Cradle to Cradle" environmental certification

One of the major reasons Montanya Distiller’s has chosen Owens Illinois as our bottle supplier is O-I's commitment to assessing, improving and minimizing its environmental impacts in the production of glass.  O-I was the first beverage packing company in the world to become certified under the Cradle to Cradle certification program, which is incredibly difficult to achieve.

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