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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Employee Spotlight: Rose Reyes

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Employee Spotlight: Rose Reyes

From Montanya owner Karen Hoskin: About 5 years ago, I set a goal to steadily improve the quality of the food offered at Montanya Distillers so it would match the quality of our cocktails. Ten years ago, when we first opened, we offered Chips, Salsa and Crudité. That was all. As I began to reconsider our food menu, I was simultaneously getting to know Rose Reyes.  Everything she fed me at special events and fundraising dinners made my taste buds sing. I had never experienced food better paired to my personal preferences. Our collaboration has been such an incredible blast. She is a highly trained chef and a true culinary artist with a flair for menu development. We are so blessed to have her working with us on food at Montanya Distillers, and we think you will taste the difference.

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

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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. 

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Shaking Up the Craft Spirits World, The Women's Distillery Guild Advocates for Gender Diversity and Advancement

Shaking Up the Craft Spirits World, The Women's Distillery Guild Advocates for Gender Diversity and Advancement

Crested Butte, Colo., May 8, 2018 – When Karen Hoskin, owner of Montanya Distillersand a founding member of Ladies of American Distilling (LOAD), took over as interim leader of the organization in February, one of the first things she did was change the name to The Women’s Distillery Guild (WGD).

“I did a survey of the 700 people who were involved with the predecessor organization, and two out of three asked for a name change,” said Hoskin. “They also wanted a membership non-profit organization and a clear mission with state and city chapters. So with this input, those have been my first tasks. It all came together pretty quickly.” 

Montanya Distillers Celebrates 10 Years!

Montanya Distillers Celebrates 10 Years!

Ten years ago this month, in the tiny Colorado mountain town of Silverton, in an 800 square-foot stone building that was a brothel a hundred years ago, Karen and Brice Hoskin hatched a crazy idea to start a craft rum distillery called Montanya Distillers.