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Montanya Platino wins highest honor at World Rum Awards

Crested Butte, Colo., May 5, 2015 – Montanya Distillers has received another high honor for its Platino light rum, which has been named ‘Best White Rum’ at this year’s World Rum Awards in England. Platino is aged in American oak, filtered, and blended with Colorado mountain spring water. It offers notes of honey and vanilla with a smooth medium body, making it perfect for mixing in light cocktails like Mojitos and Daiquiris, or sipping.

The judging at the 2015 World Rum Awards consisted of three rounds, conducted by internationally renowned spirits experts, including master distillers, spirits buyers and taste experts.

Judges noted the rum’s aromas of white liquorice, dried fruit, and vanilla ice cream. They also referred to it as an American cream soda with flavors of vanilla and chocolate, earthy characteristics and a touch of smoke.

 “To compete against top rums from around the world and win this honor is a humbling experience,” said Karen Hoskin, president and co-founder of Montanya Distillers. “We are making American rum in the Colorado mountains and using elevation to our advantage, but our process is still a bit of a novelty.  To receive this worldwide praise is a tremendous seal of approval and vote of confidence.”

In addition to this award from World Rum Awards, Montanya’s Platino has won two other “Best in Class” designations including the Rum XP Competition, and six Gold medals including from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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About Montanya Distillers

Montanya Distillers, located in Crested Butte, Colo., is a craft rum distillery in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Its distilling process uses old-world artisan traditions, combining science with art. By using just four natural American ingredients, Montanya has created aged rums that have been awarded 18 Gold and Silver medals in international competitions. These rums reflect both Montanya Distillers’ mountain culture and a new American rum tradition. Montanya produces Platino Light Rum and Oro Dark Rum and was named the 2013 Craft Distillery of the Year by the American Distilling Institute. Learn more at





Montanya Distillers of Crested Butte, Colorado was named 2013 Craft Distiller of the Year at the 10th Anniversary Conference of the American Distilling Institute, which concluded its four day conference last week in Denver.  The conference boasted record-breaking attendance by over 900 people from all over the USA, representing 200+ current American distilleries and a number of hopeful start-ups.  

This award, called the “Bubble Cap Award”, is presented to one American distilling company that most exemplifies the values of the Institute and its distiller training programs - excellence in process and products, transparency regarding methods, overall authenticity of approach, and promising company growth.  Montanya Distillers is the second Colorado craft Distillery to receive the award, and the first woman-owned company ever to be honored.  

Montanya Distillers President Karen Hoskin says, “This award was a great honor for us because it was conferred among our peers in the industry. We still think of ourselves as very young and inexperienced, as students rather than teachers of the trade.  We have so much to learn.  But this year at ADI, we found ourselves transitioning into a new role as an older, more experienced Distillery. I hope we can live up to it!”  Montanya’s Oro rum also received a silver medal at the conference, the highest medal awarded in its category.

Montanya Distillers expanded its distribution into six new markets in 2012 and early 2013 - Texas, Nevada, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Kansas.  This brings the availability of their Oro and Platino rums to 38 US states, including California, Arizona, and Massachusetts.  Montanya is also newly shipping its rums to Europe and other overseas markets.

"There is no question that one of the things that makes Montanya Distillers unique is the presence of women working at all levels of the company.  It is not just me,” says President and company founder Karen Hoskin, “its our female employees making fermentations, driving pallets on the forklift, distilling rum, bottling rum, creating fun national events, running payroll, and defining the company.  That is kind of new in this industry...and fresh...and fun.  It makes us look really different from our peers, both in design and in execution.  And as we know, being unique and having a fresh story is a big part of growing a brand."

Montanya Distillers in Crested Butte (home of Crested Butte Mountain Resort ski area) is open to the public daily year round for distillery tours, tastings, cocktails, and appetizers from 11am to last call at 9pm.  They produce their rums on site from scratch on two Portugese Alembic copper pot stills and offer daily tours.  For more information, visit or call Karen Hoskin, Owner and President at 970-799-3206 ext 1.  For ADI, visit or contact Virginia Miller at

Assistant Distiller Jacqueline Mearman readying the stills for the day’s run.  

Assistant Distiller Will Browne managing fermentations at Montanya Distillers in Crested Butte, CO.



A good media year!

It has been a great year for the world finding out about Montanya rums. Here is a selection of the media articles that have featured Montanya Distillers in the first half of 2012.  To read the articles, click on our News and Media link!



Montanya Distillers in Crested Butte named Best Apres Adventure Bar in Outside Magazine, April 2012



Crested Butte, CO | March 13, 2012 – Montanya Distillers of Crested Butte, CO has been selected by Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, as a recipient of its first-ever Active Travel Awards.  Montanya Distillers was honored as Best Après Adventure Bar. The full list of award winners will be published in the April issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands March 13, 2012 and online at Outside Online.  Click here to download the complete article (4.2 mb with Montanya on page 68 of the magazine)

To select this year’s awards, Outside tapped their global network of correspondents to showcase a definitive roundup of the best new adventures, exotic retreats, beaches, local food, on-time airlines, gorgeous islands, and more. The awards reflect more than just a collection of unforgettable trips—it’s a road map to life-changing experiences. The issue also highlights a list of the best online travel tools as well a roundup of Outside’s all-time favorite destinations.

 “Montanya Distillers’ Tasting Room has been a favorite rum cocktail joint in Colorado for three and a half years now.  We were delighted that our new location in Crested Butte, in the historic Powerhouse, caught the attention of such seasoned travelers as the correspondents of Outside Magazine.”  says Karen Hoskin, President of Montanya Distillers.

"Outside magazine has long been one of the world's most trusted advisors for active and adventurous travelers," says Outside editor Christopher Keyes. "This year we've bottled up 35 years of collective wisdom to select our first Outside Travel Awards, an annual edit franchise that honors the best trips, hotels, lodges, luggage, islands, and new destinations that will be an invaluable travel resource for years to come.

Montanya Distillers is one of Colorado’s original craft distilleries, founded in Silverton, Colorado in November 2008.  The company relocated its operations to Crested Butte in May 2011 and took over one of the town’s most beloved, historic buildings downtown, along with several bays in the local industrial park.  The 4,000 sq. ft. historic Powerhouse building on Elk Avenue houses the company’s Distillery and a Tasting Room for its award-winning Montanya Oro and Montanya Platino rums.  Bottling, warehousing and shipping takes place at their second Crested Butte location. 

Montanya has become well-known for its distinctive and genre-bending rum cocktails like The Maharaja Martini (Montanya Oro rum, North Indian spices, fresh ginger and lime) and The Basil Paradisi (Basil infused-Platino rum, fresh grapefruit and lime). The company currently distributes its rums in thirty US states including widely in Colorado, and will expand to all fifty states within the next 36 months under a new contract.   

In celebration of the Outside Active Travel Awards, Outside will launch the “What Trip Are You?” Facebook promotion, which will allow members of the Outside community to take an adventure travel quiz to determine what type of vacation best suits their adventure style from five categories. The categories include: Enlightened Explorer, Powder Hound, River Runner, World Traveler, and Adrenaline Junkie. Participants will be able to choose between a series of travel favorites—Hotel or rustic lodge? Tropical escape or powdery heaven? Guide or no guide?—that will lead to their ultimate adventure travel escape.

Five grand prize winners (one per category) will get the chance to go on their dream adventure provided by Outside’s travel partners. Trip options include: Dory or raft trip down the Grand Canyon with OARS, Heli-ski in AK's Chugach range with Valdez Heli Ski Guides and Tsaina Lodge, Safari in Botswana with Wilderness Safaris and South African Airways, Multi-sport in Machu Picchu and Galapagos with REI Adventures, and an Andes to Amazon multisport trip with BikeHike Adventures. In addition, participants who take the quiz can come back for daily adventure travel gear prizes.