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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.

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:

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.

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Amazing Lineup of Live Aprés Ski Music!

ALL shows are 5-8pm unless otherwise noted, free and open to all ages.  For more information, visit our venue page on

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Lizzy Plotkin of The New Folk

Feb 8th

: The New Folk (Authentic Folk, Celtic, 3-part Harmony)

February 10th

: Empty Bottle Blues Band 6:30pm-9pm (Blues)

February 15th

: Bruce Hayes (Celtgrass, Americana, Folk, R&B)

February 16th and 17th

: Johnny Kongo Allstar Show (Americana, Country, Rockabilly, Roots) 6-9pm

February 22nd

:  Slanted Jack (Funk, Experimental, Progressive Rock)

February 23rd

:  Tony Rosario (Americana, Blues)

March 1st:  

Erin and the Project (Alternative) 

March 6th

:  Shawn James from Fayetteville, Arkansas (Blues/Soul)

March 16th:

 The Red Lady Ball Goes Moulin Rouge at Montanya!!! Gypsy Jazz Social Club, Aerial Dancers, Stilt Walkers, Dancers.  Benefit for HCCA.  Tickets available in advance from HCCA.

March 22nd and 23rd:

 Project Groove with Miss Emily (Jazz, Blues, R&B) 

Miss EmilyAerial Dancers of the Crested Butte Dance Collective will be at The Red Lady Ball!Shawn James

Johnny Kongo Allstar Show

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February 15th

: BRUCE HAYES (Celtgrass, Americana, Folk, R&B)  

Description: Bruce Hayes is a one man maniac band.  

He plays Rhythm & Celtgrass music, a fusion of musical styles that combines acoustic and electric instrumentation with elements of Rock, Bluegrass, Celtic, and R&B music. Collaborating with The String Cheese Incident and Acoustic Junction, Hayes helped define the acoustic jam band sound. He continues this tradition performing original songs and arrangements on Mandolin, Guitar, Dobro, foot board and his latest creation, the Stratobassto.

February 16th and 17th

: JOHNNY KONGO ALLSTAR SHOW (Americana, Country, Rockabilly, Roots) 6-9pm  

Description: Johnny Kongo is the singer songwriter, frontman and Standing Bass player for the Johnny Kongo Allstar Show, a trip of talented Roots, Rockabilly and Country musicians of Johnny's choosing. They never fail to rouse the house and keep the energy high.  

February 23rd

:  TONY ROSARIO (Americana, Blues) 

Description:  

Tony Rosario’s career of over 25 years in the music industry includes stints working and recording with platinum-selling group Firefall and with Chuck Pyle, Polygram Records, MCA/Crosswind Publishing, Reel One Publishing, and recording artist Michael Johnson. He is highly acclaimed as a blues multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, recording artist, performer, producer, and teacher. He has appeared in concert with such artists as Gov't Mule, John Cowan, Shawn Colvin, Richie Furay, Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark, New Grass Revival, and Delbert McClinton.  

"I've wandered a bit. My old guitar has been my constant companion and confidante for as long as I can remember. Old ghosts live inside her wooden shell and when the night is right she sings to me and whispers great tales of love and loss - of heroes and friends. Like a warm breeze I will roll your way from time to time with a new story from an old confidante. This train has no destination , it's just meant to roll.

March 1st:  

ERIN AND THE PROJECT (Alternative) 

Description: 

Featuring the dyadic cyclone that is Erin Ezekiel (vocals/keys) and Paul Ezekiel (drums/percussion), Erin & The Project creates a hypnotic indie/soul-ternative sound, fulfilling a genre all its own, with their sound being described as refreshing, inspiring, and soulful by listeners worldwide. They compile lyrics that dive into positive consciousness and mysticism, while integrating soulful vocals, melodic piano, and strong rhythms throughout.

After great success with the release of their debut, self-titled album, they caught the attention of world renowned engineer/mixer, Oz Fritz (Grammy Award winner: Tom Waits “Mule Variations”), who produced their most recent album release, "Birthday".

March 6th

:  SHAWN JAMES from Fayetteville, Arkansas (Blues/Soul)  

Description:  

Born in 1986 in the south side of Chicago, Shawn James had a hardworking, kind mother and a gambling, abusive, drunk father. He grew up singing in church and was drawn to the emotional and ethereal power that music has over people. It was there that he found his escape and learned how to harness his unique, soulful voice.  

Shawn now lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas playing a raw, haunting mix of Blues, Folk, and Soul music and 

is on tour from Fayetteville, Arkansas promoting his new album The Wolf.  

March 16th:

  THE RED LADY BALL Goes Moulin Rouge at Montanya!!! Gypsy Jazz Social Club, Aerial Dancers, Stilt Walkers, Dancers.  Benefit for HCCA.  Tickets available in advance from HCCA.  

March 22nd and 23rd:

  PROJECT GROOVE WITH MISS EMILY (Jazz, Blues, R&B) 

Description:  Miss Emily is a little bit of everything. She got her start in church and has studied classically to develop into a versatile, passionate performer in the traditions of Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Ella Fitzgerald. Miss Em does it all, but her first love is funk and soul. 

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MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC AT MONTANYA!

The next several weeks will bring a ton of great Apres Ski music to Montanya Distillers' Tasting Room in Crested Butte.  After you have sampled the incredible powder or partaken of a perfect backcountry day, come on over for a rum cocktail (hot, cold, strong, you name it, we make it!) and a bit of great music.  You can have a listen at their website links below.

HERE IS THE LINEUP IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE:

LACEY BLACK:  DECEMBER 20th from 5-8pm
Lacey hails from Durango, Colorado and is a solo performer/pianist/singer/songwriter who can play just about every instrument she picks up and enjoys most genres of music from ragtime to folk.  She is one of the most sought-after pianists in the southwest.  

 

 

 

 

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JOHNNY KONGO ALLSTAR SHOW DECEMBER 23rd from 5-8pm
Johnny Kongo has 12+ years of performing and playing experience, and he rolls thick when it comes to bass. Either up-right or electric, expect the fat tone and energy only achieved by those that truly love the instrument. Kongo has started The Johnny Kongo All-Star Show (J*K ASS), focusing on Roots, Rock, and Honky-Tonk with contemporary sounds while still holding the value and energy of roots styles. JKASS guest stars musicians of different styles and genres from around the Denver music scene; Working to unite the many flavors and tastes of Colorado's diverse music platform.  The first appearance of JKASS was for the Crested Butte Avalanche Center fundraiser this month and we loved them so much we invited them back!

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BRUCE HAYES DECEMBER 28th from 5-8pm
Bruce plays Rhythm & Celtgrass music, a fusion of musical styles that combines acoustic and electric instrumentation with elements of Rock, Bluegrass, Celtic, and R&B music. Collaborating with The String Cheese Incident and Acoustic Junction, Hayes helped define the acoustic jam band sound. He continues this tradition performing original songs and arrangements on Mandolin, Guitar, Dobro, foot board and his latest creation, the Stratobassto. 
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MARK BERENSON DECEMBER 29th from 5-8pm
Mark comes to CB from Grand Junction for this performance.  He plays 6 string and 12 string guitar, along with a number of other sytles of guitar, and sings original as well as popular songs from the Folk, Traditional, Blues and Ragtime genres. He is an experienced performer.

 

 

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TONY ROSARIO December 31st from 5-9pm
"I've wandered a bit. My old guitar has been my constant companion and confidante for as long as I can remember. Old ghosts live inside her wooden shell and when the night is right she sings to me and whispers great tales of love and loss - of heroes and friends. Like a warm breeze I will roll your way from time to time with a new story from an old confidante. This train has no destination , it's just meant to roll."  Combining folk, Americana and country with a rock and roll style and a slide guitar!  American Songwriter Magazine calls him a "performer not to miss"!

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Montanya takes NYC by STORM!

Barton Forum at the NY Public Library - MCC Gala 2012Montanya headed to New York for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, a week long cocktail and spirit celebration that kicked off with a phenomenal gala at the New York Public Library.  Montanya's team of Karen Hoskin and Michelle Baldwin bartended for three events and attended many more on behalf of the brand.  At the Gala, Michelle and Karen served about 750 cocktails in less than 3 hours, and got tons of great feedback about how much folks loved the cocktails and the rum.  We also attended the New York Indie Spirits Expo and the Industry Invitational at the Andaz Hotel.  We will be back next year, so if you missed it this year, mark your calendars for 2013! To see more photos of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, check out the MCC Gala Photostream at Flickr.

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A Wild and Wonderful Grand Opening Celebration!


December 20, 2011: In celebration of our third anniversary and our new facilities in Crested Butte, we threw a BIG bash at the Historic Powerhouse on December 16th.  The band Green River Vibe from Denver was fantastic and the aerial dancers from the Crested Butte Dance Collective were a showstopper!  Fantastic.  Thank you to everyone (about 300 people!) who came out to celebrate with us.  Exciting times at Montanya!  

The new Crested Butte rum is really delicious, if we don't say so ourselves.  The Oro has a deeper, richer, near-red color that was a surprise to us, given that only our water source has chanced.  It is beautiful.  

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