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.
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:
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.
Allysa has moved her way up the ranks at Montanya Distillers by bringing quality to every one of the many roles she plays at our company.
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.
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.
Renee Newton joined our Montanya team in early 2013 and has dabbled in numerous different positions over the years including distilling, bottling, tasting and proofing rum, as well as in special events, tours, sales, deliveries, bartending and managing at the tasting room.
Brandon Muller is our General Manager at Montanya. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of our Tasting Room, which include preparing and ordering food, sourcing local products, and contributing to new menu ideas. He also manages employee scheduling and oversees our Tasting Room operation as a whole.
Gilles Huegi, a distiller here at Montanya, moved to the Gunnison Valley from Ashland, Oregon in June 2017. He also works within the barrel house to organize barrels, taste the upcoming batches, proof and ready the rum for bottling, and partition ingredients for our distilling days. Read more about Gilles by clicking the button below!
Meg Craver started working in our tasting room at Montanya nearly four years ago. First working in the kitchen, she then moved on to bottling rum, serving, and tending the bar. She now works as our Brand Ambassador and sales representative for Colorado.
Montanya Distillers welcomed Director of Business Development and Global Brand Ambassador Kyla Ostler on January 1, 2016.