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Employee Spotlight: Nia Morales

Employee Spotlight: Nia Morales

Employee Nia Morales is a server and bartender at Montanya Distillers who found her way to Crested Butte from New Jersey. We can so relate to her sense of wanderlust and recognize a kindred spirit when she talks about how life changing travel can be. Learn more in this Employee Spotlight.

Employee Spotlight: Polly McGrane

Employee Spotlight: Polly McGrane

We love doing staff profiles because we always learn something new about our employees. Polly McGrane is no exception. She’s a bartender and server at Montanya Distillers, but she also shreds the mountain and even knows how to do an Irish jig or two. Read more.

"Employee" Spotlight: Bellatrix and Bellisima

"Employee" Spotlight: Bellatrix and Bellisima

Yes, we know that our stills are “inanimate” objects. But you can’t spend 10+ years making rum without realizing that they do, in fact, have personality. We named ours Bellatrix and Bellisima, and you might go so far as to say they represent common tensions (and misunderstandings) between boomers and millenials. Read on to meet them personally!

Employee Spotlight: Shane Walker

Employee Spotlight: Shane Walker

An Alaskan native from the Aleut tribe, Assistant Kitchen Manager Shane Walker says that Colorado is his home away from home. We’re glad, because that means he brings his talents to Montanya Distillers.

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:

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.

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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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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Employee Spotlight: Renee Newton

Employee Spotlight: Renee Newton

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.

Employee Spotlight: Brandon Muller

Employee Spotlight: Brandon Muller

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.

Employee Spotlight: Gilles Huegi

Employee Spotlight: Gilles Huegi

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!

Employee Spotlight: Megan Craver

Employee Spotlight: Megan Craver

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.