Montanya Distillers will be heading to Tales of the Cocktail in the French Quarter of New Orleans this month. Here’s where you can find us!
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A few last minute ideas to make your 4th of July celebration memorable (and incorporate American-made Montanya Rums!).
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.
Over the last 9 years, Montanya Distillers has become an industry leader in sustainability. Owner Karen Hoskin has lost all patience with spirits tastings and cocktail events that leave behind piles upon piles of single use plastic trash. Hoskin dishes on trashy spirits events and talks about how craft distilleries can give them the boot.
Who needs a delicious cocktail (and wants to celebrate Women's History Month!)? You do! You will find no better deal: 25 cocktails in the Big Apple. 60 days to redeem. $37!
Montanya Distillers will be heading to Tales of the Cocktail in July 2016 and is excited to share with those attending Tales where to find us, where to taste our brand new rum Exclusiva, and what kind of fun events we will be hosting and participating in in the French Quarter.
It is shaping up to be quite a season of live music at Montanya Distillers, played by talented and original musicians, some are from our own back yard, some from as far afield as Equador.
All shows are 6-9pm, family friendly, no cover charge, original music. Don't come expecting cover bands. :)
Handmade Moments (Anna And Joel)May 21st: Handmade Moments, 6-9pm Fayetteville, Arkansas
One of our favorites! Their music is deeply soulful and reminiscent of 20s dance hall hits and viper era jazz with some Beatboxing. Modern and fresh; Joel and Anna’s songwriting contains a subtle and humble vibe. Alto sax, ukelele and more.
Miss Emily and Tony Rosario
May 23-24th, Miss Emily and Tony Rosario 6-9pm, Grand Junction/Denver
Sultry, soulful and powerhouse vocal harmonies, original sound, blues, R&B, strong guitar rhythms.
Free the Honey
June 11th and July 9th: Free the Honey, 6-9pm, Crested Butte, Colorado
Someday when these guys were enormously famous, we will get to say they were once our "house band". They will wow the whole world one day, but for now, we get to host them. 3 part harmonies, ever-changing instruments, über talent, and original music.
June 13th: Erin and the Project, 6-9pm, Missoula, MT
Erin and the Project
Combines soul, r&b, blues, jazz, and alternative rock to create a unique SoulTernative genre. This dynamic act features powerhouse female vocals and driving rhythms that will leave you in the afterglow. Click here to listen.
June 19th, Peter Jong Chang, 6-9pm, San Francisco
Hot guitar rhythms from many genres, original and instrumental.
THE CHUCKLESS WAGONSJune 20th, The Chuckless Wagons, 6-9pm Crested Butte, CO
The acoustic alter-ego of Ryan Herr and TylerLucas from local ski-funk band band Mine Control. Their music is stripped down and acoustic featuring mandolin and guitar. Sharing a love for musical conversation, their playful weaving of trickling melodies and pulsing rhythms will put the groove in your grass. They perform a range of traditional music from classic American troubadours and add a Crested Butte twist consistent with the unique character only found above 8,000 feet in the West Elk Mountains. Joining them is Mollie Hull, who contributes her venerable vocal harmonies and guitar playing.
June 25th, July 2nd, August 19th, Rachel van Slyke,
RACHEL VAN SLYKE Nashville, TN
Soulful vocals and guitar, a strong musical talent from Nashville singing in many genres from country to Americana and alternative.
June 26th, Ben Powell, 6-9pm San Diego, CA Ben Powell makes his way through this world like a one man band of years past, but with a fresh, new, vibrant sound. Ben has created a truly unique sound playing his resonator guitars, stomping on a homemade winebox footboard, playing rack-harmonica, and singing his old style blues and his original tunes about any issues of the day.
June 28th, Sweetwater String Band, 6-9pm, High Sierras, CA SweetwaterStringBand delivers an original highly danceable bluegrass sound featuring cello, mandolin, guitar, and upright bass.
July 1-2, Ryan Flores, 6-9pm Ontario, CanadaRYAN FLORES
This performer has been one of our absolute favorites of the last year. He is wildly talented!!! Ryan is an independent musician, singer, and songwriter from Toronto, Ontario. He is well known for his veryuplifting, honest, and relatable original music, most of which revolve around the genres of pop, R & B, acoustic, and some contemporary folk. We like to think of him as Balkan vamp. He is mainly inspired by artists who sing on a more inspirational, personal, and original level.
GYPSY JAZZ SOCIAL CLUBJuly 11th, August 15th: Gypsy Jazz Social Club, 6-9pm
An ever evolving lineup of spectacularly talented local musicians playing an original yet familiar set of Gypsy Jazz with a world sound.
July 24th, Kyle T, 6-9pm Durango, CO
KYLE TKyle T or Kyle Dewitt Tischler is a 21 year old Country artist from Carnesville, Georgia, currently based out of Durango, CO area, who started playing music at age 6 after hearing the famous "Hank Williams" song, "Hey Good Looking". Kyle has a versatile style heavily influenced by country music. His deep voice and skill on the guitar make him versatile to take on any genre he chooses.
July 30, Michael Shay Trio, 6-9pm Quito, Equador
With the nuance of a classically-trained musician, the grit of a musical globe-trotter, and just enough twang to know he's from Texas, Michael Shay's folk and alt-country songwriting sensibilities reflect a vision comfortably outside any "Americana" box while poetically evoking his earliest influences: Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young, Dylan, and the Dead.
Born in Austin, currently based in Quito, Ecuador, Michael Shay has spent twenty years exploring countless musical traditions in far-flung countries, which finally him back to performing his own rootsy Americana originals as part of the trio that will visit Montanya.
Michael Shay Trio
July 31, Candy Lee, 6-9pm Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Candy Lee is an award winning, "golden voiced" singer/songwriter who combines her love for folk, jazz, and indie music to create her own original style. The first thing you'll notice when you hear Candy Lee is her voice- timeless, entrancing, and ethereal. She pulls you in with her sweet, catchy melodies and moving music, but it is her smart, creative lyrics that deserve a second listen.
August 1st (and sponsored by Montanya Distillers at the Crested Butte Arts Festival Caravan Bar!)
Roma Ransom, 6-9pm (and at other times through the weekend) from Colorado Springs, CO
Grace Easley and Gordon Lewis have been playing music together now for almost two years. They met in Springfield, Missouri while Grace Easley and her friend were busking and Gordon showed up in a pedicab with a banjo. After this, the two got to know each other and went on to become Roma Ransom, which has an original gypsy caravan sound.
August 8th, The Clarks, 6-9pm Boulder, CO THE CLARKS
Original semi-acoustic folk, blues and rock. THE CLARKS is a Boulder-based trio, named for CLARK’S QUARK (n.), a theoretical but as yet undiscovered subatomic particle postulated by the great Polish/Native American physicist Clark Blzgyqzckrpgvki (Indian name ‘Empty Vial’), whose anticipated properties are (i) it is destroyed at the same instant it is created and (ii) when placed in a solution of alcohol and stimulated by energy emits coherent sound waves of unimaginable power and beauty. Along with the Higgs Boson, discovery of the Clark’s Quark is one of the last great problems in modern physics.
FEBRUARY AND MARCH MUSIC LINEUP
Dana Louise from Fayetteville, Arkansas
February 5th: Rachel van Slyke from Nashville
February 7th: Gypsy Jazz Social Club from Crested Butte
February 12: Free The Honey from Crested Butte
February 14th: Simpler Times Trio from Gunnison
February 15th: Katherine Taylor from Crested Butte
February 19th: Rachel van Slyke from Nashville
February 21st: Gypsy Jazz Social Club from Crested Butte
February 27th: Paul deHaven from Denver
March 6th: The Clarks Trio from Boulder
March 7th: Gypsy Jazz Social Club from Crested Butte
March 13th: Free The Honey from Crested Butte
March 14th & 20th: Dana Louise from Fayetteville, AR
March 21st: Gypsy Jazz Social Club from Crested Butte
March 27th: Kyle T from Durango
April 3rd: Ryan Flores from Colorado Springs
April 4th: Gypsy Jazz Social Club from Crested Butte
Paul deHaven from DenverFree the Honey at Montanya
MUSIC LINEUP Winter 2014-2015
What a winter it promises to be with incredible music at Montanya, paired with artisan rum cocktails. Everything from Gypsy Jazz to Honeygrass/Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Alternative, and more. All shows are 6 to 9pm, no cover, all ages. To learn more about each artist and listen to their music, click on the links below!
Candy Lee, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Dec 18-19 Erin and the Project, Missoula, MT (Alternative)
Dec 20 Zac Schaffer - Nashville, TN (Acoustic Rock)
Dec 23 Rachel van Slyke - Nashville, TN (Americana)
Dec 26 Tony Rosario – Grand Junction (Blues, R&B)
Dec 27 Katherine Taylor and Sam Pankratz - Crested Butte (Bluegrass, Folk)
Dec 30 Roma Ransom - Colorado Springs (Gypsy, Tango)
Dec 31, Jan 3 Gypsy Jazz Social Club - Crested Butte (Gypsy Jazz)
Jan 4Dana Louise - Fayetteville, AR (alternative, folk)
Jan 9 Free the Honey -Crested Butte, CO (Honeygrass)
Jan 10 JRPT – Durango, CO (High Energy Bluegrass)
Jan 11-12 Handmade Moments – Fayetteville, Arkansas (Soulful original sound with alto sax and ukelele!)
January 16 Candy Lee - Fayetteville, Arkansas (Indie Folk)
January 17 Gypsy Jazz Social Club - Crested Butte (Gypsy Jazz)
January 18,19 Kyle T - Durango, CO(Soul Country)
January 22 Rachel van Slyke - Nashville, TN (Americana)
January 24 Tony Rosario - Grand Junction (Blues, R&B)
Jan 30 Allen Smith - Crested Butte (Acoustic Folk)
January 31 Roma Ransom - Colorado Springs (Gypsy, Tango)
MORE COMING IN FEB AND MARCH!
Dana Louise from Fayetteville, Arkansas
Rachel van Slyke from Nashville, TNRoma Ransom from Colorado SpringsTony Rosario
FREE THE HONEY - June 13th (EP RELEASE PARTY!) and July 2nd, 6-9pm
Three part harmonies, interchanging instruments with guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, etc.
Incredibly TALENTED Trio! Traditional original Honeygrass.
Free The Honey in the Studio 2014Free The Honey
TYLER HANSEN AND STEPHANIE STEPHENSON,
June 26th and July 3rd, 6-9PM
Guitar, harmonies, original alternative
KATHERINE TAYLOR, Friday July 11th 6-9pm
Acoustic and original bluegrass and traditional music on guitar and vocals.
Shawn James and the ShapeshiftersJULY HIGHLIGHTS!!!!!
SHAWN JAMES AND THE SHAPESHIFTERS - July 26th & 27th
We are so excited and honored to have Shawn James back with his full 4 man band from Fayetteville, AK on July 26 & 27 for a two night gig at Montanya from 6-9 pm. If you make room for only one thing on your July calendar, let it be this. He reminds me of Greg Brown or Tom Waites yet with a much bigger sound. These guys simply ooze talent and we will one day say we knew them when...before it all went big. Check out www.shawnjamesmusic.com to watch videos and learn more.
MARK BERENSON - July 13
Mark is a talented guitarist and singer on 12 string, 6 string, and baritone guitar. He brings us a combination of folk, traditionals, blues, and bluegrass. www.markberensonmusic.com
ERIN AND THE PROJECT - July 20 & 21
Erin and the Project
Featuring the dyadic cyclone that is Erin Ezekiel (vocals/keys), and Paul Ezekiel (drums/percussion), Erin & The Project creates a hypnotic sound. A blend of soul, blues, jazz, r&b, and rock genres forming a category referred to as “soul-ternative”. They compile lyrics that peer into positive thinking and retrospectives, while integrating soulful vocals, melodic piano, and strong rhythms throughout. http://www.reverbnation.com/erinandtheproject
There is nothing quite like drinking a beautiful rum cocktail after a long day of adventuring on snow next to a warm still with excellent live music serenading you. That is what Montanya Distillers has in store for you this March. Join us for an exceptional apres ski line up of talented musicians this month.
ALL shows are 5-8pm unless otherwise noted, free and open to all ages. For more information, visit our venue page on
Lizzy Plotkin of The New Folk
: The New Folk (Authentic Folk, Celtic, 3-part Harmony)
: Empty Bottle Blues Band 6:30pm-9pm (Blues)
: Bruce Hayes (Celtgrass, Americana, Folk, R&B)
February 16th and 17th
: Johnny Kongo Allstar Show (Americana, Country, Rockabilly, Roots) 6-9pm
: Slanted Jack (Funk, Experimental, Progressive Rock)
: Tony Rosario (Americana, Blues)
Erin and the Project (Alternative)
: Shawn James from Fayetteville, Arkansas (Blues/Soul)
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
: 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.
: TONY ROSARIO (Americana, Blues)
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.
ERIN AND THE PROJECT (Alternative)
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".
: SHAWN JAMES from Fayetteville, Arkansas (Blues/Soul)
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.
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.
DISTILLING, WEBSITE ADDITIONS, BOTTLING, and MUSIC!
It has been an exciting year at Montanya Distillers. Not only did we grow 58.5% overall in 2012, but we also managed to put away more Oro and Platino rum than ever before into aging stock. We began a Montanya Añejo rum which will be longer-aged than any rum we have aged/bottled before. We are not sure when it will be ready, but we'll let everyone know if and when we plan to bottle it.
We continue to enhance our distilling process for efficiency and quality. Most recently, Brice Hoskin created a new heat exchange process by which we are able to use the spent wash from our stills to warm our fresh fermentations prior to distillation. This means we use less heat to reach the temperatures needed to distill. If you have visited our distillery, you will also have noticed the extent to which our stills, which run 6 days a week, provide heat for our Tasting Room and fermenters. Just another way we are preserving natural resources every day at Montanya by capturing the heat in our process.
We have added two new webpages to our website: "BOOKING MONTANYA" is about how to reserve Montanya's Tasting Room and Distillery for special events, music, fundraisers, etc. We get a ton of requests for weddings and private parties, and this page helps to clarify what kinds of events are well suited to our space (and which are not). The "UPCOMING EVENTS" page is about our 2013 national events schedule. Check out where Karen and staff will be this year and what cool events we will be participating in here in CB and around the USA.
We continue to pull in wonderful community members to help us on our bottling line! Most recently, we have welcomed our friends Michael and Jen Brody of the Crested Butte Film Festival. Not only are they a total blast, but they are fantastic help too!
We have a lot of great apres ski music coming up at Montanya in CB in February and March! The New Folk, Johnny Kongo Allstar Show, The Empty Bottle Blues Band, Bruce Hayes, Tony Rosario and more! We'll keep you posted on Facebook and on tis blog as the final schedule comes together. Join us!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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"!
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.
We will (formally) celebrate our Opening at the Powerhouse in Crested Butte with a party from 4-10pm on December 16th! Denver band Green River Vibe will bring a rock-infused reggae and hip-hip groove to the evening from 7-10pm. Drinks will be discounted too and we will celebrate our company's third anniversary! No cover, of course. Come join us...