Visitors to the tasting room love to take advantage of our free tastings and learn to tell the differences between each type of Montanya Distillers rum. But you don’t have to be in Crested Butte to get in on the fun. Here, we explain what sets our rums apart, the differences between each one, and share tips on hosting your own tasting at home.
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What better way to start your day than a Montanya Rum brunch cocktail at Snooze in Denver. This month, we highlight the creative geniuses behind the cocktail menu at the Ballpark Snooze location on Larimer Street in Denver, who reveal their inspirations, favorite drinks and brunch-time wishes.
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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 montanyarum.com or call Karen Hoskin, Owner and President at 970-799-3206 ext 1. For ADI, visit distilling.com or contact Virginia Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
Montanya 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.
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...