Montanya Distillers is proud to announce it is now a Certified B Corporation®. The distinction honors the rum distillery’s commitment to social and environmental sustainability. Montanya received a score of 119 from B Lab® , a nonprofit that certifies and supports B Corporations. This certification makes Montanya Distillers the first distillery in Colorado to become a B Corp™ and the third in the country. Montanya’s score is currently 32% higher than other distilleries on the list. A celebration is set at the Distillery for November 29th at 6pm with free appetizers and all locally-sourced cocktails.
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One of the major reasons Montanya Distiller’s has chosen Owens Illinois as our bottle supplier is O-I's commitment to assessing, improving and minimizing its environmental impacts in the production of glass. O-I was the first beverage packing company in the world to become certified under the Cradle to Cradle certification program, which is incredibly difficult to achieve.
Montanya Distillers Partners with terrapass® to Fight Climate Change and Offset its Carbon Emissions
Crested Butte, Colo., May 15, 2018– Montanya Distillers, a craft rum distillery located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, takes another step to integrate sustainability into every aspect of its business. The distillery has partnered with terrapass® to offset its carbon emissions from distilling, business travel, outgoing freight and inbound shipping.
Through the partnership, Montanya is offsetting about 52 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) this year. The offset will help fund a Forest Management Project, which absorbs and stores about 2,500 more metrics tons of CO2each year than neighboring forests. This project is equivalent to taking about 550 cars off the road each year. The sale of carbon offsets is a critical way the forest is funded since it doesn’t rely on taxpayer money.
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.
The Green Business Certification is awarded to businesses that are "values driven," socially equitable, accountable with "radical transparency," and environmentally responsible in sourcing, manufacturing, marketing, and daily operations. Customers can feel confident that businesses with this certification operate in ways "that support workers, communities, and protect the environment."
Montanya Distillers highlights their important relationships with local producers and makers in the Gunnison Valley and how they are keeping their business local when they can.
For more than eight years, Montanya Distillers has been juicing up a variety of incredibly fresh fruits, citrus and ginger for our cocktail program. We bottle and sell these ingredients for our customers to take home, so they can enjoy what we offer at home.
Montanya Distillers goes 100% wind powered at our distillery and tasting room.
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!
Below, you will see what happened when we ordered our shelf talkers and sell sheets from a green printer (using recycled paper, vegetable-based inks, etc.) instead of a traditional printing company!
0.33 trees preserved for the future
0.96 lbs of water-borne waste not created
141.91 lbs of wastewater flow saved
15.73 lbs of solid waste not generated
30.9 lbs of greenhouse gases prevented
236,633.54 BTUs of energy not consumed
Every little bit helps. :)