When your resolution to stop drinking ends by happenstance two weeks after New Year’s, and you just say “Screw it” at the next grocery store trip and reach for a bottle—we understand. Some resolutions can be tough, so how about something easier this year? We suggest that, if you’re going to drink, look for certain types of alcohol and booze brands that aren’t roughing up the environment. Here’s a look at the main ingredients in your favorite spirits and some recommendations for sustainable, eco-friendly distilleries.
Montanya Distillers has extended its footprint to France, with the US company's rum brands poised to enter the UK in the coming months.
The Colorado-based craft distiller said earlier this week that its Platino white and Oro dark rum expressions will be available in the country's off-premise through drinks specialist V&B. The pair will be included in the French retailer's 'Born to be Craft' in-store offering.
March is National Women’s Month, so we-re featuring women who aren’t only calling the shots, they’re making them.
Story by Ruksana Hussain
The spirits industry is booming and the number of distilleries across the U.S. is growing. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States reported record spirits sales in 2017, with a four percent increase for a total of $26.2 billion. While the majority of American distilleries are male-owned, the number of women helming the stills is on the rise. Since March is National Women’s Month, we’re featuring seven women who are shaking up the status quo. Here, they share some of the highs and lows of their work.
FEB. 27, 2019
We partnered with Montanya Distillers in Crested Butte Colorado for this cocktail collaboration.
Chelsea Davis, Contributor
Dining & Drinking
Though the spirits industry is often characterized as one dominated by men, that isn’t to say that there aren’t plenty of women who are currently at the helm of some of the world’s most notable liquor brands. From master distillers, brand ambassadors and owners to those at the forefront of marketing, innovation and every role in between, these women haven't let stereotypical industry “norms” hold them back. Today they are leaders in their respective fields, shaking up the world of liquor, all while proving gender is irrelevant when it comes to crafting the perfect libation.
THE LOCAL: Ryan
WHY YOU SHOULD TRUST HIM: I grew up skiing and snowboarding and fell in love with all of the outdoor activities that Crested Butte has to offer- and just the general vibe there. I moved to Crested Butte in 2009 and lived there for six years (Ryan is now living in Denver). Working in the ski and bike industry gave me plenty of opportunities to get out side and enjoy life on a budget, and I took full advantage! Read on for a local guide to Crested Butte.
By Karen Hoskin
February 22, 2019
Does your distillery have a “deathprint”?
Every kilowatt-hour of coal-generated electricity is 670 times more likely to kill someone than wind power. Every plastic cup used at tasting events will hang around for 450 years or more in piles of waste. Airline travel and freight shipments will produce 27% of greenhouse gases. These facts, back in 2008 when I started my distillery, made it hard for me to sleep at night.
Three of the country’s foremost craft distillers—the trailblazing Karen Hoskin (Montanya Distillers); the financial theorist Bridget Firtle (Owney’s Rum); and the erudite Maggie Campbell (Privateer Rum) couldn’t have chosen more disparate paths toward making award-winning rums. Their eventual convergence on the sugarcane spirit—whether through a sharp life course shift or as the savory culmination of years of beverage experience—wasn’t necessarily inevitable, though it feeds into the broader, still-unfolding narrative of American craft rum’s revival.
“When I was just starting to drink, I discovered I couldn’t drink beer, or tequila, or vodka. I had this whole experience of what I couldn’t drink,” Karen Hoskin recalled, laughing. “And then I’m in India, and I’m on the beach and I’m bummed because I’m living with this Hindu family and they don’t drink at all. I had a bartender put some rum in front of me and I thought ‘Yes, more of that.’”
Yellow snow is a no-go. But that's not all you need to know.
My intense love affair with rum has spanned exactly thirty years this month. In January of 1989, I was living in India with a traditional Hindu family, learning to speak Hindi. This meant no alcohol for five months before I took a long train and bus journey to the seaside town of Baga in the west coast state of Goa to celebrate the New Year. This region had been a Portuguese colony until 1961 and the vestiges of Catholicism and especially port were everywhere.
Rum is the most malleable of spirits. It’s a liquid shape-shifter that can vary by region and culture, from the full-bodied double-retort pot still rums of Jamaica to the grassy agricoles of Martinique to the crisper, dryer rums of Puerto Rico.
Protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility. Rum producers, cane growers, sugarcane mills, distributors, retailers, mixologists, brand ambassadors and consumers all have the power to make or to influence change.
With four must-experience events The Rum Lab fosters a wave of rum aficionados and rum premiumization in North America
Each event showcases more than 60 premium rum brands from around the world and gives attendees intimate access to brand representatives, tastings, seminars, and educational breakout sessions.— Federico J. Hernández
Our grandparents’ generation knew how to throw a party. Whether it was for Bridge club, neighborhood weenie roasts, or holiday gatherings, they put guests at ease with a warm welcome - and a cold drink. Yes, no matter what the occasion, guests were greeted at the door with the host’s #1 most important question: “What can I get you to drink?” These pitcher cocktails are the answer to that question.
The holiday season in full swing. But toasting with a festive drink and celebrating with loved ones doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your values. The companies in the list below are B Corps: for-profit businesses that meet rigorous, third-party-verified social and environmental standards to balance profit and purpose. Stick to this guide to vote your values in the companies you choose to buy from, and raise a glass knowing that your wallet and your beliefs can be happy drinking buddies.
Dec 10, 2018
Mountain towns are some of the best places to find award-winning craft spirits. These are our favorites.
By Shari Cask
Nov. 20, 2018
I ask you, dear readers, has there ever been a better time to be a lover of glorious rum? New York, nontropical though it may be, has nonetheless become the backdrop for many a rum lover’s rum loving. This social season has so far been full to bursting with opportunities for deep investigation of the storied spirit. (And maybe a sip or two.)