Drink up! Delicious craft cocktails made with organic spirits are more sustainable and environmentally friendly than ever. Today’s trend of fresh fruit and herbs in the glass make craft cocktails more like a fragrant garden instead of an (artificially flavored) blue lagoon.
Rocky Mountain High- Rum from Colorado. Trying Montanya this weekend. What will you be celebrating with?
Although rum is often associated with the Caribbean, Montanya Distillers, a craft rum distillery located high in the Rocky Mountains, is breaking that notion and seeing a 35 percent increase year-over-year. Using high elevation to its advantage, Montanya creates flavors you can’t recreate at sea level and is expanding its presence in seven additional states. Montanya is now available in wider distribution in New York and New Jersey and recently entered Tennessee, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota ,and South Dakota, bringing total distribution to 44 states, plus seven countries.
From the desert to the mountains, here are seven spots where you can enjoy the springtime sun.
Situated in a stunningly beautiful high alpine valley at over 9,000 feet, Silverton, Colorado’s Victorian row houses seemed out of place. As the crew from CU Boulder’s Backcountry Club and I unloaded our bags into one of these beautiful aforementioned Victorian-era homes, I stared up valley at the craggy San Juan mountains and couldn’t wait to ski them.
If your vacation plans include my fair state of Colorado, be sure to stop in Crested Butte at the Montanya Distillery. Karen and Brice Hoskins, and their great staff, offer daily tours, tastings and a full rum bar with artisan cocktails, appetizers and small plates. While you are there you can purchase a bottle of Montanya Exclusiva, a limited release only available in Colorado as of October 2015.
Brice Hoskin’s wife, Karen, claims that he has to always have something that he’s designing, inventing, creating, or making. “We call them Brice Devices,” Karen laughs. Together, Brice and Karen produce award-winning batches of rum as Montanya Distillers on Elk Avenue.
Producers of three craft distilled rums made at 9,000 feet, Montanya Distillers brings beachy cocktails to the mountains. Using sugar cane from Louisiana, the rums are aged in white oak barrels that previously held Colorado whiskeys.
This list of the Best Restaurants in Crested Butte for Families is a great reference for local and visiting parents. Crested Butte is well known for having fantastic dining option ranging from awesome pizza joints to five star french cuisine. Great food isn’t just for adults in Crested Butte and may local restaurants are happy to have the kids join in on the ski town dining experience.
Montanya Platino Rum is one of three rums crafted in Crested Butte Colorado at an elevation of 8909 feet. Karen and Brice Hoskin founded the company in 2008, and on January 1 2016 the distillery and tasting room became 100% wind powered. The other rums include Oro a 1 year old gold rum, and Exclusiva a 3 year old double barrel rum that is only available in Colorado.
I HAVE A HORRIBLE SECRET. I live in Colorado, but I don’t ski. Or snowboard. I do enjoy skiing, but the thought of spending seven hours on I-70, crawling toward the Eisenhower Tunnel makes me want to jab a ski pole into my inner ear. And yet, winter is probably my favorite season to get outside.
CRESTED BUTTE — It worked for sleds. It worked for rum. Now Brice Hoskin is hoping his entrepreneurial flair works for cook stoves.
But he’s not in it for the money. Hoskin is hoping his latest invention — a hyper-efficient, collapsible steel stove that burns just about anything and could be made for as little as a $1 — will help millions of the world’s poorest people.
Everything changed for Karen Hoskin while she was traveling in India. Not because she fell under the spell of a yogi or went on a month-long pilgrimage to the country’s holy sites. It was a far simpler activity that proved to be just as transcendent.
1) Yo ho ho and a bottle of Rum Bar
Since the the Rum Bar opened its doors, things get spicy after the lift closes. The Crested Butte-based rum makers inhabit an original brick building under a rooftop patio where they serve up award winning rums like their Platino that's aged for a full year in an American white oak barrel that previously held Colorado whiskey. It's then filtered through a coconut husk charcoal filter.
A tradition of distilling that dates back generations vs. the freedom to start with a blank slate and craft your own style. A taste for spirited moonshine bottled right off the still vs. whiskey that rests and mellows for several years. A Continental climate prone with wide seasonal differences that lead to complex offerings vs. an alpine climate with an endless supply of snow melt and spirits with purity.
In the winter, the trailhead is two miles from town, where the plowed road ends and the groomed snowmobile trail begins. (Thanks, Gunnison County SnoTrackers!) On a Wednesday afternoon, the parking area was crammed with vehicles, so we fully expected to be constantly dodging snowmobiles.
Why We Love It: The buzzy scene at the CB tasting room/distillery/bar is reason enough, but killer cocktails made with Platino White, Oro Dark and the new Exclusiva (extra-aged and finished in port barrels from Cortez’s Sutcliffe Vineyards) make this a must-visit destination.
The après ski scene has always been an integral part of your ski vacation. You hit the slopes for hours on end, cascading down the hill, trail by trail in search of the freshest powder. How should a day of epic shredding end?
When it comes to biking and parties, there’s no place in the world quite like Crested Butte, Colorado. So it’s no surprise that the first-ever annual Fat Bike World Championships will happen in the same place where the original Bike Week was born.
With four skiable mountains, a thriving cultural scene and culinary offerings that rival any sophisticated metropolis, Aspen is the grand dame of Colorado ski country.