Karen writes about her love affair with rum in the Rum Reader, and the way her world was changed when a bartender in Goa, India, handed her a taste of Old Monk Rum.Read More
DENVER – While Colorado might be best known for its beer, the state’s pristine water has helped launch dozens of distilleries in the Rocky Mountains.
Distillers range from large commercial operations like Stranahan’s to family-owned stills tucked into industrial parks. Styles range from whiskey and bourbon to rye, moonshine, gin, vodka and rum, and most distillers offer tours and tastings. While some of the distilleries simply offer small tastes of their products, many have turned their tasting rooms into full-fledged bars offering handcrafted cocktails.Read More
If just the mention of rum calls to mind Caribbean beaches, Karen Hoskin has some good reasons why you might think of the Colorado Rockies instead. That surprising location, says the founder of Montanya Distillers, is pretty ideal for making rum. “People make assumptions about where rum comes from and why, but as soon as we explain how it is made and why it makes sense, they’re interested,” she says.Read More
Rum isn’t often associated with the Rocky Mountains, but the Crested Butte, Colorado-based Montanya Distillers is taking a pass at changing that. Led by owner and distiller Karen Hoskin, Montanya produces three rums—a silver rum, a dark rum, and a limited edition expression that is finished in port barrels. All are made with sugarcane from a family-owned mill in Louisiana.Read More
I was introduced to the craft beer movement in college where I spent more than a few hours throwing back pints at Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham while attending Western Washington University in the late 1990s. To say it’s been fun to watch the industry grow is an understatement. It’s been outstanding!Read More
While people have been distilling alcohol for hundreds of years, the industry is constantly evolving.
Lately, more females have been taking leadership roles in founding forward-thinking distilleries that push the boundaries of spirit-making.Read More
No longer just a craft beer destination, Colorado now has more than 50 distilleries leading a craft spirits revolution across the state. Recently, these producers teamed up with the Colorado Distillers Guild to create a comprehensive and traveling drinking guide.Read More
A fun video interview from Happy Hour with Buca!Read More
Karen Hoskin is a 20-year entrepreneur based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She started her first company in 1998 and recently founded her fourth company, Zoetica. Each company has had a sustainability ethos. She built a LEED-certified preschool between 2001 and 2005. Then in 2008, she built one of the USA’s first green craft distilleries, Montanya Distillers. In 2017, she turned her personal commitment to zero waste into a company by launching Zoetica, which designs and makes zero waste systems. These systems are ideal for consumers, like herself, who want to refuse convenience trash.Read More
When we think of rum, our minds wander straight to the white-sand scenery of the Caribbean—palm-tree-lined distilleries located next to docks, waves lapping against the shore. But the fact is rum can be produced anywhere in the world, including the mountainous regions of North America, Nepal, Guatemala and Brazil. (Well, Brazil produces cachaça, but we’ll get into that.) More importantly, it turns out that making rum in the mountains versus the lowlands has an impact on the flavor and character of the spiritRead More
by Brent Rose
December 13, 2017
The laid-back town in the Rocky Mountains is having a moment.
It's just 24 miles from Aspen as the crow flies, but Crested Butte feels a world away. You won’t see any furs or fake tans, for one thing—and that’s how the locals like it. With a distinctly small-town feel, Crested Butte’s historic downtown looks like it was stolen out of a snow globe, but it’s also home to world-class skiing and mountain biking, and some memorable restaurants and watering holes. In other words: all the beauty and nightlife, none of the pretense. You might want to hurry, as the secret is starting to get out.Read More