Montanya Distillers was originally founded in Silverton, Colorado in 2008 by Karen and Brice Hoskin. The company relocated to Crested Butte in August, 2011 and opened on Elk Avenue in August, 2011. It is nestled high in the Rocky Mountains at 9000 ft. The high alpine location makes great sense for making rum, since the altitude positively affects almost every aspect of fermenting, distilling and aging rum. All rums are distilled from family- grown, non-GMO minimally processed sugar cane from Belle Rose, Louisiana. The water comes from one of the purest spring and snowmelt charged aquifers in the USA. It has never been treated with chlorine, fluoride or reverse osmosis filtration. Montanya Rums are made by hand, from scratch, in a very traditional way using 100 gallon, all-copper Alembic pot stills from Portugal, and contain only four ingredients: American sugar cane, Colorado mountain water, yeast, and a touch of Colorado honey from honey bees near the distillery. No flavorings, no additives, no glycerine or glycol. Just all natural, craft distilled, honest American rum. Montanya Rum is certified Kosher.
Sustainability practices: On January 1, 2016, Montanya Distillers became 100% wind powered for both the distillery and tasting room in Crested Butte. Green energy had been a goal of theirs since they moved into the building, but until now, they had been pursuing solar power. Photovoltaics became unapproachable because of the beautiful historic trees that surround the property and got in the way of efficiency, so they decided to go with wind instead. Being wind powered is part of their approach to reduce their footprint and minimize their impact. Karen and Brice employs a staff year round, paid higher than average in a seasonal Colorado mountain town. They are active philanthropists in their community.