Montanya Distillers Expands to Seven States, Now Available in 44 States and Seven Countries

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 re-create 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.

“What’s most exciting for us is more people can now experience a true American rum,” noted Karen Hoskin, president and co-founder of Montanya. “Everything in our rum is hand-crafted and originates from the U.S., including the non-GMO sugar cane, which we get from Louisiana farmers, and even the bottles and non-plastic synthetic corks. Rum is so versatile and we look forward to learning how people are using our rum to break it out of the stereotypical boxes rum often finds itself in. It’s definitely an exciting year with new markets, new packaging, a new rum, and even an expanding team!”

Greater Distribution
With Montanya’s growing distribution comes new distributor/broker relationships. Montanya is proud to partner with the following companies to bring its Oro and Platino to new and expanding markets:
  • VOS Selections - New York and New Jersey; 
  • Aleksey Imports – Tennessee; 
  • BevMark – Montana; 
  • Northwest Vintage – Wyoming; 
  • Cask and Cork – North and South Dakota. 
To inquire about distribution in these states, or other areas where Montanya is distributed,  please contact Karen Hoskin at

Growing Team
To help with this growth and to continue to maintain strong account relationships, Kyla Ostler joins Montanya  Distillers as Director of Business Development and Global Brand Ambassador. Kyla comes to Montanya from The Kitchen Denver, where she served as Bar Manager and worked for eight years on The Kitchen staff. With Montanya, Kyla will work with bartenders, as well as bar, restaurant and liquor store owners/distributors to help introduce Montanya to new customers and foster current relationships. To inquire about new Montanya partnerships, you can reach Kyla at

Redesigned Packaging
After about eight years of having the same logo and designs, Karen decided it was time for a refresh. She knew she wanted something different, but not too different; western, but not too western; modern, but also vintage; and a design that would elevate their packaging, while still being approachable. Jared Jacob of Sunday Lounge captured Montanya’s uniqueness by focusing on the distillery’s high elevation, with the peak in the new shield representing Mt. Crested Butte in Crested Butte, Colo. The new branding is company-wide, affecting the logo, signage, merchandise, marketing and printed materials.

Now available mainly in the Colorado market is Montanya’s first line extension since the distillery opened in 2008. Exclusiva is a limited release rum that is aged three times longer than any of Montanya’s other rums and spends 30 months in an American White Oak Barrel that previously held Colorado whisky. It is then finished for six months in a French Oak barrel that recently held Sutcliffe Vineyard’s Colorado-made Cabernet Sauvignon and Port. It is available in Colorado through Republic National Distributing Company and at Montanya’s tasting room in Crested Butte, Colo.

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About Montanya Distillers
Montanya Distillers, located in Crested Butte, Colo., is a craft rum distillery in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Its distilling process uses old-world artisan traditions, combining science with art. By using just four natural American ingredients, Montanya has created aged rums that have been awarded 18 Gold and Silver medals in international competitions. These rums reflect both Montanya Distillers’ mountain culture and a new American rum tradition. Montanya produces Platino Light rum, Oro Dark rum, and a brand new, longer-aged, limited-edition rum called The Exclusiva.  The company was named the 2013 Craft Distillery of the Year by the American Distilling Institute. Learn more at