Montanya Distillers, a craft rum distillery and Certified B Corporation®, has partnered with Skylark Spirits to expand its distribution. This makes it easier to get all four of Montanya’s rums (Platino, Oro, Exclusiva, and Valentia) across the U.K. and Europe. Karen Hoskin, Montanya’s founder, first connected with Skylark more than a year ago at the Miami Rum Congress and from there a friendship and partnership emerged.
“From the start, they’ve had almost as much excitement about Montanya as we do, and their rum expertise blew me away,” said Hoskin. “They have developed a model for distribution that I wish the world would follow and I’m thrilled to have their partnership to continue the expansion of Montanya overseas.”
Skylark Spirits, based in London, is an importer and distributor of fine cane spirits. It will initially help expand distribution in England but they also immediately connected Montanya to the EU. Through Master of Malt, anyone in Europe may have Montanya shipped to their door. As bars and restaurants begin to re-open and distribution expands in liquor stores, consumers will start to see Montanya rums on more shelves and back bars.
“Montanya is an authentic and unique craft rum brand with an incredible story that we now get to share,” said Jaz Anand, director at Skylark Spirits. “Montanya not only makes delicious rums, but it also proves you can do business while taking care of the essentials like the environment, diversity, community, and philanthropy. As a certified B Corp, Montanya is a company others look to as a role model. We’re honored to be their partner.”
To celebrate the launch, Montanya and Skylark are participating in several events; all are open to the public.
European Online Rum Festival
This event takes place on May 23 from 4 pm to 10 pm (BST) and will include a Q&A segment with Montanya. You can buy tickets here: https://bit.ly/3bafDO5.
Manchester Rum Festival
Montanya will participate in tasting events before and during the Manchester Rum Festival to celebrate the UK partnership. This event has been rescheduled for August 29.
This rum festival is scheduled for October 17-18 and includes more than 400 rums, providing a prime opportunity to try Montanya alongside other rums from around the world. Tickets go on sale in July.
If you are interested in connecting with Montanya at any of these events, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The U.K. has always had a reputation for being a leader on international trends, premium rum being one of those,” said Hoskin. “It’s a different landscape than it was only months ago, but the demand for quality spirits is still so high and Skylark Spirits has proven they can adapt to this changing marketplace.”
To learn more about Montanya rums, the distillery, distribution, and the company’s focus on sustainability visit MontanyaRum.com.
About Montanya Distillers
Montanya Distillers, a Certified B Corporation® 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 natural American ingredients, Montanya has created aged rums that have received 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 longer-aged, limited-edition rum called Exclusiva. The company was named the Craft Distillery of the Year by the American Distilling Institute, American Rum of the Year in Berlin, and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018. Learn more at MontanyaRum.com.
About Karen Hoskin
Karen Hoskin, founder and owner of Montanya Distillers, has become known nationally for her advocacy for gender diversity and sustainability in the craft spirits industry. She is a frequent speaker at The American Distilling Institute (ADI) and American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) conferences, as well The Miami Rum Congress, NY Rum Congress, and at colleges and universities. She was the first female to receive The Bubble Cap Award for Distiller of the Year from ADI and the first female to keynote the ADI Conference in 2017. Karen founded the Women’s Distillery Guild, which is now a subgroup of Women of the Vine & Spirits, to provide community and support for women in craft spirits. She is a respected voice for environmental sustainability and waste reduction in the alcohol beverage industry and has published many articles as the Sustainability Correspondent for Distiller Magazine. Karen holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Colorado. Learn more at www.karenhoskin.com.
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