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Friday, January 29, 2016

Shalon Hastings

Taco Del Sol & HUB Coffee

Author: Madison, Davey

Having spent her early years in Lewistown, Roundup, and Helena, Montana, Shalon Hastings became familiar with Big Sky Country’s incredibly diverse landscapes and community cultures.  She cites a deep pride in the fact that both sets of grandparents homesteaded in Montana (Utica and Grass Range), and a “huge feeling of gratitude my family chose Montana - and that I have that legacy behind me.” As time goes by, Shalon’s affection for this place and its people only grow stronger, and inform her decisions as a community-centric entrepreneur.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Rachel Anderson


Author: Madison, Davey

Rachel Anderson grew up in Minnesota, but her parents’ roots in Circle, Montana allowed her to spend a great deal of time in Big Sky Country during her formative years.  With every family visit, Rachel fell deeper in love with Montana’s wide open spaces, vibrant communities, and welcoming people.  By the time Rachel was a senior in high school, her affection for Montana was so strong that she only applied to one college - Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Montana's distilled spirit industry continues to grow


Author: Madison, Davey

From Triple Divide Vodka and Gin, to Montana Mountain Moonshine, to Orphan Girl, liquor is flowing in Big Sky Country.

Montana's latest micro-distillery industry resulted from state legislation in 2005; tasting rooms came about two years later.

Now Montana has 16 distilleries, including Triple Divide Spirits in Helena.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Montana's distillery spirit industry flows


Author: Madison, Davey

Many people know and love the brewery scene here in the 406, but the Montana spirits industry is also gaining steam with 17 micro distilleries opening since 2010.

All but one of those distilleries is still going strong under the Big Sky.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

John & Snezhi Grahlert

Stonehouse Distillery

Author: Madison, Davey

John and Snezhi Grahlert likely never envisioned themselves as pioneers in the artisan distillery world. As John notes “we’re not even really drinkers” - but they certainly are savvy business people.  As the owners of Montana’s newest craft distillery they’re joining an emerging industry that’s grown by 700% over five years. Like many entrepreneurs, their path to starting the Stonehouse Distillery in the small, rural town of Winston, Montana started with a recognition that they could make an existing product better.  John recalls the moment during the vacation he and Snezhi took in 2010 when it became clear the market needed higher quality, tastier spirits:

“We ordered a couple of supposedly high-end tropical drinks to celebrate our vacation, and were disappointed by the lack of a distinct flavor profile in the liquor - it was all lost to the fruit juices and other mixers.  We knew we could do better.” 

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