Bar Talk: Distilling Sustainability with Marble Distilling Co.

Jene J. Long

Marble Distilling Co. co-founder and head distiller Connie Baker operates in the distillery mixing up the mash.
Courtesy Marble Distilling Co.

Marble Distilling Co. and its founders are on the lookout toward a much more impactful and sustainable future this spring.

The Carbondale-based mostly distillery is currently undergoing an update, with new tools being set up and the tasting area finding a refresh. The brand’s Aspen outpost is also closed for the offseason.

But co-owner, CEO and head distiller Connie Baker isn’t taking this downtime in generation to loosen up. She’s putting strategies into action for Marble’s upcoming and the potential of the planet, performing with other makes to lessen the effects the liquor sector has on the setting.



Baker was just lately named to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) Environmental Sustainability Committee, producing Marble Distilling Co. the initially and only craft distillery on the committee – Marble is a smaller producer that will make all-around 10,000 instances this year. Other businesses on the committee are big-scale, billion-dollar models this sort of as Beam Suntory, Bacardi, Brown-Forman, Proximo and much more.

“We were invited to converse in Austin on a sustainability panel for DISCUS at their annual assembly. It was a very little humorous, I’m sitting down upcoming to the company sustainability vice president for Beam Suntory and they get up and speak about what they’re likely to do (pertaining to sustainability initiatives) in 2040 and I get up and chat about what (Marble Distillery) has been performing due to the fact 2014,” Baker stated.



“So it just felt actually good as a tiny male you know, a craft distiller, to be up against these multi-billion dollar conglomerates and say, ‘Hey, we’re form of executing it from the grassroots and doing it properly. And possibly you must rethink your lengthy-term plans and appear at anything you could carry out a small sooner.’”

Soon after that sustainability panel in Austin, Baker and Marble Distillery were invited to be a component of the official committee. She has due to the fact formed a sustainability subcommittee with Carrie Shanks, the co-founder of Marble, head of product sales and her husband, exclusively for craft distilleries.

Due to the fact its founding, Marble Distillery Co. has been a pioneer of sustainability in the liquor sector and in the Roaring Fork Valley.

A style of Marble Distilling Co.’s lineup of spirits.
Courtesy Marble Distilling Co.

“Marble is sustainable throughout every single system, from the Inn to the tasting area to the barrel club to the distillery. Nothing in our organization happens with out the word ‘sustainability’ being stated,” Baker claimed.

The tiny organization has also been an “open ebook,” in accordance to Baker when it comes to sharing approaches of sustainable distilling tactics with other people, and hopes that by means of this they can really encourage additional brand names to make smaller variations that will have big impacts.

“Every distillery that phone calls us, we welcome them to arrive and tour our facility, chat to them about our initiatives, are prepared to share our making, our ideas, our engineers listing … Almost everything we do we share it,” Baker explained.

“It’s a earn gain for all people, the earth, the distilleries, the consumer to drink sustainably.”

The new machines being set up at the craft distillery, this sort of as the vodka column, condenser on the still and fermenters, will enable Marble to proceed towards their aim of being internet-zero electrical energy by 2022 (the enterprise is at the moment 65% of the way there) while also increasing generation.

As much as the Carbondale tasting home renovations go, Baker reported they are going for a “new, entirely distinctive look” and scheduling for a reopening get together in Carbondale ideally by Memorial Day weekend. Marble Bar Aspen, found in the Aspen Mountain Residences (formally the Hyatt Residence Club Grand Aspen), will reopen just immediately after the Meals & Wine Typical and include a partnership with NYC cafe Taikun Sushi.

In the meantime, if you are searching to get your Marble Distillery Co. deal with, Baker has kindly shared 1 of her favourite spring cocktail recipes with us – it has a touch of sweetness, is creamy and caffeinated – that features two of Marble’s fantastic spirits, which can be uncovered in liquor stores throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

Marble’s Colorado Bulldog served up at the Marble Distillery in Carbondale.
Courtesy Amanda Hatley

Marble’s Colorado Bulldog

1 oz Moonlight Expresso

1 oz Marble Vodka (or Vanilla infused Marble Vodka – soak vanilla beans in Marble Vodka for 1 7 days)

1 oz Cream

.5 oz Grenadine

1 fall Saline (1 to 10 pieces salt to drinking water, retain in a dropper on your bar for other cocktails)

Splash of Cola

Luxardo cherries

Technique: Place 3 ice cubes in a shaker with all elements other than Cola and cherries. Shake for 15 seconds – will have a frothy head. Pressure into a tall Collins glass around ice and major with a splash of Cola. Garnish with skewered Luxardo cherries.

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