Thursday, March 13, 2018 * Aspen, Co.
In an environmental effort to “go green” on St. Patrick’s Day, Marble Distilling Co. (MDC), a pioneer in zero waste sustainable distilling and business practices will kick off #TheLastStraw movement to encourage a ban on plastic straws. Known as one of the biggest drinking days of the year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, in the heart of spring skiing at Aspen Snowmass. Après ski celebrations will be in full effect at Marble Bar Aspen on Saturday, March 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with festive $6 cocktail specials garnished with stainless-steel straws, live music by the Elk Range Wanderers, and a community effort to drink sustainably by opting not to use plastic straws while consuming. On Thursday, March 22 from 5:30 p.pm. to 7:30 p.m., custom-designed and logoed stainless-steel Marble straws will be gifted to all MDC revelers at another après ski event featuring music by DJ Mayfly. Marble Distilling Co. is a zero-waste distillery using innovative, first-of-a-kind sustainable processes to make award-wining, hand-crafted, premium spirits.
Aspen, CO – Green by Design
The city of Aspen, Co. which runs on 100% renewable power, banned plastic grocery bags from the two main markets and added a 20-cent fee on paper bags in May of 2012. On behalf of the “green” city of Aspen, Mayor Steve Skadron exclaims: “I’m proud that Aspen commits itself to be a local, state and national leader in all aspects of environmental stewardship. Our electric utility runs on 100% renewable sources, our grocery stores ban plastic bags, our storm water is cleaned to restore landscapes, and our greenhouse gas reduction toolkit is being scaled and replicated by other communities. Protecting the natural environment is an ethic that defines our character.” Now the Marble Distilling Company has joined in with #TheLastStraw.
Marble Distilling Co – Green By Nature
MDC CO-Founder & Head Distiller, Connie Baker speaks on sustainability and alcohol: “We believe the environment should not be at the mercy of a fabulous cocktail. Through water conservation, renewable energy, local sourcing and reuse of byproducts, we have started a new conversation around conservation because traditional alcohol production practices are unsustainable. Let’s all save the planet, one bottle at a time!”
Marble Distilling Co. is a “grain to glass to ground” business. Most grains are grown and sourced less than one mile from the distillery by local partners like Nieslanik Beef, other grains are sourced from Alamosa, Co. and outside Grand Junction, Co. Once the grains have been distilled, all stillage is returned to participating local ranchers within three miles of the distillery to reuse as livestock feed and compost.
By building a one-of-a-kind Water and Energy Thermal System (WETS), Marble Distilling Co. has created an innovative, closed-loop way to capture 100% of the water and energy utilized and created during the distillation process. The WETS reuse system saves 1.8 billion BTUs and more than four million gallons of water annually—enough energy to power 20 homes a year. All water and energy are reused in the facility.
The Distillery Inn at MDC was the only North American property to be named a 2017 Green Hotelier Award Winner. Properties are judged on their efforts to reduce: energy, water consumption, and waste output, while also evaluating their roles as responsible businesses with respect to both their employees and the local community, as well as how they communicate their sustainable and responsible ethos to their guests.
MDC received The Masters Medal for Green Initiatives from the Global Distillery Masters Competition, an international competition that celebrates the achievements and innovations of distilleries reaching beyond the quality of their spirits. MDC is certified a Green Business by Green America and was honored with the Exceptional Implementation of Sustainable Technologies award from the U.S. Green Building Council of Colorado. The Sierra Club named MDC as one of the “Six Spirits to Drink if you Want to Save the Planet.”
About Marble Distilling Co. and The Distillery Inn Located in the heart of Carbondale, Colorado – the Colorado Creative District, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn is a friends and family-owned craft spirits distillery, tasting room and luxury inn. A 2nd Tasting Room, Marble Bar Aspen, is located in downtown Aspen, Co. The only distiller in the world to use the world-famous marble stone as a filtering agent, MDC currently offers five spirits – Marble Vodka, Moonlight EXpresso, Gingercello, Gingercello Reserve & Hoover’s Revenge Ragged Mountain Rye whiskey. Backcountry Bourbon and Fightin’ Whiskey are currently in-cask awaiting future release. The Distillery Inn is the first and only inn in the world to be housed within an operational distillery, guests can “sleep with the stills.” The Distillery Inn offers luxury accommodation, with five sophisticated, contemporary rooms