Montanya Distillers’ Karen Hoskin First Woman to Keynote at American Distilling Institute Conference

Montanya Distillers president and co-founder Karen Hoskin has been named keynote speaker at this year’s American Distilling Institute (ADI) Craft Spirits Conference. This marks the first time in the history of the conference that a woman has delivered the keynote address.

A passionate advocate for the craft spirits space, Hoskin plans to underscore the importance of conference attendee collaboration in her address, and outline her vision of a bold, unified future that belongs to craft distilleries.

“It is imperative that we rally together to move our industry forward without losing sight of the bigger picture around us,” said Hoskin. “I care about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, sustainability and the long-term environmental impact of our industry, and exploring big, paradigm-shifting ideas to keep little companies competitive.”

Hoskin founded Montanya Distillers in 2008 along with her husband Brice. She maintains an active role in day-to-day production, distillation and bottling, as well as sales, marketing, and brand and product development. Nowadays, Montanya can be found in over 40 states and seven countries, and its attention to green business practices have earned industry recognition both at home and abroad.

The 2017 ADI Craft Spirits Conference and Expo will run April 3rd–6th in Baltimore, Maryland. Hoskin’s keynote will be live streamed through Facebook. Visit or on April 4 at 8:30 a.m. to tune in. TO learn more about Montanya, visit

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