The Colorado Chamber of Commerce announced that Marble Vodka 80 was named the Coolest Thing Made in Colorado for 2022 in the Best Food and Beverage category — an honor head distiller and founder Connie Baker couldn’t be happier about.
“Even though we won over 40 awards in our early years, it is so exciting and fun to honor this award in Colorado. It’s just fun,” she said.
Baker got into distilling as a hobbyist when she decided to attend distilling school in 2010 and fell in love with the process. It took her five years to find the perfect spot before ending up at the Marble Distilling Co. site on Main Street in Carbondale. From there, she and her team built a model that they hope other spirits manufacturers will emulate.
“We prove that a high-quality product can be manufactured sustainably. When people drink with us, they help conserve energy resources and water,” she said.
Their motto is “sustainable drinking” and it is a core part of their business. According to most measurable reports, about 100 bottles of water are used to produce a typical bottle of vodka from the United States. For the western part of the country, which is facing a water crisis, this model cannot be sustained indefinitely. To counteract this, Marble Distillery recovers 100% of their process water and reuses the energy recovered from the distillation process to heat their facility. Because of this, only one bottle of water is needed to make an equal sized bottle of their spirits. And she says it’s fully scalable.
“Through this process, we save more than 4 million gallons of water annually and generate enough energy to heat 20 homes,” Baker said.
Not only that, but 100% of the products used are grown or manufactured in Colorado, which also boosts the local economy.
“Smaller artisanal distilleries are developing unique flavor profiles and spirits, transforming the spirits movement in the United States. It’s fun to try new and creative things that come from our homeland,” she said.
To that end, Marble is launching its Fall/Winter menu and will be highlighting a variety of hot beverages such as the Campfire martini topped with marshmallows, as well as honeyed liqueurs and cocktails made with honey from three of their four hives, including a 94 Proof rye with honeycomb. If espresso martinis are your thing, her first liquor, Moonlight EXpresso, is made with vodka and coffee, based on a Baker childhood recipe her mom made over the holidays. They are also launching the only cask peach brandy made from Paonia peaches and aged in a third generation cask.
First the barrel-aged bourbon, then gingercello, and finally the brandy, which will be available just before Thanksgiving.
“I want people to know that by supporting them, they’re not only supporting a local small business and the environment, they’re also helping local ranchers who grow our crops, Colorado beet farmers who provide us with beet sugar and local coffee supply roasters who roast our beans – they can take it, enjoy it, and feel good about it,” she said.