One rainy autumn afternoon in 2009, a young student named Pascal landed on his couch, wondering why he was more hung-over than usual. He soon found out that “purer” spirits cause less hangovers. And that it was highly illegal to distil your own...
...next thing he knew he was secretly distilling his first spirit in the bathtub of his student home. This is how The Stillery was conceived, in mischievous silence. While Pascal’s room mates were busy pursuing corporate careers, he used his knowledge of Biochemistry to build three pot stills, each one bigger than the last. They are no longer in use, but we still have them.
Tirelessly, he studied the books to get to the bottom of the biochemical processes happening in his bathtub, slowly perfecting his craft of liquor making.When he reunited with his old mate Robin a few years later, they were both looking for adventure. Pascal produced his unlabelled bottle of vodka, Robin was instantly convinced of its potential.
Starting out with an empty industrial warehouse some 500m2 in surface area, which came with a 6 meter high ceiling. It looked like a scene from “Children of Men” or any other film in the post-apocalyptic genre. 1100m2 of wall and ceiling had to be painted at least 3 times.
Next to fixing up the place and make it ready for our production setup. We also installed all of the equipment, the mash ton, the automated label station, the recipe development lab, the 6 tank fermentation battery and its cooling systems and on top of that we build a 2 story office with bathrooms and a kitchen.
As with many emerging pandemics Covid-19 really took us by surprise. Luckily we had all the tools and equipment to make a difference. The Stillery disinfected 3.000.000 hands during the first lock down with our hand sanitizers.
In the same year The Stillery won multiple awards in the Spirit Business competition. Including a Master tittle.
The Stillery was awarded Best Dutch Gin, Best Dutch Genever, and Best Dutch vodka in the World Drinks awards of 2021.