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The Spreewood distillers, Spreewood being a region in Germany, are three guys: Steffen Lohr, Bastian Heuser and Sebastian Brack. The three of them have all been involved in the spirits business before, either as bartenders, brand ambassadors or founding “Belsazar” Vermouth. They took their know-how and founded the agency “Small Big Brands”. However, at one point that was not enough. They wanted to produce their own liquor. Wondering why there was no German rye whiskey even though rye is growing plentiful in Germany, they decided to make one themselves. After buying a small distillery in 2016, the oldest whisky distillery in this part of Germany, they started making their own rye whiskey and soon after also produced their very own gin and different liquors. The Spreewood has its own micro climate, which is perfect for rum and whiskey production, and in the small village Schlepzig, all your whiskey and gin dreams will come true.

60 kilometres south of Berlin is the idyllic Spreewald floodplain landscape, which resembles a river delta. The lowlands with their unique microclimate offer the best conditions for the maturation of whisky and rum. Here, in the middle of a biosphere reserve, the Spreewald distillery, founded in 2003 and taken over by the “Spreewood Distillers” in 2016, is located in the picturesque village Schlepzig. The Spreewald Distillery is the oldest whisky distillery in Brandenburg and the first rye whiskey distillery in Germany.

Behind the “Spreewood Distillers” are three people who are not entirely unknown in the spirits industry. There is Steffen Lohr for one thing. The former bartender (including “Der Raum”, Melbourne) worked for years as a brand ambassador for Bacardi before he went into business for himself with Bastian Heuser and Sebastian Brack with the agency “Small Big Brands”. Sebastian Brack in turn invented the successful bitter lemonade brand “Thomas Henry” and is co-founder of “Belsazar” Vermouth. Third in the group is Bastian Heuser – also a former bartender and one of the co-founders of the “Bar Convent Berlin”, the leading European trade fair for the bar and beverage industry.

With the takeover of the distillery in autumn 2016, the three fulfilled their long-cherished dream of having their own spirits manufacture. The Spreewood Distillers produce not only the award-winning STORK CLUB whisky but also Humboldt Gin, as well as a small selection of liqueurs and spirits.



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