Liquor store De Ooievaar in the Jordaan sells its genevers and liquors from its adjoining distillery
De Ooievaar distills over 60 liquors and 18 different kinds of genevers.
Until the Second World War Amsterdam had at least 40 distilleries. Distiller A. van Wees is nowadays the last remaining one in Amsterdam. It was founded in 1782, and is still family run to this day.
Genever is an age-old Dutch product, distilled from malt wine with juniper berries (Juniperus). These berries were stoked together with the distillate: on the one hand to broaden the taste, but also for alleged medicinal qualities of the juniper berries. Originally genever was mostly drunk as a medicine.
In the Golden Age, Amsterdam was an important European transit port. Amsterdam distillers were the first who produced malt wines from grain. On that basis they distilled genever. With new ingredients they made the spirits better and better. Genever became a popular drink in the 17th century.
Genevers (Malt, Old, Ship, Very Old, Young, Gin), Liqueurs (Amsterdam, Jordan, Old Dutch), Rum, Vodka.
All geneva and liqueurs of A. van Wees are distilled by using natural ingredients and original recipes. No artificial aromas or flavors are added to the products.
A. van Wees distilleerderij De Ooievaar has its premises in the middle of a residential area in the northern corner of the Jordaan.
Next to the distillery in Driehoekstraat is a liquor store where you can buy all of the 15+ genevas and 60+ liqueurs of this only remaining distiller in Amsterdam.