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A. Van Wees distillery de Ooievaar (distillery) is the last authentic distillery left in Amsterdam. They are nestled in the Driehoekstraat, in the center of the ‘Jordaan’. They specialize in Old Dutch Genevas and liquors.

Their products are creative compositions exclusively made of pure natural raw materials, which you will surely notice while tasting them. Van Wees inherited a knowledge of taste properties of fruit, flowers, plants, roots and seeds from generations of apothecary work and distillation. This knowledge they use to balance the taste, without the addition of artificial flavors. The drinks are colored with natural colorants. That’s how real fluid artwork and great alcohol are crafted.

Ancient Family Business
A Van Wees distillery de Ooievaar was founded in 1782. Until 1970 they delivered their products in casks to bars and restaurants. Due to changing markets and the threatening diminishing quality of the Dutch cultural inheritance, they chose bottle their traditional spirits and liquors in stone and glass bottles. At this very moment the distillery is run by Fenny van Wees, who runs the business with a small loyal crew.



The reputation of this distillery is based on a very ancient past with deep roots in the culture of the Dutch people. These cultural roots, the care they put into crafting their products and the extreme dedication to their ancient and sacred past keeps Van Wees far away from mass production. 

Thier bitters play an equally lofty role in the history of this ancient Dutch family distillery.