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resting period lasts at least a few months before the flavorings are removed from the liquor and strained.13 The product is brought to proof and the flavor is adjusted with a sweetener, often simply sugar but sometimes honey or other exotic sugars.10 The Kräuterlikör is then ready to be bottled. Some of the larger facilities have the ability to produce upwards of 20,000 20mL bottles per day.11 Today, a visit to the average American liquor store won’t turn up much in the way of Kräuterlikör. Sure, there’s the previously mentioned college party staple that is Jägermeister, and if you’re in a particularly well stocked store, you might run into a packet of tiny bottles called Underberg, which has seen a recent rise to prominence thanks to craft bartenders. But there’s no Kümmerling, Butzelmann or Harzgeist; brands that would be expected at the most mediocre of German corner stores. However, as American palates begin to move on from late night Jägermeister fueled parties and embrace craft distillers, we might just see that change.

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Reade A. Huddleston is Head Distiller at Deep Ellum Distillery in Dallas, Texas. He received his Masters Degree in Brewing and Distilling Sciences from Heriot-Watt University, and is fascinated with all things drinkable. If you would like to contact him about Kräuterlikör, or any other strange and forgotten spirit, please email him at

References 1) Germany Trade & Investment, 2017. The Food & Beverage Industry in Germany. Industry Overview, pp 5. 2) Council Regulation, 1989. Council Regulation (EEC) No. 1576/80. Available from < EU030_15> [April 16, 2018].


3) Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, 2018. St. Hildegard. Encyclopedia Britannica. Available from <> [April 18, 2018]. 4) Throop, Priscilla, 1998. Hildegard Von Bingen’s Physica: The Complete English Translation of Her Classic Work on Health and Healing, Inner Traditions/Bear Publishing. 5) Oliver, Garret. 2011. The Oxford Companion to Beer, Oxford University Press. 6) Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, 2018. The Monasteries. Encyclopedia Britannica. Available from <> [April 18, 2018]. 7) Zeller, Winifried. 1975. The Protestant Attitude to Monasticism, with special reference to Gerhard Tersteegen. Sage Journals, 93(312) pp. 178-192 8) Harz-Spirituosen & Wein GmbH, 2018. Harzgeist. Available from < > [April 15, 2018].

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9) Möller, Bitta, 2018. Personal Communication. April 24, 2018. 10) Bernard-Massard GmbH, 2018. Die Legende Vom Butzelmann. Available from < > [April 29, 2018]. 11) Merkens, Hans Joachim, 2018. Personal Communication. April 11, 2018. 12) Eurostat, 2017. Agricultural Production-Crops. Available from < php?title=Agricultural_production_-_crops> [April 16, 2018]. 13) Likörfabrik Peter Busch GmbH & Co.KG, 2018. Killepitsch. Available from <> [April 15, 2018]. WWW.ART ISANSP IRITMAG.COM  

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Artisan Spirit: Summer 2018  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.

Artisan Spirit: Summer 2018  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.