The Swabian spirit manufacturer “Scheible Bräu & Spirituosen” embraces regionality. The juniper berries used in their gin come from the heath, hand-picked from the edge of the imposing meteor crater Nördlinger Ries, and the fine peppermint liqueur is made with a special mint grown in their home-own garden.
The juniper harvest is a laborious process, taking up almost an hour until 500 grams of berries are gathered from the shrubs. The taste of this distillate is therefor all the more fruity and tangy, with subtly resinous undertones. Nuances of fruity pear, refreshing lemon peel and bashful rhubarb root complete the composition. A mixture that has won this distillate three golden distinctions and thus scored it a spot in the top class of premium gins. The recipe for their peppermint liqueur stems from senior boss Luise Scheible, who has been developing the spirit with home-grown herbs over the decades. Originally made for private consumption, the spirit satisfies many a liqueur enthusiast with its fresh flavour and aroma, reaching far beyond the Swabian region. Every bottle is carefully filled and labeled by hand.
The Scheible family from Alerheim in the Swabian district Donau-Ries has seemingly never let go of its brewing heritage. So in 2013, the family decided to bring its own peppermint liqueur onto the market – made following Luise Scheible’s family recipe. The head of Krater-Spirits, Karl Friedrich Scheible contemplates, while pruning juniper shrubs, to turn the old brewery in Alerheim into a distillery. But until then, the family business will continue to fine-tune its products, creating an hommage to the region, to the Nördlinger Ries and to the spirit’s true, full-bodied flavour.