When Christoph Keller took over „Stählemühle“, a former flour mill in Hegau at Bodensee, he found a traditional agricultural license to distill liquor that belonged to the property since the middle 18th century. What he eventually did not expect, was that Stählemühle would be of one the most appreciated distilleries in Germany and since 2009 even among the Top Ten distilleries world wide.
Nevertheless being a career changer, Christoph Keller started teaching himself distilling, which turned into a Hobby and a passion, but sooner then later became an obsession and a science – and finally a profession. Today Keller and Alexander Stein, who invented the internationally renowned Schwarzwald Dry Gin „Monkey 47“ together, are among the most popular distillers in the world.
In the roughly 8.000 bottles leaving Edelobstbrennerei Stählemühle every year, you will find merely just fruit brandies and herbal distillations, but also brandies made of nuts, vegetables, roots and even mushrooms – all of them crafted by hand out of local and exotic sources. The refined production process leads to 200 flavours, such as Sicilian Blood Orange „Moro“, or „Hegauer Zibärtle“, Champagne baked pear, „Wachauer Marille“ (apricot), wild Hegauer Vogelbeere (rowan berry) or hard liquor with truffles from Piemont.