The origins of the WurzelPeter date back to 1875 when the pharmacist Paul Pöschke invented a potion that should contain the force from the woods and include roots and was initially administered as a remedy.
The name refers to a small goblin, which according to legend haunts the woods and drives his practical jokes. The Wurzelpeter was first made in 1950 as a GDR cult drink and was marketed in restaurants and tasting rooms. The planned economy at the time of the GDR regime ceased production of the WurzelPeters due to major challenges as the procurement of raw materials and packaging materials had become increasingly problematic. In the former Soviet occupation zone, WurzelPeter belonged to the so-called ‘Bückware’ that were either scarce or available locally only through barter. Back in the early 50’s, its own raw material production was constructed in operation that ensured a consistent quality production of herbal liqueurs. The extracts from herbs, spices, roots, leaves and seeds are produced according to traditional extract methods, such as maceration and distillation. They are subject to strict quality control from raw material to the finished product. Today Wurzelpeter is again become the cult drink.